IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 57-04

April 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

Spring is finally here, although it seems that there weren't that many days that I needed a coat this winter. A new feature has been added to the CTS website. A link has been added in the center of the front page that will list all the Chapter events in the Section for the next 180 days. Here is the link: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meetings/html/0/180/asc/5/CENTRAL%20TEXAS. There are many events coming up, click here and check them out.

I would like to highlight a FREE workshop on ESD that the Electron Devices Society in conjuction with the CTS Electron Devices Chapter will be presenting on May 10, 2013 at the AMD Austin Lone Star Campus. This FREE workshop on ESD is for anyone that wants to learn the fundamentals of ESD for high voltage and low voltage devices, from design to manufacture and test of products. In addition, the latest industry trends will also be presented to bring you up to date on new developments. To register for the "Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer / Mini-Colloquia" please go to https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16471.

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

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Membership Development

New to the IEEE OR want to find out more about the benefits of your IEEE membership?
The IEEE has developed a website, http://www.ieee.org/start , specifically to support new IEEE members in navigating though the IEEE.  Along with the information on the site, IEEE has created a new member orientation the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM EDT and 3:00 PM EDT.  The next new member orientation will be 18-April.

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

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?
Join now with year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 10 months of membership for the price of six.  If you have been away from IEEE for more than a year, you can re-join for half price!

Not sure if you’ve renewed for 2013, please go to http://www.ieee.org/renew or call the IEEE Contact Center at 1 800 678-4333.     


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

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

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News of Interest to the Section

Books of Interest
Several e-books on computing are free to members as part of the IEEE eBook Classics collection. See the following link for a sample of titles.
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/benefits/products-and-services/books-of-interest-march-2013

Congratulation to new Central Texas Section Senior Members
The following Central Texas Section members were elevated to Senior Member at the last A&A Review Panel meeting: Deji Akinwande, Gregory Allen, Frank Baker, Brucek Khailany, Richard Pekkala, John Vandermeer and Kai Wan.  Congratulations to all of the new Senior members!

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Continuing Education


May 7, 2013: Try F# for Big and Broad Data
Presented by Microsoft Research in conjunction with the IEEE Computer Society
Webinar 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)
Try F# is an easy on-ramp to learning F#, a simple and pragmatic programming language combining functional, object-oriented and scripting programming. During the webinar you will learn how to use the tutorials to solve real-world scenarios, including analytical programming and information-rich programming encountered in finance and data science.  At the end of the webinar you will be able to bring the web of data to your fingertips through type providers, write code in the browser and share it with others.
Register

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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


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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


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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

IEEE SSC Distinguished Lecturer: RFIC Based Phased Arrays: From 6 GHz to > 100 GHz

Speaker

Gabriel M. Rebeiz
Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz is the Wireless Communications Industry Chair Professor at the University of California, San Diego. He is an IEEE Fellow, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, an URSI Koga Gold Medal Recipient, IEEE MTT 2003 Distinguished Young Engineer, and is the recipient of the IEEE MTT 2000 Microwave Prize, the IEEE MTT 2010 Distinguished Educator Award and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation 2011 John D. Kraus Antenna Award. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Amoco Teaching Award given to the best undergraduate teacher at the University of Michigan, and the 2008 Jacobs ECE Teacher of the Year Award at UCSD. His group has lead the development of complex RFICs for phased array applications from X-band to W-band, culminating recently in wafer-scale integration with high efficiency on-chip antennas. His phased array work is now used by most companies developing complex communication and radar systems. He has graduated 50 PhD students and 16 post-doctoral fellows, and currently leads a group of 20 PhD students in mm-wave RFIC, planar mm-wave antennas and terahertz systems, microwave circuits, RF MEMS, tunable networks, and is the Director of the UCSD/DARPA Center on RF MEMS Reliability and Design Fundamentals.

Abstract

This talk summarizes the recent work on phased arrays starting from the lower frequency chips at 6-12 GHz, and passing by the satellite communication chips at 6-22 GHz, and ending by the short-range communication chips and car radar chips at 60 GHz and 77-81 GHz. Different topologies will be covered: RF phase shifting, IF phase shifting, LO phase shifting, and and digital beamforming, with the pros and cons for each topology. Also, wafer-scale integration and the use of efficient on-chip antennas at 30 GHz and above will be presented. Phased-array systems from industry and academia will be covered in detail.

Date/Time

18-April-2013, 6PM

Cost

Free

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16123

Location

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

Notes

Pizza will be 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. 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/

Topic/Title

Sugars, carbon, and nucleotides: Applications of unconventional thin film or monolayer materials in semiconductor fabrication processes.

Speaker

Micheal Mueller, Ph. D
Dr. Mueller is currently a Product Development Engineer at Bioo Scientific in Austin, TX. Bioo Scientific is a developer of reagents for next-generation sequencing, food and feed safety testing, and life science research. He was previously Vice President of Research and Corporate Development at Spectral MD, a Dallas-based medical imaging startup, Vice President of Engineering at Saxet Surface Science, and Director of Device Development at Stellarray, both Austin startups specializing in vacuum microelectronics. He has served as principal investigator on successful NSF Phase I and Phase II SBIR awards, and has worked and brought to realization multitude of devices from research done at the UT Austin Microelectronics Research Center - Pickle campus. He received his Ph.D. in bioengineering under MEMS pioneer Albert Pisano at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco, an MBA from the Acton School of Business with emphasis in entrepreneurship in Austin, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Abstract

While traditional CMOS processes have used scale reductions to achieve, first, increases in clock frequency, and more recently, reductions in power consumption, the use of unconventional materials and avoidance of traditional design rules in MEMS processes has created opportunties for high performance devices in new market segments. Polymers and biomaterials highlight these trends. Examples to be discussed include chitosan, a biopolymer found in the exoskeletons of shellfish applied to infrared detection, graphitic and diamond-like carbon as a field emitter for electron sources, and DNA as a biosensor and multiplexed cancer diagnostic.

Date/Time

April 18, 2013   6:00-7:30pm

Cost

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Not required

Location

Freescale, Building B
7700 Parmer Ln
Austin, TX 78729

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

Topic/title

Wading into OpenGL ES

Speaker

Alex Kluge is a highly seasoned software professional whose work in graphics and visualization stretches from his early career at Princeton University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory through his term as the Assistant Director of The Center for Instructional Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin. This passion, and the drive to make a difference, continues in the present day with  VizIT Solutions focusing on the application of scientific visualization techniques to instruction.

Abstract

OpenGL is a powerful and mature multiplatform graphics API. One of its recent incarnations, OpenGL for Embedded Systems, or OpenGL ES, dominates the mobile phone and tablet space. Moreover, it is now available directly within most web browsers as WebGL.

This talk will illustrate how OpenGL ES adds a whole new dimension to user interfaces, how widely it is supported, and how OpenGL ES and WebGL fit into the OpenGL ecosystem. The main concepts will be introduced with examples from WebGL and from OpenGL ES on Android. Additional examples will be draw from real world instructional applications in mathematics and physics including rendering complex scenes with multiple shaders, and dealing with transparent and translucent objects. In closing we will address some additional standard practices for putting OpenGL ES to work within an application.

Date/time

April 17th, 2013 6:30 - 8:45 PM, with food/drinks (Open - membership not required to attend)
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_registration/register/17832

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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 From Consultant to Consultant - Developing Your Personable Professional Brand
Speaker Elizabeth Quintanilla,  Marketing Gunslinger
Speaker Bio Elizabeth is a positive, people-oriented, performance-driven Marketing Gunslinger, consultant, and speaker who focuses on understanding the customer perspective.  She consults on:  market research, messaging, channel strategies, understanding the impact of emerging business trends, web technologies and strategies, social and product marketing.  Elizabeth actively serves as a Vice-Chair on the Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission.
Abstract In an age of social media, all of us are easily distracted and seem to have to juggle not only our offline lives but also craft a memorable online life.  Do you know your personal brand?  You already have one ... it's already there.  The best personal brands—like any good brand—are clear, unique, compelling and consistent.  Join Austin's Marketing Gunslinger as she shares her tips and tricks on enhancing yours.  Elizabeth will share how she transitioned from being an Aerospace Engineer into a full-time Marketing Consultant and will share her tips on creating your own career outside the cubicle.
Date Wednesday,  April 24, 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 Compact Terahertz Spectroscopy Systems for Novel Defense and Biomedical Applications
Speaker Dr. Jerry Wilmink
Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Wilmink currently serves as the Principal Investigator for Terahertz (THz) research laboratory for the Department of Defense’s Air Force Research Laboratory (DoD-AFRL), Fort Sam Houston, Texas.   Dr. Wilmink is a Fellow and serves as an elected member of the Board of Director’s for the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He also is a Senior and Lifetime Member of the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE). He is currently a student in the Executive MBA program at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin (Class of 2014).
Abstract In this seminar, Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Wilmink will first provide an overview of the mission and basic research portfolio for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He will then briefly introduce the THz research discipline and provide a “brief history of time” background section to highlight several recent advances in THz source and application development. Jerry will then dedicate the majority of the seminar to discuss a few of the most important discoveries made in the THz laboratory. Talk highlights include:

(1) Development and testing of a compact, battery-operated, THz spectrometer for rapid assessment of skin burns on the battlefield, and

(2) “T-ray stimulation” — the use of THz sources for the non-contact control and selective stimulation of biological responses.
Date/Time 18-April-2013
06:30PM to 08:30PM
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/17812
Location

Building: KCI, Building V
Room Number: 502
6203 Farinon Drive
San Antonio,  Texas
United States 78249

Notes Light refreshments will be served.

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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

Fusion-Fission Hybrids: A New Near-Term Solution to Nuclear Waste and Fuel problems

Speaker

Dr. Valanju

Abstract

Several recent inventions and innovations, including the Super-X divertor, now allows the design of a Compact Fusion Neutron Source (CFNS) with a power density over 5 times the current state-of-art in fusion. This advance has brought the “Fusion-Fission Hybrid Reactor” from the realm of speculation to the domain of near-term scientific/technical/economical feasibility. Since the new Compact Fusion Module can generate, without making transuranic nuclear waste, many times more neutrons than a Fission Module of same power, one Hybrid can burn the nuclear waste of 20 - or breed fuel for 5 - Fission Reactors. The high neutron flux from the CFNS allows the Fission part of the Hybrid to use the same design as existing Light Water Reactors, and allows the Fission Module to be very sub-critical, even deterministically safe to all possible accidents. Adding a small number of such Hybrids to take care of the waste and fuel issues can enable large expansion of nuclear power systems using well-proven existing reactor designs. A brief review will be given of the many new fuel cycles enabled by such Hybrids to underwrite a safe, sustainable, and proliferation-resistant nuclear energy economy.

Date/Time

April 23rd at 6:00pm

Cost

Dinner $14 - $20

Reservations

Please RSVP to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net

Location

El Gallo Mexican Restaurant (512) 444-2205
2910 S. Congress, Austin TX

Notes

Dinner cash only
Joint meeting with the Austin PES/PELS/IAS/IES Chapter


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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 Alamo Academies - a powerful new idea
Speaker Gene Bowman, Director of Alamo Academies
Abstract The Alamo Academies provide a great way for young people to prepare for careers in technology.  Graduates of the programs are highly sought after.  Mr. Bowman will tell us the exciting story of the Academies.
Date/Time April 18, 11:30 am - 1 pm.
Location Lion & Rose British Restaurant & Pub, 842 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX
Cost Separate checks - we will order from the regular menu.
Reservations Use IEEE vTools, or phone Tom O'Brien (Chair) 210-481-3443 or t.p.obrien@ieee.org.
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

Topic/Title Fusion-Fission Hybrids: A New Near-Term Solution to Nuclear Waste and Fuel problems
Speaker Dr. Valanju
Abstract Several recent inventions and innovations, including the Super-X divertor, now allows the design of a Compact Fusion Neutron Source (CFNS) with a power density over 5 times the current state-of-art in fusion. This advance has brought the “Fusion-Fission Hybrid Reactor” from the realm of speculation to the domain of near-term scientific/technical/economical feasibility. Since the new Compact Fusion Module can generate, without making transuranic nuclear waste, many times more neutrons than a Fission Module of same power, one Hybrid can burn the nuclear waste of 20 - or breed fuel for 5 - Fission Reactors. The high neutron flux from the CFNS allows the Fission part of the Hybrid to use the same design as existing Light Water Reactors, and allows the Fission Module to be very sub-critical, even deterministically safe to all possible accidents. Adding a small number of such Hybrids to take care of the waste and fuel issues can enable large expansion of nuclear power systems using well-proven existing reactor designs. A brief review will be given of the many new fuel cycles enabled by such Hybrids to underwrite a safe, sustainable, and proliferation-resistant nuclear energy economy.
Date/Time April 23rd at 6:00pm
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant (512) 444-2205
2910 S. Congress, Austin TX
Cost Dinner $14 - $20
Reservations Please RSVP to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net
Notes Dinner cash only
Joint meeting with the Instrumentation and Measurement chapter

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

Topic/Title NEC 2011 Adoption by City of San Antonio
Speaker Gary Kreutziger
Gary Kreutziger is a Senior Management Analyst with the City of San Antonio (COSA). He supervises the plan review staff for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, traffic, sidewalk, tree, landscape, irrigation and is also the technical supervisor of the School Team. He has over 30 certifications with ICC and IAPMO including: Master Code Professional certification, 25 year and current member of the IBEW, Master Electrician and Texas Residential Construction Commission Third Party Inspector.
Abstract
Date/Time April 18th
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/

Topic/Title Where do standards come from? – The IEC process
Speaker TBD
Abstract Ever wondered how the safety standards that apply to just about everything we use are conceptualized, formulated and moved through various channels to become legitimized as a standard? This is the meeting to attend if you'd like some idea of how all this happens.
Date/Time Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm
Cost
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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/



Topic/Title

From Circuits to Cancer

Speaker

Dr. Sani R. Nassif, IBM Research, Austin
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

April 18, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm CST

Location

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

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/17888

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Joint Communications and Signal Processing Society - San Antonio (Com/SP)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/satx

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

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

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

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Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Technology Management Council - San Antonio (TMC)

http://webinabox.vtools.ieee.org/wibp_home/index/CH05214
Topic/Title OwnEnergy and Wind Farm Development in Texas
Speaker Nathan Vajdos – OwnEnergy
Abstract Presentation on community wind power development in Texas and how OwnEnergy is assisting in the development of locally owned wind farms.
Date/Time Wednesday, April 3  from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location Room 2.01.14 Business Building on UTSA 1604 (Main) campus
Cost None
Registration Email Michael Frye at mfrye@uiwtx.edu if you plan to attend.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 2.
Notes Parking at UTSA: 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
Speaker
Date/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

  • 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/

  • April 24, 2013: Managing Complexity in the Oil Patch
    IEEE Spectrum is be hosting this panel at the Reliant Center in Houston, TX on April 24th from 5:15 - 7:30 PM. This free event will be moderated by Douglas McCormick*, and will feature speakers from Shell and Chevron, as well as a NASA executive that has transitioned from the Space program to the oil and gas industry. Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served following the event in the Cafe on the Park at the Reliant Center.
    Registration: https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/grp/grp004.nsf/v16_enrollall?openform&seminar=4ECPJDES&locale=en_US

  • 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.

  • June 7-8, 2013: IWLS 2013
    22nd  International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis
    Austin, TX
    http://www.iwls.org/

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

  • October 20-23, 2013: 9th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (CollaborateCom).
    This conference will be held in Austin

  • 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

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 9, 2013: Central Texas Electronics Association, Electronics Design, Manufacturing & Test Symposium
National Instruments (NI), Bldg-C, 11500 N. MoPac
3:00  -   Registration Begins
3:30  -   Welcome and Introductions
3:35  -   "Overview of HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing) and HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress
              Screening):  A Paradigm Shift in Electronics Reliability Engineering,"  Kirk Gray,
              Principal Reliability Test Consultant,  Accelerated Reliability Solutions              
4:05  -   "Design for Testability (DFT)"
              Vaughan Carlson,  Southeast Engineering Manager,  Acculogic 
4:35  -   Door Prizes Drawing & Break & Networking
4:50  -   "Part Quality:  How to Test, When to Test, and What Does It All Mean?”
              Greg Caswell,  Senior Member of the Technical Staff,  DfR Solutions
5:20  -   "Increase Your Test Capabilities with Reconfigurable FPGA Technology"
              Ryan Verret,  Senior Product Manager,  National Instruments
5:50  -   Closing Remarks
6:00  -   Food & Refreshments Served and More Networking
RSVP to Bob Baker at:  rjbakeratx@austin.rr.com

April 11, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour South

April 17, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour North
April 18, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour Downtown
April 26, 2013: Door 64 Software Focused Event featuring conversations on Apps, Mobile and Gaming

May 8, 2013: Door64 Hardware Speaker Series - Low Power
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 9, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour South
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 10, 2013: Door 64 Software Focused Event featuring conversations on Big Data and Analytics
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Norris Conference Center

May 15, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour North
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 16, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour Downtown
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 17, 2013: Door64 Speaker Series in Partnership with RISE
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

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

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 weeks ago I was listening to the January 30 Security Now podcast (I recommended this in the December 2012 Analog) and the issue of uPNP vulnerability for routers was covered.  This ciscussion covered the news of 2% (81 million) potentially exposed and vulnerable vulnerable routers!  The issue is the Universal Plug-And -Play is on by default from the public side of the routers!  This means that on the exposed routers any hacker can take over the private network on a vulnerable rounter!

Is your home router exposed?  You can run a quick test to see,  Go to https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 and click onthe Proceed button under the "If you are New to this Site and our Services".  That will take you to the "ShieldsUp page.  Then click on the yellow-orange "GRC's Instanc UPnP Exposure Test" button.  A few seconds later you will get a report if your home router has the vulnerability. 

To find out more visit http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm and listen (or read the transcript) of Episode #389

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.  

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