IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 56-04

April 2012


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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

Call for nominations

It's time for the nominating process to begin for chapter officers for next year. Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group. The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Operations Manual states that all chapter officers are elected annually. The term of office will date from 1 January through 31 December. Each member of the Chapter Committee shall be an IEEE member of Graduate Student Member, Member, Senior Member or Fellow grade and a member of the parent Society. Elections should take place during the chapter November meeting. If the chapter does not have a meeting scheduled for November then the election should take place during the meeting prior to November.

The Chapter Elections process is specified in the MGA Operations Manual, section 9.6.F Chapter Election Process ( it can be found at http://www.ieee.org/documents/section09_19nov2011.pdf )

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

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Membership Development

New to the IEEE?

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

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

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?

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

Not sure if you’ve renewed for 2012, please go to http://www.ieee.org/renew or call the IEEE Contact Center at 1 800 678-4333.     


Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.TV

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


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

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News of Interest to the Section


Apple In Major New Austin Campus Expansion
Tech powerhouse Apple Computer is planning to invest $304M, and create up to 3,600 new jobs in Austin, with a new campus in the city, according to Gov. Rick Perry. According to the Goernor's office, the new campus will more than double the size of Apple's workforce in the state over the next decade. The state is offering up $21M over the next ten years through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to attract Apple to expand. The Governor said Apple will expand customer support, sales and accounting functions at the expanded Austin campus.

IEEE-USA Offers Free E-Books to Members in March & April: "How to Handle Your Boss" & "How to Handle Your Colleagues"

As a special benefit to IEEE membership, IEEE-USA is offering a free e-book in April. In April, members can receive "Engineering the Art of Negotiation -- Part 2: How to Handle Your Colleagues."

"How to Handle Your Colleagues" shows you how to get your colleagues to do what you want them to do by having a deep understanding of your interests and theirs; a willingness to listen to your colleagues; and flexibility in seeking solutions that satisfy your needs and the needs of your colleagues. You can apply these lessons to make your professional and personal life less stressful and more rewarding.

Members can download this free e-book in April at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/files/85sk2nihs/Art-of-Negotiation-How-to-Handle-Your-Colleagues.pdf

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Continuing Education

May 9, 2012: IEEE Computer Society Webinar: Managing Technical Debt
12:00 CT
“Technical Debt” refers to delayed technical work that is incurred when technical short cuts are taken, usually in pursuit of calendar-driven software schedules. Just like financial debt, some technical debts can serve valuable business purposes. Other technical debts are simply counterproductive. In this webinar, Steve McConnell explains in detail:
  •     the different types of technical debt
  •     common debt scenarios
  •     when organizations should and shouldn’t take on debt
  •     best practices in managing, tracking and paying down debt
  •     the benefits of explicitly managing technical debt
You’ll gain insights into how to use technical debt strategically and how to keep technical and business staff involved in the process.
Regiater here

Two Week Black Belt Six Sigma Training: UT CLEE

Week One: April 2-6, 2012
Week Two: May 7-11, 2012
See more here

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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: Omar Magaña email: omagana1@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos (new branch, 2009)
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@TXState.edu
Branch Chair: Jonathan Park, email: jp1563@txstate.edu

Trinity University - San Antonio (http://www.engr.trinity.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: Farzan.Aminian@Trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Harold Garza, email: hgarza@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: Shuo Wang, email: Shuo.Wang@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Devon Johnson, email: DevonJohnson@ieee.org

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Calls for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers for K-12 Activities

Justin Hollenberger is a fundamental engineering and robotics instructor at Lake Travis High School. His ultimate goal is start a FIRST Robotics FRC Team at Lake Travis High School at the start of the next school year. In doing this he requires $6,500 in "Rookie Fees". He also needs to build a network of professional mentors and volunteers. If anyone has been involved with FIRST Robotics or any similar type of activity please contact him. If you have any ideas on how to raise the necessary funds please contact him We need to support the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Please respond to Justin Hollenberger <hollenbergerj@ltisdschools.org> and
CC to me at alozano@ieee.org so that I can document our member K-12 activities.

Albert Lozano – IEEE Central Texas Activities Chairperson

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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

Homogenization of Structured Metasurfaces and Uniaxial Wire-Medium Metamaterials for Microwave and THz Applications

Speaker

Alex Yakovlev
Alexander B. Yakovlev was born in the Ukraine. He received the Ph.D. degree in Radiophysics from the Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, in 1997. In summer of 2000, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Mississippi, where at present he is an Associate Professor.

His research interests include mathematical methods in applied electromagnetics, homogenization methods for metasurfaces and wire-medium based metamaterials, negative refraction, sub-wavelength imaging, super-lenses, high-impedance surfaces for antenna applications, electromagnetic band-gap structures, graphene, wideband absorbers, theory of leaky waves, transient fields in layered media, catastrophe and bifurcation theories.

Dr. Yakovlev received the Young Scientist Award at the 1992 URSI International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory, Sydney, Australia, and the Young Scientist Award at the 1996 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Chiba, Japan. From 2003 to 2006, he was an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the ACES Journal, and from 2005 to 2008 an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and Antennas and Propagation Society) and Member of URSI Commission B. He is a coauthor of the book Operator Theory for Electromagnetics: An Introduction, Springer, New York, NY, 2002.

Abstract

In this presentation, we review recent progress on the homogenization theory of structured metasurfaces and wire-medium based metamaterials, and discuss a variety of applications at microwave and THz frequencies. The analysis is based on spatially dispersive homogenization models for periodic surfaces formed with sub-wavelength printed/slotted elements, and for unloaded and loaded wire media with additional boundary conditions derived for different interface scenarios. The intention of this review talk is to demonstrate that the interaction of electromagnetic waves with complex metamaterial structures can be analyzed in a most elegant, physically insightful manner using the effective medium approximation, resulting in accurate analytical solutions for a wide range of frequencies. Within the framework of homogenization models developed for metasurfaces and wire-medium structures, a variety of electromagnetic problems have been solved for applications at microwave and THz frequencies. This includes the analysis of transmissivity in metasurface-dielectric and graphene-dielectric stacks, artificial impedance surfaces (reflection properties and natural waves of high-impedance surfaces, such as bed-of-nails and mushroom-type surfaces), negative refraction and subwavelength imaging with mushroom-type structures with lumped inductive/capacitive loads, broadband microwave absorbers with stable angle characteristics, among others. In all the cases the analytical results of homogenization models have been verified with full-wave commercial programs. In the presentation, the basic concepts of the homogenization theory of metasurfaces and wire media will be discussed, with a variety of examples and applications demonstrating different physical phenomena and practical realization of devices.

Date/Time

06-April-2012
10:00AM to 11:30AM

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/11697

Location

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

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

Topic/Title

The Annual Review of the ISSCC Conference: Analog and RF

Speaker

Matt Felder, Josh Friedrich, Dr. Ramin K. Poorfard and Dr. Betty Prince

Abstract


Date/Time

04/03/2012 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Cost

Reservations

Please register here.

Location

UT Campus ENS 127.

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 scheduled at this time

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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

Applying predictive analysis and algorithms to prevent capacity problems in moving to or operating under virtualized or cloud environments

Speaker

Dr. Lehr is currently working at CA Technologies on automating the creating of models used in CA prediction technologies such as VPM. This includes studying the sensitivity of CA models, rapid interpretation of trends in data and intelligent, automated retrieval of model configuration information from the Web. In his career he has had various roles as support, quality and performance analysis engineers as well as a 10 year stint in management of development teams, giving him multiple views into the product development and support process.
 
Dr. Lehr has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, has seven patents and has written over 20 academic and industrial papers.

Abstract

Virtualization and private clouds show great promise for server consolidations and infrastructure reductions, but these complex environments can be difficult to deploy and manage. This talk will discuss the deployment and management issues in today’s clusters, including Clouds with a focus on the constraints and technologies used to predict when Virtual Machines need to move or resize in order to adjust to changing workload growth, hardware upgrades or constraint changes.
 
Program:
• Introduction to Virtual Machines and why they are being deployed
• Issues in managing large virtualized deployments
• Why we must addressing these issues
• Technologies to address these issues
• Concluding remarks

Date/time

Wednesday, April 18
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

THE ADVISORY BOARD - BUILDING 7 (map)
Room Number: Suite 100
12357-C Riata Trace Parkway
Bldg 7, Suite 100
Austin,  Texas

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/11563

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

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Dinner, $15 Members, $4 students, $18 Non-Members

Reservations

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

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

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

Topic/Title Thermal Management Techniques for Light Emitting Diodes
Speaker Rekha Bangalore
Speaker Bio
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Date Wednesday,  April 25, 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 Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.
Notes Save the Date:  The 2012 Consultants Workshop featuring four speakers will be held on Wednesday, 5/16, in the Bldg-A Auditorium at the 7700 West Parmer Lane business park.

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

Notes

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

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

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Engineering Management
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

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

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Affinity Group

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Notes Welcome from the new Chair of IEEE CTS GOLD,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Topic/Title

Seeing their World through their Ears:  The Exotic World of Bats

Speaker

George Pollak, Professor of Neurobiology, UT Austin
George Pollak received his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Maryland in 1970. He then was Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Yale University before joining the faculty of the Zoology Department at the University of Texas in 1973. Dr. Pollak's research concerns the processing of sound in the mammalian auditory system, and he uses bats as experimental subjects due to their high reliance on hearing. Early in his career he was a recipient of a Research Career Research Award from the National Institutes of Health. He served as Chairman of the Hearing Research Study Section of the NIH from 1989-91. In 1990, 1994 and 1997 he received Alexander von Humboldt Awards and during those periods was a visiting professor at the University of Munich. In recognition of his contributions to auditory neuroscience, he received a Claude Pepper Award from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders in 1996. In 1997 he was the recipient of a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas. During the spring and summer of 1999 he was a Virginia Merrill Bloedel Fellow at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Center for Hearing Research, University of Washington Medical School.

Abstract

In this lecture I shall discuss the world of bats from the perspective of a sensory physiologist whose research is concerned the mechanisms by which the mammalian auditory system processes and represents external features of the world.  My theme will be that we perceive is nothing more than that which our brains construct for us from the information provided by our sensory receptors.  Which brings me to bats, because these animals “see” their world through their ears by using a form of biological sonar called echolocation.  They evolved this ability to enable them to exploit an enormous food supply for which there is no competition, flying nocturnal insects.  They also turned their hands into wings, which enabled them to fly.  With the ability to fly and to see in the dark, bats become the most successful mammals on the planet.  There are about 1000 species of bats, and one or more species is found in every tropical and temperate region on earth. As bats invaded the four corners of the earth, they exploited not only insects, but also any type of food that was plentiful.  Each species adapted and became specialists for one or another food resource, and I will show examples of the more exotic adaptations.  
Bats are among the most colonial of mammals, and live in caves with populations that can number in the millions.  To live in such large populations, bats use vocal communication to establish and maintain their social structure.  What I will show, and what is so surprising, is that their vocal communication has a rich repertoire of complex, elaborate and highly structured signals.  Bats do not simply emit squeaks and squawks, but rather emit elaborate songs that have defined structures and perhaps even a grammar and syntax.
As a sensory physiologist, I always have to wonder, “How do they do it?  What exactly occurs in the brain to endow a species with a new ability, which in turn, provides it with an advantage for survival?  And how do the neural adaptations for echolocation co-exist with neural processes for vocal communication, which must be present in the brains of all mammals?  Whatever those lessons in the evolution of the brain might be, they surely apply not only to bats, but also to all animals, and will give us insights into what is unique about our own brains and how they evolved.

Date/Time

April 16, 2012 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-7:30pm

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/11567 or email kristi.hummel@ni.com

Location

National Instruments Building C 1S13

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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 Vintage Equipment Exhibition by San Antonio IEEE Members
Speaker
Abstract

For the second year, San Antonio Life Members will host a Vintage Equipment Exhibition on April 14, 2012. 

All San Antonio IEEE Members can exhibit some of their antique collections or just attend to view the displays and talk to the exhibitors.  It’s a great time to visit with other IEEE folks as well.

IEEE members and non-members are invited to bring examples of vintage technology: Test equipment, radios, telegraph gear, vacuum tubes, early computers, telephones, electrical equipment, televisions, whether working or non-working. Vintage documents are also welcome.

There will be 20 tables set up in the room, and will have access to electricity if needed.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Date/Time April 14, 2012
12:00PM to 03:00PM
Location Building: University Center (Building 38)
Room Number: Conference Room B
St. Mary's University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio,  Texas
Cost

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

Reservations Tom O'Brien (t.p.obrien@ieee.org) or 210.481.3443 or 210.845.4966
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/11669
Notes
We will order from the regular menu and the restaurant will provide separate checks.


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/PELS/IAS/IES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

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

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

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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

Software Defined Radios Accelerate Wireless Research

Speaker

James Kimery,  Director of Marketing for National Instruments RF / Communications / SDR initiatives
James Kimery is the Director of Marketing for National Instruments RF / Communications / SDR initiatives.  In this role, James is responsible for the defining the products roadmaps for the company's software radio strategy.  He also leads the RF and Communications programs for research and education.  Prior to joining NI, James was the Director of Marketing for Silicon Laboratories' wireless division which is now a subsidiary of ST-Ericsson. As Director, the wireless division grew to over $250M in revenue and produced several industry innovations including the first integrated CMOS RF synthesizer and transceiver for cellular communications, the first digitally controlled crystal oscillator, and the first integrated single chip phone (AeroFONE).  AeroFONE was voted by the IEEE as one of the top 40 innovative ICs ever developed.  James also worked at National Instruments before transitioning to Silicon Labs and led many successful programs including the concept and launch of the PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) platform.  James was a founding member of the VXIplug&play Systems Alliance, VISA working group, and PXI System Alliance.  He has authored over 26 technical papers and articles covering a variety of wireless and test and measurement related topics.   James holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MBA) and Texas A&M University (BSEE).

Abstract

Around the world, wireless consumers’ insatiable demand for bandwidth has spurred unprecedented levels of investment from both the public and private sectors to explore new ways to increase network capacity to meet this escalating demand.  Industry analysts postulate that demand will indeed outpace capacity and it’s simply a matter of when.  Against this backdrop, wireless researchers continue to advance theories and concepts to address capacity challenges.  Some topical areas span low level Physical Layer (PHY) algorithms and upper layer medium access (MAC) to system optimizations and heterogeneous networks.  In reality, wireless service providers may not rely on one “silver bullet” to solve the capacity issues but rather employ a combination of techniques as the demand curve is clearly exponential with no inflection point in sight.  Although there is no shortage of ideas, the time necessary to transition from concept to simulation to prototype to deployment in a real network can take many years.  In particular, transitioning from concept/simulation which is largely a software phase to a working prototype with real signals and waveforms can be expensive and time-consuming, and has been an impediment to the adoption of new techniques to alleviate the wireless bandwidth crunch. Software defined radios (SDR) have emerged as a new approach to address prototyping challenges researchers face with a path to standardization as SDR technologies have become more accessible and capable.  the presentation will discuss the suitability of SDRs for rapid prototyping and present some examples through NI's RF / Communications Lead User program. 

Date/Time

April 19, 2012

Location

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

Cost

None

Reservations

http://comsoc041912.eventbrite.com

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Joint Communications and Signal Processing Society - San Antonio (Com/SP)

http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/satx

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

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

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

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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 IEEE TMC SA Engineering Management Symposium
Save the Date: The TMC SA Engineering Management Symposium will be held in conjugation with the UTSA $100K Student Technology Venture Competition on Saturday, April 28.
Focusing on student entrepreneurial activities, the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship hosts a biannual $100K Student Technology Venture Competition to give students hands-on experience as early stage entrepreneurs. Teams of senior business and engineering students work throughout the semester to develop a technology demonstrator and business plan to successfully develop a new company. The engineering students create a new technology product, and the business students create the business plan for commercialization of the product. More information can be found at the following link: http://business.utsa.edu/cite/cite_techcomp.aspx
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Date/Time IEEE TMC SA Meeting is on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April 28 Symposium
9 a.m.-noon Public Viewing
12:30-3 p.m. Competition
Location UTSA Main Campus, College of Business
Richard S. Liu Auditorium BB 2.01.02
Cost Attendance is free.
Registration Please email Michael Frye (mfrye@uiwtx.edu) for more information
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

April 17, 2012: Central Texas Electronics Association, Electronics Design & Manufacturing Symposium

Virtex Assembly at 12234 N. I-35 & W. Yager Lane, Bldg A
RSVP to Bob Baker at:  rjbakeratx@austin.rr.com

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/

October 30 - November 2, 2012: 20th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols

AT&T Conference Center.

January 20 - 23, 2013: IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium

Renaissance Austin.  http://www.radiowirelessweek.org/

May 29 - June 7, 2013: 50th ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference

The 50th DAC will take place at the Austin Convention Center.

December 8-12, 2014: GLOBECOM 2014 - 2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference

Hilton Austin Hotel.  More information can be found here


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

April 4, 2012: Austin AIX Users Group
Guest Speaker: James Nash
Senior I/T Specialist –
Power7, AIX, Virtual I/O, NPIV, IVE, Virtual Networking, and Storage Pools

Many Topics including:

•Advanced VIOS setup and Tuning
•Advanced Networking including V-LAN Tagging
•Tips and Tricks, best practices
•Inter-partition VLAN communications
•How to plan for Application/LPAR Mobility

Where:
IBM
400 W 15th St, Floor 12
Austin, Tx
April 4th, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

April 18, 2012: North Door64 Happy Hour
Who: Door64.com members
When: Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 / 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.
Register at http://door64.com/apr2012n

April 19, 2012: TXEN Funding Forum

The Open Deals Funding Forum in Round Rock for the Wilco Angel Network is open for Entrepreneur Pitches. Submit your executive summary through our CONNECT Program.  (If you have pitched before, contact Hall Martin directly to express your interest in this forum).
Location: Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, 212 E. Main Street, Round Rock, Texas, 78664
Cost to observe: $15 (plus applicable fees)

April 18, 2012: Downtown Door64 Happy Hour
Who: Door64.com members
When: Thursday, April 19th, 2012 / 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 at http://door64.com/apr2012

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Miscellaneous

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

CAREER FOCUS
  • Forensic Engineering
YOUR CAREER, YOUR LIFE
  • How is a Job Search Like a Romance?
  • Your Engineering Career: Keep on Pushing
  • Are You Flourishing?
FROM THE ENGINEER'S DESK
  • Backscatter: The Engineering Gender Gap
  • Technological Vigilance
FEDERAL BUDGET ANALYSIS
  • 1.4 Percent Increase Proposed for Federal R&D in FY2013
STEM WORKFORCE
  • Reversing the Loss of STEM Careers
  • Interest Low in Federal STEM Jobs
ENGINEERING ETHICS
  • In Remembrance: Roger Mark Boisjoly (1938-2012)
SHORT CIRCUITS
  • Engineering Hall of Fame: Pavel Nikolayevich Yablochkov
  • World Bytes: John Glenn, American Hero
  • Tech News Digest

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

April 1, 2012: Google Science Fair
http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/
Deadline to enter: April 1st
Have you asked a question today? What did you do with it?
Did it take you somewhere new? Did it bring you here?
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea.
Geniuses are not always A-grade students. We welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions. Simply upload your project here to win some life changing prizes. Everyone has a question. What's yours?

The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society - Product Design: The New Interplay of People, Objects and Introduction
Tuesday, April 3
5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
Free and open to the public. This panel will cover issues in how to design successfully in an information-rich world by breaking the process into three parts: 1) understanding how users process information in information-rich environments; 2) understanding how we think of objects as they become increasingly digital and virtual via new technologies; and 3) understanding how users interact with physical and virtual objects. Email to RSVP.

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