IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 55-04

April 2011

Newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.


Published monthly. Deadline for inclusion is the 26th 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

Systems, Man and Cybernetics

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

Call for Nominations

It's time for the nominating process to begin for section and chapter officers for next year.  If you are interested in nominating someone for a section officer position or one of the section committee chairs, contact the Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair, Garrett Polhamus during the month of April.  His address is polhamus@ieee.org.  Self-nominations will be considered by the Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group.   

In the past, Central Texas Section officers have been elected for a two year term, and chapter officers in the  have been elected for a one year term   However, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Operations Manual is under revision, and we expect it to allow for two year terms of office for the elected section and chapter officers by the time the election is held.   Assume that both section and chapter terms of office will be for two years, and we will adjust them at the beginning of 2012, if the Operations Manual says something else by that time. 

We should be trying to avoid having officers serve for more than two consecutive years in a position.  However,  chapter officers who have served one year may be elected for a new two year term as we transition to two year terms for chapter officers.  

Below is the section Elections process specified in the MGA Operations Manual (it can be found at http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/operations_manual/index.html ).  The chapter process is substantially the same, except that petition candidates can join the ballot with 10 signatures. 

Section 9.4.H.    Section Election Process
  1. Six months prior to the date of election, the Section Nominating Committee Chair shall issue a “Call for Nominations” for all positions elected at-large to all voting members of the Section through an appropriate medium.
  2. Section members shall submit nominations within one month of the “Call for Nominations”.
  3. The Section Nominating Committee shall verify the candidates’ eligibility and willingness to serve. The Section Nominating Committee shall also gather position statements and biographies of the potential candidates, as appropriate.
  4. The Section Nominating Committee will select from all such submissions at least two but not more than three candidates for each position elected at large, and submit the slate of candidates to the Section Committee for ratification.
  5. The slate of candidates for elected office shall be communicated to the voting members of the Section not less than six weeks prior to the election date. In addition, provision shall be made in the communication for petition candidates for these offices.
  6. Petition candidates shall require the signatures of a minimum of one percent of the voting members of the Section, except in no case shall more than 25 signatures be required.
  7. The entire slate of candidates for office shall be communicated to the voting members of the Section not less than two weeks prior to the election date.
  8. The election process shall be by secret ballot.
  9. The Section Chair shall submit the names of up to three members of the Section to serve as a Tellers Committee, to the Section for approval. After the tally of votes, the Tellers Committee shall report the results of the election to the Section Chair. The Section Chair shall inform each candidate for office of the results of the election prior to announcing the results to the Section membership.
The schedule for our elections is  as follows.  This message constitutes the Call for Nominations.  The nominations committee will accept nominations from section members during the month of April, and will communicate a slate of nominees to the CTS Executive Committee by August 15th, for ratification at the Executive Committee meeting at the end of August.  The ratified slate will be published in the September Analog newsletter, and petition candidates will be accepted until October 15th. The modified slate will be announced to section members in the October Mid Month Reminder.   The election will be announced in the November Analog.  The election will begin on November 1.  We intend to use the new IEEE vTools on line election process for the election.

Chapter nominations and elections should follow a similar schedule and process at the chapter level, although the election itself may be held at the November chapter meeting instead of on line. 

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

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Membership Development


New to the IEEE?

The IEEE has developed a website, http://www.ieee.org/start , specifically to support new IEEE members in navigating though the IEEE.  Along with the information on the site, IEEE has created a new member orientation the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM EDT and 3:00 PM EDT.

If you are a new member to IEEE OR just want to refresh yourself on what the IEEE offers to its members, check out the site and the orientation. 

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?

Join now with ½ year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 10 months of membership for the price of six.  If you have been away from IEEE for more than a year, you can re-join for half price!


Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.TV

The IEEE provides an internet-based television network where IEEE member generated special-interest programming about technology and engineering is provided.  There are public programs available and an extensive set of members’ only programs.  Check the most viewed programs at http://www.ieee.tv

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

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Section & Chapter News

IEEE CTS Austin E-Week Celebration
 
For this year National Engineers Week (February 21st – 25th, 2011), IEEE CTS organized events throughout the week for both Austin and San Antonio.
 
The first event in Austin begun February 22nd at Freescale Semiconductor Parmer Lane site with a technical talk on power generation and distribution systems by John Weil, FSL global product and enablement manager. The second event on February 23rd was held at AT&T  and hosted by the ComSoc /SP join chapter with a talk on engineer role in innovation by Leslie Martinich, Principal Consultant at Competitive Focus. The third even on February 24th was a join Happy Hour event by IEEE CTS with The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Lifelong Engineering Education, and was held  at the Westin in the Domain. The last event on March 3rd was held at National Instruments with a talk on Lessons in Life and Leadership…As Inspired by True Stories of Space Exploration by Jim Kennedy, retired director NASA Kennedy Space Center.
 
These events were organized with time before and after the talk to  provide networking opportunity for our engineers while they enjoying light refreshment. All events were well attended with significant increase in number of attendees per event as the week progressed.
We would like to thank Freescale Semiconductor, AT&T and National Instruments, our invited speakers, and our volunteers especially Thuy Dao, Leslie Martinich, Kenny Rice, Kristin Hummel and Fawzi Behmann. We would also like to thank all that participated in these events and would ask if you have comment / suggestion please send to thuybdao@ieee.org. Our plan is to have this event be an annual event so if you would like to be part of the planning committee, please email thuybdao@ieee.org.
 
Best regards,
Thuy
 IEEE CTS AUSTIN Vice Chair

Texas Senator Kay Baily Hutchison Honored by IEEE
WASHINGTON (29 March 2011) -- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) will be honored with the 2011 George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award on Capitol Hill on 6 April.

Hutchison serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and is ranking member of the Space, Aeronautics and Related Sciences Subcommittee. In 2006 she was an original cosponsor of the Protecting America's Competitive Edge Act, the National Competitiveness Investment Act and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.

Two of her amendments to the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act -- to include NASA in inter-agency competitiveness and innovation efforts, and to focus increased funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) on physical sciences, technology, engineering and math -- were included in the America COMPETES Act of 2007. America COMPETES is designed to promote U.S. innovation and competitiveness so the United States can maintain its global leadership in science and technology, and create new jobs.

The George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award is presented annually by the Science, Engineering and Technology Work Group (SETWG) to members of Congress who are effective advocates of federal investment in science and technology. It is named for the late Rep. George E. Brown Jr., a longtime member of Congress who made outstanding contributions to federal support for science and technology throughout his congressional career.

Membership Now More Than 400 000 Strong
IEEE membership last year reached 407 541. That represents an  increase of 10 540, or 2.7 percent, compared with 2009. For more  information, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/17845/32170
Markets, Economy Drive Engineering Jobs
Google, Siemens, Infineon, and other large high-tech companies are  boosting their hiring plans, but they continue to face a talent war for highly  qualified technical professionals. Software engineering and development  skills are more in demand than ever. Read more in this article on the  IEEE Job Site at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/17854/32170

Come and Get 'Em: Free eBooks
Check out a sample of titles available for free to IEEE members from the  IEEE eBook Classics collection at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/17756/32170

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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

Exxon Mobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair
The State ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair 2011 is taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center the weekend of March 31st – April 3rd and once again is requesting your support in signing up to become a Judge to our over 1000 projects from the best and brightest junior and high school students in Texas!  Judging will be on April 2nd starting at 8:30 am.  I am trying to implement a system that expedites the process while maximizing your time.  This system will be best if we are able to get enough judges.  With that said, we encourage you to reach out to your colleagues to meet the goal of 300 judges!

Some of the features you we are working on within our “New” system is the ability to read the abstracts within your category preference prior to the fair.  In the future, we would like to be able to assign the specific projects assigned to you, but this can only work if we have the appropriate amount of judges in every discipline AND that we receive, reviewed, and approved all projects in time.  We are working hard to maximize your time in the best and most efficient way so that we can fairly award the best projects in the fair.

Once we have assigned you your category, we will distribute the projects equally to each judge within your category.  You will have two hours to interview 12 projects at 10 minutes per project (give or take).  Once you have completed the projects assigned to you, you will then hand in your score cards to be scanned and a report will be given back to you.  We then hope for you to reconvene with your other category judges to identify the best projects within your category.  You will have up to 11:30 am to re-review projects and caucus.  Then provide us your winners within your category.

Breakfast, Lunch, Free Parking, and a Judge Certificate will be provided.

We are also planning a Judge Networking Reception the evening of Friday, April 1 for those who would like to preview the projects ahead of time.

Go to http://www.emtsef.org to sign-up today! 

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.

Austin Software Mentorship
The Austin Software Mentorship is a small volunteer organization of local software professionals dedicated
to better preparing students for careers in the software industry. We started the group about 1.5 years ago, and since then we've targeted university students at UT. We've accomplished a range of activities including seminars, open forums, reading groups, one-on-one mentoring, group coding sessions, and a code contest.

We're always interested in new professionals to join the group and contribute. To get involved, you'll find everything you need on the Google Code site we use to organize with [1,2]. Join our mailing list. Introduce yourself in a post. Come to one of our planning meetings.

[1] http://atxsm.org
[2] http://code.google.com/p/atx-sw-mentors/wiki/GettingStarted

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2. Chapter Activities


Multiple Chapter Events


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Chapter Meeting Notices

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques (APS\MTTS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ap_mtt/


Topic/Title

No meeting schedled at this time

Speaker


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Reservations


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Notes

We are looking for anyone interested in presenting at our next meeting.  If interested please contact Jeremy Pruitt @ jeremy.pruitt@ieee.org

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Topic/Title

No meeting schedled at this time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Cost

None

Reservations

RSVP: http://ieeectxmarch2011.eventbrite.com/ or respond to Kristi.Hummel@ni.com

Location

Emerson Process Management, 12301 Research Blvd # 3, Austin, TX 78727

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

Topic/Title

Healthcare CMOS IC System Design

Speaker

Prof. Hoi-Jun Yoo, KAIST, Korea
Hoi-Jun Yoo (IEEE Fellow) graduated from the Electronic Department of Seoul National University, Seoul , Korea , in 1983 and received the M.S. and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, in 1985 and 1988, respectively. His Ph.D. work concerned the fabrication process for GaAs vertical optoelectronic integrated circuits.

From 1988 to 1990, he was with Bell Communications Research, Red Bank, NJ, where he invented the two-dimensional phase-locked VCSEL array, the front-surface-emitting laser, and the high-speed lateral HBT. In 1991, he became Manager of a DRAM design group at Hyundai Electronics and designed DRAM families from fast-1M DRAMs to 256M synchronous DRAMs. In 1998 he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST and now is a full professor . From 2001 to 2005 , he was the director of System Integration and IP Authoring Research Center (SIPAC), funded by Korean government to promote worldwide IP authoring and its SOC application. From 2003 to 2005, he was the full time Advisor to Minister of Korea Ministry of Information and Communication , and National Project Manager for SoC and Computer. In 2007, he founded SDIA( System Design Innovation & Application Research Center ) at KAIST to research and develop SoCs for intelligent robots, wearable computers and bio systems. His current interests are high-speed and low-power Network on Chips , 3D graphics , Body Area Networks , biomedical devices and circuits , and memory circuits and systems . He is the author of the books DRAM Design (Seoul, Korea: Hongleung, 1996; in Korean) , High Performance DRAM (Seoul, Korea: Sigma, 1999; in Korean) , and chapters of Networks on Chips ( New York , Morgan Kaufmann, 2006).

Dr. Yoo received the Electronic Industrial Association of Korea Award for his contribution to DRAM technology the 1994, Hynix Development Award in 1995, the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association Award in 2002, Best Research of KAIST Award in 2007, Design Award of 2001 ASP-DAC, and Outstanding Design Awards 2005, 2006, 2007 A-SSCC. He is a member of the executive committee of ISSCC, Symposium on VLSI, and A-SSCC. He is the TPC chair of the A-SSCC 2008.

Abstract

Compact and convenient healthcare systems made of CMOS IC are necessary for the low cost ubiquitous healthcare service. Healthcare systems, such as portable, wearable and implantable, are anatomized, and the signals, circuits and systems from the body to the LAN or other public networks are examined. The compact CMOS circuits for the sensor read-out, ADC, ultra low power platform, and wireless communication will be explained. The packaging technology, especially wearable forms, is important for user’s convenience. Fabric will be used extensively as the system integration substrate, and a new integration scheme that the CMOS ICs will be directly bonded on the fabric will be introduced. Bandage type ECG monitors, wirelessly powered and connected to the reader, will be explained as the system example.

Date/Time

Monday April 18
6:30PM - 8:00PM

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Location

UT Austin Campus ACES 2.402 http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/ace.html

Notes

IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecture

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 (CS)
http://www.austin-cs.org/

Topic/title

You've been Schwimmed and your Hot Tub Hacked...by Haxorcising

Speaker

Michael Gough, http://www.HackerHurricane.com

Abstract

Embedded systems are everywhere.  What happens when we stumble across an embedded system that is 'suppose' to be secure and find it is trivially easy to access the system(s), read and/or modify the configuration?  Fun and mayhem for sure.  Can we or anyone else take command and control?  What could we do and how could we use it?  This discussion focuses on a Key Card system that is suppose to control access and yet provides very little security, when it is suppose to do just that.

Date/time

Wednesday, April 13, 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

National Instruments
(map)

    Building C, Room 1S13
    11500 North Mopac
    Austin, TX 78759

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

Topic/Title

Annual Student Night

Speaker Various University Students
Abstract
Date/Time

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

6:30 Demos and Presentations by various Students and Pizza
Location  Conference Room B
  University Center
  St. Mary’s University
  San Antonio, TX
Cost

Dinner, $0

Reservations

Please email Djaffer Ibaroudene, dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu  , or call  (210) 431-2050 by Wednesday, April 20, 2011 so we can have a good head count for the pizza.

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 Technical Update on the Pecan Street Project.
Speaker Bert Haskell
Speaker Bio Bert Haskell is the Technology Director for the Pecan Street Project.  He
has been working in technology and product development since starting his
career in 1984 with Eastman Kodak, where he worked for 5 years as an
electronics manufacturing process development engineer while earning his
Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester.
Bert then worked for 9 years at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology
Corp. (MCC) in Austin,TX, concluding his tenure there as Vice president of
Portable Electronics Product Research.  Since 2000, he has held product
development, product marketing, and advisory rolls at a number of start-up
companies including Stellar Display Corporation, Wireless Age, Motion
Computing, Portelligent and most recently, Heliovolt, where he was Director
of Product Development for CIGS based thin-film photovoltaic modules.  He
joined Pecan Street Project on August 1, 2010.
Abstract

Mr. Haskell will provide an overview of the goals of the Pecan
Street Project's Smart Energy Internet Demonstration at Mueller that is
funded by a DOE stimulus grant.  He will also talk about the technology
architecture for the baseline study and an update on recent technical
findings.

Date

Thursday,  April 21, 2011 ***Special Date this month only

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

Location

PoK-e-Jo's,  2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village,
Austin,  TX 78727
Go to: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/6061 for
map and more info.

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 (EDS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/eds/

Topic/Title

MEM Sensing for Consumer Applications

Speaker

Dr. Bob Steimle

Abstract

TBA

Date/Time

Thursday April 28th, 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 (EMBS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/embs/index.html

Topic/Title No meeting schedled 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 schedled 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 schedled 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 (PES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

Topic/Title

Designing with Solid State Lighting

Speaker Randy Davis of Legacy Lighting
Randy Davis is an Account Representative for Legacy Lighting, Inc. of Austin, Texas.  Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Science Degree in International Banking from Stephen F. Austin University in 2003.  Upon graduation, Mr. Davis spent a few years getting to know the Architectural community in and around the central Texas region by being a sales Representative for Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore.  It was during this time that Mr. Davis began his interest in lighting in general, and LED lighting in particular.  When Legacy Lighting lured him away, he immersed himself in the LED technology to the point that today, Mr. Davis provides not only the creative support for the central Texas architectural community but also the technical support for the lighting engineers in and around central Texas. Mr. Davis has obtained his Leed certification and last year has worked on approximately 37 Leed projects. Mr. Davis is a guest lecturer for the U.T. School of Architectural, and also for the American Association of Facility Managers.  Although he is quite busy professionally, Mr. Davis is married, and has two children who tend to keep him occupied outside of normal business hours. 
Abstract

With the increased emphasis of energy conservation in the workplace, LED lighting has captured the imagination of code authorities, architects and engineers alike.  Designers and engineers are using LED lighting in a myriad of applications both inside structures and in outside environments.  Code officials are setting the watts/sq. ft requirements so stringent that LED lighting is the only means capable of achieving these mandates.  This presentation recounts the technology changes in the LED lighting industry and how these changes allow for better energy conservation and performance in lighting designs.

Outline:

  • History and development of LEDs
  • Architecture of an LED
  • Differences between white LEDs and RGB LEDs
  • Performance benefits of LEDs over traditional light sources
  • Test and accreditation standards for LEDs
  • Questions and Discussion
Date/Time Tuesday, April 26, 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

The April meeting on the 26th will cover Designing with Solid State Lighting. More details will be published in the April Analog.

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

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

Topic/Title

Social Media Links

Speaker Doug Nix, A.Sc.T, Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Compliance Insight Consulting Inc. He is also the PSES VP of Conferences and the Vice Chair of the Engineering and Human Environment Joint Chapter, IEEE Toronto Section
Abstract Social Media is a growing force in global communication, whether you are communicating with friends and family, marketing a business or product, or organizing a revolution! This presentation introduces the concepts of social media and highlights some of the key ways that the PSES is using these important channels to communicate with members and non-members about our activities. Several platforms will be discussed including Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter.
Date/Time

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cost

None

Reservations

Not required

Location

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

Notes


We encourage you, others in your organization, or other interested parties to participate in our meetings. The PSES meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm, with the program starting at 7:00pm. For further information about the PSES, please contact Dale Ritzen at (512) 651-5338.

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

Topic/Title

Practical Interference Alignment - Promises and Challenges

Speaker

Prof. Sriram Vishwanath, ECE, UT Texas
Sriram Vishwanath received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and his M.S. from Caltech. He industry experience includes work with Alcatel Lucent and National Semiconductor Corp. Sriram is the co-recipient of the 2005 IEEE Joint ComSoc/ITSoc best paper award, the NSF Career and the ARO young investigator award. He has advised or is currently advising over 30 PhD students and has multiple patents in the field of wireless communications and systems.

Abstract

Interference Alignment is a new and exciting technique that promises tremendous throughput gains for wireless systems. For a 50 user system, it can improve the throughput by 2400% (25 times) that of current schemes. This seems almost too good to be true. In this talk, we cover both the theory and the practical implementation aspects of interference alignment. We show that alignment can be practically implemented even without channel state information, and a substantial fraction of the theoretical gains can be realized in real-time systems.

Date/Time

Monday 25 April, 2011
6.00PM - 7.30PM

Location

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

Cost


Reservations

To register, visit    http://cts-comsoc-sp.org/meetings.php

Notes



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

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

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No meeting schedled at this time

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

Topic/Title

Look Inside Digital/Smartphone Cameras 

Speaker

Nasser Kehtarnavaz
Nasser Kehtarnavaz is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Signal and Image Processing Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research areas include real-time signal and image processing, biomedical image analysis and pattern recognition. He has authored or co-authored 8 books and more than 220 articles in these areas. He is currently Coeditor-in-Chief of Journal of Real-Time Image Processing and Chair of the Dallas Chapter of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Abstract

Digital images are everywhere and many of us deal with them on a daily basis. Have you ever wondered how digital/smartphone cameras generate digital images or what are the features you often see on these cameras? This talk is put together to provide a general overview or introduction to various image processing functions that occur inside digital/smartphone cameras when taking pictures. The material presented is intended to give attendees an insight into the image processing features of digital cameras. Some of the solutions for improving digital camera image pipelines that have been developed in the Signal and Image Processing Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas are also presented.

Date/Time

April 8th 2011, 4:00pm,

Location

Engineering Bldg (EB) 2.04.02, The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Reservations


Notes

For further information, contact David Akopian david.akopian@utsa.edu

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

Topic/Title No meeting schedled 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 (TMC)

http://webinabox.vtools.ieee.org/wibp_home/index/CH05214
Topic/Title Training Engineering Managers
Speaker Dr. Dan Cooper – Southwest Research Institute
Abstract This presentation will discuss the why’s and how’s of training engineering managers.
Date/Time Tuesday, April 5
11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Location Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Cafeteria in Private Dining Room #1
Cost Attendance is free. You will need to pay for your lunch at the SwRI Cafeteria.
Registration Please email Michael Frye (mfrye@uiwtx.edu) an RVSP by Monday, April 4.
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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

April 2, 2011
Texas Linux Fest 2011. 
Register here: https://register.texaslinuxfest.org/ but don't forget to take a tour through the full talk schedule here: http://texaslinuxfest.org/program/session-schedule first.

Once again, we are offering two ticket options.  The "enthusiast" ticket is $15, and is a low-cost way to enjoy the entire show: full access to every talk, the expo floor, the Friday training sessions put on by some of our sponsors, and all evening events.  The "supporter" ticket for $40 is a way you can help out the show by contributing a bit more towards the cost of renting the venue and equipment.  In exchange for that generous donation, you also get the limited-edition TXLF 2011 t-shirt and goodie bag.  It's a win-win-win.

Check in opens early on Saturday, April 2nd at the Hilton Austin.  Directions and map are available on the web site.  The day kicks off with Ken Starks' keynote address at 9:30 AM sharp, covering his work with the HeliOS Project; the regular sessions pick up immediately after that and the expo is open all day.  The last talks will end right around 5:45.  We've got a great selection of speakers this year from every corner and angle of he Linux and open source world.  Don't miss it!

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.

April 5, 2011
Agile Austin
Event:     Agile Austin Meeting
Date:     April 5, 2011
Time:     6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:     Microsoft, Quarry Oaks Atrium, Bldg. 2 - 2nd Fl., 10900 S. Stonelake Blvd. Austin, TX 78759
Speaker:     Kevin Rutkowski, Managing Consultant from Catapult Systems
Janelle Klien, Agile Practice Leader from NewIron Group
Ben Rogers, QA Manager from Sendmail
Title:     Test Automation Panel: Enough Is Enough?
 
Description:     This panel discussion will focus on testing beyond unit tests: integration, performance, and acceptance. The reality is that testing is part of an economic trade off and just doing more of it doesn't always pay off.

The members of this panel are encouraged to bring their experience-based opinions on what is enough testing, and when to stop automating testing. The audience will be invited into the discussion as well - bring your own stories of too little and too much testing.

Come join the conversation with these individuals while they share their successes, struggles, and ask their own questions on this panel!

Cost:     Free
Map Directions:     From Mopac, take Braker Lane exit. Turn West on Braker Ln to Balcones Center Dr, then turn Right to Stonelake Blvd. Turn left on Stonelake Blvd.
From 183, take Braker Lane exit. Turn East on Braker Ln to Stonelake Blvd. Turn left at Stonelake Blvd. (map)
More Info:    http://www.agileaustin.org or info@AgileAustin.org
Agenda:     Sign-in and Networking: 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Announcements, Presentation: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Q&A and Networking: 8:00 - 8:15 PM
SIG Open Space: 8:15 - 9:00 PM

April 12, 2011
Capitol Macintosh User Group
Check web site for details http://www.capmac.org/
April 18, 25, and May 2, 2011 7PM - 9PM
GeekAustin Basic HTML Classes
For the last several years, GeekAustin has offered classes in PHP, SQL, MySQL, basic Unix skills and other topics. During this period, we've had numerous requests to add a basic HTML/CSS class to our curriculum. Some of these requests came from people who registered for the GeekAustin PHP, MySQL, or other classes, and discovered that they needed to first brush up on web design basics. We also heard from those who simply want to be able to make minor edits to their website yet didn't want to pay several hundred dollars for a class at the local community college.

Why teach HTML and CSS as separate classes?

Our original HTML/CSS class outline consisted of six classes. Rather than offer them as a single unit. we made a decision to split the HTML and CSS into separate classes. There were a few reasons for this. Some potential attendees are familiar with basic HTML and only seek help with CSS. There was no reason to require them to pay for and sit through material that they already know. By dividing into two classes, we give those new to HTML the opportunity to get their feet wet before deciding to commit to a longer class.

RSVP at:
http://geekaustinhtmlclass.eventbrite.com/

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

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

Your career, your life:
  • Career Focus: Software Engineering
  • Six E-mail Mistakes That Can Cook Your Career
  • IEEE-USA Toolkit
U.S. Innovation & Competitiveness
  • Federal S&T Budget at a Crossroads
  • High-Speed Rail - Have We Missed the Train?
  • White House and Industry Leaders Partner to Promote Entrepreneurship
  • The 100-Year Starship
  • The Changing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce
Shaping Public Policy
  • IEEE-USA Announces Dates for Energy and Career Fly-Ins
  • Register to Attend Congressional Visits Day

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4. Local IEEE Conferences

  • 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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