Archive for November, 2016

Election News and General Call for Candidates

The IEEE Cincinnati Section Executive Committee would like to thank all of our members for your participation and contribution to our Cincinnati Section IEEE.  

Your Cincinnati Section IEEE Nominating Committee is now in the process of organizing this election-cycles’ Section Officer candidates to serve the upcoming two-year Term. The elected officers of the Section shall be a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large.

The election schedule will be:

Nov 18th – Candidate slate compiled

Nov 21st – posting of candidates and voting begins

Dec 5th – election results tabulated

Dec 15th – announcement of our new 2017/2018 Executive Committee members 

 At this time we would like to invite

any of our current membership to consider running for election to one of the Executive Committees’ Section Officer open positions. We require a brief bio and member in good standing.

Your contribution as a Section Officer include attending our Executive Committee meetings four times during the year to conduct Cincinnati Section business, plan programs, and assess the Section goals. All elected positions serve for two-years.

 Position duties will include, but not limited to, the following:

Section Chair

– Know about:  IEEE Bylaws; IEEE Policies; MGA Operations Manual

– Chair meetings

– Work with EXCOM, Student Chapters and Affinity Group Chairs to support activities

– Represent Section at Region meetings

– Signer on bank account

 Section Vice Chair

– Chair meetings in absence of Chair

– Be familiar with the policies relating to the activity of the Section and sub-units, including IEEE Bylaws, IEEE Policies, MGA Operations Manual

– Assume additional authority or activity as designated by Chair

 Section Treasurer

– Prepare the annual budget

– Record all financial activity

– Reconcile bank statements/activity

– Report status of unit’s finances to the Section EXCOM meetings

– Prepare and submit Annual Financial Report 

– Pay bills

 Section Secretary

– Record minutes of EXCOM meetings and other Section meetings

– Handle correspondence

– Distribute meeting notices

– Maintain Section records

– Submit officer and meeting reporting, including officer changes during the year, to IEEE National

We would truly be honored to have any of our membership participate as one of our candidates for Section Officer. If you would be interested in running for one of our soon-to-be vacant positions, please contact a section officer. 

Thank you for your participation and for your consideration in this very important matter.

Existing list of candidates:

Chair: Mark McCloy

Vice-chair: Adam Ward

Treasure: Jay Perin

Secretary: Bob Schindler

Member-at-large: Ralph Campbell


Mark S. McCloy

Founder of Legacy Power Solutions

As an Entrepreneur, over his 39 year history, Mr. McCloy has been directly involved in the formation of four (4) successful business operations, employing hundreds of people.

Mark has over thirty-five years of experience in Technical Sales, Business Development, Company Growth and Management, Marketing, and Product and Service development to the Utility and large Industrial electric power marketplace. As the founder of Power Distribution Services in August of 1985, Mark developed company growth to $28 million in 1998.

Mark’s specific product and application knowledge includes high voltage test equipment and apparatus, such as Power Transformers and Circuit Breakers. Protection, control, diagnostic equipment and technologies, including Protection Relays for Distribution and Motor Protection, SCADA Systems, Digital Fault Recorders, Sequence of Events Recorders, Metering, Disturbance Analysis, etc.  Diagnostic technologies include Power Factor, Tan Delta, Partial Discharge, and Thermography; Motion and Timing Analysis and associated technologies applicable to commissioning and installed electrical power apparatus.  Mark has witnessed the changing industry over the years and has extensive knowledge and experience of all electrical power systems ranging from high voltage Utility through Industrial applications, and the challenges associated with them.

CE Power Solutions, 2002 Founding Member of CE Power Solutions, LLC

Power Distribution Services, 1985 Founder and VP; 1998 Sales of $28mil; 11 Offices; 180 employees

 J.W. McCloy and Associates, 1980-1985

Education and Training:

Partial – University of Cincinnati-Liberal Arts-1977

Partial – Ohio State University-1973

Professional Affiliations/Certifications:

Power & Energy Society Member (PES)

IEEE Member

NETA Associate Member

NFPA Member

TAPPI Member (Paper & Pulp Industry)

Safety Training – LGE/KU Passport Training (LGE/KU)

High Resistance Grounding Systems Design and Application – Post Glover and Jack Woodham (2006)

AC and DC Hi-Potential Testing of Electrical Apparatus and Power Cable – from Manufacturer (HVI)

VLF Proof Testing of Power Cable (HVI)

Cable Fault Locating (HVI)

Partial Discharge Detection – field Application and permanent Installation from Manufacturer (Power PD)

Fundamentals of Power Factor – Doble Engineering Spring Sessions Client Meetings (Basic 1 and 2)

On-going Transformer Session(s) – Doble Conference



Product Support Engineer @ L3 Cincinnati Electronics, Space & Avionics Group.  Previous roles with former employers have included engineering management, project management, and hardware/software co-development in a variety of industries including vending systems, communications, and measurement and control.  Education: BS Marketing @ Northern Kentucky University 1982, BSEE @ University of Cincinnati 1987, graduate engineering course work @ University of Cincinnati post-1987.  Registered PE (OH), PMP, 11 patents.  Married, 4 children.  A Senior Member of IEEE, has served on Executive Committee since 2012 (Member-at-Large, Membership Development Chair).


Robert M. Schindler, PE

Current position: Senior Electrical Engineer at Process Plus, LLC. 26 years experience in commercial, industrial, and public facilities infrastructure power, lighting and special systems engineering from control voltage to medium voltage (particular specialty in lighting engineering.) 10 years experience in traffic engineering, traffic signal control and municipal electrical systems. BSEET University of Cincinnati; Registered PE in Ohio and eight other states. Member of IEEE and IES. LEED AP. Married. Hobbies include amateur radio (Amateur Extra, callsign N8LEE), cycling, homebrewing.


Adam Case Ward, P.E.

Adam Ward grew up in Eastern Kentucky. He graduated from Corbin High School located in Corbin, Kentucky in 1979.  He attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky  from 1979 to 1982 in their 3-2 Engineering Program with The University of Kentucky.  Adam attended the University of Kentucky from 1982 to 1986 and again from 1989 to 1990.  He has a BS in Applied Science from Cumberland College.  He has a BGS degree with majors in Math, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Minors in Computer Science, Statistics and Business Management from The University of Kentucky and a BSEE from the University of Kentucky.

Adam worked after graduation as an Assistant Project Electrical Engineer for a Design/Build contactor on the construction of the Toyota Motors Manufacturing Plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. He then was employed by Mason & Hanger Engineering for three years performing designs of electrical systems for military and munitions processing facilities.  He then worked for GRW Engineers and Architects where he did municipal and military electrical design work.  He was promoted to Electrical Department Manager at GRW.  He then went to work for Howard K. Bell Consulting Engineers as their Mechanical/Electrical/Instrumentation Division Manager.  His teams worked on the design and construction administration of municipal and military projects.  In 2000, Adam became the Senior Electrical Engineer for Gray Construction, a design and build firm located in Lexington, Kentucky.  He stayed there until 2013 when he accepted a position with Process Plus in Cincinnati as a Senior Electrical Engineer.  Since then, Adam has become the Electrical Technology Lead for Process Plus.  Process Plus does engineering consulting for Heavy Industrial Customers.  He presently is part of a team growing Process Plus’s Power Engineering services.

Adam has been married to Kathy Ward for 28 years. They have two daughters aged 16 and 20.  Adam moved his family to Liberty Township in 2014.

Adam has been a member of IEEE since 1988 when he joined the Lexington Section of IEEE. He was elevated to Senior Member in 2008.  In 1988 he joined the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the Industrial Applications Society and in 2014 he joined the IEEE Engineering Management Society.  Adam moved his membership to the Cincinnati Section in March of 2015.

IEEE Volunteer Activities:

  • 2008 Lexington Section Vice Chair, 2009 Lexington Section Chair, 2010 Lexington PACE Chair, 2013 Lexington Section Vice Chair, 2014 Lexington Section Chair, Started the Lexington Section of IEEE Robotics Camp for incoming 5th Graders in Fayette County, Kentucky, 2010 – Assisted in Petitioning and Start-up of the IEEE Lexington Section Power and Energy Chapter,  2011 – Lexington PES Chapter Chair, 2014 – Attending representative to IEEE Sections Congress in Amsterdam, Member of IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee since 2008.
  • Member of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky, College of Engineering, University of Kentucky Board since its inception in 2009
  • Member of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Energy – EPSCoR Application Review Board

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 1977 – Kentucky Jaycees “Outstanding Young Kentuckian Award”
  • Inducted into “The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Generals”
  • 1977 – Awarded the Corbin Colonel Award
  • 2004 – Gray Construction – Outstanding Design of a Project Under $5M – GONE Project
  • 2007 – Gray Construction – Outstanding Design of a Project Over $5M – Kronospan Phase
  • 2009, 2010, 2012 – Gray Construction – Engineering Excellence Award

November 17th, 2016


IoT-based Wireless Mobile Computing Platform for Fall Risk Prediction

DATE: Thursday, December 1, 2016 **Please note the special date
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: $10- $15, See information in Reservations


Falls are major health risk with which the elderly and disabled must contend. Scientific research on smartphone-based gait detection systems using the Internet of Things (IoT) has recently become an imperative component in monitoring injuries due to these falls. Progress in gait analysis systems, the capabilities of smartphones, and the IoT are enabling the advancement of sophisticated mobile computing applications that detect falls after they have occurred. This detection has been the focus of most fall-related research; however, ensuring preventive measures that predict a fall is the goal of this health monitoring system. A thorough investigation of existing systems and using predictive analytics, I built a novel mobile application/system that uses smartphone and smart-shoe sensors to predict and alert the user of fall before it happens. I used built-in sensors in smartphones and a sensor embedded smart-shoe. The interactions between these sensors and the user resulted in distinct challenges for this work while also creating new performance goals based on the unique characteristics of this system. In addition to providing an exciting new tool for fall prediction, this work will make several contributions to current and future generation IoT-based research.


AKM Jahangir Alam Majumder is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His research explores the development of an IoT-based mobile computing platform for elderly care. In his research he has developed mobile computing technologies employing software models as well as the physical system which uses a standard smartphone in conjunction with sensors in a custom smart-shoe. He received his Ph.D. in 2016 from Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin. Before coming to Marquette University, he worked as an Instructor in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) of Bangladesh. He served as IEEE Student Activity Committee (SAC) Chair at IEEE Bangladesh Section from 2005 to 2009. He is the recipient of the Richard W. Jobling Fellowship Award from Marquette University for outstanding PhD student in 2013 and 2014.

MENU SELECTIONS:   Buffet Menu:  Roasted Turkey & Dressing, Baked Ham with Pineapples, Three Cheese Lasagna, Sweet Potato , Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes, Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables, Cranberry Relish, Dinner Rolls and Butter, Chef’s Choice of Dessert

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 click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  (Note:  Meeting list on webpage is slow to load on some browsers)

Reservations close at midnight on Sunday November 27th, 2016. DINNER RESERVATION CANCELLATION POLICY An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by midnight, Sunday November 27th, 2016

WALK-INS (those without reservations): You are welcome to attend this meeting and/or enjoy the dinner even if you did not register in advance. Walk-ins pay a higher $15 dinner fee. Raffel’s determines our cost based on the number of plates used; if you choose to have dinner, please pay the fee if you eat even if you arrive late or didn’t pre-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 if qualified!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.

November 16th, 2016


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