IEEE Central Texas Section


Volume 52-07

July 2008

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. News & Information

4. Local Conferences

5. Other Conferences


Your IEEE -
IEEE Region 5
IEEE Central Texas Section

IEEE Conferences - Calls for Papers
IEEE Xplore - fulltext access to IEEE Publications
What's New at IEEE
Society News from IEEE
IEEE Standards Association
The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

1. Section Activities

Chairman's Column

We have a couple of new initiatives working within CTS these days. One thing we'll be attempting to develop is a simplified process for all Chapters to be able to provide documentation for professional development training as a result of attendance at Chapter meetings. Several groups have been doing this for some time now. Cheryl Tulkoff is working out the details with help from John Brogan of PES and others.

We have also been involved with local academic, industrial and other professional societies in development of improved processes for encouraging students to enter the field of engineering. Look for additional information on this topic in the next few months under the title "Opportunity for Engineers in Texas". Steve Prough along with Kenny Rice have been leading the charge on this one.

Finally, we will be relooking at how we support the student chapters in terms of proper coordination and representation by our Student Activities Chairman. Support to this critical element of the Section is paramount in maintaining the high performance of the CTS.

Here's wishing everyone a safe summer.......and thanks again for all you do.

Garrett Polhamus
Chairman, Central Texas Section

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Membership Development

Half price IEEE membership for 2008?

That's right; the IEEE is offering NEW MEMBERS half price for joining IEEE. If you join IEEE now you only have to pay half year dues for the remainder of 2008.

So, if you've been thinking about joining IEEE to gain access to the benefits of being an IEEE member but haven't gotten around to it, now would be the time to join and save on membership dues.

Join now and begin taking advance of the benefits of being a part of the world’s largest professional association. Check out the benefits of being an IEEE member at IEEE Member Benefits.

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair

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Engineering in San Antonio - SA Vice-Chair's Column

After a quiet couple of months, I have two requests:

  1. Speaker Database . We occasionally get requests for technical speakers - to professional groups, to middle school kids, but, unless we know who knows what (and I sure don't) - I don't have a clue as to who is up on the latest gadgets, or is an expert in another aspect of technology. We are trying to generate a speaker database of available speakers. What I ask is that you click here and fill out the email, which includes the topic of your presentation, and your contact information and include a target audience if pertinent (little kids, big kids, adults). You can also go to the CTS webpage, choose Contacts, and select Speaker Database. Student groups are frequently looking for speakers as are other professional groups - if your topic is of interest to them, either I or Clif Denny will contact you (we will NOT give out your personal information) to see if you're willing/available to talk. It can be alot fun to amaze those not as technical as us, and it's great for the resume!
  2. IEEE-USA wants to pass some legislation that will make it easier for non-Americans with skills and advanced educations to become citizens. They want to talk to Rep Gonzales and Rodriguez, but, not being part of their constituency, they won't meet with IEEE-USA. If you're in their districts, and want to talk about this legislation, let me know, and I'll put you in contact with our IEEE-USA grass roots lead, and he'll schedule a group meeting, and prep you for the meeting.

Have a great (wet) summer!

Dawn Roberson
Vice-Chair San Antonio

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Section & Chapter News


Many Section Members have distinguished themselves over the years and deserve your recognition. You know who they are. Please take a moment and contact the CTS Awards Chair, Clif Denny,, to nominate them for the CTS lifetime achievement award.

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Continuing Education

New E-Books on Plug-In Hybrids and Survivor Planning

Two new IEEE-USA E-Books are now available. The first E-Book, "Plug-In Hybrids: Electrification, Fuel Economy and the Environment," is part one of a three-part series from the IEEE-USA-sponsored symposium, "Plug-in Hybrids: Accelerating Progress 2007." The second E-Book, "Survivor Planning: What Every Spouse Should Know," is a concise, step-by-step guide to compiling and organizing important personal information in advance of your or a family member's death.

Webinar: Exploring Career Options (10 July)

Technology professionals have the same questions and concerns about career mobility, job advancement, and opportunities for growth as other professionals. This free Webinar provides insights into multiple career options that can lead to life-long career satisfaction and success for engineers. For more information and to register, visit:

Webinar Topics Wanted

To expand the scope of the Tech Insiders Webinars IEEE Spectrum offers, the editors are seeking your input on what topics you'd like to see covered. Send in your ideas by completing a survey at

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Student Branches

St Mary's University- San Antonio (
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, Email:
Branch President: Damon Cardenas (email:

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email:
Branch President: Jonathan Simpkins, email:

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

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

Student Member News

TE Online - June 2008

The June 2008 edition of TE Online includes features on: "Backscatter: Tubescence"; "Marketing New Technologies to Green Consumers (And Beyond)"; "Getting a Head Start: Planning Your First Year in a New Job"; "The Latest On Skills Demand in the Semiconductor Industry"; and much more. To read the latest from Today's Engineer, visit:

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2. Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters

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Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies will not be meeting in July.

The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact or

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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

The next meeting of the CPMT-Chapter in Austin will be held in the first week of September-2008

Chair: Om P Mandhana, Freescale

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Computer Society - Austin

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Computer Society - San Antonio

The San Antonio Computer Society will be on summer break until our September 2008 meeting

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Consultants Network

Topic/Title Credentials for IT Professionals
Speaker Charlie Jackson, Consultant - BA in Government, MS in Science and Technology, both from University of Texas.
Date/Time Thursday, July 10, 2008
(Regular meeting is on 2nd Thursday)
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. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Location China Star Restaurant, 6134 Hwy 290E, Austin TX. Westbound access road of 290E, just east of IH 35

Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleague to grow the Consultants Network attendance.

The Consultants web directory is to be found at

Do the Consultants Network a favor. Give a talk or get a speaker for one meeting this year. Email the bio and summary to the Chairman.

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society

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Electron Devices Society

Topic/Title Novel Graphene-based Materials, CNT Fracture Mechanics, and the Hunt for a Replacement for ITO
Speaker Prof. Rod Ruoff, Cockrell Family Regents Chair, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Speaker Bio Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin as a Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Rod Ruoff served as Director of the Biologically Inspired Materials Institute at Northwestern University. He has been a 'Visiting Chair Professor' at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the U. of Texas (Austin) and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Max Planck Institute-Goettingen, Germany. From '89-'90, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2000, he was a Staff Scientist at the Molecular Physics Laboratory of SRI International and Associate Professor of Physics at Washington University. His research activities include global environment and energy; synthesis and physical/chemical properties of nanostructures and composites; nanorobotics, NEMS, and developing new tools for biomedical research. Prof. Ruoff has authored or coauthored ~180 refereed journal articles in the fields of chemistry, physics, mechanics, & materials science.
Date/Time Thursday July 24, 2008 6:00-7:30PM
Refreshments 6:00-6:30PM
Reservations RSVP to We need an accurate count to purchase refreshments.
Location SEMATECH Room F-C - Map at

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

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology

EMBS will not be having technical meetings over the Summer. Look for our next meeting in September!

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)

For more Information contact Jason Polendo

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

San Antonio Life Members Chapter Meeting

Topic/Title The Challenges of Renewable Resources
Speaker John Michael Harris
Date/Time Thursday, July 24, 2008, 11 am to 1 pm
Bio/Abstract Mike is a Mechanical Engineer and former chair of ASME/San Antonio. He is currently Generation Performance Manager at City Public Service. The presentation will include some practical stuff about wind generation, landfill gas generation, CPS Energy's (and ERCOT's) typical load curve vs. typical wind curves, how we deal with the intermittent nature of wind energy (now and potential for the future), and a bit on the future of things like solar power, future wind power, transmission line congestion and so on.
Location Angelo Italian Restaurant
IH-10 West, Suite 433
(In Leon Springs Shopping Center next to Blockbuster, on the corner Boerne Stage Road and the IH-10 Access Road)
San Antonio, 78257
RSVP RSVP's requested to Bob Harris ( so we can estimate food requirements.

Planning Committee Members Needed

We are looking for a few more volunteers to round out our Chapter's planning Committee. We currently have three, Scott Atkinson, Bob Harris and Ernest Franke. We meet monthly for lunch to review IEEE, Central Texas Section and Chapter activities. Interested folks should contact or 210-481-4932.

If a Life Member is not receiving email from our Chapter, please contact Scott Atkinson at or 210-481-4932.

For more information, contact Scott Atkinson

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Power Engineering Society - Austin

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Power Engineering Society - San Antonio

Topic/Title Roadway Illumination, How may I Enlighten You?
Speaker James Mercier, P.E., TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation)
Date/Time Thursday, July 24 - 6:00 PM Social, 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program
Cost $10 members, $15 non-members, **FREE** for students (Cash only please, no checks or cards)
Reservations Please RSVP to John Brogan @ 210-353-3375 or
Location Grady's BBQ, 6510 San Pedro, San Antonio (210-806-8036)
Notes See website for more information.

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

Upcoming Meetings

August 28 - Lane Bradford -- (Eaton Electrical) - "Harmonics"

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Product Safety Engineering Society

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. For further information about the PSES, please contact Dale Ritzen at (512) 651-5338 or Gary Schrempp at

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society

Topic/Title Ultrawideband: The "Ultra" White Space Technology
Speaker Jim Lansford, CTO Alereon
Date/Time Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 6:30pm
Cost Free
Reservations Please RSVP to Steve Crowl
Location AT&T Labs - 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
Directions Yahoo Map
Speaker Bio Jim Lansford is the Chief Technology Officer of Alereon, one of the pioneers in UWB technology. In addition to developing advanced technologies and architectures for future UWB systems, he is heavily involved in a number of standards, trade groups and regulatory activities. Dr. Lansford was formerly co-chair of IEEE 802.15.3a High Rate WPAN Task Group, chair of the IEEE 802.19 Wireless Coexistence Technical Advisory Group and vice chair of the 802.15.2 Coexistence Task Group. He received his BSEE from Auburn, his MSEE from Georgia Tech, and his Ph.D. EE from Oklahoma State.
Abstract With all the debate over use of spectral "white spaces" in the UHF bands, there is a technology that is already having to use cognitive and white space processing in an attempt to achieve efficient spectral reuse and extraordinary speeds: ultrawideband. These "Detect and Avoid" techniques are primarily targeting coexistence with systems in the 3-5GHz band (C-Band) that UWB must coexist with globally. The bands above 6GHz (X-band) are largely free of restrictions, where UWB can operate as a pure spectral underlay. This talk will highlight the status of UWB and the detection and mitigation techniques that are being developed today to create the huge wireless USB, high speed Bluetooth, and UWB over coax markets.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Aug 7-8: Wireless Hive Networks Conference, Austin (
  • Sept 18: Network Behavior Analysis, Peter Mullarkey NetQoS
  • Oct 16: Command and Control Communications, UT-San Antonio

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Technology Management Council - Austin

Contact Leslie Martinich ( for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Technology Management Council - San Antonio

Contact Nils Smith ( for information about the San Antonio TMC.

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Women in Engineering

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

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3. News & Information

Brain Party makes IEEE Institute Newsletter -- "All Fun and No Work Bring Members Together"

BY NANCY SALIM for "The Institute"

Cyndi Lauper said it best: "Girls just wanna have fun." But lately it looks like our members are the ones trying to have the fun, making sure that belonging to IEEE is not all work and no play. A number of IEEE groups showed their playful side by bringing their members together for fun social events, including a rock climb, entertainment, and free food. Read the whole article at

Q & A with Kam and Ray

Each June The Institute profiles the IEEE President-Elect candidates to introduce them to our readers. This time around, we wanted to learn about the more personal sides of Moshe Kam and Pedro Ray, so read about their hobbies, favorite IEEE memories, and more at

IEEE-USA Awards Nomination Underway

You are invited to get involved into the nomination process. The deadline for Nominations for IEEE-USA Awards is July 31, 2008.

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 pre-college 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 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
    • Harry Diamond Memorial Award
    • Electrotechnology Transfer Award
    • 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? IEEE has many other award categories available. Check out the following links for listings:

Call for Fellow Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the IEEE Fellows class of 2010. The rank of IEEE Fellow is the institute's highest member grade, bestowed on an IEEE Senior Member who has had an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2009. Senior Members can be nominated in one of four categories: application engineer/practitioner, research engineer/scientist, educator, or technical leader.

The Fellows Web pages contain information regarding the history of the IEEE Fellows program, the nomination process, access to the Fellows Nomination Kit, lists of Fellows who are eligible to be references and more about the Fellow program. Please visit the Fellows website at http:/

New Online Directory Opens Doors to Networking

Want to find members who share your interests, belong to the same technical society, or graduated from your alma mater? IEEE memberNet, a new online directory, makes this easier. For more information and how you can become part of this networking community, visit

Greg Allan: The Cable Guy to the Rescue

When NASA scrapped two Atlantis shuttle launches in December because of faulty fuel sensors, IEEE Member Greg Allan was the guy on speed dial. His company manufactures instruments for diagnosing problems in electrical cable wiring. Learn about this member's career at

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4. Local Conferences

5. Other Conferences

These conferences have been brought to our attention by section members

  • 2008 Workshop on Accelerated Stress Testing & Reliability - "Achieving Cradle to Grave Reliability using DFR and Accelerated Stress Testing" - will be held October 1 - 3, 2008 in Portland, OR

    Please visit our website at , and find out all of the important information for our 2008 conference. We are still soliciting presentations for the workshop (papers not required). Our conference is growing every year, and we hope to see you at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland in October.

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