Contents Chairman's Column Membership Development News of Interest Call for Volunteers Continuing Education Career What if . . . Tips, Tools & Gadgets
Student Branches
Useful IEEE Links
Chapter Activities
IEEE Events Non-IEEE Events
STEM Activities

The Analog is the monthly newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. New issues are published around the first of each month.  The deadline for inclusion of material is the 26th of the month.  Send submissions, comments, questions to John Purvis, Editor, john.purvis@ieee.org. Archives of The Analog can be found on the CTS web site here.

From the CTS Chair

The last weekend of January the CTS Section and Chapter Officers met at Texas State University for the semi-annual Section Executive Committee meeting. About 40 chapter and student branch officers reported on the 2013 activities of their chapters and their plans for 2014. It was great hearing about all the different types of plans that the chapter leaders have for 2014. I plan to attend as many as possible.

Speaking of Texas State University, on behalf of the entire IEEE Central Texas Section, we would like to thank the University and the Texas State IEEE Student Branch for hosting the Central Texas Future City Competition on January 18, 2014. It was a great event and the 7th and 8th grade students all did an excellent job on their projects.

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 http://www.ieee.org/renew  NOW and find out or simply call 800 678-4333.

Renew now to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits.

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

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

Science Fair Judge – Yes Science Fair season is in full swing.  There are a number of science and engineering focused schools in the CTS area that host Science Fairs each year. From the school fairs, winners progress to state and regional fairs.  Commitments are typically a half day.  Below are those upcoming Science Fairs known to the CTS.
Find a time, register, and go make a difference in the next generation of engineers!

IEEE Professional Development Webinars
The IEEE Young Professional Program (formally GOLD) regularly invites IEEE members to attend quarterly Professional Development Webinars. 

These webinars cover many of the important targeted to the young professional member.  Past topics include Project Management, Engineering for Change, and Scientific writing, to name a few.  Past Webinars have been recorded and are ready for viewing at any time through your MyIEEE account.

Go to http://www.ieee.org/gold for a list of past webinars and for a schedule of what’s to come.

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.tv
Made possible by the members of IEEE, IEEE.tv is an award-winning Internet-based television network.  IEEE members produce and deliver special-interest programming about technology and engineering for the benefit of IEEE’s member and the general public.

IEEE.tv Public Access is free to the general public, and made possible by IEEE members and select industry-sponsors.

IEEE members log in to access special members-only programs and site features including downloads and program transcripts.

Check it out at: http://ieeetv.ieee.org

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 available from IEEE, New titles added to Xplore
In February, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Technical Presentations - Book 3: Style – Dynamic Delivery Techniques” which can be downloaded at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/files/miw28dn2/Technical-Presentations-Book-3.pdf for free to IEEE members. The non-member price is $9.99.

“A personal introduction, captivating opening, interesting body and compelling conclusion comprise the four major parts of a successful presentation,” Patel writes. “But once you have an organized and well-written presentation, it’s time to shift your focus to delivery by incorporating eye contact, varied voice and fluid body language.”

This e-book will be available to members in February.

Seventeen new titles were added to the available eBooks for the 2014 membership year. IEEE members now have access to more than 280 eBooks from the IEEE Press collection through IEEE Xplore, at no additional cost.

Finding IEEE eBook Classics
  • Sign in to IEEE Xplore using your IEEE Account.
  • Under the “Browse” heading in the left-hand navigation, click on “Books.”
  • Select the “Classics” tab from the top of the page. Under this tab you will find a listing of all the free titles.
Check Out New Titles in Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online, available free to Computer Society members, was recently updated to feature several new titles, including Cloud Computing, Hacking Healthcare, and Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide. Read a book anytime, anywhere by accessing the mobile feature. Browse now

The IEEE has revised it's code of ethics
Last November the IEEE Board of Directors approved a revision to the IEEE Code of Ethics.  The newly approved IEEE Code of Ethics is:

We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree:
  • to accept responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;
  • to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;
  • to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;
  • to reject bribery in all its forms;
  • to improve the understanding of technology; its appropriate application, and potential consequences;
  • to maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
  • to seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others;
  • to treat fairly all persons and to not engage in acts of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression;
  • to avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;
  • to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/briefings/business/approved-ieee-code-of-ethics

DEVELOPING Mobile APPS
IEEE-USA is sponsoring an apps competition that begins on 18 February. App-E-Feat is designed to match members with humanitarian organizations to develop mobile apps for a cause. The effort is IEEE’s contribution to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), whose mission is to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing problems. The contest will run through 19 May, and winners will receive an iPad Air. The opportunity to get involved with App-E-Feat will continue to be promoted through CGI throughout 2014.

“With the Clinton initiative, we’re working with an organization that has its hands on the pulse of humanitarian efforts,” says Panetta, who came up with the idea behind the App-E-Feat project. “Nonprofits don’t really have access to the latest technology, but we do.

“We’re going to create a powerful synergy that’s never been seen before between such an organization and IEEE,” she says.

EWeek Weminar: 5 Easy Things You Can Do to Make a Difference During Engineers Week
The live weminar is over, but you can see a recording of the presentation on YouTube at:
http://youtu.be/b1ONyZFKSCs

The PowerPoint presentation is available on SlideShare at:
http://www.slideshare.net/TheaSahr/5-easy-tips-to-prep-for-engineers-week

Feel free to send your questions, comments and feedback to: info@discovere.org

And don’t forget to share your local Engineers Week 2014 events on our online calendar!
http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/upcoming-events

Nominate a Colleague for IEEE Fellow
Each year, the Board of Directors confers the membership grade of Fellow upon a select group of IEEE members who have made important contributions to the advancement of engineering, science, and technology. Do you know someone who fits the bill? Read on

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

Also visit our web site for more detailed information.

K-12 Activities
The Future City competition was held at Texas State University in San Marcos on January 18, 2013.
The first place went to Vectric City from Westridge middle school in Austin, TX. The winner will compete at the national competition in Washington, DC during Engineers Week.

The event was carried out by Skillpoint Alliance. This year IEEE was a gold sponsor and several IEEE members participated in various capacities. Our section chair, Kenny Rice, was master of ceremonies during the finals presentations. The Texas State University IEEE student branch supported the event with many volunteers, and their adviser, Larry Larson hosted the event.

I am always looking for stories featuring K-12 involvement by our members.

On January 23, 2014, James Mercier and his wife participated as judges at the Copperfield Elementary School Science Fair. They will probably be involved at the Austin Regional Science Fair on February 22, 2014 at the Palmer Event Center.

If you are involved in any K-12 activities, please let me know via email at alozano@ieee.org

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Call for Volunteers

Discover Engineering http://www.centexeweek.org/
Volunteers can now sign up at http://www.centexeweek.org/volunteer to be paired with a school for a visit.

Schools/Educators, get all your info at http://www.centexeweek.org/educators if you would like to have engineers visit.

February 8, 2014: Alamo Junior Academy of Science (AJAS)
This competition will take place Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Robert E. Lee High School at 1400 Jackson Keller Road 78213.  We are inviting members of the scientific and technical community to participate as AJAS Judges.  We need judges for the morning (oral and written) presentations, the afternoon (Blue Ribbon Judges), or both (morning and afternoon).

AJAS is not a science fair; therefore, there are no display boards.  The students will be evaluated on their oral and written presentations only. They are grouped by category within the Junior Division (grades 6-8) or Senior Division (grades 9-12).  The 12 subjects include:

1.  Chemistry                    2.  Earth & Space
3.  Botany                       4.  Math & Computers
5.  Physics                      6.  Biochemistry
7.  Medicine & Health            8.  Microbiology
9.  Behavior & Social Science    10. Engineering
11. Environmental Science        12. Zoology

If you are interested in being a judge for this competition or future ones, please respond to rfanick@swri.org on or before February 6, 2014.  In your response, please indicate:

1. Subject(s) that you feel qualified to judge (first, second, and third choices)
2. Category (Junior or Senior) that you would like to judge.
3. Availability
Morning only - Oral and Written Presentations
Afternoon only - Blue Ribbon Team
Both - morning and afternoon
4. Preferred method of contact (mail, e-mail, telephone, etc.)

Once we receive your response, we will follow with a confirmation and more specifics (location, schedule, parking, etc.).  For more information or questions, please go to our website at http://arase.org or contact me, E. Robert Fanick, at (210) 522-2653 or (210) 467-8964 or by e-mail at rfanick@swri.org.

There will be at least two judges per room (5 to 10 students) for the morning session.  Students have up to 12 minutes to give an oral presentation and be evaluated.  Each student will also provide a written report to be evaluated at the end of the presentations.

In the afternoon, the Blue Ribbon Judges rate the top two reports submitted from each room as selected by the morning judges to select the Grand Prize Winners.  Top ranking Senior Division students may apply to the Texas State Junior Academy of Science at Texas A&M University (College Station) to compete for awards and the eligibility to attend the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

The proposed schedule for judging is as follows:

SCHEDULE:
Judges Check-In and Breakfast               7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Orientation and Room Assignments            8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Student Oral Presentations                  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Reading & Evaluation of Papers              11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Check-Out                                   Before 1:30 PM
Lunch                                       11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Blue Ribbon Team Judging                    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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.

February 22, 2014: St. Philip’s College Green Energy and Engineering Day (GEED)
St. Philip’s College in San Antonio is seeking engineers to serve as role models. Specifically, they are seeking engineers who would be interested in participating/conducting a 1.5 hour hands-on workshop with 5th grade students on the afternoon of February 22nd.  They are also asking that you tell a little of “your story” to the kids so they can learn how you became interested in this field and what you enjoy about your career.  The children targeted are predominantly low income, minority students from Title I schools.  
 
They have solar F1 racer kits (complete with instructional booklets for the kids) to build.  Would you be interested in volunteering for this event?  Do you know of any other engineers in your professional network who would be interested?  Please respond at your earliest convenience.

March 3, 2014: Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair
The Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held on Monday March 3, 2014 at St. Mary's University, is looking for professionals from the scientific, technical, and engineering community to serve as judges.  About 200 judges are needed for this competition.  Students are grouped by Division - Junior Division (grades 6-8) or Senior Division (grades 9-12) and by subject.  The 12 subjects include:
 
1.  Chemistry                    2.  Earth & Space
3.  Engineering                  4.  Math & Computers
5.  Physics                      6.  Biochemistry
7.  Medicine & Health            8.  Microbiology
9.  Behavior & Social Science    10. Botany
11. Environmental Science        12. Zoology
 
Judges for this competition should contact Mr. E. Robert Fanick by e-mail at rfanick@swri.org by February 28, 2014 for more details.  This competition is a great opportunity to witness what local students are capable of achieving in the development of their scientific and technical knowledge.

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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Career

What Keeps Engineers From Advancing in Their Careers?
Other than having strong technical skills, demonstrating business acumen—the ability to tune in to customers’ needs and align technical progress with business strategy—can help engineers move up in their company. Learn more

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

What if the NEC had been written by a poet . . .

The National Electrical Code, or NEC ("National Electrical Code" and "NEC" are registered trademarks of the NFPA.), is a fine document used by all electricians and electrical designers. But it can be kind of stodgy. Consider for example Article 358 on Electrical Metallic Tubing, the most common commercial wiring method:

“358.30 Securing and Supporting. EMT shall be installed as a complete system in accordance with article 300.18 and shall be securely fastened in place and supported in accordance with 358.30 (A) and (B).

(A) Securely Fastened. EMT shall be securely fastened in place at least every 3 m (10 ft). In addition, each EMT run in between termination points shall be securely fastened within 900 mm (3 ft) of each outlet box, junction box, device box, cabinet, conduit body, or other tubing termination.

Exception No. 1: Fastening of broken lengths shall be permitted to be increased to a distance of 1.5 m (5 ft) where structural members do not readily permit fastening within 900 mm (3 ft).”

Okay, we get the point. But what if various poets had written this section? Well, I discovered a hidden archive where various poets had indeed attempted to bring some life to the NEC. Over the next few months, I will reveal various poet’s contributions. This month we have Elizabeth Barrett Browning (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Barrett_Browning) who wrote “How do I love thee? let me count the ways” in Sonnet 43 of her book Sonnets from the Portuguese. Let’s see how she treated it:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I support thee? Let me count the ways.
I support thee to the depth and breadth and height
Not to exceed 10-feet, or 3-feet from a termination when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I support thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by appropriate anchor and strap.
I support thee firmly, as men strive for Right;
I support thee purely, as they turn from Praise;
With Listed parts intended for the use.
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I support thee with a love I seemed to lose
Until an inspector told me, what I had to lose.
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but secure thee than ever come loose.

Now, isn’t that much more impressive? Next month we’ll see how Dr. Seuss treated the same article.

Contributed by James Justin Mercier, P.E., CFM
James.Mercier@txdot.gov


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

We all rely on SSL certificates while using the Internet.  Secure Socket Layer (SSL) was created by Netscape (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netscape) to enable secured transactions between web servers and browsers.  A third party certificate is used to identify one, or both ends of the transaction.  This is most commonly encountered when you visit a web site, most often for financial transactions, and it switches from an HTTP to an HTTPS connection. 

In most browsers this will show up with with a colored (green for FireFox, Safari and Chrome) indicator in the address field and usually the symbol of a lock to indicate that a secure connection is being used.  With that in place you know that any data you enter into a form, such as a credit card number is being transmitted as encrypted data instead of as plain text.

As technology evolves, the level of security an SSL certificate provides can deterioriate, depending on the configuration of the server and the browser.  There are multiple web sites that will allow you to assess the strength of a sites SSL certificate and configuration.  One of these sites is https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/.  You can, for instance, enter the URL of your financial institution to see how strong their SSL is. 

In a similar way you can test your browser by visiting https://www.howsmyssl.com/

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.  

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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Useful IEEE 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


Local Chapter Activities

The IEEE is organized into Societies and Special Interest Groups.  The full list as well as a link to join each can be found at http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/societies/index.html. The Central Texas Secion has several Chapters with their own local activities as listed below. Note that some Joint Chapters represent more than one Society.
APS
CASS
CEDA
ComSoc

CPMTS
CS
EDS
EdSoc
EMBS
EMCS
GOLD
IAS
Antennas and Propagation Society
Circuits and Systems Society
Council on Electronic Design Automation
Communications Society - Austin San Antonio
Consultant's Network
Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
Computer Society - Austin San Antonio
Electron Devices Society
Education Society
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
Young Professionals
Industry Applications Society
  IES
IMS
IPS

MTTS
PELS
PES
PSES
SMCS
SPS
SSCS
TMC
WIE
Industrial Electronics Society
Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Photonics Society
Life Members
Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
Power Electronics Society
Power & Energy Society - Austin San Antonio
Product Safety Engineering Society
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
Signal Processing Society - Austin San Antonio
Solid-State Circuits Society
Technology Management Council - Austin San Antonio
Woment in Engineering

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques (APS/MTTS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ap_mtt/


Topic/Title

Implantable Wireless Medical Devices and Systems 

Speaker

J. C. Chiao

Abstract

The presentation focuses on the development of wireless micro devices and systems for medical applications at UT-Arlington. They are based on technology platforms such as wireless energy transfer for batteryless implants, miniature electrochemical sensors, nanoparticle modified surfaces, MEMS devices and wireless communication. An integrated wireless body network for chronic pain management will be discussed. The system provides a wireless closed loop for neurorecorders to recognize pain signals and neurostimulators to inhibit pain. Batteryless endoluminal sensing telemeter architecture will also be discussed with an esophagus implant for remote diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an endoscopically-implantable wireless gastro-stimulator for gastroparesis management, and a wireless bladder volume monitoring implant for urinary incontinence management. These applications enable new medicines to improve human welfare and assist better living.

Date/Time

February 21, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Cost


Reservations


Location

Room 2.402, POB Building

Notes


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


Topic/Title

Formal Verification at IBM: Applications and Technology Overview

Speaker

Viresh Paruthi, Jason Baumgartner

Abstract


Date/Time

February 25, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6:00 to 6:30 pm — Networking and refreshments (pizza and water)
6:30 to 6:40 pm — IEEE promotion
6:40 to 9:00 pm — Seminar

Cost


Reservations


Location

Room: Auditorium
Bldg: Building A, Freescale auditorium
7700 W Parmer Ln.
Austin, Texas

Notes


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

20nm Design Challenges: Spanning Process, Mixed-Signal Circuits, & Design Technology

Speaker

Ravi Subramanian, Ph.D

Abstract

As we cross the 20nm frontier, a number of challenges emerge spanning process technology, device modeling, mixed-signal circuit design, and the tools and methodologies required for circuit design and verification. This talk begins with a brief introduction of the dramatic changes going on in the semiconductor industry driven by record levels of mixed-signal circuit integration in nanometer designs. A structural shift is underway in the industry, and scaling challenges at the 20nm frontier, including 3D MOS devices, are creating a new landscape. Understanding this new landscape is critical in order to analyze who will be the winners and the losers. We will take a look at what this scaling means for analog, mixed-signal, and RF design, and why it is not so different from Rod Serling's TV Series, "The Twilight Zone," where each episode typically featured some sort of futuristic, disturbing, or unusual event with a twist and a moral. We will close with a view of the (r)evolution in design technology and automation that is required to meet the revolution that is already underway in circuit design techniques.

Date/Time

20-February-2014 / 6PM

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/22147

Location

ACES (or POB) 2.402

Notes




The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. 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 (CPMTS) - Austin
http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/

Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at this time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Cost

Reservations


Location


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

Topic/title

Cryptography & Privacy: Jcqtlqvo Bzcabewzbpg Agabmua

Speaker

Bankim Tejani is the Senior Security Architect at ServiceMesh in Austin, TX. His origins in this domain began with a childhood hobby of programming, and a college hobby of security. He has developed software in a variety of languages including Fortran, C/C++, Java, and .NET. He jumped into information security 10 years ago, and has conducted both security research and assessments. He spent much of the last 5 years advising companies and government agencies on integrating static analysis into their SDLCs. Bankim is an active member of the Austin OWASP chapter.

Abstract

Privacy in the modern age has become precarious. We grant others, often implicitly, our personal information (name, address, SSNs, card numbers, etc.) in order to gain their trust to do business with us. We implicitly expect that the privileged information will be treated with care, using modern technologies such as encryption. However, many examples (Target 2013, Neiman Marcus 2013, Home Depot, Heartland Payment Systems, TJX 2004, etc.) indicate that this information is at risk. Beyond breaches, we are increasingly learning of the NSA, law enforcement, and others gaining direct access to our data through businesses we trusted.
 
As engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, leaders, and citizens we can be part of the solution.
 
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Date/time

February 19th, 2013 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with
food/drinks (membership not required to attend)
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering (Pizza, Salad, drinks provided - free)
6:50 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
7:00 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:30 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

Cost


Reservations

 https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/2356

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn

Topic/Title Solutions for Scale-out Communications-Centric Data Center Processing
Speaker Sam Fuller
Speaker Bio
Abstract
Date February 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
6:00 to 6:30pm — Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm — Business and Program
Location Bldg: PoK-e-Jo’s Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
Cost $5.00 minimum cost for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations are not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Reservations
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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EducationSociety (EdSoc)

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMCS)
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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
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Young Professionals (GOLD) Affinity Group

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
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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 (IMS)

Topic/Title

Smart Grid-Ready Instrumentation: A Virtual Instrumentation Approach for an Advanced Software-Designed-Intelligent-Electronic-Device Platform

Speaker

Roberto Piacentini, National Instruments
Roberto Piacentini was born in São Paulo, Brazil on October 6, 1973. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the São Paulo Polytechnic School at the University of São Paulo in 1999, and with a masters’ degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas Red McCombs School of Business. Throughout his career he managed large, complex customer technology programs for energy, utilities, and oil and gas customers worldwide. His responsibilities include senior-level leadership for structuring customer technology solutions and program planning and administration. He also acts as a communications liaison to client and executive sponsors and ensures the schedule, budget, and quality of customer deployments. His most recent collaborations include electric distribution with a primary focus on working with utilities and partners on substation automation and distributed monitoring. Piacentini is a member of the Brazilian Professional Engineering Society (CREA-SP) and IEEE Power & Energy Society, and he actively participates in the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) and the North American SynchroPhasor Association (NASPI). He joined National Instruments in 2000 as a senior applications and software engineer with increasing levels of responsibility including R&D Group Manager for Embedded Real-Time Control software. Currently he holds the title of Senior Manager, Strategy and Technology – Energy Segment, and he is based at National Instruments headquarters in Austin, Texas

Abstract

The “Smart Grid” term is typically used as an umbrella term to refer to new technologies aiming to address today’s challenges in the power grid. At a high level, these challenges include aging infrastructure, poor reliability, reactive maintenance, and inadequate infrastructure to connect renewable resources. Utilities have realized the importance of technology to address the complex challenges facing grid systems today.  New technology advancements, which include the Software-Designed-Intelligent-Electronic-Devices (SD-IEDs), are rapidly being deployed trough the power system and making possible a smarter and more efficient electric power grid. The SD-IEDs include all the components of real meters and controllers, but are configured as virtual meters or controllers via software and can be efficiently controlled and adjusted as a result of changes in the grid and disturbances. Generic SD-IED platforms can also be used by utility engineer to define the instrument functionality and algorithms to be executed, using only software and graphical design tools. At the heart of these advancements lies the powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Field Array) technology, which yields additional flexibility and reliability.  This allows the convergence of multiple functional devices into a single unit, which as a result lowers the overall cost of smart grid systems. Because FPGAs can be reprogrammed in the field, as requirements and standards for the smart grid mature, functional enhancements can be deployed to SD-IEDs without the need to modify the hardware layout or replace the entire device. SD-IEDs represent a fundamental shift from traditional hardware-centric instrumentation systems to software-centric systems that explore computing power, productivity, and connectivity capabilities of popular desktop computers.

This presentation describes how to apply the virtual instrumentation approach to create advanced SD-IEDs and illustrates it with two deployment examples: (1) smart switches for a leading energy delivery utility in the USA, and (2) advanced PMU research for distribution grids.

Date/Time

February 17, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/23357

Location

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

Notes

Joint meeting with Austin PES/PELS/IAS/IES


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Photonics Society (IPS)

No meeting scheduled at this time.

For more information, contact Mikhail Belkin

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group - San Antonio

Topic/Title Tour of the Autonomous Vehicles Lab at Southwest Research Institute
Speaker
Abstract Luncheon at the SwRI Cafeteria, followed by presentation and tour of the Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory.
Date/Time February 20, 2014 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location Bldg: SwRI Cafeteria
Culebra Road
San Antonio, Texas
Cost
Reservations t.p.obrien@ieee.org
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More information on LM: http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/life_members/index.html

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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PES/PELS/IAS/IES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

Topic/Title Smart Grid-Ready Instrumentation: A Virtual Instrumentation Approach for an Advanced Software-Designed-Intelligent-Electronic-Device Platform
Speaker Roberto Piacentini, National Instruments
Roberto Piacentini was born in São Paulo, Brazil on October 6, 1973. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the São Paulo Polytechnic School at the University of São Paulo in 1999, and with a masters’ degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas Red McCombs School of Business. Throughout his career he managed large, complex customer technology programs for energy, utilities, and oil and gas customers worldwide. His responsibilities include senior-level leadership for structuring customer technology solutions and program planning and administration. He also acts as a communications liaison to client and executive sponsors and ensures the schedule, budget, and quality of customer deployments. His most recent collaborations include electric distribution with a primary focus on working with utilities and partners on substation automation and distributed monitoring. Piacentini is a member of the Brazilian Professional Engineering Society (CREA-SP) and IEEE Power & Energy Society, and he actively participates in the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) and the North American SynchroPhasor Association (NASPI). He joined National Instruments in 2000 as a senior applications and software engineer with increasing levels of responsibility including R&D Group Manager for Embedded Real-Time Control software. Currently he holds the title of Senior Manager, Strategy and Technology – Energy Segment, and he is based at National Instruments headquarters in Austin, Texas
Abstract The “Smart Grid” term is typically used as an umbrella term to refer to new technologies aiming to address today’s challenges in the power grid. At a high level, these challenges include aging infrastructure, poor reliability, reactive maintenance, and inadequate infrastructure to connect renewable resources. Utilities have realized the importance of technology to address the complex challenges facing grid systems today.  New technology advancements, which include the Software-Designed-Intelligent-Electronic-Devices (SD-IEDs), are rapidly being deployed trough the power system and making possible a smarter and more efficient electric power grid. The SD-IEDs include all the components of real meters and controllers, but are configured as virtual meters or controllers via software and can be efficiently controlled and adjusted as a result of changes in the grid and disturbances. Generic SD-IED platforms can also be used by utility engineer to define the instrument functionality and algorithms to be executed, using only software and graphical design tools. At the heart of these advancements lies the powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Field Array) technology, which yields additional flexibility and reliability.  This allows the convergence of multiple functional devices into a single unit, which as a result lowers the overall cost of smart grid systems. Because FPGAs can be reprogrammed in the field, as requirements and standards for the smart grid mature, functional enhancements can be deployed to SD-IEDs without the need to modify the hardware layout or replace the entire device. SD-IEDs represent a fundamental shift from traditional hardware-centric instrumentation systems to software-centric systems that explore computing power, productivity, and connectivity capabilities of popular desktop computers.

This presentation describes how to apply the virtual instrumentation approach to create advanced SD-IEDs and illustrates it with two deployment examples: (1) smart switches for a leading energy delivery utility in the USA, and (2) advanced PMU research for distribution grids.
Date/Time February 17, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm
Location National Instruments - Building C 1S13 - 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/23357
Notes Joint meeting with IMS


Topic/Title Wind Power Developers are Optimists
Speaker Walter Reid, Wind Coalition at ERCOT
Walter Reid is currently working with the Wind Coalition at ERCOT as well as providing support for proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.  Walter is also consulting with a number of wind-power developers concerning ERCOT market rules and assisting with the business aspects of various contracting issues.  He was heavily involved in the development of both the zonal and the nodal market rules for ERCOT and continues to help update those rules.
Before Walter starting consulting in 1995 he worked for the Lower Colorado River Authority for 25 years in a variety of engineering, managerial, and executive management positions.  Walter was Executive Director of Electric Operations for several years in charge of all of LCRA’s transmission, generation, fuels, and contracting activities. 
Mr. Reid received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University and spent six years in the Navy Nuclear Submarine service before coming to Austin.
Abstract ERCOT faces several technical challenges in designing the transmission system. This presentation will identify and address these challenges. A large number of questions are anticipated, extra time will be allocated for the Q&A portion of the presentation.
Date/Time Tuesday, February 25, 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
Cost Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants)
IEEE Student Members: FREE or $3 for select dinners (no charge for non-meal participants)
Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $3 to $6 for dinners (no charge for non-meal participants)
All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages
A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
Reservations If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PES)
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

Topic/Title Texas Board of Professional Engineers – Professional Practice Update / Ethics
Speaker David Howell, PE
David Howell was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director in November 2013 and is also serving as Director of Licensing for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.  He has over 24 years of engineering experience working for the State of Texas, eight of them with the Board. As the Director of the Licensing Division, he oversees the review of all PE applications, Firm registrations, EIT certifications and renewals in the State of Texas.  The Licensing division reviews more than 3,200 PE applications per year and handles the renewals for close to 59,000 licensed Texas PEs and approximately 9,000 registered engineering Firms.
 
David has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso.  Prior to coming to the Board, his work was primarily in the field of environmental engineering.
Abstract Updates on Board rule changes within the last year, general updates on initiatives the Board is working on, information on enforcement statistics, and the engineering Code of Conduct
Date/Time February 27, 2014
6:00 to 6:30PM Social
6:30 to 7:00PM Dinner
7:00 to 8:00PM Speaker Presentation
Location

Acadiana Café

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
$10 No meal ordered – applies to both members and non-members
Fee waived for students
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 3-D Printing - What it is and how it's done!
Speaker Brad Scoggins, President and CEO of Austin Manufacturing Services

In addition to being the President and CEO of a growing contract manufacturing business here in Austin, Brad is a "Tinkerer" with new technology. Since graduating from Texas A&M a few years back, he has enjoyed playing with new ideas and the technology to make them easier to use and more practical in the marketplace. 3-D printing caught his eye before it became a buzz word, so he's had some time to understand the ins and outs of using it. He'll be sharing that with us during the meeting on the 18th. I've been told that he may even bring a printer with him to benefit those of us who haven't seen or used one.
Abstract The "ABC's" of this new technology will be covered: the concept, how it's done, the media used and other aspects of the process.
Date/Time February 18, 2014  Meeting starts at 7pm, but come a little early for networking and some pizza before we begin.
Cost
Reservations Please RSVP to Dale Ritzen at daler@austinmfg.com or (512) 651-5338 so we have some idea of how many people will attend.
Location Dell Parmer South Campus, Building PS4, Victoria Conference Room (just inside the door to the left)
Notes If you need directions to the Dell campus, please contact Dale at the email address or phone number given above.

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 (SPS/ComSoc)

http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

Topic/Title

Harnessing Electrical Demand Flexibility for a Sustainable Energy Future

Speaker

Mr. Mahdi Kefayati, ECE Department of the University of Texas at Austin
Mahdi Kefayati is currently a PhD candidate and research assistant at the ECE Department of the University of Texas at Austin where he has been working on various problems from wireless communications and networks to energy systems and smart grids. He has received his MS in Information Technology and BS in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and University of Tehran in 2004 and 2007 respectively.

He has worked as a software engineer at Electrical Power Engineering (EPE) Consultants focusing on automated analysis and optimization of electrical distribution networks. He has also served as research intern for Fujitsu Labs of America on Demand Response technologies and algorithms. He has co-authored more than 15 publications and has served as session chair for INFORMS general meeting in 2013.

Abstract

Renewable energy is key to a sustainable future. However, the intermittency of most renewable sources and lack of sufficient storage in the current power grid means that reliable integration of significantly more renewables will be a challenging task. Demand, on the other side, has been largely regarded as non-controllable and inelastic in the current setting. However, there is strong evidence that a considerable portion of the current and future demand, such as electric vehicle load, is flexible. That is, the instantaneous power delivered to it needs not to be bound to a specific trajectory.

 In this talk we focus on harnessing demand flexibility as a key to enabling more renewable integration, minimizing energy cost, and making the the grid more robust. We first give some background on how the current grid is run and discuss the paradigm shift that is happening in the grid as concepts like Demand Response (DR) and Smart Grid gain more traction. We then concretely show how ideas, similar to ones used in communication networks, can help us improve the state of the grid as renewable integration is expanded and why transportation electrification can play an enormous role in more sustainable energy future, not only through reducing our consumption of fossil fuels but also through its demand flexibility.

Date/Time

February 20, 2014
6-8pm

Location

AT&T
9505 Arboretum, Austin

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/23183

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

Topic/Title

Satellite Communications

Speaker

TBD

Abstract

TBD

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TBD

Location

TBD

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMCS)

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

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
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Abstract
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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 Next meeting will be in February.
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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)
http://www.austin-wie.org/

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this 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

  • 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/

  • March 5-7, 2014: 2014 Global Marathon – For Women in Engineering and Technology: ‘Let’s Make a Difference’
    The Global Marathon is a virtual, global town square that brings together women in engineering and technology regardless of work experience, country, culture, age or education.
    It is a free networking platform that is the sum of a virtual 3-day program and local (Champion) conversations, events and activities.
    The global theme is ‘Let’s Make a Difference.”
    Each day has a theme:
    5 March - Advice from the Top: A Rare Look at What’s Ahead
    6 March – Gaining Momentum – Moving from Vision to Action
    7 March – Inspire Yourself. Inspire Others.

    To register for the 2014 3-day virtual program, 5-7 March, visit http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/global-marathon  Join the Facebook community at http://www.facebook.com/globalmarathon.

  • 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/

February 7, 2014: Austin VMUG Meeting
Austin VMUG meeting taking place on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Registration is now open and available to all VMUG members. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!  View the full agenda for more event details and be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues.

February 20-21, 2014: Forensics Engineering Conference
The University of Texas at Austin is proud to offer the Forensics Engineering Conference. This conference brings together the best of academia and industry for an exciting exchange on "Forensics Engineering." Topics will focus on lessons learned from hurricanes, building envelopes, structural failures, foundation issues, and other case studies. The program showcases a powerhouse of examples and best practices from a full spectrum of industries, organizations, and reference points.

For engineers needing to satisfy license renewal requirements, the Conference includes (2) hours of Ethics training.

http://www.utclee.org/FORENSICS

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.

March 20, 2014: Austin VMUG User Conference
Attend the Austin VMUG User Conference on Thursday, March 20, 2014 to learn about the latest trends in virtualization, cloud computing and mobility. Network with your fellow VMware users in the Austin area, and hear from VMware experts in more than 12 available sessions. Register today to join us for this complimentary, informative, full-day event. Follow #ATXVMUG on Twitter to learn more and engage with fellow attendees.

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


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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.