IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 54-07

July 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 John Purvis, Editor, john.purvis@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

Get to know the Candidates Day and Lillie

Chalk Up Another Member Benefit: Free E-Books

Marketplace of Ideas: Diversity and Competitiveness

Students to Gain From Microsoft Collaboration

IEEE Online Communities


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


I'd like to thank Dennis Ferguson for his efforts as editor of the Analog past couple of years. It is a heroic job to assemble the inputs from 21 chapters and affinity groups into the excellent coherent publication that he has been delivering every month. However, he has reached a time in his career that does not allow him to devote enough time to continue as editor. A new editor is in the works, although Joe Redfield is editing the newsletter on an interim basis.

One of the things that Dennis brought to us was an automation of the process of collecting input from the chapters and affinity groups. That system of web updates instead of a plethora of email messages will probably be back on line shortly after the new editor is in place.

We will continue the tradition of having a Fall planning meeting of the section and chapter officers on August 28th, at Texas State in San Marcos. This is an opportunity for training of the leaders, as well as a chance for chapter leaders to share their successes and needs for help. A meeting of the section officers with past section chairs on June 26th has led to a change of the traditional format for the Fall Planning Meeting, to see if it can better serve the needs of the chapters and affinity groups. More information about what is needed in the presentations will be forthcoming in a couple of weeks.

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

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Membership Development


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If you are currently unemployed and current IEEE member, and have not renewed your membership, you also receive IEEE membership at ½ price. Simply go to: http://www.ieee.org/renew.


Did you know about IEEE – myIEEE
Did You Know –

You can find out what are the most accessed documents in IEEE Xplore for the month. By selecting the Knowledge Tab in myIEEE, you will see the IEEE Xplore module located in the middle column. Here you will find a list of the top 10 documents accessed this month. Citations and their Abstract are available with quick links to the full article. IEEE Xplore has over two million documents on emerging and revolutionary technologies.

GO TO myIEEE now at www.ieee.org/myieee
 

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

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Section & Chapter News

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
john.purvis@ieee.org
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


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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

No meetings are scheduled for July.

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Chapter Meeting Notices

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

No meetings are scheduled for July.

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

Topic/Title

Emerging ADCs

Speaker

Prof. Un-Ku Moon
Prof. Un-Ku Moon has been with the Oregon State University since 1998. Prior to that, he was with Bell Labs (Reading & Allentown) 1988-1989 and 1994-1998. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, a master's degree from Cornell University, and a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His current research activities are found at http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/~moon/research.

Abstract

Most analog IC designers and students are drawn to ADCs. While some ADC realizations have had a lasting impact, examples including pipelined ADCs with digital redundancy, flash ADCs with folding and interpolation, and multi-bit delta-sigma modulators with dynamic element matching, there are many more recent and emerging ADC design techniques that are receiving much attention and also gaining momentum in some areas. Many of these ideas are showered with doubts and honest criticism. However, we may also be entering a new phase where a few of these developments would help resolve the tough submicron scaling challenge that analog designers face today. This tutorial will summarize and ponder the impact of a few selective as well as random slices of these emerging ADC designs.

Date/Time

Thursday, 22 July 2010, 6:30-8:00pm

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

UT Campus - ENS 306

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 meetings are scheduled for July.

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

Topic/title

Using the CMMI-SVC to Transform an Organization into a High-Functioning, Customer-Driven Profit Center

Speaker

Henry Schneider, President, Process and Product Quality Consulting, LLC

Henry Schneider is the President and Senior Principal Consultant at Process and Product Quality Consulting, LLC. He has over 30 years experience in software and systems development as a developer, systems engineer, project manager, trainer, consultant, and assessor/appraiser (ISO 9000/TickIT, SW-CMM®, and CMMI®) working for clients in the commercial, government, aerospace, product software, automotive, data communications, telecommunications, and information technology sectors.  He provides consulting support to PPQC clients in the areas of process improvement, project management, process engineering, requirements management, configuration management, process and product quality assurance, reviews and inspections, measurement and analysis, and risk management.  Henry is a Software Engineering Institute-authorized CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser and Intro to CMMI Instructor (CMMI-ACQ, CMMI-DEV, CMMI-SVC), former Vice President for the Society for Software Quality, and on the editorial review board for ASQ’s journal, Software Quality Professional.

Abstract

As a company grows and matures from a startup entrepreneurial venture to a sustainable corporation, the departments and company services that begin as good ideas expand and evolve to support the company’s growing business.  Many times these services simply develop without any strategic vision.  This can result in institutionalized behaviors that are incompatible with the company’s business goals and objectives.   Consequently, the transition to a larger corporation becomes a challenge.

Come learn how a Houston-based company was able to leverage the CMMI-SVC to make the transition from startup to mature corporation, using the CMMI-SVC to help achieve their business goals.

Date/time

8 July 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
Quarry Oaks Atrium
Bldg. 2 - 2nd Fl.
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Austin, TX  78759

Cost

None

Reservations

None

Notes

Joint meeting with Austin SPIN.

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

No meetings are scheduled for July.

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

Topic/Title

OWASP and Their Role in Web Security

Speaker

James Wickett

Speaker Bio

James Wickett is the current Vice President of the Austin OWASP chapter and is chairing the 2010 Lonestar Application Security Conference which is a regional OWASP conference.  Outside of OWASP, he works for National Instruments as a Web Systems Engineer in the R&D department.  He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.  Current certifications: CISSP, GCFW.

Abstract

This talk will focus on web application security and how its
security fits into the SDLC.  We will discuss OWASP resources for developers, managers, legal teams, and more.  This talk will also highlight Austin resources for web application security and cover an overview of the top web application security vulnerabilities.  OWASP is an international organization focused on web application security.

Date

Wednesday, 28 July 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

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

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

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
http://ewh.ieee.org/mu/ctx-emcs/

No meetings are scheduled for July.

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

Topic/Title


Speaker

Bruce White

Abstract


Date/Time

Thursday, 29 July 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

Rio Grande Conference room at SVTC
Map: 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 meetings are scheduled for July.

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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 meetings are scheduled for July.

For more Information contact Jason Polendo jpolendo@ieee.org

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

No meetings are scheduled for July.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

The SA Life Members Group will not meet in July.  The August meeting will be a joint meeting of the San Antonio and Austin members.  This will feature a presentation by Scott Atkinson, a member of the IEEE Life Members Committee.  This program is aimed at providing information on various LM activities as well as other IEEE information and will include Life Member organization, society dues payments/non-payments, Grants, LM budgets, Affinity Groups & their activities and Group funding.  Scott will also have first-hand information on Life Members Technical Tours (the recent Panama Canal tour, upcoming Great Britain tour & beyond).
 
The meeting will be in San Marcos during the second half of August.  Further details will be available as arrangements are finalized.

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

Topic/Title

The Iceberg Theory of Power & Energy Mgmt.

Speaker

Greg Lado, Schneider Electric.
 
Greg S. Lado has a BBA from Texas Tech University, a love of computers and things "technical", and is presently Area Sales Manager for Schneider Electric's Energy Solutions group plus a 19 year veteran in the electrical industry. The past 11 years have been with Schneider Electric's Power Management Operations (recently renamed "Energy Solutions") promoting power reliability and energy monitoring/control systems in a 14 state area.

Abstract

3 facets of ROI for your power and energy monitoring system.
 
Applications for "PowerLogic" products have given many opportunities to work with large industrials, data centers, water/waste water plants, universities, government installations, hospitals, commercial properties, and even at his own home (aka "the washing machine incident"). The years prior were spent with industrial automation distributors as Automation Sales Mgr servicing clients industrial automation/control needs (main lines were: Allen Bradley, Square D SYMAX/MAX, and Modicon). An avid fly-fisherman, family and work conspire to make this hobby more of a rumor than a reality. Cest la vie! He loves that his kids know his company helps other companies be more 'green.'

Date/Time

Tuesday, 258 July 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 meetings are scheduled for July.

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

No meetings are scheduled for July.

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

Addressing the Current and Future Wireless Demand

Speaker

Dave Wolter is the Executive Director of the Radio Technology and Strategy group at AT&T; Labs - Austin. He directs a team responsible for identification, simulation, assessment and enhancement of leading edge radio technologies and architecture in support of AT&T;’s fixed and mobile wireless businesses. The scope of his responsibilities includes current and future generations of mobile systems, Wi-Fi, and fixed wireless access systems with a focus on radio system performance. His group also supports strategic analysis, spectrum strategy, business case development, and standards development.

Abstract

This talk will discuss the explosion in mobile data usage, some of the reasons behind this, and how AT&T; and the industry are moving forward to address this demand through technology evolution and network design.

Date/Time

Thursday, 15 July 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 meetings are scheduled for July.

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

The Austin TMC will not meet in July.  We will resume our meetings in September.

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

The San Antonio TMC will not meet in July.  We will resume our meetings in September.

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

Get to Know Candidates Day and Lillie

Your annual election ballots won't arrive until August, but now it's time to get to know the candidates for 2011 IEEE president-elect: Gordon W. Day and Joseph V. Lillie. Learn something of their personal sides, including what they were like in college, how they use their free time, and who they consider their role models, at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/16472/32170. Make sure you'll be able to vote in the annual election. Members who have moved should update their contact information, and graduating students should update their educational data by 15 June to ensure they receive the ballot package. For more information, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/16473/32170


Chalk Up Another Member Benefit: Free E-Books

Worldwide sales of e-books are expected to jump from US $323 million in 2008 to nearly $9 billion in 2013, according to a forecast by the market research firm In-Stat. Aware of the popularity of digital books, IEEE is now offering members a collection of 220 IEEE e-books for free through the IEEE Xplore digital library. For more information and to see a selection of these IEEE eBook Classics, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/16474/32170

Marketplace of Ideas: Diversity and Competitiveness

For an upcoming article, the San Jose Mercury News, of California, set  out to obtain data on the race and gender of the employees at 15 Silicon  Valley companies through a U.S. Freedom of Information Act request.  Nine of the firms agreed to share the information, saying they had nothing  to hide. The other six refused. Apple, Applied Materials, Google, Oracle,  and Yahoo convinced the federal regulators who collect and release the  data that disclosure in the newspaper could cause the companies  economic harm by revealing their business strategies to competitors. The  sixth company, Hewlett-Packard, fought the release and lost.

Should companies be forced to release their employee demographics?  How important is diversity to the competitiveness of a company? Weigh in  at <mailto:institute@ieee.org>

Read responses to March's question on whether the Large Hadron  Collider is a worthy scientific endeavor. Many say the particle accelerator  is priceless and will certainly help to better understand the universe, while  others think it's a waste of money. See what members had to say at  http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/16477/32170


Students to Gain From Microsoft Collaboration

IEEE student members who want to sharpen their software development  skills or pursue careers working with Microsoft technologies are in luck. A  new agreement offers free access to 300 of Microsoft's development  software titles, free training on software, the ability to learn about job  opportunities at major software companies, and more. Read on at
http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/16478/32170

IEEE Online Communities

The IEEE On-line Communities, (CommunityZero hosted by the Ramius Corporation) will be upgrading on July 23rd 2010. The new IEEE On-Line Communities tool is called Sixent and is the next generation of professional on-line communities from Ramius. Sixent will enable IEEE communities to move to a more professional and enterprise focused community solution especially customized for IEEE.

All users who have logged into CommunityZero between July 1st 2009 and June 14th 2010 will automatically be given access to Sixent. All other users will either need to rejoin or be invited to the new community. We are targeting August 3rd 2010 for activation of your new solution but this is dependent upon your Community Owner approval and scheduling.

The original CommunityZero site will be fully functional during the month of August. However, beginning in September throughout October the CommunityZero site will be view only. At this time, all new activity is expected to be in Sixent.  The final cut over from CommunityZero to Sixent will be approved by the Community Owner.

IEEE staff is working with the Community owners to complete this upgrade. Most content will be automatically moved to Sixent and the remaining content will be manually copied over. Shortly, you will be provided a new URL and some additional information about the new Sixent Community. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments about the upgrade, CommunityZero or Sixent please email IEEE staff at  online-community-support@ieee.org

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4. Local Conferences

  • 18Aug-20Aug, 2010 - 16th International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design. Austin, TX. http://www.islped.org/. Call for papers.

  • 2010 IEEE Solar Technology Workshop on September 16, 2010 in Austin at Freescale Semiconductor. For more information see http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/stw/

  • 20Sep-22Sep, 2010 - IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC 2010). http://www.ieee-pcic.org. San Antonio, TX.

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