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9th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2017)

The Greater Cincinnati IEEE Section is happy to invite you to two IEEE events that will be collocated in Cincinnati, October 1 to October 5. The 9th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2017), sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and the IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS), will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. IEEE IAS will also hold its 52nd Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency.

ECCE is the foremost IEEE conference in the field of electrical and electromechanical energy conversion. ECCE 2017 will feature both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, as well as industry expositions and seminars. It will provide engineers, researchers, and professionals a perfect blend of state of the art, technical prowess and commercial opportunities in one attractive location. Furthermore, this year’s conference pays extra attention to the topic of Aircraft Electrification, with several talks given by GE Aviation. More details can be found in the How 2 Power’s July Newsletter.

Conference Sites
Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 West 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Conference Websites


August 24th, 2017


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

IEEE-USA: H-1B Outsourcing Bill Will Not End Outsourcing

WASHINGTON (6 January 2017) — Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation to combat outsourcing within the H-1B visa program. While the bill recognizes how destructive the H-1B program can be, it doesn’t do nearly enough to reign in outsourcing companies or protect American jobs.

“Hundreds of Americans lost their jobs to the H-1B program in Rep. Issa and Peters’ congressional districts,” IEEE-USA President Karen Pedersen said. “Yet their bill will allow thousands more jobs to be lost in the future.”

“It is simply unacceptable — at any wage rate — for companies to fire Americans and replace them with non-Americans who will never be allowed to become citizens.”

The “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” reintroduced Wednesday, raises the minimum salary companies have to pay their H-1B workers to avoid complying with regulations protecting U.S. and H-1B workers. Under the bill, the current threshold of $60,000 would increase to $100,000. The legislation would also eliminate an exemption from the regulations for H-1B workers with master’s degrees.

IEEE-USA has the following concerns about the bill:

* No wage rate is acceptable for companies to replace American workers with employees who are non-citizens

* Compensation is more than just salary. Employing H-1B workers can save companies money on retirement costs, healthcare costs, training costs and virtually every other benefit. 

* H-1B workers can be dismissed at will without any legal complications, negating decades of hard-fought worker protections.

In Issa and Peters’ San Diego-area congressional districts, hundreds of American employees of Southern California Edison were replaced by workers on H-1B visas. The company hired a firm whose business model is to outsource American jobs to lower-wage foreign employees. The American workers were forced to train their replacements to get severance packages.  

IEEE-USA believes that, if companies really need to hire non-American employees inside the United States, they should be allowed to do so. But as American citizens, not temporary guest workers. Real immigration, built on green cards and citizenship, strengthens the U.S. economy and creates jobs for all Americans. The temporary H-1B program is popular with corporations specifically because it does not. 

IEEE-USA calls on Congress to demonstrate its opposition to H-1B outsourcing by prohibiting it. Anything short of this is implicit permission for the job losses to continue 

“Outsourcing companies use the H-1B program specifically because it does not allow workers to become Americans,” Pedersen said. “It enables companies to avoid having an American workforce, while still enjoying the benefits of doing business in the United States.”

Issa press release on the bill:

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January 10th, 2017

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September 1st, 2014

IEEE Women in Enginering International Leadership Conference (IEEE WIE-ILC)

Lead Beyond. Developing Inspirational Women Who Change the World

 Registration now OPEN

Join us in beautiful San Francisco, often called “Everybody’s Favorite City,” for a wonderful opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with industry leaders and expand your knowledge base at the inaugural IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE-ILC) on 1-3 May 2014.

Register now for early discounted rates

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March 7th, 2014

2014 IEEE Conferences

(please scroll down for details on individual conferences and events) 




19-22 February 2014

Washington, D.C.

IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference

3-4 April 2014

Corpus Christi, Texas

IEEE Green Technologies Conference (IEEE GREENTECH 2014)

30 April – 2 May 2014

College Park, Md.

2014 IEEE International Engineering, Security, and Project Professionals Conference (ESP 2014)

15-18 May 2014

Providence, R.I.

2014 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting and InnoTek 2014: Innovations in Technology Technical Conference

23-24 May 2014

Chicago, Ill.

2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology (ETHICS 2014)

24-26 July 2014

Portland, Ore.

IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2014)

10-13 October 2014

San Jose, Calif.

2014 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

27-29 October 2014

Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
(Long Island)

IEEE NewNEB DC Utility Power Conference & Exhibition (NewNEB 2014)

February 12th, 2014

IEEE USA Elections End October 1st

Be sure to review the candidtates and vote!

September 24th, 2013


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


2001 L Street, N.W., Suite 700
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.
For exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Wah Garris at
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. For information on the benefits of IEEE membership, see


 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.

To learn about the many benefits of IEEE membership, visit  

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
IEEE-USA Communications & Publishing
Phone: 1 202 530 8363

April 11th, 2012


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

 IEEE-USA Contributes to Another Successful EWeek in Nation’s Capital
WASHINGTON (28 February 2012) — From Discover Engineering Family Day to the Future City Competition National Finals, IEEE-USA played a key role in last week’s successful National Engineers Week events in the nation’s capital. The IEEE/IEEE-USA New Face of Engineering — Professional Edition was also unveiled.
Discover Engineering Family Day
Family Day got EWeek (19-25 February) started a day early when 9,596 visitors came to the National Building Museum to learn about basic engineering concepts. At IEEE-USA’s exhibit, nine local IEEE members volunteered to demonstrate:

* The greater energy efficiency of LED and CFL light bulbs vs. incandescent bulbs
* How a model dance pad from PBS’ “Design Squad Nation” TV show converts mechanical energy into light and sound energy
* What type of materials conduct electricity, using the Design Squad activity “Electric Highway”
* Internal components of an MP3 player, printer and computer

Former astronaut Dr. Roger Crouch, a payload specialist on two Space Shuttle Columbia missions in 1997, signed autographs and posed for photos throughout the day.

IEEE-USA, which helped launch the first Family Day in 1993, is one of the event’s major sponsors. See Washington FOX 5 coverage at  

National Engineers Week Future City Competition

Murty Polavarapu, IEEE-USA’s representative on the EWeek Steering Committee, presented awards at the Future City Competition National Finals in Crystal City, Va., on 21 February. Our Lady Help of Christians School of Abington, Pa. — the Philadelphia regional champion — won third place for its Future City, Tecumseh. Students Joel Hediger, Meredith Moore and Rebecca Reilly, teacher Jane Ring and engineer/mentor Mike DiCamillo won a $2,000 scholarship — provided by IEEE-USA — for the school’s science and technology program.

Polavarapu also presented the IEEE-USA Best Communications System Award to Valley Middle School of Oakland, N.J. The New Jersey regional champion was recognized for having the most “efficient and accurate communications system.” Its future city, Acqavite di Capri, is set in 2,067. Citizens communicate through “Divergent Optical Technology” and “Computerized Contact Lenses.”

Team members included eighth graders Ashwin Anbu, Jade Pace and Dean Michael Trivisani, engineer/mentor Robert Akovity and the school’s gifted and talented teacher, Judith Vihonski. It is the 11th consecutive year Valley has qualified for the Future City National Finals. In addition to the plaques each team member received, the children will each be sent a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

Polavarapu judged the IEEE-USA Best Communications System Award with fellow Virginia IEEE member Maria Rodriguez. Thirty-seven regional-winning teams vied for the prize.

St. Mary Parish School of Hales Corners, Wis., was the overall national champion. See

Conceived in IEEE-USA offices in 1992, the Future City Competition is designed to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school students. Under the guidance of an engineer and teacher, children create their own vision of a future city, working first on computer and then constructing three-dimensional scale models. The students also have to write an essay about a predetermined challenge the city might face.

More than 1,300 schools and 35,000 students from across the United States competed during the 2011-12 season.

New Faces of Engineering

Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel, an assistant professor in the James Madison University School of Engineering, was chosen as the IEEE/IEEE-USA New Face of Engineering — Professional Edition. The New Faces program is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies. The program highlights the vitality, diversity and rich contributions of engineers under 30.

Nagel is conducting pioneering research in the use of biological systems as models for sensors, processes and instrumentation. She has contributed to numerous journal articles, book chapters and peer-reviewed conference articles, and is active in IEEE, ASME and the Society of Women Engineers. She worked as a blogging team member during the 2009 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting and, from 2009-11, served on IEEE-USA’s American Institute of Physics “Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science” editorial board.

Jeremy Blum, an electrical and computer engineering student at Cornell University, was previously recognized as the IEEE/IEEE-USA New Face of Engineering — College Edition.

 IEEE-USA Presents $5,000 in Student Awards to Undergraduates from Three Universities; U.S. IEEE Student Members Recognized for Creating YouTube Videos for Youngsters on “How Engineers Make a World of Difference”
WASHINGTON (17 February 2012) — U.S. undergraduate students from Tufts University in Boston, the University of California at Berkeley, and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, are being recognized by IEEE-USA during National Engineers Week for creating inspirational 90-second YouTube videos for youngsters 11- to 13-years-old on “How Engineers Make a World of Difference.”

In announcing the $5,000 in student awards for IEEE-USA’s fifth annual online engineering video scholarship award competition, Nita Patel, IEEE-USA vice president of communications and public awareness, praised the quality and diversity of the entries:

— $1,500 to Kristen Ford (and her team) at Tufts for best in content and message, reinforcing that engineers and technical professionals are creative people who seek to make life better for all

— $1,500 to Matthias Mentink (and his team) at Berkeley for best production quality and most professional look

— $1,500 to Paul Stocklin at Ohio University for the most-viewed submission as of the competition deadline

In addition, $50 in Amazon gift cards will be awarded to each of the three winning team leaders, as well as to all of the entering team leaders.  

Kristen Ford, of Tufts, a human factors engineering major, and vice president of the university’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), observed that the NSBE chapter’s entry should encourage teens “to dream bigger, reach higher and achieve more.”
Berkeley’s video from IEEE Student Member Matthias Mentink showed in earthquake-prone areas like San Francisco “how engineers make things stronger and better; so that when the next earthquake occurs, we’ll be ready for it.”
And IEEE student member Paul Stocklin of Ohio University noted that his video garnered the most views by the competition deadline through early entry and use of social media with family and friends, including friends from gaming and online forums.  

To view this year’s winning entries, and entries from four previous years, see

In the 2011-12 online video scholarship competition, entries were also received from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Norfolk State University, Virginia State University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

For the fifth consecutive year, IEEE-USA’s judging panel was formed by: Andrew Quecan, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at Stanford University and J.D. candidate at the University of Texas; Suzette Aguilar, a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin; and Nate Ball, mechanical engineer and former host of PBS’ “Design Squad Nation.”

According to IEEE-USA’s Patel, the organization’s video competition was designed to be replicated in IEEE student sections both in and outside of the United States. In addition to views on YouTube, the winning entries are seen by the 11- to 13-year-old audience on “Design Squad Nation’s” Web site.

 IEEE Homeland Security Conference Seeks Technical Papers, Posters, Tutorials
WASHINGTON (17 February 2012) — Organizers of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST ’12) are seeking technical papers, posters and tutorials in the following areas:

 * Cyber Security
 * Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
 * Borders & Maritime Security
 * Biometrics & Forensics

Accepted papers will be published by IEEE and presented at HST ’12 at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass., USA, 13-15 November 2012. At least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference and pay the conference fee.  

The event, 12th in an annual series, will bring together leading researchers and innovators working on technologies designed to deter and prevent homeland attacks, protect critical infrastructures and people, mitigate damage and expedite recovery. Input from international partners is encouraged.

Papers should focus on technologies capable of deployment within five years, particularly applied research addressing areas in which breakthroughs are needed. Proposals should be no more than 500 words. Tutorial and poster submissions should include a one-page abstract and one-page biography.

Important 2012 submission dates, by midnight eastern time:
 * Paper abstract deadline — 16 March
 * Paper acceptance notification — 6 April
 * Tutorial proposal & final paper submission deadline — 31 May
 * Paper, poster & tutorial acceptance notification and review — 29 June
 * Poster abstract submission deadline — 10 July
 * Publication-ready poster abstract paper deadline — 3 September
All submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. See instructions: .

For more information on submitting papers, posters and tutorial proposals to HST ’12, go to

Suggestions for topics to be discussed in the business program are also sought. Send ideas to

For general information on HST ’12, see or email

Nearly 400 people attended the 2011 conference, including representatives from 14 foreign countries.

HST ’12 is produced by IEEE with technical support from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, IEEE Biometrics Council, IEEE Boston Section ( and IEEE-USA. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, MITRE and Battelle are providing organizational support.

 IEEE-USA E-Book on Guidelines for Professional Employment Available Free as Special Benefit to IEEE Members
WASHINGTON (13 February 2012) — As a special benefit of IEEE membership for February, IEEE-USA is offering a free e-book, “Guidelines for Professional Employment — A Framework for Communication.”

The e-book, prepared by the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee, is designed to help employers and employees understand workplace conditions fully and clearly and provide guidance toward behavior beneficial to the country and the engineering profession. Regular discussion of these guidelines among employers, managers, human resources personnel and engineers helps to provide a basis for enhancing their working relationships, and should lead to good workplace communication and cooperation.

IEEE members can get their free download of “Guidelines for Professional Employment — A Framework for Communication” now through 29 February at The nonmember price is $5.99.

In March, IEEE-USA will offer the e-book, “Engineering the Art of Negotiation Part 1: How to Handle Your Boss” free to IEEE members.

 IEEE-USA Offers Free E-Books to Members in March & April: “How to Handle Your Boss” & “How to Handle Your Colleagues”
WASHINGTON (2 March 2012) — As a special benefit to IEEE membership, IEEE-USA is offering a free e-book in March and April. “Engineering the Art of Negotiation — Part 1: How to Handle Your Boss” is offered free this month. In April, members can receive “Engineering the Art of Negotiation — Part 2: How to Handle Your Colleagues.”

“How to Handle Your Boss” demonstrates a practical approach to satisfying people’s interest in how to build a better relationship with their boss. Readers will receive tips on how to make progress in their organization and experience greater career satisfaction by building a better relationship with their employer.

The publication, free to IEEE members, can be downloaded in March at

“How to Handle Your Colleagues” shows you how to get your colleagues to do what you want them to do by having a deep understanding of your interests and theirs; a willingness to listen to your colleagues; and flexibility in seeking solutions that satisfy your needs and the needs of your colleagues. You can apply these lessons to make your professional and personal life less stressful and more rewarding.

Members can download this free e-book in April at:

The nonmember price for each e-book is $5.99.

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. For information on the benefits of IEEE membership, see


Contact: Sharon C. Richardson, Coordinator
IEEE-USA Communications & Publishing
Phone: 1 202 530 8363

March 5th, 2012

Call for speaker

The IEEE-USA conference will be held in Cincinnati, OH this year.  The program begins the evening of 3 May and continues until lunch time on 6 May 2012.  The theme for this conference is Innovation taking Flight.  The Cincinnati section is a co-sponsor with the Dayton and Columbus sections.  The main plenary program begins on Friday, 4 May.  The Cincinnati section has a 20 minute time slot assigned for a speaker at 11:00 a.m. Friday.  The Executive committee for our Cincinnati section is looking for a person that would be willing to prepare and give this short speech.  Contact Stephen Fridrick, chair, for more information.  (, 513-243-5361)

February 15th, 2012

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