IEEE Central Texas Section


Volume 51-10                                                                                          October 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.

Central Texas Section Webpage

Central Texas Section calendar

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 2-5 Dec 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.  (no website listed)


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


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


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5.  Presentations of Interest

Are you a PE and need your annual Ethics PDH?  The Bexar Chapter TSPE October meeting, titled "Public Health, Safety, Welfare and the Environment... Responsibilities of the Engineer," will count for that credit.  October 1, 11:30a-1p, at LaVillita Assembly Bldg (CPS Round House).  $20 for TSPE members and $40 for non-members.  RSVP to Paula Frost (210 372-1315) or  Reservations required!

If you're interested in more presentations in Austin, the Austin Chamber has started a newsletter, called "TechBytes from the Human Capital”.  Free signup at


IEEE Activities and Links

Your IEEE 

Calls for Papers

IEEE Xplore 

What's New at IEEE

IEEE Standards Association

About the IEEE

The Spectrum


To contribute information to this electronic newsletter, please send it by e-mail to


1. Section Activities

2. Chapter Activities

3. IEEE Info

4. Local Conferences

  • 2007 IEEE International Conference on Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD)
  • 2007 IEEE International Workshop on Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV)
  • 2008 IEEE PES Joint January Technical Committee Meeting
  • 2008 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC)
  • 2008 IEEE Region 5 Technical, Professional, and Student Conference
  • 2008 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC)


5.  Presentations of Interest


1. Section Activities

Chairman's Column 


As we enter the final quarter of 2007, it is time to reflect on our goals and objectives.  At the beginning of the year, I laid out the goals for the Section to -


Improve the value of member services,

Promote mid-career education,

improve K-12 education, and

Resuscitate innovation in engineering.


Central Texas Section members continue to contribute to these goals by promoting our members to higher grades, forming new chapters, leading conferences, and holding section and chapter meetings.


Together, we have conducted several successful conferences, meetings, and workshops, including the Austin Brain Party 2007, IEMC2007, and the Wireless Hive Network Symposium.  CTS Section officers attended the annual Region 5 Meeting and the IEEE USA Leadership meeting.  We’ve conducted Section Planning meetings in the spring and fall to keep us focused and on track.  Finally, we formed two new chapters improving member value.


Our final goals in the last months of the year will be to recognize our leaders who have stepped up to the challenge, conduct a final member upgrade event, and plan some fun social events to showcase our members contributions to engineering.


Of special note, this is the final edition for our Analog Editor, Dr. Dawn Roberson.  The Analog is an important communication tool for the Section and Dawn has done an outstanding job during her tenure.   It’s a tough act to follow, but if you have an interest in filling this position, please let me know.


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


Twelve, yes count 'em twelve new Senior Members!

Congratulate these folks when you see them on their new status as Senior Members!

James Collins

Michael Fischer

Anand Haridass

Ganesh Kamat

Byron Krauter

Jian Ling

Lili Qiu

Koneru Ramakrishna

Joseph Scruggs

Richard Wiggins

Linda Wilson

Yin Zhang


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


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!


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 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 Adivser: 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,

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Calls for Volunteers


Maker Faire Austin

The Austin Children's Museum is pleased to help present the first-ever Maker Faire Austin on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday October 22 at the Travis County Expo Center.  Organizers were delighted with the response to mid-July auditions and meetings with potential participating organizations.  They expect 200 makers and 30-40 sponsors and commercial exhibitors to be involved and up to 25,000 people to attend.  If your company would like to participate, register at  If you would like to volunteer,


2.  Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters 

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Topic or Presentation Title:  CMOS Digital Design

Speaker:  Multi-media tutorial

Date and Time:   Tuesday, October 9 , 6:30PM


Reservations:  not required

Meeting Location:  UT Campus - ACES 2.402 Auditorium


This month the Central Texas Solid State Circuits Society will be hosting a set of full multi-media tutorials originally presented at the 2007 ISSCC.


6:30PM – 8:00PM  Phillip K.T. Mok – Embedded Power Management Circuits
8:15PM – 9:45PM  Ron Ho – Dealing with Issues in VLSI Interconnect Scaling

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

Topic or Presentation Title:  Effects of fpBGA pad finish and SAC solder ball alloy composition on ball attach integrity, temperature cycling, and drop test performance

Speaker:  Dr Leo Higgins, VP, Engineering and Technology, ASAT, Inc, Austin

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 4, 6:00-7:30pm

Cost:  Free
Meeting Location:  Freescale Semiconductor, Long Canyon Conference Room in Bldg C-Lobby,

7700 W Parmer Lane, Austin 78729. 

The organizational meeeting was held in August, and officers elected.  They are:

Chair:  Om P Mandhana, Freescale

Treasurer:  Jonathan Burnett, Freescale

Technical Program Co-Chairs:  Moises Cases, and Paul M Harvey, both of IBM


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:   State of the Linux Desktop and Windows/Linux Desktop Equiv Apps.

Speaker:  Thomas Weeks, Lead Sys. Engineer, Rackspace Managed Hosting

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 18

              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, October 15, (210) 999-7399

Location:  Rackspace Managed Hosting, 9725 Datapoint Dr, San Antonio, TX  *new location*



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


Consultants Network  [for more information]

Date and Time:   Thursday, , 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


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:  Elections for next years officers, Business related to 2009 Symposium


Date and Time:  Wednesday, October 24, food at 6:30, speaker at 7:00 



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


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:   Nanoimprint

Speaker:   Prof Grant Wilson

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 25 - 6:00-7:30p

Reservations: RSVP to

Meeting Location:  SEMATECH Room F-C



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

Engineering in Medicine and Biology {for more information


Topic or Presentation Title:  Welcome to my World - Research at the Center for the Intrepid      

Speaker:  Jason Wilken, PhD, MPT, LTC Evans

Date and Time:  Wed, Oct 10, 2007  *special date*

              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 - Max capacity of 35, so RSVP required!

Meeting Location:  The Center for the Intrepid on Ft Sam Houston



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 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: 


Date and Time:  Thursday, , 6p


RSVP:  Jason Polendo for San Antonio

Meeting Location: 



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:   Power Quality

Speaker:  Mike Noth and Greg Lado (Square D)

Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 23, 6-8:30 

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



For further information, please contact Stan Friend

Future meetings:

November:  Fayetteville Power Plant tour (field trip to La Grange, TX)

Dec:  no meeting - Merry Christmas


Power Engineering Society - San Antonio [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:   NFPA 70E and Arc Flash

Speaker:  Bobby Richard with Yaskawa

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 25

     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) 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:  Studies in Dielectric Withstand Testing

Speaker:  Dwayne Davis from Associated Research

Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30


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. 


Chapter Chair: Gary Schrempp(


Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society [for more information]

Topic:  IEEE 802.11N Wireless Networks
Speaker:  Pratik Mehta, Dell Computer

Date and Time: Thursday, October 18, 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: IEEE 802.11n – the emerging Wireless LAN technology.  The focus of this presentation will cover the emerging standard, its applicability and importance in Wireless LAN solutions.  The presentation will also cover the broader area of Wireless LAN and aspects of deployment, security, ease of use, performance, and discuss some of the wireless challenges.

Presenter: Pratik Mehta is Dell’s Wireless Technologist.  He has served Dell in this capacity for 7+ years and covers several wireless technology areas, and develops Dell’s wireless technology strategy.  Active in industry and standards, Pratik has served in IEEE, Wi-Fi Alliance, Bluetooth SIG, WiMedia, Wireless USB forums.  Before joining Dell Pratik was an architect at AMD in Austin, prior to which he worked at National Instruments.  Pratik holds MSEE and MBA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University, respectively.

Women in Engineering  [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:  Texas Conference for Women


Date and Time:   October 4



Meeting Location:  Austin Convention Center

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

The goal of this newsletter is to provide the more than 6500 members of the Section with up-to-date and meaningful information. We welcome contributions and suggestions that will improve the newsletter. Please contact the editor, Dawn Roberson at if you have any thoughts or suggestions. The deadline for submission is the 25th of the month.

To add your name to the list who get the Analog, send an email from the address to be added to Put only the following text in the body of the message: subscribe cts-section.

If you no longer wish to receive the Analog, follow the directions as listed above, but instead of subscribe, put 'unsubscribe cts-section'.

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3. IEEE Info

THE INSTITUTE: can be found at

IEEE Member Benefit: 

IEEE Members access the world of technology. Search more than 1,100,000 documents in IEEE Xplore. Subscribe to IEEE Society publications at low, member-only rates. Purchase papers online for just $13 each -- or save even more when you subscribe to the IEEE Member Digital Library. 

Get the most from your IEEE membership -- find out how today: 

IEEE-USA NEWS & VIEWS : IEEE Career-Building Resources:  *BOOKMARK THIS SITE*: For career-building resources, including articles and product and service notices, visit IEEE-USA's CAREER NAVIGATOR at: IEEE XELL [a.k.a. Expert Now IEEE] GAINS SOCIETIES’ SUPPORT

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 <>.

IEEE-USA Seeks Award Nominations!

IEEE-USA's Awards and Recognition Committee is seeking nominations for its 2007 awards for professionalism, technical achievement and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession. Because of our Web site's technical difficulties earlier in the year, the deadline for nominations has been extended to 14 September 2007.

IEEE-USA Awards are given to recognize, professionalism, technical achievement and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States. Professionalism is characterized by efforts which advance the standing of members in the professions served by IEEE. Example activities are:

Promotion of science and math education in precollege education

Promotion of professional awareness with college students

Educating members on non-technical skills to advance and maintain their careers

Educating the public on the positive impact of the professions served by the IEEE

IEEE-USA awards include:


Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering

Professionalism Award

Award for Distinguished Public Service

Citation of Honor

Precollege Education Committee Teacher-Engineer Partnership Award

Regional/Divisional Professional Leadership Award


Professional Achievement Award:

For individuals

For organizations

Technical Achievement

Harry Diamond Memorial Award

Electrotechnology Transfer Award

Literary Contribution

Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession

Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Engineering Professionalism

For detailed information and nomination forms please see


Don't see an award that fits your nominee here? The IEEE has many other award categories available. Check out the following links for listings:

For more information, contact Sandra Kim at or 202-530-8330.

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 to Change 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, will be 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 is taken by 20 August, the default spam filtering level will be 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:

Visit the Village at:


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 will be 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.

 IEEE membership portal

We hope all Section members are taking advantage of the  IEEE Membership Portal.   Visit it at

To ensure that you receive your 2007 IEEE Annual Election ballot materials, please verify that your IEEE member profile contains your current postal and e-mail addresses. Please make sure that your member profile information is updated by 12:00 noon EDT (16:00 GMT) on Friday, 29 June 2007. All eligible voting members will be mailed a ballot based on this information on or before 1 September 2007.

To access and update your profile, visit myIEEE ( or the Update Profile Application ( If you encounter any problems, contact IEEE Member Services at or at +1 800 678 4333 or +1 732 981 0060.

This year's annual election ballot has 18 categories and 42 nominated candidates. To view the slate of nominated candidates, and those seeking to be petition candidates, please visit Individuals seeking petition candidate status need to submit all required signatures to the IEEE Board of Directors by 12:00 noon EDT (16:00 GMT) on Friday, 8 June 2007.

If you have a question about an IEEE issue that you would like to ask the President-Elect candidates, send it to by 15 May 2007. Responses to select questions will be broadcast over the IEEE Election Website, and on, during the voting period.

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