Past Meetings










1999 Meetings
Delaware Bay Section

December 14, 1999
How to Stop Lightning from Hitting the Earth 
Speaker: Don Zipse

Location: Goldey Beacom College (Building & Room TBD)

The end may be near for the two hundred year old method of using a Franklin rod to collect, control and convey to earth the awesome and destructive power of lightning. The side effects of allowing thousands of amperes to flow adjacent to and near computers and sensitive electronic equipment can be considered foolhardy and costly. The Charge Transfer System of preventing lightning strikes to protected areas is a valid concept and will replace the Franklin rod method in many applications. The changes that are occurring with lightning protection technology include the renewed debate over sharp pointed versus blunt rods. The advent of a method for the detection and measuring the magnitude of lightning strikes is replacing the old isokeraunic level charts. Promulgation of a standard for Early Streamer Emission, prevented by what can be considered as an act of restraint of trade, has resulted in legal action being taken against the National Fire Protection Association and others.

For a neat link to some good photos of lightning strikes in action, visit the following web page and follow the links to lightning and the lightning photo gallery: ; go to distribution/ lightning protection, then to lightning activated camera systems, then to lightning photo gallery.

Donald W. Zipse (S'58-M'62-SM'89-F'94-LF'97) graduated from the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades with honors where he gained practical experience in electrical construction and in power plant operation. He received his electrical engineering degree from the University of Delaware and went to work for Cutler-Hammer as an area sales engineer. He spent 16 years with ICI America, Inc in their Central Engineering Department as a company wide specialist.

For the next 14 years he was with FMC Corporation in their Engineering Service organization, functioning as an Electrical Engineering Consultant, responsible for providing electrical design of new facilities and consulting service to the total corporation, both chemical and mechanical groups.

He is a registered Professional Engineer. He represents the IEEE on the National Electrical Code Making Panel #14, Hazardous Locations, the Lightning Standard NFPA 780 and is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. He serves on the National Electrical Safety Code, Grounding Subcommittee.

He has served on many IEEE committees, participated in the color books, and standards groups, including the Standards Board and the Standards Board's Review Committee. He is a member of the IEEE COMAR, Committee On Man And Radiation, and Standards Correlating Committee #28, Non-Ionization Radiation. Mr. Zipse received the Standards Medallion for his work in and promoting standards. He has published many technical papers on such diverse and controversial subjects as

Unity Plus Motors,
Neutral to Ground Faults,
NEC Wire Tables,
Health Effects of Electrical and Magnetic Fields,
Measuring Electrical and Magnetic Fields,
Lightning Protection Systems: Advantages and Disadvantages,
the NESC and the NEC: Are Dangerous to Your Health?,
Electrical Shock Hazard Due To Stray Current

and has participated on National Electrical Code panels and in teaching the Code. For the last five years, he has been President of Zipse Electrical Engineering, a consulting firm. For the past three years, he has been primarily involved as an expert witness in cases resulting from electrical accidents and electrocutions.

November 9, 1999
Tour: Hewlett-Packard Plant
Location: Little Falls Site, 2850 Centerville Road

Hewlett-Packard hosted the local IEEE and ISA chapters at the Little Falls plant on November 9, 1999. The program included a tour of the International Regulatory Test Facilities for EMC, Product Safety, Environmental, and Package Certification as well as a tour of the manufacturing facility for Gas Chromatographs.

In addition to the tour, Bruce Quimby of Hewlett-Packard Co. presented an Overview of Gas Chromatography, Basics to Applications. Bruce Quimby is a Senior Applications Chemist at the Hewlett-Packard Company Little Falls Site in Wilmington, Delaware. He received a bachelors degree in chemistry from Mansfield State College (PA) in 1974 and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1980. He has been at Hewlett-Packard since 1979, working the first 10 years in research and development on the HP5921A GC/AED. Since 1989 he has worked as an applications chemist. He has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and holds five patents in the field of GC and GC-atomic emission detection.

Many thanks to member Wayne Hunter for arranging this tour and talk! The event was so interesting that many of us didn't leave until almost 10 P.M.

October 12, 1999 - Cancelled
Career Night

We learned that there were so many career resources available to UD students that our effort was not needed.

September 15, 1999
Networking/Upgrade to Senior Member Night
Location: Jones Center Atrium, Goldey-Beacom College

Light supper and opportunities to network were provided, and a doorprize went to the person who collected the most business cards.

Formal election of Executive Officers was held, and at the insistence of IEEE, we agreed to move to a calendar fiscal year.

We heard a brief but effective talk about Goldey-Beacom College and their computer science offerings.

A number of members applied for a membership upgrade to Senior Member. 

May 4, 1999
UD Student Presentation Competition

Three prizes were awarded at this year's competition:

  • First prize went to Mark Butala for his presentation on "Design of interconnect geometries to optimize chip set performance".
  • Second prize went to Deva Ramanan for his talk on "Extended Permutation Rank Selection Filters and Their Application to Image Interpolation".
  • Third prize went to Rishi Kahn for his presentation on "What information is in a Microsoft Word document that shouldn't be there and how it was used to catch the author of the Melissa virus".

Congratulations to all three winners! It was not an easy decision for the judges.

This was the second annual event. In the first competition last May, the judges also found it difficult to to decide on a "best" presentation out of the four given; in the end, Jim Phillips and Chris Marrone were awarded the $250 First Place Award for "VHDL: Design, Simulation and Synthesis".

In the informal discussion following the awards, it was clear that May is not the best time for this competition, so we will probably schedule it earlier in the Spring next year.

March 9, 1999
The Delaware Semiconductor Industry Initiative
Speaker: Jonathon Barrington

Building on Delaware's strengths as a chemical research and process community, the state decided, a few years ago, to pursue the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry. In 1996, the Delaware Semiconductor Industry Initiative began at the direction of Governor Carper. Jonathon (Jack) Barrington was recruited to lead the Initiative.

The purpose of the Initiative is to bring to Delaware a new, stable, high value added, long lived industry to offset the downsizing of the traditional chemical and automotive assembly activity in the State. The latest media articles locate the industry just off the south side of the canal at the new Route 1 bridge.

An industry like chip manufacturing is expected to provide growth and stability. For electrical engineers, it also supplies a high technology profession.

Jack described the melding together of Delaware's assets which have made it especially attractive to the semiconductor industry and the current outlook for successfully bringing FABs to the State.

Dr. Barrington's Career Summary:
Dr. Barrington received his PhD in Solid State Chemistry from Columbia University in 1960. He joined DuPont as a Research Chemist in the area of electronic materials, becoming Product Manager in 1970 and National Sales Manager in 1975. Subsequent assignments included International Marketing Manager with responsibility for creating technical centers and marketing organizations in Japan as well as in Europe. In 1985 he was named Division Director and General Manager of DuPont's Semiconductor Materials Division. In 1987 he became Corporate Relations Director reporting to DuPont's Senior Vice President for Electronics and responsible for DuPont's core business strategies associated with its relationships with all major, global electronics companies. In 1992 he retired from DuPont and formed his own corporate management consulting firm from which he was recruited by Governor Carper's administration to organize and lead the Delaware Semiconductor Industry Initiative. He has led the Initiative since its inception in early 1996.

February 18, 1999
NEC Code Changes Course
Focus on Industrial Applications

Presenter: Bob McCullough, Ocean County (NJ) Construction Inspection Department Director

Course text: "1999 Code Analysis" included in the course fee. Bring your own copy of the 1999 NEC. (To obtain a copy, go to or call 800-344-3555.)

Course objectives: To cover changes in the 1999 NEC as they apply to engineers, technicians, and designers working in the area of industrial electrical design, maintenance, and construction. Course content will be taken from the book "1999 Code Analysis."

Instructor Biography: Mr. McCullough has been active in Code panels for many years. He is currently chairman of NEC panel 19 and was previously on panel 9. He is NFPA Electrical Section Executive Committee Member, 1997

President of the Eastern Section of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), and a member of the UL Electrical Council. Mr. McCullough is also Chairman of NFPA 501 Electrical Committee. He presents NEC code courses regularly representing IAEI.

February 9, 1999
Social Night
Speakers: David and Linda Glickstein

At our annual Social Night, members, spouses and guests enjoyed meeting David and Linda Glickstein, publishers of the Discerning Travelers Newsletter. The Glicksteins spoke about how they conduct their research and what they look for in each place they visit.

Highlights of the presentation:

  • Many travel guide writers don't actually visit the areas they write about. Instead they base their writing on information supplied to them by resorts and hotels. The Glicksteins write from personal experience. They visit each location they write about to search out the better rooms, tour packages and dining areas. They keep their information up-to-date through re-visits or through newsletter customers who live in the area.
  • David and Linda's specialty is the East Coast, from Canada to Florida. Though widely traveled throughout the world, they prefer to do in-depth coverage on just one area.
  • They feel the best vacation spots are near Wilmington. Compared to all the places they have visited since 1989, Winterthur and Longwood Gardens are the best. They feel Delaware residents take these places for granted and do not appreciate them as much as they should.
  • A large fraction of the Glickstein's work is to find "hide-a-ways" for short vacations, such as over a weekend. They also spend much of their time looking for small "bed and breakfast" accommodations.