IEEE Central Texas Section

ANALOG NEWSLETTER

Volume 51-9                                                                                          September 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, (robersondj@ieee.org). Have a question or comment? Contact us.

Central Texas Section Webpage

Central Texas Section calendar


4. Local Conferences

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.  http://www.cluster2007.org

 

2007 8th IEEE/ACM  Intl Conference on Grid Computing (GRID) will be held 19-21 Sept at the Omni Hotel in Austin.  http://www.grid2007.org

 

2007 Power Architecture Developer Conference (first ever!) will be held 24-25 Sept in Austin. Austin Convention Ctr  http://www.power.org/devcon/07

 

2007  IEEE International Workshop on Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV) will be held 2-5 Dec in Austin.  http://mtv.ece.ucsb.edu/MTV/

 

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.  http://www.elet.polimi.it/conferences/msc08/

 

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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 pfrost@frostgeosciences.com.  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 www.austinhumancapital.com.


 

IEEE Activities and Links

Your IEEE 

Calls for Papers

IEEE Xplore 

What's New at IEEE

IEEE Standards Association

About the IEEE

The Spectrum

IEEE-USA

To contribute information to this electronic newsletter, please send it by e-mail to robersondj@ieee.org.


CONTENTS

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 was a busy month in Central Texas Section.  There was the IEEE 2007 International Engineering Management Conference (IEMC), the Signal Processing and Communications Chapter’s Wireless Hive Network Symposium and the Central Texas Section 2007 fall planning meeting.  All of this activity was lead by IEEE volunteers just like you and each was a big success. 

 

At the Section fall planning meeting, I took the opportunity to recognize Sherry Gillespie.  She has been a wonderful leader for the Central Texas Section and will now have even greater influence during her year in Washington serving as an adviser to members of the U.S. Congress.  Sherry was chosen to serve as the 2008 IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow and will begin her fellowship in January. 

 

Upcoming opportunities include the IEEE USA 2007 Annual Meeting, "Capitalizing on Global Opportunities,” over Labor Day weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Maker Faire is coming to Austin in October, 2007.

 

Be sure to consult the Central Texas Section Website, http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/

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.

 

Clif Denny

Chairman

Central Texas Section

 

c.denny@ieee.org
Senior Member IEEE
Central Texas Section Chair


 

Chapter News

 

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 nils.smith@ieee.org.

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 www.UTclee.org for more information.

 

Student Branches

The student branches presented great plans for the upcoming academic year at our fall planning meeting. Many discussed re-invigorating their robotics contests and collaborating with neighboring branches.  There may be many opportunities for members to work with students as guest speakers or hosting tours. We also generated interested in organizing Student Professional Awareness Conferences (S-PAC). Each school expressed gratitude for Central Texas Section's continued financial support.

Welcome to our new officers!
 

St Mary's University - San Antonio (for more information)
Faculty Adviser:  Djaffer Ibaroudene, Email:  dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch President: Joshua Cavazos , email: jcavazos1@stmarytx.edu
 

Trinity University - San Antonio

Faculty Adviser:  Farzan Aminian, email:  farzan@engr.trinity.edu

Branch President:  Katherine Avakian, email:  Katherine.avakian@trinity.edu

University of Texas at Austin (for more information)
Faculty Adivser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch chair: William Ward, email: chair@ieee.ece.utexas.edu

University of Texas at San Antonio (for more information)

Faculty Adviser:  Yufang Jin, Email:  Yufang.Jin@utsa.edu
Branch chair: John Collins, jcollins@lonestar.utsa.edu

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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  Joe.Brown@freescale.com  Mentor Coordinator.  For more details on the competition, try www.capitol-best.org.

 

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 www.makerfaire.com.  If you would like to volunteer,

 


2.  Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters 


Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Topic or Presentation Title:  Vacuum Nanoelectronics/THz Sources

Speaker:  Dr Mark Eaton

Date and Time:   Tuesday, Sept 11 , 6:30PM

Cost:

Reservations:  not required

Meeting Location:  UT Campus - ACES 2.402 Auditorium

 

This month we are pleased to have Dr. Mark Eaton present on vacuum nanoelectronics using cold cathode field emission to generate direct current in vacuum in a variety of useful devices.   A number of applications have been developed  in displays, microscopy sources and miniature X-ray tubes, while others are being researched in novel sensor applications, imaging and MEMS.   Field emission sources will be discussed, as will some of the more interesting applications.

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 seningen@ieee.org  or dferguson@ieee.org.

 


Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

Topic or Presentation Title:  TBD

Speaker:  Date and Time:  Thursday, September 6, 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 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]

Topic or Presentation Title:   Beyond the System Shall:  A Journey from Good to Great Requirements

Speaker:  Mike Alexander, Seilevel

Date and Time:  Thursday, September 20

              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, September 17, (210) 999-7399

Location:  Skyline Room, Coates Center, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.

Directions:   Please note that we have parking instructions on the Web site.  The Alamo Stadium parking is reserved for Alamo Stadium Event parking.  Please check out the instructions at http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org/meeting_details.htm for the parking by Laurie Auditorium.

 

More information on the program is available at our Web site http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org.  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
Speaker: 
 Chris Baker, consultant
Date and Time:   Thursday, September 27, 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 http://www.alesu.com/xltrp/ieeecons/listzero.htm  


Electromagnetic Compatibility Society  [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:  Power  distribution network design for high-speed  printed circuit boards

Speaker:  Dr Jun Fan

Date and Time:  Wednesday, Sept 19, food at 6:30, speaker at 7:00  *new date*

Cost:

Reservations:

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

 

Abstract:  In modern high-speed digital circuit designs,  power distribution  network plays a very important role in maintaining signal  integrity  and minimizing electromagnetic radiation. This presentation will   discuss PDN design objectives and strategies in multi-layer printed  circuit  boards, in particular decoupling capacitor selection and  placement, as well as  power and ground layer design.

 

Speaker bio:  Dr. Fan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1994 and 1997, respectively.  He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2000.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla. In his previous life, he worked for NCR Corporation, San Diego, CA, as a Consultant Engineer from 2000 to 2007.  His research interests include signal integrity and EMI designs in high-speed digital systems, dc power-bus modeling, PCB noise reduction, differential signaling, and cable/connector designs.  Dr. Fan received the Conference Best Paper Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society in 2000.  He serves as Chair of the TC-9 Computational Electromagnetics Committee of the IEEE EMC Society.

 

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]

 

Topic or Presentation Title:   The needs and challenges of the $100 Laptop

Speaker: 

Date and Time:  Wed, Sept 12 - 6:30-9:30p

Reservations: RSVP to nshuvalov@appliednanotech.net

Meeting Location:  Dell Inc, Technology Briefing Center, Parmer South 3, 701 E Parmer Lane, Austin, 78753

Directions: 

 

This is a joint meeting with the Society for Information Display Texas Chapter.

 

Topic or Presentation Title:   4th Intl Symposium on Advanced Gate Stack Technology

(Keynote) Speaker:  Prof Hiroshi Iwai, Tokyo Inst of Technology "Gate Stack Technology for the next 25 years"

Date and Time:  Sept 26-28

Meeting Location:  Sematech

Directions:  www.sematech.org/meetings/announcements/8060

Please register for the conference at the meeting location link.


Engineering in Medicine and Biology {for more information

 

Topic or Presentation Title:  State of the College and State of BME in San Antonio      

Speaker:  Dr C Mauli Agrawal, Dean of Engineering, UTSA

Date and Time:  Wed, Sept 19, 2007

              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:  BSE 2.102 on the UTSA campus, 1 UTSA Blvd, San Antonio

Directions:   Map available:   www.utsa.edu/maps/1604/  

 

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: 

Speaker: 

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

Cost:  $15 includes dinner and tea or coffee

RSVP: lmartinich@ieee.org

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

Directions: 

 

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 (leslie@competitivefocus.com) (512-423-5121). 


Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)

Topic or Presentation Title: 

Speaker:

Date and Time:  Thursday, , 6p

Cost:

RSVO:  Jason Polendo jpolendo@ieee.org for San Antonio

Meeting Location: 

Directions: 

 

 


Laser and Electro Optics Society

Topic or Presentation Title:

Speaker:

Date and Time:

Cost:

Reservations:

Meeting Location:

Directions:

For more information, contact Ray Chen raychen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.


Life Members Affinity Group

Topic or Presentation Title:

Speaker:

Date and Time:

Cost:

Reservations:

Meeting Location:

Directions:

For more information, contact Scott Atkinson


Power Engineering Society 

Power Engineering Society - Austin    [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title:   Stat-com Power

Speaker:  Arastou Oskiui, Austin Energy

Date and Time:  Tuesday, September 25, 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 http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/index.htm.  

Meeting Location:  El Gallo Mexican Restaurant at 2910 S Congress

Directions: 

 

For further information, please contact Stan Friend

Future meetings:

Oct 23:  Power Quality - Mike Noth and Greg Lado (Square D)

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:   Low Voltage - Neural Point Clamped VFD's

Speaker:  Bobby Richard with Yaskawa

Date and Time:  Thursday, Sept 27

     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.

Reservations:   

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 http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio/index.html

 

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]

 

Topic or Presentation Title: 

Speaker: 

Date and Time:  Tuesday,   Time:  TBD

Cost: 

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

Meeting Location: 

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(gary_schrempp@dell.com).


 

Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society [for more information]
 

Topic or Presentation Title:  Voice and Video over Wireless Networks

Speaker:  Dr Jerry Gibson, University of California - Santa Barbara

Date and Time: Thursday, Sept 20, 2007 at 6:30pm *special time*

Cost:  Free; Sandwiches and soft drinks will be served

Reservations:  RSVP to Steve Crowl stevenc@stedwards.edu

Meeting Location:  National Instruments *special location* Room 1S13 Building C

1500 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX  78759

Directions:  http://maps.yahoo.com/index.php#q1=11500+N+Mo+Pac+Expy%2C+Austin+TX%2C+us&mag=4
 

Topic: Wireless networks are rapidly becoming part of our networking infrastructure, and although these networks have been designed primarily with data in mind, it is clear that they will be required to support the reliable transport of voice and video traffic as well.  While considerable work has been performed to accommodate voice and video in these networks, there are several important issues that are not widely recognized nor considered in the design and analysis of these networks to support voice and video.  We investigate the transmission of voice and video traffic over IEEE 802.11a wireless local area networks (WLANs) for a realistic fading channel model and calculate the maximum voice capacity of a WLAN  when considering transmitted bit rate, channel conditions, throughput, payload size, retransmissions, packet loss rate, and delivered voice quality. .

Speaker: Jerry D. Gibson is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and handbooks, including Principles of Digital and Analog Communications (Prentice-Hall, second ed., 1993) and Digital Compression for Multimedia (Morgan-Kaufmann, 1998).  He was Associate Editor for Speech Processing for the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1981 to 1985 and Associate Editor for Communications for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1988-1991. He was President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1996, and he is an elected Member-at-Large on the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors for 2005-2007.  Dr. Gibson is a Fellow of the IEEE and a past recipient of The Fredrick Emmons Terman Award from ASEE.  He was co-recipient of the 1993 IEEE Signal Processing Society Senior Paper Award for the Speech Processing area, and he is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2007-2008.
 


Women in Engineering  [for more information]

Topic or Presentation Title: 

Speaker: 

Date and Time:   Thursday

Cost:

Reservations:

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 http://www.austin-wie.org..

 


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 robersondj@ieee.org if you have any thoughts or suggestions. The deadline for submission is the 25th of the month.

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3. IEEE Info

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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 "MailTo:marisa_wolsky@wgbh.org".

To learn more about "Design Squad," visit <http://pbskids.org/designsquad/>.

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:

Professionalism

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 http://www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/awards/forms.html

 

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:

http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/about/awards/index.html

http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/about/awards/othawd.html

For more information, contact Sandra Kim at mailto:s.kim@ieee.org or 202-530-8330.

New Search portal for science and technology – scitopia.org

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>.

 

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 k.mclean@ieee.org.

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 ieee.org 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 ieee.org 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 https://uce.ieee.org 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 https://uce.ieee.org/opt-out-info.html. Questions can be directed to member-services@ieee.org.

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: theinstitute@ieee.org.

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: http://boldfish.ieee.org:80/u/2682/135523

Visit the Village at: http://boldfish.ieee.org:80/u/2683/135523.

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 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 d.g.gorham@ieee.org or +1 732 562 5483 or Allison Ickowicz at a.m.ickowicz@ieee.org or +1 732 562 5496.

 IEEE membership portal

We hope all Section members are taking advantage of the  IEEE Membership Portal.   Visit it at http://www.ieee.org/myieee

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 (http://www.ieee.org/myieee) or the Update Profile Application (http://www.ieee.org/coa). If you encounter any problems, contact IEEE Member Services at member-services@ieee.org or at +1 800 678 4333 or +1 732 981 0060.

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