IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 55-09

September 2011

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

Archives of The Analog can be found on the CTS web site here.

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


General Interest

Chairman's Column

Membership Development

News of Interest to the Section

Continuing Education

Student Branches

Calls for Volunteers


Local Chapter Activities

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

Computer Society - Austin

Computer Society - San Antonio

Consultants Network

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society

Electron Devices Society

Engineering in Medicine and Biology

Graduates of the Last Decade

Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Laser and Electro Optics Society

Life Members Affinity Group

Joint Power and Energy, Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, and Industrial Applications Societies - 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


Conferences, Events and Other Meetings

Local IEEE Conferences, Events and Workshops

Non-IEEE Meetings and Events of interest suggested by the membership


Miscellaneous

Latest issue of IEEE-USA Today's Engineer

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Events and Information

Career

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

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


A note from the editor

With this issue of the Analog, I have added two new sections: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Events and Information and Career.  Your feedback on these additions, or other changes to the Analog would be welcome. 
John Purvis
john.purvis@ieee.org


General Interest


Chairman's Column

The Section Executive Committee, consisting of the elected section officers, the appointed officers and the chapter chairs met at Texas State in San Marcos on August 27th.  Thanks to Professor Larry Larson and the members of the Texas State Student Branch for hosting the meeting

The report of the Nominating Committee was unanimously accepted (see below for details and elections process), and a joint chapter of the Power and Energy, Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, and Industrial Applications Societies was approved to replace the Power and Energy Society Chapter in Austin. 

Negotiations are in progress to create a chapter of the Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA), in anticipation of hosting the CEDA conference in 2013 in Austin.  Section members who are members of one of the proprietor Societies of CEDA (Antennas and Propagation, Circuits and Systems, Electron Devices, Computer, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Solid State Circuits Societies) and who are interested in helping with the new chapter should contact Zhuo Li at zhuoli@ieee.org to volunteer. 

The chapter and affinity group reports indicated that most chapters are doing well.  Chapters will be having officer elections of their own between now and the end of the year.  The chapter leaders were able to take note of the successes of other chapters and consider adopting their strategies in serving section members. 

All five of the Sections Student Branches (Saint Mary's, Texas State, Trinity, University of Texas - Austin, and University of Texas - San Antonio) did presentations in support of their funding requests for the year. 

Several members of the section attended IEEE's triennial Sections Congress, either as representatives of the Section or in their roles as members of the Region 5 Executive Committee. They were Tom Grim, Section Chairman and Region 5 Society Liaison; Kenny Rice, Section Treasurer and Section Delegate; Thuy Dao, Vice Chair - Austin; Troy Green, GOLD Chairman, Scott Atkinson, Past Section Chairman, Joe Redfield, Past Section Chairman and Region 5 Membership Development; and Ina Angeles, Region 5 Women in Engineering.

All of our participants found new things to learn about in the 32 training breakout sessions presented.  The recordings of those sessions can be found at http://ieee-elearning.org/CLE The conference keynote talks were thought provoking as well as fun.  They can be found at  https://ieeetv.ieee.org/player/html/viewer#2011-sections-congress-highlights.



Officer Nominations and Election Process

The following candidates were accepted at the Executive Committee meeting on August 27th:

Chairman: Kenny Rice
Vice-Chairman (Austin): Thuy Dao
Vice-Chairman (San Antonio):
    Gary Rogers,  Ron Seaman
Treasurer: Don Drumtra
Secretary: Zhuo Li

The Election Schedule is as follows:
9/1 Accepted slate in Analog  newsletter
10/15 Petition nominations close
        (Petition candidates will be accepted by Garret Polhamus, the Nominating Committee Chairman, based in the section election candidate petition process in the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Operations Manual.  Contact him at polhamus@ieee.org if you intend to offer a petition candidate)
10/15 Modified slate published in Mid-month Reminder
11/1 Election announced in Analog

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

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Membership Development

Annual IEEE Election – VOTE…VOTE….VOTE!
Annual Election Process Has Begun: Look for your annual election ballot package to arrive in August or by early September. All members eligible to vote will receive a paper ballot and a postage-paid reply envelope via first-class mail. Included is information about how to vote electronically. VOTE TODAY AT http://www.ieee.org/election.

Not an IEEE Member
Join IEEE today and get 16 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till 2012.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at http://www.ieee.org/membership.

Did you know about IEEE – eLearning Library
Did You Know -

The IEEE has created an IEEE eLearning Library, the premier online collection of short courses and conference workshops.  Login with your IEEE login and view many recorded webinars and training tutorials.  Login as a guest and see public content.  Check it out at http://www.ieee-elearning.org.

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

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News of Interest to the Section

Congratulations to recently elevated members
The following Central Texas Section members were recently elevated to Senior Member at the August Admission and Advancement review panel meeting: John Carter, Eric Cowan, Jeff Cunningham, Andreas Gerstlauer, Jonathan Gibson, David Holloway, Chip Killmar, Albert Dayo Onabajo, Hema Ramamurthy, Todd Roggenbauer, and Keliu Shu.  Congratulation to all!

Austin Ranks As Top Technology Town
A new ranking in August from Scientific American puts Austin as number 4, in terms of "geek friendliness". In the ranking, Scientific America placed Austin fourth, after Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, in terms of its geek friendliness, after ranking cities against how many stores sell tech gadgets, the availability of free, wireless Internet, how many technology jobs were in the region, the number of highly ranked engineering schools, plus the presence of an "active geek community."

Documentary Tracks Pros and Cons of Power From Wind Energy
Although wind farms are sprouting in a number of countries, many people
still don't understand the importance that wind power is likely to play as
an energy source for their homes. To help educate the public, the IEEE
Future Directions Group produced the documentary Winds of Change.
Find out more at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/18596/32170

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Continuing Education

September 14, 2011: PMU Technology for Dynamic Conditions in Distribution
Webinar 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT / 17:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)    
Although originally targeted at power transmission, phasor measurement unit (PMU) technology is evolving to handle dynamic grid conditions and moving into distribution networks to improve operational practices in both normal and emergency conditions. Learn about new technologies that give you powerful hardware and software building blocks. Hear from an experienced integrator of power analyzer systems about their top five field installation and deployment challenges and solutions.

See more information here

Webinars Available on Demand in this series:
Digitizing the Power Grid
Smart-Grid Control Systems: Moving Towards a Self-Healing Grid

September 21, 2011:  IEEE-USA Risk Management Webinar Series
The cost is $19 for IEEE members and $38 for nonmembers. To register, see https://www.cvent.com/events/ieee-usa-webinar-series-on-risk-management/registration-b35206d4acf946c4bf981c338e526c84.aspx.

IEEE-USA's risk management series is designed to provide relevant and applicable information that technology and operational professionals can use in their jobs and enhance their long-term employability. The series focuses on risk-based problem solving and decision making, and the application of risk management standards and practices to public safety and critical infrastructure protection. http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2011/Risk-Management.html

"Risk Management Standards and Decision Making," 21 September, 2-3 p.m.
"Enterprise Risk Management and Information System Security," 19 October, noon-1 p.m.
"Lean Six Sigma for Risk Management," 16 November, 2-3 p.m.
"Risk-Based Metrics for Software System Design, Development and Test," 14 December, noon-1 p.m.

September 26, 2011: You Can Take Stanford's 'Intro to AI' Course Next Quarter, For Free
Stanford has been offering portions of its robotics coursework online for a few years now, but professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig are kicking things up a notch with next semester’s CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. For the first time, you can take this course, along with several hundred Stanford undergrads, without having to fill out an application, pay tuition, or live in a dorm. This is more than just downloading materials and following along with a live stream; you’re actually going to have to do all the same work as the Stanford students. If you survive, you’ll get a certificate of completion from the instructors, along with a final grade that you can compare to the grades of all other students.

See more information here.

September 27, 2011:  Engineering Ethics, UT CLEE
September 27, 2011 - Many ethics training sessions and modules provide an overview of codes of ethics or standards of ethical conduct with guidelines on how to apply them in different situations. This session takes a different approach to ethics and being ethical. It offers an approach to resolving ethical problems in which it is not at all clear what the solution is, what the choices are, or even what standards apply...

See more information here.

December 1, 2011 - An overview of the basic tenets of Engineering Ethics and the ethical obligations of Engineers. A design-based model of Engineering Ethics that will enable engineers to: Identify and articulate ethical problems, When possible, anticipate and avoid ethical problems, Generate options for resolving ethical problems...

See more information here

October 3, 2011: Two Week Black Belt Six Sigma Training, UT CLEE
Week One: October 3-7, 2011
Week Two: November 7-11, 2011

Practical, Straightforward, and Effective
This powerful program will provide participants with proven Six Sigma tools and techniques, plus practical experience to catapult their organization toward "World Class" status. Emphasis is on gaining knowledge in all aspects of product and process life cycles. At UT Austin, managers, practitioners and researchers will benefit from a very practical and applied teaching style that emphasizes a Keep It Simple Statistically (KISS) approach. Under the guidance of our highly acclaimed instructors, our graduates save their companies on average over $500,000 per person as a result of the projects they completed as part of our certification requirement.

The Accelerated Program: Cost-Efficient and Comprehensive
More time-efficient than most Six Sigma programs available today, our course is designed to get your staff back on the job applying quality skills as soon as possible. This is made possible by our accelerated 2-week format, which presents a simple approach to complex statistics and focuses on knowledge-based management philosophy. Participants will learn how to prioritize, characterize, optimize, and thus, realize return on investment (ROI).This comprehensive program, unlike many others, does not have a Green Belt prerequisite: through a combination of in-class learning and a hands-on assignment during the break between the two weeks of classroom time, students gain all the knowledge and tools required to obtain Black Belt certification. The assignment focuses on increasing knowledge of key business issues resulting in better, faster, lower cost products and services.

See more information here

December 9, 2011: Strategic Decision and Risk Management, UT CLEE
Dates:     December 5-9, 2011
Registration:     $2340 Early (by October 17)
$2600 Regular
Call for CPARM discounts
Location:     Federal Reserve Conference Center, Houston, TX
Contact:     Patty Harris
1.866.234.3380
scpd-sdrm@stanford.edu
Register:    http://strategicdecisions.stanford.edu/texas

Codeacademy

Code academy is a recently activated web site that walks you through the basics of JavaScript.  It is free and an easy way to learn JavaScript.  See more at http://www.codecademy.com


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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: Alex Scheuermann, 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

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Calls for Volunteers

K-12 Activities Chair Vacancy
 
The K-12 Activities Chairman position will be available in January 2012.  This position coordinates and promotes IEEE CTS involvement in education activities in the primary and secondary school levels. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating local educational activities programs for IEEE members and developing educational programs to encourage the technological literacy of pre-university students. This is a non-voting EXCOM committee position.  Areas of specific involvement include:
         IEEE CTS Sponsorship of the Central Texas Regional Future City Competition
         IEEE CTS Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) with Transformation 2013 STEM Center at TEA Region 20 and 13.
         Coordinate educational activities of IEEE CTS members including Austin and San Antonio Discover Engineering, BEST robotics, Science Fair judge recruitment, etc.
         Budgeting for section support for K-12 educational activities.
For more information please contact Dean Schneider at d.schneider@ieee.org.
 
Central Texas Regional Future City Competition Team Mentor and Judging Opportunities
 
Preparations are underway for our next Future City Central Texas Regional Competition.  The Future City Competition is an integrated, multidisciplinary, holistic approach to relevant issues and is a strong example of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) education that addresses national and state academic content standards.  The program asks 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from our local area to team with engineer-volunteer mentors to create — first on computer and then in large, three-dimensional models — their visions of the city of tomorrow.   The competition is scheduled for Saturday January 21, 2012 at Texas State University in San Marcos.  Three volunteer opportunities are available: Future City Team Mentors;  pre-judging of student submitted materials on-line prior to the competition; and judging of student presentations and models on the day of the competition.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Dean Schneider at d.schneider@ieee.org.

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Local Chapter Activities

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


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

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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/

Topic/Title 3D Technology Evolution From Components to Systems
Speaker Dr. Michael Shapiro, IBM
Date/Time September 15, 2011 / 6:00pm-7:30pm
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Location Roundup conference room, Freescale (Building B)
7700 Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78729
Chair:

Om P Mandhana
IEEE-CPMT Chapter in Austin
Networking and Multimedia Group
Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas
(512) 996-6063

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

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Join our new LinkedIn group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4064900&trk=hb_side_g

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Computer Society - San Antonio (CS)
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 Memory Technology Trends.
Speaker Dr. Betty Prince
Speaker Bio Dr. Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International.  She has 35+ years experience in the semiconductor industry having worked with Texas Instruments, N.V. Philips, and Motorola in memory technology and marketing management;  at R.C.A. in the development of an early microprocessor;  and at Fairchild in semiconductor process technology.  She is author of several books on Semiconductor Memories.  She is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE, an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer on Memory, and was on the Technical Advisory Board of IEEE Spectrum magazine.  She was founder of the JEDEC JC-16 Interface Standards Committee, and Co-Chair of the JC-42 SRAM Memory Committee.  She has served on the Technical Advisory Board of several memory companies, and was a Director of Mosaid Technologies for many years.  She holds patents in the memory, processor, and interface areas.  She has a B.S. and M.S. in physics and math from the University of New Mexico and the University of California, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas with a doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling. 
Abstract

Technology trends of DRAM, Flash and SRAM memory will be discussed.  Standalone DRAM and Flash are increasing bits/unit area and bandwidth by using 3D technologies and vertical processing.  Future Flash Non-Volatile memories could move from charge based to resistance based technologies including PCM and ReRAM.  Embedded DRAM and SRAM scaling could use 1T capacitorless DRAM or 3T logic based DRAM.  Embedded RAM and Flash might be replaced by unified RAMs.  STT-MRAM could be in the future of SRAM.

Date Wednesday,  September 28, 2011
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

Cost

Cost:  $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant.   Supper is at optional extra cost.

Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend. 
Notes


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/

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

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Meeting Location: Rio Grande Conference room at SVTC
Map: http://www.sematech.org/corporate/map.htm

Notes

Sponsoring the Solar Technology Workshop, September 16.  See IEEE Meetings section for details. 

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

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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

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Notes Welcome from the new Chair of IEEE CTS GOLD,

It is my pleasure to serve as the Chair for CTS GOLD.  I am excited about implementing Social Events, Networking Events, Workshops/Seminars, Focus Groups, Career Guidance Mentorship, and much more. 

I am usually tied to a computer deep in the basement, as most Information Technology workers are, so I am truly excited to plan and participate in events that get me away from staring at a screen.  I enjoy any chance to be outdoors, especially if it is with Remote Control 1/8 scale gas powered buggies, which is one of my favorite hobbies.  I will plan an R/C event if other members enjoy R/C as well, just utilize my contact details below to let me know. 

As the GOLD Group matures, events, discussions, and useful resources will be posted on the following sites.
Events: http://goo.gl/d8D0D
Linkedin Group: http://goo.gl/aVi3O
Facebook Group: http://goo.gl/2wQ4Z

I am planning a kickoff event, so make sure you visit the resource pages above to get the latest news.

Thank you,
Troy Green
Chair, IEEE CTS GOLD
troy.green@ieee.org

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

GOLD Launches Mentoring Connection Webinar
Are you interested in becoming a mentor or finding a mentor to help with  your professional development? If the answer is yes, check out a free new IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) webinar aimed at
helping mentors and mentees connect with each other. Learn more at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/17953/32170

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

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For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group - San Antonio

Topic/Title "Alamo Regional Mobility", presented by Mr. Leroy Alloway of Alamo RMA
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If you have lived and commuted in Houston, you may consider San Antonio's traffic congestion to be a minor problem.  If you're a long time San Antonian, you probably resent the increased traffic congestion.

The city's rapid growth has brought on some challenges and concerns in the transportation sector.

Now is your chance to have an outstanding Italian dinner, along with a presentation from an organization that is doing something about the traffic in San Antonio.

With the motto "Moving people faster", the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority was created to be a proactive partner empowering our community to address our congestion and mobility concerns through local means with local leadership.

The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority is committed to doing our part to help ensure a bright and prosperous future for our community through innovations in financing transportation projects, and the ability to accelerate needed projects to relieve congestion today, instead of waiting for years under traditional methods.

Our speaker is the Director, Community Development for the Alamo RMA.

Please join the Life Member Group as we hear from the Alamo RMA about its current and future activities.

Date/Time Thursday, September 15, 2011
7:00 PM Dinner (Italian menu - see below - a meatless option will be available)
8:00 PM Program
Location Aldino at the Vineyard
1203 NW Loop 1604 (C. W. Anderson Loop at Blanco Road)
San Antonio, Texas
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$15 each for members, $25 each for guests

Reservations Seating is limited.  Please call Tom O'Brien, Vice Chair, at 210 481 3443 or e-mail t.p.obrien@ieee.org before 5 PM September 5th to reserve a seat.
Notes The dinner menu:

House green salad, vinaigrette dressing and focaccia (pizza bread).

Choice of:
- Trout Picatta: sauteed whole fillet of trout with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lemon butter and white wine.
- Ravioli di Vitello: homemade ravioli stuffed with ground veal, spinach and ricotta cheese, cream pesto sauce.
- Pollo Gorgonzola: breast of chicken, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, tarragon cream sauce.

Dessert: Aldino's creamy, traditional homemade cheesecake
One non-alcoholic beverage included.

(Non-meat dishes will be provided on request)


Save the Date:  October 13

The San Antonio Life Member Group plans a luncheon and tour of an Air Force laboratory at Brooks City-Base.  More details will follow as soon as plans are finalized.

Date: October 13, 2011
The tour is limited to 30 people.  Please call Tom O'Brien, Vice Chair, at 210 481 3443 or e-mail t.p.obrien@ieee.org to reserve a place.


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

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Joint Power and Energy, Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, and Industrial Applications Societies - Austin (PES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

Topic/Title Digital Security for Smart Meters
Speaker Bart Bombay and Laurent Castillo of Gemalto.
Additional author: Dr. HongQian K. Lu of Gemalto

Bart J. Bombay is a senior research and development engineer at Gemalto. He has worked on security device R&D for over 10 years, and robust communication technologies for over 16 years. His undergraduate and graduate education is from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at University of California, Berkeley. With a good collection of patents to his name, his technical expertise includes semiconductor manufacturing, embedded system design for extreme environments, modem technology design and implementation for adverse operating conditions, hardware/software interfaces for secure devices, asynchronous communications, secure device firmware upgrade, biometrics, etc.

Laurent Castillo leads a research and innovation team at Gemalto and is also a principal research engineer. He has worked in embedded software, developing advanced technologies for smart cards for over 10 years. His technical expertise includes networks, kernels, secure embedded software development, cryptography, and web application frameworks. He is a graduate of French Ecole Polytechnique.

Dr. HongQian K. Lu is a principal research engineer at Gemalto and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP). She has worked on security research and development for over 9 years. She is an inventor and has over 50 publications. Her technical expertise includes multi-factor authentication, federated identity management, cloud security, web application security, and smart card communication, networking, and applications.
Abstract The smart grid promises to greatly improve efficiency and reliability of electrical power by putting intelligent automation into the generation and distribution system and cost structure, and fed by newly abundant real-time sensor information distributed throughout the system all the way to the end users. Yet this metamorphosis of the electrical grid brings with it a wide variety of potential new vulnerabilities in data privacy and infrastructure integrity at a time when digital threats are growing enormously in terms of risks of information theft and disruption of physical systems. The most widespread and most accessible nodes of this new grid are the smart meters at businesses and residences. Our presentation classifies and describes physical and logical threats and risks associated with smart meters, and introduces types and examples of design choices and countermeasures which may be used to practically fortify the digital security and privacy of the meters and their communications against the threats – to make the new electricity grid not only smarter, but also more secure. We will conclude with some selected thoughts that extend security concerns to the smart grid in general.
Date/Time Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Social starts at 6:00
6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 to 7:30 PM Business Meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM Program
9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location  El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205
2910 S Congress, Austin Texas 78704 (directions below)
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

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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 Energy Star
Speaker Jeff Hailey, Regulatory Strategist, Dell
Abstract An update on Energy Star, the joint program of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy designed to help consumers to save money and protect the environment though energy efficient products and practices.  Jeff will review the significant changes to the program that have been implemented in 2011.
Date/Time September 20, 2011, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Cost None
Reservations

Not Required

Location Dell Parmer Campus, Parmer South Building 4, Victoria Conference Room (just inside the visitor’s entrance)
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/

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

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

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

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

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Notes Receipts and Certifications for PDHs will be available.  Doug will have a limited number of copies of his book available for purchase.

int meeting with the Women in Engineering chapter

Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) 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 The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident - Engineering and Management Failures
Speaker Mike Harris - City Public Service
Abstract Presentation and discussion on the series of engineering and management failures that occurred before and on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.
Date/Time Wednesday, Sept 14 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location Aldaco’s at Sunset Station. Address: 100 E. Hoefgen, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 222-0561
Cost Attendance is free. You will need to pay for your lunch at Aldaco’s.
Registration Please email Michael Frye (mfrye@uiwtx.edu) an RVSP by Tuesday, Sept. 13.
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Women in Engineering Affinity Group
http://www.austin-wie.org/

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Joint meeting with the Austin Technology Management Council chapter

Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Conferences, Other Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

September 16, 2011: Solar Technology Workshop, 7700 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78729.  Registration: http://www.ieee.org/stw
Solar Technology Workshop presents the latest development on the technology convergence of microelectronics and solar power.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop is intended for technical leaders, scientists, engineers, educators, researchers,
developers, investors, students and manufacturers of microelectronic and Solar Power products.

Speakers:
Mr. Ron Van Dell - Technology and Economics for Distributed PV Power Conversion
Dr. Daniel Derkacs - World record breaking 43.5% efficient concentrator solar cells
Mr. John H Baker Jr. - Exploring the Future of Electric Power
Mr. Magnus Asbo - Microinverter Fundamentals: Experiences from the Field
Mr. Charlie Wu - Introduction of Freescale Microcontrollers for solar inverter applications

Program
08:00am    Registration / Breakfast
09:00am    Keynote talk: Technology and Economics for Distributed PV Power Conversion -
Ron Van Dell , Chief Executive Officer, SolarBridge Technologies.
10:30 am    Break
10:45am   World record breaking 43.5% efficient concentrator solar cells - Daniel Derkacs , Manager of cell design, Solar Junction.
12:00pm    Lunch
01:30pm    Exploring the Future of Electric Power - John H. Baker Jr., Director of utility systems research, the Pecan Street Project Inc.
02:45pm   Microinverter Fundamentals: Experiences from the field - Magnus Asbo, Director of Products, Enphase
04:00pm    Break
04:15pm    Introduction of Freescale Microcontrollers for solar inverter applications – System Architecture and Communications - Charlie Wu , Sr. System & Application Engineer, Freescale.
05:30pm    Reception

More information at http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/stw/index.php

September 26-29, 2011: ComSoc’s First Online Conference on Energy-Efficient Communications & Green Technologies

IEEE GreenCom will highlight the latest networking, energy management and smart grid communications in an effort to greatly advance the introduction of the newest global greenhouse gas emission and energy consumption reduction solutions.

Speakers representing Ericsson, Samsung, INRIA, IMEDA Networks, Create-Net, Telecom ParisTech, Royal Institute of Technology, Dresden University of Technology, Tohoku University, Politecnico di Milano and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications will address wide reaching global warming topics ranging from Smart Grid architecture modeling, dynamic pricing and demand response scheduling to demand shaping green communications, energy-efficient power control and home energy management.

Specific topics will include analyses of:
- Base Station Power Consumption Minimization Using On/Off Power Amplifiers
- Minimum Energy & Maximum Capacity Paths in Multi-hop Wireless Networks
- WiFi Network Energy Consumption Behaviours
- Energy-aware Load Balancing for Parallel Packet Processing Engines
- GRIDA: A Green Distributed Algorithm for Backbone Networks
- Stochastic Charging Management for plug-in Electric Vehicles in Smart Microgrids
- Design, Implementation & Evaluation of Renewable Energy Modules
- The Energy Saving Potential of Cyclic Sleep in Optical Access Systems
For a full list of presentations, visit http://www.ieee-greencom.org/tprogram.html.

Ecological Conferencing Format:
Provides international audiences with the ability to participate in near-physical experiences without travel and from the comfort of their own home and/or work environments.

Registration Fees:
- ComSoc Member:             USD $150 (Save $100)
- IEEE Member:                   USD $175 (Save $100)
- Non-Member:                    USD $225 (Save $100)
- Student/Life Member:         USD $75 (Save $50)  
To receive these rates, register by Monday, August 15 at https://register.comsoc.org/ieee-greencom-2011.


September 26-30, 2011: 2011 IEEE International Conference on Cluster computing (CLUSTER) - Hilton Hotel, Austin TX. 

October 14, 2011.  IEEE Central Texas Section, Power & Energy Society, Austin Chapter, Class Announcement - "Grounding Electrical Systems"

Location: Creedmore,  Texas; Creedmoor Community Center, 12513 FM-1625, Creedmoor, Texas, 78610
Instructor: James Stallcup Sr. of Grayboy, Inc.
Cost is $130 for IEEE members, $175 for Non IEEE members. Cost includes class, lunch, refreshments, and James Stallcup’s book:  Grounding Electrical Systems.  8 PDHs offered with Completion of Class.  Registrations received after October 10th and Walk-ins will be accepted based on available seating, but no workbook will be provided.
Time: 09:00AM to 05:00PM (8.00 hours) All times are: US/Central
Email meeting contact... 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
For more information: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/7487

May 14-17, 2012: 2012 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference - J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, TX. 

June 3-8, 2010: 2012 IEEE 38th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) - Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX.  http://www.ieee-pvsc.org/


Non-IEEE Meetings and Events of interest suggested by the membership


September 6, 2011: Agile Austin Meeting
Event:     Agile Austin Meeting
Date:     September 6, 2011
Time:     6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:     Pervasive Software, 12365-B Riata Trace Parkway
Speaker:     The agile community
Title:     Agile Austin Retrospective and Flashstorming
 
Description:     Agile Austin has established the following goals - to help software teams in the Austin area to be successful with software agility, and to advance the knowledge of the software community.

As members of the Austin software community, we need your help to achieve those goals and to help Agile Austin to be a valuable contributor to that success. Over the last year, we've had both successes and mistakes. The purpose of this meeting is to both learn from the past, and to brainstorm ideas for creating a brighter future.

Even if you haven't been to an Agile Austin meeting before, if you're a member of the Austin software community we really want to hear your ideas.

A few questions that interest us:

What in Agile Austin has helped the community toward these goals? What hasn't?

What software struggles and problems are you having, that your peers in the software community might be able to help you with?

What could we do that would have! the most valuable impact? What would encourage active participation from the community?

How can we tell if we are achieving our goals? How do we get the right feedback?
 
Speaker Bio:     None
 
Additional Information
Cost:     Free
Map Directions:     Riata Trace Parkway is between Duval and Oak Knoll off 183. From 183: exit Oak Knoll Drive, turn right at Riata Trace Parkway. 12365-B is 0.8 miles on right (map)
More Info:    www.agileaustin.org or info@AgileAustin.org
Agenda:     Sign-in and Networking     6:00 - 6:30 PM
Announcements, Retrospective    6:30 - 8:30 PM

September 6, 2011: The Austin Forum - Cybersecurity Today
AT&T Center, UT Austin Campus
5:45 - 6:30 Reception
6:30 - 7:30 Presentation / Q&A
The Austin Forum is a monthly speaker series and networking event that hosts distinguished leaders who share their knowledge adn experience about the confluence of science, technology and society in the 21st century. More details online.


September 7, 2011: Geek Austin - The HTML5 Austin Meetup
Just launched, and the first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 7, at Cospace. RSVP at Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/HTML5-Austin/events/27522761/

The group is being co-sponsored by GeekAustin and the ATX Webshow.

September 12, 2011: Geek Austin - Introduction to WordPress Child Themes
Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 9:00 PM (CT).  Cost is $50.  See more information at http://wordpresschildthemes.eventbrite.com/.

September 22, 2011: Door64 Happy Hour
What: Door64 Happy Hour, sponsored by Gemalto
Who: Door64.com members
When: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 / 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Six Lounge, 117 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701 [Map]
How (much): Free!
Food: Provided!
Why: Expand your local network, maybe see some familiar faces, have a good time. So why not?
Parking: Paid parking available in the lot behind Six Lounge, on the street (as available), and valet.
See http://door64.com/sep2011 for more information and to register. 


September 25, 2011:  Women in Science Event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
2 - 4 p.m.
No admission fee on Austin Museum Day. Interact with women scientists, explore the world of science professions and enjoy informative and interactive exhibits.

September 26, 2011: Geek Austin - Intermediate WordPress Child Themes
Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Monday, October 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM (CT).  Cost $100.  See more information at http://wordpresschildthemes-2.eventbrite.com/.

September 26, 2011: Door64 Tech Fair
Time: 9:00am until 4:00pm

Cost: FREE!

Location: AT&T Conference Center - 1900 University Avenue, Austin, Texas 78705 [Map]

Parking: The AT&T Conference Center has an attached parking garage on 20th between Whitis & University. Though you will need to pay to park there, the conference center will provide a discounted rate. Before you leave, visit The Spirit Store gift shop to pay the discounted rate. Alternately, you can park in the lot across from the conference center on Whitis & 20th, or on the street if you can find parking (pay parking, of course).

Getting in: If entering the AT&T Conference Center from Whitis at street level, go inside and take the elevator to level M3 and visit registration. If you parked in the parking garage, find the conference-center side elevators and go to level M3 to register.

More information can be found at http://door64.com/techfair.

September 29, 2011: Geek Austin Beginning PHP class (8 sessions)
Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM (CT), $120.  PHP is not rocket science. You can learn it on your own at home. However, by learning in a group environment, you'll have other people who can field your questions, and you'll get to see the language from multiple perspectives. By attending the class weekly, you'll be committing a specific time to develop a new skill.

The GeekAustin Beginning PHP Class is taught by Josh Butts (@jimbojsb) (linkedin), a Zend-certified developer and the Director of Development at Vertive. Josh also leads the Austin PHP Meetup. This is the 2nd year that Josh is teaching GeekAustin classes. Josh has always been our first choice to teach the PHP classes. We are delighted that he has agreed to teach for us again.

Based on feedback from previous sections of the class, we will be focusing on the core language. Intermediate topics, like objects and security, will be taught in a followup class.

The Intermediate PHP class will most likely begin in January.

The requirements for the class are as follows:
1) Basic command-line skills on the operating system of your choice.
2) Basic knowledge fo HTML and CSS
3) A laptop that you can bring to class.

Register at http://geekaustinbeginningphp.eventbrite.com/.  For additional information, send a note to classes@geekaustin.org

October 10-13, 2011: Automation Bootcamp! cPanel Conference '11. 

Monday, October 10, 2011 12:00 PM - Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:00 PM (Central Time)
SHERATON AUSTIN AT THE CAPITOL
701 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
United States
1-800-325-3535
Event Details: http://bootcamp.cpanel.net/
Phone: 713-529-0800, Email: bootcamp@cpanel.net

November 5-6, 2011
Second Annual Texas Science and Engineering Festival (TSEF)
It is with great enthusiasm that MAES announces the Second Annual Texas Science and Engineering Festival (TSEF).

The Texas Festival is modeled after the highly successful Austin Science and Engineering Festival. With an estimated 20,000 people in 2010, attendance at the first Austin Science and Engineering Festival (ASEF) proved that STEM is fun!

Fueled by the best scientific and educational resources in the area all geared towards making science interesting, relevant and fun, the ASEF committee worked in partnership with the community to develop an annual initiative to engage and excite Texas in the wonders of science and engineering.

This year we expand the festival to the entire state of Texas with the first state-wide Texas Science and Engineering Festival. The Texas Science and Engineering Festival will be an even larger celebration, jam-packed with the smiling faces of our future scientists and engineers as they explore the myriad of STEM-related activities – lectures, exhibitions, plays, workshops, and more. There will be something for everyone!

As a partner, your name and logo will be prominently displayed on the Festival website. There is no funding required from our partners. Partners are encouraged to:

• promote the festival
• provide volnteers

Where Will You Be When Science Takes Over Texas?

The two-day Expo will be held at the Austin Convention Center on November 5-6, 2011. We invite you to become a partner of the Texas Science and Engineering Festival.

This will be a great opportunity for your organization to gain additional public awareness and recognition. Please join us in encouraging the youth of America to embrace and pursue the opportunities available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Join us at the Texas Science and Engineering Festival, one of the largest celebrations of science and engineering. We look forward to another exciting, interesting and fun festival.

You can find out more at http://texassciencefestival.org


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Miscellaneous

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

Advice for Engineers Who Hate Networking

YOUR CAREER, YOUR LIFE
  • Easy Ways to Find Contacts to Network into Your Target Employers - Part One
  • Book Review: This Time Is Different -- Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
U.S. INNOVATION & COMPETITIVENESS
  • A Brief History of the U.S. Federal Government and Innovation (Part II: 1917-1945)
  • IEEE-USA Teams Up with Industry to Promote High-Tech Immigration and Job Creation
  • IEEE Innovator Recognized for 250th Patent
POLICY 101
  • Meeting with Legislators
OPINION
  • When Do Software Systems Need to be Engineered?
ENERGY UPDATE
  • EcoCAR Competition Prepares Engineering Students to Tackle Tomorrow's Engineering Challenges
  • Impasse Over Yucca Mountain
  • Biofuel -- A Viable Solution Engineered from Algae
RISK MANAGEMENT
  • Application of Risk Management During Project Definition

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Events and Information

September 22, 2011: First Annual National Day of the Girl
Day of the Girl is a movement to engage middle though high school girls in advocacy to address the issues that affect them. Encourage girls to get involved and contact their state and federal representatives about funding for STEM programs in their school districts. Online resources are available to help you hold a Day of the Girl event and to help girls learn about the issues.

September 27, 2011:  K-12 STEM Forums
K-12 STEM Outreach Forums are scheduled around the state for this fall and spring.  Additional details and forum dates will be shared as they become available. Forums will include lots of networking, resource sharing and the launch of regional TxGCP Leadership Teams. Contact Tricia Berry for any specific regional requests or questions or if you organization would like to host a forum.
Tuesday, September 27, 4:30 - 6 p.m. - Girlstart STEM Center, Austin

October 3, 2011: 2011 Siemens Competition

The Siemens Competition seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000. Submission deadline is October 3, 2011.
Details: http://www.collegeboard.com/siemens/about.html

Regional K-12 STEM Outreach Listservs
To help create a community of K-12 STEM Outreach providers, supporters, educators and organizations, regional listservs have been created.  These groups are all about sharing resources, information, events, volunteers, needs, and more with others reaching out to K12 students aiming to excite them about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Join whichever group(s) make sense for you and start collaborating, connecting, communicating and sharing!
Central Texas K-12 STEM Outreach
San Antonio K-12 STEM Outreach

National STEM Video Game Challenge Fall 2011

Inspired by the Educate to Innovate campaign, President Obama's initiative to promote a renewed focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passions for playing and making video games. The 2011 Challenge will open up to entries in the Fall of 2011. Details: http://www.stemchallenge.org/Default.aspx 


Career

IEEE Career Alert

eWeek Careers
Videos Offer Advice for Job Seekers
To aid job hunters in their struggle to find work, IEEE Member Matt
Genovese has helped produce eight videos that cover such subjects as
staying upbeat even if no one responds to your resume, dealing with
possible age discrimination, and making a good first impression. To read
more and watch the videos, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/18547/32170

Tips, Tools and Gadgets



If you have comments, or suggestions as to something I should mention in a future issue, please let me know at john.purvis@ieee.org.  I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.