IEEE Central Texas Section
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. Send submissions, comments, questions to Kevin Nickels, Editor, email@example.com
1. Section Activities
The holidays will soon be here, and the members of Central Texas Section have a lot to celebrate.
This month, I would like to recognize our newest Section leader, Dr. Kevin Nickels, who has assumed the duties of the Analog editor. As the editor, he has the important responsibility of assembling the monthly communication to the membership. Submit your input to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome, Kevin!
At the same time, I must recognize the outstanding work of our outgoing editor, Dr. Dawnlee Roberson. The Analog has never been so well done!
As we move into fall, please take a moment to encourage GOLD members to participate. It is our challenge to help this group grow professionally. Mentoring our newest members is rewarding and helps smooth the transition from college life.
Recently, we celebrated our volunteers in San Antonio with an appreciation dinner. It is our volunteers who make the organization function, and it was wonderful to take this time to recognize their efforts. Since our section covers both San Antonio and Austin, we will convene a second event in the Austin area to recognize our volunteers who could not attend in October.
Before the end of the year, CTS will hold the fall Sr. Member event. Elevations to Sr. Member in Central Texas are up. Keep up the good work.
Be sure to consult the Central Texas Section Website for meetings, conference dates, and news, and try the myIEEE at http://www.ieee.org. 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.
Chaper and Affinity Group
Meeting Reports Due
Senior Member upgrade Event -
If you have a baccalaureate degree in engineering and seven or more years of professional experience you are eligible to apply for upgrade to Senior Member Grade. Complete upgrade information, including requirements can be found at: http://www.ieee.org/membership/upgrade.html
If you meet the requirements but never seem to have the time to complete an application, we are planning a final Senior Member Event for 2007 in the Austin area toward the end of November. Senior members who have been through this process will be at the meeting to provide assistance in reviewing your application. We will have computers available to help you to finalize your application if needed. After the event, the Central Texas Section (CTS) will manage that the required references are written by CTS senior members. Light refreshments will be provided.
Watch your Email for further details. For more information contact Joe Redfield at Joe.Redfield@SwRI.org
New Affinity Group
San Antonio Engineering
Management Society Chapter
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2. Chapter Activities
No Joint Meetings scheduled for November.
Topic or Presentation Title:
This month the Central Texas Solid State Circuits Society will be hosting a multi-media tutorial originally presented at the 2007 ISSCC. In this tutorial, a general introduction covering system aspects of RF communication and relevant definitions, will be given. The tutorial covers CMOS RFIC design of low noise amplifiers LNAs and downconversion
mixers. The circuit-design lecture first treats the modeling of CMOS devices including noise sources. Next, LNA and mixer design is presented from specifications to detailed topology discussions including all relevant aspects like impedance matching, noise figure, gain, bandwidth, linearity, and low voltage design, without forgetting the crucial and critical RF ESD protection of LNAs. The circuits are illustrated through many measured test chip case studies aiming at RF standards from 1 to 20GHz.
Light Refreshments will be provided.
The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ssc_css/. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Monthly Meeting of
Computer Society - Austin [for more information]
See http://austin-cs.org/ for detailed directions and for last minute information. This presentation is open to the public.
Computer Society - San Antonio [for more information]
Presentation Title: The
State of Parallel Processing: Past, Present, and Outlook into the
More information on the program is available at our Web site http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org. This meeting is open to the public.
Consultants Network [for more information]
Please bring a colleague to help us grow the Consultants Network attendance. The Consultants web directory is to be found at http://www.alesu.com/xltrp/ieeecons/listzero.htm
Electromagnetic Compatibility Society [for more information]
Presentation Title: TBA
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 http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/emcs/chapters/centraltexas/index.html
Electron Devices Society [for more information]
Presentation Title: No November or December
See EDC web link for future meeting dates, past meeting presentations: http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/eds/
Engineering in Medicine and Biology [for more information]
Presentation Title: TBA
For further information, please contact Dawn Roberson, 210-458-5520.
Engineering Management [for more information]
Presentation Title: TBA
For other information about the Engineering Management Society activities, see the the web site: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems/
For information regarding chapter activities (and those wanting to volunteer), contact Leslie Martinich (email@example.com) (512-423-5121).
Presentation Title: TBA
Presentation Title: TBA
For more information, contact Ray Chen firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation Title: TBA
For more information, contact Scott Atkinson
Power Engineering Society - Austin [for more information]
Presentation Title: No
meeting for November/December (see below)
The tour originally scheduled for the November meeting had to be canceled because of unsafe conditions due to heavy construction. So our next general meeting will be on January 22, 2008 at El Gallo Mexican Restaurant in South Austin. Our social time begins at 6 PM followed by a short business meeting, dinner, a presentation, and a discussion. Students eat free and accompanying spouses pay member rates. Please email our Secretary, Stan Friend, if you plan to attend.
Power Engineering Society - San Antonio [for more information]
or Presentation Title: Lightning Protection
As always you do not have to be an IEEE member to attend. For more information go to our web site at http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio
Product Safety Engineering Society [for more information]
or Presentation Title: TBA
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.
Chair: Gary Schrempp(email@example.com).
Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society [for more information]
Women in Engineering [for more information]
or Presentation Title: TBA
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 http://www.austin-wie.org
The production crew for the PBS television series "Design Squad" is soliciting ideas for engineering projects that will appeal to their 9 to 12 year-old target audience. The IEEE provides funding for this series that soon will begin filming episodes for its second season.
The series follows two teams of high school students, mentored by professional engineers, as they compete to design and build a functional machine. The show's producers at WGHB, Boston, Mass. are seeking projects that would be visually interesting, serve a client with a specific need and provide the opportunity for multiple solutions. Past projects have included building a machine that makes pancakes and designing a summer sled for LL Bean.
Scitopia.org, the free, federated search portal created by leading science and technology scholarly societies, officially launched 3 June at the Special Libraries Association's Annual Conference. The service commences with 15 participating Societies including two new partners, the American Vacuum Society and Acoustical Society of America providing users with an even broader array of high quality results to their sci-tech search queries.
More than three million documents, including peer-reviewed journal content and conference proceedings spanning 150 years of science and technology, may be searched through this dedicated gateway. For full details about the service and a full list of participating societies, visit <http://www.scitopia.org>.
The IEEE Legacy Project is an effort to digitally convert the entire back-file for each IEEE periodical beginning with the first issue. These digital archives will be loaded into IEEE Xplore improving the depth of information available to members and customers. Currently about 50,000 articles have been converted and loaded into IEEE Xplore. There are about 30,000 additional articles in the queue for scanning and digitization.
However, there are gaps in the back-file materials. The following list contains all the periodical issues still being sought for this legacy project. If you have copy of any of these issues, please contact Karen McLean, Senior Product Manager, Electronic Products at +1 732 562 6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems:
IEEE Computer Society:
IEEE Engineering Management:
IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility:
IEEE Industry Applications:
Instrumentation and Measurement:
Social Implications of Technology:
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The new IEEE-USA Entrepreneurs Village is an online portal designed to provide high-tech entrepreneurs with tools and resources conducive to innovation and company growth. The portal links high-tech entrepreneurs with their peers, and prospective entrepreneurs with mentors. Village members can seek advice and information on such topics as organization, funding, marketing, human resources, asset requirements, growth, best practices, and legal and government issues. A search engine will assist you in finding the right match for your needs. Experienced entrepreneurs are encouraged to become mentors.
IEEE Teams with IBM to Launch tryengineering.org
IEEE and IBM have collaborated to launch a new website that combines interactive activities with information on careers in engineering. TryEngineering.org is designed to educate a variety of audiences about the different engineering disciplines and the impact engineers have on society. Targeted toward teachers, school counselors, parents and students, TryEngineering.org lets site visitors explore how to prepare for an engineering career, ask designated experts engineer-related questions and play interactive games. Tools for teachers include lesson plans and engineering projects as well as a list of student competitions and science and engineering-oriented summer camps.
The site was launched on 5 June with a searchable list of accredited engineering programs in the U.S. and Canada, and will be expanded to include programs in other English-speaking countries as well as Germany and France. For more information contact Doug Gorham, Educational Activities, at email@example.com or +1 732 562 5483 or Allison Ickowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 732 562 5496.
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