IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 57-03

March 2013

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

The Central Texas Section again this year sponsored a series of meetings for Engineering Week, February 18-22. This year there were five EWEEK events, one Lunch & Learn, 3 in the evening and one all day training at NI. They were all very well attended with over 70 attending one of them. CTS would like to thank NI, IBM, Freescale and The Advisory Board for being gracious hosts for EWEEK 2013. I would like to thank all the volunteers and presenters for putting on high quality and informative events. On March 8th the Central Texas Section CAS/SSCS and CEDA chapters in conjunction with the Circuits and Systems Society, IBM, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, Texas A&M and Rice University are sponsoring a all day FREE workshop titled Texas Workshop on Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE). Registration for this FREE workshop is mandatory. For more information visit: http://texaswise.tamu.edu/index.html. There are many great speakers and topics planned at chapter meetings in the next few months, be sure to check the listings below for upcoming meetings.

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

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Membership Development

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Beginning March 1st, non-renewing IEEE members will lose all member benefits.  Renew now and regain access to your IEEE benefits.

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


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Access your E-Books by logging on to  IEEE Xplore (http://www.ieeexplore.ieee.org) using  your MyIEEE account.  Select Books and you begin browsing.

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

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News of Interest to the Section

Free eBook
As a special benefit to IEEE members in
March, IEEE-USA is offering a free e-book, “Launching Your Career—Book
3: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leadership.”  The book can be downloaded from here
for free to IEEE members. The nonmember price is $7.99.

Texas Cities Among Top 10 For Private Tech Acquisitions
Think your technology startup has better odds elsewhere for an acquisition? Maybe not, according to a recent report released in late February by PrivCo, a firm which offers up data on mergers, acquisitions, and private equity. The firm ranked three Texas cities among its top 10 for private mergers and acquisitions, saying that Austin was number 6, Dallas was number 9, and Houston was number 10 in terms of private technology companies acquired in 2012. Unsuprisingly, the top market was Silicon Valley. It's unclear where Texas would rank as a whole in the list if Austin, Dallas, and Houston were combined into a single market, but the high individual rankings for all three cities bode well for the region's reputation in the technology startup market.

IEEE Offers Discounted Vacations
Want to get away and escape reality for a few days? IEEE has launched a new website that offers members around the world access to discounted prices on vacation packages and tours. Learn more
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/benefits/products-and-services/ieee-offers-discounted-vacations

Future Cities Competition
The CTS "Future City Competition" winner, West Ridge Middle School is featured in a article February 18 in the Austin American Statesman newspaper. There were picture of the winning team. Most of the article was about the new release of the SimCity software and how it is used for education. The annual competition, IEEE, Texas State University, and the Student Branch were not mentioned unfortunately. Here is a link to the article: http://www.statesman.com/news/technology/simcity-poised-to-relaunch-still-an-influence-in-e/nWPXw/

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Continuing Education


Advance Your Career With IEEE’s Wireless Communication Certification
What can communications engineers do to stand out and land a great job? IEEE Member Elena Neira sees a big advantage in earning an IEEE Wireless Communications Certification, which focuses on the new mobile technologies.  Visit here for more information. 


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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

2013 Exxon-Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair
The 2013 Exxon-Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair will be March 28, 2013 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  It's time to sign up to be a judge.
Come share the excitement of this annual celebration of our Texas middle and high school students’ scholastic achievements.

To register, please go to http://www.EMTSEF.org and select the “JUDGE” button to proceed to the online registration form. Please also share this invitation with others you think might be interested in participating. If there are questions, please call the EMTSEF office at 210.458.6733.

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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

From Circuits to Cancer

Speaker

Sani Nassif, IBM Austin Research Lab
Sani received his Bachelors degree with Honors from the American University of Beirut in 1980, and his Masters and PhD degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He then worked for ten years at Bell Laboratories in the general area of technology CAD, focusing on various aspects of design and technology coupling including device modeling, parameter extraction, worst case analysis, design optimization and circuit simulation. While at Bell Labs, working under Larry Nagel -the original author of Spice, he led a large team in the development of an in-house circuit simulator, named Celerity, which became the main circuit simulation tool at Bell Labs.

In January 1996, he joined the then newly formed IBM Austin Research Laboratory (ARL), which was founded with a specific focus on research for the support of IBM's Power computer systems. After ten years of management, he stepped down to focus on technical work again, and he is currently working on applying techniques developed in the VLSI-EDA area to IBM's Smarter Planet initiative.

Sani has authored numerous conference and journal publications, and delivered many tutorials at top conferences. He has received Best Paper awards from TCAD, ICCAD, DAC, ISQED, ICCD and SEMICON, authored invited papers to ISSCC, IEDM, IRPS, ISLPED, HOTCHIPS, and CICC. He has given Keynote and Plenary presentations at Sasimi, ESSCIRC, BMAS, SISPAD, SEMICON, VLSI-SOC, PATMOS, NMI, ASAP, GLVLSI, TAU, and ISVLSI. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a member of the ACM and the AAAS, and an IBM master inventor with more than 50 patents.

Dr. Nassif is the president elect of the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA), and was the General chair of the ICCAD conference in 2008. He has previously also served on the technical program committee of ICCAD, DAC and ISQED, and on the executive committee of ISPD. He has received the Penrose award (given to one outstanding graduate from the American University of Beirut), the Distinguished Member of Technical Staff award from Bell Labs, two Research Accomplishment Awards from IBM, and the SRC Mahboob-Khan Outstanding Mentor awards from the SRC.

Sani represents IBM on the SRC Science Area Coordinating Committee for CAD and Test, and is the chair for the committee in 2012. He maintains strong ties with academia, and has participated in PhD committees for students from MIT, CMU, Univ. Minnesota, Univ. Texas Austin, UCSB, UCI, Univ. Glasgow, and Univ. Michigan.

Abstract

The human race has invested about a trillion dollars in the development of semiconductor electronics, and our lives have been improved greatly as a result. Smart devices are now taken for granted and permeate every aspect of our existence. The development of such complex devices is extremely difficult and error-prone, thus the IC design community has made large investments in synthesis, simulation, verification, and overall automation to allow such designs to be built. It turns out, happily, that much of this Silicon R&D is applicable to other areas... This talk will be about one such area, namely that of Proton radiation cancer therapy, where a team at IBM, working with researchers at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Research center, have been busy applying knowledge from VLSI to this important area, and producing results that are poised to revolutionize the quality and efficiency of such therapy.

Date/Time

March 7, 6 pm to 8 pm
6:00 to 6:30 pm -- Networking and refreshments (pizza and water)
6:30 to 7:00 pm -- IEEE promotion
7:00 to 8:00 pm -- Seminar

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Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16851

Location

Building A, Freescale Auditorium
7700 W Parmer Ln.
Austin,  Texas, 78729

Notes

This is a join meeting with the CASS/SSCS Chapter
See full entry in the Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops section later in this newsletter. 

Topic/Title

Life in Semiconductors and Technology: An Asian American Perspective (AAAFSA Distinguished Speaker Series)

Speaker

Lisa Su, Advanced Micro Devices
Dr. Lisa Su is senior vice president and general manager, global business units, reporting to president and chief executive officer Rory Read. Prior to joining AMD in January 2012, she served as senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Dr. Su oversees a team responsible for driving end to end business execution of AMD’s products, including strategy, product definition, and business plans to ensure AMD consistently delivers industry-leading solutions. She also has responsibility for driving alliances and partnerships with software developers to facilitate the development of a complete software ecosystem that can take advantage of the capabilities in AMD’s differentiated products. Dr. Su joined Freescale in 2007 as chief technology officer, where she led the company’s technology roadmap and research and development efforts. She was promoted to senior vice president and general manager, networking and multimedia in 2008, and was responsible for global strategy, marketing, product management and engineering for their embedded communications and applications processor businesses.

Prior to her tenure at Freescale, Dr. Su spent thirteen years with IBM in various engineering and business leadership positions including vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s silicon technologies, joint development alliances and semiconductor R&D operations. Prior to IBM, she was a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments in the Semiconductor Process and Device Center (SPDC).

Dr. Su has bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been published in more than 40 technical publications, and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) in 2009. Dr. Su was also named in MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators in 2002. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Abstract

Dr. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Global Business Units at AMD, will speak about some of her experiences growing up in the semiconductor and technology industry as an Asian-American engineer who straddles the border of business and technical responsibilities.

Date/Time

March 22, 3 pm to 5 pm
3:00 to 4 pm -- Seminar
4:00 to 5 pm -- Networking and Social hour

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Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/17113

Location

 UT Austin ACES 2.302
201 East 24th Street
Austin,  Texas, 78712

Notes

This is a join meeting with the CASS/SSCS Chapter
See full entry in the Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops section later in this newsletter. 

The CEDA chapter normally meet on the 3rd Thursday 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

Life in Semiconductors and Technology: An Asian American Perspective (AAAFSA Distinguished Speaker Series)

Speaker

Lisa Su, Advanced Micro Devices
Dr. Lisa Su is senior vice president and general manager, global business units, reporting to president and chief executive officer Rory Read. Prior to joining AMD in January 2012, she served as senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Dr. Su oversees a team responsible for driving end to end business execution of AMD’s products, including strategy, product definition, and business plans to ensure AMD consistently delivers industry-leading solutions. She also has responsibility for driving alliances and partnerships with software developers to facilitate the development of a complete software ecosystem that can take advantage of the capabilities in AMD’s differentiated products. Dr. Su joined Freescale in 2007 as chief technology officer, where she led the company’s technology roadmap and research and development efforts. She was promoted to senior vice president and general manager, networking and multimedia in 2008, and was responsible for global strategy, marketing, product management and engineering for their embedded communications and applications processor businesses.

Prior to her tenure at Freescale, Dr. Su spent thirteen years with IBM in various engineering and business leadership positions including vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s silicon technologies, joint development alliances and semiconductor R&D operations. Prior to IBM, she was a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments in the Semiconductor Process and Device Center (SPDC).

Dr. Su has bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been published in more than 40 technical publications, and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) in 2009. Dr. Su was also named in MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators in 2002. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Abstract

Dr. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Global Business Units at AMD, will speak about some of her experiences growing up in the semiconductor and technology industry as an Asian-American engineer who straddles the border of business and technical responsibilities.

Date/Time

March 22, 3 pm to 5 pm
3:00 to 4 pm -- Seminar
4:00 to 5 pm -- Networking and Social hour

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Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/17113

Location

UT Austin ACES 2.302
201 East 24th Street
Austin,  Texas, 78712

Notes

This is a joint meeting with CEDA
See full entry in the Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops section later in this newsletter. 

Also be aware of these other planned meetings:
March 5: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16889
March 19: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16891

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. IIf you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact 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/

Topic/title

IBM Watson and the Beginning of a New Era of Cognitive Computing

Speaker

Rob High is an IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. He has overall responsibility to drive Watson Solutions technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Solutions Leadership team, Rob works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM. Prior to joining the Watson Solutions team, Rob was Chief Architect for the SOA Foundation and member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Rob championed an open industry architectural definition of the principles of business and IT alignment enabled by SOA and Business Process Optimization, as well as ensuring IBM's software and services portfolio is architecturally grounded to enable for efficient SOA-based solutions. This responsibility extended across the IBM software portfolio, including WebSphere, Rational, Tivoli, Lotus, and Information Management offerings. Rob has 37 years of programming experience and has worked with distributed, objectoriented, component-based transaction monitors for the last 26 years, including SOMObject Server, Component Broker, and the WebSphere Application Server. Rob previously served as Chief Architect for the WebSphere foundation with architectural responsibility for the WebSphere Application Server and the related products integrated on that core runtime.

Abstract

We are on the verge of a new era of computing. We refer to this as the Era of Cognitive Computing -- an era in which computers perform tasks that were previously outside the realm of what computors have traditionally been good at. With Watson, we have demonstrated that computing systems are able to understand the idiosyncrasies and nuance of human written language well enough to answer questions with incredible accuracy, and across enormous volumes of information. This is just the beginning of cognitive computing. In the years to come we will see a whole class of computing capabilities emerge that extend to other dimensions of human cognition -- the ability to perceive, to rationalize, to plan, to anticipate, and so forth. These are the capabilities that we expect to see emerge to help solve bigger and more important problems. In this talk I will outline what Watson is, how it works, how we're employing it to address big problems in Health Care, and how it lays a foundation for addressing deep natural language processing and other dimensions of Cognitive Computing.

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March 20th, 2013 6:30 - 8:45 PM, with food/drinks
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 - http://bit.ly/PA804c)
Room Number: Suite 100
12357-C Riata Trace Parkway
Bldg 7, Suite 100
Austin, Texas

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/17191

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

Topic/Title Smart Grid Embedded Cyber Security: Ensuring Security While Promoting Interoperability
Speaker Gary L. Ragsdale, Ph.D., P.E.
Staff Engineer
Communications & Embedded Systems Department
Automation & Data Systems Division
Southwest Research Institute

At Rockwell International, Dr. Ragsdale designed switching software and hardware components employed in communications switching systems.  These systems included the Rockwell-Collins automatic call distributor (ACD) and message switching systems.
Dr. Ragsdale was the architect and leader of international voice, image, and packet data network development at Federal Express.  He led the development of international image and packet data services compliant with ITU-T standards.  He developed international, bilateral service agreements in cooperation with foreign governments and has extensive experience working within FCC and international regulations.
Since joining Southwest Research Institute in 1995, his research has involved planning of new communications infrastructure, research into new wireless transmission methods, and the development of embedded cyber security technology.  He has published twelve Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs) describing applications of communications technology in national emergency preparedness for the Department of Homeland Security.   
Dr. Ragsdale is currently leading research in embedded cyber security, smart grid energy storage, and subterranean acoustic communications methods.  He is also performing research in digital predistortion techniques for use in linearization of wireless transmitters.
Dr. Ragsdale has extensive experience in communications theory, embedded system security, digital signal processing, real-time software design, and international standards.
He holds three patents.
Abstract Embedded computing systems security is an important, albeit recently recognized, dimension of cyber security.  The widespread deployment of smart meters and distribution automation elevates the importance of embedded system security within the nation's critical infrastructures.  Dr. Ragsdale will discuss the similarities and differences between embedded system security and enterprise system security, the importance of smart grid embedded security testing, and the relevance of embedded security standards.  Key points of the presentation are:
.    Differences between embedded and enterprise security.
.    Recognize the root causes of cyber security vulnerabilities.
.    Appreciate the differences between black hat and white hat embedded security testing.
.    When standard communication protocols, nonproprietary software, and publicly-vetted security requirements specifications are appropriate.
Date/Time Tuesday, March 19, 2013; Dinner 6:30, Networking 7:15, Program 7:30
Location NOTE THE CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION
AT&T Building Room 108, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
Building 45 on the Campus Map
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.  After dinner it is a short walk from the University Center to the AT&T Building located near the South East corner of the campus.  It is also near the Culebra Road Gate 4 entrance.
Reservations Not Required but for head count please email Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene, dibaroudende@stmarytx.edu , or call (210) 431-2050
Notes See our website for directions and parking,
  http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org
You can see more about this meeting at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16503

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

Topic/Title C3: Correction Code Cryptography
Speaker Lawrence Huang,  Carnegie Design Systems, Inc.
Speaker Bio Dr. Huang received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and 1984 respectively and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991.  Dr. Huang has over 20 years of industry experience during which he has received 4 patents.  His areas of expertise include design and verification of IC chips in the processor, communication, and consumer electronics space.
Abstract C3 is a family of symmetric key cryptographic algorithms utilizing Error Correction Codes (ECC).  The digital information to be encrypted is wrapped with a privacy layer of blended random and derived noise.  Removing the derived noise is achieved simply with the correct set of keys.  With incorrect keys, the attacker recovers information that is different from what was originally protected.  ECC is used to remove the random noise.  ECC is used in one form or another in all mobile devices to recover from communication transmission errors and/or data storage errors.  By leveraging existing ECC resources, implementing C3 on a wide variety of devices/systems requires nominal additional resources.
Date Wednesday,  March 27, 2013
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
Cost $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant.   Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information, go to:  http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/
Notes

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

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

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

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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

Topic/Title Modeling the Induced Electric Fields of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
Speaker Felipe S. Salinas, Ph.D.
Abstract Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) delivers highly localized brain stimulations via non-invasive interactions between externally applied magnetic fields and human cortex. TMS has well-established applications in basic neuro-science and promising applications in neurological and psychiatric disorders, however the mechanisms of action underlying TMS-induced brain activations are not well understood. Consequently, treatment design parameters are determined ad hoc and informed by no coherent theory or model. In this presentation, I will highlight some of the advancements we have made in non-invasive brain stimulation using realistic models of the induced electric field. These models may be used to inform treatment delivery protocols and/or to determine accurate dosage levels of clinical therapies, thus enhancing the efficacy and clinical viability of non-invasive brain stimulation.
Date/Time 28 March 2013/6:30 pm
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/17189
Location

Research Imaging Institute, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio
8300 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229

Notes Enter the Greehey Campus at Floyd Curl Dr. and Sid Katz Dr.  The McDermott building is on the right and parking is between the McDermott Building and Floyd Curl Dr.

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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

Improving Linearity of Multi-Bit Delta-Sigma Analog to Digital Converters

Speaker

Dr. Nan Sun, University of Texas at Austin
Nan Sun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2006, where he ranked top in the Department of Electronic Engineering and graduated with the highest honor and the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. He received the Ph.D. degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University in 2010.

Dr. Sun received the 1st-class Outstanding Student Award from Tsinghua University each year from 2003 to 2006. He won the Top Prize in the Intercollegiate Physics Competition in 2003. He is the recipient of Samsung Fellowship, Hewlett Packard Fellowship, and Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2003, 2006, and 2007, respectively. He also won Harvard Teaching Award in three consecutive years: 2008, 2009, and 2010. He served in the Technical Program Committee of Asian Solid-State Circuit Conference in 2011. He received NSF CAREER Award in 2013.

His research interests include: 1) analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits; 2) miniature spin resonance systems; 3) developing micro- and nano-scale solid-state platforms (silicon ICs and beyond) to analyze biological systems for biotechnology and medicine; 4) low-cost medical imaging systems.

Abstract

Dr. Nan Sun from UT Austin will present recent research progress on mismatch shaping techniques for multibit delta sigma ADCs and DACs. It is widely known that a multibit delta sigma ADC is more advantageous than its 1-bit counterpart for its better stability and SNR. However, the drawback is that a multibit feedback DAC is not intrinsically linear due to element mismatches. As a result, the mismatch error from the DAC, unshaped by the feedback loop, limits the overall SNR. To address this issue, researchers have developed various mismatch shaping techniques, such as individual-level-averaging (ILA), dynamic-weighted-averaging (DWA), the tree-structured method, and the vector-based method. These techniques randomly select the DAC elements in such a way that the DAC mismatch errors are high-pass (or band-pass) shaped. Although these techniques have been successfully adopted in industry practices, there are still critical limitations with them, including their long propagation delay, high hardware complexity, and low mismatch shaping order (<=2). Recently, our group at UT Austin developed several novel vector-based mismatch shaping techniques that can address the aforementioned limitations of existing approaches: 1) our methods allow high-order (>2) mismatch shaping; 2) they substantially reduce the propagation delay; 3) they significantly lower the hardware complexity; and 4) they allow arbitrary DAC segmentations.

Date/Time

March 18, 2013 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-7:30pm

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Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/17251  

Location

National Instruments - Building C 1S13 - 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759

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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 Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Speaker Joe Redfield, P.E.
Abstract Dr. Redfield will discuss Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV), the developing technology, their interaction with a "Smart" power grid, and their future for fleet vehicle applications.
Date/Time March 14, 2013, 11:30 AM CST
Location Lion & Rose British Restaurant and Pub
842 NW Loop 410 (at Blanco Road)
San Antonio, TX
Cost No admission charge.
Reservations Use IEEE vTools, or phone Tom O'Brien (Chair) 210-481-3443 or t.p.obrien@ieee.org. Seating will be limited to 24.
Notes
We will order from the regular lunch 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

Topic/Title Where are we going with PLC / RTU Communications in the Smart City / Smart Grid Future?
Speaker Mike Ford, P.E.
Business Development Manager, Water Wastewater Competency Center - Schneider Electric
Mr. Ford has over 30 years’ experience in the Automation & Control field for the Electrical, Oil & Gas, and Water/Wastewater markets.
He has a BS in Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and a MBA from Indiana University.  His expertise is in Energy Management Systems (Software, Hardware, and Communications at the Central Control site and out in the Field) for these three markets.  Mike has worked for Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Eli Lilly, Arizona Public Service, Amoco / BP, Bristol Babcock, and Schneider Electric.
Abstract
Date/Time March 28th
6:00 to 6:30PM Social
6:30 to 7:00PM Dinner
7:00 to 8:00PM Speaker Presentation
Location

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

Cost Attendees shall order and pay for their own meals via room waitstaff.
In addition the following fees are due for IEEE:
$1 Members
$2 Non-members
$5 No meal ordered
$0 Students fee is waived
Cash only please, No checks or credit cards for the IEEE fee.
Reservations Curtis Cryer @ 210-353-2159, or cbcryer@ieee.org
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pses/

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Location Dell Parmer Campus, Parmer South Building 4, Victoria Conference Room
Notes For further information about the meeting please contact Dale Ritzen, (512) 651-5338

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
Topic/Title Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour
Speaker
Abstract Opportunity to tour the Toyota Motor Plant which builds the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma.
The Plant tour will take 1.5 hours. Toyota representatives will discuss the Toyota Production System – the process on which it builds its vehicles.
Date/Time Wednesday, March 27 at 1:30 pm.
Location Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc
Visitor & Education
Center 1 Lone Star Pass building 47
San Antonio, TX 78264-3413
Phone: 210-263-4002
Cost
Registration Email Michael Frye at mfrye@uiwtx.edu if you plan to attend.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 19.
Notes We will meet at the Toyota Visitor and Education Center at 1:00 pm for check-in on March 27.   

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

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Conferences, Other Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • March 8, 2013: 2013 IEEE Texas Workshop on Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE)

    Organized by: IEEE CTS SSC/CAS Joint Chapter, IEEE CTS CEDA Chapter and other partners
    Friday March 8
    Winedale House,
    Round Top, Texas

    Highlights of the workshop
    1) There are two Distinguished speaker talks and two Outstanding Young Speaker talks.
    2) There is a Student poster Session.
    3) The registration is free (but mandatory) but we only have limited seats left! There are limited seats and not many are left! Free breakfast, lunch, coffee/snack will be provided to all registered registrants.
    4) Each participate will receive a souvenir.
    5) A door prize drawing will be held at the end of the workshop for people who turn in the survey for the workshop.

    RSVP: Please register using IEEE Vtools at: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16121

    For More information go to: http://texaswise.tamu.edu/ or contact: Dr. Zhuo Li, zhuoli@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
    The ARITH symposia have served as the primary conference for presenting scientific work on the latest research in computer arithmetic since 1969, and cover both theoretical and practical topics such as number systems, algorithms for operations, implementations and applications of computer arithmetic.  The program for this year’s conference now including all abstracts is available at the conference website, http://www.arithsymposium.org.  On-line registration with discounts for IEEE Members can also be found there.

  • April 21-23. 2013: 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel 9721 Arboretum Boulevard
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://ispass.org/ispass2013/

  • May 10, 2013:2013 IEEE Electron Devices Society Central Texas Mini-Colloquim
    AMD Austin Lone Star Campus
    7171 Southwest Parkway
    Austin,  Texas 78735
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16471
    contact Thuy Dao thuy.dao@freescale.com for any questions

  • May 29 - June 7, 2013: 2013 50th ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
    Austin Convention Center
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.dac.com/

  • June 2, 2013:2013 ACM/IEEE International Workshop on System Level Interconnect Prediction (SLIP)
    Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.sliponline.org/

  • 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

  • June 2-6, 2013: DAC- Device Automation Conference
    For those of you who have not heard the 50th IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference will take place in Austin, Texas in June 2-6, 2013. The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the leading technical conference and tradeshow on electronic design, design automation, embedded systems and software . It is where IC Design and the EDA ecosystem learns, networks, and conducts business. DAC 50 will take place at the Austin Convention Center celebrating 50 years of innovation and research. It's the first time DAC will be in Austin. The conference is typically held in California. This is a wonderful opportunity for both the conference and the design communities in Texas.

  • October 7-9, 2013: 2013 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE)
    Westin at the Domain
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.psessymposium.org/

  • December 3-5, 2013: 2013 IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP)
    Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.ieeeglobalsip.org/

  • December 8-12, 2014: Globecom2014
    IEEE International Globecom Conference is coming to Austin in December 8-12, 2014. Plan is underway targeting 2,000 in attendance to be enriched with technical, Industry and social programs.

    The technical program will provide a high quality and comprehensive

    Coverage of the state-of-the-art research in all areas of communications. The program features will include tutorials, workshops and symposiums presented by leading researchers and experienced academics in more than a dozen parallel technical tracks.

    The Industrial Forum and Exhibition (IF&E) events will provide a comprehensive program tailored to the telecommunication practitioner’s fields of interest, to include current technologies, major implementations, complex IT business systems, regulatory impact assessments, economic models and engineering methods. Sessions will include keynotes, tutorials, exhibits and presentations by experienced industry engineers and managers.

    An outstanding social program is being planned for you and your family’s enjoyment. We will have pre-conference tours, a Texas style Welcoming Reception, an active Guest’s Hospitality Suite, a uniquely structured Banquet with outstanding local talent plus post-conference tours and events. We want to make this one event for the memories that you and your family will remember for many years to come.

    If you are interesting to

    -        volunteer and help in any of the above areas,
    -        interested in speaking opportunity,
    -        interested to get information about having a booth at the exhibit floor

    Then please send your contact information to f.behmann@ieee.org expressing your are of interest and we’ll provide you with more information.
  • 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

March 7, 2013: SXSW Startup Crawl 4p to 10p
Capital Factory / 701 Brazos Street, suite 1601
This is the fifth year for the Austin Startup Crawl.  Stop by some of the best in Austin Tech, have a free beer or beverage, drop off a resume, see the office space or just kick back before the melee that is SXSW Interactive!
http://sxswstartupcrawl.eventbrite.com

March 7, 2013: 6th Annual Austin Tech Happy Hour 6p-8p
Molotov / 719 West 6th Street
The Austin Tech Happy Hour is the place for the emerging technology community to relax and network with each other. Come and meet the people you've friended, added, and twittered, discuss current technology innovations, and perhaps even find a candidate to add to your team!
http://athhmar2013.eventbrite.com

March 7, 2013: BIG BASHH  7p
The Ranch, 710 West 6th Street
This is the fifth year for BASHH, and fourth year to unofficially kick off conference week. BASHH is Austin's relaxed mixer filled with professionals of all backgrounds. There's no end time specified because this event seems to carry on through the night.
http://www.thebashh.com/rsvp

March 8, 2013: 2013 door64 Austin Showcase
Austin is a place where startups and startup culture thrive. Here at door64, we want to be a part of the startup and entrepreneurial scene, and help watch our homegrown companies grow into great successes. So Door64 is excited to present its 2013 Austin Showcase, well away from all the hubbub downtown. We are proud of the homegrown Austin startup scene, and want to make sure our local tech companies have a place to showcase and have their own party! So come celebrate Austin Startups with us. We expect to have some great talks about angel investing, getting funded, startup culture, and more. But first and foremost, we want to celebrate our companies. So help us gather up some of the best to showcase, and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks to party Austin-startup-style,
Attendance is free, but RSVP’s are requested.

March 11, 2013: Constant Contact's TheNEXTBESTThing 2p
Scholtz's / 1607 San Jacinto
Come learn how to find your next best customer, network, have an appetizer and a drink or two -This event is geared toward Small Biz and Nonprofits. 2pm Presentation & Panels, 4pm Apps & Apps: Network, Food & Drink, 6pm Happy Hour, Cash Bar, Live Music
Register to attend

March 14, 2013: Door64 South Happy Hour
Texican Cafe, 4141 S. Capital of Texas Hwy
Come out and enjoy a night of networking in a fun, social atmosphere. Free to attend, Appetizers provided, cash-bar, lots of free parking;
RSVP

March 20, 2013: Door64 North Happy Hour 5:30p - 8p
Sponsored by netSpend
The Park, 11601 Domain Drive
Join us for an evening of networking, in a fun social atmosphere. NetSpend is sponsoring this event, and will be onsite sharing information about their growing company and their hiring needs. Free to attend, Appetizers provided, cash-bar, lots of free parking;
RSVP

March 30, 2013: Data Day Texas 2013
GeekAustin and Big Data friends
Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT) Austin, TX

The first Data Day Austin, held almost 2 years ago, sold out weeks before the event. So many folks came to join from Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, this time it was decided to simply call it Data Day Texas.

See  http://data-day-texas-2013.eventbrite.com/# for more details


April 2, 2013: Austin VMUG User Conference
Austin VMUG User Conference taking place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013! At this free, full-day event you will find in-depth technical sessions, demonstrations, exhibits, and networking opportunities.  To register go to  http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=679&source=5

April 26, 2013: Door 64 Software Focused Event featuring conversations on Apps, Mobile and Gaming

May 10, 2013: Door 64 Software Focused Event featuring conversations on Big Data and Analytics

May 17, 2013: Door 64 STEM Professional Event

May 1- June 1, 2013: Texas Linux Fest
Texas Linux Fest 2013 is the fourth annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. We are assembling a one day program for the business and home Linux user, and for the experienced developer and newcomer alike. 
For more information visit http://2013.texaslinuxfest.org/

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

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/  

March 26, March 27, April 1, 2013: SciGirls Workshops
Full day SciGirls workshops are coming to Waco, Tyler and San Antonio in March and April 2013. Join a Google Group to
get the most up-to-date info http://txgcp.org/k12-stem-outreach-google-group/.

Registration open for each workshop! Space is limited. Register and learn more at http://txgcp.org/scigirls/. 
Tuesday, March 26, Waco
Wednesday, March 27, Tyler
Monday, April 1, San Antonio

June 17-19, 2013: U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference
U.S. News STEM Solutions - June 17-19 in Austin
Mark your calendar and register today for the only National Conference that seeks to find answers to the STEM challenge through collaboration. Attend the second annual U.S. News STEM Solutions in Austin, Texas June 17-19, and be part of the solution.  Details at http://usnewsstemsolutions.com/. NOTE: Last year we had a discount code so you may want to wait a bit to see if that happens again before you register. Early registration ends April 30. 

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

A few months ago now my wife and I were at a Verizon store where I was updating my cell phone (made the transition from Android to an iPhone).  While talking with the representative he showed us the myCharge, an external battery pack that can be used to charge any device by over USB.  We ended up purchasing the device and my wife has found it extremely useful when she is traveling.  

Having the extra battery capacity is becoming increasingly important as we have more and more battery powered gadgets with us. 

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.