IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 53-02

February 2009

Newsletter of the Central Texas Sectionof 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 Dennis Ferguson, Editor, dferguson@ieee.org

Editor's Note: This is my first issue as Editor of the Analog and it has been quite a learning experience. I hope the results are the same high quality documents that my predecessor, Kevin Nickels, provided each month.


CONTENTS

1. Section Activities

2. Chapter Activities

3. News & Information

4. Local Conferences

5. Other Conferences


IEEE EXTERNAL LINKS

Your IEEE - www.ieee.org
IEEE-USA
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

Well, we're off and running for 2009. Your new crop of leaders for the Section Executive Committee met in San Marcos on 24 January and laid the groundwork for an exciting year of activity. We approved a new budget for 2009. Yes, a little smaller than last year, given the drastic shrinkage of our investment account suffered (along with many others) last October. But still, one focused on helping the Chapters facilitate the networking so vital to our organization.

A little training was also done to help prepare the new chapter officers for their leadership role for this year. This covered typical budget responsibilities as well as the sharing of new ideas for successful technical meetings, workshops and symposia.

We also heard from our Congressional Fellow, Sherry Gillespie, as she described her exciting year working for Senator Leiberman, and her development of the legislative provision for Trusted Defense Systems (see her final report at http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/GOVFEL/reports/Gillespie2008Final.pdf, among other activities. Lastly, we had a great report from the St Mary's University student chapter on their amazing growth and lively plans for the coming year.

This is a great time to be in the Central Texas Section. We're active and we're growing. This is all due to you and the leadership team of your chapters. Thank you all for that.

Garrett Polhamus
Chairman, Central Texas Section
polhamus@ieee.org

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

E-Week is finally here! There are lots of activities in San Antonio - we have the Proclamation Breakfast and Engineer for a Day (has your company signed up to host a High School student interested in EE? If not, contact Becky Carroll at bcarroll@pape-dawson.com or 210 375-9000 ), we have the golf tournament, and new this year we have a 5K family fun run/walk at McAllister Park on Feb 21 at 7:30. The first 200 will get really cool T-shirts, and bring a can of food for the Bexar County Food Bank. Register online for any events at www.bexartspe.org or on race day at McAllister Park.

UTSA is having some E week events - a Career Fair targeted toward students, and a guest presenter - Dr Kay Dee, the Founding Director of the Center for Practice and Scholarship of Education in Indiana will be talking on Feb 16 in the BSE 2.102 (our newest building on the UTSA campus) from 11-12. The title of her talk is "Making the Most of Your Learning Styles". Check out our other E-week activities on the UTSA webpage,as well as the CTS student organization webpages.

For your planning purposes, we have colleagues who would like to get a 'Future City' competition (targeted at 7-8th graders) going in SA and Austin. I think we have the interest to get one started - have the first one between the two, and then grow separately. In Future City, a team of students, a teacher and an engineer mentor design a city with a theme (which changes every year and is/was water this year). They design, build, write about, the whole 9 yards, their city for the competition. If we have enough teams (50), the winning team gets airfare and hotel paid for their trip to the National Championship in Washington DC during Eweek! So I need a couple of things - I want you to let your school system know we're doing this - I want to make sure we have enough participation, and I'll need volunteers to help mentor/judge/organize this project. I'll be there, but I sure can't do it alone! The regional competition for North Texas was January 24, so that's a good time to target for next year!

Have fun and stay warm!

Dawn Roberson
CTS Vice-Chair San Antonio
robersonj@ieee.org
210-458-5520

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Membership Development

Recognizing New IEEE Fellows in the Central Texas Section

IEEE Fellow status is granted to an IEEE Senior Member with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE's designated fields of interest. The honor is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors.

For the Class of 2009 there were only 302 Fellows designated throughout the IEEE. The CTS is honored to have six of these new fellows in our area. Please congratulate these new Fellows, they are:

  • Moises Cases, IBM
  • Gustavo de Veciana, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Brian Lawrence Evens, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Lizy K. Kurian John, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Lisa Su, Freescale Simiconductor
  • Nur A. Touba, The University of Texas at Austin

Do want to make a difference as an engineer and have fun at the same time?

Each year there are a number of science fairs in Texas in which the brightest high school students compete for scholarships, cash and other prizes along with the opportunity to advance to state and international competitions.

As an engineer, one of the biggest gifts you can give is the gift of being a judge for these outstanding students. Not only do you have the opportunity to interact and contribute to the students, but also participate with other extraordinary engineers in the community.

The local regional fairs (29 counties) are the Jr. Academy of Science and Alamo Regional Science Fair and are held in San Antonio. In addition, the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineer Fair is held in San Antonio. Judges are needed for each of these fairs.

For more information, please contact John and Rose Perez at jeperez@swbell.net or Robert Fanick at rfanick@swri.org.

And I might add that I have judged several of these fairs in the past and have had a blast. Come out and have some fun making a difference!

Have you been renewed your IEEE membership for 2009?

Don't know? Check it out though your MYIEEE account. Login at: http://www.ieee.org/myieee or simply call 1 800 678-4333.

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-522-3729

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Continuing Education

Webinars from IEEE Spectrum

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Student Branches

St Mary's University- San Antonio (http://ieee.stmarytx.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Baroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch President: Alex Ramos, email: aramos4@mail.stmarytx.edu

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: farzan@engr.trinity.edu
Branch President: Jonathan Simpkins, email: jonathan.simpkins@trinity.edu

University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch chair: Austin Robin DeHart, email: chair@ieee.ece.utexas.edu

University of Texas at San Antonio (http://www.utsaieee.org/)
Faculty Adviser: Yufang Jin, email: yufang.Jin@utsa.edu
Branch chair: Philip So, email: philip.so.1@gmail.com

Student Member News

Call for student papers

IEEE is holding a student paper contest in conjunction with the upcoming Region 5 meeting, to be held Apr 17-18, 2009 in Lubbock, TX. http://www.r5conferences.org/.

The Region 5 Paper Contest has three levels: Local, Area and Region. Look at the Central Texas Section website www.ieee.org/CTS for deadlines and instructions for submission.

Central Texas Section award $4000 in grants to UT-San Antonio, St. Mary's University and Trinity University.

This was a competitive process where the schools submitted proposals for projects to be funded. Robotics projects were popular as they are a fun way for students to practice what they learn in the class room. It also gives a leg-up on Region 5 robotics competition where UTSA finished in 2007. Community outreach was another popular project where students take design kits into K-12 schools to demonstrate what engineers do. On behalf of our section schools, thanks to CTS for their continued support.

Why You Should Stick With IEEE

Each year about half the IEEE student members who graduate don't renew and move up to full members--they just drop out. But if they don't renew, these graduates will miss out on a load of benefits that could come in handy as they enter the workforce. Check out the top reasons you should keep your membership after you graduate at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/13927/40069599

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Calls for Volunteers

Student Paper Contest Judges

IEEE is holding a student paper contest in conjunction with the upcoming Region 5 meeting, to be held Apr 17-18, 2009 in Lubbock, TX. http://www.r5conferences.org/.

The Region 5 Paper Contest has three levels: Local, Area and Region. We need some volunteers to judge the CTS and Southern Area entries. Please contact Clif Denny at c.denny@ieee.org for more information or to volunteer.

IEEE Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)

The IEEE CTS will be hosting its first Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) seminar for local educators on February 25th at TEA Region 20 in San Antonio from 9 am to 4 pm. Any CTS Member who wishes to volunteer to help with the seminar is invited to attend. Please contact Dean Schneider, CTS K-12 Committee Chairman at d.schneider@ieee.org for more information.

The IEEE Teacher In-Service Program is sponsored by the IEEE Education Activities Board (EAB) and features IEEE Section volunteers developing and presenting technologically oriented subject matter to local pre-university educators in an in-service or professional development setting. TISP allows IEEE volunteers to share their technical expertise and to demonstrate the application of engineering concepts to support the teaching and learning of science, mathematics and technology disciplines. For more information about TISP, please go to http://www.ieee.org/web/education/preuniversity/tispt/index.html , or contact Dean Schneider at d.schneider@ieee.org.

National Engineers Week Future City Competition needs your help, support

We are in earnest need of your help. Through mentoring, judging, or sponsorship of the 2008-09 National Engineers Week Future City Competition, you and your colleagues can make all the difference. Middle-school students with a keen interest in engineering and those committed to helping them realize their dreams are now preparing for the North Texas Regional event. All are in need of any assistance you can provide, no matter how great or small.

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

There are a number of different ways for you and your organization to become involved in this year's North Texas Regional Future City Competition (https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part.html):

  • VOLUNTEER: Become a Mentor. Mentors work directly with the student teams and are involved in all phases of the competition as an advisor. He/she provides technical assistance and real-life experience as the students work on the competition. .
  • VOLUNTEER: Become a Judge. Interacting with the kids as they present their innovative ideas for the future. We need dozens of judges for a variety of deliverables, now through January. .
  • SPONSOR: Sponsor a special award. With a contribution of $200-$500 your organization can provide a special award that promotes your particular interest and increases the opportunity for every student to be a winner. .
  • SPONSOR: Underwrite the entire program by becoming a general sponsor. Join Shell, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, IEEE, UT Arlington and others to ensure this program continues to provide educational opportunities for students in North Texas.

BACKGROUND

The Future City Competition is the nation's largest not-for-profit engineering education program. Its purpose is to encourage students to pursue a technical career, to address important environmental issues in our world, and to realize their vision of a city of the future. The winner of our regional event will go on to compete in Washington, DC during National Engineers Week. All of it is possible only through the combined efforts of volunteers and sponsors.

The students are challenged in a series of fun, hands-on applications to present their unique set of solutions to the real-world problems of creating a livable city. To do so, they will adopt the principles of every branch of engineering to support their assertions. Each competing team is asked to first generate a computerized design of a future city, then build a scale model of that city using as many recycled materials as possible. Additionally, they will research and write a paper - this year's challenge is water conservation. The students must create a home system that minimizes (or eliminates) the use of municipal or externally supplied water for daily requirements. Finally the teams will publicly present their projects to a panel of judges.

However you decide to help us, we thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me. My information is provided below. You can also visit the official web site at http://www.dfwfuturecity.org to learn more on how you and your organization can make a difference to the next generation of engineers.

Jean Eason
N TX Regional Coordinator
National Engineers Week Future City Competition
j.eason@ieee.org
www.dfwfuturecity.org

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2. Chapter Activities


Multiple Society Events

Sponsor Central Texas Section of ASME
Topic/Title ASME's annual Ethics presentation
Speaker C.S. Clark, PE, of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Date/Time February 19, 7:00pm
Location Travis County Sheriff's office, just south of Highland Mall on Airport Boulevard, with plenty of parking.
Notes PDH certificates are awarded for those interested.

Multiple Chapters

No multiple chapter events are scheduled for February


Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ssc_css/

No Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits Sociey meetings are scheduled for February

The March meeting will be held on the 2nd Tuseday of the month and will be the annual review of the ISSCC conference.

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 seningen@ieee.org or dferguson@ieee.org

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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) - Austin
http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/

Topic/Title Packaging Effects on Mechanical Reliability of Cu/low K Interconnects
SpeakerDr. Paul S. Ho, Director of the Laboratory for Interconnect and Packaging at the University of Texas at Austin
Date/Time Thursday, February 12, 2009 6:00-7:30pm
Cost None.
Location Freescale Semiconductor,
Long Canyon Conference Room in Bldg C
7700 Parmer Lane
Austin, TX 78729

Chair: Om P Mandhana
IEEE-CPMT Chapter in Austin
Networking and Multimedia Group
Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas
(512) 996-6063

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Computer Society - Austin
http://www.ieee.org/austin_cs/

Topic/TitleHow to handle decimal floating point arithmetic in binary floating-point computer world
AbstractMost computers today contain binary floating-point hardware. Though this satisfies some calculation requirements, binary floating-point logic is not useful for financial, commercial and user-centric applications, or for Web services. The decimal data that these applications use cannot be represented exactly by using binary floating-point, which, many times, cannot precisely represent decimal fractions. This presentation introduces different DFP standards, and available software and hardware which applications can take advantage of their DFP operations.
SpeakerCalvin Sze, IBM AIX Performance
Date/TimeWednesday, February 18, 6:30PM Networking 7:00PM Program
Costnone
Reservationsnot required
Location National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expy Bldg C, Rooms 1S13, 1S14, 1S15 - see map

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Computer Society - San Antonio
http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org/

Topic/TitleEmbedded System Portability
SpeakerMatthew Sealey and Dr. Kevin Nickels, Genesi USA and Trinity University
Date/TimeTuesday, February 17, 2009
6:30 networking, 7:00 dinner, 8:00 program
Cost$10 IEEE Members, $13 Non-members, $0 students
ReservationsRSVP to Yu Zhang by Monday before meeting, (210) 999-7399
LocationSkyline Room, Coates University Center, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
NotesSee www.ieee-cs-cts.org for directions and parking information.
This meeting is open to the public.
AbstractThe Embedded Systems Portability (ESP) project investigates how to acquaint Trinty Engineering students with several important modern trends and practices in embedded system design - those of modular programming and functional portability - while minimizing prerequisite knowledge. Since Spring 2007, Genesi and Trinity have been collaborating on utilizing the EFIKA 5200B evaluation board, based on the Freescale MPC5200B Power Architecture (TM) System-on-a-Chip, in design and research projects. This collaboration evolved into the ESP project, where PCI-based boards for Altera CPLD development are fitted into an EFIKA running Linux. Mr. Sealey and Dr. Nickels will describe the control architectures and hardware developed in this project, as well as the course content that we hope to develop.

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Consultants Network
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn

Topic/Title Green Living, Green Building and Green Collar Jobs
Speaker Susan Meredith: Susan Meredith is the author of "Beyond Light Bulbs: Lighting the Way to Smarter Energy Management" a complete and comprehensive framework in layman's terms while giving concrete examples of how you can contribute and benefit. Susan is also founder of HumanExcel, a corporate educational firm based in Austin , Texas . As an engineer and MBA graduate with expertise in business process improvement, Susan helps organizations improve efficiencies, reduce wastes, and save energy. She has taught and mentored over 600 Process Improvement projects, including those with measurable impacts exceeding $1Million. For more information see www.beyondlightbulbs.com.
Date/Time Wednesday, February 25, 2009
(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 optional at 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.
AbstractThere are six key areas and three crucial support areas that are critical to the success of a global energy solution. Green collar jobs and new business opportunities abound. In addition, changes in our habits and households will save us money, save energy, and help the environment. This session will address how each of us can take action now to have a bright energy future, and move away from the gloom, doom and information overload of global warming, the energy crisis and the economy.

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

The Consultants web directory is to be found at http://www.alesu.com/xltrp/ieeecons/listzero.htm

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
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/emcs/chapters/centraltexas/index.html

Topic/TitleExploring the CISPR-Average and CISPR-RMS detectors and FFT scan techniques
SpeakerJames Young, RF Applications Engineer, Rohde & Schwarz, Inc
Date/TimeWednesday, February 25, 2009. 6:30 social/dinner, 7:00 program
ReservationsNot required
CostFree
LocationNational Instruments, Building C, 11500 North Mopac Expwy., Austin, TX 78759
NotesSee http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/emcs/chapters/centraltexas/index.html for directions and parking information. This meeting is open to the public.

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Electron Devices Society
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/eds/

Topic/TitleLattice Vibrations in Amorphous Thin Films - A Path to Nanocomposite based Energy Conversion?
SpeakerProfessor Bruce White, Binghamton University, NY
AbstractIn this presentation we will discuss how the anomalous low temperature lattice vibrations of glassy materials manifest themselves in thin amorphous films. We will demonstrate that the universal anomalous lattice vibrations remain intact in these films down to thicknesses corresponding to two monolayers. We will also show that it is possible to create similar lattice vibrations in metallic thin films that are polycrystalline in nature. With these results in mind, we will ask the question of whether the surfaces of reduced dimensionality structures can be manipulated to produce a thermal conductivity that is below that expected from diffuse scattering of phonons at surfaces. If so, this could provide a path to artificially created solids with the optimum electronic and thermal properties required for efficient, thermoelectric based, solid state energy conversion.
Date/TimeThursday February 26, 2009 6:00-7:30PM
RefreshmentsLight refreshments are provided
ReservationsPlease RSVP to Christian Catalan at Christian.Catalan@amd.com. We need an accurate count to purchase refreshments.
LocationSEMATECH Room F-C - Map at http://www.sematech.org/corporate/map.htm

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/embs/index.html

No Engineering in Medicine and Biology meetings are scheduled for February

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)

No Graduates of the Last Decade meetings are scheduled for February

For more Information contact Jason Polendo jpolendo@ieee.org

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

No Laser and Electro Optics Society meetings are scheduled for February

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

No Life Member Affinity Group meetings are scheduled for February

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 scott.atkinson@fullarmorgroup.com or 210-481-4932.

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

For more information, contact Scott Atkinson

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Power and Energy Society - Austin
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

Topic/TitleModern Transformers to Today's Modern Electrical Environments
SpeakerDavid Simmons, P.E. - Product Manager - Specialty & Value-Added Transformers, Eaton
Date/TimeFebruary 24, 2009, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Costnone
ReservationsContact Catalina Martinez for details and directions.
LocationEl Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205, 2910 S Congress, Austin, Texas

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

Topic/TitlePower Quality at CPS Energy
SpeakerJose Escamilla, CPS Energy
Date/TimeThursday, February 25, 2009 - 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)
ReservationsPlease RSVP to John Brogan @ 210-353-3375 or jabrogan@ieee.org
LocationGrady's BBQ, 6510 San Pedro, San Antonio (210-806-8036)
NotesFor more information please go to our web site at http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 26 - Cooper Power
  • April 23 - David Howell P.E. "Ethics"

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

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Product Safety Engineering Society
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pses/

No Product Safety Engineering Society meetings are scheduled for February

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 gary_schrempp@dell.com.

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society
http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org/

Topic/Title Trends in Video Communications Towards Hi-Definition
Speaker Casey King, CTO Lifesize Communications
Date/Time Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 6:30pm
Cost Free
Reservations Please RSVP to Saurabh Sureka sab@ieee.org for registering.
Location AT&T Labs - 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
More details on our website: http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org
Abstract TBS - check our website for updates

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March - Tom Cuthbert, President and Founder, ClickForensics

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Technology Management Council - Austin
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

No Technology Management Council - Austin meetings are scheduled for February

Planned 2009 meetings:
  • How to get things done without blowing up your career
  • Choosing winners: how to pick initiatives and objectives for your team
  • Risk management
  • What your management really wants
  • How to negotiate for the resources your team needs

Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Technology Management Council - San Antonio
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

No Technology Managmeent Council - San Antonio meetings are scheduled for February

Contact Nils Smith (nils.smith@ieee.org) for information about the San Antonio TMC.

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Women in Engineering
http://www.austin-wie.org/

No Women in Engineering meetings are scheduled for February

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

Hands-On Projects for Budding Engineers

If you're a teacher looking for hands-on projects for your first-year class in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science, your search could be over. Eight projects are available that cover such things as designing a prosthetic hand and developing error-correction codes for wireless communication systems. The projects were winners of IEEE's Real-World Engineering Project contest. There's more at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/13926/40069599

IEEE Journals Top the Charts

Four IEEE journals were the most frequently cited in their fields, according to the 2007 Journal Citation Reports. Find out which IEEE journals made it to the top of the list at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/13931/40069599

IEEE-USA To Host Three Washington Fly-Ins in 2009

IEEE-USA hosts Washington Fly-Ins to help IEEE members discuss specific legislative issues directly with Members of Congress. Studies have shown that constituent meetings in Washington are the best way for voters to influence legislation. U.S. IEEE members are invited to come to Washington for these events. No experience is required to attend a Fly-In --all that is required is a sincere interest in shaping public policy to improve the engineering profession and American society.

"To learn more about IEEE-USA's Washington Fly-Ins, visit the websites below or contact IEEE-USA's Russ Harrison at r.t.harrison@ieee.org.

The 2009 IEEE-USA Fly-Ins are:

Career Fly-In: 23-24 March - The Career Fly-in will focus on high-skill immigration issues, especially efforts to improve access to green cards for international Masters and Ph.D. students. http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/careerflyin/

Congressional Visits Day: 28-29 April - CVD focuses on the importance of federal spending for basic research. This event brings together a broad alliance of science and engineering groups. http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/cvd/

Energy Fly-In: Mid June - This new event will focus on energy policy issues, especially efforts to promote alternative energy production and distribution. Stay tuned for event details.

National Engineers Week 2009 (15-21 February)

Celebrate the profession during National Engineers Week (EWeek), 15-21 February. As always, a number of high-profile events are planned for the week in Washington, across the country and around the world. EWeek 2009 concludes with DISCOVER ENGINEERING Family Day, sponsored by IEEE-USA, on Saturday, 21 February, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. For more information on EWeek, visit: http://www.eweek.org

For more on DISCOVER ENGINEERING Family Day, visit: http://www.eweekdcfamilyday.org Check out PDFs of the posters IEEE-USA is sponsoring on Metro cars and stations in Washington at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/eweek/

Looking for U.S. IEEE Members to Serve as 2010 Government Fellows

Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors Fellowships for qualified IEEE members to spend a year in Washington serving as advisers to the U.S. Congress and to key U.S. Department of State decision-makers. IEEE-USA's Congressional and Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowships link engineers with government; providing a mechanism for U.S. IEEE members to learn, first hand, about the public policy process through personal involvement. Government fellows must be U.S. citizens. Postmark application deadline for 2010 Fellowships: 13 March 2009 For more information, visit: http://ieeeusa.org/policy/govfel/

IEEE HONORS 2009 CLASS OF FELLOWS

The IEEE recently announced its class of 2009 Fellows, which consists of members from around the world who have demonstrated an "extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest." They join a group of thousands of other IEEE distinguished Fellows who have contributed to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology. The IEEE Board of Directors awards the honor of Fellow to no more than 0.1 percent of the voting membership as of 31 December of the preceding year. To view the list of 2009 Fellows, visit http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/fellows/Fellows_Class_of_2009.html or to learn more about the IEEE Fellow Program, please visit http://www.ieee.org/fellows.

Read the Membership Development column for a list of fellows from the Central Texas Region!

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4. Local Conferences

  • IEEE Region 5 meeting will be held Apr 17-18, 2009 in Lubbock, TX. http://www.r5conferences.org.
  • International Conference on IC Design & Technology will be held May 18-20, 2009 in Austin, TX. Paper deadline is February 16th, 2009. The venue of 2009 ICICDT will be Freescale Semiconductor at 7700 W Parmer Lane, Austin, Texas, 78729, U.S.A. More information can be found athttp://www.ICICDT.org
  • 2009 IEEE Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Technology Conference (AVFOP) will be held September 22-24, 2009 in San Antonio, TX. For more information, contact Christine Bluhm at c.bluhm@ieee.org
  • 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics will be held October 10-15, 2009, in San Antonio, TX
  • 2009 IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Conference will be held October 11-14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio. Paper deadline is March 15, 2009. http://www.smc2009.org
  • 2009 Frontiers in Education Conference will be held October 18-21, 2009, in San Antonio, TX. Abstracts are due January 14, 2009. More information, including the call for papers, can be found at http://fie.engrng.pitt.edu/fie2009/
  • IEEE Conference Search can be found at http://www.ieee.org/web/conferences/search/index.html
  • See also http://www.wikicfp.com - A place to organize and share Calls for Papers

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