IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 53-10

October 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

The End of Consoles?

Efficient Solar Panels from Nanotubes?

Beginning of the End of the Black Box?

Equalization of Multiple Interleaved Anaglog-to-Digital Converters

Hybrid Chips of Gallium Nitride and Silicon

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,

Please help me welcome our new PACE Committee member, Alvin Schurman. PACE (Professional Activities Committees for Engineers) is a grassroots network of IEEE volunteers and committees organized at the section and chapter level in the United States with support from their respective regions and IEEE-USA. The goal of the PACE Network is to promote the professional interests of IEEE's U.S. members as well as provide a mechanism for communication of members' views on their professional needs. Thanks in advance to Alvin for helping us work the PACE program for the section.


We're beginning to see our first budget estimates from your chapter leadership for 2010. Be sure and alert them to the ideas you'd like to see occur in your group. Though funds remain tight, we'll continue to try to support those most important action in the section.


And of course, don't forget to vote in your CTS elections as we once again plan to enjoy a peaceful change in leadership for the chapters and section for 2010.


Finally, thanks again for all you do for the profession.

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

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Membership Development


IEEE GOLD Webinar - What field of engineering would be most crucial for the 21st Century?

The IEEE has an ongoing focus on Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) members. On October 2nd at 10 AM EDT, there will be a webinar hosted by Dr. R.A. Mashelkar. Dr. Mashelkar is Chainman of India's National Innovation Foundation. For more information and to register for the free webinar, visit http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/gold/events/gandhianengrg.html.


IEEE Annual Elections - VOTE... VOTE... VOTE

The annual election ballot has been sent to each IEEE member this last month. Elections close 12 noon EDT on October 1st. If you haven't yet voted, vote online NOW at www.ieee.org/elections.


Did you know about IEEE - IEEE MemberNet

Did You Know -

The IEEE is an online search and networking tool that allows members to connect other technical and engineering experts worldwide. This tool can be utilized by members seeking peers who share a common technical interest, membership, or affinity.

  • Exclusive benefit of IEEE membership, at no additional cost.
  • Only online directory that connects all IEEE members.
  • Enables networking by technical and geographic affiliations, affinities, and more.
  • Flexible search building tool using multiple criteria.
  • 'myNetworks' personalization to each member's technical interests and involvement with IEEE.

To participate, you simply op-in though your MyIEEE account. And it's FREE to IEEE members... check it out at www.ieee.org/membernet/.

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

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Section & Chapter News


Central Texas Future City Competition

Central Texas Section of IEEE will be the organizer of the Central Texas Future City competition. This competition, targeted at teams of 7th and 8th graders, is open to all. A team is comprised of 3 students, a teacher/adult, and an engineer/mentor. If you want to be a mentor, or your child, or child of a friend wants to compete, check out the national future city website (www.futurecity.org). We will need mentors for the teams, and judges for the deliverables (software program, essay in advance, and physical model and presentation on the day of the competition), and some day of competition volunteers. The judges for the software program and essay can judge whenever they want, as long as it's before the deadline (early January), and the competition will probably be January 23 (Saturday) at Texas State. Let me know if you're interested, or if your company is interested in sponsoring a specific prize.


Central Texas Section - Nominations Committee 2010 Slate of Officers

The Nominations Committee for Section Officer Elections is submitting the following slate of nominees for 2010 Central Texas Section Officers:

Tom Grim - Chairman
Thuy Dao - Vice-Chairman Austin
Dawn Roberson - Vice-Chairman San Antonio
Dina Triyoso - Secretary
Kenny Rice - Treasurer

Additional nominations may be submitted to the Nominations Committee by petition with the signature and member numbers of at least 25 Section members. The Nominations Committee members are Clif Denny, Joe Redfield, Scott Atkinson and John Purvis. Elections will be announced in the November Analog with results announced in December, 2009.

Clif Denny
Nominations Committee Chairman


IEEE-USA to Host Three Career Workshops at ITC 2009

On 5 November, IEEE-USA is partnering with the International Test Conference (ITC) in Austin, Texas, to hold three career workshops geared to helping engineers advance in their chosen professional endeavors. The three workshops entitled: Innovating Your Career-What it takes to Step Yourself Ahead of the Competition, Entrepreneurship and Financing/What You Need to Know Panel Discussion: Angels, VCs and Entrepreneurs, and How to Start a Successful Consulting Practice: The Nuts and Bolts, will be free to ITC registrants and interested engineers in the central Texas area can attend for a nominal fee of $25. Those not wanting to attend the entire conference can register with IEEE-USA to attend just the career workshops.


Local IEEE Conferences

Several conferences supported by local societies are scheduled for October through December. 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://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch Chair: Richard Ledesma, email: rledesma@mail.stmarytx.edu


Texas State University - San Marcos (new branch, 2009
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@TXState.edu
Branch Chair: Jesse Clark, email: JC1831@TXState.edu


Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: Farzan.Aminian@Trinity.edu
Branch Chair: 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: Erik Eyberg, 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 next CTS offering of the TISP Seminar to Teachers will be given at TES Region 13 in Austin on November 18, 2009. If you woudl like to help in the seminar and be trained to perform the seminar in your local area/school disctrict, please feel free to join us on the 18th of November. Contact Dean Schneider at d.schneider@ieee.org to volunteer or 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.

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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 October.

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

Topic/Title

Chip Reveal 3D

Speaker

Dr. Jerzy Gazda, Cerium Laboratories

Abstract

This presentation describes the techniques used to reverse engineer integrated circuit layouts for diagnostic, litigation, and obsolete semiconducotr fabrication. The techniques used to create detailed 3D images involves state-of-the-art imaging, image processing, and the manipulation/signal processing of very large image files.

Date/Time

Tuesday October 13th, 6:30pm

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

UT Campus - Avaya Auditorium

Notes

Dr. Gazda currently serves as the Section Manager at Cerium Laboratories LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spansion Inc. leading a 12 person group. In this role, He is responsible for operations of analytical equipment group providing nano-scale metrology and analysis to support Spansion manufacturing efforts at Fab-25 in Austin, and wide range of customers with materials characterization needs in Semiconductor, Green Energy, Nano-Technologies, and Catalyst industries


Dr. Gazda joined AMD Inc. in December of 1999. He supported the manufacturing efforts in three AMD Fabs world wide as TEM analysts and since 2001 as Group Leader. During his tenure, he has helped in introduction of the first 1 GHz microprocessor, semiconductor manufacturing technology transitions from 0.25um to 60nm transistor nodes, and participated in R& D efforts to develop advanced transistor/memory cell designs and interconnects structures for AMD and Spansion devices.


Since June 2004, analytical services of the Cerium Laboratories are being offered to a brad range of customers. Upon successful establishment of the company, AMD sold Cerium Labs to Spansion Inc. in October of 2006. Currently Cerium Labs serves over 100 customers and provides services in areas of Analytical Imaging, Surface Characterization, and Analytical Chemistry. As one of the original founding mangers of the company, Dr. Gazda has been involved in developing market for TEM, FIB, SEM and other analytical services offered by Cerium Labs.


Dr. Gazda has bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics and M. S. in Metallurgy from University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern in 1999. Prior to AMD, Dr. Gazda worked for over 8 years at Argonne National Laboratory developing structural alloys for nuclear industry applications.

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/

No Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology meetings are scheduled for October.

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

Topic/Title

Social Networking

Speaker

Omar Gallaga

Abstract

Omar Gallaga is a technology writer for the Austin American Statesman. Omar also appears on NPR radio talking about technology.

Date/Time

Check the CS- Austin web site for more details.

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/

Topic/Title

The Smart Grid

Speaker

Stephen Mokry, P.E., Senior Director, System Planning & Asset Management, CPS Energy
Stephen Mokry, a native of San Antonio, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1981. He was employed in Houston, Texas from 1981 through 1985 where he worked with Litwin Engineers & Constructors and also with Ebasco Services. He then joined CPS Energy in 1985 in his home town of San Antonio. He obtained his Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in 1994. During his tenure at CPS Energy he has held various positions in both engineering and construction. Currently he is the Senior Director of System Planning and Asset Management where he is responsible for transmission and distribution long range system planning, asset management, power quality and reliability. Stephen, along with his wife Lisa, enjoys every bit of rearing their three children Cohner, Bailee and Danielle. In what spare time remains he enjoys his two bird dogs, a little golf and the great outdoors.

Abstract

The industry is rapidly changing based on the need to optimize the electrical grid that supplies energy to all market segments. The price of energy and the environmental impacts of continuing business as usual has been the catalyst for the evolution to a Smart Grid model for the energy industry. The way the industry generates, transmits, distributes and most importantly the way customers consume energy, will need to transform to a new more sustainable model. As utilities develop their vision for the future, they must consider a myriad of complex challenges. Growing power demand, carbon emissions and environmental compliance, an aging infrastructure and aging workforce, and increasing requirements for greater reliability are all just the beginning. At the same time, the utility customer - accustomed to conveniences of a modern digital economy -- expects increasingly better and faster service in every dimension of life. For many utilities, designing their future around a smart grid as a central enabling technology provides the only way to satisfy all these demands.

Please join us for CPS Energy's insights and discussion associated with "Smart Grid".

Date/Time

Wednesday, October 20th, 2009 - 6:30-9:00 pm

Cost

$15 IEEE members, $18 non-members, $4 students

Reservations

Required by Friday, October 16, 2009, please email Yu Zhang, Yu Zhang, or call (210) 999-7399 (so we have a head count for dinner).

Location

University Center, Conference Room B, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX 78228. (Building 8 on the campus map). Map available at: http://www.stmarytx.edu/map/.

NotesSee www.ieee-cs-cts.org for directions and parking information.
This meeting is open to the public.

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

Topic/Title

Building and Managing Your Authority as a Consultant

Speaker

Christine Lambden and Casey Conner

Christine Lambden and Casey Conner are the authors of two books that relate to consulting: Everyday Practices of Extraordinary Consultants (2008) and Extraordinary Interviews (2009). They are also the founders and primary instructors at ConsultingStance.com, an online community and training resource for consultants. They have a combined total of more than 35 years in the consulting industry and their advice is based on personal experience in the trenches as consultants, clients, and consulting firm owners.

Abstract

Consultants come in the door at a new client with a certain level of authority automatically attributed to us. What can we do to maintain that authority? How do we balance authority with the need to connect and build relationships within the client organization? This presentation will offer some tips and advice, along with stories from our own experience (good and bad), to help you manage your Authority during an engagement.

Date/Time

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, (Please note new meeting date in 2009 is 4th Wednesday of the month), Networking at 6:00 pm, Business and Program from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Cost

Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost. Reservations not required. All interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, contact Ed Gordon ebg@ieee.org, or Kai Wong kaiwong@ieee.org.

Location

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

Notes

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 October.

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

Topic/Title

High-k on III-V.

Speaker

Abstract

Date/Time

Thursday, October 22nd, 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

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

Topic/TitleFIRST: Inspiring with robots
SpeakerMike Henry, Senior Mentor, FIRST
Abstract

Dean Kamen was in town in September as the recipient of the 4th Palmaz Award. His history as a serial innovator in medical devices is well known. What may not be as well known is his FIRST program, which is a global program to inspire interest in technology by getting students building and competing with robots. San Antonio's Senior Mentor for FIRST is Mike Henry and he will be describing the program, it's inception and it's results, which are frankly amazing. Dinner will be pizza and salad to go with the theme.

Date/TimeOctober 21st, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Cost$5 members, $10 non-members
ReservationsPlease contact Royce Johnson (JohnsonR@kci1.com) so we have a head count for dinner.
Location

KCI R&D Main Conference Room, Bldg V
6203 Farinon Dr, San Antonio TX

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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 October.

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 October.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

No Life Members Affinity Group meetings are scheduled for October.

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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 October.

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

Topic/Title

Practical Arc-Flash Mitigation Techniques

SpeakerRuben Corvalan, with AmpSafe
Abstract

Date/Time

Thursday, October 22th, 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)

Reservations

Please RSVP to Christina Gaydos at 210-658-7250 or chris@grubbengineering.com

Location

Grady's BBQ, 6510 San Pedro, San Antonio (210-806-8036)

Notes

For 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 October.

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

Topic/Title

Networking and Computing Requirements for Video Games: Current Trends and Solutions

Speaker

Harlan Titus Beverly is a passionate entrepreneur, engineer, and gamer (Tytus). While at Intel, he was responsible for architecture and development of corporate server networking products, including the world's first 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapter. He later joined Britestream Networks and develop a 100% CPU off-load network security solution with SSL and TCP/IP processing on one chip. In 2004 he conceived and founded Bigfoot Networks, makers of the Killer NIC, www.bigfootnetworks.com http://www.bigfootnetworks.com. The Killer NIC is now a world-wide success and ships in 20-40% of Dell's gaming desktops. Harlan has over 30 patents, has been published in dozens of books and articles, and runs a blog on "Business for Engineers" at http://tytusblog.blogspot.com.

Abstract

Speaker Harlan "Tytus" Beverly will delve the dark mysteries of the online gaming market and networked game development in the unusual industry that is gaming. The online gaming market has grown from virtually $0 to over $70 Billion/yr market in less than 15 years, and now dominates the gaming industry. Harlan will explore what has fueled this growth, and how specific games and networking technologies have 'leveled up' the industry at distinct moments. Harlan will also explain how networked game development's unique software development, deployment, and testing challenges have led to industry-wide practices that may have applicability in other industries.

Date/Time

Tuesday, October 15th, 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/

Topic/Title

San Antonio Public Safety Communications System: Overview and Issues

Speaker

William Davenport

Abstract

The San Antonio Fire Department is faced with many telecommunications challenges for its public safety first responders. The challenges start with being spread over a large geographic area (412 sq. miles), working with multiple agencies, and serving the 7th largest US metropolitan population (US Census-2008). SAFD is implementing new systems to tackle its needs, including computer aided dispatching, replacing legacy analog radios with P25 digital communications, integrating with other voice, video, and data networks, and moving into and sharing new frequency bands. Representatives from the SAFD Technical Services Division will present the current fire telecommunications system architecture, highlight key features, and discuss lesions learned and issues that remain.

Date/Time

Tuesday, October 27th 2009 at 6:30 - 7:30pm

Cost

$5 for non-members, students, members Free

Reservations

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

Location

UTSA Campus: Meeting Room to be announced on website http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/satx/

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

M&A: Making it Work

Speaker

Bob Barker

Abstract

Mergers and Acquisitions: Making it Work
Is your company a target or candidate for acquisition? Or has your company recently acquired another? How can you make this notoriously risky activity more likely to be successful? Join us for lunch and a scintillating talk by renowned technology strategist Bob Barker.

Date/Time

Wednesday October 14th 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

Effective Meetings

Speaker

Nils Smith

Abstract

Do you hate meetings? Do people hate your meetings? Join us to learn new meeting management techniques and reinforce ones you (should) already know. We'll discuss common meeting problems, the function of a meeting, planning an effective meeting, and running an effective meeting.

Date/Time

11:30am - 1:00pm, Thursday, October 29th

Reservations

Contact Nils Smith for more details.

Location

Aldaco's

Notes

Aldaco's will offer their regular lunch menu for individual purchase.

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/

Jointly held with the Technology Management Society - Austin (see above).

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3. News & Information

The End of Consoles?

What's the best gaming console--Sony's Playstation, Nintendo's Wii, or Microsoft's Xbox? According to IEEE Spectrum Contributing Editor David Kushner, we're not too far from the point when that question will be an anachronism, along with gaming consoles themselves. Kushner reports that the CEO of game maker Activision recently said that gamers could soon "expect many of our products to be playable independent of a console." Players would stream gaming content from their computers. Read more at Consoles.


Efficient Solar Panels from Nanotubes?

Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., report that a photovoltaic cell they created by attaching a single-walled carbon nanotube to two electrical contacts generates a cascade of electrons, with hardly any of the energy in the photons lost as heat. The Cornell team, to its credit, emphasizes that confirmation of the physics does not necessarily mean that a practical device will appear any time soon. Read more at Solar Panels.


Beginning of the End of the Black Box?

The unsuccessful efforts to recover the flight data recorder in the recent Air France crash raises questions about the suitability of this long-used device. Investigators and aviation experts are now calling for alternatives to storing flight information onboard in the so-called black boxes. One new system being touted is a "blue box" reporting system that transmits data in real time via satellite. Data is reported only when events--such as a loss of cabin pressure--require it. Read more at Black Box.


Equalization of Multiple Interleaved Anaglog-to-Digital Converters

Multiple ADCs are a popular war to increase a system's sampling rate. This document discusses how to implement digital equalizers to improve performance. Read more at ADC.


Hybrid Chips of Gallium Nitride and Silicon

Researchers at MIT say they've made a big step toward combining the capabilities of the silicon used in computer chips with properties of the compound semiconductors found in lasers and high-powered electronics. Read more at Hybrid Chips.


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 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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