IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 56-10

October 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



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

It is finally fall and hopefully cool weather is coming soon. All chapters should be in the final stages of 2013 officer elections. Don't forget to report them to the Section Secretary, Zhuo Li (zhuoli@ieee.org). I would like to congratulate the Austin Computer Chapter for the great job they did on their September monthly meeting, they had over 300 attendees for a very popular speaker, Bjarne Stroustrup of Texas A&M University and thank you to National Instruments for hosting the meeting.

October has several great events happening. The IEEE PE/PEL/IEA/IA Joint Societies Chapter has a workshop on the National Electric Code Motors and Controllers on October 5th. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/12235. The CAS/SSC Joint Chapter and the newly formed CEDA Chapter present a workshop called "Data Prallelism for Multi-Core Chips and GPU" on October 27th. This workshop will provide a valuable overview of parallel software and hardware implementation for new comers, and also serve as a tutorial for experienced professionals. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/13461. There are many chapter meetings scheduled for October and one I would like to mention is a meeting of the Consultants Network, Circuits and Systems, Solid-State Circuits Society, Council on Electronic Design Automation, Women in Engineering, and Life Members Chapters on October 24th called "Legendary Engineering Success Stories". Gary Daniels will tell the story of the Motorola 68HC11 Microcontroller, highlighting the contributions of technology, system & circuit design, marketing, manufacturing and management. He will compare this story to that of another legendary engineering success, the B17. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14421.

While I have your attention, I would also like to mention two non-IEEE events of interest to IEEE members. The first is the "Software Painpoint Job Fair" on Friday, October 5th  If you are a Java, .NET, Quality Assurance, or UI designer, pre-register at http://door64.com/painpoint/SWfall2012 to visit with local hiring managers about their opportunities. The second is the "Semiconductor Painpoint Job Fair" on October 19th. This event is specifically targeting IC Design (Logic, Circuit, and Mixed Signal), Integration, Verification and Validation and Firmware / embedded software development. Chip design candidates should pre-register to visit with hiring managers at http://door64.com/painpoint/SEMIfall2012.

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

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Membership Development

Not an IEEE Member
Join IEEE today and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till 2013.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at www.ieee.org/membership
Did you know about IEEE – staying current in technology

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

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

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News of Interest to the Section

GM To Hire 500 In Austin For Software, IT Work
Austin's technology job picture just brightened again this morning, after automaker GM said it is opening up a new center in Austin, where it hopes to hire up to 500 new positions in software, database, and other IT areas. According to GM, the new center is one of a number which it says it plans to open in the U.S. focused on information technology innovation.

K-12 Activities
During the summer I taught programming to high school students at a summer program called YES (Young Engineers & Scientists) held at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.  I also attended the Scigirls Workshop and K-12 STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Forum held at Education Region 20 in San Antonio on September 19, 2012.

I also want to thank the Computer Society in San Antonio for inviting Joules Webb from Education Region 20 to talk about a program for middle schoolers called "Future City" on September 18, 2012. This program is supported by the IEEE and others. The national competition is held in Washington, DC during National Engineers Week

There are many programs out there to encourage students in K-12 to obtain a good STEM education. A problem in San Antonio is that there is no central place that you can go to to find out what is happening.

My goal is to provide links to organizations that are holding events or are seeking volunteers for K-12 students in STEM. Another goal is provide promotion for an IEEE Website http://tryengineering.org.

If you are involved in STEM through programs such as SA BEST or FIRST Robotics, please let me know. I need help from you to better report to our IEEE members and encourage member participation in these activities.

Albert Lozano - K-12 Activities Chair - IEEE Central Texas Section
alozano2915@sbcglobal.net

Writing for Success E-Book Offered Free to IEEE Members in October
Writing well is important for today's engineer. Proposals, reports, technical articles, instructional guides, specifications, RFPs, test plans, marketing data sheets, white papers, patent applications and other specialized documents are part of an engineer’s responsibilities.

"Writing for Success -- An Engineer's Guide, Volume 1: Designing for Success" is the first of a four-book series and available free to IEEE members in October. In it, award-winning author Tom Moran presents writing from an engineer’s perspective -- looking at comparisons between the steps that lead to good engineering practice -- and those that result in writing excellence.

This book is not a technical writing text -- at least, not the type of text used in most university classrooms. Instead, Moran's hope is that it will serve as an inspiration and guide to help engineers approach their writing tasks with the same confidence and skill that they take to the technical problems that confront them. When that happens, they will find that the e-mails, reports, test-plans, and other documents they write are as useful, successful and valued as their engineering efforts.

"Writing for Success--An Engineer's Guide, Volume 1: Designing for Success" can be downloaded at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/files/lsiwvn8o9/Writing-for-Sucess-Volume-1.pdf for free to IEEE members. The nonmember price is $5.99.


Award summary from section/chapters/student branches from 2011 to 2012

CAS/SSC Chapter won 2011 Regions 1-7 CASS Chapter of the Year Award
CAS/SSC Chapter won 2011 SSCS Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award

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Continuing Education



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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: Jordan Dean, email: jdean5@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos (new branch, 2009)
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@TXState.edu
Branch Chair: Adrian Fabian, email: af1362@txstate.edu

Trinity University - San Antonio (http://www.engr.trinity.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: Farzan.Aminian@Trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Mohsin Rahim, email: mrahim@trinity.edu

University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Connor Weins, 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: Michael Starkweather, email: michael.starkweather@ieee.org

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Calls for Volunteers

2012 Future Cities Competition
Future City Competition (http://futurecity.org/texas-central) judging will be coming up early in 2013 and they are looking for Mentors or Volunteers to be judges.  If you aren't already familiar with this outreach, please consider watching this short video of Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, discuss why he and his company have been supporting Future CIty for over 10 years (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYvAK3TvS9k&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1). After you have seen the video and have checked out the Future City website, I hope you will consider volunteering.  You can volunteer at the FutureCities website.

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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

Oliver Heaviside and the Technological Roots of “Maxwell’s Equations”

Speaker

Prof. Bruce Hunt

Abstract

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the James Clerk Maxwell’s publication of his theory of the electromagnetic field, in his 1861–62 paper “On Physical Lines of Force.” But one will not find there the familiar set of four vector equations now known as “Maxwell’s Equations.” Those equations have instead been drawn from papers the English electrical engineer Oliver Heaviside published in the mid-1880s. Heaviside’s version of Maxwell’s theory had deep roots in the British telegraph industry of the late 19th century, and examination of how Heaviside came to take up and transform Maxwell’s work will shed light on important questions concerning the relationship between science and technology.

Date/Time

October 5, 2012 / 9,30-10,30am

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Location

ACES 2.402, UT Austin campus

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ceda


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The CEDA chapter normally meet on the 3rd Mondy 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 zhuoli@ieee.org.

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


Topic/Title

Opportunities and Challenges for High Performance Microprocessor Designs and Design Automation

Speaker

Dr. Ruchir Puri of IBM
Ruchir Puri is an IBM Fellow at Thomas J Watson Research Center, Yorktown Hts, NY where his efforts have focused on high performance design and methodology solutions for all of IBM's enterprise server and system chip designs. Most recently, he lead the design methodology innovations for IBM's latest Power7 and zEnterprise microprocessors and is currently leading design methodology research efforts on future processors. Ruchir has received numerous IBM awards including the highest technical honor – IBM Fellow, which was awarded for his transformational role in microprocessor design methodology. In addition, he has received “Best of IBM” awards in both 2011 and 2012 and IBM Corporate Award from IBM's CEO, and several IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards. Dr. Puri is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of IBM Academy of Technology and IBM Master Inventor, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is recipient of SRC outstanding mentor award and has been an adjunct professor at Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, NY and was also honored with John Von-Neumann Chair at Institute of Discrete Mathematics at Bonn University, Germany.

Abstract

With end of an era of classical technology scaling and exponential frequency increases, high end microprocessor designs and design automation methodologies are at an inflection point. With power and current demands reaching breaking points, and significant challenges in application software stack, we are also reaching diminishing returns from simply adding more cores. In design methodologies for high end microprocessors, although chip physical design efficiency has seen tremendous improvements, strong indications are emerging for maturing of those gains as well. In order to continue the cost-performance scaling in systems in light of these maturing trends, we must innovate up the design stack, moving focus from technology and physical design implementation to new IP and methodologies at Logic, architecture, and at the boundary of hardware and software, solving key bottlenecks through application acceleration. This new era of innovation, which moves the focus up the design stack presents new challenges and opportunities to the design and design automation communities. This talk will motivate these trends and focus on challenges for high performance microprocessor design and design automation in the years to come.

Date/Time

October 3, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Light refreshment and water will be provided.
1:30 pm: Refreshment (coffee/cookie sponsored by UT ECE department)
2:00 pm: Seminar

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14481

Location

Building: Norman Hackerman Building (NHB) 1.720
                               University of Texas
                               Austin, Texas

Notes

IEEE CTS CAS/SSC/CEDA Joint Meeting with UT ECE Department
We will provide 27 free parking passes for first 27 people registered on vTools (note that you need to show up before 2:10 pm. If you are on top 27 list, but do not show up before 2:10 pm, then the free pass will handed out to next person).

Topic/Title

Challenges in Synthesizing Quantum Computers

Speaker

Professor Susmita Sur-Kolay of Indian Statistical Institute

Abstract


Date/Time

October 9, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14257 (including bio and abstract)

Location

Freescale Auditorium, Building A, 7700 W Parmer Ln.,
                Austin,  Texas, United States 78759

Notes


Topic/Title

Legendary Engineering Success Stories

Speaker

Gary Daniels of GIT Satellite Communications (who is a retired Motorola Senior Vice President and Microcontroller Division General Manager)

Abstract


Date/Time

October 24, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
   Please arrive on time because food is not allowed in the auditorium.
   6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking and refreshments
   6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14421  (including bio and abstract)

Location

Freescale Auditorium, Building A, 7700 W Parmer Ln.,
                    Austin,  Texas, United States 78759

Notes

IEEE CTS CTCN/CAS/SSC/CEDA/WIE/LM Joint Meeting

Topic/Title

Data Parallelism for Multi-Core Chips and GPU

Speaker

Dr. Ruchir Puri of IBM
Ruchir Puri is an IBM Fellow at Thomas J Watson Research Center, Yorktown Hts, NY where his efforts have focused on high performance design and methodology solutions for all of IBM's enterprise server and system chip designs. Most recently, he lead the design methodology innovations for IBM's latest Power7 and zEnterprise microprocessors and is currently leading design methodology research efforts on future processors. Ruchir has received numerous IBM awards including the highest technical honor – IBM Fellow, which was awarded for his transformational role in microprocessor design methodology. In addition, he has received “Best of IBM” awards in both 2011 and 2012 and IBM Corporate Award from IBM's CEO, and several IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards. Dr. Puri is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of IBM Academy of Technology and IBM Master Inventor, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is recipient of SRC outstanding mentor award and has been an adjunct professor at Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, NY and was also honored with John Von-Neumann Chair at Institute of Discrete Mathematics at Bonn University, Germany.

Abstract

This full-day workshop for professionals at design, software, and EDA companies and for professors and students interested in parallel programming will feature a morning seminar with six presentations -- an overview of OpenCL, the new standard for parallel programming, and talks on several hardware infrastructures for it -- plus an afternoon tutorial and panel for experienced professionals on OpenCL programming, with live demos, ending in a Happy Hour.
Speakers are from IBM, AMD, Altera, Nvidia, Texas A&M University.

IEEE Life/Student Member: $15
IEEE Member: $50
Non-IEEE Member: $70
On-site registration: Additional $10 for Life/Student members; $30 for others

Date/Time

October 27, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/13461

Location

Freescale Auditorium, Building A, 7700 W Parmer Ln.,
                    Austin,  Texas, United States 78759

Notes

Lunch and Snack are provided.

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/

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

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

Topic/Title

Stump the Scanner

Speaker Tom O’Brien

Tom is a retired engineer with diverse activities including: Amateur Radio, electronics, travel, robotics, and woodworking.  He is the current chair of the IEEE Life Members group of San Antonio.  He has a BS - Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and MS - Telecommunications from SMU. In his work at United Space Alliance he did Software Engineering for Cockpit Avionics Upgrade project of Space Shuttle and Robotics analysis for Space Shuttle operations.
Abstract The history and technology of scan-able codes: UPC Codes, Bar Codes, QR Codes, and others.  Tom will be bringing scanners from his collection and you are challenged to review your archives to see if you can come up with some vintage codes that his scanners may not be able to handle. We will also try purposeful obstruction of portions of some codes to see how well they can be read.
Date/Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012; Dinner 6:30, Networking 7:15, Program 7:30
Location Conference Room B, University Center, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
Cost

Dinner will be in the St. Mary’s Cafeteria downstairs in the University Center.  They have an all you can eat buffet for $8.50 plus tax.  Each person will pay for his or her own meal.  We will have a block of tables so we can sit together – look for Small IEEE Computer Society Signs on the tables.  Dinner is optional. You are welcome to skip dinner and come only to the technical presentation.

Reservations Not Required but for head count please email Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene, dibaroudende@stmarytx.edu , or call (210) 431-2050
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14477
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  Legendary Engineering Success Stories
Speaker R. Gary Daniels
Speaker Bio Gary Daniels is a retired Motorola Senior Vice President and Microcontroller Division General Manager.  Gary earned a BSEE degree from the University of New Mexico and continued graduate studies at the Arizona State University.  His professional career included 6 years at Sandia National Labs, 32 years at Motorola Semiconductor, 10 years as an ECE adjunct professor at the University of Texas, 10 years on the Board of Directors of National Instruments, 4 years as a member of the Texas Advisory Committee on Research, and 2 years as a consultant for Silicon Labs.  Currently, Mr. Daniels is on the advisory board, and is a part-time contributing engineer, at GIT Satellite Communications.
Abstract

Mr. Daniels will speak on the topic of “Legendary Engineering Success Stories.” In particular, he will tell the story of the Motorola 68HC11 Microcontroller, highlighting the contributions of technology, system & circuit design, marketing, manufacturing and management.  He will compare this story to that of another legendary engineering success, the B17.

Date Wednesday,  October 24, 2012
Networking and Refreshments at 6:00 pm;  Business and Program from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location Building A, Auditorium, Business Park @ 7700 W. Parmer Lane, Austin TX
                    (Former Freescale Semiconductor building;  now is South University)
Cost No charge for this special event.
Reservations  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14421
Notes Joint Meeting with:

IEEE Circuits and Systems / Solid-State Circuits Society (CAS/SSC)
IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)
IEEE Life Members (LM)
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

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

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

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

No meeting scheduled at this time.

Topic/title

Differential Signaling Is the Opiate of the Masses 

Speaker

Sam Connor, IBM

Abstract

A large concern with the proliferation of differential signaling is the false sense of security that comes along with its usage. Differential signals are hailed for their immunity to noise coupling and for their propagation characteristics. Differential receivers have great common mode rejection, and with equalization, receivers can pull meaningful signals out of a closed eye diagram. But with all of these benefits, the often forgotten drawback is that differential signals on PCBs are not truly differential and they do not perfectly cancel. The various asymmetries in the routing of the differential pair and the impedance discontinuities of vias and connectors and the imbalance and skew of the drivers all create a common mode signal on the differential pair that can cause serious EMC problems when coupled to other nets or radiated from cables and connectors. This presentation covers each of these factors in depth and offers real-world examples to illustrate the concepts.

Date/time

Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 6:30-7:00PM social/food, 7:00-9:00pm program

Location

National Instruments, Building C, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX, 78759

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Not necessary

Notes

Food and refreshments are provided

Intended Audience: Hardware engineers, PCB designers, EMC engineers and SI engineers will especially benefit from attending this presentation.

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

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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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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 (I&M)

Topic/Title

Microcontrollers in healthcare: Meeting home portable healthcare device requirements

Speaker

Donnie Garcia, Freescale
Donnie Garcia is a systems engineer with Freescale’s Microcontroller Solutions Group. He is responsible for new product introduction from product definition to development tool requirements, die size trade-offs and feasibility studies. As an active member of Freescale’s intellectual property (IP) teams, Donnie defines IP roadmaps and IP for new products, and conducts research and evaluation of competitive products

Abstract

Portable healthcare devices are evolving into comprehensive gadgets that include advanced communication protocols, stylish user interfaces and data logging resources. This evolution cannot come at the cost of key application requirements for long battery life, accurate and reliable measurements, and cost effectiveness. Freescale Kinetis K50 ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller with integrated analog front end satisfies healthcare device requirements with exceptional low power design and integration of key peripherals such as capacitive touch sensing hardware

Date/Time

October 15, 2012 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-7:30pm

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Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14463

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 TechStars, A Startup Accelerator
Speaker Jason Seats is the Managing Director of TechStars Cloud.
Abstract TechStars is the #1 startup accelerator in the world.  Although thousands of companies apply each year, Techstars only invests money and time in about ten companies per program location.
 
TechStars offers programs in five top startup locations (Boston, Boulder, New York City, Seattle, & Cloud in San Antonio), on a regular schedule.  Techstars invests in each company through seed funding and an optional convertible debt note. TechStars itself is backed by venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in their success.  Companies average over $1M in outside venture capital raised after leaving TechStars.
Date/Time October 18, 2012
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location Lion & Rose British Restaurant and Pub
Blanco Road at I-410 Loop
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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 Power & Energy, Power Electronics, Industrial Applications and Industrial Electronics Societies – (PI)^2 Austin
Speaker James Stallcup Sr. of Grayboy Inc.
Grayboy consultants have earned international recognition for their expertise, professionalism and knowledge in the electrical industry. A Federal judge has ruled in court that James Stallcup Sr. is an NEC and OSHA expert and is qualified as a Safety Engineer.
Abstract  NEC Motors and Controllers Workshop
 The event will also include supplemental presentations by various vendors.
Date/Time  Friday, October 5, 2012
7:45 AM to 5:00 PM. Registration sign-in will open at 7:15 AM.
Location Creedmoor Community Center
12513 FM-1625
Creedmoor, Texas 78610

The Creedmoor Community Center is located 13 miles south of Austin. It is 0.2 miles north of the
I-45/I-130 toll road on FM-1625.
Cost EEE Members $175. IEEE Life & Student Members $80. Non-Members $225. The cost includes class, lunch, refreshments and the Generator, Motor, Transformer and Compressor book by James Stallcup. Attendees will be offered 8 PDH credits upon completion of the class. Registrations after September 26, 2012, will increase by $20 for all categories. (If you are not an IEEE or PES member, now might be a good time to join!)
                    Pre-registration via vTools will be required to attend this event. To register, click on the following link https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/12235.
                    There will be a 20% administrative fee for cancellations. Cancellation/refund requests must be submitted in writing to, and received by, mikenoth@ieee.org prior to October 1, 2012.
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

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

Topic/Title Carbon Nanotube-Enhanced Polymers:  Release Potential & Measurement Methods
Speaker Betsy Shelton, MSIH, Safety Officer and Project Administrator for Applied Nanotech, Inc.
Abstract Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an important class of engineered nanomaterials that exhibit exceptional mechanical, thermal, optical and electrical properties. Despite the continued increase in popularity of this technology, there is a lack of widely accepted measurement methods for assessing the release of CNTs from polymer systems for safety evaluations.  This presentation will discuss current efforts in methods development for evaluation of release potential throughout the product lifecycle.
Date/Time October 16, 2012, 6:30pm
Cost
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Location Dell Parmer Campus, Parmer South Building 4, Victoria Conference Room
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://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/



Topic/Title

Cyber Security and the new Threat Landscape with BYOD

Speaker

Mr. Mark T. Brockman

Abstract

Businesses need to keep cyber security at the top of their mind as they look to cash in on opportunities created by the growth of mobile and cloud computing. It’s all about managing the risks, the proliferation of mobile devices connecting to business networks and the increased migration of critical data processing and storage to the cloud have expanded the number of potential targets for cyber-attacks, while the Apps on the individual devices may come from any source opening ample opportunities for compromising name, passwords and other details of access methods.

Date/Time

October 18, 2012
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location

 AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum,

RM#220
Austin, TX 78759

Cost

None

Reservations

Not required https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/14531

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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/

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
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Location
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Registration
Notes

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 Maintenance, Repair, Operations (MRO) of aircraft engines
Speaker David Crowley of Standard Aero
Abstract This briefing will provide an overview of StandardAero’s success privatizing and transforming engine work at the former Kelly AFB.  Using Lean and Cellular process to identify and remove waste, StandardAero was able to reduce the Labor and Turn Around Time needed to repair and overhaul the T56 engine, while at the same time improving quality. This work significantly improved the supportability and cost effectiveness of the T56 engine program, a key component of the DOD’s C130 and P3 Aircraft.
Date/Time Wednesday, Oct 17 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Social from 6:30 pm  to 7:00 pm
Location Room 4.02.10 (Executive Conference Room) Business Building  on UTSA 1604 (Main) campus
Cost
Registration Please email Michael Frye (mfrye@uiwtx.edu) an RVSP by Tuesday, Oct. 1
Notes Parking: Baurele Garage: $1.75 per hour for guests

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
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Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Conferences, Other Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • October 5, 2012:NEC Motors and Controllers Workshop
    The price of the workshop includes breakfast, lunch and the complete book “Stallcup’s Generator, Transformer, Motor And Compressor, 2011 Edition” which sells for over $100.
    Location:
    Building: Creedmoor Community Center
    12513 FM-1625
    Creedmoor,  Texas
    United States 78610
    Date: 05-October-2012
    Time: 07:45AM to 05:00PM (9.25 hours)
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/12235

  • October 27, 2012: IEEE CAS/SSC Workshop: Data Parallelism for Multi-Core Chips and GPU
    This full-day workshop for professionals at design, software, and EDA companies and for professors and students interested in parallel programming will feature a morning seminar with six presentations -- an overview of OpenCL, the new standard for parallel programming, and talks on several hardware infrastructures for it -- plus an afternoon tutorial and panel for experienced professionals on OpenCL programming, with live demos, ending in a Happy Hour.
    Speakers are from IBM, AMD, Altera, Nvidia, Texas A&M University.
  • Lunch and Snack are provided.
    Location: Freescale Auditorium, Building A, 7700 W Parmer Ln.,
    Austin,  Texas, United States 78759

      Date:   October 27, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

      Registration:
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/13461

      Who should attend:
     This workshop will provide a valuable overview
    of parallel software and hardware implementation for new comers, and
    also serve as a tutorial for   experienced professionals. It will
    start with OpenCL, the new standard for parallel programming, and then
    discuss several hardware infrastructures that enable the parallel
    programming. Finally it ends with a live demo and tutorial on how to
    program with OpenCL. Professionals at design companies, software
    companies, and EDA companies, as well as professors and students
    interested in parallel programming should attend.

       Speakers are from IBM, AMD, Altera and Texas A&M University.

       Fee: IEEE Student/Life Member: $15, IEEE member: $50, Non-IEEE member: $70
    On-site registration: Additional $10 for Life/Student members; $30 for others Lunch and snack included.

  • November 5-7, 2012 Austin, Texas Marriott Austin South - Plain Talk about the Electric Power System
    Education for Power Industry Professionals. CHOOSE YOUR ENROLLMENT OPTION:
    THREE COURSE ENROLLMENT (please check the appropriate box)
    □ Early Bird Fee (paid registration on or before October 8, 2012) - $1,935
    □ Regular Fee (paid registration after October 8, 2012 and on site) - $2,150
    □ Group Rate (10% discount from Early Bird or Regular Fee)
    On or before October 8, 2012: $1,742 per person After October 8: $1,935 per person Group Name: ___________________
    TWO COURSE ENROLLMENT (please check the appropriate box)
    □ Early Bird Fee (paid registration on or before October 8, 2012) - $1,360
    □ Regular Fee (paid registration after October 8, 2012 and on site) - $1,510
    □ Group Rate (10% discount from Early Bird or Regular Fee)
    On or before October 8, 2012: $1,224 per person After October 8: $1,360 per person Group Name: ___________________
    ONE COURSE ENROLLMENT (please check the appropriate box)
    □ Early Bird Fee (paid registration on or before October 8, 2012) - $715
    □ Regular Fee (paid registration after October 8, 2012 and on site) - $795
    □ Group Rate (10% discount from Early Bird or Regular Fee)
    On or before October 8, 2012: $644 per person After October 8, 2012: $715 per person
    TO REGISTER ONLINE, AND TO FIND INFORMATION ON LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS: http://ieee-pes.org/plain-talk-austin-2012
  • November 12, 2012: Austin Home Networking Summit
    Attend Home Networking Summit Austin to gain insight into home networking technologies and platforms including best of practices that will help you develop your home networking strategy and solution roadmap for home automation, smart energy, media/entertainment, home security & safety surveillance and health monitoring & management.

     Guest Speaker:

    Dr. Mischa Dohler, the Head of Intelligent Energy Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), in Barcelona, Spain. He has published around 150 technical journal and conference papers,  holds a dozen patents, authored, co-edited and contributed to 19 books, has given more than 30 international short-courses, and participated in ETSI, IETF and other standardization activities.

    Registration
    Summit Registeration Fee($)     Early Bird Registration (Before Oct. 18)     Advance Registration (Before Nov. 12)     On-site Registeration(Nov 12)
    IEEE Member     $100     $120     $160
    Non IEEE Member     $135     $170     $220
    Student/Lifetime     $25     $30     $40

    http://austinhomenetworkingsummit.org/?page_id=18

  • April 7-10, 2013: 21st IEEE Symposium on Computer Arithmetic, AT&T Conference Center, Austin, Texas, USA.  See http://www.arithsymposium.org for information
    Deadline for paper submission: Sept 10, 2012

  • IEEE Conference Search can be found at http://www.ieee.org/web/conferences/search/index.html

  • See also http://www.wikicfp.com - A place to organize and share Calls for Papers.


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

October 3-5, 2012: ITEXPO
Happening this week (October 3-5) at the Austin Convention Center.  You will also receive unlimited access to 200+ exhibitors, free workshops, daily networking receptions, specialized technology vendors, all meals served on days in your plan, and online access to all conference presentations.  Take a look at the Conference Program, speakers, and review their options for registration.

October 5, 2012:  Fall 2012 Software Painpoint Job Fair
Co-located with the 8000-attendee ITEXPO Conference in Austin.  Employer registration is now open, and premium booth selection is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you anticipate your company will need Java developers, .NET developers, UI/UX practitioners, and/or Software QA engineers within the next three months, and/or you are aware of the benefits of keeping your talent pipeline full, join us on October 5 to meet these professionals in Austin!

October 8, 2012: Engineering Education Seminar
Please join Eaton & 3M for an
Engineering Education Seminar
October 8th, 2012
At the 3M Customer Innovation Center
Seven different PDH classes will be offered FREE of charge with lunch included per the below seminar schedule. There will also be on hand product displays showing some of the latest products introduced to the industry. Eaton will also have an onsite mobile showroom where you can interact with: Low & Medium Voltage Switchgear, Variable Frequency Drives, Relays, Transfer Switch , Arc Resistant Equipment and more.
Please reserve early as space is limited, by completing the below and email to AndreaNelson@eaton.com Please join Eaton & 3M for an
Engineering Education Seminar
October 8th, 2012
At the 3M Customer Innovation Center
Seven different PDH classes will be offered FREE of charge with lunch included per the below seminar schedule. There will also be on hand product displays showing some of the latest products introduced to the industry. Eaton will also have an onsite mobile showroom where you can interact with: Low & Medium Voltage Switchgear, Variable Frequency Drives, Relays, Transfer Switch , Arc Resistant Equipment and more.
Please reserve early as space is limited, by cntacting AndreaNelson@eaton.com

October 8-12, 2012: Austin Startup Week
Austin Startup Week, which is being held the week of October 8-12th, is shaping up with a new batch of events. According to organizer Jacqueline Hughes, a new set of Mentor Office Hours has been added to the schedule, with ATI, Capital Factory, Dreamit Ventures, Silverton Partners and TechStars Cloud, along with a number of other technology and startup related events throughout the schedule. Last year, Austin Startup Week had over 1,500 participants. The week centers around showcasing Austin's startup community, and is also aimed at helping to recruit people intersted in the city's technology startups.

October 11, 2012: Apple Invitational
If you are a chip design professional, you're invited to request an invite to the Door64 Invitational sponsored by Apple on October 11 in Austin!  Come out to meet other chip folks and Apple managers at this evening event.

October 17-18, 2012: MiniTrends 2012: A Conference on Translating Emerging Trends into Business Opportunities
Held at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Austin, http://minitrends.com/minitrends-trends-conference. Twenty all-star business leaders and forward thinkers will discuss how you can start new ventures and grow established organizations through attention to MiniTrends, emerging trends that will soon become important, but are not yet widely recognized. Find out what future trends and convergences they see on the horizon and how you can find profitable emerging trends of your own. Use the $100 discount code 2012IEEE along with Early Registration and you pay only $295. (Early Registration is $395 until Oct. 3, $495 after that.) (Promotional box is immediately above big “Register” button.)

With its entrepreneur and fun spirit, Austin offers entrepreneurs, decision makers, innovative thinkers, investors, and/or job seekers, an opportunity to learn and network with others, while finding strategies and insights to create or grow your own organization or find new avenues for your job skills. Achieving and sustaining success in the current environment of unprecedented marketplace innovation means being constantly alert to new and exciting MiniTrends that provide business and technological opportunities.

Keynotes at the conference include Dr. John Vanston, Chairman, Technology Futures, Inc. and author of the “MINITRENDS” book showing how to use MiniTrends to succeed in the "Age of Imagination”; world-renowned futurist David Pearce Snyder introducing the "New Normal" and the opportunities in the decade ahead; and high-tech trailblazer Byron Reese, CIO at Demand Media, assuring us that emerging trends will bring a "Golden Age of Humanity.” Other highlights include Entrepreneur Andy Fish discussing how he started his new venture, Formula Austin LLC, and how it’s taking Austin by storm by plugging visitors into Austin's scene during the U.S. Formula One Grand Prix; and Lani Rosales, popular blogger and COO of hit online magazine AGBeat.com sharing trends that offer great opportunities in the business and social media arenas. Host company, Technology Futures, Inc., is based in Austin and has been a leader in forecasting for 34 years.

For more on MiniTrends 2012, visit http://minitrends.com/minitrends-trends-conference.


October 19, 2012: Semiconductor Painpoint Job Fair - Oct 19
Door64, Austin's largest technology organization with a membership of over 20,000 technology professionals, is proud to announce our next focused job fair, the Semiconductor Painpoint Job Fair. This event is specifically targeting the below front-end semiconductor job titles identified as a critical hiring pain-point at semiconductor companies:
    IC Design (Logic, Circuit, and Mixed Signal)
    Integration
    Verification and Validation
    Firmware / embedded software development
For information see http://door64.com/painpoint/SEMIfall2012

November 1, 2012: Dimensions of Electronic Design Seminars
The challenges of electronics design are numerous, and many can be formidable: packing greater functionality into smaller portable devices while extending battery life, integrating multiple antennas into a single platform or developing 3D-IC architectures. Join ANSYS and Apache for this complimentary technical seminar as we introduce our latest electronics design technology and simulation breakthroughs that will help you to design next-generation electronics products.

Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues, hear from industry experts, and gain knowledge about the latest technology from ANSYS and Apache, with the opportunity to meet our technical staff first-hand and discuss your design challenges.

What You Will Learn

Get technology updates on ANSYS HFSS, Apache RedHawk, ANSYS SIwave and more
See the latest advancements in high-performance computing (HPC) for simulation speed and capacity beyond your expectations
Learn how the integration of ANSYS and Apache products will revolutionize the design of chip−package−system
Listen to designers share how they meet power, performance and price targets for their most advanced electronic designs
Who Should Attend
System architects, chip and package design engineers, simulation and modeling experts, engineering managers, technical project leaders and staff who must meet stringent design objectives and cost targets.

Seminar Cost
Complimentary to qualified registrants.

Seating is limited - register today!

Date/Time:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Venue:
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

Agenda:
View the agenda for the event.

November 12-13, 2012:  2012 SVS San Antonio
What:  San Antonio Simulation and Visualization Symposium 2012
When:  November 12-13, 2012
Where:  UTSA 1604 Campus
Tracks include:    Mathematical modeling and simulation
    Uncertainty quantification and model validation
    Imaging and visualization
    Applications in various scientific and engineering fields
A function of the UTSA Center for Simulation, Visualization, and Real Time Prediction. 
The SiViRT Center conducts research in computer simulation, high-performance computing, and advanced visualization in various disciplines of engineering and sciences with broad application areas ranging from structural reliability, UAV, nanotechnology, to computational neuroscience and cancer treatment simulation.
Further information on the symposium, registration and abstract submission at:      sivirt@utsa.edu and 210-458-6570

November 16, 2012: 2012 Agile Austin Conference – Keep Austin Agile
Please visit the conference site at http://2012conf.agileaustin.org/ for more information. To register, CLICK HERE! .

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

 


Career

The IEEE-USA Career Manager (http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers) is organized into eight categories designed to help you manage and advance in your career:

* Career Management Interactive Workshop
* Salary Service
* Consulting and Entrepreneurship
* Professional Development Webinars
* Employment Assistance and Job Search
* IEEE Online Distance Learning
* E-Book Library
* IEEE.tv

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I have been asked what tools I use to put the Analog together each month.  They are quite simple.  To actually make up the analog I use the ope source WYSIWYG HTML editor, KompoZer http://www.kompozer.net/.  Once the Analog is complete, I upload it to our IEEE web server account using another open source program Filezilla http://filezilla-project.org/

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.