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IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Detroit on 7-8 September, 2012

IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Detroit on 7-8 September, 2012. The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn Banquet & Conference Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Attendees may choose one full-day track on each day of IEEE Smart Tech. Some tracks are repeated to accommodate schedules and ensure you won’t miss anything.

 IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Detroit,

April 23rd, 2012


DATE: Thursday, April 26th, 2012


PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)

TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time
 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner
 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. –  Presentation
COST:   $12- $20, See information in Reservations

Buffet Menu: Asparagus Spears in a Fresh Cream Sauce served on Toast
Points, Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Zucchini
Carrot Dressing, Buttered Noodles, Sauteed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner
Rolls and Butter, and Dessert.


Lt Col (USAF retired) Kent Tiffany is a subject matter expert with Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)  over the past 12 years.  His briefing will present
his past history with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Global Hawk and the X-45A
UCAV programs; where he had directinvolvement at Edwards AFB, CA, from
initial flight test to him operationally deploying Global Hawk to the war
shortly after 9/11.  With permission from the U.S. Air Force, he’ll discuss
his support to his company’s present contracts for the Next Generations
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (NGRPA) program, and his work for developing
technologies for the Global Hawk Airborne Sense and Avoid effort (ABSAA). 
Last, Mr. Tiffany though his own company has been working on developing
super long endurance UAV for Group 2 class aircraft(up to 55 lbs.), where
his company’s UAV may be capable of staying airborne for days, weeks and
even possibly months at a time without landing or refueling. 

The briefing will go into some of the technical challenges of developing
the Next Generations Remotely Piloted Aircraft (NGRPA) program with the
multiple aircraft control, automation assist for Close Air Support (CAS)
mission with an aircraft capable flying at nearly 500 mph, pulling 4-Gs and
firing possible weapons with turreted guns, lasers, or other kinetic type
weapons where latency for communications and lack of ground situational
awareness prevents the pilot manually controlling the aircraft during the
engagement sequence.  He will also discuss the challenges of the Airborne
Sense and Avoid effort (ABSAA) effort for Global Hawk, where the challenges
in technology and the certification process with the DoD and the FAA drive
high risk for this program.  Last, he’ll discuss briefly about the future
Department of Homeland Security CBP mission with protecting our Nation’s
borders of over 12,000 miles of border (19,000 with Alaska and Hawaii).

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-
Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford
Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to
Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  (Please note New Procedure) Please make reservations for
each meeting by going to:  Please
click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  You may now
pay on-line. 

Members: $12.00
Non-members: $15.00

Two ways to pay for dinner:
1) [Register and pay the fee now] using PayPal.
2) [Register and pay the fee at the meeting]. Check or cash; correct change

Make checks payable to “IEEE Cincinnati Section”.
Those desiring to use their bank’s bill payer service to send a check,
rather than paying at the meeting, should contact for details.

Reservations close at noon on Thursday, APRIL 19th, 2012.

An email to prior to the close of
reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation. Failure to
cancel does not eliminate your responsibility to pay for the dinner.
Refunds for PayPal payments are more complicated, and we request that you
leave the funds on deposit for a future meeting.

WALK-INS: Walk-ins are available for this meeting.
WALK-INS (those without dinner reservations who want dinner): If you
don’t have a dinner reservation, there may not be enough food to serve you.

Walk-ins pay a higher rate: $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.
Cash or checks only; correct change appreciated.

All Reservations must be made by noon, THURSDAY APRIL 19th, 2012

If you plan to attend the meeting and do not want dinner, please click the
[Register only (skip optional payment)] button when you register.

PE CREDITS:  Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati
Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development
Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required
documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section
Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow
engineers in the area.

Please visit our site for additional information and articles


April 11th, 2012

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past

Submitted by Marc Bell, Editor

Copyright 1997 IEEE. Reprinted with permission from the IEEE publication, “Scanning the Past” which covers a reprint of an article appearing in the Proceedings of the IEEE Vol. 85, No. 9, September 1997.

Ralph Bown and the Golden Age of Propagation Research

    Sixty years ago this month, the PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTE OF RADIO ENGINEERS (IRE) included a paper by R. Bown (Fig. 1) on the development of transoceanic radiotelephony. At the time, he was director of radio research at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Bown already had served as president of the IRE and was a future recipient of the IRE Medal of Honor. He was a leader in the collection and analysis of wave propagation data as the useful radio spectrum expanded to include shorter wavelengths after World War I.

  Bown was born in Fairport, NY, in 1891 and graduated in engineering from Cornell University in 1913. He continued his education at Cornell, where he received the master’s degree in 1915 and the Ph.D. degree in 1917. He served as a physics instructor while completing his graduate studies and was an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps (Fig. 2) during 1917-1919. He joined the development and research department of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in New York City in 1919, where he worked until 1934.

  Bown and several colleagues were active participants in what has been characterized as the “golden era” of propagation investigations in the 1920’s. They used recording oscillographs and other instruments to monitor wave propagation over time and over a wide range of frequencies. They introduced multiple-unit antennas as a way to minimize fading and determined that speech-to-noise ratio was more useful than simply measuring field strengths from remote transmitters. They developed specifications for the design of transmitters and receivers to minimize cost while achieving adequate quality for commercial communication over transoceanic distances. Early findings were included in an April 1923 PROCEEDINGS paper entitled “Radio Transmission Measurements” by Bown and two coauthors, C. R. Englund and H. T. Friis (Figs. 3-5). Bown also coauthored two papers concerning radio broadcast propagation for the PROCEEDINGS of August 1924 and February 1926. Bown was elected a fellow of the IRE in 1925 and received the Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award from the IRE in 1926 in recognition of his contributions to greater understanding of propagation phenomena. He was elected president of the IRE in 1927.

  In 1934, Bown joined the staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he directed research on radio and television. He was appointed to the Microwave Committee of the National Defense Research Committee in fall 1940 and was involved in the decision to create the legendary Radiation Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He insisted that research on microwave propagation be emphasized at the new laboratory. He served as a consultant to the U.S. secretary of war and helped define the mission of the Radio Research Laboratory established at Harvard University to develop electronic counter-measures equipment and techniques. A proposal that he made to enhance the performance of a navy ship borne radar against low-flying aircraft was adopted and proved successful.

 Bown became director of research at Bell Labs in 1946, a position he held until 1951. He then served as a vice president until his retirement in 1956. He authored a paper in 1955 in which he gave his personal perspective on the research effort that had led to the invention of the transistor in 1947. The IRE awarded him its prestigious Medal of Honor in 1949 as recognition for both his technical contributions and his dedicated service to the IRE. Subsequently, he received the Founders Medal from the IRE in 1961. Bown died in July 1971 at age 80.

 James E. Brittain

April 11th, 2012


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Washington, DC 20036-4928

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Seeks Technical & Non-Technical Papers

WASHINGTON (23 March 2012) — IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers are seeking technical and non-technical papers on the role technology can play in improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations.

Accepted papers will be presented during the second annual conference, 21-24 October 2012, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel ( They will be published in conference proceedings and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore. The submission deadline is 20 April.

The event is designed to gather scientists, engineers, technology professionals, academics, foundations, government and non-government organizations, as well as individuals engaged in humanitarian work to discuss and develop solutions for present and future humanitarian needs. Participants from around the world attended the inaugural event and are expected to do so again. The conference theme is “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity.”

“Building on last year’s conference, we’re looking to bring in authors to not only address our core areas — power, data connectivity, health and water — but to include topics such as education, funding projects, project management and identity management,” conference chair Paul Kostek said. “Ninety-four papers were presented in 2011, along with 16 posters. We’ve increased the opportunities for speakers this year by adding a third day.

“This is an excellent venue to present your work to people actively involved in humanitarian projects.”

Contributed papers, particularly in the following areas, are solicited:

— Health, Medical Technology & Telemedicine
— Disaster Warning, Avoidance & Response
— Water Planning, Availability & Quality
— Sanitation
— Power Infrastructure & Off-Grid Power
— Renewable & Sustainable Energy
— Connectivity & Communications Technologies (data/voice) for Remote Locations
— Educational Technologies
— Agricultural Technologies
— Applying Science, Engineering & Technology for Environmental Sustainability
— Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities

— Submissions must be made online.

— Submissions must be written in English and no longer than six pages. Those over six pages will not be considered. The minimum font is 10 point, single-spaced and may include figures, illustrations and graphs.

— Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at

— Notification of acceptance will be sent 16 July 2012 via email and posted on the conference Web site. Authors of unaccepted submissions will be also notified that day by email.
— Authors of accepted papers will have until 6 August 2012 to revise their submissions for inclusion in the electronic media.
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 IEEE-USA’s Free E-Books to Members in April & May Focus on Negotiation & Innovation

WASHINGTON (5 April 2012) — IEEE-USA is this month offering a free e-book, “Engineering the Art of Negotiation — Part 2: How to Handle Your Colleagues” to IEEE members. In May, the e-book, “Innovation Conversations, Book 1: The Innovation Process” will be available free.

“How to Handle Your Colleagues” focuses on how to get ahead in an organization and experience greater career satisfaction by building a better relationship with your colleagues using the principles and practices of interest-based negotiation. The book also provides tips on ways to get colleagues to do what you want them to by having a deep understanding of their interests, a willingness to listen, and developing flexibility in seeking solutions that satisfy your needs, as well as theirs.

IEEE members can download John G. Shulman’s “Engineering the Art of Negotiation — Part 2: How to Handle Your Colleagues” for free in April at The nonmember price is $5.99.

In “Innovation Conversations, Book 1: The Innovation Process,” renowned innovation authority, William C. Miller, guides readers on how to understand the innovation process. He also demonstrates how technology workers can apply it to the challenges and opportunities they find in their day-to-day work. IEEE members can download this free e-book in May.

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IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 210,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Contact: Sharon C. Richardson, Coordinator
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