IEEE Central Texas Section


Volume 51-8                                                                                          August 2007


Newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.

Published monthly (Deadline for inclusion is the 25th day of the previous month). Dawn Roberson, Editor, ( Have a question or comment? Contact us.

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4. Local Conferences

WIreless Hive Networks Symposium, August 8, Downtown Hilton, Austin.


IEEE Intl Conference on Image Processing 2007 (ICIP)  will be held Sept 16-19 in San Antonio.  The Call for Papers can be found on the conference website.


2007 IEEE Intl Conference on Cluster Computing (CLUSTER) will be held Sept 17-20 in Austin.


2007 8th IEEE/ACM  Intl Conference on Grid Computing (GRID) will be held 19-21 Sept at the Omni Hotel in Austin.


2007 Power Architecture Developer Conference (first ever!) will be held 24-25 Sept in Austin. Austin Convention Ctr


2007  IEEE International Workshop on Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV) will be held 2-5 Dec in Austin.


2008 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2008) will be held in Austin Feb 24-28.  (no website listed)


2008 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC) will be held in San Antonio on Sept 3-5.


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1. Section Activities

2. Chapter Activities

3. IEEE Info

4. Local Conferences

  • Wireless Hive Networks Symposium
  • 2007 IEEE Intl Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)
  • 2007 IEEE Intl Conference on Cluster Computing (CLUSTER)
  • 2007 8th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing (GRID)
  • 2007 Power Architecture Developer Conference
  • 2007 IEEE International Workshop on Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV)
  • 2008 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC)
  • 2008 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC)


5.  Presentations of Interest


1. Section Activities

Chairman's Column 

August is a busy month in Central Texas Section.


The IEEE 2007 International Engineering Management Conference (IEMC) will be July 29 to August 1.  IEMC 2007 is a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, theories, and knowledge between all persons involved in engineering management and economic development of technologically-focused communities.   The conference will be held at the Lost Pines resort, a world class facility.


The Signal Processing and Communications Chapter is organizing the Wireless Hive Network Symposium on August 8th in conjunction with NIWeek 2007 at the Hilton Austin.  The complete program can be found at  Register for the IEEE Wireless Hive Network Symposium 2007 on and enter "IEEE" for the regcode.


The Central Texas Section 2007 fall planning meeting will be on August 18.  The meeting will begin with coffee at 8:30am and run through 3:00pm at the Quality Inn, 1433 IH 35 N, San Marcos, TX.  All Section members are invited to attend.  We will hear plans for the second half of 2007 from the Section and Chapter officers, and lunch will be provided.  We will have two new technical chapters in CTS, the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society, chaired by Om Mandhana, as well as the Life Member Chapter.


In addition to the technical Chapter meetings, there are a number of social events in August.  With all the rain in the area, Lake Travis was closed temporarily and The Travis Chapter of the TSPE had to reschedule the Engineers' Summer Party for August 18 at the Keller Landing Marina on Lake Travis.  This event will begin at 5:00pm (after the CTS fall planning meeting). Dinner is still $15 for adults, and there are a number of activities to entertain you.  You must RSVP before August 13 at   There will also be an event in Round Rock sponsored by Graybar on August 28 from 9:00am to 8:00pm.  Register for training followed by dinner and a ball game at


The Maker Faire is coming to Austin in October, 2007.


Be sure to consult the Central Texas Section Website,

for meetings, conference dates, and news, and try the myIEEE at   It is a portal to IEEE services and products customized to your specific membership profile.


Thanks to all who volunteer their time and skill to the Central Texas Section of IEEE.   Please let me know how I can help you participate.


Clif Denny


Central Texas Section
Senior Member IEEE
Central Texas Section Chair


Chapter News


New CTS Society

On July 11, 2007, the Central Texas Section was approved to have it's own Components, Packaging & Manufacturing Technology Society Chapter!  Congrats to the organizers (especially Om Mandhana) for all their hard work.  Their first meeting will be August 9, in Austin, at 6-7:30pm at FSL-Austin.  Agenda includes introductions, election of officers, logistics of next meetings, suggestions.  Please come if you are interested. 


An upgraded BRAIN for the BEST computers!

The CTS Board was approached to donate some money to the San Antonio BEST organizers.  As a result of this donation, they have prototyped a new controller platform (now called BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node) and is now quite mature.  The first example robots were built in the Spring and a prototype competition (May 5th at Auburn University) of the 2007 game was held with 3 of the robots using the prototype controllers.  Some changes were made from this event, and improvements added for the first production run.  This development was all done by volunteer efforts since last October/November when IEEE and AIAA provided funds for production of the first few printed circuit boards.  These new functions will not be used in this Fall's competitions (not everyone got the upgrade), but will be available for experimentation by the student groups.


The cost to the student groups has not changed significantly, which was the intent for the upgraded capability.  As IEEE members, we contribute to society in many ways - some this way, and Austin BEST is looking for mentors for the Fall competitions (see Calls for volunteers) - put together a team of mentors, and have fun with the student groups!


More Austin fun!

A day of seminars, an evening of baseball, and of course food; what more could you want?  Okay, so it's free!  Graybar is hosting a Technology Showcase at DELL Diamond in Round Rock, TX on August 28, 2007.  They are having seminars all day long; many of which will issue PDH certificates for your attendance.  Lunch is provided by Bussman, and then the seminars end just in time for dinner and baseball.  How much more fun can it be?  Well bring your family to enjoy the game with you.  Check out the Graybar web page and register early.  (PDHs provided!)


A new senior member

If you see Dawn Roberson, congratulate her on making Senior Member!  (thanx Joe!)


New Affinity Group

CTS officially now has a Life Members Affinity Group.  Scott Atkinson is listed as chair.  Please contact him if you need more details about meetings. I heard a rumor that it will be in mid-August.  Stay tuned for more details! 


San Antonio Engineering Management Society Chapter

We are in the process of collecting the needed signatures on a petition to form a San Antonio EMS Chapter (which will become a San Antonio Technology Management Council on January 1st).  If you are an EMS member and have not already signed the petition, please contact Nils Smith at

Continuing Education

NEED CEUs? The University of Texas at Austin offers a wide array of continuing engineering education opportunities geared towards Texas engineers.  All of the training awards continuing education units (CEUs) which Texas PEs are now required to submit for their annual renewal.  We event boast CEU Conferences where you can get all required 1.5 CEUs including 1 hour of engineering ethics in just a few days!  Visit for more information.


Student Branches

St Mary's University - San Antonio (for more information)

Faculty Advisor:  Djaffer Ibaroudene, Email:
Branch President: Joshua Cavazos , email:

Trinity University - San Antonio

 Faculty Advisor:  Farzan Aminian, Email:

Branch President:  Will Johnson, email:

University of Texas at Austin (for more information)
Faculty Adivsor: Sriram Vishwanath, email:
Branch chair: Rossen Tzartzev, email:

University of Texas at San Antonio (for more information)

Faculty Advisor:  Yufang Jin, Email:
Branch chair: Nickolas Grady,

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Calls for Volunteers


Austin BEST needs mentors!

On September 15th teams from 20 area high schools will receive a box of parts and a challenge: within six weeks, transform these parts into a radio-controlled robot capable of completing a task while competing against the other teams. The teams rely on the guidance and experience of technical professionals like you.  As a mentor, you spend a few hours per week helping teams through the engineering process.  For more information contact:     

Joe Brown  Mentor Coordinator.  For more details on the competition, try


2.  Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters 

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Topic or Presentation Title: 


Date and Time:   Wednesday, , 6:30PM



Meeting Location:  UT Campus - ACES 2.402 Auditorium


Anyone interested in becoming a Chapter Officer, participating as a Volunteer,
or desires to participate in the planning of 2007 CTS CAS/SSC Chapter activities should attend. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.


This meeting is open to the public and interested parties.  Additional details will be posted at

If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact

Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

Topic or Presentation Title:  Organizational meeting

Speaker:  Date and Time:  Thursday, August 9, 6:00-7:30pm

Cost:  Free
Meeting Location:  FSL-Austin (editor's note:  this is all I got, and I don't know where this is - contact Om for more details


Computer Society - Austin [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:  

Speaker:  Date and Time:  Wednesday, , 6:30-8:30p

Cost:  Free
Meeting Location:  National Instruments, 11500 North MoPac, Building C, room 1S13, Austin, TX 78759

See for detailed directions and for last minute information. This presentation is open to the public.


Computer Society - San Antonio [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:   Summer Break


Date and Time:  Thursday,

              6:30 p.m. - Networking; 7:00 p.m. - Dinner; 8 p.m. - presentation




The San Antonio Computer Society will be on Summer Break with our next scheduled meeting in September.  If we should have something special come up, such as a tour, we'll let you know!


More information on the program is available at our Web site  This meeting is open to the public - please come and see what the graduating students have been doing!  


Consultants Network  [for more information]

Topic:  Tomorrow's Email Systems - A Crystal Ball
 Chris Baker, consultant
Date and Time:   Thursday, August 23, 2007
   Networking at 6:00 pm, Business and program from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant.. Supper is at optional extra cost
Reservations: Not required
Meeting Location: 
China Star Restaurant, 6134 Hwy 290 E, Austin TX
Directions: Westbound access road of 290E, just east of IH 35


A survey of the field of competing communication systems vs. today's protocols e.g. POP3, IMAP4, LDAP, SMAP and SMTP, with consideration of their convenience, anti-spam robustness, security and future importance


Speaker: Chris Baker, Consultant

Information Technology specialist with major interest in networking

A+ Microsoft Professional Certification


Please bring a colleague to help us grow the Consultants Network attendance.


The Consultants web directory is to be found at  

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society  [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:  Focus on Symposium 2007 and lessons learned, to be followed by a Symposium 2009 meeting.


Date and Time:  Thursday, August 23, food at 7:00, speaker at 7:30



Meeting Location:  Professional Testing, Austin EMC Laboratory, 11400 Burnet Road, Bldg 045, 10 m chamber *new location*


Upcoming meetings:

Sept 19:  Jun Fan, EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer - High speed circuit signal integrity


Neither IEEE nor EMC membership is required and all visitors are invited to attend. For additional information, including map to the meeting location, please see our web site at

Electron Devices Society [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:   


Date and Time:  Thursday, , 6p-7:30p (Refreshments: 6:00-6:30pm )

Meeting Location:  Sematech, Room F-C


Please RSVP to .  We need accurate count to purchase refreshments.


Engineering in Medicine and Biology {for more information

Topic or Presentation Title:  Summer Break      


Date and Time:  Wed,

              6:30 p.m. - Networking; 7:00 p.m. - Dinner; 8:00 p.m. - Program

Cost:  $10 members/ free for students/$15 non-members

Reservations:  RSVP to Garrett Polhamus

Meeting Location:  



EMBS takes the summer off - Royce, Garrett and myself would like your inputs for Fall and Spring presenters!

For further information, please contact Dawn Roberson, 210-458-5520.

Engineering Management   [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title: 


Date and Time:  Wednesday, , 6:30p-8:00pm

Cost:  $15 includes dinner and tea or coffee


Meeting Location:  Echelon Building IIII, Suite 200, 9420 Research Blvd, Austin


For more info:


For other information about the Engineering Management Society activities, see the the web site:

For information regarding chapter activities (and those wanting to volunteer), contact Leslie Martinich ( (512-423-5121). 

Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)

Topic or Presentation Title:  Networking/Social!


Date and Time:  Thursday, August 23, 6p


RSVO:  Jason Polendo for San Antonio

Meeting Location:  Flying Saucer, 11255 Huebner Rd, San Antonio




Laser and Electro Optics Society

Topic or Presentation Title:


Date and Time:



Meeting Location:


For more information, contact Ray Chen

Life Members Affinity Group

Topic or Presentation Title:


Date and Time:



Meeting Location:


For more information, contact Scott Atkinson

Power Engineering Society 

Power Engineering Society - Austin    [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:   Graybar Technology Showcase

Speaker:  Lots and lots and a free baseball game!

Date and Time:  Tuesday, August 28 

Cost:  free


Meeting Location: 



All Day Field Trip to the Graybar Technology Showcase and Round Rock Express Baseball.  All IEEE members are invited to participate with Graybar and a long list of suppliers on Tuesday, August 28, in the Greater Austin Graybar Technology Showcase 2007 at the United Heritage Center, followed by an evening of Baseball between Round Rock Express and the Albuquerque Isotopes at the Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas. The all day program begins with registration at 8:30 AM and ends with the conclusion of the ball game before 10 PM. Registration includes selected seminars in five sessions, two in the morning, lunch, two in the afternoon, and dinner presentation. It also includes a pass to the ball game. Families are invited to the ball game and family member tickets may be obtained through Wayne Hachenberg, 426-4561. For details on the seminars and other information on this event please see the announcement,   If you plan to attend, you must register and select your seminars,


For further information, please contact Stan Friend


Power Engineering Society - San Antonio [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:   Relay/Breaker Coordination Studies

Speaker:  Lane Bradford with Eaton/Cutler-Hammer

Date and Time:  Thursday, July 26

     6:00 Social, 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Program

Cost:  $8 members, $12 non-members, **FREE for students** price decrease! (except for students!)

(Cash only please, no checks or credit cards)

Meeting Location:  Grady's, 6510 San Pedro, San Antonio (210 806-8036) New location!

Directions:  Available on our website.


Meal:  BarBQ meal includes 2 meats, 2 sides and tea/water.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Steven Mouser @ 210-658-7250.

 For more information go to our web site at


As always you do not have to be an IEEE member to attend.

For more information go to our web site at       



Product Safety Engineering Society [for more information]


Topic or Presentation Title:  Movie Night - Social

Speaker:  Movie - To be determined

Date and Time:  Tuesday, August 21,  Time:  TBD

Cost:  Movie admission is covered, food is not

Reservations:  Please RSVP if you plan to attend (see below)

Meeting Location:  Alamo Draft House - Lake Creek Location (13729 N Hwy 183)

Directions: Call Dale Ritzen (512) 651-5338 for details and directions.


We encourage you, others in your organization, or other interested parties to participate in our meetings. The PSES meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30, with the program starting at 7pm. Instead of a regular meeting in November or December,  a combined monthly meeting is held in early December to allow members and guests to enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. For further information about the PSES, please contact Dale Ritzen at (512) 651-5338. 


Chapter Chair: Gary Schrempp(


Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:  Internet 2
eaker:  Dan Updegrove, University of Texas, Austin

Date and Time: Thursday, August 17, 2007 at 7pm

Cost:  Free; Sandwiches and soft drinks will be served

Reservations:  RSVP to Steve Crowl

Meeting Location:  AT&T (formerly SBC) Labs - 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX  78759


Topic: Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. This presentation will provide an update and discussion on initiatives as I2 begins its second decade.

Speaker: Daniel A. Updegrove is Special Assistant to the VP for IT at The University of Texas at Austin focused on strategic network initiatives, and currently serves on the Internet2 Network Planning and Policy Advisory Council.. He was previously the University's first Chief Information Officer. Prior to arriving at UT in January, 2001, Mr. Updegrove served as Chief Information Officer at Yale University.

Upcoming meetings:

September 20:  Distinguished Lecturer Tour:  Dr Jerry Gibson will present Voice and Video over Wireless Networks.

Women in Engineering  [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title: 


Date and Time:   Thursday



Meeting Location: 

Women in Engineering has been an Affinity Group of the Central Texas Section since the Fall of 2002. 

Additional information is on the WIE website at


Editor's Notes

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(editor's note:  Copy from an email - reply to Jez, but let us know if things happen!)

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