IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 54-05

May 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

Austin Vice-Chair's Column

San Antonio Vice-Chair's Column

Section & Chapter News

Continuing Education

Student Branches

Calls for Volunteers


2. Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters

Chapter Meeting Notices

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

Tech Talk: The Most Disturbing Presentation Ever?

Two Way Radios for Chips

Torturing the Secret out of a Secure Chip

Survival Skills for Scientific Writing

Climategate Is Dead; Long Live Climategate

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


Chairman's Column


The Central Texas Section was represented at the Region 5 meeting in Grapevine, TX by me as CTS Chairman and Region 5 Society Liaison Chairman; Kenny Rice, CTS Treasurer; Clif Denny, Past CTS Chair and member of the Region 5 Audit Committee; and Scott Atkinson, Past CTS Chair.

The Region 5 Green Technology Conference ran the two days before the Region 5 meeting, and included a presentation by Joe Redfield, Past CTS Chair and current Membership Development Chair, along with his son, Neal, a high school senior. They discussed using angle adjustments on solar panels to shift peak power to a different time of day to coincide with expected peak electric rates when time of day sensitive pricing becomes a reality.

Among the Student Awards, the University of Texas - San Antonio team earned the $2000 first prize in the second annual CCET/IEEE Design Competition, which was sponsored by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) and IEEE Region 5. Congratulations to the team members, Gerardo Trevino, Jeremy Halbardier, Olakunle Sosanya, and Javier Guerrero. The faculty advisor was Dr. Joe Jamshidi. The topic this year was Practical Solar Photovoltaic DC Control and Supply System. The sponsor explained that they expect that the student design will be commercialized.

For next year, the competition topic will be Home Energy Management Device for Home Renewable Energy Systems including Real Time Pricing. Details will be available soon at http://www.ieeecontest.com/, so students can submit it as a senior design project before the end of this school year.

In the Region 5 Awards, Freescale was nominated by Dina Triyoso as the Outstanding Large Company. I accepted the award for Freescale. The Award will be presented to an officer of the company at the Fourth Annual Brain Party in Austin.

As a reminder, we need to start chapters this year in at least three of the following societies.

  • Industry Applications Society
  • Vehicular Technology Society
  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
  • Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • Computational Intelligence Society
  • Robotics and Automation Society
  • Power Electronics Society

We have several expressions of interest in being part of one of our new chapters. If you are interested in helping, please contact me.

Tom Grim
Chairman, Central Texas Section
t.grim@ieee.org

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Membership Development


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Did you know about IEEE

IEEE GOLD Webinar - The IEEE has an ongoing focus on Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) members. Each month there is a free webinar covering topics that are pertinent to the new engineer. Upcoming topics are:

  • 5/11 - "Digital Globe Trotters: Following the Lifecycle of Electronics Around the World" by Kyle Wiens
  • 6/24 - "Smart Grid" by Alan Mantooth.
  • 7/22 - "People Skills in a Completive Environment" by Joe Lillie.
  • 8/? - "Ethics/Leadership" by Elya Joffe.

You DO NOT need to be a GOLD member to participate. For more information and a listing of available recorded Webinars, see http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/gold/events.

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

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Section & Chapter News

Fourth Annual Brain Party

A one-of-a-kind celebration for Central Texas Section engineers, the Brain Party is in its fourth year with co-hosts, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and IEEE. Featuring great food and live entertainment, all Central Texas Engineers and IEEE members are invited to attend this festive event on May 4th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Austin Downtown. To register, just submit your name, email address, company and IEEE membership status to vsegna@austinchamber.com. Admission at the door with business card or student ID. For more information visit http://www.AustinHumanCapital.com/BrainParty. Sponsored by: Cirrus Logic, I2MTC and The University of Texas Center for Lifelong Engineering Education, Cockrell School of Engineering.

Engineering Ethics

Thursday, 3 June from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, Thompson Conference Center

2nd Annual Door64 Tech Fair

Tuesday, 15 June, AT&T Conference Center, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Registration available soon. Great opportunity for networking and to see what local tech companies are doing!

Life Member Technical Tour of the Panama Canal

In March, Central Texas Section Life Member's Group members Scott Atkinson and Bob Harris and their spouses joined 28 other members and their spouses or guests in the first of what is scheduled to become an annual Life Members Technical Tour. This first tour was to The Republic of Panama.

We spent almost three days on the primary attraction, transiting sections of the canal, touring the Miraflores visitor center and other canal properties, and observing the new sections of the canal under construction. Local IEEE member Enrique Tejera with the Panama Canal Authority arranged for a behind the scenes tours of the control room, and a visit to the motor and generator repair and rewinding workshop of the ACP Division de Energia areas not open to the public.

We saw Gatun Dam, for many years the largest earth-filled dam in the world. We had many trips across Gatun Lake, the second largest man-made lake in the world. The new canal under construction is a US $5.25 billion project for construction of two new flights of locks to be built parallel to, and operated in addition to, the old locks. The project due for complication in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the canal will handle most of the ships in existence today.

Another "behind the scenes" tour on the trip was one to the Smithsonian Institution's Rain Forest Research facility and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Island in Gatun Lake. There, after an overview of the research underway, we took tours into the jungle to observe research firsthand. Again, this was special to our IEEE group and not something you can do on your own on a Panama visit.

One day was spent visiting an aborigine Embera-Wounaan Indian Village of about 100 individuals. On another occasion we were treated to more modern native Panamanian dancers in their native costumes.

We also toured many Panama City sites, learning more of the history of the canal at the Museum of the Interocean Canal of Panama located in the old French Canal Administration Building. We were given Briefings at CATHALAC (The Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean), and visited the Smithsonian teaching museum in Panama City.

Finally, there was a full day's tour at a houseboat "hotel" an hour and a half boat ride into a remote part of Gatun lake where we could kayak, swim or fish and observe some of the animals of Panama. On the trip we saw Two and Three-toed Sloths, Crocodiles, Iguanas, Toucans, 4 varieties of Monkeys, and many more species.

This was a great inaugural tour. Watch future issues of the Analog for information on the next tour to the UK in 2011 which is currently being planned.

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 2010-2011 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


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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://ieee.utsaengineering.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


Dissertation Research Support

Portable data storage devices (PDSD), while creating many benefits for storage and transportability for electronic data, has also created a number of challenges for organizations that include lost or stolen data that can include personal identification information (PII) as well as increasing the dangers of viruses, worms, malware, etc being introduced into the organizations technology infrastructure. I am looking to interview employees of organizations that use technology as a component of completing business processes and procedures to determine (1) the level of understanding of the dangers associated with PDSD’s, (2) is there a concerted effort to educate employees on these dangers associated with PDSD’s and (3) are their efforts in place to protect PDSD’s and associated data at a general level not detailed level. If anybody is willing to speak with me regarding this topic and help with my dissertation research by being a respondent, I can be reached at 210-723-7493 or 210-524-2125 to provide further details or via email at Paul.Cooper@phoenix.edu or RadBnUSMC@gmail.com or RadBnUSMC@email.phoenix.edum.

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2. Chapter Activities


Multiple Chapter Events

Sponsoring ChaptersSan Antonio Council for the Cooperation of Engineering and Scientific Societies (SACCESS)
Topic/Title

Latest Research Areas in Alzheimer's Disease
plus UTSA's Progress to Tier I University Status

Dr. George Perry

Abstract

Date/Time

Tuesday 18 May 2010, 6:00pm

Cost

None - sandwich and dip trays

Location

UTSA - 1604 Campus
Biotechnology Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Building, San Antonio

Details

For more Information: Brian Campion at bcampion@saccess.org




Sponsoring Chapters

Joint AIAA-ASME Dinner Meeting

Topic/Title

Distinguished Lecture: The Origins of the Turbojet Revolution - A History of Aviation Gas Turbines

Speaker

Cyrus Meher-Homji, P.E., Bechtel Corporation

Abstract

Lecture Summary:

  • History of Aircraft Engines
  • Technological Innovation - Wright Flyer engine to the modern day turbojet
  • Evolutionary developments (piston engines) to the turbojet revolution
  • Antecedents to the Turbojet Revolution
  • Early Turbojet Engines/ Aircraft- UK, Germany, USA, USSR
  • Modern Gas Turbines

Date/Time

Tuesday 11 May 2010 at 6:00pm Dinner and Lecture

Cost

$20 per person

Location

The Old San Francisco Steakhouse, 10223 Sahara Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216

Notes

RSVP to Melissa Wilcox, melissa.wilcox@swri.org (210-522-6046)




Sponsoring Chapters

Joint IEEE/ASEM Symposium

Topic/Title

1st Annual IEEE/ASEM Engineering Management Symposium

Speaker
Abstract

The San Antonio Technology Management Council is hosting the 1st Annual IEEE/ASEM Engineering Management Symposium on Friday, May 21 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Symposium will be held at the University of the Incarnate Word Grossman International Conference Center (ICC). We will have a keynote speaker and a poster session along with the opportunity to network over light food and drinks. As part of the Symposium, we will be holding a poster session. No abstract submission is required for review. The poster simply needs to be in the domain of Engineering Management or Management of Technology and no larger than 4 ft by 3 ft in size.

Date/Time

Friday, 21 May from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Reservations

There is no registration fee. Please RSVP by Friday, 7 May to Roxanne Constable at Roxanne.Constable@brooks.af.mil if you plan to attend. A final schedule will be emailed in early May.

Location

Notes

Please email Michael Frye at mfrye@uiwtx.edu if you have any questions.

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Chapter Meeting Notices

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

Topic/Title

Electromagnetic Bandgap for Noise Mitigation and Performance Enhancement in Antenna Design and System EMC

Speaker

Xin Wu

Abstract

Date/Time

Thursday, 13 May 2010, 7:00-9:00pm

Cost

Free, Food Provided,

Reservations

Please RSVP attendance and any special dietary requirements to jeremypruitt@ieee.org.

Check Chapter website for more info! http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ap_mtt/

Location

Texas State University, San Marcos

Notes

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

Topic/Title

Beyond Innovation - Dealing with the Risks and Complexity of Processor Design

Speaker

Dr. Carl Anderson, IBM Fellow

Carl J. Anderson received his BS in physics from the University of Missouri in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University Wisconsin in 1979. He joined IBM Research in 1979 where he did circuit design, package design and test on the Josephson Superconducting Computer program. From 1983 to 1992 he worked in Gallium Arsenide Optoelectronics design and fabrication. In 1992 Carl became the Silicon circuit senior design manager and was responsible for the conversion of the S/390 high-end mainframe from bipolar technology to custom CMOS technology. In 1997 Carl started worked on the Power4 microprocessor and was responsible for the physical design. Carl became an IBM Fellow in 2000 and was responsible for physical design and tools in IBM server division. In 2003 received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wisconsin for his microprocessor accomplishments. Carl worked in the office of the CTO of IBM Systems and Technology Group and is responsible for the design of several energy efficient data centers for 2 years before returning to do processor and system design.

Abstract

The most important aspect of a successful design team is its culture and discipline. Innovation plays a part in the design of complex processor chips but does not determine if a project gets completed or is successful. Technical leaders not only need to innovate but manage resources and risk. This talk describes the discipline, risk management, resource management and problem identification and solving that needs to be in the culture of a successful design team.

Date/Time

Tuesday, 11 May 2010, 6:30-8:00pm

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

UT Campus - ACES 2.402

Notes

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 zhuoli@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 May.

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Computer Society - Austin
http://www.austin-cs.org/

Topic/title

When Good Enough Makes a Project Early Enough or: Don't Try to Be On Time!

Speaker

Jorge Boria, Sr. Vice-President International Process Improvement Services, Liveware

Abstract

Have you ever planned a trip very carefully and found yourself ahead of schedule at some point in the road? Did this cause you to stop until plan and actual were synchronized again? If you are like most of us, you probably continued to drive leisurely and arrived at your destination early. Maybe, if the appointment was for a very precise time, you drove around a bit once you had made sure that under all odds, you could make the appointment, but not before!

So why do we behave so differently in software development projects? Why is it that if we are early for a task we simply drag our feet and plod along until we have exhausted the time allotted for the task?

This talk tells the story of Pete. He was my fellow process improvement coach in an international company and had an extraordinary record of 12 projects on time and under budget in his two preceding years. His secret was simple, yet powerful. Using a combination of Walkthroughs, Technical Peer Reviews and Inspections he could steer the project to end... Early!

Date/time

13 May 2010
6:30 pm Networking and Gathering
7:00 pm Call to Order, Announcements
7:15 pm Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 pm Door Prize, Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn

Location

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

Cost

None

Reservations

None

Notes

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

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

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

Topic/Title

The Career Achiever Manifesto

Speaker

Matt Genovese

Speaker Bio

Matt Genovese is an engineer, and founder of door64.com, a community of 8000 technology professionals in Austin, Texas dedicated to empowering technology professionals to grow peer networks. Matt is also a lead at JobCannon.com, a company helping job seekers and career achievers manage the job search process.

Abstract

There is a need to assert the employee's rights. Employers, whether large corporations or small consulting firms, have a duty and an obligation to understand the wants, needs, legal and financial obligations to these employees. The Career Achiever must defend his rights and be willing to be assertive and selective in order to ensure success.

Date

Wednesday,26 May 2010
networking at 6:00 pm,
business and program from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
(Please note the meeting day for 2010: 4th Wednesday of the month.)

Location

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

Cost

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

Reservations

Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.

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 May.

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

Topic/Title

3D Interconnect Challenges and How Matching Networks Provide A Path For Performance Improvement

Speaker

Jeffrey Visser: Jeffrey Visser is the Integration and Test Manager at SVTC Technologies, Inc. SVTC is a development solutions provider to a broad range of technologies from CMOS, Bio-MEMS, Photo-voltaic, MEMS, III-V to 3D interconnect and NVM. He has ~20 years experience in industry, with 13+ in semiconductors and has lead or worked on projects and technologies ranging from MRAM, JFET integration, NVM development, BEOL integration, CMP development, yield/ cycle-time improvement, to RF/microwave design and VLSI layout. Jeffrey has been working on his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University since 2006, has an MSEE from California Polytechnic University Pomona, and a BSEM from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Abstract

As MEMS technology has improved with advancements in micro-fluidics, gyroscopes, and various sensors so has industries capability to interconnecting these devices. 3D interconnect is not a new idea; however 3D interconnect is only recently an idea that is being realized within our industry. We now see the development of multi stacked chips integrating CMOS with analogue RF with MEMS. Finally with the enablement of die to wafer bonding we are seeing an exponential curve in industry flexibility and potential growth. With this tremendous growth comes tremendous challenges as to how these systems are integrated maintaining a high signal to noise ratio, and optimal energy transfer. This talk is the first of three regarding this issue, highlighting where we are currently as an industry, some of the challenges we have faced and how we have overcome those challenges, and finally the benefits that can be realized by incorporating various matching network approaches within the interconnect of these new novel device systems.

Date/Time

Thursday, 27 May 2010 from 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

Sematech: Room F-C - 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 and Biology meetings are scheduled for May.

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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 May.

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 May.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

Topic/Title

Vintage Electronic Equipment Exhibit

Speaker

The format will be informal and visitors can visit all the table top exhibits. Exhibitors will explain how the equipment was obtained and how they were personally involved in the use or design.

Abstract

Come and see Electrical Engineering history! Life Members who have unique instruments and pieces of equipment from decades past will exhibit and talk about their experiences. Ten members currently plan to bring exhibits and about twice as many are expected by May 1st. Items already on the list of exhibits include:

  • WWII and Vietnam era military electronics
  • Vacuum Tubes, Vacuum capacitors, Telegraph equipment
  • Standard cell, laboratory test equipment
  • Early electronic calculators
  • SWTP 6809 microcomputer, punch cards
  • 1930's era radios
  • Oscilloscopes and VTVMs from the 50's and 60's
  • Microcomputer magazines, 1930's ARRL manuals, electronic catalogs.

Space is available for more table-top exhibits. Do you have a piece of electrical history in your garage or attic? A test instrument that you used, a Dumont television set, a kit microcomputer, parts catalogs or magazines from the 60's, 50's, 40's or earlier? Anyone who would like to participate should contact Ernest Franke (e.franke@ieee.org) so exhibit space can be planned.

Date/Time

1 May 2010 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

The location is tentatively planned for an Engineering laboratory at Trinity University. Final details will be available soon.

Cost

$2.00 for cost of refreshments.

Reservations

Please indicate plans to attend. Please email to Bob Harris atboss@ieee.org or texaspi@texas.net or Ernest Franke at e.franke@ieee.org.

Notes

For additional info: Scott Atkinson, LSM, 481-4932, s.atkinson@ieee.org

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

Topic/Title

LCRA's Hydroelectric Operations

Speaker

Michael McCluskey

LCRA's Manager of Generation Resource Development

Michael McCluskey recently joined LCRA as its Manager of Generation Resource Development following his retirement from Austin Energy. His generation development responsibilities include long term generation planning, economic evaluations and contract negotiations. His duties also include LCRA's energy efficiency and conservation program as well as compliance with NERC/FERC reliability standards.

Michael has over 25 years of electric utility experience. Prior to joining LCRA, he was Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Austin Energy, the community-owned electric utility of the City of Austin, Texas. As COO, his responsibilities include the utility's power generation, transmission and distribution, wholesale power operations, renewable energy supply, chilled water sales and supply and environmental compliance operating units.

He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He received System Operator Certifications from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in November 1977, and the North American Electric Reliability Committee in November 1988. He has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Abstract

Date/Time

Tuesday, 25 May 2010
6:00pm Social
6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Meeting
7:30pm Program
9:00pm room closes

Location

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

Cost

$11 or $13 for IEEE members and accompanying spouses
$14 or $16 for non-IEEE members
$2 for Drinks
Student members FREE and $2 for specials
$3 student visitors, and non-meal participants

Reservations

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

Notes

The bar will be available to those who care to purchase a drink or beer. When you order, you will have a choice from nine special selections and six traditional combinations on our menu.

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

No Power and Energy Society - San Antonio meetings are scheduled for May.

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

No Product Safety Engineering Society meetings are scheduled for May.

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

A Unified Platform for Communication Systems Design and Prototyping: An LTE MIMO Case Study

Speaker

Dr. Ian C. Wong received the BS degree in electronics and communications engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines in 2000, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

From 2000-2002, he was a senior science research specialist at the Advanced Science and Technology Institute in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, where he worked on formal models for computation for Bluetooth protocol stack development. He has held summer internship positions at National Instruments and Freescale Semiconductor, both in Austin, TX USA from 2003-2006. From 2007-2009, he was a systems research and standards engineer with the Cellular Products Group, Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, TX USA, where he represented Freescale in the 3GPP LTE standardization efforts. He is currently a Senior Engineer at National Instruments in Austin, TX researching on unified hardware and software platforms for next-generation wireless system design, simulation, and prototyping.

Dr. Wong is the co-author of the Springer book Resource Allocation for Multiuser Multicarrier Wireless Systems, has 6 patents pending, 25 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and over 40 standards contributions. He was awarded the Texas Telecommunications Engineering Consortium Fellowship in 2003-2004, and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group student leadership award in 2007. His research interests include models of computation for signal processing, statistical signal processing and optimization for wired and wireless broadband communication systems.

Abstract

Due to the rise in complexity of current and next-generation communication systems, the cost of development cost for these systems is becoming increasingly prohibitive, especially for applications that do not benefit from economies of scale. The existing paradigm of teams that focus separately on theory and algorithm design, HW/SW design, prototyping and implementation, with a likewise diverse set of tools and HW/SW platforms, is proving to be inefficient, especially with the ever-tightening cost and time-to-market requirements. Hence, a unified platform that simplifies transition from theory and algorithm development to first prototype implementation is highly valuable.

In this paper/talk, we explore the benefits of a highly integrated hardware and software platform for the design and prototyping of a 2x2 LTE-MIMO wireless link. We investigate the use of parameterized synchronous dataflow model of computation to specify the functionality, which in tandem with a computing platform consisting of traditional processor, FPGA, and tightly-integrated real-world I/O, can allow the communications expert to focus on the key innovative aspects of his system, and selectively abstract the low-level details that the researcher considers distractions. We describe the benefits of this approach, and show a working prototype of the LTE system built using this paradigm.

Date/Time

Thursday, 20 May 2010 at 6:00-7:30 pm

Location

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

Cost

Admission is Free

Reservations

RSVP: http://lte.eventbrite.com

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 May.

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Technology Management Council - Austin
http://www.austin-tmc.org/

Topic/Title

An Update on Seed Stage Investment in Austin, the State and the Nation

Speaker

With over 30 years of experience in technology management, Jamie Rhodes is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Texas State University working with the newly created Center for Research Commercialization. Previously he founded Perceptive Sciences Corporation. Over its ten year history, Perceptive Sciences grew to be recognized as one of the nation's top market research companies built on the use of cognitive psychology.

Before founding Perceptive, Jamie entered the entrepreneurial arena as the cofounder of a Sevin Rosen-funded start-up, focused on the telecom industry. Jamie spent the early years of his career as a software engineer working with numerous start-ups in Austin, Texas, most notably National Instruments. He spent nine years in management at IBM. While there he led a variety of programs, including all networking for AIX, IBM's first object oriented system management platform and IBM's PC Server operating system.

In an effort to give back to the community Jamie has lent his expertise to other entrepreneurs. With the support of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Jamie founded the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN). CTAN (www.centraltexasangelnetwork.com) provides funding and support to Texas entrepreneurs across a broad spectrum of industries. For his efforts he was awarded the Technology Volunteer Award by the Chamber. He has also organized angel groups from around the state into an alliance of Texas angel networks to foster angel investing and syndicate angel investments. Jamie is an active angel investor and serves on numerous start-up advisory boards. Jamie also serves the State of Texas as a member of the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (CT-RCIC) as an advisory board member. Each quarter this committee reviews business proposals and makes recommendations to the Governor's Emerging Technology Fund for investment - creating a self-perpetuating fund to spur economic growth in the state.

As an expert, Jamie has been featured in many national publications including BusinessWeek, BtoB Magazine, Marketing News, The Deal, PROMO Magazine and 1-to-1 Magazine and others. He is or has been on the advisory boards of St. Edward's University School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, St. Edward's School of Business, University of Texas IC2 Institute, Rice Alliance Austin Chapter, United Way Austin and Austin Music Foundation. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Angel Capital Association syndication committee. Jamie teaches entrepreneurship at St. Edward's University and at Texas State University. Jamie has a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's degree in Business from the University of Texas at Austin.

Abstract

Date/Time

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 from 11:30am - 1:00 pm

Location

Satay Restaurant http://www.satayusa.com/
3202 West Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas

Cost

Cost for luncheon: $12 for IEEE members, $14 for non-IEEE members

Reservations

RSVP online at http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/1999. For questions, contact Leslie Martinich at lmartinich@ieee.org.

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

1st Annual IEEE/ASEM Engineering Management Symposium

Speaker

Abstract

The San Antonio Technology Management Council is hosting the 1st Annual IEEE/ASEM Engineering Management Symposium on Friday, May 21 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Symposium will be held at the University of the Incarnate Word Grossman International Conference Center (ICC). We will have a keynote speaker and a poster session along with the opportunity to network over light food and drinks. As part of the Symposium, we will be holding a poster session. No abstract submission is required for review. The poster simply needs to be in the domain of Engineering Management or Management of Technology and no larger than 4 ft by 3 ft in size.

Date/Time

Friday, 21 May from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Reservations

There is no registration fee. Please RSVP by Friday, 7 May to Roxanne Constable at Roxanne.Constable@brooks.af.mil if you plan to attend. A final schedule will be emailed in early May.

Location

Notes

Please email Michael Frye at mfrye@uiwtx.edu if you have any questions.

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

Tech Talk: The Most Disturbing Presentation Ever?

Game designer Jesse Schell gave a talk this February that is being called the most disturbing presentation ever. He imagines a future in which we will still shop, eat cereal, brush our teeth, and watch TV. But everything we do and (more important) all the information we attend to will win us points and benefits across a vast incentives network engineered by corporations and government entities. Or, more tersely: We will live in a game. Read more at Games.


Two Way Radios for Chips

The smaller electronics get, the more challenging the task of transferring data between chips. The thin wires that complement minuscule circuitry can handle only so much. Sony Corp. recently offered a solution, announcing thatit has created wireless chip-to-chip links that can transfer data at speeds up to 11 gigabytes per second over distances as long as 50 millimeters. Getting rid of the wires "will let us use simple substrates...and help us produce smaller ICs," says a Sony spokesman. Read more at Chips.


Torturing the Secret out of a Secure Chip

A new chink has been found in the cryptographic armor that protects bank transactions, credit-card payments, and other secure Internet traffic. By starving a cryptography chip of input voltage, researchers were able to decode a 1024-bit crypto key in 104 hours. And although programmers have devised a patch for it, clever hackers might still be able to break through. Read more at Cryptography.


Survival Skills for Scientific Writing

The ability to write effective papers, articles, and reports is an essential part of an engineer's job, but the writing process can be intimidating to even experienced professionals. To help members improve their writing for peer-reviewed journals, the IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade group recently presented a one-hour webinar, "A Survival Guide for Scientific Writing in the Academic and Professional Environments." Read more at Survival Skills.


Climategate Is Dead; Long Live Climategate

The British House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee has issued a report largely clearing the East Anglia Research Unit and its suspended director, Phil Jones, of scientific wrongdoing. Though the development has been widely noted in the elite European press, from France’s Le Monde to Britain’s Independent, it’s received less attention in the U.S. press. That’s regrettable, as the so-called Climategate scandal has had a greater impact on American public opinion.

To quote from The Independent’s report, the Commons committee found no evidence that Jones had “deliberately withheld or manipulated data in order to support the idea that global warming was real and that it was influenced by human activities.” Further, it found nothing “to suggest that the hallowed peer review process had been subverted by Professor Jones, and no reason to question the scientific consensus that global warming is happening and that it is influenced by human activities.” In the commission’s own words, the “scientific reputation” of Jones and the CRU is “intact.”

The report did take East Anglia to task for withholding information in response to Freedom of Information requests, but it put more of the blame on the university than on the climate unit or Jones, who it said had been “scapegoated” to some extent. It recommended that climate researchers be more open with data and methods in the future.

The parliamentary inquiry prompted by the hacked East Anglia e-mails is but one of several, and so the House of Commons report is not the last word or necessarily the most authoritative word in this matter. But it is surely the most high-level of the inquiries, and so on the face of it, the committee’s report should lay Climategate to rest. But will it? Read more at: Climategate.


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

  • 2010 IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conference - I2MTC 2010 on 5 May 2010 at the Austin Hilton.

  • 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - ISIT on 12 June 2010 at the Austin Hilton. For more information see http://www.isit2010.org/.

  • 56th IEEE Pulp and Paper Industry Conference - PPIC on 20 September 2010 at San Antonio's Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel. For more information see http://www.ieee-pcic.org/Conferences/futureconf.html.

  • 16th International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design on 18 August 2010 in Austin. For more information see http://www.islped.org/.

  • 2010 Solar Technology Workshop on 17 September 2010 in Austin at Freescale Semiconductor. For more information see http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/stw/.

  • IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC 2010) on 20 September 2010 at the San Antonio Marriott River Center. For more information see http://www.ieee-pcic.org.

  • 2010 IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting - BCTM on 4 October 2010 at the Austin Radisson Hotel & Suites. For more information see http://www.ieee-bctm.org/.

  • IEEE 19th Conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging and Systems (EPEPS) on 25 October 2010 at the Austin Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more information see http://www.epeps.org.

  • 2010 IEEE International Test Conference (ITC) on 31 October 2010 at Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center. 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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