Engineering Inside:

2012 Issue 1

Crime Scene Investigation

Engineering the Answer
January 2012

It’s a dark and stormy night. Red and blue revolving lights reflect off the wet brick and highlight the steam rising out of a sewer grate. As the camera pans down we see a sea of police cars and an area cordoned off with yellow police tape. Crime scene investigators snap pictures of every surface, collect samples of blood, paint, and other trace evidence, dust for fingerprints, and bag objects that might be relevant to the investigation. Read More

IEEE Spark Has Been Discontinued

Following a strategic review by IEEE of its education activities, it has been decided to discontinue IEEE Spark. Previous issues of IEEE Spark will remain available until the end of 2017. Visitors can also continue to take advantage of IEEE’s other pre-university education resources including ( and IEEE (

Meet Sargur Srihari

January 2012

Have you ever wondered how scientists and crime scene investigators use handwriting to solve crimes? We’ve interviewed Professor Sargur Srihari about how handwriting can be used as evidence. He created an automated system that uses computers to identify patterns in handwriting and other forensic evidence. The system is used all over the world and has helped solve crimes and has been used to convict criminals!

Professor Srihari’s research led to the first large-scale handwritten address interpretation systems in the world. Read More

Try Your Hand at Biometrics!

January 2012

Have you ever wanted to solve a crime, or do detective work? There are many ways to get involved in sleuthing! One way is to explore some of the methods and technologies used by the experts who are trying to solve a crime. For example biometrics is now used in many areas to help identify a unique person by examining one or more of their physical or behavioral traits. There are two main types of biometric identifiers: physiological and behavioral. Read More

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IEEE Members Reach Out To Students

Did you know that IEEE members all around the world like to reach out to students to share what it’s like to be an engineer?

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