IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 54-08

August 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

Where the Engineering Jobs Are

IEEE Spectrum Tech Insiders Webinar Series: BATTERIES AND FUEL CELLS SIMULATION

IEEE Spectrum Tech Insiders Webinar Series: Application Development for Energy & Utilities Industry

July issue of IEEE-USA Today's Engineer


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



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

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Membership Development


ANNUAL IEEE ELECTION – Vote Today

The IEEE annual election website opens August 1.  The voting membership of the IEEE annually elects officers that serve on the top-tier IEEE governing bodies. All members eligible to vote who have not voted electronically will receive a paper ballot and a postage-paid reply envelope via USPO. VOTE TODAY at:
http://ieee.org/election


Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Membership Tool-kit

Did You Know –

The IEEE-USA has put together a membership tool-kit.  Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.
Tool-kit  highlights:
  • Ebooks
  • Salary Comparison
  • Entrepreneurs Village
  • Others
And it’s FREE ……check it out at:
http://www.todaysengineer.org/2010/Jul/toolkit.asp

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

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Section & Chapter News


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Continuing Education

Nothing this month

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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


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Calls for Volunteers

None this month

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2. Chapter Activities


Multiple Chapter Events

No meetings are scheduled for this month.

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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 this month.

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

Topic/Title

Short Course: Emerging Frequency Synthesis Techniques for the Current and Future Advanced CMOS Technologies

Speaker


Abstract

Course description

Date/Time

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 8:30am-6:00pm

Cost

Before 08/06/2010, $40/IEEE member, $50/non-member. After 08/06/2010, $60/IEEE member, $70/non-member. $15 for Student (ID required) and unemployed. Fees includes presentation CD, breakfast and lunch ticket.

Reservations

Online Registration Link. Contact: Haoxing Ren at renhaoxing@ieee.org or 512 636 8682 (cell).

Location

IBM Bldg 908, 3E027 Foxglove Room, 11051 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX. IBM site map: Map

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 this month.

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

Topic/title

The Changing Future of Software, Computation, and the Development and Business Processes -- What is Next?

Speaker

David Smith, Futurist/Technology Speaker, CEO HBMG, Inc.

As a noted futurist, technologist, and business leader, David brings more than 30 years of experience in digital convergence, strategic planning, and emerging technologies to his clients. David has assisted in creating and implementing plans for Fortune 100 companies, emerging companies, universities, and government agencies, including Bank of America, Boeing, the CIA, Lockheed Martin, the National Security Agency, Sun Microsystems, and the U.S. Department of Defense.  As a leader in innovation, he has played an integral role at two of the nation's most successful consortia, SEMATECH and the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), designing IN-Q-TEL for the United States intelligence agencies, the intelligence community’s research and development venture capital solution, and working as one of a three-person coordination committee and on the steering and implementation committees that developed the highly respected Semiconductor Industry Association National Technology Roadmap. As an invited keynote speaker, teacher, and presenter, David’s compelling orations have captivated a range of audiences. He is also quoted in many publications, classes, and books. In addition to being a senior research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute and a fellow of the Society for Design and Process Science, David was awarded the SEMATECH Eagle Award for a 1993 Strategic Plan and the Council of Consortia Award for Extraordinary Contributions and Achievement in Technology Transfer.

Abstract

This presentation will address the future direction of software and the new technology and science that are changing the computation hardware. The major paradigm shifts in each of these areas that are on the horizon will be highlighted.   In the future, the new systems will be enabled by ubiquitous computation, communications, and digital systems.  These complex systems and Chaos Theory combine to create a new horizontal convergence.  The complex systems involve not only the elements of business, science, and government, but have disruptive elements where traditional structures and traditional timing no longer are the dominant planning elements. This talk will include a look at the major trends in software languages, processes, architectures, and the process drivers and what needs to be done to be successful.

Date/time

Thursday, August 12, 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 this month.

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

Topic/Title Cross-Industry & Cross-Border Ramifications from the U.S.
Supreme Court's Bilski v. Kappos Decision   
Speaker

William N. Hulsey III,  Principal, HULSEY, P.C.,  Intellectual
Property Lawyers

Speaker Bio Mr. Hulsey established HULSEY, P.C., Intellectual Property Lawyers
(HULSEYIP) to apply a highly developed specialty and experience in a broad
span of technical fields.  HULSEYIP takes great pride in serving emerging
growth companies competing in global markets with products and services
relating to energy, life sciences, electronics, environmental, software, and
aerospace technologies.  As broad as are HULSEYIP's technology
proficiencies, the firm is yet tightly focused in providing its clients with
the highest quality in patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark legal
services.  As a practicing patent attorney, Mr. Hulsey has developed and
implemented complete intellectual property protection and licensing programs
for numerous companies.
Abstract

On June 28, 2010 the Supreme Court rendered a decision in Bilski
v. Kappos to affirm the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's denying patent
protection for a business method, while confirming that certain business
methods could receive U.S. patent protection.  In doing so, the Court
emphasized the importance of time-honored practices in quality patent
preparation.  This decision has broad application to many industries as well
as to international patent procurement.

Date

Wednesday, August 25, 2010,  Networking at 6:00 pm, Business and
Program from 7:00 pm 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 this month.

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

Topic/Title

TBD

Speaker

Dr. Larry Overzet, UT Dallas

Abstract

TBD

Date/Time

Thursday August 26th, 2010 from 6:00 - 7:30pm

Refreshments

TBD

Reservations

Please RSVP to Christian Catalan at Christian.Catalan@amd.com

Location

 Meeting 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 this month.

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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 this month.

For more Information contact Jason Polendo jpolendo@ieee.org

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

No meetings are scheduled for this month.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

Topic/Title Joint Meeting of the Austin and San Antonio Life Members
Lunch and tour of the Goodwill Computerworks Museum in Austin 
Speaker Scott Atkinson will present information from recent Life Member Board meetings and activities.
Abstract

The Goodwill Computer Museum is one of the largest permanent collections of mini-computers and computer-game consoles in the country.  Exhibits include Amigas, Ataris, Apples, Commodores, Kaypros and many lesser-known brands and models as well as early Nintendo and other game consoles.  We will have a special tour conducted by the museum staff.   More information is available at: http://www.goodwillcomputermuseum.org/

Date/Time

Thursday, August 19, 2010
1:00 pm - Lunch and program

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Tour of the Goodwill Computerworks Museum

Location

1015 Norwood Park Blvd. Austin

Cost

Although there is no charge for lunch, all attendees are requested to make a donation to the Museum, either in cash or computer parts that can be added to the collection or recycled. 

Reservations

Reservations are needed to ensure there is enough pizza.
Please RSVP to: "Bob Harris" <boss@ieee.org>
or: "Allan Cole" <allan.cole@sbcglobal.net>

Notes

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

Topic/Title

Engineering Ethics

Speaker

Lance S. Kinney, P.E. Deputy Executive Director of the TBPE
 
Mr. Kinney is the Executive Director of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. He has been with the Board for over seven years and oversees various agency programs and activities, including legislative, rule, and policy issues, provides assistance to the executive director and Board members, and represents the Board at statewide and national functions.
Prior to working at the Board, he worked in the semiconductor industry for 11 years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Physics from the University of Texas, a Masters Degree in Industrial Technology from Texas State University, and is working on a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at the University of Texas. He has lectured as an adjunct professor in the Engineering and Technology Department at Texas State University and Electronics and Advanced Technologies Department at Austin Community College. Hobbies include ice hockey, music, and computers. 

Abstract

This presentation will provide an update on recent changes to professional engineering laws and rules, important issues related to engineering practices and ethics, and issues related to being a Professional Engineer in Texas.  This meeting will fulfill the annual 1.0 PDH Ethics requirement for Professional Engineers registered in the State of Texas.

Date/Time

Tuesday, August 24 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 this month.

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

Topic/Title

Practical Primer on the Usage of EXCEL 2007

Speaker

Ms. Carol Casey, CPA  (Audit Manager in the DFS Business Controls unit, Dell)
Abstract

Date/Time

Tuesday, August 17, 2010  6:30 - 8:00 PM

Cost

None

Reservations

Not necessary

Location

Dell Parmer South Campus
Parmer South Building S4
Victoria Conference Room
701 East Parmer Lane, Austin

Notes

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

Data Center Trends in I/O Virtualization

Speaker

Richard Trujillo is currently the Director of Product Management and had responsibilities as Director of Applications and Customer Support at NextIO.  He is responsible for driving product develop of NextIO products utilizing PCI Express Single-root and Multi-root I/O Virtualization for I/O consolidation.  Before joining NextIO, Richard was a co-founder of Conformative Systems where he led systems design activities for an XML acceleration appliance.  Prior to Conformative Systems he held various positions at Cirrus Logic/Crystal Semiconductor including Senior Design management and mixed signal designs for data and telecom IC’s. He has an MSEE degree from New Mexico State University. 

Abstract

I/O virtualization is the next step in the evolutionary process of a virtual datacenter. This talk will discuss the datacenter trends for I/O consolidation and virtualization, the industry’s different approaches from network to access layer consolidation.  We will discuss some of the underlying technologies in a building a virtual datacenter including FCoE, Single root and multi-root I/O virtualization.

Date/Time

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6:00-7:30 pm

Location

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

Cost

Admission is Free

Reservations

RSVP: http://iov.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 this month.

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

The Austin TMC will not meet this month.  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 his month.  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

Where the Engineering Jobs Are

Last year, pink slips were seemingly everywhere for engineers and computer scientists. Things are better for engineers this year, but the signals are still mixed. Tech companies plan to hire at least as many electrical engineers as last year, but those already laid off are having a hard time finding jobs. And while new grads are getting fewer offers, they’re still doing better than their peers in other fields.
Read more.

IEEE Spectrum Tech Insiders Webinar Series: BATTERIES AND FUEL CELLS SIMULATION

New simulation technology accelerates the design of electrochemical systems. This webinar introduces you to best practices for modeling batteries & fuel cells. A presentation by the Ford Motor Company shows how they are using simulation to deliver affordable environmental technologies based on Li-Ion batteries.

DATE: Wednesday, Aug 18th, 2010
TIME: 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 18:00 GMT
(Duration: 1 hour)

Read more.


IEEE Spectrum Tech Insiders Webinar Series: Application Development for Energy & Utilities Industry

The Intelligent Utilities Network (IUN), or the SmartGrid, is constructed around the consumption and generation of vital and complex data. In order for the IUN subsystems to be effectively integrated with each other, standardization through the Common Information Model (CIM)  is widely utilized by the Energy companies as a formal mechanism for enabling interoperability in their complex system-of-system. Using the prevailing best practices, this session presents a formal, model and requirements based development for this emerging industry.

Thursday, August 19, 2010    
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)

Read more.

July issue of IEEE-USA Today's Engineer includes these features:

  • Four Ways to Broaden Your Job Search for Results
  • Asking for a Raise is Easier than You Think, Even in Bad Times
  • The Jobless Recovery -- Are We There Yet?
  • Bridging the Divide Between Scientists and Engineers and the Public They Serve
  • A Champion of Engineering Makes an Eloquent Case
  • How Do You Get Women to Stay in Engineering? Nerd Girls Has the Answer
  • Opinion: The Innovation Delusion
  • ITIF Debate Focuses on Global Broadband Access
  • Work Continues on E2 Bill
  • IEEE is Getting Greener
  • IEEE-USA Toolkit: Resources for the Member

Read more.

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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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