IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 58-01

January 2014

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

Friends,

As my first term as section chairman comes to a close, l want to tell you what an honor it's been to serve this exceptional group. This year the Central Texas Section received the Region 5 Best Large Section Award and several chapters and members receive awards and acknowledgements which you should all be proud of. I am sure 2014 will bring yet more remarkable accomplishments by you and the chapters.

A very special thanks goes to Ina Angeles who has served as the Section's Vice Chair-Austin for the past 2 years. Ina will still be active with the section in the newly created position of "Training Coordinator". She is planning a training class for chapter chairs to be held in early 2014.

Please join me in congratulating the other newly elected Section officer; Vice Chair-Austin - Leslie Martinich, Vice Chair-San Antonio - Ron Seaman, Treasurer - Don Drumtra, Secretary - Zhuo Li and Section Chair - Kenny Rice. I would also like to thank our past Chairman, Tom Grim, for his guidance during the last two years.

This was a very active year for IEEE activities in Central Texas. Several chapters held very successful workshops. The Section sponsored Lunch & Learn Lectures during EWEEK at several local companies. The 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) was held in Austin in June. The Section co-hosted the Texas Day Luncheon at NIWEEK. The Section hosted a Senior Member Upgrade event in December.

Let's continue with a reminder to what may be a third of our members.  Be sure to renew your IEEE membership.  IEEE is growing, but about 30 percent of members are arrears at the end of each calendar year, and it takes a lot of Membership Development effort early in the year to remind them that they have not renewed.  We would be better off to spend it on things like advancing existing members to the Senior Member status and facilitating the nomination of new IEEE Fellows. 

Chapter officers, you need to be sure that your L31 meeting reports are up to date, including administrative meetings, and to be sure that Don Drumtra has all the financial information he needs so that your portion of the Section's books can be audited.  That means that expenditures should be able to be matched with receipts.  Finally, you need to be sure that Zhuo Li has received the report of your election of officers so the section's officers roster can be updated.  Updating the chapter web pages continues to be the chapter's responsibility. 

You also need to be sure that your chapter will be represented at the CTS Executive Committee meeting on January 28th at Texas State University in San Marcos.  We will be approving the budget for 2014.

I look forward to 2014 and all the opportunities I know it will bring for CTS.

Happy New Year

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

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2014?

It is easy to forget and easy to put off.  If you haven’t renewed your IEEE membership, or don’t know if you have, go to your MYIEEE account NOW and check at http://www.ieee.org/myieee  or call 800 678-4333.

OR just renew now to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits at http://www.ieee.org/renew .

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. We have a lot planned for you in the CTS for 2013.

Visit http://www.ieee.org/membership to view all YOUR benefits of IEEE membership.

IEEE GOLD Hosts Upcoming Professional Development Webinar

The IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) sponsors webinars covering a variety of topical areas of interest to the new engineer as well as the engineer well into their career.  There are recorded webinars are available for IEEE members as well as for non-members.  These webinars cover professional development, technical development, as well as IEEE’s humanitarian initiatives.

Go to http://www.ieee.org/gold and browse the recorded webinar topics and check out what’s coming in 2014.
 
Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Spectrum

As a member of IEEE you have exclusive download privileges to view a rich content of IEEE Spectrum articles and features.  Check it out at http://www.ieee.org/spectrum


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 from IEEE
In January, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Starting Your Start-Up – Book 1: Developing a Business Plan” by Tanya Candia.

The “Starting Your Startup” series is designed for the engineer or entrepreneur who has a promising product or service idea but no real marketing expertise. Book 1 shows you how to develop an initial business plan that contains just enough information to get started. It will help you define your concept clearly and concisely, build an effective elevator pitch, communicate your product and company positioning, and identify your critical success factors.

“Starting Your Start-up – Book 1: Developing a Business Plan” can be downloaded in January at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/files/6ni3nslk/Starting-Your-Start-Up-Book-1.pdf for free to IEEE members. The non-member price is $9.99.

Congratulations to new Senior Member
Congratulations to Joshua Yi who was elevated to Senior Member at the November Admission & Advancement (A&A) review panel meeting. 

K-12 Information
Volunteers are needed for the FIRST events
If you live in or near Austin, TX Click on http://www.centraltxfirst.org/volunteer

If you live in or near San Antonio click on

FIRST LEGO League If you are interested in volunteering for events with younger kids,
complete the following survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLL_Volunteers

FIRST Tech Challenge If instead you are interested in volunteering for events with older kids,
complete this survey instead:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FTC_Volunteers

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Future City is currently seeking judges for the upcoming competition to be held at Texas State University in San Marcos. Last year the coordinator was Dawn Roberson and Kenny Rice served as moderator. This year the program is being run by skillpoint alliance. The Texas State IEEE student branch helps with this activity.

Please consider volunteering as a judge. Get more information at
http://futurecity.org/region/competition-judges

Some of the judging can be done from your home. Please check this out

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I am looking for your help in promoting K-12 activitie to our members.

Please contact me, Albert Lozano, if you would like to help me in this endeavor. My phone is
210-432-8636 and my email is alozano2915@sbcglobal.net

IEEE-USA and DuPont Team Up to Lead Engineers Week 2014
IEEE-USA is serving as lead engineering society for EWeek 2014 (16-22 February) and is partnering with DuPont, one of the world's leading and most innovative science and technology companies. A host of projects planned to celebrate the role engineers play in making the world the better, safer and more enjoyable place for us all to live. Check out the new DiscoverE web site for more information on EWeek 2014 events and activities.

IEEE Electrifies SXSW 2014 with Keynote Speaker Adam Savage and Featured Speakers Dean Kamen, Dr. Leslie Saxon and James Williamson
IEEE Speaker Series energizes SXSW audiences with presentations from innovators in entertainment, technology, healthcare, and music

IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today unveiled its co-curated lineup of keynote and featured speakers for the 2014 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festival, scheduled for March 7 – 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Following its well-received SXSW 2013 “Open Future Series”, IEEE will once again bring a diverse roster of creative visionaries and technology innovators to the annual interactive, film, and music event. The 2014 IEEE Speaker Series includes global leaders spanning a variety of disciplines including entertainment, technology, healthcare, and music.

Find out more at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ieee-electrifies-sxsw-2014-keynote-154200396.html

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Continuing Education


IEEE Spectrum Tech Insider Webinars
Learn from industry experts about latest technology advances via our free Tech Insider Webinars. This page lists upcoming and available 'on demand' Tech Insider webinars. All the live webinars are archived and are available on demand for 12 months. IEEE members can also earn PDH certificates for each webinar. Go to http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinars

IEEE Computer Society Webinars
Register now for our latest free live technical webinars. Or check out our past webinars at your convenience.  See  http://www.computer.org/portal/web/webinars/Register-for-a-Webinar for more information. 

IEEE Computer Society 2014 Professional Development Courses
Expand your knowledge base by taking a professional development course in your area of technical interest. Half-day webcast formats (3.5 hours) enable you to quickly get up to speed in a specific technology area without leaving your desk. And each are at a low cost of $49. For a limited time, sign up for three courses and receive the fourth one for free.  See the list of training courses. 

IEEE ComSoc Training
See http://www.comsoc.org/training/training-calendar for a list of upcoming courses. 

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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: Omar Garcia, email: ogarcia21@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@txstate.edu
Branch Chair: Alexander Katrenick, email: ak1338@txstate.edu

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Zachary Meicler Garcia, email: zmeicler@trinity.edu

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

University of Texas at San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Shuo Wang, email: Shuo.Wang@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Patrick Stockton, email: pstockton@ieee.org

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Calls for Volunteers

January 18, 2014: Future Cities Judges Needed
2014 Central Texas Future City Competition
Saturday January 18
Judges NEEDED
To volunteer to be a judge register at:
http://Futurecity.org/register

February 19-22, 2014: Judges & Volunteers Needed for Austin Energy Regional Science Fest
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival will take place Wednesday, Feb 19 through Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at the Palmer Events Center. We are looking for judges that can evaluate Elementary, Middle (Junior Division) and High School (Senior Division) projects, as well as volunteers who can help with registration, assist during judging or help check in projects. If you are interested in participating, please register at http://www.sciencefest.org/volunteer/index.php

Junior Division and Senior Division Judges, Thursday Feb 20, 2014
Students submit their projects in one of 17 science categories scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering. Judging is competitive and we need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.

Judging Qualifications:

Junior Division: Undergraduate (3rd year and above) and graduate students, as well as people with either a degree or 3 years of experience in the applicable science category
Senior Division: Graduate students, people with either a degree or 5 years of experience in the applicable science category.

Elementary Division Judges, Saturday, Feb 22, 2014
Each project will be evaluated on its own merit and receive either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon.

Judging Qualifications:

Adults with a good general education and the ability to talk to young children
Volunteers are needed from Wednesday, Feb 19, to Saturday, Feb 22, 2014

For more information, please contact ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org.

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

Topic/Title Gameification: Keeping Learning Fun
Speaker Carol Luckhardt Redfield, PhD is a Professor and Graduate Program Director for Computer Science at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She worked in the computer industry for 15 years.  Her PhD is from the University of Michigan, Computer Science and Engineering, in artificial intelligence and gaming. She specializes in educational computer tutors and games, and expert systems. She serves on committees for the San Antonio Space Society, John Jay Science and Engineering Academy, Landmark Education, and Friends Meeting of San Antonio (Quakers). She loves games, Ultimate Frisbee and science fiction. She is married and has two children.
Abstract Games have been around for thousands of years, while gamification is only now an emerging field.  Gameification of learning is bringing game-related activities and ideas to learning settings.  See some examples of educational computer games and find out where to find some, including engineering-related games.  Also, learn about how to make computer games in general.
Date/Time Tuesday, January 21, 2014; Dinner 6:30, Networking 7:15, Program 7:30
Location Conference Room B, University Center, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
Cost Dinner will be in the St. Mary’s Cafeteria downstairs in the University Center.  They have an all you can eat buffet for $8.50 plus tax.  Each person will pay for his or her own meal.  We will have a block of tables so we can sit together – look for Small IEEE Computer Society Signs on the tables.  Dinner is optional. You are welcome to skip dinner and come only to the technical presentation.
Reservations Not Required but for head count please email Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene, dibaroudende@stmarytx.edu , or call (210) 431-2050
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/22703

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

Topic/Title It's All Politics: Why Community Engagement is Critical to Professional Development
Speaker Ramey Ko
Speaker Bio Ramey Ko is a partner with the immigration and business law firm of Jung Ko, PLLC, and a Democratic candidate for Travis County Treasurer. He previously practiced housing and domestic violence law with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Texas Advocacy Project. In January 2010, Ramey was appointed the first Asian American judge in Travis County and served as an Associate Municipal Judge through 2013. Ramey also teaches as a Lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of Texas, focusing on Asian Americans and the law.

Since September 2010, Ramey has served on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which advises the Obama Administration and federal agencies on how to better serve the AAPI community. He currently serves on the Austin Public Safety Commission, which oversees the budgets and policies of police, fire, and emergency medical services. He is a Board Member of the Austin Asian American Resource Center, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, GlobalAustin, and a delegate of Local 1624 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees on the Central Labor Council. Ramey cofounded the Capital Area Asian American Democrats in April 2007, serving as president from April 2007 to June 2012 and Vice President since June 2012.

Ramey graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a degree in history and with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006. He loves cooking, karaoke, and trivia.
Abstract For a lot of people, politics calls to mind a lot of unpleasant things : politicians full of hot air, negative campaigning, and even the specter of corruption. It's no surprise that when surveyed, substantial numbers of Americans want nothing to do with politics, and often do not even want to hear or learn about it.

But is it truly possible to live a completely apolitical life? And even if it was, would it be desirable? In an age where over 90% of job opportunities are never publicly advertised and technology and economic changes have blurred the lines between the personal and the professional, politics permeates every aspect of our careers. Learn how politics and community engagement are not as mysterious or unfamiliar as you may think, and why being involved is critical to your professional development as a technology professional.
Date Wednesday, January 22, 6:30pm
Location PoK-e-Jo's Restaurant, 2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX  78727
Cost $5 minimum for restaurant, supper optional at extra cost.
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.  For more information go to: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/22911
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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://sites.ieee.org/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 3D Printing Demo
Speaker Charles Strang
Abstract Discussion and demonstration of 3D printing
Date/Time Thursday, 23 January, 11:30 AM CST
Location Lion & Rose British Restaurant and Pub, 842 NW Loop 410 (Blanco Road and I-410)
Cost Separate checks, regular lunch menu
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/21137
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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

Topic/Title Data Driven Insights into Residential Energy Usage and Power Quality
Speaker Scott Hinson
Scott leads the development of the Pike Powers Commercialization Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution.
Abstract The presentation covers the background/founding and capabilities of Pecan Street Inc, followed by some of the results and example data from the years of monitoring.
Date/Time Thursday, January 28, 2014
6:00 to 6:30 PM Social 6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner 7:00 to 7:30 PM Business Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 PM Program 9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress Austin, Texas
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

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Date/Time January 23rd
6:00 to 6:30PM Social
6:30 to 7:00PM Dinner
7:00 to 8:00PM Speaker Presentation
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Acadiana Cafe
1289 Southwest Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
210-674-0019

Cost $1 Members
$2 Non-members
$10 No meal ordered – applies to both members and non-members
Fee waived for students
Cash only please, No checks or credit cards.
Reservations Please RSVP to 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 There will be no PSES meeting in January. However, we do plan to have a very cool meeting in February covering 3-D printing! We may even have a 3-D printer to demo. Not a sales pitch but an informative talk on the current state of the art, what's available and potential uses of the tool. More information will be available as we get closer to the February meeting. I'm sure there are a lot of folks out there in the various IEEE groups in central Texas that would be interested in that timely subject.
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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/

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

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Technology Management Council - San Antonio (TMC)

http://webinabox.vtools.ieee.org/wibp_home/index/CH05214
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Women in Engineering Affinity Group
http://www.austin-wie.org/

Topic/Title Data Driven Insights into Residential Energy Usage and Power Quality
Speaker Scott Hinson
Scott leads the development of the Pike Powers Commercialization Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution.
Abstract The presentation covers the background/founding and capabilities of Pecan Street Inc, followed by some of the results and example data from the years of monitoring.

Date/Time Thursday, January 28, 2014
6:00 to 6:30 PM Social 6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner 7:00 to 7:30 PM Business Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 PM Program 9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location  El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress Austin, Texas
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Notes Joint meeting with the Austin jpint chapter of PES/PELS/IAS/IES

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

  • March 3-6, 2014: 2014 IEEE International Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA)
    Riverwalk Plaza Hotel & Suites
    100 Villita Street at Dwyer/Main Plaza
    San Antonio, TX
    http://www.cogsima2014.org/

  • May 28-30, 2014: 2014 IEEE International Conference on IC Design & Technology (ICICDT)
    AMD- Austin Lone Star Campus
    7171 Southwest Parkway
    Austin, TX
    http://www.icicdt.org/

  • September 22-26, 2014: 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control, and Communication (ISPCS)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East 4th Street
    Austin, TX
    http://www.ispcs.org/2014/index.html

  • September 25, 2014: 2014 Rock Stars of Cybersecurity
    Austin, TX

  • October 14-17, 2014: 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium (BTS)
    Hilton Palacio del Rio
    200 South Alamo
    San Antonio, TX
    http://bts.ieee.org/

  • December 8-12, 2014: GLOBECOM 2014 - 2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference
    Hilton Austin Hotel
    Austin, TX

  • May 31 thru June 4, 2015: 2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (PPC)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East 4th Street
    Austin, TX

  • November 15-20, 2015: 2015 SC - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    Austin Convention Center
    TX
  • 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

See the Door64 calendar for other local tech events

Second & Fourth Friday of evey month: TechRanch Austin, Campfire
Come join our entrepreneurial community
every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Want to connect and network with local tech entrepreneurs? Validate your business idea? Interested in getting more involved with Tech Ranch? Come out for a Campfire!

Campfire is all about connecting you to the larger tech startup community. Every 2nd and 4th Friday at 3:30 PM, we gather interesting, accomplished people from across Austin’s vast entrepreneur ecosystem so you can get the introductions, insight, and help you need to move your business forward, while also helping others.

http://techranchaustin.com/programs/campfire/

January 11, 2014: Texas Data Day

Texas Data Day 2014 will be hel on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Once again, the event will be held at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas Campus.
See http://datadaytexas.com/ for more information

The list of visiting speakers for Data Day Texas is almost complete:
http://datadaytexas.com/speakers

June 13-14, 2014: Texas Linux Fest 2014
It's that time... TxLF 2014 is here!

Are you as excited as we are for the 5th annual Texas Linux Fest?!

We are going to be at the Austin Convention Center June 13th and 14th, 2014.

This year we are planning to do two full days of expo-floor in a much larger venue. This means more vendors. More free stuff. More prizes. And more awesome-ness.

Pre-Register for the best price!

We are now accepting registration for this year's event. Sign up now!

Call for papers is officially open!

If you would like to submit a talk, please check here for more info.

Want to be a vendor? Have an awesome idea? Maybe you want to volunteer to help out?

For any other questions, feel free to shoot an email over to info@texaslinuxfest.org

Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Tx
http://texaslinuxfest.org

March 8-9, 2014: Tech Career Expo during Interactive Week in Austin
The Tech Career Expo-Austin the same time as SXSW Interactive Week takes place at Fogo de Chao, directly across the street the Austin Convention Center - the center of the action for Interactive Week

Tech Career Expo - http://x14.techcareerexpo.com/ - taking place March 8-9, 2013 in Austin during Interative Week is the premier job fair showcasing the best tech jobs and career opportunities available. This is the ideal place for you to meet with and discuss employment with top companies – from startups to large firms – in a casual, creative environment (Fogo de Chao). Professionals involved in all aspects of technology (from engineering, programming and design, to marketing, sales, management and more) are welcome to participate.

Tech Career Expo is free to attend to both Interative Week attendees and non-attendees.
We are not affiliated with Interative Week so no badge is required to attend.

Tech Career Expo registration is not required, but if you plan to attend, please let us know by filling out the optional pre-registration form above.

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

Texas Girls Collaborative Project
The TxGCP Google Group is the best way to be connected in your region with all things K12 STEM - are you connected to the conversation? Join the group in your region of Texas - http://txgcp.org/k12-stem-outreach-google-group/.

Springboard to STEM
http://stem.firstbook.org/

The goal of the Springboard to STEM program is "to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and provide training and classroom materials for teachers." On this website, visitors can take advantage of free educational materials like worksheets, lesson plans, and discussion questions. Visitors need to fill out a form on the site before they can access all of the materials, but this only takes a minute or two. Moving on, the News and Links area contains links to their work around STEM education and the project's Twitter feed. The Marketplace is another great feature of the site which contains links to high quality STEM-related resources, such as books and classroom DVDs, that are available for purchase.


Career

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

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

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I was looking through the IEEE Spectrum Tech Alert email a short time ago and came across an article entitled "How to Brew Your Own Conductive Ink".  The article explains how you can create your own conductive ink, then draw working circuits. 

The process isn't cheap, but it is affordable, and it is something that you can try at home. 

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.