IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 55-01

January 2011

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

Instrumentation and Measurement Society

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

Latest 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

Thanks to all the volunteers who have made 2010 a banner year for the Central Texas Section of IEEE.  Particular thanks are due to Vice Chairs Dawn Roberson and Thuy Dao, Treasurer Kenny Rice, and Secretary Dina Triyoso, as well as the section's committee and chapter leaders.  We were happy to thank the section's leading volunteers at appreciation dinners in Austin and San Antonio during December. 

Let's continue with a reminder to what may be a third of our members.  Be sure to renew your IEEE membership.  IEEE is growing, but about 30 percent of members are arrears at the end of each calendar year, and it takes a lot of Membership Development effort early in the year to remind them that they have not renewed.  We would be better off to spend it on things like advancing existing members to the Senior Member status and facilitating the nomination of new IEEE Fellows. 

Chapter officers, you need to be sure that your L31 meeting reports are up to date, including administrative meetings, and to be sure that Kenny Rice has all the financial information he needs so that your portion of the Section's books can be audited.  That means that expenditures should be able to be matched with receipts.  Finally, you need to be sure that Dina Triyoso has received the report of your election of officers so the section's officers roster can be updated.  Updating the chapter web pages continues to be the chapter's responsibility. 

You also need to be sure that your chapter will be represented at the CTS Executive Committee meeting on January 29th at Texas State University in San Marcos.  We will be approving the budget for 2011, along with a resolution to have separate chapters of the Computer Society in Austin and San Antonio.  Scott Atkinson will be presenting a new document to replace the section bylaws, in accordance with a new governance document from the IEEE Member Geographic Activities Board.

Finally, here's a correction from November.  Kenny Rice tells me that Tony Ambler has accepted a new position as the new Dean of Engineering at USC, University of South Carolina. He has already bought a house.   

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

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2011?

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

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

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

IEEE Honors 2011 Class of Fellows

IEEE recently announced its class of 2011 Fellows, which consists of 321 members from around the world who have demonstrated an "extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest."  They join a group of thousands of other IEEE distinguished Fellows who have contributed to the advancement or application of engineering, science, and technology.  The IEEE Board of Directors awards the honor of Fellow to no more than 0.1 percent of the voting membership as of 31 December of the preceding year.

Please welcome Sandeep Chennakeshu, Michael Donald Dahlin, Robert Wendell Heath, Chris Alan Mack, and Kathryn S. McKinley to the distinguished list of 72 other IEEE Fellows in the Central Texas Section

IEEE GOLD to Host Upcoming Professional Development Webinar

The IEEE Mentoring Connection program, sponsored by GOLD, is hosting a webinar on mentoring in January 2011.  This webinar is targeted at IEEE members who are interested in mentoring, either from the perspective of being mentored or of being a mentor.
 
This webinar will discuss the concept of mentoring and how the IEEE Mentoring Program works.  In addition, participants will explore what to look for in a mentoring partner and clarify roles, responsibilities and expectations.  This webinar will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing for those members who are not able to view it live.
 
Date:  21 January 2011
Time:  13:00 EST

For more information visit http://www.ieee.org/GOLD

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Spectrum

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

Current Spectrum special articles include:

Smartphones: The Pocketable PC
2010 Renewable Energy Recap: Big Potential, Slow Progress
Top 11 Technologies of the Decade
Social Networking: Friended

See more at http://spectrum.ieee.org/

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

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Section & Chapter News

Call for Awards Nominations-
 
Now is the time to recognize your peers through IEEE awards nominations.  Awards information for Region 5, IEEE USA and IEEE MGA awards are linked on the Section webpage at http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/honors.html.
 
Region 5 offers 13 awards which are recognized at the Region 5 Annual Meeting in April.  They include Outstanding Large and Small Section, Member, Engineering Educator, Large and Small Student Branch,  Student Member, Student Branch Counselor, Large and Small Company, Individual Member Achievement  and Individual GOLD Member Achievement.
 
IEEE-USA Awards are given to recognize professionalism, technical achievement, and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States.
 
Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA) is designed to promote, recognize and reward excellence in the MGA operations and IEEE geographic unit activities (Regions, Councils and Areas, Sections, Chapters, Student Branches, and Student Branch Chapters).
 
Please contact Clif Denny, c.denny@ieee.org,  for more information.

Central Texas Future City Competition

The Central Texas Future City (http://www.ctxfuturecity.org/) Competition will be held on January 15, 2011 on the campus of Texas State University.  We are in need of mentors and judges.  Mentors will be assigned a specific team to work with for the entire time.  Judging can be done remotely - we provide the SimCity software and the metrics to judge the city, or if writing is more your thing, you can judge the essay from the comfort of wherever you may be.  We also need judges the day of the competition for the model of the City and the presentations.

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE:
There are a number of different ways for you and/or your organization to become involved in this year's Future City Competition.
  • VOLUNTEER: Become a Judge. Interacting with the kids as they present their innovative ideas for the future. We need dozens of judges for a variety of deliverables, now through January. (need not be present to participate)
  • VOLUNTEER: Help with coordinating. Help us working behind the scenes to make sure the Future City Competition is a success. All individuals, technical and non-technical are welcome.
  • SPONSOR: Sponsor a special award. Your organization can provide a special award that promotes your particular interest and increases the opportunity for every student to be a winner.
  • SPONSOR: Underwrite the program by becoming a general sponsor.
BACKGROUND:
The Future City Competition is the nation's largest not-for-profit engineering education program. Its purpose is to encourage students to pursue a technical career, to address important environmental issues in our world, and to realize their vision of a city of the future. The winner of our regional event will go on to compete in Washington, DC during National Engineers Week. All of it is possible only through the combined efforts of volunteers and sponsors.

The students are challenged in a series of fun, hands-on applications to present their unique set of solutions to the real-world problems of creating a livable city. To do so, they will adopt the principles of every branch of engineering to support their assertions. Each competing team is asked to first generate a computerized design of a future city, then build a scale model of that city using as many recycled materials as possible.

THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE IS MEDICAL DEVICES AND SERVICES – the students must research and write a paper describing their design for a health care product that improves the quality of life for an ill/injured/disabled patient. Their designs will cover both virtual and on-site medical practices.

Contact Andrew Hunt (ACHunt@lan-lan-inc.com) for mentoring options - there are teams needing mentoring in Austin! or Dean Schneider (d-schneider@tamu.edu) for judging.

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Continuing Education


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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: Ug Igboanugo, email: uigboanugo@mail.stmarytx.edu


Texas State University - San Marcos (new branch, 2009)
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@TXState.edu
Branch President: Eduardo Gonzalez, email: eg1196@txstate.edu


Trinity University - San Antonio (http://www.engr.trinity.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: Farzan.Aminian@Trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Paurakh Rajbhandary, email: paurakh.rajbhandary@trinity.edu


University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Erik Eyberg, email: chair@ieee.ece.utexas.edu


University of Texas at San Antonio (http://www.utsaieee.org/)
Faculty Adviser: Yufang Jin, email: Yufang.Jin@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Kevin Messenhimer, email: kmessen@gmail.com


Student Member News


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Calls for Volunteers

Central Texas Discover Engineering: Five Steps for Volunteers to Get Involved
Engineer volunteers visit classrooms and lead hands-on activities that demonstrate teamwork and logical processes while discussing their jobs and their enthusiasm for engineering. Learn about our volunteer opportunities and how you can join in sharing the world of engineering with local students, elementary through high school:
  • Sign Up
  • Select Your School Preferences
  • Plan Your Visit
  • Provide Feedback
  • Stay Involved
Matching of schools and volunteers begins in early January with classroom visits beginning in February with Engineers Week 2011.

Learn more about volunteering and how to get involved on the Central Texas Discover Engineering website.

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2. Chapter Activities


Multiple Chapter Events

None planned 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/


Topic/Title

No meeting planned at this time

Speaker


Abstract

Date/Time

Cost


Reservations


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Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Topic/Title

The University of Texas Solar Car Project 

Speaker

Gary A. Hallock, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Texas Austin

Gary A. Hallock is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin, and holds the Archie W. Straiton Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering.  He is the faculty advisor of the University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team, and has overseen the development of the group’s last two solar cars.  Professor Hallock’s research interests include high temperature plasmas, plasma diagnostics, wave phenomena, and solid-state plasmas.  He received his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982.

Abstract

The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team is a volunteer, student-run organization committed to developing solar electric vehicles.  The team members (almost all undergraduates from across engineering disciplines) learn complex practical engineering, team work, fund raising, and deadlines.  The solar cars are full-sized vehicles capable of driving on ordinary highways, although they only use about a kilowatt of power.  Typical speeds are 30 – 50 mph, and the roads used are similar to “Route 66”, often 4 lane highways with somewhat lower speeds than major interstates.  We competed in two events this past summer, the 2010 Formula Sun Grand Prix and the 2010 American Solar Challenge.  FSGP is a 3 day track race, and was held in Texas this year.  The American Solar Challenge is the premier solar car race in North America.  ASC 2010 was a staged race from Tulsa, OK to Chicago, IL.  Teams from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Taiwan were represented.  The race was over 1200 miles, and took place over a 7 day period in June.  The route took the solar cars through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.  Our solar car, the Samsung Solorean, has a sophisticated electrical system.  This includes a battery protection system, wireless telemetry, data storage, and both low voltage and high voltage buses.  The car uses National Instruments cRIO instrumentation, as well as custom designed microcontrollers.

Date/Time

Monday January 17, 2011

Reception: 6-6:15pm, Presentation: 6:15-7:30pm

Cost

None

Reservations

RSVP: http://ieeectxinstmsmtnov2010.eventbrite.com/

Location

National Instruments, Building C Room 1S13 - 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759 

Notes

First meeting of new Chapter


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

Topic/Title

Heterogeneous Processors: The Cell Broadband Engine

Speaker

H. Peter Hofstee, IBM Austin Research Lab

H. Peter Hofstee currently works at the IBM Austin Research Laboratory on workload-optimized and hybrid systems. Peter has degrees in theoretical physics (MS, Rijks Universiteit Groningen, Netherlands) and computer science (PhD, California Inst. of Technology). At IBM Peter has worked on microprocessors, including the first CMOS processor to demonstrate GHz operation (1997), and he was the chief architect of the synergistic processor elements in the Cell Broadband Engine, known from its use in the Sony Playstation 3 and the Roadrunner supercomputer that first broke the 1 Petaflop Linpack benchmark. His interests include VLSI, multicore and heterogeneous microprocessor architecture, security, system design and programming. Peter has over 100 patents issued or pending.

Abstract

This talk will provide a review of four years of experience with the Cell Broadband Engine. This talk will review the original motivation for introducing the architecture, discuss the various processor and system implementations, and highlight key application areas. The second part of the talk will discuss hybrid and heterogeneous system architecture in general and takes a stand on how to program such systems.

Date/Time

Tuesday January 18
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Cost

None

Reservations

None required

Location

UT Campus TBD (please check http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ssc_css/ for final event information)

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 meeting scheduled at this time.

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

Topic/title

No meeting scheduled at this time

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

Topic/Title

No meeting planned at this time

Speaker
Abstract
Date/Time


Location

Trinity University

Cost

None

Reservations

None required

Notes See http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org for directions and parking information. This meeting is open to the public.

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker
Speaker Bio
Abstract


Date

Location


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.

More information on Consultants Networks: http://www.ieeeusa.org/business/whatis.asp

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

No meeting scheduled at this time.

Topic/title

Conducted Emissions, Power Supplies, and LISNs

Speaker

Mark Steffka of General Motors

Mark Steffka is an Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Technical Specialist with the General Motors (GM) Powertrain Group, supporting the product engineering organization with respect to EMC design, testing, and specifications. His primary work at GM is currently with hybrid and electric vehicles. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and University of Detroit-Mercy, where he is the instructor for courses in EMC, antennas, and digital/analog communications. His educational background consists of a B.S.E.-E.E., from the University of Michigan, and a M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. His involvement in professional activities includes the Society of Automotive Engineers Electromagnetic Standards Committees, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the EMC Society.

Abstract

With the proliferation of digital methods from data communication to machine and equipment control, as well as the increasing use of switched mode power supplies (SMPS), conducted emissions are becoming more of a concern. This topic discusses the physics involved in conducted emissions, how to measure those emissions, the trade-offs in power supply issues versus EMC, and effective filtering methods. Diagnostic methods to identify the nature and source of conducted emissions are presented as well as corrective actions to solve those problems are identified.

Date/time

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
6:30-7:00PM social/food, 7:00-8:30pm program

Location

National Instruments, Building C, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX, 78759

Cost

Reservations

none

Notes

Food and refreshments are provided. See the EMC Society Chapter web site at http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/emcs/chapters/centraltexas/index.html for more information and directions. This meeting is open to the public.

For meeting information, contact Ross Carlton at ross.carlton@ieee.org or 512-683-6392

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

Topic/Title

Nanoscale Devices and Materials for Neuromorphic Architectures 

Speaker

Eric M. Vogel

Abstract

As traditional device scaling according to Moore’s Law moves toward real physical limitations, alternative computational architectures will augment the capabilities of binary systems. Neuromorphic architectures are promising due to their efficiency in performing complex tasks such as pattern recognition and classification as well as learning and adaptation. In this work, nano-crystalline silicon (nc-Si) nanowire transistors are fabricated and characterized. SPICE device models are developed to fit the electrical characteristics of ambipolar thin-film transistors (TFTs) and the corresponding device model geometry is then extrapolated down to submicron dimensions. The devices are then used to simulate a spiking neuron circuit with properties similar to biological neurons. Memristor SPICE models are also developed and the properties of simple electronic neural networks are explored.

Date/Time

January 27th, 2011
 
Meeting time: 6:00-7:30PM
Refreshments: 6:00-6:30PM

Refreshments


Reservations


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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker
Abstract
Date/Time
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Reservations
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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) Affinity Group

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
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For more Information contact Jeffrey Langston (axu913@my.utsa.edu). 

More information on GOLD: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/gold/index.html

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

No meeting scheduled at this time.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group - San Antonio

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker
Abstract


Date/Time
Location
Cost

$10 per person

Reservations Please RSVP to Bob Harris (boss@ieee.org) and indicate preference for
beef, chicken or vegetarian menu so suitable arrangements can be made
Notes The December meeting will be a social meeting and spouses are especially invited.


More information on LM: http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/life_members/index.html

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

Topic/Title

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

Speaker Maher A Dayeh, Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Dayeh is a scientific analyst experienced in space and atmospheric data analysis and instrumentation. He holds a PhD in Physics (2007) and a Masters in Space sciences (2003) from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, and a Bachelor in Physics (2000) from Lebanon.  Dr. Dayeh is currently finishing his postdoctoral appointment in the Space Science and Engineering Division at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
During his PhD, Dr. Dayeh worked on analyzing and interpreting energetic particle, solar wind plasma, and magnetic field data from Wind and the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft during solar energetic particle events and interplanetary shock events associated with coronal mass ejections. While working toward his Masters, Dr. Dayeh was involved in designing, building, and operating the triggered and natural lightning energetic radiation detectors at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) in Camp Blanding, Florida. He then worked on the data analysis that resulted in the discovery of energetic radiation from rocket-triggered lightning and confirmed x-ray observations from natural lightning.
Dr. Dayeh has authored and co-authored 10 refereed publications in space and atmospheric physics, and presented 30 contributed talks/posters at national and international conferences and workshops. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Abstract

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

Date/Time

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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

Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant
512-444-2205
2910 S Congress
Austin, Texas
Cost Dinner is free for full-time students
$13 or $15 for IEEE members and accompanying spouses
$15 or $18 for non-IEEE members
Reservations

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

Notes


Check the web site for further information, or contact Kevin Ewing

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time
Location


Cost

$10 members, $15 non-members, Free for students

Reservations

R

Notes

For more information please go to our web site at http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

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

Topic/Title

Amusement Park Ride Safety - A Further Assessment

Speaker Dale Ritzen, Austin Manufacturing Services
Abstract How safe are the amusement park rides that we enjoy? Join us to see the latest statistics on how likely you are to walk away from an amusement park ride without any injuries. How are these rides policed; what safety requirements do the operators have; how well are they enforced and what are the rides with the worst injury records? This presentation follows up on the original presentation given in 2008.
Date/Time

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cost

None

Reservations

Not required

Location

Ryan's Family Steak House, 1813 W. Parmer Lane, Austin, TX

Notes

Each person attending will be responsible for his/her own meal and drink at Ryan's.

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

FRONTIERS IN RADIONAVIGATION

Speaker

Prof. TODD HUMPHREYS, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engi-
neering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Abstract

Despite its marvelous success over the last three decades, the Global Positioning System (GPS) has two Achilles heels: its signals are weak, and in the case of civil GPS, unauthenticated. At UT Austin's new Radionavigation Laboratory, directed by Assistant Professor Todd Humphreys, we are working to address both these vulnerabilities.

Weak GPS Signals: Just how weak are the signals transmitted by GPS satellites? Consider this comparison: a hand-held GPS device recovers less power from a GPS satellite than it would from a 30-Watt light bulb held 4000 km away. For typical GPS users this means that, unlike cell-phone and television signals, GPS signals do not penetrate well indoors. Weak signals also make GPS an easy target for jamming: A single well-placed handheld 1-Watt jammer built with off-the-shelf parts could knock out GPS across the entire Manhattan borough of New York City. The deepening dependence of the civil infrastructure on GPS, especially for timing synchronization, and the potential for financial gain or high-profile mischief makes civil GPS jamming a gathering threat. Finally, weak signals make GPS vulnerable to natural interference events like solar radio bursts and ionosphere-induced power fluctuations called scintillation.

At the Radionavigation Laboratory, we are developing techniques to harden GPS against man-made and natural interference and to push GPS use deeper inside buildings. This work involves innovative signal tracking techniques, re-purposing signals of opportunity for navigation (e.g., from cell phone towers, Iridium satellites, etc.), and collaborative navigation.

Unauthenticated GPS Signals: GPS signals come in two flavors, military and civil. Military GPS signals are strongly encrypted to prevent counterfeiting, but civil GPS signals support no such authentication; they are broadcast in the clear," which means they are vulnerable to spoofing. To better assess and defend against the spoofing threat, the Radionavigation Lab, in colloboration with Cornell University and Coherent Navigation, Inc., has developed a fully functional portable civil GPS spoofer. We have demonstrated that a malefactor in possession of such a device could dupe any off-the-shelf civil GPS receiver into reporting erroneous position and time data, and we have warned that such spoofing could threaten cell telephone systems, power grids, and financial transactions, which all depend on GPS-based synchronization, as well as location-based regulatory practices such as fishing regulation and road-user charging schemes. To address this threat, we are busy developing
effective and practical defenses against civil GPS spoofing.

Date/Time

Thursday January 20th, 2011

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location

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

Cost

Admission is Free

Reservations

To register please check

http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org/meetings.php

Notes

Election results for 2011 calendar year for COMSOC/SP Austin chapter are on expected lines and as follows.

Chair Position - Fawzi Behmann
Treasurer        - Frances Freeman

Executive Team:
Hanan Potash
Raghu Rao
Saurabh Sureka

Check our website http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org for details.

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

Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at this time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Location


Cost


Reservations

Please RSVP to Brian Kelley at dr.brian.kelley@gmail.com.

Notes

Check our website http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org for details.

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Registration
Notes

Contact Doug Russell for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Technology Management Council - San Antonio

http://webinabox.vtools.ieee.org/wibp_home/index/CH05214
Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker
Abstract
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Registration
Notes

Contact Roxanne Constable (constabler@sbcglobal.net) for information about the San Antonio TMC.

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group
http://www.austin-wie.org/

No meeting scheduled at this time.

More information on WIE: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/women/women_about.html

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Non-IEEE Meetings of interest suggested by the membership




Upcoming Austin DevOps Events

GeekAustin will be hosting a series of DevOps educational events over the next few months. The first three will most likely cover Hudson, Puppet, and Chef. If you're unfamiliar with DevOps, here are a few introductory articles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DevOps
http://www.jedi.be/blog/2010/02/12/what-is-this-devops-thing-anyway/

Tuesday, January 11

Capital Macintosh User Group
Our January General Meeting, ‘Secrets of the Mac’ is just what you need. Whether you are a Mac novice or a seasoned power-user – we’ll have just what you need.

We’ll explore the best ways to learn all things Mac, how to diagnose nagging Mac problems, clever ways to make your Mac iOS device even more useful and fun, and we’ll share a checklist that will make your next Genius Bar encounter even more productive.

And we’ll have some special guests pop in too.

Please join us Tuesday evening, January 11th at Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Bring your friends, everyone is welcome!

Further information on the Web http://www.capmac.org/?cat=3

January 19-21, 2011
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 2011: Bridging Research and Practice
Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas
Early registration deadline ends December 15th. Speakers include Dr. Christianne Corbett, senior researcher at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and co-author of Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Vice President for Advocacy & Educational Partnerships for the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) K-12.
 
Educators, researchers, industry leaders, STEM Coalitions, P-16 Council members, and others from across the nation will gather to discuss increasing student access and success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education with the goal of improving student pathways for college and career readiness. The 2011 STEM Conference will focus on "bridging" research and practice at all levels of STEM education.

February 26, 2011, 2 - 5 p.m.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
The University of Texas at Austin - Engineering Complex
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is celebrated internationally during Engineers Week each year.  Students and their parents or educators are invited to UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. UT's national award winning Girl Day gives 1st through 8th grade students a chance to:
  • have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities
  • meet students, professors and engineers from industry
  • see what it's like to be an engineer
Girl Day patches are available through the Girl Scouts of Central Texas for participating Girl Scouts.
Register online (http://www.engr.utexas.edu/wep/k12/girlday) for this free event to secure your space!

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3. News & Information

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

Feature Stories: 
    • How to Build a Network in Twelve Days (before Christmas)
    • Backscatter: Three Threatened Tech Treasures
    • Six Things Recruiters Will Never Tell You
    • A History of Six Sigma
    • Management Books Offer Tips for Engineers
    • E-mail 101: Tips to Consider Before You Hit Send
U.S. Innovation & Competitiveness 
  • New Study Reveals Opportunities for Engineering Education
  • Addressing the Looming Shortage of Power Engineers
Shaping Public Policy
  • Harnessing the Cloud to Serve Individuals With Disabilities
Energy Outlook
    • Biofuel Review Part 6: Job Creation and Government Spending
From the Engineer's Desk
    • Ten Secrets of Successful Tech Support
Resources
    • IEEE-USA Toolkit
    • Tech Digest: December


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4. Local IEEE Conferences

  • February 12-16, 210: 2011 IEEE 17th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), Rivercenter Marriott Hotel, San Antonio, TX.  Further information can be found here.
  • February 22-24, 2010: 2011 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS), Hyatt Regency San Antonio, TX.  Further information can be found here.  
  • March 3-6, 2011: 2011 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, Renaissance Austin Hotel.  Further information can be found here.
  • April 10-12, 2011: IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems & Software (ISPASS). To be held at the Westin Domain in Austin. For further information see http://ispass.org/ispass2011/

5. Other Conferences & Workshops

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