IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 53-08

August 2009

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 Dennis Ferguson, Editor, dferguson@ieee.org


CONTENTS

1. Section Activities

Chairman's Column

Membership Development

San Antonio Vice-Chair's Column

Section & Chapter News

Continuing Education

Student Branches

Calls for Volunteers


2. Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

Computer Society - Austin

Computer Society - San Antonio

Consultants Network

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society

Electron Devices Society

Engineering in Medicine and Biology

Graduates of the Last Decade

Laser and Electro Optics Society

Life Members Affinity Group

Power Engineering Society - Austin

Power Engineering Society - San Antonio

Product Safety Engineering Society

Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - Austin

Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - San Antonio

Technology Management Council - Austin

Technology Management Council - San Antonio

Women in Engineering


3. News & Information

Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?

Bovine Compass

Curb Your Laser Enthusiasm

Ray Guns Get Real

Telematics For Your Spaceship

IEEE Celebrates 125 Years of Engineering the Future in 2009


4. Local Conferences

5. Other Conferences


IEEE EXTERNAL LINKS

IEEE

IEEE-USA

IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

Call for Papers

IEEEXplore - fulltext access to IEEE Publications

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Standards Association

The Spectrum Online -The Magazine for Technology Insiders


1. Section Activities


Chairman's Column


Dear CTS members,


Well, it appears I was premature in wishing our San Antonio Vice-Chairman well in her new assignment to Washington, D.C. Thank Heaven, we get to keep her around for the immediate future as the US Air Force reconsiders its plans for Dawn Roberson. We'll plan on working her extra hard in likelihood the Air Force will continue to keep her in their sights for future leadership in the Air Force scientific community.


Your CTS officers head to Austin on August 8th for the final Strategic Planning session of the year. The focus will be in completing the plan for the future direction of the section's activities to better support the members. And at the end of the month, your chapter leaders will join the CTS officers in San Marcos to plan for next year's programs.


So now is a great time to engage your chapter leaders or the section leadership on any ideas you have for improving our service to the membership. Feedback is critical to our understanding of what kind of job we at the section level are doing for the members. And this is the perfect time to provide that feedback as we look to adjust our processes and plans for the future. Let us hear from you. And again, thanks for all you do for the profession.


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

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Membership Development


Annual IEEE Election

Annual Election Process Begins Again Soon: Look for your annual election ballot package to arrive in August. All members eligible to vote will receive a paper ballot and a postage-paid reply envelope via first-class mail. Included is information about how to vote electronically. For more information, visit www.ieee.org/election.


Did you know about IEEE - IEEE Job Site

Did You Know -


The IEEE maintains a jobsite with current high quality positions for exclusive use by IEEE members.


Jobsite highlights:

  • Global postings from over 4,000 companies
  • Ability to upload resumes for employers to see/search
  • Special section on IEEE Gold/Academic positions
  • Offer webinars for targeted jobs/skills
  • Career fair postings
  • Job search widget - search from your desktop!

And it's FREE... check it out with your myIEEE account at http://careers.ieee.org.


Note: the site is paid for by companies posting jobs on the site. Postings are free for new companies if recommended by an IEEE member.


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

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Section & Chapter News


Central Texas Section - Call for Officer Nominees

The Nominations Committee for Section Officer Elections is now taking input for members who are qualified and interested in running for office for the 2010-2012 term. The committee members are Clif Denny, Joe Redfield, Scott Atkinson and John Purvis. Please contact the Committee to submit your input for consideration. Please include your IEEE member number, contact information, IEEE resume, and a short note explaining your interests and office for which you would like to be considered. The Central Texas Section By-Laws call for 2 year terms of office. Elections will be held in Dec, 2009.


New Central Texas Senior Members (June)

Congratulations to members elevated to Senior level!

  • Chen, Bin
  • Crews, William C.
  • Pan, Feng

Local IEEE Conferences

Several conferences supported by local societies are scheduled for August and September. See Local Conferences below.

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Continuing Education


The Engineering Leadership Institute begins its 2009-2010 year with a one-week intensive bootcamp, training engineering managers to:

  • Create collaborative relationships across your organization
  • Gain support for your ideas and projects
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Learn how to build high performance teams
  • Improve your outcomes through practical negotiation skills
  • Manage risk
  • Acquire tools for strategic planning

This program also includes quarterly follow on workshops, geared to the participants' needs. Certification from the Engineering Leadership Institute is available.

Register now at http://lifelong.engr.utexas.edu/management/index.cfm.

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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: Bryan Sierra, 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: Kevin Messenhimer, email: kmessen@gmail.com


Student Member News


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


IEEE Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)

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.

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2. Chapter Activities


Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/mtt/centraltexas

No Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques Society meetings are scheduled for August.

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

No Joint Circuits & System/Solid State Circuits meetings are scheduled for August. The presentation on "3D Chip Reveal" has been rescheduled for October.

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/TitleAdvances in Thermal Modeling of Electronic Packages and Printed Circuit Boards
SpeakerDr. M. Baris Dogruoz, Senior Product Specialist, ANSYS Inc
Date/TimeThursday, August 6th, 2009 6:00-7:30pm
CostFree
LocationFreescale Semiconductor,
Round Up Conference Room in Bldg B
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/Title

TBD

Speaker

TBD

Abstract

The Computer Society - Austin will hold a meeting in the second half of August. The details can be found in the mid-month CTS reminder and on the Society's web site.

Date/Time

2nd Half August

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expy Bldg C, Rooms 1S13, - see map

Notes

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

No Computer Society - San Antonio meetings are scheduled for July.

This is the annual summer break for the Computer Society and the next meeting will be September 15th.

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

Topic/Title

Foresight in the Time of Simplicity, Complexity, and Chaos

Speaker

Paul Schumann

Abstract

What does foresight mean in today's environment? How do you manage differently if the environment is simple, complex or chaotic? These and other questions will be answered by Paul Schumann's provocative discussion. Paul Schumann is a futurist and an innovation process consultant. He is the president and co-founder of Glocal Vantage Inc. He is also the founder and past president of the Central Texas Chapter of the World Future Society. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Marketing Research Association and ACC's Center for Community-based and Nonprofit Organizations. He is also active in Texas Forums and Extreme Democracy.

Date/Time

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009, (Please note new meeting date in 2009 is 4th Wednesday of the month), Networking at 6:00pm; Business and Program from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Cost

$5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.

Location

China Star Restaurant, 6134 Hwy 290E, Austin TX, Westbound access road of 290E, just east of I-35

Notes

For more information, contact Ed Gordon ebg@ieee.org or Kai Wong kaiwong@ieee.org

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

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

No Electromagnetic Compatibility Society meetings are scheduled for August.

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

Topic/Title

Modeling and Characterization of Smart LSMO Ferromagnetic Thin-Film Tunable Resistance

Speaker

Dr. Mahmoud Al Ahmad, The University of Texas at Dallas

Abstract

This presentation will addresses the potential use of the (La0.67, Sr0.33)MnO3 (LSMO) ferromagnetic thin-film materials as microwave tunable enabling technology. The knowledge of the electroactive and magnetoactive properties of these materials is essential for modeling and design of novel microwave devices.

Date/Time

Thursday August 27th, 2009 6:00-7:30pm

Refreshments

Light refreshments are provided

Reservations

Please RSVP to Christian Catalan at Christian.Catalan@amd.com. We need an accurate count to purchase refreshments.

Location

Rio Grande Conference room at SVTC. - Map at http://www.sematech.org/corporate/map.htm

Notes

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

No Engineering in Medicine & Biology meetings are scheduled for August.

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Engineering Management
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

The Engineering Management Society is becoming the Technology Management Council. Information about meetings can be found in the sections for Technology Management Council - Austin and Technology Management Council - San Antonio

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)

No Graduates of the Last Decade meetings are scheduled for August.

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 August.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

No Life Members Affinity Group meetings are scheduled for August.

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

No Power & Energy Society - Austin meetings are scheduled for August.

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

Topic/TitleReal-Time Monitoring and Analysis System for Power Quality Monitoring of Commercial and Industrial Facilities
SpeakerTBD with National Instruments
Date/TimeThursday, August 27th, 2009 - 6:00pm Social, 6:30pm Dinner, 7:00pm Program
Cost$10 members, $15 non-members, FREE for students (Cash only please, no checks or credit cards)
ReservationsPlease RSVP to Christina Gaydos at 210-658-7250 or chris@grubbengineering.com
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

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

No Product Safety Engineering Society meetings are scheduled for August.

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

Topic/Title

Performability Modelling of Wireless Communication Systems

Speaker

Prof Kishore Trivedi, Duke University

Prof Trivedi holds the Hudson Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, Durham, NC. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science at Duke. He was the Duke-Site Director of an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center between NC State University and Duke University for carrying out applied research in computing and communications. He has been on the Duke faculty since 1975. He has served as a Principal Investigator on various AFOSR, ARO, Burroughs, DARPA, Draper Lab, IBM, DEC, Alcatel, Telcordia, Motorola, NASA, NIH, ONR, NSWC, Boeing, Union Switch and Signals, NSF, and SPC funded projects and as a consultant to industry and research laboratories. He was an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers from 1983-1987. He is on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Systems. He is a co-designer of HARP, SAVE, SHARPE, SPNP, and SREPT modeling packages. These packages have been widely circulated. He is the author of a well known text entitled, Probability and Statistics with Reliability, Queuing and Computer Science Applications, originally published by Prentice-Hall. A thoroughly revised second edition has been published by Wiley. A comprehensive solution manual for the second edition containing more than 300 problem solutions is now available from the publisher (John Wiley).Power point slides of chapters 1-10 of the second edition are also available. The use of the SHARPE software package may be very helpful as a pedagogic aid.

Abstract

The high expectations of performance and availability for wireless mobile systems has presented great challenges in the modeling and design of fault tolerant wireless systems. The proper modeling methodology to study the degradation of such systems is so-called performability modeling. In this talk, we give an overview of approaches for the construction and the solution of performablity models for wireless cellular networks. First, we start with the Erlang loss model, in which hierarchical and composite Markov chains are constructed to obtain loss formulas for a system with channel failures. Consequently, we develop a two level hierarchical model for the wireless cellular system with handoff and channel failures.

Date/Time

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Cost

Admission is Free

Reservations

Free Registration Link: http://fcoe.eventbrite.com

Location

AT&T Labs - 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

Notes

Check our website http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org for details

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

No Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - San Antonio meetings are scheduled for August.

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

The TMC speaker for August will be Michael Cruess on "The Top Ten Things You Need To Know about Your IP" and September will be Allison Goodman, an Intel Engineering Program Manager from Folsom, CA, subject TBD. The group is considering a move from evening to lunch meetings and a more southerly meeting location.

Topic/Title

The Top Ten Things You Need To Know about Your IP

Speaker

Michael Cruess

Abstract

Speaker is Michael Cruess, long time Motorola and Freescale engineering manager, now employed at the law firm of Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.

Date/Time

Wednesday August 12th from 11:30 am-01:00 pm.

Cost

No Cost, refreshments served

Reservations

RSVP to http://www.austin-tmc.org

Location

Mirabelle Restaurant on Mesa Drive just north of the intersection with Spicewood Springs.

Notes

Contact Doug Russell 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 Management Council - San Antonio meetings are scheduled for August.

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 August.

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3. News & Information

Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?

We're now just past the 40th anniversary of the NATO Conference on Software Engineering in Garmisch, Germany, where the discipline of software engineering was first proposed. Because some of my early work became part of that new discipline, this seems like an appropriate moment for reassessment. Read Tom DeMarco's assessment at Software.


Bovine Compass

Researchers from Germany and the Czech Republic have discovered that, all factors being equal, cattle and two species of deer tend to align themselves along a north-south axis using some innate magnetic sense, and that this preferred alignment is disturbed when they graze under high-voltage power lines. Read the story at Smart Cows.


Curb Your Laser Enthusiasm

Are laser developers too enthusiastic for their own good? Top Pentagon officials think so, said veteran laser researcher Martin Stickley of the University of Central Florida, addressing the Directed Energy Professional Society meeting in Newton, Mass. Learn more at Laser.


Ray Guns Get Real

Each armed service has its own plans for laser weapons. The U.S. Army wants truck-mounted lasers to zap short-range rockets. The Air Force wants compact lasers for fighter jets. The Navy wants to defend ships against attacks. And research efforts in China and Russia have been reported as far back as 1995. Read more at Death Rays.


Telematics For Your Spaceship

Researchers at L'Observatoire Astronomique de Paris-Meudon-Nancay have been thinking ahead to a time when space exploration is an everyday occurrence. They've developed a GPS-like method for locating your position anywhere within the solar system. Instead of the satellites that GPS uses, the system generates a reliable coordinate grid using the signals emitted by four pulsars. A link to a paper describing the advance is at Telematics.


IEEE Celebrates 125 Years of Engineering the Future in 2009

The start of 2009 marked the official kickoff of IEEE's 125th Anniversary celebration. IEEE is commemorating this milestone with a variety of activities surrounding the theme of Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future. The official 125th anniversary mark is already visible on ieee.org, and is being used on IEEE publication covers and other materials throughout the year. The latest anniversary information is available on http://www.ieee125.org.

Major anniversary events include a series of celebrations in major world cities throughout the year:

  • 29/30 August - Bangalore, India
  • 6 October - London, England
  • 30 October - Tokyo, Japan
  • TBD - San Jose, Calif.

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4. Local Conferences

  • 2009 IEEE EMC Symposium will be held August 17 - 21, 2009 in Austin TX. For more information, see http://www.emc2009.org/.


  • 2009 IEEE Solar Technology Workshop (STW) will be held September 19th, 2009 in Austin TX. For more information, contact Thuy Dao.


  • 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 SanAntonio, 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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