IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 53-09

September 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

Smart Grid Projects Pick Up Speed

Exoskeletons Already Restoring Mobility And Boosting Strength

DNA Scaffolding To Keep Moore's Law Chugging Along

CPU, Heal Thyself

Russia Reveals Manned Space Plans

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 - full text 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,

Early last month, your section officers met in Austin as they revised the Central Texas Section Strategic Plan. This document will help guide our activities over the next few years as we decide where to invest our limited resources to best support the membership of central Texas.


We have finished our audit of the 2008 financial activities. The preliminary results look good; the draft report is currently going through review. A big thanks to all the chapter leaders and their treasurers in completing this important milestone successfully, and a special thanks to Kenny Rice for spearheading that entire effort.


Finally, the elections for chapter and section leadership are upon us. Exercise your right to vote. And don't pass up an opportunity to volunteer to help the profession... as only you can do.


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

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Membership Development


Annual IEEE Election

Annual Election Process Has Begun: Look for your annual election ballot package to arrive in August or by early September. 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.


ASME Meeting of Interest to IEEE Members

The Central Texas Section of ASME, meeting on September 16th, should be of special interest to electrical engineers, as it will be a presentation by Doug Witkowski of LCRA on hydroelectric power. ASME is inviting IEEE members to attend. There will be certificates for one PDH for those who request them. ASME will meet at the Travis County Sheriff's Office in Austin, at 7PM, with snacks served at 6:45PM. The meeting lasts about one hour. The Sheriff's office is at Airport and 56th just across the street from Lief Johnson Ford.


Local IEEE Conferences

Several conferences supported by local societies are scheduled for September and October. 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: Peter Garatoni, email: pgaraton@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://ieee.utsaengineering.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 September.

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

Topic/Title

Being Young, Being Digital: Some Observations on Young People's Use of Social Media

Speaker

S. Craig Watkins
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Radio-Television-Film

Abstract

From the moment new communication technologies began to infiltrate American homes, young people have been among the early explorers and early adopters of computers and the Internet. Today, teens and young adults are credited for the ascent of social media platforms like MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube. The social web has been variously characterized as empowering, participatory, and communal. Drawing from original research including survey data and in-depth interviews this talk considers the rise and use of social media. Designed more as a public discussion about the steadily evolving role of social media technologies in our lives the paper considers three questions. First, how dominant is social media in young people's lives? Second, what are young people doing with new communication technologies? The third question considers the social impact and consequences of social media.

Date/Time

Tuesday September 8th, 6:30pm

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

AVAYA Auditorium (ACE 2.302) on UT Campus

Notes

S. Craig Watkins teaches in the departments of Radio-Television-Film and Sociology and the Center for African and African American Studies at the  University of Texas at Austin. His new book, The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future (Beacon) explores young people's dynamic engagement with social media, online games, and mobile phones. Watkins participated in the MacArthur Foundation Series on Youth, Digital Media and Learning. He has been invited to be a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford). Currently, he is launching a new digital media research initiative that focuses on the use and evolution of social media platforms.

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/TitleS-parameter Modeling for Signal and Power Distribution System Analysis
Speaker

Sam Chitwood
Manager, Field Applications Engineering Sigrity Inc

Date/TimeThursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 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/

No Computer Society - Austin meetings are scheduled for September.

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

The Computer Society - San Antonio will not be holding a September meeting. Mark your calendars now for our October 20 presentation at St. Mary's on the Smart Grid.

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

Topic/Title

Building Relationships to Support Your Personal & Career Growth

Speaker

Scott Ingram, Founder & CEO of NetworkInAustin.com, has 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur, expert networker, and sales executive. NetworkInAustin.com is the premier networking site for professionals and executives in Central Texas. Mr. Ingram has a passion for connecting people and helping others learn to develop their relationship building and networking skills.

In 2004, Mr. Ingram relocated to Austin, Texas where he quickly realized that he'd left his biggest asset behind in California, and it wasn't the real estate. His extensive network had been the secret to his first company's success and he didn't know anyone in Austin; so he quickly set out to build a local network. As a newcomer to Austin, he quickly realized that there was both a need and demand for an organization that could track and communicate all the unique and varied networking events in the Austin area. In 2005 Network In Austin was born.

Scott's work has been featured in the Orange County Register and in Rotarian Magazine. Network in Austin has been featured in the Austin Statesman and the Austin Business Journal. He is also extremely proud to be a Leadership Austin alumni.

Abstract

It's often said that it's not just what you know, it's who you know. Scott Ingram, Founder and CEO of NetworkInAustin.com, will discuss the importance of relationships when it comes to getting ahead. He'll present some simple strategies you can use immediately to start building your own professional network.

Date/Time

Wednesday, September 23rd, 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 September.

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

Topic/Title

Developing Next Generation of Microelectronic and Nanotechnology Engineers

Speaker

Professor Santosh Kurinec
EDS Distinguished Speaker
Department of Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology

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, September 17th, 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 September.

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

The Engineering Management Society has become 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 September.

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 September.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

No Life Members Affinity Group meetings are scheduled for September.

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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 September.

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

Topic/TitleSensitive Electronic Equipment Grounding
SpeakerRuben Corvalan, with AmpSafe
Date/TimeThursday, September 24th, 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/

Topic/TitleProduct Quality
SpeakerDr. Anthony "Tony" Ambler, Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT-Austin
Date/TimeTuesday September 15th, 2009, 6:30pm social/light supper, 7:00pm program
CostNo charge
ReservationsCall Dale Ritzen (512) 651-5338 for details and directions.
LocationDell, Inc. South Parmer Campus, Building S-4, Victoria Conference Room

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 6:30pm, with the program starting at 7:00pm. For further information about the PSES, please contact Dale Ritzen at (512) 651-5338.

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

No Joint Signal Processing Society - Austin meetings are scheduled for September.

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

Topic/Title

Signal Processing in the Post Genomic Era

Speaker

Dr. Yufei Huang
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract

Date/Time

Tuesday, September 22nd 2009 at 6:30 - 7:30pm

Cost

Free for IEEE Members, $5 non-members

Reservations

Please RSVP to Brian Kelley atdr.brian.kelley@gmail.com.

Location

Venue: New Panda Supper Buffet, 6420 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238

Notes

http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org

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

Topic/Title

Tales from the Trenches, 4 Missteps that keep Products from Making it to Market

Speaker

Allison Goodman, Intel Folsom, CA

Abstract

Date/Time

Wednesday September 9th from 11:30am - 1:00 pm.

Cost

No cost for meeting, $18 for lunch

Reservations

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

Location

Mirabelle Restaurant, 8127 Mesa Dr, Austin, TX 78759-8632 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

Topic/Title

Please join us for a pay as you go lunch and to get to know other technology managers in the San Antonio Area! Bob Slaughter with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Lifelong Engineering Education will provide a presentation on continuing education and advanced degrees in engineering leadership.

Speaker

Date/Time

11:30am - 1:00pm, Thursday, September 24th

Reservations

Contact Nils Smith for more details.

Location

Aldaco's

Notes

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 September.

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3. News & Information

Smart Grid Projects Pick Up Speed

Making the electricity grid "smart" has become a priority in many countries, but as the field has no defined standards, this will be difficult to achieve. That's why IEEE recently launched an initiative to develop smart grid standards and write guidelines on how such grids should operate for the power engineering, communications, and information technology areas. Read on at Smart Grid.


Exoskeletons Already Restoring Mobility And Boosting Strength

A professor at the University of Tsukuba, in Japan, has developed an exoskeleton that reacts to its wearer's intentions. The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, has been tested by disabled people who for years may not have generated the electrical signals that cause a healthy muscle to contract. The tests have shown that in just a few days, the brain can "relearn" how to direct a missing or withered limb. One of the battery-powered, computerized legs has already helped a long-crippled man climb a mountain. Read on at: Exoskeletons.


DNA Scaffolding To Keep Moore's Law Chugging Along

Moore's Law is a double-edged sword: a blessing to consumers who benefit from ever-smaller, more memory-rich gadgets, and a growing challenge to researchers who must figure out how to keep up the pace of those performance improvements. A group of researchers from IBM and Caltech say they have risen to the challenge. They've used the structure of DNA as a scaffold for assembling components with features as small as 6 nanometers across using today's lithography techniques. Read on at: DNA.


CPU, Heal Thyself

Sometimes, it's worthwhile to abuse microprocessors: You can achieve increased performance by overclocking chips or decreased power consumption by running them at a lower voltage. But eliminating safety margins means that processors will occasionally make mistakes. With clever error detection and correction circuits, chips can be pushed right to their limit. Read more at CPU.


Russia Reveals Manned Space Plans

Russia unveiled an ambitious three-decade plan for a manned space program last week at an event near Moscow. The Russian space agency's hope is that its plan will become the basis for a broad international effort to send humans to Mars and build a permanent base on the surface of the moon. In contrast to NASA efforts, which would use the moon as a stepping-stone on the way to Mars, the latest Russian space doctrine aims straight for Mars. Read more at Space Plane.


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:

  • 6 October - London, England
  • 30 October - Tokyo, Japan
  • TBD - San Jose, Calif.

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4. Local Conferences

  • 2009 IEEE Solar Technology Workshop (STW) will be held September 18th, 2009 at Freescale Semiconductor in Austin TX. For more information, go to http://ieee.org/stw/ or 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 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. More information can be found at http://www.smc2009.org


  • 2009 Frontiers in Education Conference will be held October 18-21, 2009, in San Antonio, TX. More information can be found at http://fie.engrng.pitt.edu/fie2009/.


  • 4th Annual Austin Conference on Integrated Systems and Circuits will be held October 26-27, 2009 in Austin TX. For more information, see http://www.acisc.org.


  • The International Test Conference will be held November 1-6, 2009 in Austin TX. For more information, see http://www.itctestweek.org.


  • 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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