IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 55-10

October 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

IEEE Regional News




General Interest


Chairman's Column

The main item I'd like to discuss this month is the two-day  Austin Metropolitan Area Workshop (MAW), at the Austin South Marriott on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22.   The MAW will bring us a set of tutorial material that has never before been presented in the same venue.  You should seriously consider taking advantage of the opportunity your section officers have arranged for you.  If you are looking for a new career  opportunity or you are just looking to learn in depth about an area that is peripheral to your current career area, this  is just the thing for you. 

Each subject area workshop is usually presented as a one day stand alone course, and the registration is usually $500 to $1000. Instead, you will be able to attend two of these workshops for $119 if you are an IEEE member.  Because this is a special offering,  and barely covers the amount we are paying to the hotel for catering,  there will be no discounts for Student or Life Members.  Invite your non-IEEE Member friends to join us for $199. 

On Friday choose from three workshops on parallel all-day tracks:
  • Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practice
  • Introduction to Smart Grid
  • Software Engineering Essentials

On Saturday you may also choose from three workshops, some of which are repeated:
  • Introduction to Smart Grid
  • Software Engineering Essentials
  • Career Assistance

 The sponsoring societies and IEEE-USA are covering the travel for their instructors, and the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities organization is providing the administration of the workshop.   Instructors from the Communications Society, Power and Energy Society, and Computer Society as well as the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee will present the workshops.  In addition, the Central Texas Section has arranged a personal session with a Career Coach as part of the Career Assistance workshop.  If you register and sign up for the Career Assistance Workshop, you should be contacted about what reference materials you might want to bring to this short counseling session.  There will be an opportunity to sign up for one of the limited number of appointments  at the registration desk when you check in.

More information and registration information can be found at http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/mga_maw.html

Details of the material to be presented can be found at http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/mga_maw_agenda.html

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

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Membership Development

Annual IEEE Election – VOTE…VOTE….VOTE!
The 2011 IEEE annual election ballots have been mailed. If you have not yet voted in this year's Annual Election, the balloting period is open until 12:00 PM Central Time USA (17:00 UTC) on 3 October 2011.  When you vote, you are choosing the future direction of the IEEE as an organization. Your votes provide an important service to IEEE.  Thank you for making this a part of your IEEE membership experience.

Information about the candidates and access to your ballot on the IEEE Election Site at: https://www.directvote.net/ieee/
You will need your IEEE Web Account username and password to authenticate access or the ballot Control Number and E-signature located on your paper ballot (at the top and to the right of your mailing address).

Not an IEEE Member
Join IEEE today and get 15 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 – staying current in technology
Did You Know -

You can find out what are the most accessed documents in IEEE Xplore for the month. By selecting the Knowledge Tab in myIEEE, you will see the IEEE Xplore module located in the middle column. Here you will find a list of the top 10 documents accessed this month. Citations and their Abstract are available with quick links to the full article. IEEE Xplore has over two million documents on emerging and revolutionary technologies.  Check it out thought your myIEEE account at:
 http://www.ieee.org/myieee

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

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News of Interest to the Section


Thomas Friedman To United States: Innovate Or Else
The blockbuster author and New York Times columnist talks with Fast Company about his new book, "That Used To Be Us," which contends that prioritizing innovation can turn around America's free-fall from superpower status. See http://www.fastcompany.com/1778214/that-used-to-be-us-thomas-friedman?partner=homepage_newsletter

Congratulations to Newly Elevated Section Members
The Admission & Advancement review panel elevated the following Central Texas Section members to the rank of Senior Member: Timothy Ehrler, Lixin Ge, Bao Liu, and Jayakumaran Sivagnaname.   Congratulations to all!

'IEEE-USA in ACTION' App Available in iTunes Store
An app for "IEEE-USA in ACTION," IEEE-USA's quarterly electronic publication, is now available for download from the iTunes store. The app is free and compatible with iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. See http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ieee-usa-in-action/id461081367.

October 6, 2011: IEEE Day
Thursday, 6 October 2011, marks the second annual IEEE Day. This year's theme is Empowering Members to Create the Future. IEEE organizational units (Regions, Sections, Chapters, Affinity Groups, Student Branches, etc.) around the world have been busy planning events to celebrate. If you haven't done so already, please register your event through the online form. IEEE Day is on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn, and members are encouraged to use social networking to communicate technological achievements, interests, and successes. The first IEEE Day was held 7 - 8 October 2010, in recognition of IEEE members -- past, present, and future -- on the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

IEEE Question of the Month: Would You Be an Early EV Adopter?
Despite the buzz about Nissan's recently launched all-electric Leaf automobile, only 1025 were sold through April. Nissan, which blames slow sales on a temporary lack of supply, says it hopes to sell 10 000 of the US $32 000 vehicles by year's end. By that time, an all-electric Ford Focus should be available. And then there's the high-performance $109 000 Tesla Roadster, first delivered in 2008. U.S. purchasers can get a $7500 federal tax credit, but many people hesitate to buy an EV for a  number of reasons, including the cars' limited range, the lack of charging stations, the time it takes to charge the car, and the possibility that severe  cold and using the heater or air conditioner will drain the battery.

Do you plan to buy an all-electric car? Why or why not? Respond to our  question in the comments section at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/18655/32170

Free E-books for IEEE Members
Check out a sample of free e-books available to members from the IEEE eBook Classics collection. The books cover such topics as linear time-invariant systems, magnetism, wave propagation, and how to make presentations. Learn more at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/18662/32170

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Continuing Education

 
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

October 4, 2011: Webinar: Silicon Valley's Impact on the Automotive Industry
Researchers from automobile manufacturers cover new technical developments affecting their industry in this webinar on 4 October. For more information and to register for the webinar, sponsored by the IEEE Electric Vehicles Committee, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/18729/32170

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

October 20, 2011: Plasma Modeling with COMSOL Multiphysics
SPECTRUM WEBCAST  Self-consistent modeling of non-equilibrium discharges has proven to be a significant challenge for the scientific community over the last three decades. The complexity of plasma modeling lies in the fact it combines elements of reaction engineering, fluid mechanics, physical kinetics, heat transfer, mass transfer and electromagnetics. The net result is a rather complicated multiphysics problem. The COMSOL Multiphysics Plasma Module is designed to simplify the process of setting up a self consistent model of a low temperature plasma. This webinar will walk you through the process of setting up a model of an inductively coupled plasma as well as showing various other application specific examples.  More information at http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinar/1921494.

October 24, 2011:
Reinventing Infrastructure for High-Speed Rail
IEEE Spectrum and the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section are hosting another webinar on 24 October called "Reinventing Infrastructure for High-Speed Rail." Moderated by IEEE Spectrum Executive Editor Glenn Zorpette, a panel of industry representatives will discuss high-speed rail projects around the world. For more information and to register,  visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/18730/32170

November 6, 2011:  Full-day tutorial on "Energy Efficient Data Centers and Systems"
Experts from IBM Research - Austin will be presenting an all-day tutorial on the design and use of energy-efficient data centers and systems, in association with the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC 2011).  The tutorial will discuss the chief characteristics of power and cooling problems of modern data centers and the servers that they support.  The tutorial will present an in-depth survey of the problems associated with data center and system energy consumption and substantial material on existing solutions to these problems.  It also will cover emerging industrial solutions, including how they address different aspects of the problem and what technical ideas they exploit.  Finally, the tutorial will identify key remaining challenges, opportunities for future research in the area, and a survey of the methodologies available for this research.

Target audience:  Students and professionals interesting in learning more about the challenges of designing energy-efficient data centers and systems, existing solutions to these challenges, and remaining open problems in this area.  No prior knowledge of power management is required.

The tutorial will be presented by Drs. Charles Lefurgy, Karthick Rajamani, Juan Rubio, Wei Huang, and other members of the IBM Research - Austin "Power Aware Systems" team, which drove the development of IBM's EnergyScale server power management mechanisms and leads much of IBM's work on next-generaetion energy-efficient data centers.

For more information or to register, please visit the IISWC 2011 website (http://www.iiswc.org/).

December 1, 2011: Engineering Ethics UT CLEE
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 http://lifelong.engr.utexas.edu/epd/course_1.cfm?course_num=1389

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

February 21-22, 2012: White Box/Black Box Software Testing in an Agile Environment , UT CLEE
Black box and white box are test design methods. Black box test design treats the system as a "black box", and does not explicitly use knowledge of the internal structure of the software to test the system. Black box test design focuses primarily on testing functional requirements...

Agile testing is a software testing practice that emphasizes testing from the perspective of customers who will utilize the system. It represents the close collaboration between the test creator and the developers in order to ensure that the test scripts can be rapidly created and are robust in the test environment. Agile testing does not emphasize rigidly defined testing procedures...   See http://lifelong.engr.utexas.edu/epd/course_1.cfm?course_num=1398

Free Communications Society Tutorials
Each month, IEEE Communications provides a selection of FREE tutorials, thanks to our corporate sponsors. Their support enables us to provide these tutorials to you at no charge.  A valuable opportunity for you to benefit from the expertise of presenters at IEEE Communications events.

IEEE Communications Society's Enhanced Conference Tutorial Program presents a collection of recent tutorials given at Communications Society sponsored conferences and from additional presenters.  Each tutorial reviews currents communications topics in network management and computer and wireless communications. Available tutorials, which are 2.5 to 5 hours in length contains the original visuals and voice-over by the presenter.  The currently available tutorials are "Systems Engineering for MIMI Cellular Networks" and "Evolution to 4G Wireless: The Role of E-Utran and EPC.  See http://www.comsoc.org/free-tutorials

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

Help San Antonio students DISCOVER ENGINEERING this spring!
When: Tuesday, Oct 11 (2 – 3:30 PM)
Where: Education Service Center Region 20, Atascosa room | 1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78208
RSVP by Monday, Oct 10: http://www.centexeweek.org/alamo-planning
 
This year marks the 60th anniversary of National Engineer’s Week (Feb 20 – 26), which was established to cultivate the next generation of engineers and celebrate the engineering profession.  Central Texas Discover Engineering was created to recognize National Engineer’s Week and has expanded into a year-round program that helps children discover the world of engineering through classroom visits and hands-on activities.
 
Please join us for an inaugural planning meeting to bring Discover Engineering to San Antonio!  You can be part of our effort to reach 20,000 students across the region this year by coordinating engineers to visit local elementary, middle, or high school classrooms.
 
RSVP by Monday, Oct 10: http://www.centexeweek.org/alamo-planning
 
SABEST Judging
If you are interested in judging this year you can volunteer at the web site below.  The three main areas that we need to judge are: notebooks, presentations, and day of duties.  The notebooks will be ready for judging on October 9, the presentations will be on the evenings of October 13 and 14, and last, the day of the competition is the 15th.  A big change this year is the notebooks are electronic.  So you can judge them from the comfort of your own home.  If you have judging preferences, please let me know.  Keep in mind I can use you for any of the three areas.  You don’t need to be available for the 3 areas/days.  For all the details check out our website at http://www.sabest.org.

Be a IEEE Xtreme Programming Proctor
The IEEE Student Branch at the University of Texas in Austin is entering the 24-hour IEEEXtreme Programming Competition again this year.  The competition is on October 22nd, but a lot of planning is needed.  More information about the competition is at http://www.ieee.org/xtreme.  One requirement is that a proctor must be present to ensure that competition rules are followed and everybody remains honest.  Proctor identity is to be provide at registration for the competition. 

If interested in being a proctor, please contact Connor Weins, the branch member who is organizing the competition effort at activities.and.events@ieee.ece.utexas.edu. As of August 30, he has not yet acquired proctors for the event.

According to last year's rules, here is who a proctor can be and what a proctor does:
 
Each team must have a proctor to supervise competition activities.
 
Proctors must be an IEEE Member of higher membership grade. Student or Graduate Student Members are not allowed to proctor IEEEXtreme but are encouraged to participate as a team member in the competition.
 
Proctor information (First Name, Last Name, IEEE Member Number, Email, and Shirt Size) is
required during the registration process.
 
Student Branch Counselors, Department Chairs make great Proctors as they are all higher grade IEEE members. Many IEEE GOLD members are also higher grade IEEE members and may be eligible to serve as proctors.
 
Teams may want to recruit two proctors so that one can take a break to rest during the 24 hour competition.
 
Proctor tasks include:
 Monitor the general flow of the activity
 Inform students when the competition begins, at the middle of it, when there are 6 hours left and when there is 1 hour left
 Ensure that no one external to the team members helps or assists the student participants in resolving the problems in any way
 
Please note: A Proctor can support up to 8 student teams but all of the teams under a proctor’s supervision must compete in the same venue.
 
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 Monthly Seminar "Designing with Solar Technology"
Speaker Dr. Rekha Bangalore
Date/Time October 20, 2011 (Thursday)
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Cost
Location Freescale, Building B
            7700 Parmer Ln
            Austin, TX 78729
Notes  For more information, please visit http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/ or contact Nanju Na at 512-286-9677

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

Topic/title

Project Management – The Key to a Successful Smart Grid

Speaker

Jerry Melcher
Jerry Melcher, an Executive Advisor with Quanta Technology, has over thirty years professional experience in the electric power industry and high performance technology management, including key positions with Landis & Gyr Systems, EPRI, and American Electric Power (AEP). He has extensive expertise in all aspects of the Smart Grid, including assessment, design, specification, and implementation of operational systems, utility communications power system controllers and field automation. His areas of expertise include Smart Metering, AMI Systems, Meter Data Management, Distribution Management, Energy Management, and Demand Response. Mr. Melcher is an internationally recognized top expert on Smart Grids including enterprise scale real-time operational systems. His expertise covers all aspects of Smart Grid from vision creation, functionality and benefits assessment, system architecture, design, specification, selection, project management, implementation and commissioning, operation, maintenance and life cycle management. Mr. Melcher has been at the forefront of Smart Grid development implementing advancements in power system controllers and setting up key metrics for Smart Grid performance.

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Thursday October 20th 6:30 PM

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HP facility in Austin. The address is 14231 Tandem Blvd, Austin, Tx 78728.

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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/

Topic/Title

Development of Parallel Subsurface Multiphase Flow Simulation Capability

Speaker Will Arensman, Senior Research Analyst, Communications and Embedded Systems Department,Southwest Research Institute.
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Date/Time Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 Networking, 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Program
Location   Conference Room B
  University Center
  St. Mary’s University
  San Antonio, TX
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Dinner, $15 Members, $4 students, $18 Non-Members

Reservations

Please email Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene, dibaroudende@stmarytx.edu , or call (210) 431-2050

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

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

Topic/Title The challenges of building a new design center 
Speaker Keith Hawkins
Speaker Bio Keith joined Samsung in April of 2010 as the leader and founding member of Samsung Austin R&D Center (SARC).  The focus of SARC is on the development of advanced CPU and GPU IP for use in Samsung’s SOC products primarily targeted at the high-end of the mobile market.
Keith has over 30 years of design and management experience in IC development. He has been involved with microprocessor, embedded and telecommunications development over the course of his career.  He has managed and worked with design teams around the world including building a number of successful design centers.   In addition to his current position with Samsung he had a long tenure with AMD where he was responsible for Server and Client product development plus he has worked at Sun, Alcatel and Mostek. 
He has a BSEE for Texas A&M and MBA from University of Dallas.
Abstract

Prior to his current position, Keith Hawkins had built four design centers as part of the leadership team of his former semiconductor companies. In this talk, Keith will share his experience and observation of building design team in the past to the current challenge and opportunity to build it from almost ground up. Keith will further delineate on getting upper management support, common goal setting, planning and execution, building the core design leadership team, site selection, recruitment process, head count growth and design tools selection, building relationship and communication channels with other SOC design centers and manufacturing centers.

Date Wednesday,  October 26, 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.  http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/index.htm
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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

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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

Topic/Title

High fidelity, surface mount, optical MEMS Microphones.  Officer elections for the chapter will also be held.

Speaker

Dr. Neal A. Hall of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Texas, Austin
Neal A. Hall received the B.S. degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2002 and 2004, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. From 2004 to 2006, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow with Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. In 2007, Neal founded Silicon Audio, a high-tech startup developing MEMS acoustic sensors. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas, Austin as an Assistant Professor in January 2009. His research interests include silicon micromachining, acoustics, optics and photonics, and transducers.

Abstract

A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) optical microphone that measures the interference of light resulting from its passage through a diffraction grating and reflection from a vibrating diaphragm (JASA, v. 122, no. 4, 2007) is described. In the present embodiment, both the diffractive optical element and the sensing diaphragm are micromachined on silicon. Additional system components include a semiconductor laser, photodiodes, and required readout electronics. Advantages of this optical detection technique have been demonstrated with both omnidirectional microphones and biologically inspired directional microphones. In efforts to commercialize this technology for hearing aids and other applications, a goal has been set to achieve a microphone contained in a small surface mount package (2 mm x 2 mm x 1 mm), with ultralow noise (20 dBA), and a broad frequency response (20 Hz–20 kHz). Such a microphone would be consistent in size with the smallest MEMS microphones available today, but would have noise performance characteristics of professional audio microphones significantly larger in size and more expensive to produce. The unique challenges in our effort to develop the first surface mount packaged optical MEMS microphone will be presented. Dynamic models used for simulating frequency response and noise spectra of fully packaged microphones will be presented and compared with measurements performed on prototypes.  

Date/Time

October 17, 2011 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-6:30pm

Cost


Reservations

http://ieeectxiandmoct2011.eventbrite.com/ or email kristi.hummel@ni.com

Location

National Instruments Building B Briefing Center, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759

Notes



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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 Tour of Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Lab
Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio
Speaker Host: Garrett Polhamus
Abstract

The Tri-Service Research Laboratory is a 181,000-square-foot facility that will house Air Force and Navy research programs to address the health and safety effects of exposure to a variety of stressors. These programs previously operated in a collection of buildings located at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio. The new consolidated facility at Fort Sam Houston was completed this summer.  Specialized directed energy laboratory spaces will include laser research labs, anechoic chambers, imaging lab, radiation lab, a bio-safety level-3 lab, biology labs, microbiology labs, biochemistry and bimolecular labs, tissue culture labs, and a proteomic lab.  Views of the laboratory construction can be seen at: http://www.isecinc.com/work/project-detail/tri-services-research-laboratory

Date/Time TIME:     October 13th
11:00 AM -     Meet at Earl Abel’s (1201 Austin Highway, San Antonio) for lunch
        (everyone orders from the menu)
12:00 noon -     car pool to Fort Sam Houston
Location
Cost


Reservations Members must register for the tour by 5:00 pm on October 10. 
The tour is limited to the first 30 registrants.  RSVP to:
      Tom O'Brien Ph. 210-845-4966 or t.p.obrien@ieee.org
US citizenship status must be stated during registration. 
NotesMonthly Seminar "Designing with Solar Technology"
Joint Meeting with IEEE Communications Chapter on October 27,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Topic: Autonomous Aero-Visual and Sensor Based Inspection Network for Power Grid and Asset Monitoring        No lunch, but light refreshments will be served

LOCATION:   Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio
        Administration Building, 1st Floor Conference Room



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 See Grounding Class under Continuing Education activities
Speaker
Abstract
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Reservations
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time
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Cost
Reservations Please RSVP to Christina Gaydos @ 210-658-7250.
Notes

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

Topic/Title No meeting this month - Product Safety Symposium in San Diego, CA.
Speaker Quite a few if you attend the symposium!
Abstract The symposium covers subjects like Forensics, Environmental Safety, IEC 62368-1, Lithium Ion Batteries, EMC, Certification, Standards Activity, Research, and other topics of interest. There will also be many exhibitors with many new products to make life easier for those of us in the Product Safety arena.
Date/Time October  10-12, 2011
Cost Use the link below to find out the cost and to make your last minute registration for this event: http://www.psessymposium.org
Reservations

Definitely required!

Location Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, 901 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA. 92108
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

Autonomous Aero-Visual and Sensor Based Inspection Network for Asset Monitoring

Speaker

Arun K. Somani (IEEE COM Society Distinguished Lecturer)
Arun K. Somani is currently Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Jerry R. Junkins Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his MSEE and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1983 and 1985, respectively. He has worked as Scientific Officer for Govt. of India, New Delhi from 1974 to 1982 and as a faculty member at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA from 1985 to 1997.

Professor Somani's current research focuses on scalable architectures and algorithms to manage optical fiber networks, reconfigurable architecture, and developing solution for critical infrastructure protection. He has published more than 250 technical papers, several book chapters, one book, and has supervised more than 60 MS and more than 25 PhD students. He has served as IEEE distinguished visitor and IEEE distinguished tutorial speaker. He has delivered several key note speeches, tutorials and distinguished and invited talks. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to “theory and applications of computer networks.” He has been awarded a Distinguished Scientist member grade of ACM in 2006.

Abstract

This talk introduces a theoretical and experimental program to develop the inspection and fault detection technology needed to integrate Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) for persistent intelligence, reconnaissance, maintenance and surveillance for obscured or logistically challenging assets in non-urban environments. The design is explained using a context of heterogeneous deployment of wireless sensors for real-time asset monitoring by anticipating exceptional conditions and building the system to cope with them. The system converges towards an error-free state with self-stabilization, the ability to fall back to a safe mode in a financially feasible manner. This sophisticated mechanism requires a real-time capacity estimation capability to sustain the quality-of-service, which can be achieved by a distributed sensor network. We discuss issues in design and information propagation in such sensor clustered topology, optimization for power-aware networking, and link and node capacity assignment to achieve the desired goals.

Date/Time

Date: October 26, 2011
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location

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

Cost


Reservations

For reservation, please check http://comsoc102611.eventbrite.com

Notes



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

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

Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at thist time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at thist time

Speaker


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Date/Time


Location


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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 scheduled at thist time
Speaker
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Registration
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 No meeting scheduled at thist time
Speaker
Abstract
Date/Time
Location
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.
Notes

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
Speaker
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Registration
Notes Receipts and Certifications for PDHs will be available.  Doug will have a limited number of copies of his book available for purchase.

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

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

October 21-2, 2011: Metro Area Workshop

IEEE is staging a full two day workshop here in Austin on October 21-22, 2011.

  • On Friday choose from three workshops on parallel all-day tracks: Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practice, Introduction to Smart Grid, and Software Engineering Essentials
  • On Saturday you may also choose from three workshops, some of which are repeated: Introduction to Smart Grid, Software Engineering Essentials, and Career Assistance
  • Go to http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/mga_maw.html for additional information.

November 6-8, 2011:  IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC 2011)

IISWC is dedicated to the understanding and characterization of workloads that run on all types of computing systems. New applications and programming paradigms continue to emerge as the diversity and performance of computers increase. On the one hand, computing workloads evolve and change with advances in microarchitecture, compilers, programming languages, and networking/communication technologies.  On the other hand, improvements in computing technology are usually based on a solid understanding and analysis of existing workloads. Whether they are PDAs, wireless and embedded systems at the low end or massively parallel systems at the high end, the design of future computing machines can be significantly improved if we understand the characteristics of the workloads that are expected to run on them. This symposium, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and the Technical Committee on Computer Architecture, will focus on characterizing and understanding modern computer applications commercial and scientific computing.

Conference website:  http://www.iiswc.org

Program sessions include:

Keynote address by Dr. Steven Keckler, Nvidia
Session 1: Performance Analysis and Prediction
Session 2: Data Center Computing
Session 3: Ongoing research in workload characterization (posters)
Session 4: Mobile Computing
Session 5: Only Analysis and Instrumentation
Session 6: High Performance Computing
Session 7: Microarchitecture Analysis
Session 8: GPU Computing
Full conference program: http://www.iiswc.org/iiswc2011/program2011.html

Registration fees (http://www.iiswc.org/iiswc2011/registration2011.html):
IEEE Member:  $475/$575 (before/after Oct 4)
Non-member: $595/$720
Student member: $250/$300
Student non-member: $300/$350
IEEE Life/retired:  $250/$300
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


October 4, 2011: Agile Austin Meeting
Event:     Agile Austin Meeting
Date:     October 4, 2011
Time:     6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:     Pervasive Software, 12365-B Riata Trace Parkway
Speaker:     Mike DuVall
Title:     Lessons Learned Implementing Kanban
 
Description:     Kanban is an exciting technique that is quickly growing in popularity in the software development
community. The basic ideas and principles of Kanban are fairly simple, with two of the key principles
being:
1.    Visualize your workflow
2.    Limit Work-In-Progress (WIP)
Though very simple, these mechanisms can have a dramatic effect in helping teams and organizations identify and fix problems with their current development process. At Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) in Austin, more than eight teams are currently using Kanban to track and improve their software development process. In this talk, Mike will discuss:
.    The principles of Kanban
.    How Kanban is being used at D&B
.    Lessons learned implementing Kanban at D&B
 
Speaker Bio:     Mike DuVall is a ScrumMaster, Technical Lead, Kanban coach, and Lean-Kanban evangelist at D&B
in Austin. He is currently working to improve the speed with which D&B delivers valuable software
features to customers. Some of his current specific areas of interest include TDD, ATDD, Continuous
Delivery, and encouraging a culture of Continuous Improvement.

Mike taught himself to program at the age of 12 by reading books from the local library and he has been developing software ever since. Mike has over 20 years of industry experience and has served in a large number of roles over his career, including: Programmer, Technical Lead, Architect, Business Analyst, Mentor, ScrumMaster, Consultant, and Trainer. Mike has always had an interest in improving software development processes and was an early adopter of both iterative development and Scrum.

Mike lives in Austin and enjoys spending his spare time training for marathons and playing classical and electric! guitar.
 
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:    http://www.agileaustin.org or info@AgileAustin.org
Agenda:     Sign-in and Networking     6:00 - 6:30 PM
Announcements, Presentation    6:30 - 8:30 PM

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

October 12, 2011: Plant Tour of Thirst Planet Brewery, Sponsored by ASQ Austin
When:       Wednesday, October 12, 2011  5:00-8:00pm
Where:      Thirsty Planet Brewery 11160 Circle Drive 78736.  It’s off of 290 W, 5 miles past the Oakhill Y,  on the second Circle Drive
Register:    This event is free!  Register early as space is limited. Register Here.
 
October 13, 2011: Door64 Austin Happy Hour
Who: Door64.com members
When: Thursday, October 13th, 2011 / 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Six Lounge, 117 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701 [Map]
How (much): Free!
Food: Provided!
See http://door64.com/oct2011 for more information and registration

October 14, 2011: Open Deals Funding Forum hosted by The Texas Entrepreneur Network
The  Open Deals Funding Forum in San Antonio is still open for Entrepreneur pitches. For consideration, submit your executive summary through the  CONNECT Program
LOCATION: Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara, San Antonio, TX 78216
Cost: $15 (80 seats available)
See http://txenetworks.com/

October 19, 2011: Lean Six Sigma: One Practitioner’s Perspective, Sponsored by ASQ Austin
When:      Wednesday, October 19th 6:30-8:00pm
Where:      Highland Business Center (HBC) of the Austin Community College (ACC):
                  Map to ACC Highland Business Center
Register:    This event is free!  Register early as space is limited. Register Here.
 

October 25, 2011: Open Deals Funding Forum hosted by The Texas Entrepreneur Network
The  Open Deals Funding Forum in Austin is still open for Entrepreneur pitches. For consideration, submit your executive summary through the  CONNECT Program
LOCATION: Better Business Bureau Conference Center, 1005 La Posada Dr, Austin, TX 78752
Cost: $15 (80 seats available)
See http://txenetworks.com/

October 27, 2011: Open Deals Funding Forum hosted by The Texas Entrepreneur Network
The Life Science Funding Forum in San Antonio is still open for Entrepreneur pitches. For consideration, submit your executive summary through the  CONNECT Program
LOCATION: Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara, San Antonio, TX 78216
Cost: $15 (80 seats available)
See http://txenetworks.com/

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

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

Career Focus: Engineering Management
Taking those first steps into management can be difficult, and there are many questions you might ask before moving forward. Is going into management the right career path for you? Are you right for management? Do you need extra training or skills to become an effective manager? What if it doesn't work out for you? Are the best paths for career growth with your current employer, or must you switch companies before you can advance?

YOUR CAREER, YOUR LIFE
  • Risk Management: Integrated ERM and Cyber Security
  • Seven Easy Steps that Guarantee Faster Executive Job Search Results
  • Region 3's Jobs Board: Fighting Engineering Unemployment
SHAPING PUBLIC POLICY
  • IEEE-USA Position Statements -- What are They, Why do we Need Them and What do They do for Me?
ENGINEERING EDUCATION
  • Assessment Exam for Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology Programs Now Available
LICENSURE & REGISTRATION
  • NCEES Methodology for Scoring PE Exams, Recap of April 2011 Electrical and Computer PE Exam Results
STEM EDUCATION
  • Zero Robotics Lets High School Students Program Robot Satellites in Space
RESOURCES
  • IEEE-USA Toolkit
  • Tech News Digest
SHORT CIRCUITS
  • World Bytes: Social Responsibility, Business and the Economy

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

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

October 15, 2011: African American Youth Resource Center (AAYRC) STEM Education Alliance Development Meeting
Event Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) High School 7309 Lazy Creek Dr. Austin, TX 78724
All are invited to help develop plans for Saturday morning STEM research lectures, education/career lectures, and hands-on experiences at the AAYRC.  Additional event dates to follow for people interested who cannot attend this meeting. Register at http://stemeducationalliance-eorg.eventbrite.com/

October 31, 2011: Calling All Digital Divas, Web Chix, and Coder Girls!

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is seeking applications from young women (grades 9-12) for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. National award winners will receive cash and prizes. Many states have local affiliates that also offer awards and recognitions. NGCP Collaboratives help conduct outreach to girls as well as educators that support girls' aspirations in computing. Applications will be accepted online September 15 through October 31, 2011.
Register: https://awardportal.ncwit.org/register.php

STEM Transitions - http://www.stemtransitions.org/
Under the direction of the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), the STEM Transitions initiative has worked with 40 community college faculty to create integrated curriculum projects for use in math, science, and technical courses in the six STEM-related clusters. Much of this work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education. First-time visitors can get an overview in the "Using This Site" area and then visit the "Integrated Projects" area. After signing up for a free account, they can take advantage of over 60 lesson plans and activities such as "The Secret Ingredient: Nutrient Analysis of Selected Food Items" and "Good Dirty, Bad Dirty: Soil Types and Erosion Potential." The site also provides information about upcoming webinars and workshops sponsored by the STEM Transitions, along with information about their faculty affiliates.

Career

9 Hot IT Skills for 2012
IT hiring ticks up for the third straight year, and IT pros with programming skills will be first in line for jobs.  See this site.  

IEEE-USA Launches New Salary Service
IEEE-USA has launched its new Salary Service, powered by eNetrix, a Division of Gallup, Inc. Members who responded to the 2011 Salary & Benefits Survey have been provided five complimentary uses of the new Salary Calculator. Members and non-members can subscribe to an annual subscription for unlimited access to the IEEE-USA Salary Calculator as well as the IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey eReports (2009-2011).

Where the Jobs Are in 2011: Software Engineering
Mobile applications and cloud computing are driving demand for new engineering grads.  For mor information see this site.  

IEEE Career Alert

eWeek Careers at http://eweek.com

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

This was supposed to be in the September Analog, but while I updated the file, I forgot to save it before I sent out the Analog.  Hopefully that won't happen again. 

Have you ever needed to share a file between your computer and your porable device?  Or between you and others on the Internet?  A quick and free solution is to use Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com).  Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you're a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.

I have used this a few times when I needed to share a large file with others, and it has worked well. 

I do suggest that if you choose to use Dropbox (almost any other of the online storage services), that you encrypt anything that you want to be assured will be kept private before you use their storage option. 

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.