IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 55-12

December 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

Congratulations to the new officers, Chairman Kenny Rice,  Austin Vice Chair Thuy Dao, Treasurer Thuy Dao, and Secretary Zhuo Li.  Because I'm writing this before the election closes, I don't know whether Gary Rogers or Ron Seaman won the election for Vice Chair - San Antonio.  My thanks to all of the candidates for being willing to serve the Central Texas Section. 

Chapter and affinity group elections need to take place before the end of 2011.  IEEE's guidelines for how chapters operate are under revision, but it will be safe to have the elections for one year terms of office. 

The new officers will take over on January 1, 2011. 

Budget requests for chapters and affinity group chapters were due to Kenny Rice November 27th. If you whine creatively, he might accept late ones for a few more days.   I may not have seen all the requests, but it looks like there are a lot of chapters who have not stepped up to the management of their budgets for 2011.  Keep in mind that not making a budget request will result in a default budget amount on the order of $200.  This amount is provided each year to every section for each of its chapters by IEEE headquarters.

Chapters that plan to spend more than that should provide budgets that show where the money will come from.  Chapters that do workshops or other fund raising activities have priority on additional section money, because they are the source of that money.  No chapter should expect that the section will pick up the food bill for a year of meetings. 

The Section's budget for 2012 will be approved at the Spring Planning meeting in San Marcos on January 28th.  All Chapter Chairs are members of the Executive Committee, and should plan to attend.  More information will be emailed directly to chapter officers.

Best wishes for the holiday season,

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

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Membership Development

New to the IEEE?

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

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

Opportunity to make a difference as an Engineer!

As an IEEE member, or simply as an Engineer, we get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of future engineers AND have some fun at the same time!  See the CTS web site or the URLs below for additional details on the listed opportunities.

Science Fair Judge – Yes it is Science Fair season again.  There are a number of science and engineering focused high schools in the CTS area that host Science Fairs each year. Commitments are typically a half day.  Below are those upcoming Science Fairs known to the CTS.

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.tv

Offered as an exclusive benefit of members, IEEE.tv Member/Basic offers members-only programming.

IEEE.tv Member/Basic included highlights from IEEE conferences, interviews with leading IEEE authors, technology reports from IEEE Spectrum, and coverage of special IEEE events and people and lots of other fun stuff to look at.

There is a large set of programming that is available to the public.

Check out the new monthly programming at http://www.ieee.org/ieeetv !!!!!!!

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

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News of Interest to the Section



Free e-books from IEEE USA
As a special benefit of IEEE membership, IEEE-USA will be offering one free e-book each month to IEEE members.

The e-book offering for October is "Engineers' Guide to Lifelong Employability: On Résumés." This e-book provides everything you need to know about creating and using résumé and cover letters -- traditional to digital -- in a convenient, easy-to-read format. In it you'll learn:

* The basics of résumé formats, content and delivery
* How to update your résumé
* How to avoid common résumé blunders

"Your résumé should describe your skills and accomplishments plainly enough so that employers can tell within about a minute whether you fit their immediate staffing needs or not," former IEEE-USA Employment & Career Services Chair Jean Eason said.

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, "Engineers' Guide to Lifelong Employability: On Résumés" can be downloaded at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks  for free to IEEE Members. The nonmember price is $5.99. Members can purchase other IEEE-USA E-Books at deeply discounted prices and download other free e-books.
 
In November the free publication will be book two in the "Engineers' Guide to Lifelong Employability" series: "Transitioning from School to Work." In December it will be book three, "What Are You Worth?"
 
To learn about the many benefits of IEEE membership, visit http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/join/.
 

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Continuing Education

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 1, 2011: SPECTRUM WEBCASTS: Atmospheric pressure discharges via hybrid simulations in VORPAL
Thursday, December 1, 2011     
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)
Register here

December 6, 2011:  SPECTRUM WEBCASTS: Planning, Architecting and Executing Smart Grid Transformation
Tuesday, December 6, 2011    
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)

REGISTER HERE

Prior to implementing the smart grid transformation, proper governance is necessary in order to achieve successful results. During initial stages adoption, deployment planning, systematic and formal delivery process, requirements management, enterprise modeling, portfolio management, and team collaboration, need to be completed. Using automated tools for requirements management, enterprise architecture, system architecture, testing and team collaboration throughout the E&U project lifecycle, ensures a successful execution of the smart grid transformation.

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

December 15, 2011: SPECTRUM WEBCASTS: Fluid Structure Interaction Simulation with COMSOL
Thursday, December 15, 2011      
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)

REGISTER HERE

Fluid Structure Interaction (or FSI) is one of the classic multiphysics couplings in science and engineering.  Familiar examples are wing flutter, building sway, valve chatter and, of course, the Tacoma Narrows bridge failure.  This webinar explores this important field in which the flow affects the structure and the resulting deformation in the structure affects the flow. We will explore a variety of simple examples characteristic of FSI problems and then conclude with live demo showing how easy it is to set up this important class of problems with COMSOL.

January 9, 2012: Geek Austin, Introduction to SQL using
Eight sessions beginning:
Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM
http://introductiontosql.eventbrite.com/

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

IEEE Communications Society Free 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.  http://www.comsoc.org/free-tutorials

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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

Judging Opportunities for the Central Texas Regional Future City Competition
Judging opportunities exist for the 2012 Central Texas Future City Regional Competition.  The competition is scheduled for Saturday January 21, 2012 at Texas State University in San Marcos.  An on-line judging of city simulations and research essays will be accomplished prior to the competition. Materials are available and software for judging cities is available for download free of charge.  Judging on the day of competition includes judging student presentations and models.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Dean Schneider at d.schneider@ieee.org.
 
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.  

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Local Chapter Activities

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


Topic/Title

Efficient Computation of Periodic Layered Medium Green’s Functions

Speaker

Donald Wilton
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston
http://ea.ece.utexas.edu

Abstract

Layered media appear in a wide variety of applications, and the periodic Green’s function in such media is especially needed for problems ranging from the analysis of metamaterials to the design of leaky wave antennas. In integral equation formulations for periodic, layered media, the mixed potential approach of Michalski is usually adopted for its good numerical properties. It expresses fields in terms of a superposition of equivalent transmission line solutions in which the characteristic impedances are the wave impedances of TE and TM plane waves supported by the media, and the propagation constants are the longitudinal wave numbers. After a brief review of the Michalski formulation as applied to periodic problems, we focus on the presentation of recent approaches for accelerating the computation of the Green’s function, including asymptotic extraction, Ewald summation, and interpolation methods.

Date/Time

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
10:00am

Cost


Reservations


Location

University of Texas, Austin
ACES 2.402

Notes

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

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

Topic/Title

No meeting planned at this time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Cost

Reservations


Location


Notes


The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact renhaoxing@ieee.org or zhuoli@ieee.org

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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) - Austin
http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/

Topic/Title

No meeting planned at this time

Speaker
Date/Time
Cost
Location
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

No Meeting in December

Multi-dimensional testing

Speaker

Forrest Breyfogle
In a professional career spanning over a quarter century, Forrest Breyfogle has established himself as a leading edge thinker, a prolific author, an innovative consultant, a world-class educator, and a successful business executive.  He recently completed a five-book set, Integrated Enterprise Excellence,  that provides radical management advancements in the utilization and integration of scorecards, strategic planning, and process improvement. Mr. Breyfogle was named Quality Professional of the Year for 2011 by Quality Magazine. He also received the prestigious Crosby Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2004 for an earlier book, Implementing Six Sigma, 2nd ed..  Forrest is currently located in Austin, Texas where he founded Smarter Solutions, Inc. in 1992.

Abstract


Date/time

Tentative: Wednesday, January, 18, 2012

Location


Cost

None

Reservations

Pizza and Drinks

Notes

Follow the Austin chapter on Twitter @AustinIEEECS, and please feel to tweet with our tag for relevant content to our community.

We've officially launched the LinkedIn group for our the Austin chapter of the IEEE Computer Society.  Feel free to sign up at the following URL:  http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4064900.


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

Topic/Title

No meeting planned at this time.  Next meeting will be scheduled for January 2012.

Speaker
Abstract
Date/Time
Location
Cost

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 Holiday Social and Networking Event
Speaker
Speaker Bio
Abstract

You are invited to share an evening with your fellow consultants and enjoy some holiday cheer.  CTCN will provide the snacks.  You buy your favorite beverages.

Date Wednesday, December 14, 2011,  (Please note this special meeting is one week earlier due to Christmas), Networking and Socializing from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location Opal Divine's Marina, 12709 N. Mopac, Austin, TX 78727.  Just north of Parmer Lane and near Fry's Electronics.
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

NOTE: At the time of publication the reservations were over the tour limit of 40 people.  Additional requests will be placed on a stanby list. 
Notes

Introducing the IEEE - CTCN Officers for 2012 !!!
 
Chairman:                                           Kai Wong
Vice Chairman & Web Master:          Sergio Liberman
Treasurer & Program Manager:          Jody Everett
Secretary & Membership:                  Bill Martino
Communications Manager:                 Bob Baker

Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

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

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

No meeting scheduled at this time.

Topic/title

No meeting scheduled at thist time

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

Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at thist time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Refreshments


Reservations


Location

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
Speaker
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Engineering Management
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

The Engineering Management Society has become the Technology Management Council. Information about meetings can be found in the sections for Technology Management Council - Austin and Technology Management Council - San Antonio

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Affinity Group

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
Speaker


Abstract
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Location


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

No meeting planned at this time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Cost


Reservations

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

Location

National Instruments Building C 1S13, 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 the IEEE Technical Tours
Speaker
Abstract

For several years the IEEE Life Member Committee has organized technology-themed tours related to IEEE Milestones in different locations.  In 2010 the Panama Canal Tour included a transit of the Miraflores locks, behind-the-scenes look at the the control center, Panama City and several cultural and ecologically important sites. The 2011 United Kingdom tour included visits to well known London landmarks as well as the Churchill War Museum, Ben Franklin's house, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, Blechley Park (WW II code breaking), and Maxwell's home/workshop in Scotland.  The next IEEE Technical Tour will be in Japan during May 2012.

Bob and Lou Harris and Scott and Margaret Atkinson were in the Panama Canal Tour.  Ernest and Doris Franke went on the United Kingdom tour. In addition Scott organized the United Kingdom tour and has a great deal of background information.  Bob, Scott and Ernest will share slides and experiences of the tours and provide advance information on the Japan tour.  This will be especially valuable for any members who may be considering participating in the Japan Tour.

Date/Time Thursday, December 1, 2011
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location Lion & Rose British Reataurant & Pub
842 NW Loop 410 (Park North Shopping Center)
Cost

We will order individually from the menu and the restaurant will
prepare separate checks with gratuity   added.

Reservations Please RSVP to Tom O'Brian:       t.p.obrien@ieee.org
by Tuesday, November 29.
Notes




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 TXI Hunter Cement Plant Tour
Our next event will be a tour conducted by the Electrical Supervisor at the TXI Cement Plant on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 9:00. This facility is located beside I-35 South in-between San Marcos and New Braunfels.

Our next technical meeting at El Gallo will be on Tuesday, January 24th when we will recommence our regular monthly meetings.
Speaker
Abstract Tour:    The Electrical Supervisor will give a brief talk on the plant electrical system then take us on a tour. They will provide a bus or a 15 passenger van to take tours to the actual Quarry. The tour will take roughly two hours and lunch will be provided afterwards.
Date/Time Saturday December 3, 2011
9:00 AM meet at site
Location TXI Hunter Cement, 7781 FM 1102, New Braunfels, TX 78132
Cost
Reservations Please RSVP by the morning of Thursday, December 1 to Steve Pearson at pearssteve@gmail.com if you plan to attend.  Please include the number of people which can be expected in your group. 
Notes Recommended Dress: Tennis shoes (no sandals or open toes), clothes that may get dusty or dirty. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): TXI will furnish all PPE but feel free to bring your own if desired.

Directions
This facility is next to I-35 South in between San Marcos and New Braunfels in Hunter, Texas.

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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
Location


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 Excerpts from the Product Safety Symposium in October
Speaker Daniece Carpenter, Worldwide Regulatory Compliance for Dell Inc.
Abstract Excerpts from the Product Safety Symposium in October
Date/Time December 6, 2011, 6:30 - 8:00pm
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 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/

Topic/Title

No meeting planned at this time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


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

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Reservations


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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at thist time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Location


Cost


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

December 4-6, 2011: 2011 IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (GENSIPS)

San Antonio, TX, USA
http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=19269

May 14-17, 2012: 2012 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference, San Antonio

J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, TX, USA
http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=18155

May 30 - June1, 2012: 2012 IEEE International Conference on IC Design & Technology (ICICDT)

Freescale Semiconductor 7700 W Parmer Lane, Austin, TX, USA http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=19537

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

December 1, 2011: Technological Pathways for Cleaner, Greener Economic Sustainability
The event starts with two great educational sessions and ends with the best technology community networking event in San Antonio.  Come enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, great beverages, fabulous door prizes and the best networking in San Antonio.

Location:
Houston Building
4202 Piedras Drive West, San Antonio, TX 78228 (View map for directions)
(Located in the Brass Professional Center between Babcock and Callaghan)

Register here

December 8, 2011: Door64 Happy Hour
What: Door64 Happy Hour
Who: Door64.com members
When: Thursday, December 8th, 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. And remember to thank our Austin City Council since parking on the street is NO LONGER FREE after 6 PM.
Register here

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Miscellaneous

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

Career Focus: Systems Engineering
Are you an engineer who likes to think outside of the box, possesses leadership and communication skills, and thrives at improving the connections between greater parts of a whole? If so, systems engineering might be a good next step for your career.

YOUR CAREER, YOUR LIFE
  • Cover Letters: Too Much "I" Doesn’t Leave Room for Me
  • How to Land a New Job Faster: Be Your Own Talent Agent
  • Software Risk Management
SHAPING PUBLIC POLICY
  • Policy in the Cloud: Congress Looks at the Fed's Role in Cloud Computing
  • STEM Education Bill Introduced in Congress
  • Report Addresses Entrepreneurship, Promises 10K New Engineers a Year
RETIREMENT
  • Twenty Years of Pension "Improvements"
PATENT REFORM
  • IP Seminar: The New Patent Law and What it Means to You
LICENSURE & REGISTRATION
  • NCEES Seeks Volunteers for FE Exam Review
SHORT CIRCUITS
  • Your Engineering Heritage: Fiber Optics
  • World Bytes: Steve Jobs

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

December 12, 2011: CSCP Webinar CSTA: Services and Resources to Engage Youth in Computer Science
Monday, December 12, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
CSTA is the Computer Science Teachers Association, a membership organization of 10,000 educators, institutions, and companies dedicated to supporting and promoting the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines in K-12. This webinar will focus on services that CSTA provides for formal and informal educators and the free resources it provides for helping young people, their families, and their educational community better understand the computing disciplines and the world of opportunities they provide.
Register: http://www.cscproject.org/webinars/dec11

December 16, 2011.: eCYBERMISSION
eCYBERMISSION is a free, U.S. Army sponsored competition that is geared toward increasing students' interest and participation in STEM education. Open to students' grades 6-9; the competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and applying the scientific method/inquiry or the engineering design process to find a solution.
Registration deadline: December 16, 2011.
Register: https://www.ecybermission.com/public/HowTo/HowTo_RegisterTeams.aspx

February 24, 2012: Moody's Mega Math Challenge
The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society. Scholarship prizes total $115,000. The Challenge is entirely Internet-based. Each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five junior and/or senior students. Deadline: February 24, 2012. All the details online: http://m3challenge.siam.org/.

Career

IEEE Today's Engineer
Is Your Salary Competitive? Find Out with the Latest IEEE-USA Salary Survey and Calculator
We all have questions about our salaries and benefits: Are we getting paid what we're worth? If we switch jobs or! move to a new city, what should we expect to earn? Or if you're getting ready to hire an employee, how do you know if you're offering a competitive salary?

IEEE
Organizing Tool Helps Manage Your Job Search
Looking for a job can be hard work, and staying organized during your search can be difficult. That's why IEEE Member Matt Genovese helped develop JobCannon--a free website that lets people search for jobs, keep track of the positions they've applied for, and set reminders to follow up on the status of their applications. Learn more at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/18891/32170

The IEEE Job Site:
How to Manage Career Transition Stress
Change is stressful. And whether a career transition is the result of a job loss or part of a planned progression, it can be a source of worry. A Jobacle.com article offers five tips for managing the stress that comes along with career transitions. Among these are: creating a road map plotting out what tasks need to be tackled and when; managing your money more effectively; and reaching out to your support system in order to lighten your load.

How to Find a Career You'll Love

There is no magic formula for ensuring a successful career. But the way you look at the world and how you position yourself will go a long way toward determining how things play out. A Slate.com article points out four principles that it says can improve your odds with regard to finding a career that you’ll love and will reward you. It reminds us that our peers’ behavior influences our own. And because every job changes you in myriad subtle and overt ways, it’s important to choose carefully. “Take your talents to a place they’ll be recognized,” says the article. “Think of it this way: On Krypton, Superman was just an average Joe. But on Earth, he was Superman.”


IEEE Career Alert
Resume Writing: Back to Basics
There is a wealth of information in print and online about how to write a resume. But disastrous attempts at iconoclasm regularly appear in the inboxes of recruiters and hiring managers. Penelope Trunk, author of “Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success,” says that picking and choosing which resume rules you will follow is a big mistake. She points out six of the most violated rules, which include listing jobs in chronological order, indicating that references are available upon request, and being creative with typography and overall design.

eWeek Careers at http://eweek.com

IT Security Salaries Expected to Grow 4.5% in 2012
IT security professionals are projected to see higher salary increases, compared with the overall IT market in 2012, according to Robert Half Technology's latest salary guide.

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I have found myself reading an increasing amount of books in electronic format over the past year or so.  I have had an iPad since shortly after they came out and have been using the Kindle reader and Nook reader as well as the native iBook reader.  My favorite genre is Science Fiction and a few weeks ago I heard the "Honor Harrington" series by David Weber recommended on one of the podcasts that I listen to.  They mentioned in the podcast that the first two books were available for free in electronic format, so I began a search for them. 

What I found was the Baen Books Science Fiction & Fantasy web site at http://www.baen.com.  Several well known authors such as David Weber, Eric Flint, Mercedes Lacey, Jerry Pournelle, Andre Norton, Harry Turtledove, and Larry Niven have electronic copies of some of their works there for free download.  Additional items are available for sale at relatively low prices.  This is a great way to explore some some well written books at low cost. 

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.