IEEE Central Texas Section


Volume 51-11

November 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. Send submissions, comments, questions to Kevin Nickels, Editor,


  1. Section Activities

  2. Chapter Activities

  3. IEEE Info

  4. Local Conferences

1. Section Activities

Chairman's Column

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 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 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
Chairman, Central Texas Section

Chapter News

Chapter Leader's Meetings
Austin, November 1
San Antonio, November 14

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Austin, November 1

Chapter Elections
Officers for Chapters must be elected by the end of the year.

Chaper and Affinity Group Meeting Reports Due
Your L31 reports are due by the end of the year.

Senior Member upgrade Event - November 2007
“Supersize” your IEEE Membership - Upgrade to Senior Member Status

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:

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

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 – first meeting may 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 even boast CEU Conferences where you can get all required 1.5 CEUs - including 1 hour of engineering ethics â in just a few days! Visit for more information.

Student Branches

St Mary's University- San Antonio (for more information)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, Email:
Branch President: Joshua Cavazos , email:

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email:
Branch President: Katherine Avakian, email:

University of Texas at Austin (for more information)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email:
Branch chair: William Ward, email:

University of Texas at San Antonio(for more information)
Faculty Adviser: Yufang Jin, email:
Branch chair: John Collins,

Calls for Volunteers

2. Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters

No Joint Meetings scheduled for November.

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Topic or Presentation Title:
Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 13 , 6:30PM
Cost: none
Reservations: not required
Meeting Location: UT Campus - ACES 2.402 Auditorium

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

Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

4th Monthly Meeting of the Chapter:
Date and Time: Thursday, November 1, 2007, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Invited Speaker: E. Jan Vardaman, President, TechSearch International, Inc.
Topic: Advanced Packaging Review
Cost: Free
Meeting Location: Freescale Semiconductor,
              Long Canyon Conference Room in Bldg C
              7700 W. Parmer Lane
              Austin, TX 78729

CPMT-Chapter Website:
Chair: Om P Mandhana, Freescale

Computer Society - Austin [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:

Date and Time:
Cost: none
Meeting Location:

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: The State of Parallel Processing: Past, Present, and Outlook into the Future
Speaker: Djaffer Ibaroudene, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Engineering, St. Mary's University
Date and Time: Thursday, November 15
6:30 p.m. - Networking; 7:00 p.m. - Dinner; 8 p.m. - presentation
Cost: $10 members/ $2 students /$13 non-members
Reservations:Email Yu Zhang by Mon, November 12, (210) 999-7399
Location: Conference Room B, University Center, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX.

Directions will be available at

More information on the program is available at our Web site This meeting is open to the public.

Consultants Network [for more information]

Topic: TBA

Date and Time:
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
Not required
Meeting Location:
China Star Restaurant, 6134 Hwy 290 E, Austin TX
Directions: Westbound access road of 290E, just east of IH 35

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: TBA
Date and Time:
TBA, food at 6:30, speaker at 7:00
Meeting Location:
Professional Testing, Austin EMC Laboratory, 11400 Burnet Road, Bldg 045, 10 m chamber
Map: See website.

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: No November or December Meetings
Date and Time:
Meeting Location: SEMATECH Room F-C

See EDC web link for future meeting dates, past meeting presentations:

Engineering in Medicine and Biology [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title: TBA
Speaker: TBA
Date and Time: Wed, Nov 14
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: Please email Garrett Polhamus (Garrett.Polhamus@Brooks.AF.Mil) so we have a head count for dinner.
Meeting Location: Loeffler Room, BSB 3.03.02, University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus, 6900 N. Loop 1604 West, ** different location **
Map: available:

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

Engineering Management [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title: TBA
Date and Time:
$15 includes dinner and tea or coffee
Meeting Location: Echelon Building IIII, Suite 200, 9420 Research Blvd, Austin

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: TBA
Date and Time:
Thursday, 6p
Jason Polendo for San Antonio
Meeting Location:

Laser and Electro Optics Society

Topic or Presentation Title: TBA
Date and Time:
Meeting Location:

For more information, contact Ray Chen

Life Members Affinity Group

Topic or Presentation Title: TBA
Date and Time:
December, date TBD
Meeting Location:

For more information, contact Scott Atkinson

Power Engineering Society - Austin [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title: No meeting for November/December (see below)
Date and Time:

Cost: $12 IEEE Members and accompanying spouses, $15 non-IEEE members, free for full-time students
Reservations: Please RSVP to Stan Friend or go to our web site at
Meeting Location: El Gallo Mexican Restaurant at 2910 S Congress

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]

Topic or Presentation Title: Lightning Protection 101
Speaker: Eddie Schoenthal with Bonded Lightning Protection Systems
Date and Time: Thursday, November 15
6:00 Social, 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Program
Cost: $8 members, $12 non-members, **FREE for students**
(Cash only please, no checks or credit cards)
Meeting Location: Grady's, 6510 San Pedro, San Antonio (210 806-8036)
Directions:Available on our website.
Reservations: Please RSVP to Steven Mouser @ 210-658-7250.
Meal: BarBQ meal includes 2 meats, 2 sides and tea/water.

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: TBA
Date and Time: Early December
Reservations: Please RSVP if you plan to attend (see below)
Meeting Location: Dell, Parmer South Campus, Building 4, Victoria conference room
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.

Chair: Gary Schrempp(

Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society [for more information]

Topic: TBA
Date and Time:
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
Directions: map from

Women in Engineering [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title: TBA
Date and Time:
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

3. IEEE Info

Design Squad TV Show needs projects!

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.

Ideas for new shows may be emailed to the show's executive producer, Marisa Wolsky, at To learn more about "Design Squad," visit <>.

New Search portal for science and technology -, 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 <>.

Titles Needed for Journal Legacy Project

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

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems:

  • Transactions of the Institute Technical Group on Aerospace of AIEE (1962)

  • IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Navigational Electronics (1965)

  • IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter (1961-1985)

IEEE Computer Society:

  • Annals of the History of Computing (1979-1987)

  • IEEE Computers in Physics (1987)

  • IEEE Computer Group News (1966-1970)

  • IEEE Expert (1986)

IEEE Engineering Management:

  • Transactions of the IRE Professional group on Engineering Management (1953-1954)

IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility:

  • IEEE Transactions on Radio Frequency Interference (1963)

  • IRE Transactions on Radio Frequency Interference (1959-1962)

IEEE Industry Applications:

  • IEEE Industry Applications Newsletter (1967-1987)

  • IEEE Transactions on Applications and Industry (Mar 1963-Nov 1964)

  • Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Part 2: Applications/Industry (1952-Jan 1963)

Instrumentation and Measurement:

  • IRE Professional Group on Instrumentation Society Newsletter (1958-1962)

Power Engineering:

  • Power Apparatus and Systems (1952-1963)

  • Transactions of the American Institute of Elec. Engineers, Part 3:Power Appar. & Systems (1952-1962)

Social Implications of Technology:

  • IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (1986-1987)

  • Technology and Society (1977-1982)

  • IEEE CSIT Newsletter (1972-1976)

IEEE UCE/SPAM Filtering Service has changed from "Opt-In" to "Opt-Out"

To help reduce the increasingly large volume of unsolicited commercial email messages - commonly known as spam - being sent to email addresses from outside sources, the IEEE UCE/spam filtering service will be changing from the current "opt-in" policy to an "opt-out" policy.

On 20 August 2007, a default spam filtering level, expected to reduce the volume of email sent to addresses by 30 percent, was applied to all IEEE email aliases. It is designed to filter out email that is extremely likely to be UCE/spam. In the past, this filtering service had to be individually activated by each user.

However, those who do not wish to have the default spam filtering level applied to their IEEE email alias can select to "opt-out" at and choose the "No UCE/Spam filtering" option, or select a more aggressive filter level. After choosing this option, click on the "Set UCE/Spam Filtering Level" button to save the changes. If no action was taken by 20 August, the default spam filtering level was activated. Subscribers can opt-out of the filtering service at any time.

For more details on why the new policy was implemented, how the policy will improve email delivery through internet service providers and the aggressiveness of the service, visit Questions can be directed to

The Institute seeks Section, Region and Society News

The IEEE Institute member newspaper is seeking more Section, Region and Society news items in an effort to broaden its coverage and help these entities publicize their activities.

Appropriate subjects include:

  • Recognitions that members receive such as promotions, appointments, awards, or honors from their community or government.

  • Recognition that members receive from an IEEE entity, such as an award

  • Interesting jobs or hobbies for member profile pieces.

  • News about IEEE student members, student branches, student activities, and competitions.

  • New products, services, or activities that the Society, Section, Region or Student Branch is offering.

  • Successful social or technical events or meetings.

  • Obituaries on members.

Send the basic "who, what, when, where, and how," and the Institute editors will be in contact if more information is needed.

The editors are also looking for suggestions for topics to write about, whether it's IEEE related or something about the engineering field. Email your news to:

IEEE-USA Offers Resources to Assist Tech-Based Entrepreneurs

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.

To read the related news release, visit: The Institute Newsletter. Visit the Village at

IEEE Teams with IBM to Launch

IEEE and IBM have collaborated to launch a new website that combines interactive activities with information on careers in engineering. 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, 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 or +1 732 562 5483 or Allison Ickowicz at or +1 732 562 5496.

4. Local Conferences

  • 2007 IEEE International Conference on Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD) will be held in Austin on Nov 11-14.

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

  • 2008 IEEE PES Joint January Technical Committee Meeting will be held January 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio.

  • 2008 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2008) will be held in Austin Feb 24-28.

  • 2008 IEEE Region 5 Technical, Professional and Student Conference will be held April 17-20 in Kansas City. Paper submissions are due November 30.

  • 2008 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC) will be held in San Antonio on Sept 3-5. Paper submissions are due January 15, 2008.

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