IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 56-12

December 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

IEEE Member Newsletter http://theinstitute.ieee.org



General Interest


Chairman's Column

Congratulations to all the new officers and returning officers of the chapters, I look forward to all the exciting meetings and events you are planning for 2013.

Budget requests for chapters and affinity group chapters were due to Don Drumtra November 30th. I may not have seen all the requests, but it appears there are a lot of chapters who did not submit their budgets for 2013. Chapters that do not submit a budget will receive the default budget amount of $200. This amount is provided each year to every section for each of its chapters by IEEE headquarters.

Chapters that plan to spend more than the default provide budgets that show where the money will come from.  Chapters that do workshops or other fund raising activities have priority on additional section funds, because they are the source of that money.  The Central Texas Section can not pick up the food bill for a year of chapter meetings. 

The Section's budget for 2013 will be approved at the Spring Planning meeting in San Marcos on January 26th.  All Chapter Chairs are members of the Executive Committee, and should plan to attend.  More information will be emailed directly to chapter officers.

Best wishes for the holiday season,

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.  This month’s orientation will be 20-December at 9 AM ET

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

Opportunity to make a difference as an Engineer!

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

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

Find a time, register, and go make a difference in the next generation of engineers!

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.tv

Offered as an exclusive benefit of members, IEEE.tv Member/Basic offers members-only programming.  https://ieeetv.ieee.org

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

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

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News of Interest to the Section

IEEE-USA’s Free E-Book to Members in December & January Feature
Innovation & Launching Your Career
As a special benefit to IEEE members in December, IEEE-USA is offering a free e-book, “Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value – Book 1: Perspectives on Innovation.”

Written by Gerard H.(Gus) Gaynor, Retired 3M director of engineering, it is the first e-book in IEEE-USA’s Innovation Series. He penned the series out of his concern that “while innovation appears to receive considerable attention in the academic and business media, these so-called innovations provide little, if any, consistent and significant economic growth.”

Topics in Book 1 include, among others: Ambiguities Associated with Innovation; Basic Concepts Associated with Innovation; Continuum from Idea to Innovation; Types of Innovation; and How Innovation Takes Place.

Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value – Book 1: Perspectives on Innovation can be downloaded at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/files/iw8390g/Doing-Innovation-Creating-Economic-Value-Book1.pdf
for free to IEEE members. The nonmember price is $9.99.

In January, IEEE-USA will be offering “Launching Your Career: How to Make the Transition from the Classroom to the Office” free to members. This is the second e-book in the “Launching Your Career” series by former IEEE-USA Communications Committee Chair Abby Robinson and 2007 IEEE-USA President John Meredith.

If You Track Me, Will We Still Trust Each Other?
Want to know whether friends, relatives, or coworkers are nearby? If they’ve signed up with one of more than 100 location-based social networks or apps, such as Facebook or Foursquare, you can track them down. But what are the implications of such surveillance tools? IEEE members explain how they discovered that tracking technology may come with a cost. Read on

http://theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/technology-topic/if-you-track-me-will-we-still-trust-each-other


Seventeen Texas Companies Make Deloitte Fast 500
Deloitte released its latest list of the top 500 growing technology companies in its 2012 Technology Fast 500 list. Seventeen Texas companies made the list--which was ranked by the five year growth rate of the companies--with the top position in Texas going to Xtreme Power, which ranked 27, with 6562% growth. Other highly ranking companies included Nuventix, at number 29 with 6306% growth; Bazaarvoice, at number 69 with 2084% growth, and SoftLayer Technologies, which ranked 87 with 1436% growth. Of these 17, 7 were from the central Texas area.  The full list can be seen at http://bit.ly/UJe1Cb

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Continuing Education


December 5, 2012: Taming the Complexities of Software Driven Innovation to Reduce Project Cost and Risk
SPECTRUM WEBCASTS 2:00 PM ET
For further information go to http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinar/2161970

December 6, 2012: Chip/Package/Board: Constraint Driven Co-Design
IEEE Spectrum Webinar 11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT / 16:00 PM GMT
Memory interfaces have single-ended data rates in the 1GHz-plus range and serial links are running upwards of 10 gigabits per second. A precise analysis of each of these signals is required at silicon, package and board level. The design and optimization performed on each one of these interconnection levels must be done in a global context. This webinar proposes a global methodology which combines three dimensional (3D) electromagnetic (EM) analysis for PCB and package with chip power switching macro-modeling. Differences between a segmentation approach (where silicon, package and PCB are analyzed separately and then combined with standard cascading technique) and an integrated/global approach (where chip, package and PCB are analyzed as single entity in a co-simulation mode) are discussed, and based on the results, guidelines are outlined.

Get more information here.

December 11, 2012: Introduction to  Professional Wireless Communications
9:00am - 4:30pm EDT
Instructor: Lee Vishloff
Price: $300 non-member; $250 IEEE/ComSoc member
Register today.
Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units.

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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/


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


Topic/Title

Placement for Next Decades and How to become an IEEE Senior Member

Speaker

Chuck Alpert (for seminar) Joe or Zhuo Li (for Senior member part)

Abstract

The gate-level placement has been around for several decades and is considered a core traditional problem in electronic design automation. Its classic and modular formulation has led to the perception that placement is no longer a particularly interesting or hot topic to work on. Nothing could be further from the truth: placement is at the heart of design quality in terms of timing closure, routability, area, power and most importantly, time-to-market. This session describes many opportunities for research in placement for the next ten years and makes the case that more investment in this fundamental technology would benefit the design community.

Date/Time

6 to 8 pm, Dec 13.

Cost

None

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/15287

Location

Building: Building A, Freescale auditorium

Room Number: Auditorium
7700 W Parmer Ln.

Notes


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

Placement for Next Decades and How to become an IEEE Senior Member

Speaker

Chuck Alpert (for seminar) Joe or Zhuo Li (for Senior member part)

Abstract

The gate-level placement has been around for several decades and is considered a core traditional problem in electronic design automation. Its classic and modular formulation has led to the perception that placement is no longer a particularly interesting or hot topic to work on. Nothing could be further from the truth: placement is at the heart of design quality in terms of timing closure, routability, area, power and most importantly, time-to-market. This session describes many opportunities for research in placement for the next ten years and makes the case that more investment in this fundamental technology would benefit the design community.

Date/Time

6 to 8 pm, Dec 13.

Cost

None

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/15287

Location

Building: Building A, Freescale auditorium

Room Number: Auditorium
7700 W Parmer Ln.

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/

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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/

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

Topic/Title Holiday Social and Networking Event
Speaker
Speaker Bio
Abstract You are invited to share an evening with your fellow consultants and enjoy some holiday cheer.  CTCN will provide the snacks.  You buy your favorite beverages.
Date Wednesday, December 19, 2012,  (Please note this special meeting is one week earlier due to Christmas), Networking and Socializing from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location Opal Divine's Marina, 12709 N. Mopac, Austin, TX 78727.  Just north of Parmer Lane and near Fry's Electronics.
Cost
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.
Notes For more information, go to:  http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/

If you are interested in professional career development and cross-training in varied technical fields, please consider joining the Central Texas Consultants Network.  And bring a colleague!
 
Introducing the IEEE - CTCN Officers for 2013 !!!
 
Chairman:  Bill Martino
Vice-Chair / Web Master:  Sergio Liberman
Secretary / Treasurer:  Jody Everett
Communication Manager:  Bob Baker
Program Manager:  Kai Wong

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

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

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

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

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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)

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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 Planning lunch
Speaker Everyone
Abstract Attendees will prepare the Life Member (SA) Calendar for 2013
Date/Time December 13, 11:30
Location Lion & Rose British Restaurant & Pub, 842 NW Loop 410 at Blanco Road, San Antonio
Cost

$0

Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/15307
contact: Tom O'Brien, Life Members (San Antonio) Chair, 210.481.3443, or t.p.obrien@ieee.org
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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

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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 The 2012 Product Safety Symposium in retrospect
Speaker Daniece Carpenter, Dell
Abstract
Date/Time December 11, 2012
Cost None
Reservations N/A
Location Dell Parmer South Campus, Building PS4, Victoria Conference Room (Right inside the door)
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/



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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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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
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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

  • January 16-18, 2012: IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES), Technical Committee TC95
    ICES/TC95 and its subcommittees will meet 16 - 18 January 2013 at the Tri-Service Research Laboratory at Fort Sam Houston.  These committees set maximum permissible exposure limits for 0-300 GHz used internationally.  They also recommend measurements and computations related to the limits.  An example is IEEE Std C95.1™-2005, IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz.  Standards are revised periodically by the committees.  Attendance requires a registration fee of $150.  IEEE membership is not required.  For further information please contact Dr. B. Jon Klauenberg bertram.j.klauenberg.civ@mail.mil or Ron Petersen r.c.petersen@ieee.org.

  • 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

  • June 2-3, 2013: 9th IEEE International Conference on Microelectronics System Education (MSE) to be held on June 2 -3 2013 in Austin Texas.

    MSE is the premier conference dedicated to furthering undergraduate and graduate education in designing and building innovative microelectronic systems. MSE is co-located with Design Automation Conference (DAC) providing the participant a unique opportunity to attend both conferences.

    Topics of Interest
    The MSE conference provides an excellent opportunity for educators and industry to work together to ensure continued excellence in the field of microelectronic systems.  Of particular interest is incorporation of emerging trends in the microelectronic system industry and research into the classroom.
    Papers are invited in (but not limited to) the following areas:

    Pedagogical innovations using a wide range of technologies, including nanometer-scale integrated circuits, low-power design, nanotechnology, application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), multicore/many-core processors, graphics processing units (GPUs), sensor networks, and embedded systems. Educational techniques including novel curricula and laboratories, assessment methods, distance learning, textbooks, and design projects. Industry and academic collaborative programs and teaching. Preparing students for industry, entrepreneurship, academics, and/or research.

    Submission
    Papers submitted to MSE 2013 should not exceed four (4) pages in length. Submissions must comply with IEEE Computer Society formatting requirements.  Submissions in PDF or postscript format may be submitted on-line at http://www.mseconference.org.  Submissions will be judged on originality, appropriateness, technical strength, assessment, and other relevant criteria.
    Important Dates
    Submission of papers:                   January 15, 2013
    Notification of acceptance              March 15, 2013
    Submission of final papers              April 8, 2013
  • 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

December 5, 2012: December 2012 Door64 Happy Hour (North Austin)
What: Door64 Happy Hour
Who: Door64.com members
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 / 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: The Park, 11601 Domain Drive #200, Austin, TX 78758
How (much): Free!
Food: Provided!
Why: Expand your local network, maybe see some familiar faces, have a good time. So why not?
See http://door64.com/dec2012n

December 6, 2012: December 2012 Door64 Happy Hour (Downtown Austin)
What: Door64 Happy Hour
Who: Door64.com members
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012 / 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where (UPDATED!): SIX Lounge, 319 Colorado Street Austin, TX 78701 * (512) 472-6662
How (much): Free!
Food: Provided!
See http://door64.com/dec2012

December 12, 2012: Austin Innovators and Entrepreneurs Series
Wednesday, December 12  |  5:00pm - 7:30pm
 
Our keynote speaker Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation will discuss what open source development means to the IT community around cloud computing and the opportunities available to the startup community.

Register here.

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

December 2, 2012: Name That Asteroid Contest
Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return samples to Earth. The competition is open to students under age 18 from anywhere in the world. Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long. Entries must include a short explanation and rationale for the name. Submissions must be made by an adult on behalf of the student. The contest deadline is Dec. 2, 2012. The asteroid was discovered in 1999 by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research, or LINEAR, survey at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. LINEAR is part of NASA's Near Earth Observation Program in Washington, which detects and catalogs near-Earth asteroids and comets. The asteroid has an average diameter of approximately one-third of a mile (500 meters). To review contest rules and guidelines, visit http://planetary.org/name.  

March 5, 2013: Change the World Challenge
The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12, is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 program. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while gaining 21st-century skills. The deadline for all entries is March 5, 2013. Additional information is available at http://www.wecanchange.com

March 15, 2013: Space Settlement Design Contest
The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is intended for students in grades 6-12, although younger students may enter. Individual or teams from anywhere in the world may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/  

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 wanted to mention this month another podcast that I listen to on a regular basis, Security Now (http://twit.tv/sn).  This podcast is a weekly with the 380th episode just published (you can subscribe on iTunes).  The podcast alternates between answering questions from listeners and deep dive, "propeller head" episodes on technical subjects relevant to computer security or computer / networking technology. 

Some of the older episodes from the archives (going back to episode 1 on http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm) include: Near Field Communications, Cloud Storage alternatives, TCP, ICMP, Stuxnet, and DNS to name only a few of the deep dive topics  Every episode covers the latest security news for the past week. 

While computer security is not my field, I find almost every episode interesting. 

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.