IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 57-08

August 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

Each year National Instruments host Texas Day at NIWEEK. This one-day engineering and networking event is on Tuesday, August 6, beginning at 8:00 AM at the Austin Convention Center. The IEEE Central Texas Section is a sponsor again this year of the Texas Day invitation-only luncheon featuring a guest speaker. Registration for the Texas Day Luncheon may be closed by the time you get this newsletter, but if you are attending NIWeek make sure to stop by the IEEE CTS booth and say hello.

Chapter leaders should be seeing to it that the chapter officer election process is running on schedule. I outlined the entire process in  the May Analog. Chapter elections should take place on about the same schedule as the section elections.  By this time, a nominating committee should have identified candidates for the chapter positions.  Chapters Officers serve a one year term from 1 January through 31 December. The Chapter Officers shall be an IEEE member of Graduate Student Member, Member, Senior Member or Fellow grade and a member of the parent Society. Elections should take place during the chapter November meeting. If the chapter does not have a meeting scheduled for November then the election should take place during the meeting prior to November.  

Congratulations are in order for Len Hause.  Len has been selected to be an IEEE Congressional Fellow for 2014.  He has selected to be the IEEE staff member at the State Department  for the year,  sponsored by IEEE-USA.  The Central Texas Section has been a leader in producing Congressional Fellows, with Emily Kopinski, Rebecca Taylor, Sherry Gillespie, and Leslie Martinich, having served in the past.

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

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Membership Development

IEEE Participation in this Year’s National Instruments NI WEEK

The IEEE Central Texas Section will be participating in this year’s NI Week as exhibitors August 5th though the 8th.  We IEEE need volunteers to help man the booth.  If you’re available and want to have some fun, even for as little as a half day, please contact Don Drumtra or Kenny Rice at drumtra@ieee.org or krice@ieee.org.

Texas Day, a complementary day at NIWeek, Tuesday August 6th.  For 1st time NIWeek attendees the day is complementary. Register today at   http://www.ni.com/niweek/ and use the code TxDayNew for your Texas Day complementary registration.  Complementary Texas Day registration closes on August 2nd.

AND if you’re at NI Week, be sure and stop by the IEEE booth and help talk to other NIWeek attendees about what it is to be an IEEE member!

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Membership Tool-kit

Did You Know –

The IEEE-USA has put together a website to support membership career development.  Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.
Resource  highlights:
Ebooks
Salary Comparison
Employment Navigation
Others

And it’s FREE ……check it out at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/


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

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News of Interest to the Section

NI Week
Each year National Instruments hosts Texas Day at NIWeek. This one-day engineering and networking event is on Tuesday, August 6, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Austin Convention Center. Texas Day includes access to NIWeek's kickoff keynote presentation featuring Dr. James Truchard! Throughout the day, learn from today’s leading innovators through a variety of interactive technical sessions, panel discussions, and hands-on and case study presentations for beginners and advanced developers.

Texas Day also includes an invitation-only luncheon featuring guest speaker Dr. Edward Coyle, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the physiological factors limiting exercise performance. Dr. Coyle advises multiple team members for the intercollegiate athletics at the university, as well as several professional teams including the San Antonio Spurs (National Basketball Association) and the Chicago Blackhawks (National Hockey League). With National Instruments and the graphical system design approach, Dr. Coyle is equipped with the necessary tools to provide the sports field with cutting edge research and helps him develop athletes to their fullest potential.

Meet your local NI field engineers and NI Alliance Partners, and discover how you can use NI products to advance your application and retain your competitive advantage.


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Continuing Education




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Student Branches

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch Chair: Jordan Dean, email: jdean5@mail.stmarytx.edu

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

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

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

University of Texas at San Antonio (http://www.utsaieee.org/)
Faculty Adviser: Shuo Wang, email: Shuo.Wang@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Michael Starkweather, email: michael.starkweather@ieee.org

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Calls for Volunteers

None at this time

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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/


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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/

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Start-up 2013 – It’s a Brave New World Out There

Speaker

Dave Panos is a serial entrepreneur and software industry veteran with 20+ years of start-up experience, who has helped define new markets across a wide range of Internet and enterprise software sectors. Dave was the Co-Founder and CEO of social media tools pioneer Pluck, before its successful sale to Demand Media in 2008. Since then, he has served in a variety of executive roles at Demand including CMO during the company's IPO, Chief Strategy Officer and currently as EVP, Emerging Markets. Dave is currently on the Board of Directors for Internet innovators Mass Relevance & United TLD and he’s also a mentor with Austin TechStars. Previously, he co-founded or held senior executive roles in a number of Austin-based start-ups and was a Venture Partner with Austin Ventures.

Abstract

The software start-up environment of 2013 is vastly different than that of 1999 or even 2009. Virtually everything has changed: potential areas of development, types and availability of audiences, funding sources, tools for developers, software delivery methods, marketing practices and collaboration options. On the upside, these changes have increased opportunity exponentially. But they’ve also introduced more competition and a sense of urgency.
 
The role of engineers in the mix has changed as well. Expectations have increased, along with the expectations for what an early stage start-up must deliver.  Ideas and prototypes have decreased power to sway in a world where tangible business results are quickly needed. Software / app markets are about increased speed driven by instant collaboration, better tooling, social media and first-mover advantage. Engineers must address issues for new platforms, greater web-wide integrations and changing delivery methods. In short, engineers must work more closely with team members representing all parts of the start-up as an evolving entity to ensure its success.
 
In this presentation we will look at the state of the start-up, then and now, and lay out the key differences and how those should be considered by engineers and entrepreneurs thinking about “the next big thing.” We’ll focus in on the role of engineers specifically and how they can adapt to this new environment to get the most out of being part of, or leading a start-up culture.

Date/time

August 21st, 2013 6:30 - 8:45 PM, with food/drinks (membership not required to attend)
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering (Pizza, Salad, drinks provided - free)
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/19647

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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

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Notes An IEEE Consultants Workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1 pm to 6 pm,
in the “Bldg-A” Auditorium at the 7700 W. Parmer Lane Business Park.
The focus will be on:  “Manage Your Career - Don't Get Blindsided by Reality.”

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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EducationSociety

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

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

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

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

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

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Affinity Group

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

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

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (I&M)

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

No meeting scheduled at this time.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group - San Antonio

Topic/Title Applications for small computers
Speaker Dr. Ernest Franke, Life Senior Member IEEE
Abstract Small, inexpensive computers can be combined with networking to do interesting things.
Date/Time Thursday, August 15, 2013 11:30 AM
Location
Cost We will order from the regular menu, and the restaurant will provide separate checks.
Reservations  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/19507
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More information on LM: http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/life_members/index.html

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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PES/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 Managing Demand Response and Renewables in Smart Grids
Speaker Dr. Nikolaos Gatsis, UTSA
Nikolaos Gatsis received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2005 with honors. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering with minor in Mathematics in 2012. He will be joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio in August 2013. He was a Research Intern at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Boston, MA, during the summer of 2011. His research interests lie in the areas of smart power grids, renewable energy management, wireless communications, and networking, with an emphasis on optimization methods and resource management.
Abstract Demand response based interaction of end-users with the power network, and the high penetration of renewable energy sources, are two key ingredients of the smart grid vision. The first part of the talk considers demand response in a multi-residence setup. Each residential end-user has loads whose power consumption can be adjusted; however, various operational constraints must be respected, and operation away from user-specified levels may result in user dissatisfaction. Examples of adjustable loads are air-conditioners or plug-in (hybrid) electric vehicle battery charging. A demand response management scheme to jointly minimize the electricity provider cost and the total user dissatisfaction while respecting user privacy will be presented. The scheme relies on message exchanges between the utility company and the user smart meters through the Advanced Metering Infrastructure. The second part of the talk focuses on microgrids featuring distributed generation from renewable and conventional energy sources, distributed storage, and adjustable loads. To address the intermittency of renewable energy sources, novel energy management methods to maintain the supply-demand balance and minimize the microgrid net cost will be presented.
Date/Time August 29th, 2013
Location

Acadiana Café, 1289 Southwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 210-674-0019

Cost Attendees shall order and pay for their own meals via room waitstaff
Reservations Please RSVP to Curtis Cryer @ 210-353-2159 or cbcryer@ieee.org.
Notes This is a joint meeting with the San Antonio Com/SP Chapter.

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

Topic/Title SEMI Standards
Speaker Charles Goertz, TÜV Rheinland North America Group
Abstract SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. From its earliest successes in standardizing silicon wafers to current efforts in factory automation and software, the SEMI International Standards program has been helping to ensure open markets and lower semiconductor manufacturing costs for over 30 years. SEMI Standards have also facilitated the development of new industries during that period.
 
Please join us to see how the SEMI standards relate to all of us and the changes that are being contemplated to these standards.
Date/Time August 20, 2013, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Cost
Reservations Not Necessary
Location Dell Parmer Campus, Parmer South Building 4, Victoria Conference Room
Notes For more information about the meeting please contact Dale Ritzen (512) 651-5338, Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm.

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

Topic/Title

Managing Demand Response and Renewables in Smart Grids

Speaker

Dr. Nikolaos Gatsis, UTSA
Nikolaos Gatsis received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2005 with honors. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering with minor in Mathematics in 2012. He will be joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio in August 2013. He was a Research Intern at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Boston, MA, during the summer of 2011. His research interests lie in the areas of smart power grids, renewable energy management, wireless communications, and networking, with an emphasis on optimization methods and resource management.

Abstract

Demand response based interaction of end-users with the power network, and the high penetration of renewable energy sources, are two key ingredients of the smart grid vision. The first part of the talk considers demand response in a multi-residence setup. Each residential end-user has loads whose power consumption can be adjusted; however, various operational constraints must be respected, and operation away from user-specified levels may result in user dissatisfaction. Examples of adjustable loads are air-conditioners or plug-in (hybrid) electric vehicle battery charging. A demand response management scheme to jointly minimize the electricity provider cost and the total user dissatisfaction while respecting user privacy will be presented. The scheme relies on message exchanges between the utility company and the user smart meters through the Advanced Metering Infrastructure. The second part of the talk focuses on microgrids featuring distributed generation from renewable and conventional energy sources, distributed storage, and adjustable loads. To address the intermittency of renewable energy sources, novel energy management methods to maintain the supply-demand balance and minimize the microgrid net cost will be presented.

Date/Time

August 29th, 2013

Location

Acadiana Café, 1289 Southwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 210-674-0019

Cost

Attendees shall order and pay for their own meals via room waitstaff

Reservations

Please RSVP to Curtis Cryer @ 210-353-2159 or cbcryer@ieee.org.

Notes

This is a joint meeting with the San Antonio Power & Energy Society Chapter.

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

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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

  • August 28, 2013: IEEE Consultants Workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1 pm to 6 pm,
    in the “Bldg-A” Auditorium at the 7700 W. Parmer Lane Business Park.
    The focus will be on:  “Manage Your Career - Don't Get Blindsided by Reality.”
    Abstract:   This is not your grandfather's job market where one could work and retire from one company after 40 years.  Your father has probably not fared that well either.  The fast pace of technology change and productivity improvements, in an increasingly competitive market, have forced companies to change their strategy, frequently upgrade and improve their products or services, and adjust their workforce.
      
    Downsizing, outsourcing, automation, financial pressures, short-term demands, and failed strategy all contribute challenges to your career and your ultimate retirement goal.  How can one prepare for, react to, and manage this situation?  Smart, proactive career planning, management, and transition may be the answer.  The workshop objective is to increase your awareness of unintended consequences of change, to expect the unexpected, and to motivate you to proactively execute your career goals.
     
    Agenda:  
      
    1:00 – 1:20   Registration and Networking
    1:20 – 1:30   Co-Sponsor Chapter Remarks:  Fawzi Behmann, Leslie Martinich, Zhuo Li
    1:30 – 1:35   Opening Welcome:  Bill Martino
    1:35 -- 2:25   “Vision on Technology and Future Jobs,”  David Smith,  CEO,  HBMG
    2:25 – 3:15   “Defining Career Success – Beyond Skills and Experience,”
                             Tommy Chiodo,  M.Ed.,  LPC,  Career Counselor
    3:15 – 4:05   “Empowered Productivity:  Winning the War Against Info Overload,”
                             Maura Thomas,  President,  RegainYourTime.com
    4:05 – 4:20   Break for Networking & Refreshments (Snacks and Drinks)
    4:20 – 5:10   “Build Your Brand,”  David Hughen,  Principal,  AustinHR.com
    5:10 – 6:00   “Repurpose Your Career – 5 Steps to Your Next Career Pivot,”
                             Marc Miller,  Career Designer
     
    Date/Time:   Wednesday,  August 28, 2013
     
    Advance Registration Cost If Paid Via vTools by 8/23/13:  $20 IEEE Members;   $25 Non-Members.
    IEEE Life Members & Student Members can attend for Free, but still need to register.
     
    Walk-In Onsite Registration Cost After 8/23:  $30 IEEE Members;   $35 Non-Members.
    Pay with Cash or Check to “IEEE-CTS.”  No Credit Cards Please!
     
    For Workshop Details, to Register & to Pay, go to IEEE vTools at:
     
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/19039 

  • October 7-9, 2013: 2013 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE)
    Westin at the Domain
    Austin, TX, USA
    Registration for ISPCE 2013 - IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering opens June 1, 2013!
    Advance Registration reduced rates are available until July 19. Register now while they are available. Register online by clicking on the registration tab on the ISPCE website.
    Advance Registration closes at midnight, July 19, 2013.
    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

August 5-8, 2013: NI Week
NIWeek delivers technical networking and instruction with interactive sessions by NI R&D engineers and guest lecturers; targeted industry summits; hands-on workshops; exhibitions on the latest advancements in design, research, and test; and keynote presentations from leading technology thought leaders. Past presenters include Dr. Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, Dr. Michio Kaku of City College of New York, and the late Tim Samaras of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers. Attendees include engineers, scientists, and executives from organizations such as Boeing, CERN, John Deere, ST-Ericsson, and UC Berkeley. Join us from August 5-8, to learn how you can accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery with National Instruments

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

NOVA Labs
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/

For many years, WGBH - the PBS member station from Boston - has provided excellent programming and online content on many different topics, and NOVA has been one of their most popular offerings. Now WGBH presents NOVA Labs, a series of interactive online science activities that would be a wonderful addition to secondary science curriculum. Users should create a free login, which will allow them to track and save their progress through the labs. On the main page, users can click on My Progress to see which labs have been completed. The site currently has three labs available: cloud lab, energy lab, and sun lab. Visitors may also check out a list of planned upcoming labs, which include topics like RNA, cybersecurity, and the brain.

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

While using StumbleUpon (http://www.stumbleupon.com/home - allows you to set interest parameters, then the site feeds you random sites that meet your interest criteria) to search out new web sites, I came across https://www.circuitlab.com/editor/

This is a web base circuit simulator that allow simple circuits to be created and simulated. 

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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