Archive for October, 2013

Bob Haas, remembered

Robert W. Best father and grandfather of all time. Passed on to the Lord on Oct. 7, 2013. Age 82. Devoted father of Lori Flanigan, Brad Haas, and Brian (Kim) Haas. Grandfather of Alec and Morgan Haas, and Sarah (Brian) Bystrom. Beloved companion of Linda Linde. Lifetime member of IEEE, ESC, and RESC. Visitation Fri. Oct. 11, from 11:00AM until time of Funeral Service at 1:30PM, both at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, 10211 Plainfield Rd (just south of Glendale-Milford Rd). In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital or Wounded Warrior Project.

October 10th, 2013

October Section Meeting

MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) in the Bio Microsystem field


Thursday, October 24, 2013 



University of Cincinnati

2850 Campus Way, Cincinnati OH 45221 

Baldwin Hall, Room 544/644

(See attached campus map)



6:30 p.m. –  Dinner  & Social


7:00 p.m. –  Presentation







Professor Ian Papsutsky will be speaking on behalf of the UC IEEE regarding his research on MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) in the Bio Microsystem field.  He will have examples of his work on hand for demonstration. 

Description the research lab:

The BioMicroSystems (BMS) Lab performs highly multi-disciplinary research, from fundamental science to applied work. The BioMicroSystems research includes application of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microfluidics to biology, medicine, and environment, often referred to as BioMEMS. Our mission is to understand and develop microfluidic systems and sensors for improving public health and safety. We also have a strong interest in developing microfabrication and nanofabrication techniques.

Following dinner and presentation, a tour will be available.


Dr. Ian Papautsky is an Associate Professor in the EECE department at the University of Cincinnati since 2000.  He obtained his undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and his Ph.D is Bioengineering from The University of Utah.  He is the Director of the Ohio Center for Microfluidic Innovation and head of the Bio Micro Systems Lab at the university. 


BearCat Sheet Pizzas from Adriaticos.  Cheese, Pepperoni, and Bacon pizzas.  Soft drinks and water will also be provided.


University of Cincinnati

2850 Campus Way, Cincinnati OH 45221 

Baldwin Hall, Room 544/644


Please see map below.  The nearest parking garage is Woodside Garage or the Campus Green Garage.  There is also on street parking on Martin Luther King Blvd and Clifton Ave. 

  1. From the parking garages head inside campus
  2. You will then get to ERC (big orange-ish building with smoke stack like roof) Go up the stairs that will be on your right
  3. Continue through the library square (Brick ground) toward the stairs
  4. Proceed up the stairs and walk through the Zimmer garden toward the other end
  5. When you get to the end take a left and you will be at the front of Baldwin Hall

Once you get to Baldwin Hall, enter the front doors and go right.  You will hit a dead end where there is a water fountain.  Take a left and the first set of big doors on your left will be Baldwin 644.  If you take a right and hit stairs, you’ve gone too far.  


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

Reservations close at midnight on October 20, 2013.

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

All Reservations must be made by midnight, Thursday October 20, 2013

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.


October 10th, 2013

H-1B Increase on Congress’ Agenda

Legislation has passed the U.S. Senate and is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives that would roughly double the size of the H-1B temporary visa program.  If an immigration reform bill passes this year, the H-1B increase will almost certainly be part of the bill unless legislators hear from their voters soon.

The bills are part of Congress’ on-going efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  While most media attention has focused on issues like amnesty and boarder security, the legislation would also profoundly change high-skill immigration into the United States. 

At the moment, both the House and Senate are supporting legislation that will increase the H-1B visa cap from its current 65,000 visas to around 180,000 visas annually.  Along with new and existing exemptions from this cap, the total number of H-1B visas available each year would likely be around 250,000, up from 130,000 now.

The Senate bill (S. 744, which is the big comprehensive immigration bill) also includes a number of useful reforms to the H-1b program.  While these don’t undo the damage done by a cap increase, they will help.  The reforms include:

  • Improving the formula for calculating the prevailing wage, so that H-1B wages will be closer, although still less than, American wages
  • Requiring most companies to hire American workers before turning to the H-1B
  • A ban on most companies using the H-1b to outsource jobs
  • Limiting companies to having only 50% of their total U.S. workforce on an H-1B

The House bill (H.R. 2131) includes none of these protections.

Between 2001 and 2012, the United States created, on average, 58,000 new STEM jobs each year.  A recent analysis by IEEE Spectrum estimated that there are a total of 277,000 new STEM job vacancies each year, which includes retirees and individuals leaving the STEM workforce.

IEEE-USA opposes any attempt to raise the H-1B visa cap, and supports efforts to protect American and foreign workers from the unintended consequences of this visa program.  At the same time,  IEEE-USA recognizes that there are many highly skilled and innovative people around the world who were not born in the United States.  It is in our country’s interest to let some of these people live and work here – but they must be allowed to live and work here as American citizens, not merely temporary workers.

The Senate bill includes a large expansion of the EB green card program, which IEEE-USA supports.  The bill would create a new green card for every international student who earns a Masters or PhD in a STEM field in the United States.  The House bill includes a more limited, but still very useful, version of this provision.

Problems with the H-1B program have been well documented.  The most damming problem with the program is that more than half of the visas last year were used to replace American workers with lower-cost foreign workers.  Outsourcing companies received around 55% of the visas.  These companies employ tens of thousands of workers in the United States, almost none of whom are Americans. 

IEEE-USA encourages everyone who is concerned about expanding the H-1B visa program to send an e-mail to their legislators as soon as possible.  This can be done at IEEE-USA’s Legislative Action Center (, look in the upper right.) or at and www.senate .gov.

October 2nd, 2013


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