Contents Chairman's Column Membership Development News of Interest Call for Volunteers Continuing Education Career What if . . . Perspectives 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.

A note from the Analog editor - There was an error on my part with the distribution of the May Analog on April 30 causing it to be sent without the proper formatting.
John Purvis


You can always check on all of the upcoming Central Texas Section activities
here

From the Central Texas Section Chair

Two Central Texas Section members were honored last month at the Region 5 Annual meeting. Please join me in congratulating Fawzi Behman who received the 2013 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Member award and Zhuo Li who received the 2013 IEEE Region 5 Individual Member Achievement award.

ICICDT 2014 (International Conference on IC Design and Technology) is a conference wholly sponsored by your Central Texas Section from May 28 - May 30. ICICDT provides a forum for engineers, researchers, scientists, professors and students to cross boundaries through interactions of design and process technology on product development & manufacturing. The unique workshop style of the conference provides an opportunity for technologists and product designers to exchange breakthrough ideas and collaborate effectively. Two days of technical presentations and workshops will be preceded by a one-day tutorial program of value to both the expert and the beginner. To sign up go to http://www.icicdt.org/

Call for nominations

It's time for the nominating process to begin for chapter officers for next year. Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group. The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Operations Manual states that all chapter officers are elected annually. The term of office will date from 1 January through 31 December. Each member of the Chapter Committee shall be an IEEE member of Graduate Student Member, Member, Senior Member or Fellow grade and a member of the parent Society. Elections should take place during the chapter November meeting. If the chapter does not have a meeting scheduled for November then the election should take place during the meeting prior to November.

The Chapter Elections process is specified in the MGA Operations Manual, section 9.6.F Chapter Election Process ( it can be found at http://www.ieee.org/documents/MGA-Manual-Jan2008.pdf ).

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

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Membership Development

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IEEE GOLD Webinar - The IEEE offers webinars for members on topics related to professional development, humanitarian efforts, and technical knowledge.  Each quarter there is a free webinar on a new topic.  Examples of past webinars that are available for immediate viewing are:
  • IEEE Resume Lab  This webinar highlighted a new offering for IEEE members and students.  The IEEE Resume Lab is an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using a  wide array of resume templates.
  • Best of Consumer Electronics Show (CES)  Hosted be Carsten Dolar.  Don’t miss the change to get ot know what has been a hot topic during this year’s CES and the international Consumer Electronics.

For more information and a listing of  available recorded Webinars, see
http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/gold/events

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

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News of Interest to the Section

Texas Professional Engineer Criminal History Record Check - REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW.  DON'T WAIT!
By law, all active PEs must complete a criminal history record check (CHRC) prior to renewing their license. PEs can register and complete the process at any time.  It is strongly recommended to begin the process as soon as possible as the scheduling process for in-state engineers may take several weeks.  For out-of-state engineers, the process can take even longer.  Do not wait until the last minute, your license renewal will not be processed until this requirement has been met.
 
The background on this requirement:  Earlier this year, the Texas legislature passed a change to the Texas Engineering Practice Act that requires all active PEs to have a Criminal History Record Check prior to renewing his/her license in 2014. This requirement was a result of standard licensing model recommendations by the Sunset Commission, and is similar to requirements for other professions in Texas. The Board has worked diligently with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and its state-selected vendor, MorphoTrust, to develop the process. The procedures to complete the CHRC are now in place and you can register to set up an appointment to complete this requirement at any time. For instructions on how to complete the CHRC and for additional information, go to http://engineers.texas.gov/recordcheck.html.

IEEE accounts and the Heartbleed Security Exploit
As you may have seen in news reports, an Internet security flaw named "Heartbleed" was discovered in mid April. The "Heartbleed" vulnerability makes it possible for others to potentially steal user data that is normally protected by industry standard SSL encryption. This has affected companies from Facebook and Google to Dropbox, among others. You can read more about Heartbleed at http://heartbleed.com.

While the IEEE is not aware of any compromised accounts, Google has notified IEEE that the password to your GoogleApps@IEEE account could have been exposed.

At this time, the IEEE E-mail Services and IEEE Information Security teams, in conjunction with Google, are advising all GoogleApps@IEEE users to change their account password as soon as possible. While we are not aware that your information has been compromised, IEEE takes the protection of your privacy very seriously and encourages you to take appropriate measures to safeguard your privacy.

As you go about changing your password, we suggest that one of the best ways to protect your privacy and security online is to craft a strong password, to change it frequently (at least once a quarter or every few months) and to not use the same password on multiple sites. Remember, no matter what Web site you are on, it is important for you to make sure that you protect your account security and privacy.

Region 5 Conference held in April
The annual Region 5 conference was held in early April in Corpus Christi, TX. Students from Trinit and UT Austin placed in the student competitions. CTS members Fawzi Behman  received the 2013 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Member award and Zhuo Li received the 2013 IEEE Region 5 Individual Member Achievement award. Read more and see pictures from the event.

Ebook for IEEE Members
IEEE-USA E-Books is offering “Educating 21st Century Engineers” as a free member benefit in May. IEEE Fellow Dr. James Gover and Dr. Paul Huray wrote this e-book to raise awareness of the declining interest many U.S. students have in an engineering career. The authors advocate for the federal government to declare engineering a public good, and for corporations to assume a major role in engineering education -- as engineers invent, improve, design and manage the production of technology that drives much of our economy.

“Educating 21st Century Engineers” can be downloaded at here for free to IEEE members. The nonmember price is $5.99.

The Circuits and Systems Society Chapter Recognized as Chapter of the Year
IEEE CTS CAS/SSC Joint Chapter was selected as the recipient for the 2014 Circuits and Systems Society The Chapter of the Year Award. This award recognizes the chapter with the very best yearly activities in the categories of the Chapter sponsored technical activities and increase in membership in 2013. Congratulations to the current and past chapter leadership teams. This is the first US chapter to win this award since 1996. In 2011, CAS/SSC Chapter also won the Solid States Circuits Society Best Chapter award (first US chapter since 2005).

App-E-Feat Mobile App Development Contest to Benefit Humanity
App-E-Feat (http://www.appefeat.org/) is a mobile app development initiative featuring a two-category contest to help solve a local or global problem and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Contestants 13- to 17-years-old are asked to draw or describe an app online. Those 18 and older have to submit the actual app code. A panel of judges will choose the winning entries.

Prizes include an iPad Air tablet computer for first-place finishers in each of the two categories. Second-place finishers will receive a $250 Amazon gift card; those placing third will receive a $150 Amazon gift card. Each of the top contestants will have the opportunity to work with an IEEE mentor to enhance their technology-development skills and interest.

Examples of problems an App-E-Feat entrant could help solve include, among others, apps that provide location information for immunization clinics, educational resources and places to find safe drinking water.

“IEEE-USA launched the App-E-Feat contest to inspire both engineers and the next generation of technology professionals to find ways to leverage their expertise to benefit humanity,” said Dr. Karen Panetta, IEEE-USA vice president for communications & public awareness.

The contest is open through 19 May, and winners will be announced 20 June. For more information and official rules, see http://www.appefeat.org/contest.

Austin third-best city for new college grads
http://Livability.com has named Austin a top 10 best city for new college grads, according to a list released on April 20.
The analysis done by the city-focused publication compared the number of 25- to 34-year-olds living in each city, rental property availability, unemployment rates, educational attainment, public transportation, cultural elements and the types of jobs available. Austin ranked third across the nation. Read more . . .

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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.

May 8 & 15, 2014: Science Thursdays at the Texas State History Museum
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.
Deadline for Volunteering: two days before each event
Contact the Following to Volunteer: Rick McMaster at rmcmaster@austin.rr.com

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

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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

Computer Society Webinars
Register now for our latest free live technical webinars. Or check out our past webinars at your convenience.  See this site  for more information. 

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. 

ComSoc Training
See this calendar  for a list of upcoming courses. 

Other learning opportunities
IEEE e-Learning Library - http://ieee-elearning.org/
IEEE Online Education Portal
IEEE-USA Webinars (attendees can earn professional development hours -- PDHs)
CodeAcademy
Learn to code interactively for free http://www.codecademy.com

Corsea.org
A web site that provides an aggregate of university course offerings. Their tag line is "Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free." That site is https://www.coursera.org/.  They have 16 course categories, most in technology areas from 16 major universities. 

MIT Open Courseware
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. More can be learned here.

Saylor.org: Free Education

(http://www.saylor.org/). The tag line of the Saylor website is "Harnessing Technology to Make Education Free." Although Saylor.org does not grant degrees, students can download a certificate of completion for successfully passing the exam at the end of each course. There are thirteen areas of study that visitors can choose to explore, including Computer Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering.

University of Texas Professional Development
UT Center for Lifelong Education provides several courses (these are NOT free). The list can be found here.

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Career

Articles of possible interest
IEEE ResumeLab
IEEE members have a new tool to help gain a competitive edge in the employment process. IEEE ResumeLab is a new online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using specialized tools tailored for each step of the job seeking process. This new product is added to the list of offerings that assist members as they find jobs and develop their careers.

Come to IEEE ResumeLab today and get started!

The IEEE Job Site
The IEEE Job Site has undergone a makeover with new features and easier navigation to better serve IEEE members. Its still easy for IEEE members or IEEE member job seekers to conduct job searches or create and upload a resume, but with the use of HTML5 technology, the site boasts a cleaner layout and crisp contemporary design making the IEEE Job Site more user-friendly.

Visit the redesigned IEEE Job Site today to view open positions or simply to stay current with career-related news and information.

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 . . .

So, we’ve been looking at how different poets would have written the National Electrical Code, or NEC, ("National Electrical Code" and "NEC" are registered trademarks of the NFPA) that would have made it more readable to the ordinary user such as you or me.  But, it doesn’t have to be all precise such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rudyard Kipling, or even Dr. Seuss with whom most of us grew up.   How about something simple such as limericks? 

Art. 310  Conductors

An electrical conductor of copper,
Is limited to amperages proper,
For the type insulation,
And the use situation,
But, the size of the copper is topper!

Art. 342.26 Conduit Bends

If you’re bending a conduit now please,
Limit the angles to 90-degrees.
Offsets are easy,
While saddles are greasy,
But the max is 360-degrees.

Art 430.7 Markings on Motors

Motors shall be marked by a code,
To tell us the locked rotor load,
When the rotor stops turning,
But the power is churning,
In box on the frame clearly showed.
 
But, poetry isn’t limited to great poets; anyone can let the spirit flow.  Try it yourself and let us know at jmericer@ieee.org what your results are.  We’d love to see them.


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


Some Perspectives on Engineering

The keys to successful leadership
And how to apply those qualities to the roles.
My view on the ongoing debate of whether engineers are good leaders or not?

The truth is that no one has innate talent to be a successful leader or not and there is no medical prescription for being so. It is a matter of having the desire to be successful as a leader, then learning the accurate and mistaken procedures for being effective at it. This can be accomplished by knowing your folks, understanding the culture surrounding you and giving adequate time to the tasks needed.

After reading  the “Survey Says Engineers Don’t Have What It Takes to Be CEOs “blog and the following ongoing debate of the developed skills that engineers need to learn,  I started asking myself whom I know is an engineer and a successful leader and who is not. There are some names that came up.

Keith and Brian, high school friends, had an engineering degrees from Texas A&M formed M&S Engineering and are celebrating the 15th anniversary of success and continuing growing.  I believe, what made them successful is applying their unique “Management by Exception,” philosophy on managing employees and they have built a business model around this principle.  Profit, cash flow and every other administrative aspect are important to them, but not as important as freedom, trust, and building an entrepreneurial environment for the employees which made M&S ripe with opportunities for those who wish to apply themselves and continue to learn and take new challenges.

On the other side, and as someone who had led companies and projects for over 25 years, I am looking back into how control and excessive attention to minor details caught me up in causing a business with great potential to fail. Prior to starting Engineering Applications Company, I led projects and companies for over 10 years and thought if other people can start business, why I do not try. For few years, I have performed well and the company grown into 135 employees and 4 branch offices in 3 countries and this was where micromanaging and oversee people work more closely had become difficult. Because of other serious problems, I had to move my company to a dead end and moved toward my personal goals.

After all, I am an electrical engineer and I have made it my responsibility understands every aspect associated with it to see if we can do things better. I have finally recovered from the trauma of departing a great business, and I am trying to explore the future potential of new kind of energy sources that will transports people into new renewable resources and paving the way for a “go out of utilities services”.

Keith wrote to me in a long email commenting on “Empathy, the secret formula for engineers”,:
I believe everything we do should be founded in relationship, love, empathy, understanding and caring.

Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz
M&S Engineering
qalqarqaz@msengr.com

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

In the April issue of the Analog I mentioned the scientific calculator embedded in the calculator App on the iPhone, and my first electronic calculator. CTS member, and Austin PE/PEL/IA/IE Chapter Chair, Steve Pearson sent me this follow up:
Your calculator piece in the Analog reminds me that my father used another technology when he was designing dams for the US Bureau of Reclamation: slide rules. The various slide rules at http://www.antiquark.com/sliderule/sim/ and http://www.marksmath.com/slide-rules/virtual/index.html are interesting but require in-depth knowledge of how they work; however, the one at http://www.stefanv.com/calculators/aristo970/index.html provides us newbies a numerical display and requires a little less knowledge.

Do any of you have similar memories of early calculators or slide rules? The last URL that Steve mentions cheats a little giving digital readouts - a far cry more accurate than the human eye! Three digits of precision was about all you could expect with most slide rules in my experience.

I have been creating a list of engineering web sites and apps as I have encountered them if any are interested. I believe all that are listed at this point are ones I have mentioned in earlier issues of the Analog.


My wife and I were browsing the Amazon catalog looking for something the other day, I forget now what, and came across this nifty device. The Belkin SurgePlus 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt). It simply plugs into a standard duplex 120V outlet, converting it from two to six 120V outlets and most important, it has two USB connections at the top that will supply up to 2.1A each. That will not only charge your cell phone, but it is also capable of charging more power hungry devices like your iPad. For less that $20 this is a great way to convert any wall outlet into a charging station.

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: Paul Morton PaulMorton@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

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Regional News

     

Call for Papers

IEEE Standards Association

IEEEXplore - full text access to IEEE Publications

The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

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.

AP
CAS
CEDA
COM
CN
CPMT
C
ED
E
EMB
EMC
GOLD
IA
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
  IE
IM
PHO
LM
MTT
PE
PE
PSE
SMC
SP
SSC
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 (AP/MTT)
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


Topic/Title

Expert Witnessing for Fun and Profit

Speaker

Tom Rhyne of Registered Professional Engineer & Registered Patent Agent
Tom Rhyne has been active as a testifying expert witness in patent litigation for over thirty years. He has testified in Federal and State courts over seventy times. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is both a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Patent Agent. His academic experience includes teaching EE at both A&M and the University of Texas. His industrial experience includes work for NASA, Texas Instruments, Motorola, and MCC. Tom has introduced a number of other engineers and computer scientists to the practice of expert witnessing, and has also assisted attorneys in finding the best ways to use technical experts when litigating patent cases.

Abstract

Over the past several decades more and more corporations and universities have turned to their intellectual property assets as a way to increase revenues. Doing so often involves litigation to show that some other corporation infringes one or more patents, a process that is usually both legally and technically complex. A key part of patent litigation is played by engineers and scientists who provide “expert” testimony about both the technology of the patent at issue and the ways in which an accused system or method may or may not infringe the claims of that patent. Technical expert witnessing involves study of the applicable “art,” assisting the litigators in understanding that art, writing reports explaining your technical opinions, and if the litigation goes that far, testifying in court about your opinions. Opportunities exist for engineers and scientists who have good academic and professional credentials and who enjoy teaching others about complex technologies. This presentation will provide an overview of the patent litigation process and the role that technical experts can play within it.

Date/Time

May 22, 2014. 6 to 9 pm

Cost

Free. Pizza and drink will be provided.

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24719

Location

Building A, Freescale auditorium
Room Number: 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 (CAS/SSC)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cas_ssc/

Topic/Title

A Fully-Integrated CMOS Frequency Synthesizer for Software-Defined Radios

Speaker

 Howard C. Luong, Ph.D of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Howard Luong received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) from University of California at Berkeley in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. Since September 1994, he has joined the EEE faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he is currently a professor.
Professor Luong’s research interests are in analog, RF, and mm-Wave integrated circuits and systems for wireless and portable applications. He was a co-author of the two books entitled "Low-Voltage RF CMOS Frequency Synthesizers" published by Cambridge University Press in 2004 and "Design of Low-Voltage CMOS Switched-Opamp Switched-Capacitor Systems" published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 2003.
Professor Luong is an IEEE Fellow. He is currently serving as an IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer, an Associate Editor for IEEE Virtual Journal on RFIC, and a technical program committee member of many conferences, including Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC), and Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC).

Abstract

This talk presents the design and the measurements of a fully integrated frequency synthesizer for software-defined radios (SDRs), which meets both the frequency and the phase noise requirement for all the wireless standards from 47MHz to 10GHz, including the 14-band UWB, and the 802.15.3c standard from 57GHz to 66GHz. Implemented in a 0.13-m CMOS process, the synthesizer prototype occupies an active area of 3mm2, consumes a total power of 33mW to 83mW, and achieves a measured phase noise of -139.6dBc/Hz at 3MHz offset from a 1.7GHz carrier.

Date/Time

30-May-2014
06:00PM to 09:00PM

Cost


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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/25719

Location

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

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Computer Society (C)

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

Topic/title

Crypto-Currency and Bitcoin

Speaker

Tim Hayles, National Instruments
Tim Hayles received his Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1977. After more than six years working for Exxon Production Research in Houston he returned to school, acquiring a Masters in Computer Science from Rice University in 1988. At that time, he joined a small company in Austin called National Instruments and has been there ever since. His entire tenure there has been as a software engineer in R&D, a brief detour into management being unremarkable. Over the years he has led and participated in the release of many versions of the driver software behind the data acquisition product line. He has researched and patented many ideas on the graphical presentation of data acquisition and control hardware and on methods for data communication and timing between hardware and software actors. He is currently a Principal Engineer in the RF Software division.

Abstract

Nearly every day, in the local daily and online news, I read of another development in something called Bitcoin. It is either a revolution in how goods and services are bought and sold or the ruin of us all. Being a software engineer I am curious about how it works. Since it is open source, I should be able to figure it out.  What puts the 'crypto' in crypto-currency? What I found is that Bitcoin is a form of digital currency requiring only the two people involved in the transaction to participate, just like physical currency, almost. The hidden third party behind a physical currency transaction (paper and coins) is the government. The hidden third party behind a bitcoin transaction is the network of computers that is used in its validation (and the software that runs them, and the developers that create the software!). This presentation will examine the fundamental concepts behind the idea of a crypto-currency such as the proof-of-work algorithm, details of the bitcoin implementation such as Merkle trees and what happens when a transaction is made.

Date/time

May 21, 2014,  6:30-8:30pm

Location

THE ADVISORY BOARD - 12357-C Riata Trace Parkway, Bldg 7, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78727

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/26071

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Joint meeting with IMM Society

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

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

Topic/Title Out-Smart the Competition with These Patent Research Tips
Speaker Steve Pearson
Speaker Bio Steve is the founder of the firm The Pearson Strategy Group, LLC (http://pearsonstrategy.com/) that provides services in Competitive Intelligence, Innovation Support, and Strategic Development to the technology, power, consumer, and transportation industries.

Steve is an electrical engineer but has worked in various engineering roles including semiconductor manufacturing, machining and consulting. He has served aboard a Navy submarine as a nuclear reactor operator.

Steve is Chairman for the Austin chapter of the IEEE’s Power and Energy Society.
Abstract Researching patents is an important step in evaluating your position in a marketplace and establishing your long-term strategy. You can learn where competitors are spending their R&D money, which new technologies are headed for the marketplace and discover business opportunities or threats. This discussion will cover these topics as well as how to use targeted alerts to keep up with your competitor’s activities in real-time.
Date MAY 21, 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. 
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/26015
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Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

More information on Consultants Networks: http://www.ieeeusa.org/business/whatis.asp

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EducationSociety (E)

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)
http://sites.ieee.org/ctx-emcs/

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

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

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Young Professionals (GOLD) Affinity Group

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

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

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

Topic/title

Crypto-Currency and Bitcoin

Speaker

Tim Hayles, National Instruments
Tim Hayles received his Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1977. After more than six years working for Exxon Production Research in Houston he returned to school, acquiring a Masters in Computer Science from Rice University in 1988. At that time, he joined a small company in Austin called National Instruments and has been there ever since. His entire tenure there has been as a software engineer in R&D, a brief detour into management being unremarkable. Over the years he has led and participated in the release of many versions of the driver software behind the data acquisition product line. He has researched and patented many ideas on the graphical presentation of data acquisition and control hardware and on methods for data communication and timing between hardware and software actors. He is currently a Principal Engineer in the RF Software division.

Abstract

Nearly every day, in the local daily and online news, I read of another development in something called Bitcoin. It is either a revolution in how goods and services are bought and sold or the ruin of us all. Being a software engineer I am curious about how it works. Since it is open source, I should be able to figure it out.  What puts the 'crypto' in crypto-currency? What I found is that Bitcoin is a form of digital currency requiring only the two people involved in the transaction to participate, just like physical currency, almost. The hidden third party behind a physical currency transaction (paper and coins) is the government. The hidden third party behind a bitcoin transaction is the network of computers that is used in its validation (and the software that runs them, and the developers that create the software!). This presentation will examine the fundamental concepts behind the idea of a crypto-currency such as the proof-of-work algorithm, details of the bitcoin implementation such as Merkle trees and what happens when a transaction is made.

Date/time

May 21, 2014,  6:30-8:30pm

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THE ADVISORY BOARD - 12357-C Riata Trace Parkway, Bldg 7, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78727

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/26071

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Joint meeting with Computer Society


Topic/Title

The Advanced Smart Grid : Edge Power Driving Sustainability

Speaker

Abdres Carvallo, Compass Management Group
Andres is the founder and CEO of Compass Management Group (CMG), a next generation consulting and advisory company enabling Smarter Solutions for Cities, Utilities, Enterprises, Vendors, and Start-Ups. CMG has world-class expertise in Energy, Telecommunications, and Software technologies and markets.

Andres Carvallo is an award winning engineer, speaker, author, and executive. Andres is globally recognized by the IEEE as one of the early developers of the smart grid concept and technology. Andres defined the term Smart Grid on March 5, 2004. Andres championed Austin Energy’s industry leading smart grid program design and implementation from 2003 – 2010 and he architected the Pecan Street Project in 2009. Andres co-authored the best selling book “The Advanced Smart Grid”, has received 34 industry awards since 2005, and is a popular speaker and guest lecturer on Smart Grid, Smart Energy, Smart Networks, Smart Cities, Smart Enterprise, Smart Data Centers, Smart Vehicles, Internet of Things, Innovation, Technology Leadership, and Technology Vision.

Andres has over 27 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications, Computer and Software industries. Since 1992, Andres has held P&L responsibilities and senior executive titles while being responsible for the strategy, development, and commercialization of over 40 products at start-ups like Proximetry (EVP & Chief Strategy Officer), Grid Net (EVP & Chief Strategy Officer), HillCast (CEO), http://agentgo.com (CEO), http://iMark.com (EVP Marketing & Sales), and Tycho Networks (VP of Marketing & Sales); and at leading global companies like Philips Electronics (President & GM), Digital Equipment (GM), and Borland (GM). Furthermore, Andres started his career as a Windows product manager at Microsoft.

As chief technologist reporting to the CEO and a member of the Austin Energy Innovation & Opportunity Development Executive Board from 2003 – 2010, Andres co-led multi-billion dollar investments in many green generation facilities, smart grid infrastructure, and corporate systems, while leading a well-known and successful technology and process transformation company-wide. As an executive sponsor and the chief architect of the Austin Energy smart grid program, Andres has a unique prospective on the strategies, requirements, use cases, business cases, project management, architectures, best practices, technologies, security and products that work and don’t.

Additionally, Andres is chairman of Energy Thought Summit 2014, board member of UTC’s Smart Network Council, and advisor to Proximetry, Zpryme, ViZn Energy, Amperion, KLD Energy, Texas State University, The University of Kansas, The University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA.

Andres received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kansas with a concentration in Robotics and Control Systems in 1986. Andres has also post-graduate certificates in Business Management from Stanford University in 1992, in Quality Management from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and in Power Utility Management from The University of Idaho in 2008.

Abstract

Mr. Carvallo will share his insights, vision, and experience with focus on The Inevitable Evolution of Smart Grids. The Rationale for an Advanced Smart Grid. Vision, Planning, and Initiative. Smart Grid 1.0: From Power Plant to Meters. The Global Perspective on Smart Grid. Interfacing with Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Smart Grid 2.0 Emerges: An Integrated, Advanced Smart Grid. The Potential of Advanced Smart Grids. And he will close with details on how we are Fast Forwarding to Smart Grid 3.0.

Date/Time

May 27, 2014,  6:00-9:00pm

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 https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24133 and send an email to "IEEE (PI)^2 Austin" <ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net>

Location

El Gallo Mexican Restaurant - 2910 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704

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Photonics Society (PHO)

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

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San Antonio

Topic/Title IEEE K-12 Activities and Volunteer Opportunities
Speaker Albert Lozano - K-12 Activities Chair
Abstract What is IEEE involvement in support of K-12 education?
    How can I find volunteer opportunities?
    If you are involved in any K-12 activities, please share with us.
Date/Time Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 11:30 am to 1 pm
Location Lion & Rose Restaurant & Pub
842 NW Loop 410  (Blanco at Loop 410)
San Antonio, TX
Cost Each person pays for their own meal.
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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

Topic/Title The Advanced Smart Grid : Edge Power Driving Sustainability
Speaker Abdres Carvallo, Compass Management Group
Andres is the founder and CEO of Compass Management Group (CMG), a next generation consulting and advisory company enabling Smarter Solutions for Cities, Utilities, Enterprises, Vendors, and Start-Ups. CMG has world-class expertise in Energy, Telecommunications, and Software technologies and markets.

Andres Carvallo is an award winning engineer, speaker, author, and executive. Andres is globally recognized by the IEEE as one of the early developers of the smart grid concept and technology. Andres defined the term Smart Grid on March 5, 2004. Andres championed Austin Energy’s industry leading smart grid program design and implementation from 2003 – 2010 and he architected the Pecan Street Project in 2009. Andres co-authored the best selling book “The Advanced Smart Grid”, has received 34 industry awards since 2005, and is a popular speaker and guest lecturer on Smart Grid, Smart Energy, Smart Networks, Smart Cities, Smart Enterprise, Smart Data Centers, Smart Vehicles, Internet of Things, Innovation, Technology Leadership, and Technology Vision.

Andres has over 27 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications, Computer and Software industries. Since 1992, Andres has held P&L responsibilities and senior executive titles while being responsible for the strategy, development, and commercialization of over 40 products at start-ups like Proximetry (EVP & Chief Strategy Officer), Grid Net (EVP & Chief Strategy Officer), HillCast (CEO), http://agentgo.com (CEO), http://iMark.com (EVP Marketing & Sales), and Tycho Networks (VP of Marketing & Sales); and at leading global companies like Philips Electronics (President & GM), Digital Equipment (GM), and Borland (GM). Furthermore, Andres started his career as a Windows product manager at Microsoft.

As chief technologist reporting to the CEO and a member of the Austin Energy Innovation & Opportunity Development Executive Board from 2003 – 2010, Andres co-led multi-billion dollar investments in many green generation facilities, smart grid infrastructure, and corporate systems, while leading a well-known and successful technology and process transformation company-wide. As an executive sponsor and the chief architect of the Austin Energy smart grid program, Andres has a unique prospective on the strategies, requirements, use cases, business cases, project management, architectures, best practices, technologies, security and products that work and don’t.

Additionally, Andres is chairman of Energy Thought Summit 2014, board member of UTC’s Smart Network Council, and advisor to Proximetry, Zpryme, ViZn Energy, Amperion, KLD Energy, Texas State University, The University of Kansas, The University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA.

Andres received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kansas with a concentration in Robotics and Control Systems in 1986. Andres has also post-graduate certificates in Business Management from Stanford University in 1992, in Quality Management from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and in Power Utility Management from The University of Idaho in 2008.
Abstract Mr. Carvallo will share his insights, vision, and experience with focus on The Inevitable Evolution of Smart Grids. The Rationale for an Advanced Smart Grid. Vision, Planning, and Initiative. Smart Grid 1.0: From Power Plant to Meters. The Global Perspective on Smart Grid. Interfacing with Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Smart Grid 2.0 Emerges: An Integrated, Advanced Smart Grid. The Potential of Advanced Smart Grids. And he will close with details on how we are Fast Forwarding to Smart Grid 3.0.
Date/Time May 27, 2014,  6:00-9:00pm
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant - 2910 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24133 and send an email to "IEEE (PI)^2 Austin" <ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net>
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

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

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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 (COM/SP)

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

Topic/Title

Heterogeneous Computing: Promises and Challenges

Speaker

Dr. Peter. J. Zievers, Chief Technical Officer at Xcelemor, Inc
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 TM technology enables scalable, economical, powerful heterogeneous systems to handle generic applications by managing heterogeneous computing resources for efficient deployment.

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22-May-2014
06:00PM to 08:30PM

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AT&T Labs  , 9505 Arboretum, Austin,  Texas

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/26025

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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

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC)

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Technology Management Council (TMC)

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

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

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San Antonio

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

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Conferences, Other Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • May 28-30, 2014: 2014 IEEE International Conference on IC Design & Technology (ICICDT)
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/25973
    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
See the Texas Tech Pulse Calendar of Texas High 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/

May 3, 2014: Austin Mini Maker Faire
This is the third year for the Austin Mini Maker Faire. This year's event will be held at the Travis County Expo Center on Saturday May 3rd. It will continue the tradition of an annual festival to share what people in the area make, create, learn, invent, craft, hack, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, music and crafts. More than 8000 visitors are expected to attend. 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

July 4-6, 2014: RTX 2014 gaming conference
The fourth annual RTX gaming conference, a creation of Austin digital media company Rooster Teeth, is expected to draw 30,000 attendees this year. The conference, set for July 4-6 at Austin Convention Center, has grown to become a leading gaming industry event. Read more . . .

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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/.

STEM Summer Camp Registration Open!
STEM Innovation Camps located in Lakeway and East Austin offer several fun camps including: Junior FIRST® LEGO® League, Scratch, Minecraft, Solar Racers, and Maker Camps. Opportunity Grants available. Register here