IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 54-01

January 2010

Newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.


Published monthly. Deadline for inclusion is the 27th 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

Mechanical Radio

Forgotten Facts About Software Engineering

What Can You Expect to be Paid?

Free Online Wind Power Training

Mark Your Calendars: Engineers Week 2010

Humanitarian Technology Challenge Launches Student Design Competition


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


Welcome to the January 2010 issue of The Analog, the newsletter for the Central Texas Section of the IEEE. After a particularly difficult 2009, the new year and decade suggests a time of reflection on the events of the past year and an opportunity to make plans for the coming year. As the CTS IEEE Section leadership changes hands, there is both renewal and continuity as plans are laid for the coming year. Please support your new section leaders and societies as they embark on new efforts to make 2010 both exciting and supportive of Central Texas IEEE members. Finally, as I know the past Chairman of the CTS Section, Garrett Polhamus, would say, "thanks for all you do for the profession".


D. Ferguson
Editor, The Analog
dferguson@ieee.org

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Membership Development


Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2010?

It is easy to forget and easy to put off. If you haven't renewed your IEEE membership, or don't know if you have, go to your MYIEEE account NOW and check at www.myieee.org or call 800 678-4333.


Renew now to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits.


If you have already renewed, thank you for being part of the Central Texas Section and the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association.


IEEE Honors 2010 Class of Fellows

IEEE recently announced its class of 2010 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.


Please welcome Keshav Pingali and Elmootazbellah N. Elnozahy to the distinguished list of 37 other IEEE Fellows in the Central Texas Section


IEEE GOLD to Host Upcoming Professional Development Webinar

IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) invites IEEE members to attend an upcoming Professional Development Webinar in January.

"A Survival Guide for Scientific Writing in the Academic and Professional Environments," presented by Dr. Matthias Reumann, will cover the backbones of an article, overcoming writer's block and other methods to improve your writing, and preparing your manuscript for editor review. This event will be held on Thursday, 21 January 2010, 11:00am - 12:00pm EST. Register Now.


Did you know about IEEE - IEEE Spectrum

As a member of IEEE you have exclusive download privileges to view IEEE Spectrum articles and features.


Current Spectrum feature articles include:

  • Winner: IBM Helps Reinvent Russia's Railroad
  • Speed Bumps Ahead for Electric-Vehicle Charging
  • 4G in the U.S.A
See more at http://spectrum.ieee.org/.

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 Update

Overview: The 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. vA 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 (http://www.futurecity.org). We will need 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).


Update: We have a place! The competition will be January 23 (Saturday) at Texas State in their new Engineering Department. Let me know if you're interested, or if your company is interested in sponsoring a specific prize.

Dawnlee Roberson


Central Texas Section - New Officers

Please congratulate the 2010-2012 Officers of the Central Texas Section. Having received no petition candidates, they are elected by acclamation. They are:


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

Clif Denny
Nominations Committee Chairman


Discover Engineering

Discover Engineering is a Central Texas program that coordinates classroom visits from local engineering volunteers. The mission of Discover Engineering is to excite K-12 students to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering through hands-on engineering activities and collaborative, volunteer-driven initiatives of the engineering and education communities.


During the 2008-2009 school year, Discover Engineering volunteers visited over 13,000 students from more that 80 schools in the greater Austin area. Over 800 volunteers from more than 50 area companies, government organizations and professional societies participated in these visits.


Registration for volunteers and teachers for the 2009-2010 school year is now open on the Discover Engineering web site (http://www.centexeweek.org). Teachers can sign up for a single classroom visit, an entire grade level, or an entire school. Individuals, Teams or entire companies can sign up as volunteers.


Please take a few minutes to look at our web site, then sign up as a volunteer. And don't hesitate to pass this information on to any others you think would be interested.

John Purvis
Discover Engineering Steering Committee


New Central Texas Senior Members

Congratulations to the Central Texas Section IEEE members elevated to Senior level in the last cycle!

  • Roth, Charles
  • Sze, Chin Ngai
  • Vega, Madeline


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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 participant's 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


Humanitarian Technology Challenge Launches Student Design Competition

IEEE is sponsoring a Regional Student Design Competition for solutions to one of three humanitarian problems as part of the joint IEEE-United Nations Foundation Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC). The competition runs from Oct. 2009 to May 2010.


HTC is a partnership among humanitarians, technologists, funders, and others, to develop implementable technological solutions to some key challenges facing humanitarian health and disaster workers today. The participants volunteer their time to collaborate for the benefit of humanity.


The Regional Student Design Competition challenges students to provide a working prototype, scale model or detailed engineering design specifications for a project that satisfies one of the three Challenges. The project can be developed by student individuals or by student teams. Teams must be led by an IEEE student member.


More information about the HTC project, and detailed descriptions of the challenges, can be found at http://www.ieeehtc.org. Rules for the Regional Student Design Competition can be found at http://www.ieeehtc.org/index.php/htc/students/challenge.

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Calls for Volunteers


The Future City Competition needs judges. The CTS is sponsoring a regional competition for the National Future City Competition on 23 Jan 2010 at Texas State University in San Marcos. We need your help to judge. We have over 30 teams registered that will require judging and the winning team will receive an all expense paid trip to Washington DC to compete at the National Future City Competition during Engineer's Week. If you would like to help and spend a day interacting with some of the most amazing and talented Junior High age kids in our region, please send an email to Dean Schneider at d.schneider@ieee.org for instructions on how to register as a judge.

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2. Chapter Activities


Multiple Chapter Events

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Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ap_mtt/

No Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory And Techniques Society meetings are scheduled for January.

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

Topic/Title

Physical Synthesis: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Speaker

Dr. Charles J. Alpert
Manager, Design Productivity Group, IBM Austin Research Laboratory, Austin, Texas

Charles (Chuck) Alpert received two undergraduate degrees from Stanford University in 1991 and his doctorate from UCLA in 1996 in Computer Science. Upon graduation, Chuck joined IBM's Austin Research Laboratory where he continues to work. He currently manages the Design Productivity Group, whose mission is to architect design automation tools and methodologies to improve designer productivity and reduce design cost. Chuck is the proud husband to his wife Cheryl and their three girls Candice, Ciara, and Charlie.

Chuck has published over 100 conference and journal papers and has thrice received the Best Paper Award from the ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference. He has been active in the academic community, serving as chair for the Tau Workshop on Timing Issues and the International Symposium on Physical Design. He also serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design. For his work in mentoring, he received the Mahboob Khan Mentor Award in 2001 and 2007. He was also named IEEE Fellow in 2005.

Abstract

A decade ago, physical synthesis emerged as a design aid to address the problem of optimization after cell placement caused by increasingly large wire delays. Early physical synthesis tools were fairly simplistic scripts wrapped around traditional placement and logic synthesis optimizations. Advances and technology have put increasing pressure on physical synthesis tools not only to perform timing takedown with increasingly aggressive frequences but also to manage many additional design constraints like power management, routability, and variability. Trying to solve all aspects of physical implementation simultaneously creates massive complexity for both the tool and the designer.

This talk overviews the basics of physical synthesis, from placement to buffering to gate sizings and explains fundamentally how a physical synthesis flow weaves together its components to perform timing closure. It explains how the complexity of physical synthesis and corresponding designs have mushroomed to create design problems that are not just bad, but sometimes downright ugly.

Date/Time

Tuesday, Jan 12th, 6:30-7:30pm

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

UT Campus - ENS 306A

Notes

Cookies, soft drink

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 renhaoxing@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 January.

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

Topic/Title

SharePoint: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

Speaker

Philip Wheat, Community Architect Evangelist, Microsoft

Abstract

As someone who's been involved in SharePoint since before it was SharePoint (Codename: Tahoe), it's been an interesting ride to see where SharePoint started, where it's been, and now with the announcement of SharePoint 2010, where it's going. Of all of the Microsoft Technologies in public usage, I can think of no other that's had as wild and as interesting a ride as SharePoint. In this session we'll talk about how this affects what people are using SharePoint for, what effects the roots of the product have on projects, and what you can expect in the next release. Come with plenty of questions - I'll be soliciting scenarios and examples from the audience to work through during the presentation.

Date/Time

2010 January 14th, 6:30-9:00pm

Cost

none

Reservations

none

Location

Microsoft Technology Center: Austin
Stonebridge Plaza--Building One
9606 North Mopac, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759"

Notes

This is a joint meeting with Austin SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network). We will have a separate meeting January 20.

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

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

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

Topic/Title

Professional Certifications: How They Help Your Career

Speaker

Dean Bushmiller

Dean Bushmiller of Expanding Security has navigated the certification market for over 10 years, guiding fortune 100 companies, the military, and certification organizations. He has designed certifications for vendors and vendor neutral organizations. He has written over 1200 hours of courseware and taught certifications to 1000's of professionals. Expanding Security is an Austin-based company specializing in security training for business architects, C-level management, and security network managers.

Abstract

In today's competitive job and business market, everyone is looking for an edge. With over 200 certifying bodies and 1000's of certifications, it is difficult to know what is in demand, what industries want which certifications, or if you even need a certification.

Date/Time

Wednesday, January 27, 2010,
Networking at 6:00 pm,
Business and Program from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Cost

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

Reservations

Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend. 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 a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

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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 January.

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

No Electron Devices Society meetings are scheduled for January

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

Topic/Title

INCELL's Research and Clinical Applications

Speaker

Dr. May Pat Moyer
As CEO and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Moyer has orchestrated INCELL's growth in research and clinical products, pre-clinical testing services and R&D for new products, with 8 small business research grants awarded through NIH, and from the company's self-generated corporate capital from sales of products and services in two major core technology areas of expertise: (1) Microbiology: Non-needle Vaccines and Infectious Disease and (2) Clinical Cell and Tissue Biotechnology: Cancer, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells. She is leading INCELL's pioneering products combined with disruptive manufacturing and packaging technologies. These include customized human cell and tissue biotechnology applications, an adjunct cancer therapy to improve quality of life for cancer patients currently being enrolled at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in a trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute; and oral and nasal vaccines against smallpox to be clinically tested in collaboration with the USAF and Army. Those vaccines are providing key platform technologies for influenza, HIV, tularemia, cancer, and other vaccines, as part of the Bio-Manufacturing Alliance Program (BIO-MAP), an initiative to accelerate manufacturing of reasonably priced biomedical products such as vaccines, antibodies, other therapeutics and medical devices.

Abstract

An update from Mary Pat Moyer on the work going on at INCELL in clinical and cellular biotechnology. INELL is a vigourous and creative local-built biotech firm making big strides in applied biotechnology.

Date/Time2010 January 20th at 7:00 pm
Cost$10/members, $15/nonmembers
ReservationsRSVP to: Royce W. Johnson
KCI Research Fellow
JohnsonR@kci1.com << preferred 210-859-6359 (cell).
Location

KCI R&D (Bldg V)
6203 Farinon Dr, Rm 502B
San Antonio TX 78249

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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 January.

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 January.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

Our 2010 Officers will be:

  • Chair - Ernest Franke
  • Vice Chair - Tom O'Brien
  • Webmaster - Bob Harris
  • Excom member - Scott Atkinson

We are in the process of planning a technology expo for 2010, where members can display and explain details of their historical items.

Our Excom could use several additional members. If you would like to meet for an occasional lunch and help with our future plans, please let Ernest know by sending him an email at efranke@swri.org.

Remember to consider attending the Panama Canal Tech Tour next February. This has been developed for the special interests of IEEE Members.

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

Topic/Title

The Dark Side of the Sun: Solar Storms and Their Influence on Earth

Speaker

Dr. Maher Dayeh

Dayeh is a scientific analyst experienced in space and atmospheric data analysis and instrumentation. He holds a PhD in Physics (2007) and a Masters in Space sciences (2003) from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, and a Bachelor in Physics (2000) from Lebanon. Dr. Dayeh is currently finishing his postdoctoral appointment in the Space Science and Engineering Division at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. During his PhD, Dr. Dayeh worked on analyzing and interpreting energetic particle, solar wind plasma, and magnetic field data from Wind and the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft during solar energetic particle events and interplanetary shock events associated with coronal mass ejections. While working toward his Masters, Dr. Dayeh was involved in designing, building, and operating the triggered and natural lightning energetic radiation detectors at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) in Camp Blanding, Florida. He then worked on the data analysis that resulted in the discovery of energetic radiation from rocket-triggered lightning and confirmed x-ray observations from natural lightning.


Dr. Dayeh has authored and co-authored 10 refereed publications in space and atmospheric physics, and presented 30 contributed talks/posters at national and international conferences and workshops. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Abstract

The Sun is continuously affecting the Earth by a host of interconnected physical processes that are very dynamic in nature. These processes are among the principal threats to the modern human technology that our society is progressively becoming dependent on. Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and solar flares are gigantic outbursts of magnetized plasma that sweep through the interplanetary space bypassing Earth. These events often lead to geomagnetic storms that sometimes wreck havoc on technological systems such as orbiting satellites, Earth-based power grids, communication cables, pipelines, and railway signaling, among others. The term Space Weather was specifically introduced to describe and forecast these solar-terrestrial effects. In this talk, I will first review the Sun-Earth connection within the context of solar storms, and then examine the impact of these storms on ground-based technology. In particular, I will discuss the 1859 severe superstorm, its consequences, the possibility of a similar event recurrence, and our preparation to anticipate such an event.

Date/Time

Tuesday, 2010 January 26th

Time:
6:00 PM Social
6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 to 7:30 PM Business Meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM Program
9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers

Cost

Dinner is free for full-time students
$12 or $15 for IEEE members and accompanying spouses
$15 or $18 for non-IEEE members

Reservations

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. To reply or for further information, please contact Kevin Ewing via email at kewing@shermco.com.

Location

El Gallo Mexican Restaurant
2910 S Congress
Austin, Texas
512-444-2205

Notes

The bar will be available to those who care to purchase a drink or beer. In fact, there is a service window, so we don't even have to leave the party room. When you order, you will have a choice from seven special selections and five traditional combinations on our menu. All meals include coffee or tea and special selections include soft drinks.

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

Topic/Title

Thermal Imaging and Diagnostics

Speaker

Bobby Grubb and Jeffrey Piel from Grubb Engineering

Abstract

Electrical testing and thermographic surveys will be covered.

Date/Time

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 - 6:00-6:30 Registration

Cost

$10 members, $15 non-members

Reservations

Please RSVP to John Brogan @ 210-342-0586, or jabrogan@ieee.org

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 January

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/

Topic/Title

Augmented Reality

Speaker

TBD

Abstract

TBD

Date/Time

Thursday, 2010 January 21 at 6:00-8:00 pm

Cost

Admission is Free

Reservations

RSVP: sab@ieee.org

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 January.

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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 January.

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 January.

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

Mechanical Radio

Machining MEMS parts into our electronics devices will lower their power consumption and make them more robust, argues Clark T.-C. Nguyen. MEMS-infused devices could help usher in an age of "cognitive radio," where smartphones scour the airwaves in real time to take advantage of available frequencies, while using virtually no extra battery power. Read more at Mechanical Radio.


Forgotten Facts About Software Engineering

According to Robert L. Glass, far too many software developers aren't familiar with the fundamentals of software engineering. Read more at Software.


What Can You Expect to be Paid?

The salary surveys are in. What kind of pay and benefits package is the norm in this climate? Read more at Salary Survey.


Free Online Wind Power Training

Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine maker, is making courses in wind power available free online. The goal of the e-learning program is to increase knowledge of wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy sources like oil and natural gas. Read more at Wind Power.


Mark Your Calendars: Engineers Week 2010

Celebrate the profession during Engineers Week 2010, 14-20 February. As always, a number of high-profile events are planned for the week in Washington, across the country and around the world. EWeek 2010 concludes with the Discover Engineering Family Day festival, sponsored by IEEE-USA, on Saturday, 20 Feb., at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Read more at: Engineer's Week.


Humanitarian Technology Challenge Launches Student Design Competition

IEEE is sponsoring a Regional Student Design Competition for solutions to one of three humanitarian problems as part of the joint IEEE-United Nations Foundation Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC). The competition runs from Oct. 2009 to May 2010.


HTC is a partnership among humanitarians, technologists, funders, and others, to develop implementable technological solutions to some key challenges facing humanitarian health and disaster workers today. The participants volunteer their time to collaborate for the benefit of humanity.


Three challenges have been identified:

  1. Reliable Electricity: Availability of electric power for lighting and other electronic devices in resource-constrained environments. Important for education, communications, and economic development.

  2. Data Connectivity of Rural District Health Offices: Capability of exchanging data among remote field offices and central health facilities. Important for accessing treatment protocols, creating and monitoring health trends, and sharing results of treatments.

  3. Individual ID Tied to Health Records: Consistent availability of patient medical records. Important for ongoing treatment of patients, especially migrants and those with long-term diseases.

The Regional Student Design Competition challenges students to provide a working prototype, scale model or detailed engineering design specifications for a project that satisfies one of the three Challenges. The project can be developed by student individuals or by student teams. Teams must be led by an IEEE student member.


More information about the HTC project, and detailed descriptions of the challenges, can be found at http://www.ieeehtc.org. Rules for the Regional Student Design Competition can be found at http://www.ieeehtc.org/index.php/htc/students/challenge.

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4. Local Conferences

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