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IEEE CT Section Awards Given at The Connecticut Science Fair - Friday, March 14, 2014

On Thursday March 13, 2014, seven Connecticut students were awarded Connecticut Section IEEE prizes for their projects in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.  The students are from schools in Connecticut grades 7 through 12.  For over 35 years, the Connecticut Section has given special awards to those students who show exemplary aptitude in fields related to the IEEE.  These students represent the best and brightest minds coming out of our Connecticut schools.  Visit their Site at

With the limited number of awards to grant and a slew of high-caliber projects, it was an arduous task to determine those true standout entries.  The IEEE members acting as judges were Gary Felberbaum, Elena Bertozzi, Bill Wessman and Raymond Zeitler.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the following winners of this year's IEEE CT Science Fair Award recipients.  You can view the abstracts of their projects by downloading this PDF file.

CT Science Fair IEEE Special Award Recipients
M. Minichetti
A Filamentous Organic Solar Cell Based Piezoelectric Architecture for Powering Commercial and Biological Electronic Devices
G. Buckridge
Mathematical Patterns Found in Selected Classical Compositions
A. Myrzatay and S. Avci
Building an Automated Prototype for the USAR Operations and Industrial Applications Using Lego Mindstorm, Tetrix and RobotC
Honorable Mention
K. Krawczuk
Drawing Robot
Honorable Mention
E. Windsor
Mathematical Analysis of the Rubik's Cube Using the Thistlethwaite Algorithm and Sets of Moves
Honorable Mention
C. Addonizio
A Novel Application of Piezoelectricity and Impressed Current Cathodic Protection for Corrosion Prevention
Honorable Mention
- Report submitted by Bill Wessman, CT-Science Fair Liaison

Engineers Week 2014 in Connecticut - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Berlin, CT -- The 2014 Connecticut Engineers Week dinner and meeting was held Monday evening, February 10, 2014 at the Baci Grill Restaurant, Berlin Road, Cromwell.

After a social hour, the presentation began with a talk on the newly formed Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) by its commissioner Robert J. Klee.  Mr Klee has a varied background including a PhD in Geology, J.D. Legal Counsel, among others.

The purpose of DEEP is to serve as an umbrella organization to streamline the paperwork and communication between other State and municipal agencies with similar interests. As the name suggests energy efficiency is a major priority in encouraging alternate energy sources: wind, solar, fuel cell, etc...  Other priorities are the encouragement of using more natural gas to replace oil and coal, the establishing of power micro grids along with the cleanup around the brownfield projects. The upgrading and improvement of certain waste water treatment facilities is also a priority.

The DEEP is also involved in a University of Connecticut study of the effects that more severe weather systems will have on existing coastlines, flood plains and sea walls. This also includes the assessment of the integrity of the several hundred unattended or abandoned dams in the States waterways and streams.  The many State parks will also come under review.

After the presentation a buffet dinner was served with additional visiting and networking.

There was an unusually small turnout this year, perhaps due to the threat of bad weather or extreme cold that evening. Thirty individuals registered, but only twenty-four were in attendance.

Submitted by Brad Elker, Member-At-Large

IEEE-USA's Annual Congressional Visits Day - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

IEEE-USA's annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) will be held this year on March 25 & 26 in Washington, DC.  Any and all IEEE members who are concerned about declining federal investments in basic research, our national labs and our research universities is encouraged to attend.
The CVD offers concerned IEEE members an opportunity to meet directly with your members of Congress and their staff in Washington.  This annual event is a crucial part of IEEE-USA's ongoing efforts to protect federal investments in science and engineering.
These efforts are especially crucial in 2014.  After three years of tight federal budgets, Congress is looking for additional programs to cut.  Basic research and R&D have so far survived the first few rounds of budget cuts with only modest reductions.  But that may be about to change.  Programs that the public doesn't know much about or that can be cut without doing immediate damage to too many people are prime targets.  R&D fits the bill perfectly.  While R&D is vitally important to America's long-term economic prosperity, the fact is, should Congress cut the programs, the country won't feel the impact of these cuts for a few years. 
And how many Americans know we have national labs, let alone how they contribute to the country?
If IEEE members want Congress to protect the basic research and R&D budgets, we need to speak up and make sure Congress knows how valuable these programs are to us and our country.
There is simply no better way to get a legislator's attention than to have a voter come to Washington and ask for the legislator's support.  Especially in an election year.
All IEEE members are welcome and encouraged to attend this year's CVD.  To join your colleagues from across the country, go here to learn more and to register:
If you would like to speak with your members of Congress, but can't come to Washington, there may be opportunities to hold meetings in your local area.  Please contact IEEE-USA staffer Russ Harrison to find out, or if you have other questions about this year's CVD.  Russ can be reached at or (202) 530-8326.

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