IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 55-02

February 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

This month's priority item is the search for a new secretary for the Central Texas Section.  Dina Triyoso left the area for a new job in New York in January, and the Secretary job is open for an appointment.  The job description for secretary is as follows:

"The duties of the Section Secretary shall include correspondence, the keeping of the minutes of the Section’s administrative meetings, mailing notices, and submission of meeting and officer reports to the Member Geographical  Activities Department at the end of each year and such other duties as are assigned to him/her by the Chair."

It is generally expected that someone filling the secretary position will bring experience as an IEEE volunteer leader.  There is some prospect that the secretary will progress to other section leadership roles. 

Applicants should send a resume and discussion of their availability to serve for the rest of 2011, as well as the prospect of serving in a two year term beginning in 2012.  Please communicate your interest to Garrett Polhamus, our Nominating Committee Chair at polhamus@ieee.org.  We hope to fill the position by February 4, so that the new secretary can take part in the reporting of new section and chapter officers. 

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

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2010?

It is easy to forget and easy to put off.  If you haven’t renewed your IEEE membership, or don’t know if you have, go to your MYIEEE account NOW and check at 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 GOLD to Host Upcoming Professional Development Webinar

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

This webinar, Fearless Networking for Engineers, will provide insight into why networking is important and provide tips on how to integrate networking into your professional development activity.
This event will be held on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, at 11:00am - 12:00pm EST.  Register Now.

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.tv

Made possible by the members of IEEE, IEEE.tv is an award-winning Internet-based television network.  IEEE members produce and deliver special-interest programming about technology and engineering for the benefit of IEEE’s member and the general public.

IEEE.tv Public Access is free to the general public, and made possible by IEEE members and select industry-sponsors.

IEEE members log in to access special members-only programs and site features including download and transcripts.

IEEE.tv is available to the general public and significant members only programming is available through your IEEE web account.

Check it out at: http://ieeetv.ieee.org

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

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Section & Chapter News

From the new PACE Chair

My name Gerald Garcia and I am the 2011 PACE chair for the IEEE Central Texas Section. The PACE (Professional Activity Committees for Engineers) network is, in the words of IEEE-USA, a “grassroots network of IEEE volunteers and committees organized at the section and chapter level in the United States with support from their respective regions and IEEE-USA”. That broad statement reflects the fact that PACE addresses many areas of interest to IEEE members outside of the technical activities of the various societies. The PACE website (http://www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/pace/default.asp) provides a wealth of information regarding the role of PACE within IEEE-USA, as well as examples of volunteer programs that have been conducted for and by PACE volunteers.
 
Since this is my first time to serve as the PACE chair, I am asking for your help to build the PACE network in the Central Texas section. I ask that you first explore the PACE website and learn about the program and some of its past accomplishments. Second, if some of the activities that related to PACE (professional development, student chapter support, licensing, K-12 education) are of interest to you, please let your chapter officers know if you would be willing to serve as the chapter PACE representative. I am planning to attend different chapter meetings each month but I cannot get to all of them by myself. I will need help to gather your issues and ideas to bring to the attention of the Region and USA boards. Finally, I would like ask, after visiting the PACE website, that you take this brief survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FN92ZCZ) to help me understand both what you would like to see from PACE and what are the demands are on your time. There are thousands of subscribers to this newsletter, and each completed survey provides me with a better understanding of the section environment.
 
Volunteer organizations rise and fall with the ability of their leadership to meets the needs of its membership, and PACE is no exception to that axiom. I am here to listen and to learn from all of you. I ask for your patience and your support, and together I am confident that we will continue to build on the already successful professional activity programs in Central Texas. Please contact me if I may be of further assistance to you, and I wish you a prosperous 2011. I look forward to working with you this year.
 
 
Best regards,
Gerald
gerald.garcia@ieee.org

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 2011 Central Texas Future Cities competition was conducted on Saturday January 22 hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos.  The winners are listed below.

2011 Final Winners:
First, SANA, West Ridge Middle School
Second, Freedice, Goodnight MS
Third, San Antonio, Hill Country School of Excellence
2011 Special Awards:
Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure        Northeast ISD, STEM RAM Academy
Best Innovation in Earth Freindly Design        Dominion, Corbett Jr. High
Most Innovative Poser Generation System       San Antonio, Hill Country School of Excellence
Most Sustainable Community                           Terra Nostra, Corbett Jr. High
Best Futuristic City                                           Tennen, Sinton T-STEM Academy

Planned Engineering Week Activities
San Antonio
Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Engineers Week is quickly approaching and we want to make sure all the exciting upcoming events are on your calendar.  If you’re not familiar with Engineers Week, this is a 6-day event organized by TSPE that recognizes engineers and celebrates engineering achievements that have improved and advanced our lives.  Engineers Week in San Antonio will be held February 20-26, 2011 and will include the following events:
  • Proclamation Breakfast/Engineer-for-a-Day (2/22) – We are still looking for firms to host students for the Engineer-for-a-Day program – Honoring Young Engineer of the Year, Shaun Condor
  • Past Presidents Luncheon (2/24) – Being held at Paesano’s at Lincoln Heights.  Come celebrate and network with SA’s leaders in Engineering!
  • Golf Tournament at Canyon Springs Golf Club (2/25)
  • Sporting Clays Tournament at Cedar Ridge Range (2/26)
  • Family Fun 5K Walk/Run at McAllister Park (2/26)
  • Engineer of the Year Banquet and Casino Night (2/26) – Being held at the JW Marriott Resort – Honoring Engineer of the Year, Mike Coyle 
All events are still seeking sponsorships and online registration is open.  Please visit the E-Week website for more information at http://bexartspe.org/eweek/
Austin
Date: Feb. 22, 2011, Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm             
Location: Freescale Semiconductor BLDG A 7700 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX 78729 - (512) 996-5000
Register: Click here
 
Title: "Energy Efficient System Design. It’s more than a power budget…"
 
Abstract: The power generation and distribution systems of the world have served us well for the last 100 years, but, they were designed for energy to flow in one direction only… from the power plant to the home. The new green technologies of the future are forcing that distribution system one-way paradigm to crumble. With the coming commercialization of micro solar and wind generation, homes and businesses now not only have options to generate their own power, but, to also push their excess power back on to the local grid for profit. Electric vehicles plugging into the grid, anytime and  anywhere, present the utility with a very valuable load balancing source of energy as well as a blackout potential if too many cars plug into an undersized transformer.  The grid now needs much finer control to keep it stable under the new paradigm of two-way power flow… the grid needs to become “smarter”. This presentation will give an overview of Freescale’s role in making the Smart Grid “smart” via our embedded technologies.
 
Speaker:  John Weil is the Global Product & Enablement Manager for Freescale Semiconductor’s
Microcontroller Business. John received his BSEE from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
(RHIT). He went on to work in both the Industrial Control and Semiconductor fields. John has
spent the last decade working in Freescale’s semiconductor business. He has held various
positions from test engineer on the world’s fastest SRAMs, to systems engineer for imaging
processors.
While studying at RHIT, John developed a passion for system design through his four years of
work on RHIT’s Solar Car Program (GM/DOE sponsored SunRayce.) His early experience with
racing energy efficient cars sparked a career long passion for energy efficiency. John’s solar car
experiences, high power control systems work, and his decade long career in semiconductors
has provided him numerous opportunities to apply innovative ideas to real world design
challenges. Today, John focuses on driving Freescale system solutions with an emphasis on new
energy efficient microcontrollers and their related software platforms and ecosystems.

Date: February 23, 2011, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Building: AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum Blvd, Room #220
Austin,  Texas
United States 78759
Register: Click here
Speaker: Leslie Martinich of Competitive Focus http://www.competitivefocus.com

Topic: What is Your Role in Innovation?

Abstract: Companies want to be more innovative; how can you best participate? How can you maximize the impact of your particular set of skills?

In this brief workshop, Leslie Martinich will explain the phases of innovation and ask you to consider your own strengths and where you fit in.

Are you the Visionary, who builds the conceptual framework and architects the innovative product?

Or are you the flexible Troubleshooter, who quickly delivers prototypes, solutions and test versions of a mocked up product?

Are you the Catalyst who engages with potential customers to learn about possible uses for an innovative product and who energizes the team?

Or are you the Producer, the responsible person who comes up with an execution plan, schedules and delivers the final version along with incremental functionality enhancements, and who then improves the efficiency of the product or the processes to produce it?

All of these types of people are necessary for the successful delivery of innovative products.

Biography: Leslie Martinich is the founder of Competitive Focus and a long-time practitioner in the software industry. She has worked on projects with IBM, H-P, Compaq, Novell, 3M, Lek Pharmaceuticals, Freescale Semiconductor, Sun, Intel, and others, in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Ms. Martinich is a noted author and expert in technology leadership and innovation, lecturing at international conferences and executive education programs. She is the lead instructor for the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering's Center for Lifelong Engineering Education Engineering Leadership Institute. She has been on several advisory and editorial boards, including the IEEE Engineering Management Society and the IEEE Technology Management Council where she served as Vice President of Publications for many years. She is on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Computer Science Department of Texas State University and was a co-founder of the Austin Software Executives' Group. Ms. Martinich has been a visiting lecturer at many universities around the world, including the Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai, Xi'an Union University in Xi'an, China and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds degrees from University of California San Diego and the University of Texas at Austin. Her publications include numerous articles.

Email: leslie@competitivefocus.com

Meeting Agenda:

6:00 pm Networking and snacks
6:45 pm Talk
7:45 pm Q&A
8:00 pm Dismiss

Date: March 3, 2011, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: TBD
Registration: Click here
Speaker: Jim Kennedy of NASA (Retired)
Topic: Lessons in Life and Leadership…As Inspired by True Stories of Space Exploration
Jim Kennedy, a highly sought-after keynote speaker and leadership development expert at NASA, will illustrate some of the Leadership Principles (below) with stories from his career. His words will inspire and motivate you to be the best you can be.
Tip # 1 Treat Everyone with Dignity and Respect
Tip # 2 Cherish Diversity
Tip # 3 Act With Integrity
Tip # 4 Praise in Public, Criticize in Private
Tip # 5 Go the Extra Mile (Human Lecture)
Tip # 6 Exploit Your Intellectual Curiosity
Tip # 7 Don’t Be Afraid of Failure
Tip # 8 Follow Your Passion
Tip # 9 Be Thoughtful of Others (Overview Lecture)
Tip # 10 Be Proud of Who You Are
Tip # 11 Have the Courage of Your Convictions
Tip # 12 Pause to Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Tip # 13 Change is NOT a Bad Thing (Overview Lecture)
Tip # 14 The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get (Robotic Lecture)
Tip # 15 Keep a Sense of Humor
Tip # 16 Things Are Not Always What They Appear To Be
Tip # 17 Out of Tragedy Comes Triumph
Tip # 18 Life Is Complicated….Practice KISS’ing
Tip # 19 Ships In Harbor Are Safe, But That’s Not What Ships Are For
Tip # 20 Keep Your Friends Close…And Your Enemies Closer
Tip # 21 Shoot For The Moon; Even If You Miss You’ll Be Among The Stars
Tip # 22 Get Inspired By a Young Person
Tip # 23 The World Is a Beautiful Place, Just Look For It
Tip # 24 I Will Prepare For Some Day My Chance Will Come
Tip # 25 If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Harder
Tip # 26 YOU Can Make A Difference
Tip # 27 Teachers Rock
Tip # 28 Have Fun
Tip # 29 Find Some Alone Time (We All Need Our Space)
Tip # 30 Teamwork Makes the Team Work
Tip # 31 Invest In Friendships…They Have a Great ROI
Tip # 32 LOL…Even At Yourself
Tip # 33 Take Time to Mentor…It’s Not a Trivial Pursuit (Shuttle Lecture)
Tip # 34 Keep That Gleam in Your Eyes
Tip # 35 For Key Decisions Get a Second Opinion
Tip # 36 It’s a Grand Old Flag…Honor It
Tip # 37 Strive To Be Truly Great
Tip # 38 Take Pride in Your Organization
Tip # 39 Make Beautiful Music….In Your Own Special Way
Tip # 40 It’s OK to Have Some Heroes
Tip # 41 Have a Plan…And a Back-Up Plan
Tip # 42 Be Safe
Tip # 43 Success Is Not Always Rewarded Fairly…Live With It (ISS Lecture)
Tip # 44 When Things Go Wrong… Stay Cool
Tip # 45 Set Your Goals and Don’t Stop Until You’ve Achieved Them
Tip # 46 Make Good Choices (Cx Lecture)
Tip # 47 Life has Its Ups and Downs…Enjoy The Ride
Tip # 48 Do Your Part to Protect the Planet
Tip # 49 Commit To Be Fit
Tip # 50 Get Your Tips from Reliable Sources
Tip # 51 Sometimes you just gotta “kick a little as..teroid”
Tip # 52 Focus On Abilities, NOT Disabilities (Remember “A Blind Man Named Jim”)

Biography: James W. Kennedy was the eighth director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Prior to this appointment, he served as KSC's Deputy Director and as the Deputy Director of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) located in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. Kennedy began his career with NASA in 1968 in the Aerospace Engineering Cooperative Education Program at KSC. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1972, he was called to active duty with the U.S. Air Force. In 1977, he received his Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Mr. Kennedy's work experience includes serving as Project Manager for major projects, such as the X-34 and the DC-XA. From January to September 1996, he was the Manager for the MSFC Space Shuttle Projects Resident Office at KSC. Mr. Kennedy returned to MSFC when he received a Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment in September 1996 and was named Manager of the Solid Rocket Booster Project. In 1998, he was selected as the Deputy Director of Science and Engineering, where he was responsible for establishing and maintaining a nationally recognized research and development capability in space research and technology. One year later, he became the Director of Engineering, with responsibility for managing world-class research and development capabilities for accomplishing crosscutting engineering functions associated with the engineering design, development, testing, and valuation of assigned projects. In 2002, he was named Deputy Director of MSFC, the Agency's Propulsion Center of Excellence, with responsibility for all facets of Center operations and for the safety and success of mission programs. Mr. Kennedy has received numerous awards during his NASA career, including the MSFC Leadership Award, NASA's Silver Snoopy Award, Distinguished Service Medal, and a Meritorious Rank Award. He is also the recipient of a Group Achievement Award and several Special Service and Performance Awards. He has been selected to receive the National Space Club's Astronautics Engineer Award for 2003. Mr. Kennedy was born in Riverdale, Maryland, and currently resides in Cocoa Beach, Florida, with his wife, Bernadette. Mr. Kennedy has two children, Jeff and Jamie.

Meeting Agenda:

11:00 am Networking and snacks
12:00 pm Talk
1:00 pm Dismiss

IEEE 2010 Membership statistics
  • 407,541 Members worldwide in the IEEE, a 2.7% increase from 2009 !!!!!!
  • 304,746 higher grade members, 102,795 student members - approx 25% of total members, an all time record
  • Region 5 was the only R1-6 region that has a positive growth for 2010, 0.3% increase growth !!

Don't Skip Your Vacation
To paraphrase a widely known saying, you don’t have to go to the Caribbean, but you have to get the heck out of here. Everyone should heed that advice, but far too many people are still letting fear over the economic downturn, concern about the job market, and insecurity over how they’ll be viewed if they take time off goad them into foregoing some of their annual vacation time. “Vacations are underrated,” says Joan Kane, a Manhattan psychologist. “I believe they’re crucial.” Connie Thanasoulis, a career services expert at Vault.com, concurs, saying, “It’s silly to think that giving up vacation is going to make your colleagues think how important you are."  Read on.

Austin Ranks High as IT Hot Spot
A new study released by online salary comparison site PayScale finds that Austin is among the tops in terms of IT hot spots. According to PayScale today (1/28/11), the list--based on the ratio of IT workers at IT Start-up Companies relative to all workers, as well as pay--Austin was number two in the market for IT startups. Austin was only surpassed by San Francisco in the rankings, and beat such locations as Seattle, Boston, and New York City. PayScale found that the Austin area had a IT startup employment ratio of 2.24, and median pay of $67,400 for startup jobs. Dallas was ranked number 13 on the list, with a employment ratio of 0.85 and median pay of $65,400.

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Continuing Education

February 1, 2011
Webinar on Embedded Design
A presentation on 1 February will provide an overview of Freescale  Semiconductor's Kinetis microcontrollers, the software and tools that  support them, and how they can help get your product to market faster  and more cost effectively. For more information and to register, visit  http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/17591/32170


February 10, 2011
Webinar on RF and Microwave Heating
Another webinar, on 10 February, is aimed at those interested in the  simulation of RF and microwave heating in antennas, circuit boards, living  tissue, or any device that combines lossy dielectric and metallic domains.  Learn how R&D teams are now adopting tools that let them innovate  beyond the limited scope of traditional EM-only simulation. For more  information and to register, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/17592/32170

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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

Golf Tournament!
Texas State University - IEEE Student Branch is please to welcome all Professionals from Electrical and Computer Engineering related fields and businesses to attend the 1st annual Texas State IEEE Golf Tournament.

Where: Texas State University Golf Course in San Marcos.

When: March 26, 9AM - 4PM.

Details: Tee off at 9AM. Lnch will be provided after first nine holes. Second tee off at 12:30PM followed by awards.

Entry Fee: $50 per person golfing in teams of 4

For more information plese contact us at jp1563@txstate.edu

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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

The ComSoc/SP chapter will hold a joint meeting with the Section at its February 23 meeting.  Details are given below.

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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


Location


Notes


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Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Topic/Title

No meeting planned for February

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Cost


Reservations


Location


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

Topic/Title

Energy Efficient Chips for the Next Generation of Mobile Devices

Speaker

Dr. Scott Hanson, CEO Ambiq Micro

Scott Hanson is the CEO and founder at Ambiq Micro.  He led the development of Ambiq Micro's core technology at the University of Michigan.  He speaks widely on energy-efficient circuits at trade-shows and conferences and has more than 25 publications on related topics.  He received his Ph.D., master's, and bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan.

Abstract

Ambiq Micro is a University of Michigan spin-out that recently moved to Austin to develop its family of ultra-low power ARM-based microcontrollers.  This talk will start with a look at the key ultra-low power circuits research that led to the founding of Ambiq Micro.  In particular, I will start with a focus on the Phoenix Processor, an ultra-low voltage 8-bit microcontroller that consumes only 30 picowatts in sleep mode.  I will then discuss the second-generation Phoenix Processor, which includes a solar cell, battery, and 32-bit ARM processor in a volume of only 9mm^3.  The ultra-compact form-factor of this device makes it ideal for medical implantation, and the application of this device to intra-ocular pressure sensing will be discussed.  Finally, I will discuss the family of ultra-low power ARM-based microcontrollers that Ambiq is currently developing for a wide range of ultra-mobile markets demanding unprecedented energy efficiency.

Date/Time

Tuesday Feb 8, 
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Cost


Reservations

Will provide pizza
Online Registration:  http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/5091

Location

UT Campus ENS306

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

Building Software at Scale – How Microsoft builds SQL Server

Speaker

Conor Cunningham, Principal Software Architect, SQL Server Engine at Microsoft   
Conor Cunningham has worked at Microsoft for 13 years with a few years outside the company.  His primary interests are building database engines, query processors, and specifically query optimizers.  He also works in distributed systems, algorithms, and in business process management/efficiency strategies.  While outside of Microsoft, Conor worked at Lombardi in Austin (now part of IBM) on Business Process Management (BPM) problems.  Conor has run software projects using a variety of methods from Waterfall to SCRUM/various Agile methods.

Conor blogs about SQL Server Queries on a blog called “Conor vs. SQL”.  He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed academic papers, has authored 10-20 patents on database engine design, and wrote a chapter for the book “SQL Server 2008 Internals” on how the SQL Server Query Optimizer works.  He lives in Austin, TX with his family.

Abstract

This talk will cover how Microsoft develops, releases, and supports SQL Server (an approximately $3.5 Billion/year product).  There are unique challenges to running a software group at the scale of > 1000 people, though many of the challenges are very similar to smaller organizations as well.  The talk will cover:
  • An overview of the SQL Server product (to see the components)
  • How Microsoft organizes its people by roles (Developers, Testers, Program Managers, etc.)
  • The engineering model we use (developed in-house)
  • How individual projects run in our engineering model
  • Project Management Techniques (various Agile Methods) that work in large organization engineering
  • Offshoring portions of a product
  • Testing and Automation
  • Software Process Management + Communicating with Management

Date/time

Thursday, February 10, 2011
 Agenda
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering
7:00 p.m. Call to Order, Announcements
7:15 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 p.m. Adjourn

Location

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

Cost


Reservations


Notes

Joint meeting with Austin SPIN

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

Topic/Title

Power Quality

Speaker Curtis Cryer, CPS Energy
Abstract
Date/Time

Tuesday, February 15

6:30 Networking
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program
Location

Skyline Room
Coates Center
Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

Cost

Dinner, $15 Members, $4 students, $18 Non-Members

Reservations

Please email Yu Zhang, yzhasng@cs.trinity.edu, or call (210) 999-7399

Notes See website for directions and parking,
  http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org

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

Topic/Title The Future of the Internet.
Speaker Jon Lebkowsky
Speaker Bio Jon Lebkowsky is an Internet expert and evangelist.  He consults on
effective strategic use of the Internet and web.  He also writes about
culture, technology, media, and the future.  He is Chief Digital Officer at
Plutopia Productions and Executive Editor at the Plutopia News Network.
Abstract

As the Internet has evolved, it has become increasingly powerful
and increasingly valuable.  It has become so valuable and pervasive that
change seems inevitable.  What is the future of the Internet?  Will it
change from an engine of innovation, an inexpensive platform for publishing
and sharing all sorts of data with a low barrier to entry?  Or will we see
an increasing number of barriers and pay walls as the Internet is
increasingly used as a platform for rich media?  Internet expert Jon
Lebkowsky will lead a discussion of the Internet's evolution and future.

Date

Wednesday,  February 23, 2011

Networking at 6:00 pm;  Business and Program from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

China Star Restaurant,  6134 Hwy 290E, Austin TX,  Westbound
access road of 290E, just east of I-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.
For more information, contact Ed Gordon ebg@ieee.org or Kai Wong
kaiwong@ieee.org.

Notes


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.

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

Topic/Title

Through Silicon Via Etch and Fill Processes

Speaker

Thuy Dao
Ms. Dao is the TSV project team lead at FSL. She also worked on developing advanced transistor such as planar double gate device, and she is an expert in plasma and process induced damage. She received 14 patents, published more than 30 papers and one chapter of a book on PID, Planar Double Gate, and Through Silicon Vias. She has given numerous invited talks, the latest in April 2010 at VLSI Taiwan titled "Tungsten Fill Through Silicon Via Stress Characterization".

Abstract

W filled through silicon via is FE compatible, and is considered critical technology for increasing IC interconnect performance. In this presentation, TSV etch and W fill optimization will be described and discussed.

Date/Time

February 24th, 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

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

Topic/Title No meeting planned at this time
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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 planned 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 planned at this time
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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

Taking the Mystery out of Using Medium Voltage Fuses.

Speaker Warren G. Conner of Cooper Bussmann

Warren G. Conner is a District Sales Engineer for Cooper
Bussmann, San Antonio District, with over 30 years experience in the
electrical industry. Mr. Conner has a BS EET degree and an MBA. His
work experience includes: Utility Distribution Engineer (3 years),
Electrical Project Engineer in Petrochemical Industry (8 years), and
District Engineer for Cooper Bussmann (25 years). Mr. Conner is Past
Chairman of the IEEE in Tulsa, OK. He holds certification for teaching
the electrical trades continuing education courses in Oklahoma. He is
also a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.
Abstract

Medium Voltage fuses are used in a variety of utility, industrial and commercial
applications. This will serve as an overview of the different types, there
applications and sizing requirements.

Date/Time Tuesday, February 22, 2011
 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 (directions below)
Austin, Texas
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
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.
Reservations

Please RSVP - if you plan to attend please reply to this invitation. To reply or for further information, please contact Steve Pearson via email:  pearssteve@gmail.com

Notes

There is a large parking lot in front of and on the south side of the restaurant. The meeting will be held in the party room to the left of the cashier’s counter.

Directions:          (See the map linked from the Website, http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/)

From I –35:  Exit at Oltorf and drive west. At S. Congress, turn left (south). El Gallo is about 500 feet past the next traffic light (Cumberland), on the right (west) side of Congress, directly across from the entrance to St. Edward’s University.                    

From Ben White Blvd. (US290/SH71):  Exit at S. Congress Avenue and drive north. El Gallo is about 600 feet past the next traffic light (Woodward), on the left (west) side of Congress directly across from the entrance to St. Edward’s University.

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
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$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

508 Accessibility - Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards

Speaker Jennifer Goldston, Dell
Abstract On August 7, 1998, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which includes the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, was signed into law. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments ensures that electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Jennifer will tell us about the impact of these requirements and how ammendments to these rules can affect the way information technology equipment is designed and developed.
Date/Time

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cost

None

Reservations

Not required

Location

Dell Parmer Campus, Parmer South Building 4, Victoria Conference Room

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

“What is your Role in Innovation?”

Speaker

Leslie Martinich, Principal Consultant at Competitive Focus

Leslie Martinich, Principal Consultant at Competitive Focus, provides education and consulting services in leadership, professional ethics and innovation management. With more than 25 years of experience as a software professional, she has led teams at IBM, Compaq, Novell, Vignette and several startup companies, rising to VP of Consulting at Sterling Information Group, where she was responsible for a team of 80 consultants.  She serves as the lead faculty member at the Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the past VP Publications for the IEEE Technology Management Council.

Abstract

Companies want to be more innovative; how can you best participate? How can you maximize the impact of your particular set of skills?  In this one hour presentation, Leslie Martinich will explain the phases of innovation and ask you to consider your own strengths and where you fit in.  Are you the Visionary, who builds the conceptual framework? The flexible Troubleshooter who quickly delivers solutions and test versions of a mocked up product? The Catalyst who engages with potential customers to learn about possible uses for an innovative product and who energizes the team? Or the Producer, the responsible person who comes up with an execution plan, schedules and delivers the final version along with incremental functionality enhancements and who then improves the efficiency of the product or the processes to produce it?  All of these types of people are necessary to the successful delivery of innovative products.  Come to this workshop and learn how you can be an effective participant in your company's innovation efforts.

Date/Time

Wednesday 2/23/2011
6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Location

AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum Blvd, Room #220
Austin, Texas 78759

Cost

Admission is Free

Reservations

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

Notes

Joint meeting with the Central Texas section


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 planned at this time

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

Topic/Title No meeting planned at this time
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Date/Time
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Registration
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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 San Antonio City Public Service (CPS) J.K. Spruce Power Plant Tour and Discussion of Engineering Management at CPS
Speaker Mike Harris - City Public Service
Abstract Plant Operations and Management of the San Antonio CPS J.K. Spruce Power Plant.
Date/Time Friday, February 11 from 9 am to 12:00 pm

Meeting Schedule
8:45 am - Arrive at security plaza and check in. Security will issue a paper badge to each participant. We will meet as a group at security plaza and once everyone is checked in, move into the plant.
9:00  - Arrive at the J.K. Spruce Power Plant and enter the J.K. Spruce Conference Room (1st floor office administration area)
9:00-9:30  -  Introduction to the power plant and plant management
9:30 – 11:00  -  Tour of J.K. Spruce Power Plant, control room, turbine and auxiliaries, boiler structure, fabric filter, wet scrubber
11:00 – 12:00 -  Back to J.K. Spruce Conference Room for further discussion
12:00 – Lunch at area restaurant near J.K. Spruce Power Plant
Location J.K. Spruce Power Plant, 12940 South US Highway 181
Cost None
Registration Please email Michael Frye (mfrye@uiwtx.edu) an RVSP by Tuesday, Feb. 8. Due to CPS security requirements please email your Name, Driver’s License number, and if you are a U.S. citizen when responding.
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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 & Events of interest suggested by the membership



February 1, 2011, 6:00PM - 9:00 PM
Agile Austin Meeting
Quarry Oaks Atrium, Bldg. 2 - 2nd Fl., 10900 S. Stonelake Blvd. Austin, TX 78759
Speaker:     Steven "Doc" List, Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks
Title:     The Agile Lego Game
 Description:     Come learn the fundamentals of Agile practices while having an amazing amount of fun at the same time! Play the Agile Lego Game and experience and learn how Agile works in a non-threatening environment. Playing the Lego game is one of the best ways to introduce people and teams to agile in a fun environment. This game originally created at ThoughtWorks, has been used all over the world, is great fun, and is a tremendously effective learning tool.
More Info:    http://www.agileaustin.org or info@AgileAustin.org


February 1, 2011
Austin Innovators and Entrepreneurs event
Join us February 1st for the Austin Innovators and Entrepreneurs event, sponsored by the IBM Venture Capital Group and the Austin Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the IBM Innovation Center.
 
The event will feature Dr. Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and founder of 3Com Corporation, as well as City of Austin Council Member Randi Shade, who previously served as the Executive Director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation and founded a regional internet start-up, Charitygift. The November event raffle winner, Mary Haskett, founder of Tactical Information Systems, will discuss her company and her entrepreneurial success.
  
Don’t miss the opportunity to grow your network by meeting investors, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, state and local government representatives, and key start-up business influencers.
 
Win a chance to present your story to this audience at our next meeting.  Event details and registration information are in this linked flyer. We look forward to seeing you on February 1st.

February 9, 2011, 1-2 PM (Webcast)
NCWIT Resources: Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in Information Technology
NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition of over 200 corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's meaningful participation in information technology (IT). This webcast will highlight free materials and information for attracting more girls and underrepresented groups to computing and information technology and share how formal and informal educators are using these resources to strengthen programming for girls.
 
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=136693463058291&index=1



February 17-18, 2011, UT Austin Short Course
Engineering Leadership Institute: Leading Innovation

February 19, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Engineer's Day at the Austin Children's Museum
The Austin Branch ASCE and the Greater Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA) will host the 10th Annual Engineer's Day at the Austin Children's Museum! Volunteers can choose a morning shift from 9:00 to 12 noon, or an afternoon shift from 11:30 to 2:30. Learn more or sign up online.

February 19, 2011
GeekAustin DevOps Series #1 - featuring Puppet
Hosted by GeekAustin
Here's your opportunity to come up to speed, trade tips and tricks, on Puppet, Chef, Hudson, Cucumber, and the other DevOps tools. This event will include an extended workshop on Puppet, led by Puppet Labs.
http://devopsday.eventbrite.com/


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!

March 11-12, 2011
Keep Security Weird, Austin B-Sides 2011, http://www.KeepSecurityWeird.org
Event Details: An eclectic gathering of infosec people to hear awesome talks and have outrageously fun discussions! Our mission is to provide an inclusive, open environment for sharing and collaborative discourse on topics that most interest you.

The first austin event was great which you know if you were there. Security B-Sides 2011 will be even better.  If you have thoughts, comments, complaints, suggestions - or would like to volunteer, let us now.

Join the B-Sides mailing list, or send a message to: feedback@keepsecurity weird.org
Austin B-Sides lead - Michael Gough - mkgough@gmail.com

Where: The Walton-Joseph Building, 706-708 6th St.
Cost: Free (limited seating)
Register: http://bsidesaustin2011.eventbrite.com

Whow should attend?
Developers, Programmers, IT Professionals, System Administrators, Information Security Professionals, and anyone who is interested in knowing what information security is all about and how you can integrate it into your profession.


April 4, 2011
Education Innovation -- Google Science Fair
On Jan. 11, 2011, Google launched the inaugural Google Science Fair. Google has partnered with CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and the LEGO Group to create this new STEM competition. This is a global competition open to any student aged 13-18, and students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to three. There is no entry fee. Registrations and submissions will be made online. The Science Fair will culminate in a celebratory event at Google headquarters in California in July 2011, where finalists will compete for internships, scholarships and prizes in front of a panel of celebrity scientist judges, including Nobel Laureates and household names.
Submissions are due by April 4, 2011. To sign up for free resource kits for your classroom or school, please visit the Global Science fair website at http://www.google.com/sciencefair.

June 19-25, 2011
First Bytes Computer Science Camp at UT Austin
The Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin will host First Bytes, Version 9.0 - a free one-week residential program for high school women - designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue these young women with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving - June 19-25, 2011. Application forms and more information available on line.  All portions of the application must be submitted or postmarked by Friday, March 25, 2011.

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3. News & Information

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

Feature Stories: 
    • Hidden Job Market Secrets: The Right Strategy Makes Looking for a New Job Easy
    • Ten things You may not know about Social Networking & Social Networking Sites
    • IEEE-USA and IEEE Computer Society Cooperate in New Professional Software Engineering Licensure Initiative
U.S. Innovation & Competitiveness 
  • First Study of Its Kind Examines Innovation by U.S. Businesses
  • Lame Duck Congress Passes Key S&T Legislation
Shaping Public Policy
  • Federal Government 101: The IEEE-USA Congressional and State Department Fellowships
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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