IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 56-02

February 2012

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 Communications and Signal Processing 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 last weekend of January the CTS Section and Chapter Officers meet at Texas State University for the semi-annual planning meeting. Over 50 chapter and student branch officers reported on the 2011 activities of their chapters and their plans for 2012. It was great hearing about all the different types of plans that the chapter leaders have for 2012. I plan to attend as many as possible. Speaking of Texas State University, on behalf of the entire IEEE Central Texas Section, we would like to thank the University and the Texas State IEEE Student Branch for hosting the Central Texas Future City Competition on January 21, 2012. It was a great event and the 7th and 8th grade students all did an excellent job on their projects. CTS is hosting a series of Lunch & Learns for EWEEK, Feb 20-24. Currently there are two scheduled, but we are still working on others. Please see the links below for more information on the IBM and AMD events.

Central Texas Section EWEEK @ IBM -New Intelligence from Big Data
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/10447

Central Texas Section EWEEK @ AMD - Innovation Execution: Agility and Response to Market Dynamics
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/10443

Kenny Rice
Chairman, Central Texas Section
krice@ieee.org

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2012?

It is easy to forget and easy to put off.  If you haven’t renewed your IEEE membership, or don’t know if you have, go to your MyIEEE account NOW and check at http://www.myieee.org or call 800 678-4333.

Renew now to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits.

If you have already renewed, thank you for being part of the Central Texas Section and the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association.


IEEE GOLD Professional Development Webinars

IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) regularly invites IEEE members to attend monthly Professional Development Webinars. 

These webinars cover many of the important targeted to the GOLD member.  Past topics include Professional Networking, Mentoring, Scientific writing, Project Management, to name a few.  Past Webinars have been recorded and are ready for viewing at any time through your MyIEEE account.

Go to http://www.ieee.org/gold for a list of past webinars and for a schedule of what’s to come.

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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News of Interest to the Section


Engineering Week Activities, Feb. 20 – 24, 2012
The IEEE Central Texas Section has organized an annual event for Austin’s Engineers to acknowledge and congratulate our engineering contributions during Engineering Week Celebration. The event is organized at IBM & AMD locations in Austin. Each event will feature high level speaker to show case the company technologies and products and including time for social function before and after the talk with snacks and beverage provided. We look forward to see you.
 
Best regards,
Thuy Dao – IEEE CTS Austin Conference Coordinator
Kenny Rice – IEEE CTS Chair

February 23, 2012: Austin
Date and Time: 23-February-2012, 11:00AM to 01:00PM (2.00 hours)

Location: Building: 904, Room Number: Longhorn Room, IBM, 11501 Burnet Road, Austin,  Texas

Title: New Intelligence from Big Data

Speaker:

Stewart Nickolas

Topic: New Intelligence from Big Data

Abstrace: Data is growing at compound annual growth of 60%/year •Enterprise data doubling every 3 years •Twitter processes 7 terabytes of data every day •Facebook processes 10 terabytes each day •CERN Hadron Collider - particle-physics laboratory generate 40 terabytes every second - seeking gigabyte size insights •Data is mixture of unstructured & structured content Amplify signal to noise - businesses want the ability to uncover business insights/events from any & all relevant data sources - web/unstructured & structured content •Discovering actionable nuggets out of large volumes of nondescript data - re:twitter Highest-value content is usually a combination of different sources •Ability to cheaply repurpose data facilitates converging heterogenous data from different sources Enterprises recognizing potential of leveraging the broader web for broader business intelligence coverage - as well as their internal content In this talk we'll explore new areas for businesses to extract value from the enormous about of data that is available.

Biography: Stewart Nickolas is a Distinguished Engineer in the Emerging Internet Technologies group within IBM Software Group. His main responsibility is identifying emerging technology trends across the internet spectrum, incubating and developing innovative software solutions and internalizing the solutions into product offerings. Most recently Stew has been focused on the commercialization of the IBM Watson technology specifically in the areas of the runtime and tools to support domain adaptation. Additionally, Stew has led efforts in the area of Big Data and Cloud Computing helping to define and shape IBM’s strategies and products in these areas. Prior to this, Stewart has been instrumental in defining and shaping IBM's Web 2.0 and Situational Application strategies. Stew has been recognized both outside of and within IBM for his technical expertise, and has received from IBM many Outstanding Technical Achievement awards in the areas of Web 2.0, Situational Applications and Rich Internet Applications.

Registration is required https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/10447

February 24, 2012: Austin

Date and Time: Feb24, 11am-1pm (lunch will be served)
 
Location: AMD, 7171 Southwest Parkway, Austin TX 78735, Building B500 room B500.1A.440 (please register with security desk)
 
Title: ‘Innovation Execution: Agility and Response to Market Dynamics’ by Chekib Akrout
 
Abstract:  Session explores AMD’s vision for emerging technology trends: Convergence, the Cloud and Consumerization.  In response to the changing market, AMD is transitioning from designing high performance products with emphasis on CPU cores adopting the bleeding edge technology node to being focused on power-performance optimized cores harnessing heterogeneous computing as part of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA).
 
Speaker Bio: Chekib Akrout is the senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s Technology Group, whose mission is to develop innovative and breakthrough technologies for AMD’s next generation products and platforms. He is responsible for managing advanced research and development, long-term technology roadmap, CPU core developments, process & circuit technology, and tools & IP/SoC design methodology.
Before joining AMD in 2008, Akrout worked at Freescale Semiconductor as vice president and general manager of the Networking System Division where he focused on networking multi-core and Digital Signal Processing, driving processor competitiveness in the networking markets.
 
Prior to Freescale, he spent 23 years at IBM, serving as director of high-speed and broadband microprocessor development in IBM’s Microelectronics Division, and was responsible for PowerPC processors used in Apple Macintosh and Nintendo Game Cube platforms. He later became vice president of Entertainment and Embedded Processor Development and was responsible for the Cell Project developed through a Sony/Toshiba/IBM partnership as well as Xbox 360 processor development for Microsoft and embedded PowerPC processors cores for SoC.
 
Akrout holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University Pierre & Marie Curie in France, and a doctorate in electronics and physics.
 
Additional Information: Response using vTools is highly encouraged, as the list of attendees will be provided to security. Students and professionals seeking employment are also encouraged to bring their resumes as recruiters will be available to accept applications.

Registration is required: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/10443

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Continuing Education



February 6, 2012: Geek Austin, Introduction to SQL using MySQL

February 16, 2012: Spectrum Webcasts: Joule Heating Simulations
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)
Joule Heating, also known as Resistive Heating or Ohmic Heating, is one of the classic multiphysics couplings in science and engineering.  Familiar examples are heating of conductors in electronics, power lines, fuses, and electric heaters.  This webinar explores this important field in which the electric currents heat up a structure, changing its electric conductivity alongside with other material properties, resulting in a highly coupled nonlinear multiphysics simulation. We will explore a variety of simple examples characteristic of joule heating simulations and then conclude with live demo showing how easy it is to set up this important class of problems with COMSOL.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinar/1993680

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

March 15, 2012: Spectrum Webcasts: Piezoelectric Device Simulations
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)
Piezoelectric phenomenon is widely used in devices such as transducers, sensors, actuators, resonators etc. Piezoelectric layers are a key design component and thus require modeling for efficiency. This webinar will introduce you to the modeling and simulation of such devices. Special attention is given to the multiphysics tools that allow you to easily couple piezoelectric simulations with other physics such as acoustics in fluids.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinar/1994059

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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

Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair
The Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held on Monday March 5, 2012 at St. Mary's University.  If you are interested in being a judge for this event, please email Rfanick@swri.org.  Volunteers must be registered by February 28, 2012. 

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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

Design of Low Complexity Phased Arrays for Commercial Applications

Speaker

Dr. Amir Mortazawi, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Amir Mortazawi received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1990. He is a currently a Professor of electrical engineering with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His research interests include millimeter-wave circuits, phased arrays, power amplifiers, ferroelectric thin film based devices and frequency-agile microwave circuits. Dr. Mortazawi was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques from 2006 to 2010. He also served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (1998–2001). He is a member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) Administrative Committee. Dr. Mortazawi is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Abstract

Recent growth in advanced communication systems has drawn an increasing interest in utilizing phased array technologies. Bandwidth intensive applications such as real-time video streaming and emerging gigabit wireless communications demand higher data rates than ever before. The spatial selectivity of phased arrays can increase the channel capacity and data rate without requiring extra bandwidth. Furthermore, the spatial filtering nature of the phased array systems alleviate the problem of multipath fading and co-channel interference by suppressing signals emanating from undesirable directions. Unfortunately the high cost of phased arrays has been the primary impediment to their deployment in many large-scale applications. Often the major cost of traditional phased arrays is associated with the high cost of phase shifters. Several new phased array designs based on the extended resonance technique and other approaches will be presented aiming to significantly reduce the size, complexity and power consumption of the conventional phased arrays. An overview of my work in the areas of low phase noise oscillators, high efficiency power amplifiers and filters with inherent switching capability will also be provided.

Date/Time

03-February-2012
10:00AM to 11:00AM (1.00 hours)

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/10485

Location

Building: ACES
Room Number: 2.402
UT Austin
Austin,  Texas

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

Ultra Low Power Electronics in the Next Decade

Speaker

Dr. Ajith Amerasekera (TI Kilby Research Labs)
Dr. Ajith Amerasekera is a TI Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and Director of the Kilby Research Labs at TI. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1986, he worked at Philips Research Labs, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on the first submicron semiconductor development. In 1991, he joined Texas Instruments, Dallas, working in the VLSI Design Labs on circuit and device modeling of high-current effects in devices and circuits. Since 1999, he has been working on circuit design and IP development for TI’s CMOS technologies from 250nm to 32nm. Before taking up the role at the Kilby Labs, Dr. Amerasekera was Chief Technical Officer for TI’s ASIC Business Unit and Director of ASIC Technology Strategy. He has 30 issued patents, and has published over 100 papers in technical journals and conferences, as well as 4 books on Integrated Circuits. Ajith has served on the technical program committees of a number of International Conferences, and he is the Chair of the 2012 VLSI Symposium on Circuits.

Abstract

We are seeing a shift in electronic technology from centralized and high-touch to ubiquitous and low-touch. Semiconductors are enabling the development of intelligent systems that enable a more immersive environment expanding the role and applications of electronic technology. Driving this change is the availability of low-power electronics for wireless connectivity and performance processing. In the next decade, our ability to develop system-level solutions for energy management, delivery and consumption, will determine the extent to which the application space for electronic technology will grow. Power management techniques developed in the last decade have focused on process technology and circuit design techniques. As we move to distributed intelligent systems, power reductions of another few orders of magnitude are required. This talk looks at some of the key areas for innovation ranging from ultra-low power chips for personal and health technology to solutions for energy generation and delivery for autonomous systems. The constraint for the development and deployment of autonomous systems is access to the energy sources. In most applications advances in battery technology together with some form of harvesting and storage will be possible, provided the power requirements are low. The present battery technology roadmap has a 2x capacity improvement every decade, while the power demand will probably increase at the rate of 2x every 18 months or so. Key areas for innovation are in RF/analog, where achieving wireless connectivity with high data rates will be a challenge for low power, the need for more performance embedded processing, and the sensor technology, as well as the battery, energy generation, harvesting, and management. The next decade will see strong cross-functional design between multi-scale systems engineers, circuit designers, and software engineers.

Date/Time

2/7/2012 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Cost

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Location

UT Campus ENS 314.

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

IEEE member benefits and membership upgrade will be covered.

Causality, Checking causality, and Impact on Time-Domain simulations

Speaker Dr. Brian Young
Date/Time Feb 16, 2012 / 6:00pm-7:30pm
Cost
Location Roundup conference room, 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

iPlant Collaborative Infrastructure and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)

Speaker

Dr. Dan Stanzione, Deputy Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center
Dr. Dan Stanzione, Jr.  is the deputy director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the Co-Director of  “The iPlant Collaborative: A Cyberinfrastructure-Centered Community for a New Plant Biology,” an ambitious endeavor to build cyberinfrastructure and apply computational approaches to make significant advances in plant science. He is also a Co-PI for TACC’s Ranger supercomputer, the first of the “Path to Petascale” systems supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) deployed in February 2008 (at the time, the largest open science supercomputer in the world), and the upcoming Stampede supercomputer, which will be one of the 5 fastest computers in the world when it debuts in late 2012.  Prior to joining TACC, Dr.  Stanzione was the founding director of the Fulton High Performance Computing Institute (HPCI) at Arizona State University (ASU). Before ASU, he served as an AAAS Science Policy Fellow in the Division of Graduate Education NSF. Dr. Stanzione began his career at Clemson University, his alma mater, where he directed the supercomputing laboratory and served as an assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering.  Dr. Stanzione's research has always focused on getting science impact from advanced computing systems,  and includes such topics as  parallel programming, scientific computing, and system software for large scale systems.  Dan is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.

Abstract

In the developing world today, the average person consumes 25% more calories than in 1960. This tremendous progress has come from manysources: improved irrigation, new fertilizers, and the breeding of hybrid species, to name a few. But there are signs that traditional techniques forimproving production are stagnating while pressure to produce more mounts. Limited supplies of water, fuel, and land combine with climate change, population growth and changing food habits to put increasing demands on ourability to grow plants.

Surprisingly, the future of agriculture turns out to be a computational challenge. By exploring genomic and metabolic networks, scientists are gaining critical insights into how plants work, but the amount of data produced and the computational power required is growing exponentially. This session will describe The iPlant Collaborative, a large-scale project bringing high-end computing, data, and software resources to bear on the grand challenges of plant biology.

Date/time

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering
7:00 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
7:15 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 p.m. Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn

Location

HP (follow signs to and use employees' entrance) (map)
14231 Tandem Blvd
Austin TX 78728

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 scheduled at thist time

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 Building a Successful Consulting Practice.
Speaker Amy Holloway
Speaker Bio Amy Holloway has 17 years of experience as an economic development strategist.  After a decade of working for other firms, she started her own practice, Avalanche Consulting, in 2005.  Today, Avalanche Consulting is a highly successful boutique consultancy that has advised communities across the US, such as Miami-Dade, Jacksonville, Charleston, Topeka, Helena, Greater Houston, and dozens of others.  Since its founding, Avalanche’s clients have generated thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new capital investment.   Previously, Amy served as senior project manager and vice president of economic development for Angelou Economics and as an economic consultant at The Perryman Group.  She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Texas Economic Development Council.  Her BBA and MS degrees in Environmental Economics are from Baylor University.
Abstract

During this presentation Amy will share insights about how to transform your knowledge into a flourishing business.  She will discuss how to develop a package of services that sell.  Audience members will gain a better understanding of what makes a great consulting practice and how to grow a profitable firm.  At the end of the presentation, Amy will facilitate a Q&A in which attendees can ask for advice about their own consultancies.

Date Wednesday,  February 22, 2012
Networking at 6:00 pm;  Business and Program from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location PoK-e-Jo’s,  2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village,  Austin  TX  78727
Do a friend a favor.  Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.
Cost

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

Reservations
Notes

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

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

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

No meeting scheduled at this time.

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

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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
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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
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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

Evolution of Timekeeping and Synchronized Time over the last 150 years

Speaker

Ken Reindel, Director of Measurement Technology, National Instruments, and President, NAWCC Chapter 15

Ken Reindel is the Director of Measurement Technology at National Instruments, Inc.  Ken has developed products in the test and measurement industry for nearly 33 years. He is presently responsible for development of new measurement capability for NI’s modular instruments products which cover precision DC to RF.  Prior to NI, Ken was an R&D Director at Keithley where he spent 20 years developing precision products such as DMMs, nanovoltmeters, picoammeters, and multimeters, as well as front-end-of-fab metrology equipment.  He also spent 3 years at IOtech, Inc. where he was VP of R&D developing precision and high speed data acquisition products.

Ken also oversees the training and development of NI’s analog talent.  He and his group have developed Best Practices training programs to help bridge the gap between college instruction and the real world of instrumentation design.

In his spare time Ken enjoys antique clock restoration and designing batteries, synchronizers, winders and power conversion products for late 1800’s to mid 1900’s vintage self winding and electric clocks.

Abstract

With the introduction of the LeClanche cell in 1860’s as the first “portable” battery, the world saw substantial changes in the way timekeeping devices were designed.  We will describe how inventors learned more about the mysteries of electricity, and applied creative ideas to the evolution of timekeeping devices using these new technologies.   In the 1880’s we see clever inventors combining telegraph technology with new clock designs that could provide synchronized time across the entire country to businesses, schools, and transportation networks where the greatest need existed.  But a great quest remained to bring accurate, synchronized time to the masses.  We’ll see how Warren Telechron revolutionized timekeeping again in the 1920’s and 1930’s with precisely controlled power line frequency, again combining emerging technologies to offer the best timekeeping available. 

Today, well over 150 years later, many of these standards are still in existence.  But what lies ahead for these standards?  Will GPS, WWVB and other “atomic” timekeeping and synchronization methodologies obsolete these early standards?  And if they do, what happens to all of the existing technologies that remain dependent on them?  We will explore these issues in combination with a few thoughts from the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

There has been some media acknowledgement that the day is coming when the limits on line power frequency control will be relaxed substantially.  The debate this creates centers around several key elements:

1.  Will the consumer be informed that this change is coming?  Why or why not?
2.  If the change occurs, what will happen to devices that count on high precision frequency control?
3.  How “loose” will the new frequency regulation be, and what will determine it?

We hope to engage the Power and Energy Society in this debate, along with their latest update and opinion on where things will be short and long term.


Date/Time

February 20, 2012 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-7:30pm

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/10387

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 Home Networking: Overview, Discussion of Sample Networks
Speaker T. Scott Atkinson, Tom O'Brien, Richard Wiggins & Ernest Franke
Abstract

Scott Atkinson will present an overview on the topic of Home Networking technologies and then 4 members will present diagrams of their individual home networks for discussion with the attendees. The topic of Home Networking is one of the hot topics concerning those interested in the development of technology. The home is one of the remaining frontiers to develop integration of technologies that include power (smart grid), security, entertainment, internet, HVAC, communications and appliances. The network is the glue that will allow for all services and home components to achieve full integration.

Date/Time Thursday, 9 February, 2012
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location Lion & Rose British Restaurant & 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'Brien, tpobrienjr@earthlink.net
by Tuesday, 7 February.
Notes
This is a joint meeting with the San Antonio Communications & Signal Processing Chapter.


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 Beyond Readiness – An Assessment of Long-Term Challenges and Opportunities for
Large-Scale PEV Penetration
Speaker Joe Redfield, Principal Engineer, Southwest Research Institute
Joe Redfield has been working with advanced vehicle drivetrains for the past 18 years.    He develops and leads programs associated transportation energy storage systems, drivetrain development, and the impact of vehicle charging on the Grid.
Abstract Local, state and federal infrastructure readiness programs are preparing our roads for an increase in the large number of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) expected to hit the market. This presentation provides an update on what PEVs are expected to be available in the next few years and looks beyond the current readiness programs of installing charging stations. We will look out fifteen to twenty years at the challenges and opportunities associated with the game-changing impact of charging PEVs.
Date/Time Tuesday, February 28, 2012
6:00 PM Social
6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 to 7:30 PM Business Meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM Program 9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress (directions below) Austin, Texas
Cost $11 or $13 for IEEE members and accompanying spouses
$14 or $16 for non-IEEE members
$2 for Drinks
Student members FREE and $2 for specials,
$3 student visitors, and non-meal participants
Reservations If you plan to attend, please RSVP to this invitation by sending an e-mail to ieee.pes.austin@zxtech.net. For further information, please contact Joel Sandahl via email: jsandahl@zxtech.net.
Notes (See the map linked from the Website, http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/)
From I –35: Exit at Oltorf and drive west. At S. Congress, turn left (south). El Gallo is about 500 feet past the next traffic light (Cumberland), on the right (west) side of Congress, directly across from the entrance to St. Edward’s University.
From Ben White Blvd. (US290/SH71): Exit at S. Congress Avenue and drive north. El Gallo is about 600 feet past the next traffic light (Woodward), on the left (west) side of Congress directly across from the entrance to St. Edward’s University.

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

Topic/Title Ethics
Speaker

David Howell, PE (Texas Board of Engineers)

David Howell is the Director of Licensing for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.  He has over 20 years of engineering experience working for the State of Texas, five of them with the Board. As the Director of the Licensing Division, he oversees the review of all PE applications, Firm registrations, EIT certifications and renewals in the State of Texas.  The Licensing division reviews more than 2,500 PE applications per year and handles the renewals for close to 54,000 licensed Texas PEs and approximately 8,400 registered engineering Firms. The Licensing division also coordinates the exams for more than 6,900 examinees each year. 

David has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso.  Prior to coming to the Board, his work was primarily in the field of environmental engineering.

Abstract


Date/Time Thursday, February 23, 2012
6:00 to 6:30PM Social
6:30 to 7:00PM Dinner
7:00 to 8:00PM Speaker Presentation
Location

Acadiana Cafe
1289 Southwest Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
210-674-0019

Cost Attendees shall order and pay for their own meals via room waitstaff.

In addition the following fees are due for IEEE:
$2 Members
$5 Non-members
$10 No meal ordered – applies to both members and non-members
Fee waived for students
                           
Cash only please, No checks or credit cards.
Reservations Please RSVP to Curtis Cryer @ 210-353-2159, or cbcryer@ieee.org
For more information go to our web site http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio/index.html
Notes

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

Topic/Title The world of Worldmark (aka "Everything you ever wanted to know about Labels and Labeling")
Speaker Not specified at this time
Abstract So, what are all the little labels you see all over everything with tiny acronyms and markings all over them? Who makes them and how do they get them to survive all the environmental hazards they are subjected to on a daily basis? Join us at this meeting and find out!
Date/Time February 21, 2011   6:30 - 8:00pm
Cost None
Reservations None
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://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/com_sp/


Topic/Title

Making of a Multicore Processor

Speaker

Dr. Syed ljlal Ali Shah, Data Path Systems Architect, Freescale Semiconductor
Dr. Syed ljlal Ali Shah, is currently working at Freescale Semiconductor as Data Path Systems Architect. He has a Ph.D from Columbia University and has written over 35 academic and industrial papers. He is also co-edited a book published by CRC press and has multiple patents to his credit.

Dr. Shah's interests are in wireless networks, Sensor networks, Water Management, IP networks and complex high end SoCs.

Abstract

Convergence can be defined at multiple levels. We can talk about transport convergence where audio, video and data are now predominantly transported using a converged IP and Ethernet technology. There is functional convergence going on where similar functionality is offered across multiple platforms be it desktops, PDA, Smart Phones, etc. And then finally there is demand convergence, which is forcing OEMs and Service providers to offer applications and services across different platforms.

This convergence is driving the industry in two dimensions:

1) Increase in speeds and feeds; and

2) Increase in the amount of processing required to process a flow, packet etc.

This two-dimensional push in processing capacity and speeds & feeds is pushing the semi-conductor and processing industry in to building efficient (power/performance) devices. The answer that semiconductor industry is presenting is to move away from unicore solutions and to embrace multicore SoC. Multicore SoCs present their own challenges. In this talk we will discuss the motivation to move to multicore and the challenges faced by the industry in building large multicore devices.

Date/Time

February 16, 2012

Location

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

Cost

None

Reservations

For reservation, please check http://comsoc021612.eventbrite.com

Notes



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

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Joint Communications and Signal Processing Society - San Antonio (Com/SP)
http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org/

Topic/Title

Home Networking: Overview, Discussion of Sample Networks

Speaker

T. Scott Atkinson, Tom O'Brien, Richard Wiggins & Ernest Franke

Abstract

Scott Atkinson will present an overview on the topic of Home Networking technologies and then 4 members will present diagrams of their individual home networks for discussion with the attendees. The topic of Home Networking is one of the hot topics concerning those interested in the development of technology. The home is one of the remaining frontiers to develop integration of technologies that include power (smart grid), security, entertainment, internet, HVAC, communications and appliances. The network is the glue that will allow for all services and home components to achieve full integration.

Date/Time

Thursday, 9 February, 2012
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Location

Lion & Rose British Restaurant & 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'Brien, tpobrienjr@earthlink.net
by Tuesday, 7 February.

Notes

This is a joint meeting with the San Antonio Life Members Affinity Group

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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 Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
Speaker Dr. Cory Hallam, Ph.D. – Director, Center for Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), UTSA
Abstract Dr. Hallam will discuss the progress made at UTSA in encouraging and supporting the commercialization of innovative ideas, products, and services generated by UTSA faculty and students.
A tour will be given of the incubator created jointly by the Colleges of Engineering and Business.
Date/Time Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location UTSA Main Campus, Tobin Building, West Campus Road
Cost Attendance is free.
Registration Please email Michael Frye (mfrye@uiwtx.edu) an RVSP by Monday, Feb 20
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

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, 2012: 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

February 9, 2012: Door64 Invitational: PEER 1 Hosting Presents the Microsoft WebMatrix Networking Event
Thu, Feb 9 2012 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mix, network and maybe learn how PEER 1 Hosting and Microsoft® WebMatrix help interactive agencies work even smarter.

PEER 1 Hosting’s one-time social event brings Microsoft’s WebMatrix experts to you. There’s no sales pitch and no pressure. Stop by after work, hang out and eat, drink and ask questions. Hear a very short presentation by Microsoft about WebMatrix’s intriguing website creation and publishing capabilities.

RSVP: http://door64.com/event/n/40009

February 15, 2012: Door64 Happy Hour (North Austin)
Who: Door64.com members
When: Wednesday, February 15th, 2011 / 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: The Park, 11601 Domain Drive #200, Austin, TX 78758 [Map]
How (much): Free!
Food: Provided!
Why: Expand your local network, maybe see some familiar faces, have a good time. So why not?
Parking: Lots of free parking in lot next to The Park, and in the garage across the street.
Registration: http://door64.com/feb2012n

February 16, 2012: Door64 Happy Hour (Downtown Austin)
Who: Door64.com members
When: Thursday, February 16th, 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.
Registration: http://door64.com/feb2012

February 16, 2012: Austin Innovators and Entrepreneurs Series
What impact will an Austin medical school have on the local entrepreneurial community? Join in the conversation during our Austin Innovators and Entrepreneurs Series event being held February 16th.

Keynote speakers:
Greg Hartman, Ministry President, Seton Healthcare Family; President & CEO, Central Group, Communications, Marketing & Government Relations
Truman J. (TJ) Milling, Jr. MD FACEP, Director of Medical Research, Hospital Physicians in Clinical Research PLLC,
The winner of the October raffle drawing: Angelis Iglesias, Translation Business Solutions.
Meet subject matter experts; look for networking zones identified by color:
 
*HEALTH CARE & LIFE SCIENCE
*INCLUSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA
*CLOUD COMPUTING
*CLEAN TECHNOLOGY
 
Register today! Don't miss the opportunity to grow your network by meeting investors, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and key start-up business influencers. Event details and registration information found in this linked flyer.  

We look forward to seeing you on February 16, 2012!
 
 
LOCATION:    11501 Burnet Road, Building 908 (Building 908 is directly behind Building 904)
                      Enter IBM property at stoplight intersection of Palm Way and Burnet Road

AGENDA:       5:00p - 5:30p Registration
                     5:30p - 6:30p Networking
                     6:30p - 7:30p Keynotes

Drop your business card in one of our fishbowls to enter a drawing for a chance to present at the next Series forum and receive additional, exciting announcements.

This event is sponsored by the IBM Venture Capital Group, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the IBM Innovation Center.

February 28-29, March 1, 2012: SaaS University Agenda for Austin, TX
See web site here.

March 8, 2012: Door64 Pre-SXSW Interactive Party!
When: Thursday March 8th, 6 PM to 1 AM
Where: Six Lounge and The Tap Room
117 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701 [Map]
Who: Door64 members, anyone attending SXSW Interactive.
(NO SXSW BADGE REQUIRED.)
Music: Band to be announced. Stay tuned...
Cost: Cheaper if you're fast, full-price if you procrastinate.
Register: Register via Eventbrite!

March 9-10, 2012: Tech Career Expo
The Tech Career Expo @ SXSW Interactive takes place March 9-10, 2012 at the Austin Music Hall. Open free to the more than 20,000 SXSW Interactive attendees and non-attendees alike, this official SXSW event showcases the best tech jobs and career opportunities from across the technology and interactive media industry.

Tech Career Expo is an unmatched opportunity for employers and talented professionals from across the nation and around the world to meet and network in one central location at SXSW.

http://techcareerexpo.com/

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Miscellaneous

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



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

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/.

March 1, 2012: Noyce Teaching Fellows program at Trinity University
As you may be aware, our nation faces a teacher shortage in the critical need areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Noyce Teaching Fellows program is funded through assistance by the National Science Foundation and recruits working professionals with an academic degree in a STEM field. Fellows receive a full cost-of-attendance scholarship to attend Trinity’s nationally-recognized, one-year teacher certification program. They also receive a $12,000 stipend annually during their four-year commitment in the classroom.
 
Trinity is seeking to reach interested candidates in or near the San Antonio area.  The current brochure for the Noyce Scholars program may be found at
http://www.trinity.edu/departments/Education/Special_Programs/Fellows.pdf .

March 1, 2012: 2012 Kavli Science & Engineering Video Contest

Students, grades 6-12, are invited to submit entries to the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest. Videos should explore the main contest theme," Save the World through Science and Engineering." Students should use their imaginations and investigative skills to tackle global challenges, explore new frontiers, and discuss the inventions that help mankind and improve life on our planet. Top entries will receive cash awards and the best videos will be shown at the Festival Expo April 27-29, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The first place winner will also receive a travel stipend to attend the Expo. Submission deadline: March 1, 2012.
Details: http://www.schooltube.com/contests/2012-kavli-save-world-through-science-engineering

March 12, 2012: National STEM Video Game Challenge
Inspired by the Educate to Innovate campaign, President Obama's initiative to promote a renewed focus on STEM education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passions for playing and making video games. The 2011 Challenge features two competitions, a Youth Prize (grades 5-8) and a Developer Prize (open to emerging and experienced game developers). Deadline: March 12, 2012.
Details: http://www.stemchallenge.org/Default.aspx

Career

eWeek Careers at http://eweek.com

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

After writing aboout circuit simulation apps for mobile devices for the January Analog I came across an article that describes further iPhone apps for the engineer (http://www.iphoneray.com/iphone-apps/top-8-best-iphone-apps-for-engineers/).  Some in the review are free, while others cost a small amount.  Please take a look to see if any are useful to you. 

Do you have a hobby project that needs an embedded Linux system?  Well, now there seems to be a low cost solution, the Raspberry Pi.  The Raspberry Pi Model B is designed as a Linux single board computer with a 700 MHz ARM 11 processor, 256 MB RAM, USB 2.0 port, ethernet port, HDMI video out, and runs off of 5V power.  The mass storage needs are served by a SD card slot.  All for $35.  More information can be found at http://www.raspberrypi.org/  or on WikiPedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi).

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.