Archive for November, 2012



Jeff Blankenburg, thanks for the great presentation on Windows 8 development. He has provided several websites to follow up on his presentation.

Jeff’s blog site with many Windows developer articles.

31 Days of Windows 8

Thanks again Jeff.



Thursday, November 29, 2012 

**(Please note this is a 5th week)**



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


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


$12- $20, See information in Reservations



This presentation will introduce many of the new ideas available in Windows 8 applications, including a heavy focus on design elements, application features, and making an amazing user interface.


Mr. Jeff Blankenburg is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft.  Over the past 10 years, Jeff has enthusiastically applied his technical expertise to build industry-changing websites and marketing efforts for mega brands including Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ford Motor Company, Sony, and several pharmaceutical companies. He’s especially proficient in user interface design, web standards and mobile application development.

In addition to his developer evangelist role for Microsoft, Jeff is writing Programming Windows Phone 8 for O’Reilly, and is the author of Migrating to Windows Phone. He also serves as an organizer for the CodeMash, Stir Trek, and M3 conferences. On the academic front, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University.


Buffet Menu: Roasted Turkey & Dressing, Baked Ham with Pineapples, Couscous Stuffed, Green Peppers, Sweet Potato Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, Cranberry Relish, Dinner Rolls and Butter, and Dessert.  Soft Drink or tea also included.

 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 make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. 

Reservations close at noon on November 22, 2012.

An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by noon, Thursday November 22, 2012

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.

November 22nd, 2012


If you are interested in upgrading your membership to Senior Member, please contact any member of the Executive Committee.


The following individuals are IEEE members who are new to our Section: 


Marc Arnold

Shaun Atkinson

Bo Bi

George Kerber


Brian Kerdolff

Greg Reese

Ethan Reynolds

Stephen Salemo

Jordan Waymeyer 



We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

November 22nd, 2012

Cincinnati Science Olympiad- Help needed!

Science Olympiad seeks to raise awareness among Cincinnati area students of career opportunities in science and engineering. The annual tournament provides an opportunity for students with varying skills to compete and excel in science, mathematics, communication skills, and teamwork. An array of 46 events (23: Division B – Middle School, 23: Division C – High School) offer something for everyone from building robots and wooden bridges to physics & listening & writing skills. Team members can earn individual medals based on merit and the top teams qualify for the State Tournament at Ohio State.

The Cincinnati Science Olympiad Regional Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2013 at UC Blue Ash College and Blue Ash Elementary in Blue Ash.

Every year we need to recruit qualified individuals to run the different events. For each event, teams of 2 students have 50 minutes to complete a lab, an activity or exam. The tournament runs from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Event Supervisors prepare the event for the tournament based on the tournament rules, administer the exam/lab and then grade and rank the teams in their event. We have an awards ceremony at the end of the tournament to give out individual medals and team trophies.

This year, there are two events that would be suited to members of IEEE. The events are:

Shock Value (B) – Students will compete in activities involving basic understanding of electricity, magnetism and simple electrical devices.

Circuit Lab (C) – Students will compete in theoretical and practical activities involving knowledge of direct current (DC) electrical circuits.

The event rules can be provided as requested. We hope you will consider helping us at this great event.

Steve Schrantz

Tournament Coordinator, Cincinnati Science Olympiad


November 22nd, 2012


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. 12, July 1997.

Alien B. DuMont: A Pioneer in Electronic Instruments, Radio, and Television

Sixty-five years ago this month, the proceedings of the institute of radio engineers (IRE) included a paper by Alien B. DuMont reporting on “An Investigation of Various Electrode Structures of Cathode Ray Tubes Suitable for Television Reception” (Fig. 1). At the time, he was an independent consulting engineer with a small private laboratory (Fig. 2). During his long career as an engineer-inventor and entrepreneur, he made significant contributions to ‘instrumentation as well as to radio and television com­munication. He became known for his advocacy of flexible standards in television as being less apt to inhibit innovation than the fixed standards actually adopted in 1941.

The son of an executive with a clock company, DuMont was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1901. As a child, he was afflicted with polio, which left him with a permanent physical handicap. He became a radio amateur at an early age and worked as a wireless operator on ships during summers while still in school. He graduated in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1924. Following graduation, he worked for about four years in a vacuum-tube manufacturing plant in Bloomfield, NJ, and received several patents related to the testing and production of radio tubes. In 1928, he joined the de Forest Radio Company in Passaic, NJ, as chief engineer, and continued to work on the design and manufacture of electronic tubes. In collaboration with L. de Forest, DuMont helped design an experimental television station using a mechanical scanning disk. In July 1931, he published a paper in Radio Engineering on practical aspects of a television system.

When the de Forest Radio Company was acquired by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1931, DuMont set up a small laboratory in the basement of his home, where he began developmental work on cathode-ray tubes for possible use in television receivers. This led to the publication of his December 1932 IRE paper, in which he discussed differences between cathode-ray tubes intended for use in television as opposed to oscilloscopes. During this period, he supplemented his income by serving as an expert witness in patent litigation and as a consultant. He was elected a Fellow of the IRE in 1931 and later became a Fellow of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) as well.

In 1932, DuMont invented the so-called “magic eye,” an electronic tube that proved quite useful as a visual tuning aid in radio receivers. It featured a small display that could be altered by a voltage such as that produced by an automatic-volume control circuit. He sold the rights of this invention to RCA, which developed commercial magic-eye tubes such as the 6E5. DuMont also invented a “cathautograph” or “electronic pencil,” which enabled one to write on the screen of a cathode-ray tube with a special long-persistence coating. He published a paper on this device in Electronics in January 1933.

In 1934, DuMont incorporated his laboratory as the Alien B. DuMont Laboratories and moved it into a building formerly used as a pickle factory in Passaic, NJ. There, he began to produce and market cathode-ray oscilloscopes and achieved sales of more than $100000 by 1937. Many of the instruments were acquired by engineering schools for use in teaching and research. In 1938, Paramount Pictures invested in the DuMont Labs, enabling renewed work on electronic television systems. DuMont became an outspo-

ken critic of television standards proposed by the Radio Manufacturers Association (RMA) in 1939 (Fig. 3). Instead of fixed standards, he favored “continuous flexibility” in parameters such as the scanning rate. He believed that the RMA-recommended standards would tend to stagnate engineering design and inhibit needed enhancement of picture quality. He did serve as a member of the Na­tional Television Systems Committee, which formulated the standards ultimately adopted and approved by the Federal Communication Commission in April 1941. His recommen­dations were rejected as likely to increase receiver cost and complexity of operation.

During 1941, DuMont initiated television broadcasting over station W2XWV (later WABD) in New York City. The same year, he received licenses to operate stations in Passaic, NJ, and Washington, D.C. He served as the first president of the Television Broadcasters Association in 1943. During World War II, the DuMont Labs produced instruments (Fig. 4), radar, and navigational equipment for the military services. After the war, the DuMont Television Network was formed, linking stations owned by DuMont with numerous affiliated stations. DuMont also manufac­tured television receivers until 1958, when this business

was sold to the Emerson Radio and Phonograph Company (Fig. 5). In 1960, DuMont Labs merged with the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Company, with DuMont himself becoming a senior consultant to Fairchild, He received the unusual distinction of being elected an Honorary Member of the AIEE in 1961. He died in November 1965 at age 64.

James E. Brittain


November 19th, 2012


2001 L Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4910

 Workshop on How America Invents Act Will Affect Best Business Practices Coming to Arlington, Va., Friday; Live Webcast Also Available

WASHINGTON (15 October 2012) — Are you ready for the biggest change in patent law in more than 140 years? Find out how you can protect yourself in light of the America Invents Act with a “Workshop on How the AIA Will Affect Best Business Practices.”

 Sponsored by the IEEE Intellectual Property Professionals Initiative, the event will be hosted by George Mason University on Friday, 19 October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Webcast live.

 The workshop is designed for inventors, engineering and intellectual property managers, and attorneys advising inventors and business leaders to mitigate their risks, protect their inventions and adapt their R&D and business practices to the new law. Find out what new rules went into effect on 16 September and what changes are in store for 16 March, 2013.

 “This is the time to review your patent and innovation processes to optimize your business operations or risk losing significant protection for your inventions,” Former IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee Chair Keith Grzelak said. “This seminar will provide lawyers, inventors and business people with a list of critical issues that might not be clear from the legislative and regulatory language of the America Invents Act.”

 In addition to Grzelak, an IP attorney and principal at Wells St. John P.S. (Spokane, Wash.), speakers include David Boundy, vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property at Cantor Fitzgerald (Boston); Adam Mossoff, professor of law, George Mason University School of Law; Robert Sterne, founding director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C. (Washington); Carlos Villamar, patent attorney, The Villamar Firm, P.L.L.C. (Falls Church, Va.); Janet Gongola, patent reform coordinator, United States Patent and Trademark Office; and Dr. Rick Neifeld, patent attorney, Neifeld IP Law, PC (Alexandria, Va.).

 The event will be held at George Mason’s Founders Hall (room 134),

3351 Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Va. It is two blocks from the Virginia Square — GMU Metro Station on the Orange Line. Underground parking is also available.

 To register, see

**IEEE-USA IN ACTION** New Video: ‘Putting the I in IEEE-USA’

 WASHINGTON (19 October 2012) — IEEE-USA has been striving for nearly 40 years to support the professional interests of U.S. IEEE members. How we do that is captured in a new video, “Putting the I in IEEE-USA,” where you will find the “I” in IEEE-USA is all about you.

 The video shows how you can take advantage of IEEE-USA products, services and activities to support and advance your career. It includes things like the IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey, government fellowship opportunities and the IEEE-USA Consultants Database.

 You can run the video at your next IEEE section or society meeting to show your fellow members how they can better utilize all IEEE-USA has to offer. It’s available for download, along with other valuable resources, at   

 The video is also on IEEE-USA’s YouTube channel:  

Rapid DNA Analysis Technology to be Presented at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (24 October 2012) — Current DNA analysis methods require expert users in a controlled laboratory environment and take weeks to months to produce results. The ANDE system from NetBio would allow the generation of CODIS-quality DNA profiles by non-technical users in a field environment in less than 1.5 hours.

 NetBio CEO Dr. Richard Selden will discuss the system during the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST ’12), 13-15 November in Waltham, Mass., outside Boston.

 Selden will present Dr. Melissa May’s paper, “Field-Deployable Rapid DNA Analysis: Fully Integrated, Fully Automated Generation of Short Tandem Repeat Profiles from Buccal Swabs.” In it, May discusses the critical components of the integrated system and demonstrates how it is able to produce high-quality DNA profiles for human identification in a compressed time frame.  

 “NetBio’s Rapid DNA Analysis system has the potential to revolutionize the use of DNA as a biometric for law enforcement, military and homeland security applications,” said May, NetBio’s senior director of strategic planning. “It generates DNA profiles in approximately 80 minutes and can be operated by a nontechnical user outside the laboratory.”

 HST ’12 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. The Technical Program Committee reviewed 233 abstracts and accepted 117 combined papers/posters (50.2 percent acceptance rate). The accepted papers will showcase emerging technologies in: 

  * Cyber Security 

 * Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response

 * Borders & Maritime Security

 * Biometrics & Forensics

 The event will also feature business panels that address effective business strategies in the current homeland security market. 

 For more information and to register, visit or contact Bob Alongi at or 781-245-5405.

 HST ’12 is produced by IEEE with technical support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support.

 Study Guide for New Software Engineering Exam Now Available

WASHINGTON (31 October 2012) — A study guide for those planning to take the new software engineering exam is now available from IEEE-USA. It includes 40 representative questions and solutions, a suggested reference list and test specifications.

 The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Software Engineering exam — PE Software exam — will be offered by NCEES, The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, for the first time in April 2013.

 IEEE Fellow Dr. Phillip Laplante, a professor of software engineering at Penn State University’s Malvern, Pa., campus and chair of the Software Engineering Licensure Examination Development Committee, said the study guide is an essential tool in preparing for the exam.

 “All prospective exam takers would be well-served to review the book to help identify weaknesses in their knowledge prior to taking the exam,” Laplante said. 

 The study guide is $39.99 for IEEE members and $49.99 for nonmembers.

 PE Software exam registration begins 17 December. Check to find out about your state’s approval and registration process. See exam specifications at

 Many state licensing boards have long contended that because software engineers play a significant and expanding role in the design and operation of safety-critical systems, they should be regulated in the same manner as other engineering disciplines. Projects affecting public health, welfare and safety — such as electric grids, traffic control systems and water treatment plants — require licensed engineers to verify that design work is done properly.

 The PE Software exam was developed under the auspices of IEEE-USA, the IEEE Computer Society, the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. 

 “The exam is the result of a comprehensive survey study of several hundred software engineering professionals and the hard work of a dedicated committee of practicing software engineers with extensive experience in a wide range of mission-critical systems,” Laplante said. 

 For more on the licensing of software engineers in an FAQ article from Laplante, see

 IEEE-USA Free E-Books to Members in November & December Focus on ‘Best of Backscatter’ Series & ‘Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value’

WASHINGTON (15 November 2012) –- As a special benefit to IEEE members in November, IEEE-USA is offering a free e-book, “The Best of Backscatter from IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer – Volume 1.” The free e-book for members in December will be “Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value – Book 1: Perspectives on Innovation.”

 “The Best of Backscatter” is a compilation of articles written for IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer by Donald Christiansen, former editor and publisher of IEEE Spectrum magazine and an IEEE fellow. A sampling of articles includes: “ABET’s EC2000: How’re We Doin’?;” “Reality and the Virtual Engineer;” “The Engineer: Professional or Business Practitioner?;” “About Working Together … or Not;” “Engineers as Inventors;” and “Engineers Can’t Write? Sez Who!”

 “The Best of Backscatter from Today’s Engineer – Volume 1” can be downloaded at for free to IEEE members. The nonmember price is $5.99.

 Gerard H.(Gus)Gaynor, Retired 3M director of engineering, wrote the first e-book in IEEE-USA’s Innovation Series, “Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value – Book 1: Perspectives on Innovation.” He penned the series out of his concern that “while innovation appears to receive considerable attention in the academic and business media, these so-called innovations provide little, if any, consistent and significant economic growth.” 

 Topics in Book 1 include, among others: Ambiguities Associated with Innovation; Basic Concepts Associated with Innovation; Continuum from Idea to Innovation; Types of Innovation; and How Innovation Takes Place. 

 To purchase IEEE member-only products and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Web account.

 Call for Authors

 IEEE-USA E-books seek authors to write an e-book or a series on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea for an e-book that will benefit members on a particular topic of expertise, email your proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto at

November 19th, 2012

2012 Section Elections

Members the 2012 Section elections are open from November 15 to December 15. Here is the slate of candiates

  • Chair                               Fred Nadeau
  • Vice Chair                     Marwan Nusair
  • Treasurer                      Stephen Fridrick
  • Secretary                       Lauren Tappel
  • Member At Large       Pater Staats

To vote, log on the IEEE vTools online voting tool and cast your ballot.  Voting will close after December 15th so cast your vote soon.

November 15th, 2012


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