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 Central Texas Section Chair

IEEE has re-branded the GOLD affinity group to Young Professionals (YP). To introduce the new name the CTS YP Chapter is hosting a Young Professionals Mixer on March 10th in Austin during the SXSW Interactive Conference. For more information and registration go to: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/2444. While I am on the topic of SXSW, this year the IEEE is hosting 16 events and keynote speakers during the conference. For more information about those events go to: http://sites.ieee.org/ctx/documents/2014/01/ieee-sxsw.pdf

On March 21st the Central Texas Section CAS/SSCS and CEDA chapters in conjunction with the Circuits and Systems Society, IBM, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, Texas A&M and Rice University are sponsoring a all day FREE workshop titled Texas Workshop on Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE). Registration for this FREE workshop is mandatory. For more information visit: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/23977.

There are many great speakers and topics planned at chapter meetings in the next few months, be sure to check the listings below for upcoming meetings.

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

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Membership Development

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

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2013?
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.myieee.org or call 800 678-4333.

Beginning March 1st, non-renewing IEEE members will lose all member benefits.  Renew now and keep your IEEE benefits and don’t miss out on the CTS events coming up in the Austin/San Antonio area.

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.

Did you know about IEEE – E-Books from IEEE Press
The IEEE Press has partnered with John Wiley, Inc. to provide 240+ books, which are available to members at no additional cost.  The e-book collection spans a number of today’s technologies across 19 content areas, and include:
  • Practical handbooks;
  • Introductory and advanced texts
  • Reference works
  • Professional books
IEEE is committed to serve the needs of practicing engineers and members from industry.  The value of this benefit grows ever year the member renews.  IEEE Press will be adding 40-50 books annually.

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

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

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News of Interest to the Section

GOLD becomes IEEE Young Professionals
IEEE Young Professionals is the new name of the group formerly known as IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade—or GOLD, for short. The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board approved the name change in June, and it went into effect throughout the organization at the IEEE November Board Series.

Established in 1998, the program helps bring recent graduates together to network, develop professional skills, and find jobs. Members who qualify are automatically affiliated with the group when they sign up for or renew IEEE membership. In 2013, the group had more than 64 000 members.

Read more.

Criminal History Record Check Required for PE Renewal
If you have a Texas Profesional Engineer registration, you are required to complete a one-time Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) prior to submitting your PE renewal.  If you have not completed this process, you cannot renew your PE license. You should be getting a reminder by email from TBPE.
 
The Texas Legislature has mandated that all Texas PEs must submit fingerprints for a one-time Criminal History Record Check for all renewals of active licenses after January 1, 2014. This system is now in place and you may begin scheduling appointments to complete the CHRC.
 
Refer to the Criminal History Record Check page:
http://engineers.texas.gov/recordcheck for instructions, links, and FAQs. 
Don't wait - get your Criminal History Record Check done now!

San Antonio: We're On Google Fiber Short List
San Antonio, is one of 34 cities on a new list of potential cities for a rollout of Google Fiber, Google's broadband network effort, says that it's "confident" that it will accomplish its goal of becoming one of the next cities to get the high speed fiber service from Google. (More...)

AT&T Plans to Open Innovation Center in Austin
AT&T announced plans February 26 to open a new center for technology innovation and collaboration in Austin. The Dallas-based company did not provide details on how many people the center will employ or its cost. It did report its making a multi-million dollar investment. Currently, AT&T employs about 2,600 people in the Austin area.

Tesla May be Building Factory in Texas
Tesla Motors has named Texas as a possible site for its Gigafactory where battery packs for its mass-market electric vehicle could be assembled.
Read more . . .

The Central Texas Section would like to congratulate Dr. Zhuo Li
The Central Texas Section would like to congratulate Dr. Zhuo Li, CEDA Chapter Chair, for winning the 2013 CEDA Early Career Awrd. Follow this link for more information: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6727515

GoogleApps@IEEE for IEEE Members
GoogleApps@IEEE is a suite of products offered to IEEE members to enhance peer-to-peer communications and collaboration. The suite of applications includes e-mail, calendaring, contacts, and document sharing along with other collaborative tools. 30G of available cloud storage memory is available for these applications. Learn more about GoogleApps@IEEE.

GoogleApps@IEEE is available to members at no additional cost, bringing access to:
  • A unique IEEE e-mail address (e.g., John.A.Doe@ieee.org);
  • Mail forwarding or e-mail inbox (Gmail);
  • 30-gigabytes of shared storage (Gmail and Google Drive);
  • 99.9% up time guaranteed by Google;
  • Advertisement-free Gmail;
  • Files stored in the cloud for easy sharing and access from anywhere via Google Drive.
New Version of Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) Approved
The Board of Governors has approved the new Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), the authoritative source for software engineering knowledge. The new version of SWEBOK will be available for download from computer.org as a .PDF and for purchase from Amazon.com as a paperback.

Read more . . .

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.

Follow IEEE to SXSW
From 7 to 11 March, in Austin, Texas, thousands will convene at South by Southwest (SXSW) to discuss tech topics, such as wearable devices, the future of smart cities, and novel ways to use and analyze big data. More than 700 events will be taking place in those five days, and The Institute will be there to report and tweet on the highlights from some of the sessions held by IEEE as part of its Technology for Humanity Series, as well as others. You can follow the coverage of the conference on our blog, IEEE Roundup, or on Twitter @IEEEInstitute. 
  • The Next Steve Jobs Might Be From Africa - Friday, 7 March at 3:30 p.m. CT
  • Welcoming the Robot Workforce - Friday, 7 March at 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Body Computing: The Future of Networked Humans - Saturday, 8 March at 9:30 a.m. CT
  • Cloud Robotics: Instant Scalability and Capability - Sunday, 9 March at 12:30 p.m. CT
  • The Maker Age: Enlightened Views on Science and Art - Monday, 10 March at 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Future Foods: New Cuisine for a New Age - Tuesday, 11 March at 11:00 a.m. CT
  • Tips and Tools for Protected Connection - Tuesday, 11 March at 12:30 p.m. CT

For more information see http://theinstitute.ieee.org/ieee-roundup/opinions/ieee-roundup/follow-us-to-south-by-southwest

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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.

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.

March 6, 2014: Science Thursdays at the Texas State History Museum
Sponsored by Central Texas Discover Engineering.
Time: 8:30 to 1:30 - part of this time is fine
Location: 1800 N. Congress Ave. Austin, Texas 78701
Volunteer Request: We have short hands-on science and engineering activities for school groups visiting the museum. Most groups are 4th grade students. Activities vary but include electrostaics, PVA slime, and bunny copter but will vary from event to event. In some cases, at the school's request we may do a longer, 30-45 minute, activity with a group. Contact the Following to Volunteer: Rick McMaster at rmcmaster@austin.rr.com  

March 22, 2014: State ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair
UTSA is proud to celebrate our 10th Year hosting the State ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair here in San Antonio.  The success and quality of our fair would not be possible without the expertise, time and support you have provided us in the past.  This year’s fair is taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, March 20th – 23rd, 2014.  Judging Day is Saturday, March 22nd, 2014.  Registration is in Bridge Hall and judging will be in Exhibit Hall B.
 
Please go to http://www.EMTSEF.org to register TODAY!
 
If you are not able to make it this year, please forward this email to your colleagues!

July 17, 2014: Family Science Night at the Library

Organization: Wells Branch Community Library
Date: Thursday July 17, 2014
Time: 6pm to 8pm (not including set up time)
Location: 15001 Wells Port Drive, Austin Tx 78728
Volunteer Request: This program will be a part of our summer reading program. This year's theme is "Summer of Science" and we'd like to provide interactive STEM activities for families to participate in. We're flexible on the topic - perhaps demonstrations and activities covering physics, chemistry, or engineering topics. We're open to any suggestions on specific activities, but would like them to be as interactive as possible. / We're anticipating a large turnout of perhaps 100 - 150 kids & adults, but this can be split up into smaller groups if we have multiple volunteers. Being a public library, we will likely have a broad range of kids from toddlers to teenagers.
Deadline for Volunteering: May 15, 2014
Contact the Following to Volunteer: Brittany Hecker at brittany@wblibrary.org

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. 

Other learning opportunities with IEEE
IEEE e-Learning Library - http://ieee-elearning.org/
IEEE Online Education Portal - https://ieee-elearning.org/outreach/
IEEE-USA Webinars (attendees can earn professional development hours -- PDHs) - http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/archive.asp

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Career

Articles of possible interest

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 . . .

Last month we discussed how 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 that it can be kind of stodgy, and how certain poets had actually tried to bring some life to the document.  We considered for example Elizabeth Barrett Browning's treatment of Article 358 on Electrical Metallic Tubing, the most common commercial wiring method, particularly section 30 which currently reads:

“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).”

I think we all agree that her contribution brought some emotion to the otherwise sterile NEC.  But,   this month we want to study the same section written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss, who taught some of us how to enjoy reading.  Let's see ... 
    Dr. Seuss

    To think if I ran an EMT string,
    How to support it, oh that is the thing!
    10-feet at time, no more, maybe less,
    3-feet from a box, that’s rule not a guess.
    But what if the job is designed in a way,
    That the structural members are further away?
    You can go out, 5-feet from the box,
    If it can be solid, no twists, shakes, or rocks
    An unbroken length, now that’s what you’ll use,
    No couplings or knock-outs that just might come lose.
    So, you can go farther, just stretch out your hand,
    But only if 3-feet is where you can’t land!

Even without the fanciful drawings, you have to agree  - this is much more fun to read!
Next month we'll see what Rudyard Kipling had to say about conductors in general, pretty much article 300.

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


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

We often find ourselves in the need of a good scientific calculator, but one is not immediately available. A potential alternative is to use one of the many scientific calculators available on the web. I have put together below a list of a few I have found.
  1. http://www.picalc.com
  2. http://www.calculator.net/scientific-calculator.html
  3. http://www.britnex.com
  4. http://hp15c.com - also has version that can be installed under iOS, Windows and Mac OSX
  5. http://www.calculator.com/calcs/calc_sci.html
  6. http://www.mathopenref.com/calculator.html
  7. http://www.calcinator.com/scicalc.html
  8. http://web2.0calc.com
These are in different shapes and sizes, though most have similar capability. Let me know if you have a favorite that I have missed.

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 Society and  Special Interest Group Chapters with their own local activities as listed below. Note that some Joint Chapters represent more than one Society.

You can subscribe to an RSS feed of all Central Texas Section meetings that have been scheduled through vTools at http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meetings/rss/5/CENTRAL%20TEXAS

Click Meetings to see the next 180 days of planned activity.

APS
CASS
CEDA
ComSoc
CN
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
LM
MTTS
PELS
PES
PSES
SMCS
SPS
SSCS
TMC
WIE
Industrial Electronics Society
Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Photonics Society
Life Members - Austin | San Antonio
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/


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


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The CEDA chapter normally meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.

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Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits (CASS/SSCS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cas_ssc/

Topic/Title

New tricks in Analog to Digital conversion

Speaker

Michael P. Flynn , Ph.D of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc.
Michael P. Flynn was born in Cork, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. He was with National Semiconductor in Santa Clara, CA, from 1993 to 1995. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Member of Technical Staff with Texas Instruments, DSP R&D lab, Dallas, TX. During the four-year period from 1997 to 2001, he was with Parthus Technologies, Cork. Dr. Flynn joined the University of Michigan in 2001 and is currently professor.

Michael Flynn is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He received the 2011 Education Excellence Award and the 2010 College of Engineering Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award from the University of Michigan College from Engineering. He received the 2005-2006 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He received the NSF Early Career Award in 2004. He received the 1992-93 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Pre-doctoral Fellowship. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits (JSSC).

Abstract

Although analog-to-digital converters have existed for more than 70 years, new ADC techniques continue to emerge. ADC architectures are evolving to deliver higher performance and also to take advantage of improved process performance. This presentation will discuss three new ADC architectures. A noise-shaping scheme shapes comparator noise and quantization noise in a SAR ADC. A bandpass ADC architecture enables efficient IF digitization. A new ring amplifier structure improves the resilience and efficiency of the ring amplifier architecture.

Date/Time

06-March-2014
6:00 to 6:30 pm -- Networking and refreshments (pizza and water)
6:30 to 8:00 pm – Seminar

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24381

Location

Building: Building: ACES (or POB) 2.402
201 East 24th St
Austin,  Texas

Notes

This is a Distinguished Lecturer from the SSCS.

Topic/Title

The Annual Review of the ISSCC Conference: Analog and RF Summary

Speaker

Ramin Poorfard & Axel Thomsen
Dr. Ramin K. Poorfard received his Ph.D. from University of Toronto in 1995. Consequently,  he joined Bell Labs in March of 1995 where he was involved in the GSM base-band product  development for cellular phones. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Member  of Technical Staff. In July of 2000, he joined Silicon Laboratories Inc. in Austin TX where  he worked on ADSL products and more recently on Satellite receiver front ends. Since, Jan. 2007,  Dr. Poorfard was promoted to the rank Principal Designer managing the design of  Satellite receiver line of products. Dr. Poorfard’s interests are RF IC architectures  and their building block integrations as well as mixed-signal design.

Axel Thomsen was born in Hamburg, Germany on 1/16/65. He attended the Polytechnical  University of Braunschweig, Germany, from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992 he attended Georgia  Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering in the area  of analog IC design. From 1993 to 1995 he was Assistant Professor at the University of  Alabama in Huntsville. From 1995 to 2001 he was a design engineer and manager at Cirrus Logic  in Austin where he worked on high resolution data-acquisition ICs, ADCs, DACs and amplifiers.  He is currently a Distinguished Engineer at Silicon Laboratories, where he has worked on low  jitter timing circuits, PLLs, power and isolation ICs and MCUs. Occasionally he teaches  analog IC design at UT Austin. He holds about 40 patents and has published 20 papers.  He is a member of the Technical Program Committee at ISSCC.

Abstract

RF summary

Date/Time

18-March-2014
6:00 to 6:30 pm -- Networking and refreshments (pizza and water)
6:30 to 8:00 pm – Seminar

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24385

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201 East 24th St
Austin,  Texas

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The Annual Review of the ISSCC Conference: Digital, Processor and Memory

Speaker

Betty Prince & Eric Fluhr

Dr. Betty Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International and has 35 years engineering experience in the semiconductor industry. She is author of several books in the semiconductor memory area. She is a Senior  Life Member of the IEEE and an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer. She has been active in standardization  and has been on the Technical Advisory Board of several memory companies. She has a Ph.D. from the  University of Texas with doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling.

Eric Fluhr joined IBM in 1996 after graduating with BSCS and MSEE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Eric began his career in circuit design and verification on the POWER3 and POWER4 series. He switched to microarchitecture and logic design for POWER5, with a focus on data prefetch. For POWER6®, Eric was the Load/Store-Unit circuit lead and, later, chip characterization lead. As the POWER6+™processor head engineer he was responsible for all chip design changes and hardware characterization for frequency and yield, as well as the technical interface to technology development, system product bring-up, and manufacturing teams. He was recently the next-generation POWER®core circuit lead, also responsible for implementing statistical timing for IBM’s 32nm and 22nm server processors. Eric is currently a chip circuit lead for IBM’s POWER®design team.

Abstract

Memory and Digital summary

Date/Time

25-March-2014
6:00 to 6:30 pm -- Networking and refreshments (pizza and water)
6:30 to 8:00 pm – Seminar

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24387

Location

Building: Building: ACES (or POB) 2.402
201 East 24th St
Austin,  Texas

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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 (CPMTS) - Austin
http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/

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Computer Society (CS)

Austin
http://www.austin-cs.org/

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Heterogeneous Computing: Promises and Challenges

Speaker

Peter. J. Zievers is the Chief Technical Officer at Xcelemor, Inc. His research interests include analysis and design of heterogeneous computing systems, resource management for computing systems, and high-performance digital communications for parallel distributed computing systems. He received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his master of science and PhD. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. At AT&T and Lucent Technologies, he participated in central office design, ATM and ethernet transport network switch design and wireless system development, with responsibilities including chip and card design, system cabling, ethernet subsystem software, and system diagnostics. Before starting up Xcelemor, he consulted on software projects spanning broadband wireless, secured radio, personal messaging, and broadband infrastructure switching systems, responsibilities including diagnostics, 3rd party feature package integration, and system verification.

Abstract

The user community benefits from heterogeneous computing technologies today more than ever. These benefits include vastly improved per-function performance at a fraction of the power consumption compared to comparable software functions executing on a microprocessor. Despite all contributions and considerable potential as an alternative, designers relegate heterogeneous computing to an assistant role. Scalable heterogeneous computing has ample range to satisfy generic application needs while slashing power consumption. Control plane performance considerations focus requirements for the successful solution. AAXE technology enables scalable, economical, powerful heterogeneous systems to handle generic applications by managing heterogeneous computing resources for efficient deployment.

Date/time

March 19th, 2014 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

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24493

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San Antonio
http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org/

Topic/Title Solving Engineering’s Grand Challenges
Speaker Todd Venable is Central/South Texas District Sales Engineer for National Instruments.  Todd has been with National Instruments for 6 1/2 years - first as R&D Engineer, then as Applications Engineer and most recently as Field Engineer.
Abstract Upon graduation, engineering students face a variety of challenges as they enter the workplace. The systems that they interact with and develop will be increasingly involved and require a global, multidisciplinary approach. The Grand Engineering Challenges presented by the National Academy of Science exemplify the types of challenges that they will likely face. Come hear how NI is empowering engineering educators and industry with the necessary tools to solve these challenges.
Date/Time Tuesday, March 18, 2014; Dinner 6:30, Networking 7:15, Program 7:30
Location Conference Room D, 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

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24407
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn

Topic/Title Photovoltaic System Design and Market Fundamentals
Speaker D.J. Rosebaugh
Speaker Bio D.J. is a 20 year veteran of Motorola & Freescale Semiconductor, primarily holding roles in marketing, strategy, portfolio planning and product management.  In 2009, D.J. was driven by a desire to bring more meaning to his career and decided to transition into the renewable energy industry and became the Director of Training for ImagineSolar, a local school dedicated to training installers, sales professionals and engineers the knowledge and skills needed in the PV industry. 

Seeing strong growth opportunities in 2012, D.J. began working with Lighthouse Solar developing national business development strategies and leading their commercial & utility scale solar PV sales efforts.
Abstract While PV (Photovoltaic) system installations are still a small percentage of overall power production, growth in the market has been tremendous over the last 5 years.  This talk will cover some of the history of PV, market influences, and then dive into the fundamentals of PV system design, component selection, and impacts on system performance.   In addition, financial models for both residential and commercial projects will be discussed
Date March 26, 6:30 p. m.
Location PoK-e-Jo's Restaurant, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin TX 78727
Cost $5 minimum cost for restaurant, supper optional at extra cost.
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.  For more information, go to:  http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/index.html
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24545
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)

Topic/title

Make the World a Better Place: An Association-Industry-Academia Partnership

Speaker

Leslie Martinich

Abstract

The Education Society Chapter is leading an effort to excite and train the next generation of engineers by giving them the opportunity to see how to turn their ideas into things, using the maker space at Tech Shop in Round Rock. Tech Shop has a wood shop, a metal shop, 3-D printers, laser cutters, water cutters, finishing equipment, an electronics shop, and injection molding equipment. You can make anything from key chain fobs to robots to car parts. You design it using their CAD/CAM software, and build it using their equipment.

We're working with High School kids from Dripping Springs High School, their teachers, faculty from Texas State University and instructors at Tech Shop to make this a reality.

How can you get involved in this project? We need:
* Mentors for the students in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship
* Videographers (the students already have some film)
* Web site design for this project
* Help with creating a "How To" manual to teach other communities how to implement this in their towns
* Speakers for our "Outreach Event" on April 15
* Planners for a "Summer Camp" for High School science teachers to introduce them to the concepts and equipment and curriculum (project managers? here's your chance!)

We will detail the program initiated by IEEE Central Texas Section Education Society Chapter to stimulate passion among high school students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and helping to build the foundation for a future generation of entrepreneurs and engineers. Join us!

Date/time

03-March-2014
12:00PM to 01:30PM

Location

Building: b500
Room Number: l&d 420
7171 Southwest Parkway
Austin,  Texas

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24449

Notes

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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 IEEE Young Professionals Mixer
Speaker

IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of enthusiastic, dynamic, and innovative members and volunteers. IEEE is committed to helping young professionals evaluate their career goals, polish their professional image, and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.

Abstract Are you looking to meet new people and build meaningful connections with other young professionals like yourself?

Are you trying to meet that significant industry contact to land your dream job?

Are you interested in learning about new and exciting opportunities in the areas of engineering, finance, law, marketing, and many more?

Come join us for a night of networking at Hampton Inn & Suites @ The University of Texas/Capitol for Young Professionals - Central Texas! This event is FREE for all attendees!

There will be free appetizers and a cash bar.

In addition, two special guests will be attending the mixer:

- Glenn Zorpette. Glenn is the Executive Editor for IEEE Spectrum. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1983 from Brown University and has been an IEEE member since August 2001. Glenn has flown on the "Vomit Comet" and been a guinea pig in various human-physiology experiments.

- Dr. Robin Murphy. Robin is an expert in search and rescue drones. Dr. Murphy received a B.M.E. in mechanical engineering, a M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science. She was named one of the Fast Company's most influential women.

Special Thanks to Union Pacific for providing the excellent location.
Date/Time Monday March 10th, 2014 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM
Cost
Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24441

Location Hampton Inn & Suites @ The University of Texas/Capitol
1701 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
Notes

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

LabVIEW Hands-On Training

Speaker

Courtney Lessard, National Instruments
Courtney Lessard is a LabVIEW Product Manager at National Instruments. She joined National Instruments in as an Applications Engineer, and supported Northern California as a Field Engineer before transitioning to the LabVIEW team in 2012. Courtney holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Abstract

Join us for free LabVIEW Hands-On training. During this training, you will become acquainted with LabVIEW through a short hands-on activity. You will get to build your own LabVIEW application to acquire and analyze data. We will provide the hardware. After the hands-on activity, continue learning with a presentation that covers:
  • Building code that scales to tackle large measurement problems in LabVIEW
  • A look at common architectures and design patterns
  • Translating software engineering knowledge from text-based languages to LabVIEW

Date/Time

March 17, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm

Cost


Reservations

Session is limited to 25 attendees, so be sure to RSVP as early as possible to reserve your seat.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24535

Location

National Instruments - Building C Cafe 2 - 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759

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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

Life members must be at least 65 years of age and have been a member of IEEE or one of its predecessor societies for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years. When an individual achieves Life member (LM) status, their basic membership dues and Region assessments are waived on 1 January of the year following attainment of LM status.

More information on LM: http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/life_members/index.html

Austin

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
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San Antonio

Topic/Title Cloud Computing: Concepts and Energy Research
Speaker Dr. Jeff Prevost, UTSA
John Jeffery Prevost received his first B.S. degree from Texas A&M in Economics in 1990. He received his second B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in December, 2009. In 2012 he received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, also from the University of Texas at San Antonio along the way to earning his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in December, 2013.
Abstract Cloud computing has become the standard architecture for provisioning compute resources in the modern datacenter. Unfortunately, the energy requirements of providing access to cloud resources have grown along with its popularity. Amazon recently estimated that the cost of energy for its data centers reached 42% of the total cost of operation. In 2006 it was estimated that the total energy consumption of data centers worldwide was the equivalent of 1.5% of the energy consumed by the United States, which represented over $4.5 billion. This presentation will present the basic concepts that define Cloud Computing and will present current research into a way to minimize the amount of energy required by the cloud while maintaining the performance guarantees (SLAs) demanded by the consumers of cloud resources.
Date/Time March 20, 2014.  11:30 AM
Location 842 NW Loop 410, San Antonio (Park North Shopping Center)
Cost We will order from the regular menu, and the restaurant will provide separate checks.
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24427
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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PES/PELS/IAS/IES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

Topic/Title Finding Root Cause and Improving Reliability
Speaker David Costello
David Costello graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  He worked as a system protection engineer at Central Power and Light and Central and Southwest Services in Texas and Oklahoma and served on the System Protection Task Force for ERCOT.  In 1996, David joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. as a field application engineer and later served as a regional service manager and senior application engineer.  He presently holds the title of technical support director and works in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.  David has authored more than 30 technical papers and 25 application guides and was honored to receive the 2008 Walter A. Elmore Best Paper Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology Protective Relaying Conference.  He is a senior member of IEEE, a registered professional engineer in Texas, a member of the planning committees for the Conference for Protective Relay Engineers at Texas A&M University, the Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference, and the I-44 Relay Conference.
Abstract There are literally thousands of wires, terminations, and settings in a modern power system control building or switchgear lineup.  A mistake with just one, missed in commissioning tests, can lead to hazardous and unsafe working conditions, equipment damage, and power outages.  Several case studies, all local events - an often-repeated setting problem, a tricky wiring problem, and an even more challenging case involving several issues - will highlight the high stakes and complexity of our tasks.  In today's landscape of increased competition, lawsuits, and NERC compliance audits and fines, it has become more difficult for good people, trying to do the right thing, to share what they know, learn lessons, and implement solutions to improve power system reliability.  What can we do to learn from other industries, make changes, and improve how we find root cause and improve reliability?
Date/Time Tuesday, March 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 (directions below) Austin, Texas
Cost Choose from a select menu of soups, salads and dinner plates. Cash Only

Cost:
  • IEEE 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.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24129
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PES)
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pses/

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled for March
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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 (SPS/ComSoc)

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

Topic/Title

Harnessing Electrical Demand Flexibility for a Sustainable Energy Future - Part 2

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

In the first part of this talk (Feb. 20), I presented the core concepts of how the grid and its associated market work, the challenges of integrating significant amounts of renewable and how flexible loads can help. Moreover, I presented an open loop policy that can turn the negative impacts of transportation electrification on the grid to positive ones with minimal changes in the vehicles and no sacrifice of user comfort. In the second part, I am presenting more advanced setups where flexible loads are managed more dynamically in a closed loop format to increase the economic efficiency of the system and improve system stability by providing demand response and other ancillary services to the grid.

Date/Time

20-March-2014
06:00PM to 09:00PM

Location

AT&T Labs  , 9505 Arboretum, Austin,  Texas  78729

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24443

Notes

For further information, please contact IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin Chapter Chair Fawzi Behmann at  f.behmann@ieee.org

Topic/Title

Aging, Brain Science, and the Future of Health Care

Speaker

Wayne is the Founder and Senior Editor of Modern Health Talk, where he writes about tech solutions for keeping seniors safe at home and avoiding costly institutional care. As a retired technologist, futurist and marketer with IBM, Dell, Siemens and his own consulting firm, Wayne knows the positive effect digital technologies can have on society and the challenges of adopting them. He introduced IBM to the Digital Home market and only left after the company got out of consumer markets. After IBM, Wayne established CAZITech Consulting, held leadership roles in Wireless & Home Gateway standards organizations, volunteered with the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee, successfully lobbied the Texas legislature to protect the rights of municipalities to install public Wi-Fi networks, co-founded a nonprofit consumer advocacy to enact new consumer protection laws and abolish an abusive state agency, and founded Modern Health Talk. These days, Wayne is also helping a colleague launch a new sleep wellness business.

Abstract

While it’s important to live longer, it’s even more important to live well. This talk looks at the future of health care from several perspectives. First is the demographic of aging baby boomers who are living longer but aren’t necessarily healthy and the effect that will  have on our healthcare system. Next is the effect that Moore’s Law and shrinking circuits will have on improving care and reducing costs. And the final segment explores the convergence of engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences, based on my interview with Dr. Metin Akay, who spoke to this group several months ago. Dr. Akay is Founding Chairman of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston.

Date/Time

17-April-2014
06:00PM to 09:00PM

Location

AT&T Labs  , 9505 Arboretum, Austin,  Texas  78729

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24445

Notes

For further information, please contact IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin Chapter Chair Fawzi Behmann at  f.behmann@ieee.org

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San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/satx

Topic/Title

Cloud Computing: Concepts and Energy Research

Speaker

Dr. Jeff Prevost, UTSA, IEEE member

Abstract

Dr. Prevost will discuss the concepts of Cloud Computing and current research to optimize energy consumption of Cloud Computing providers.

Date/Time

March 20, 2014.  11:30 AM

Location

842 NW Loop 410, San Antonio (Park North Shopping Center)

Cost

We will order from the regular menu, and the restaurant will provide separate checks.

Reservations

 S.atkinson@ieee.org; Tel: 210-410-0382

Notes

Joint meeting with Life Member San Antonio Chapter

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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 (TMC)

Austin
http://www.austin-tmc.org/

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker
Abstract
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Registration
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Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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San Antonio

http://webinabox.vtools.ieee.org/wibp_home/index/CH05214
Topic/Title Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour
Speaker
Abstract Opportunity to tour the Toyota Motor Plant which builds the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma.
The Plant tour will take 1.5 hours. Toyota representatives will discuss the Toyota Production System – the process on which it builds its vehicles.
Date/Time Wednesday, March 19 at 1:30 pm.
Location Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc
Visitor & Education
Center 1 Lone Star Pass building 47
San Antonio, TX 78264-3413
Phone: 210-263-4002
Cost None
Registration Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 12 to Dr. William Flannery at 210-458-5372
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24353
Notes We will meet at the Toyota Visitor and Education Center at 1:00 pm for check-in on March 19.      

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

Topic/Title Make the World a Better Place: An Association-Industry-Academia Partnership
Speaker
Abstract The Education Society Chapter is leading an effort to excite and train the next generation of engineers by giving them the opportunity to see how to turn their ideas into things, using the maker space at Tech Shop in Round Rock. Tech Shop has a wood shop, a metal shop, 3-D printers, laser cutters, water cutters, finishing equipment, an electronics shop, and injection molding equipment. You can make anything from key chain fobs to robots to car parts. You design it using their CAD/CAM software, and build it using their equipment.

We're working with High School kids from Dripping Springs High School, their teachers, faculty from Texas State University and instructors at Tech Shop to make this a reality.

How can you get involved in this project? We need:
* Mentors for the students in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship
* Videographers (the students already have some film)
* Web site design for this project
* Help with creating a "How To" manual to teach other communities how to implement this in their towns
* Speakers for our "Outreach Event" on April 15
* Planners for a "Summer Camp" for High School science teachers to introduce them to the concepts and equipment and curriculum (project managers? here's your chance!)

We will detail the program initiated by IEEE Central Texas Section Education Society Chapter to stimulate passion among high school students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and helping to build the foundation for a future generation of entrepreneurs and engineers. Join us!

Date/Time 03-March-2014
12:00PM to 01:30PM
Location Building: b500
Room Number: l&d 420
7171 Southwest Parkway
Austin,  Texas
Cost
Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24449
Notes Joint meeting with EdSoc

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.

  • March 21, 2014: 2014 IEEE Texas Workshop on Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE)
    Sponsored by IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and IEEE Council on
    Electronic Design Automation
    UT Pickle Commons
    Room Number: 1.122 L’il Tex & the Atrium
    10100 Burnet Road
    Austin,  Texas
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/23977

    You are cordially invited to attend the IEEE Texas Workshop on
    Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE), a one-day meeting in Central
    Texas on March 21, 2014. The mission of TexasWISE is two-fold: (1) to
    promote inter-disciplinary research between the fields of integrated
    systems and other exploratory areas; (2) to provide a platform for the
    interaction between academia and industry.

    The workshop will consist of 3 plenary talks by distinguished speakers
    in the VLSI area, a student poster session, a panel session and time for
    interaction with industry and academic participants.

    Why Attend TexasWISE?

    • For industry professionals, this is a wonderful opportunity for
    inspiring new product ideas, recruiting top students from Texas, and
    networking for your future career.
    • For academic researchers, this is a precious chance for discovering
    new research directions, interacting with industry participants, and
    understanding their research needs.
    • For students, this is a great time for learning the latest technology
    trends, making new friends, and finding job opportunities.

    For more details, call for posters and call for participation, please
    visit http://texaswise.tamu.edu

    Important dates:

    - call for participation information http://texaswise.tamu.edu/cfp.html
    - call for poster information http://texaswise.tamu.edu/posters.html
    - abstract submission for poster presentation: March 5, 2014
    - registration and workshop: March 21, 2014

    Meeting Agenda:
    9:00 – 9:25 am Breakfast
    9:25 – 9:35 am Opening Remark
    9:35 – 10:45 am Plenary Talk (John Hayes, Univ. of Michigan)
    10:45 – 11:05 am Morning break
    11:05 – 12:15 pm Plenary Talk (Lou Scheffer, HHMI)
    12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
    1:15 – 2:25 pm Student Poster Session
    2:25 – 2:30 pm IEEE Promotion
    2:30 – 3:40 pm Plenary Talk (Jan Rabaey, UC Berkeley)
    3:40 – 4:00 pm Afternoon break
    4:00 – 5:10 pm Panel Session:
    Chuck Alpert (Cadence), moderator
    Jacob Abraham (UT Austin)
    Mahesh Sharma (AMD)
    Kevin Nowka (IBM)
    Richard Muyshondt (Intel)
    Ken Hansen (Freescale)
    5:10 – 5:20 pm Closing and door prize

    To register click here

  • 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 5-7, 2014: International Performance Computing and Communications Conference
    Renasance Marriott Auboritum
    Austin,  Texas
    Register here
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/23653


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

    IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 will include a Technical Program comprised of 12 specific symposia, tutorials and workshops as well as an Industry Program featuring panels, posters, demonstrations, tutorials and workshops.

    Call for Technical and Industry submissions
    • TECHNICAL TUTORIALS: Due 15 March 2014
      Proposals are sought for new and emerging topics within the scope of communications.

    • TECHNICAL SYMPOSIA: Due 1 April 2014 (hard deadline)
      Authors are invited to submit original technical papers in the following areas:
      • Selected Areas of Communications    • Ad Hoc and Sensor Networking
      - Access Networks and Systems            • Cognitive Radio and Networks                     
      - Cloud Networks                                  • Communication & Information System Security
      - Data Storage                                        • Communication QoS, Reliability & Modeling
      - e-Health                                               • Communication Software, Services & Multimedia  
      - Green Communications                       Application
      - Human Centric Communications         • Communication Theory
      - Internet of Things                                 • Next Generation Networking & Internet
      - Nanotechnology                                   • Optical Networks & Systems
      - Power-Line Communications               • Signal Processing for Communications
      - Satellite & Space Communications       • Wireless Communications
      - Social Networks                                    • Wireless Networking

    • INDUSTRY PROGRAM: Due 1 April 2014
      Submissions are sought for Industry panels, posters, demonstrations, tutorials and workshops on the latest ideas, trends, and product innovations in the broader communications and networking industries. Proposals are invited addressing potential topics that include, but at are not limited to:
      • Wireless Access                                                      • Enabling Technologies
      • Wired Access                                                          • Emerging Applications
      • Networking & Information                                      • Business & Government

    For author requirements and submission guidelines, visit http://www.ieee-globecom.org.

  • 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/

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.

April 2, 2014: InnoTech
In its 7th year, the region's largest business to business technology event, InnoTech San Antonio, will happen on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Read more . . .

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.

March 7, 2014: TxGCP SciGirls Workshop: 4-H CAPITAL
Austin, TX; March 7, 2014; 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4-H CAPITAL is hosting the Texas Girls Collaborative Project for a workshop based on SciGirls, a PBS KIDS weekly series and website out to change how millions of tween girls think about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 4-H CAPITAL staff and educators are invited to attend this free professional development opportunity and discover how to engage girls (ages 8-13) through research-based, high quality activities and resources.
Read more . . .