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.


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


We tried a new format for the Analog starting with the June 2014 edition. The feedback thus far is overwhelmingly (6 to 1) in favor of the new format. If you have an opinion and have not shared it with us, please do so. 

John Purvis, Editor, john.purvis@ieee.org

From the Central Texas Section Chair

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and you have a fun and save 4th of July. There are many chapter meetings in the summer months and I look forward to joining you at them. See below for dates and details.
 
August will be a busy month starting with the NIWeek Conference 4-7 Aug. IEEE has a booth in the exhibition hall. As last year, CTS will be manning the IEEE booth for the four days of the conference. If you can spare time to help man our booth for a few hours in exchange for an exhibit pass for all days, please email Don Drumtra at drumtra@ieee.org .

On September 24 the IEEE Computer Society Rock Stars of Cybersecurity will be in Austin. Overcome your worst security Nightmares. Living Social, Washington State Office of the Courts, Evernore, Drupal.org, the Federal Reserve internal site - what do they have in common? They've all experienced some of the worst cybersecurity breaches of last year. Every orgainzation has to take precautions and be ready to fight back. Here's your strategy - Attend Rock Stars of Cybersecurity, September 24th at Brazos Hall in Austin. Register now at http://computer.org/cyber-security?t=1.

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

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Membership Development

HALF PRICE IEEE MEMBERSHP
That’s right half price IEEE membership.  Join IEEE for the first time and pay only ˝ annual dues.  If you have been looking to join, but waiting for a good excuse, now is it.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/join for details.

If you are currently unemployed and have not renewed your membership for 2014, you can also receive IEEE membership at ˝ price.  Simply go to: http://www.ieee.org/renew.

Did you know about IEEE – myIEEE

You can find out what are the most accessed documents in IEEE Xplore for the month. By selecting the Knowledge Tab in myIEEE, you will see the IEEE Xplore module located in the middle column. Here you will find a list of the top 10 documents accessed this month. Citations and their Abstract are available with quick links to the full article. IEEE Xplore has over two million documents on emerging and revolutionary technologies.

GO TO myIEEE now at http://www.ieee.org/myieee

Ethics Webinars and Outreach
Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) continues to offer ethics outreach presentations both in person and in a webinar format for the convenience of our licensees. Our next online webinars will be September 11 and December 4.  Registration for the events will be posted one month in advance at:  http://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html

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

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News of Interest to the Section

Glassdoor Survey Yields Most Favorable Cities to Live In
Glassdoor (http://www.glassdoor.com) recently ran it's second annual Employment Satisfaction Report Card. Out of that survey comes a report of which cities employees were most satisfied living in. The full list can be found here, but notable is that San Antonio ranked 9th and Austin 10th.

WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP A JOURNAL AT WORK
Studies show that keeping a daily journal and taking 15 minutrs at the end of every work day to reflect on lessons learned can be of great value. Read more . . .

IEEE Annual Report
The 2013 IEEE Annual Report is now available. It can be viewed online at http://annualreport.ieee.org/. You may also download a PDF copy via the Web site.

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Call for Volunteers

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

August 1-2, 2014: Texas Robot roundup
Looking for ways to stay involved with robotics during the summer? We can help!  The ausTIN - CANs (FRC #2158), is hosting a Texas Robot Roundup!  The event will host sixty FTC and FRC teams, so volunteers are greatly needed!

WHEN: FRC:  Friday, August 1st - Saturday, August 2nd | FTC: Saturday, August 2nd
WHERE: Austin Convention Center | Exhibit Hall 5 | 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX  78701
WHO: Anyone!
REGISTRATION: If you are interested, click on the link below to register
http://bit.ly/1pnixG5

Please email questions to RobotRoundup@gmail.com. We hope to see you at the 2014 TRR!

We hope you are planning to volunteer again with Central Texas FIRST. Due to a huge push to make sure all kids participating in FIRST® are protected, US FIRST now requires everyone to register using their Volunteer Information and Matching System (VIMS), and finding the corresponding Central Texas FIRST events that way.  Please note that, in order to complete your registration for VIMS, all volunteers will need to pass a background check.  This is not optional, and will not incur any cost to you.

With that said, we strongly recommend that you begin your volunteer registration on VIMS as soon as possible (before all the other volunteers around the world are trying to register),
 by clicking on the link below.
http://bit.ly/1vasnZ7

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
CTS Job listing
The Central Texas Section receives job postings from time to time. These are posted on the Section Web site. If you have a job to post to the site, send the information to cts-webmaster@ieee.org

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.

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.

The IEEE-USA Career Manager 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


Some Perspectives on Engineering

Engineering Student; Prepare for the future

To be an outstanding engineer when you graduate, you need to know what's happening in the real life.

In my job as an engineer, I have worked with a large number of young engineers just beginning their careers and not aware that the engineering profession is not what they have learned in schools. 

The Challenges:

When graduate engineers move through education into the workforce, they face obstacles to secure employment and their career. 
  • You will be an engineer for the rest of your life, which will take you into new areas you never dreamt of, so it is important to know if engineering is right for you.
  • Be aware that engineering needs creative people who can explore and invent new alternatives that make the world different and find solutions that shape our lifestyles.
Be prepared to make a difference:

As an engineer, you will work in a professional atmosphere where you will have the chance to grow through training and you will be provided with the latest technology needed to complete your projects, but to make the difference between achievement and disappointment, follow these simple steps:
  • Learn and understand the differences between college and industry, interning at a company to learn the values and culture of companies.
  • Join technical societies to be open to ideas that will help you develop your professional identity.
  • Be part of Mentor Programs and build connections with professionals who can help you along your targeted career path.
  • Volunteer to be exposed to a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities.
The Reward:

Engineering requires a substantial physical and intellectual investment, but Engineering is a very rewarding career.
  • Engineers are well paid.
  • For many young people, it is not all about money, you will gain respect as people get to know their hard work and skills.

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

Observations on Strategy and Innovation

Steve Pearson has been writing a blog since October 2012 covering Strategy and Innovation. He thought that the following post from May might be of interest to The Analog readers. Some older posts of possible interst include: Data Mining: Don’t Settle for Coal When Diamonds are Possible, Turn on Automated Alerts to Tune Out Information Overload When Monitoring Trends  and  Put Aggregators to Work for Quality, Timely Info

Would Maslow Shop at Whole Foods?
The Pyramid of Needs Stacks Up Business Motivation From the physiological needs for food, water and sex upward to self-actualization, who hasn’t heard of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs? Hello, Intro to Psychology 101. First published in 1943, Maslow’s hierarchy still provides us with a pattern of human motivation [1] and is so eloquent in communicating its purpose.

It recently occurred to me that there is no similar pyramid for companies. I tried to find one, even asking several experts, without luck.

I challenged myself to adapt this pyramid to the needs of companies. Explaining the hierarchal needs of companies helps us understand that companies operating in different spaces have different beliefs, needs and expectations.

What does a company pyramid look like?

From the top down, this pyramid includes:
  • Self-actualization – (worldly purpose) long-term collaboration with employees, customers and suppliers
  • Esteem – (strategy: 15+ years) recognized industry leader, respected by customers and suppliers
  • Love/Belonging – (strategy: 4 to 15 years) community purpose, practices CSR
  • Safety – (strategy: 1 to 3 years) near-term financial security, employees are financially and physically safe
  • Physiological – (strategy: <1 year) barely able to pay obligations for payroll, stakeholders and bills

Steve Pearson
Austin PI^2 Chapter Chair (Joint PE/PEL/IA/IE Societies Chapter)
steve@pearsonstrategy.com
Pearson Strategy Group

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

With summer upon us again many of us are planning some sort of get away. One of the activities I like to enjoy when on vacation, particularly if air travel is involved, is taking along one or more books to enjoy. In my case, that means an eBook now as I find reading on my iPad to be a far better than to drag along a hand full of novels.

Unfortunately books, even eBooks, are often quite pricey these days. One solution I have discovered to that is to find books that are being discounted. As I have explored this over the past few months I have found seven different services that you can sign up for that will email you a daily list of eBooks that are being promoted at discounted prices. Usually that means free or less than $4.

Some of the services allow you to generate a profile where you choose which genre of books to be alerted about. Of course you do not often find books that are on the NYT best seller list, or that have been written by well known authors, but I have found many books that I have enjoyed.

The services are:
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 and Activities

CTS student attendees & awards at R5
Three student branches in the Central Texas Section participated in competitions at the 2014 Region 5 Conference in Corpus Christi April 5th.

Ten student teams from around Region 5 competed in the Ethics Competition.  Two of the three awards given went to CTS teams.  The UT team placed first and the Trinity University team placed third.  Tyler Walker and Connor Weins of UT and Eric Schluter and Zachary Meicler Garcia of Trinity are shown in the photographs with their certificates.

Estimates varied, but about 30 teams from Region 5 student branches competed in the ever popular Robotics Competition.  UT entered one robot and Texas State entered two robots.  One Texas State team tied for fourth place.  Only ten teams made it into the finals after three brutal preliminary rounds.

The IEEE Central Texas Section is pleased to support the student branches in its geographical area and is proud of their accomplishments.

Ronald Seaman
Student Activities Liason & San Antonio Vice Chair
rseaman3353@att.net


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



Conferences, Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • September 6, 2014: IEEE Central Texas Section Fall Planning meeting.
    Please register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/26633. We need at least  one representative from each Chapter. Please send your slides to Zhuo Li (zhybear@gmail.com) before the meeting. You can check out the presentations from previous year here

  • 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 24, 2014: 2014 Rock Stars of Cybersecurity
    Austin, TX
    Secure Your Business Operations from Threats

    The unprecedented Target breach and government spying scandal have put cybersecurity in the global spotlight. With cyberattacks on the rise, it is now even more important to learn how to identify weaknesses and protect company infrastructure from incursions.

    At the Rock Stars of Cybersecurity conference, well-respected cybersecurity authorities from leading companies will deliver case studies and actionable advice that you can immediately put to use.

    Speakers include:
    • Peter Allor, Cyber Security Strategist - Federal, IBM
    • Peter Fonash, Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Homeland Security
    • Peder Jungck, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BAE
    • Sarath Geethakumar, Senior Director – Global Information Security, VISA
    • Gary McGraw, Chief Technology Officer CTO, Cigital
    • Brett Wahlin, Chief Information Security Officer, HP

      For a limited time, you can take advantage of Super Early-Bird registration and save more than 30 percent off full price. Register now to assure your seat at the affordable rate of $229 — for an entire day's worth of presentations, networking, and more. Team, member, and student pricing are also available.

    At the Rock Stars of Cybersecurity conference, you will learn:
    • Effective strategies for securing business operations
    • New and innovative approaches to responding to today's security threats
    • How government agencies are balancing cybersecurity threats and privacy
    • How to implement a secure enterprise architecture
    • Big data's implications for security analytics
    • Implications of the cybersecurity skills shortage on the ability to respond to attacks

      Don't miss this opportunity to expand your security knowledge. Register today.
    http://computer.org/cyber-security

  • 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 (Downtown)
    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.

    IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 is the flagship conference of the IEEE communication society. The conference targeting 2,000 from around the world and is the first Digital conference that will bring blend between technology advancement (Academia) and Applications (Industry), providing a unique value proposition to the global community, Texas and specifically to Austin professional community. The 5-day conference, will include Tutorials & Workshops (Monday, Friday), 6 Keynote Speakers,  3 Executive Forums, Industry Round Table, Daily technical and Industry track session, Exhibits and live demo theatre, Opening reception, Awards Luncheon and Social Banquet.

    Web Registration will open in July – for details please visit

    http://www.ieee-globecom.org/2014

  • April 18-19, 2015: 2015 IEEE Region 5 Conference
    InterContinental New Orleans
    444 St. Charles Ave
    New Orleans, LA
    http://www.r5conferences.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/

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 . . .

July 25-27, 2014: OpenEdJam San Antonio
OpenEdJam is a 3-day international event that brings together activists, developers, educators, engineers, librarians, and makers from all fields. We will provide a hands-on environment where participants can collaborate on innovative creations and uses of free and open education resources.

Software: Attend workshops and demonstrations on free and open software.

 Hardware: Attend workshops and demonstrations on freedom respecting hardware.

Curriculum: Attend workshops and demonstrations on free and open curriculum resources (e.g. textbooks, worksheets, etc.).

Hackathon: On Day 2 and Day 3, there will be a hardware and software hackathon to develop and support free and open education resources. Beginner and seasoned hackers are welcome! We will have multiple hardware and software platforms and tools for your hacking needs.
http://www.openedjam.org

August 4-7, 2014: NI Week



September 26, 2014: MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy
Holiday Inn, Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX
Attend this one day conference where all-star visionaries and thought-leaders will share how to thrive in today’s business environment.

Stay on the cutting-edge of your industry by combining MiniTrends methodolgies with your innovation strategies.
http://minitrends.com/minitrends-2014/

January 10, 2015: Data Day Texas

The event will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the AT&T Conference Center.
http://data-day-texas-2015.eventbrite.com/

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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/.


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 here.  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 here

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

The Central Texas Section Chapters
AP Antennas and Propagation Society
CAS Circuits and Systems Society
CEDA Council on Electronic Design Automation
COM Communications Society - Austin | San Antonio
CN Consultant's Network
CPMT Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
C Computer Society - Austin | San Antonio
ED Electron Devices Society
E Education Society
EMB Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
EMC Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
GOLD GOLD has been rebranded as the Young Professionals
IA Industry Applications Society
IE Industrial Electronics Society
IM Instrumentation and Measurement Society
PHO Photonics Society
LM Life Members - Austin | San Antonio
MTT Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
PEL Power Electronics Society
PE Power & Energy Society - Austin | San Antonio
PSE Product Safety Engineering Society
SMC Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
SP Signal Processing Society - Austin | San Antonio
SSC Solid-State Circuits Society
TMC Technology Management Council - Austin | San Antonio
WIE Women in Engineering
YP
Young Professionals

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques (AP/MTT)

Chapter Web site


Topic/Title

New Perspectives in Metamaterials: Parity-Time Symmetry and Multiphysics

Speaker

Prof. Vincenzo Galdi, University of Sannio, Italy
Vincenzo Galdi is an Associate Professor of Electromagnetics at the University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy.

He received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering and the PhD degree in applied electromagnetics from the University of Salerno, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. From April to December 1997, he held a visiting position in the Radio Frequency Division of the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, NL). From September 1999 to August 2002, he held a post-doctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. In November 2002, he joined the Department of Engineering at the University of Sannio, where he has also served as an Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in Telecommunication Engineering (2005-2010). In July-August 2006, he held a visiting position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at the California Institute of Technology.

He has co-edited two books (Electromagnetics in a Complex World: Challenges and Perspectives, Springer, 2004; Selected Topics in Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials, World Scientific, 2011), and co-authored 112 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, 4 book chapters, and 115 conference papers (41 invited). He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and of the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, and as a regular reviewer for several journals, conferences and funding agencies.

His research interests encompass wave interactions with complex structures and media, multiphysics metamaterials, electromagnetic chaos, inverse scattering, and gravitational interferometry.

Dr. Galdi is the recipient of a 2001 URSI “Young Scientist Award”, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of Sigma Xi, and of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Abstract

In this talk, we present an overview of results from recent and ongoing research in the field of metamaterials at the University of Sannio.
In particular, we illustrate the parity-time symmetry concept and the wealth of anomalous propagation effects that may arise from the complex interplay of spatially-modulated balanced loss and gain.
Then, inspired by the transformation-optics theory, we introduce a “transformation multiphysics” approach to address the simultaneous manipulation of multiple physical phenomena (e.g., thermal and electrical) in independent fashions. Within this framework, we also explore multifunctional metamaterials that exploit the environmentally responsive nature of phase change media.

Date/Time

July 14, 2014, 10.30am

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27029

Location

UTA 7.504, 1616 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (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 (CAS/SSC)

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The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. IIf you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.
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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT)

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Computer Society (C)

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title Unmanned Vehicle Systems
Speaker Karen Ulfert
Speaker Bio Karen Ulferts has been involved with the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) since joining the Lone Star Chapter as Secretary in 2007 and is now the Chapter President. AUVSI (AUVSI.org) is an international organization of unmanned systems enthusiasts and activists from the private, commercial, and government sectors. Karen's primary organization role is that of quality assurance representative (QAR) specializing in defense and military software quality standards, ISO 9001:2008, IEEE 12207, and commercial (IBM, CMMI) systems and software quality requirements.

She has a bachelors and masters degree of science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and has published various papers on commercial best practices for software process improvement including quality assurance.   Karen recently formed an LLC "A Drone of Her Own" to focus upon the usage of robotics and unmanned systems from a woman's perspective.
Abstract Karen Ulferts, president of the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), will present an overview of the AUVSI and the issues of drones and other unmanned systems relevant to Texas.  Karen will provide examples of their usage and both non-profit and for-profit business ventures.
Date/Time July 23, 6:30 P. M.
Location PoK-e-Jo's Restaurant, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin TX
Cost $5 minimum cost for restaurant, supper optional at extra cost.
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend. 
Notes

Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

More information on Consultants Networks

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EducationSociety (E)

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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.

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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Topic/Title Overview of the Tres Amigas Project
Speaker Patrick L. Wilkins, P.E.
Pat Wilkins represents Tres Amigas in the ERCOT market and in the ERCOT and SPP ISO stakeholder processes. He has over 30 years experience in the electric utility and consulting engineering fields and held management positions in corporate planning, treasury and market research with three major utility companies. In addition, Mr. Wilkins has extensive experience in project development, business origination, and acquisition evaluation for several independent power companies. He was active in the restructuring of the ERCOT electric market and has negotiated multiple power supply and electric service agreements.

Mr. Wilkins is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and holds bachelors and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in finance from the University of Houston.
Abstract Tres Amigas, LLC is developing an AC/DC/AC conversion Superstation near Clovis, New Mexico to interconnect the three separate asynchronous grids in the United States. Utilizing the latest advances in power grid technology, Tres Amigas will enable the smooth, reliable and efficient transfer of energy from region to region. This three way interconnection will contribute to increased reliability in each grid, and facilitate the delivery of renewable resources from remote areas to load centers. This presentation will provide a brief history of Tres Amigas, an overview of its technological aspects, the current status of the development of the project, and some regulatory considerations involved.
Date/Time 22-July-2014
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2910 S Congress
Austin,  Texas
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Topic/Title Engineering Ethics
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Date/Time 26-August-2014
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2910 S Congress
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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)

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IP video surveillance - an irreversible trend for the future

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Fawzi Behmann, Founder of TelNet Management
Fawzi, a senior member of IEEE and Chair of the IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin chapter is the president of TelNet Management. Fawzi Behmann, has many years of experience in global initiatives and product/solutions deliverables in key markets.

Fawzi held a variety of product and marketing leadership posts with semiconductor companies, equipment vendors and global service providers in the networking and communications industry. Experience include: corporate governance and streamline operations, strategic planning, technology assessment, strategy, system architecture, product and smart system solutions development, project management, and consulting services.

Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science Honors in Mathematics with Distinction from Concordia University, Masters in Computer Science from Waterloo University and an Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada. Fawzi was a receipt the Freescale CEO Diamond Chip Award and recently an IEEE R5 Outstanding Member Award  for services offered to the chapter, section, region and IEEE.

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Advancement in Signal & Communications processing technologies have fueled the emergence, deployment and growth of Video Surveillance solutions and services in the past decade.

 We are witnessing an unprecedented growth of video surveillance over the streets of Austin, Texas, the nation and the world. We see it in business, cars, schools, homes, government agencies, retail, pubic safety  and law enforcement.

An effective Ecosystem solution video surveillance system encompasses sensing, GPS/GIS, processing, connectivity, DVR/NVR - big data and analytics.

The presentation will address the market, technology, requirements & ecosystem solutions in key markets as well as challenges and future trends and impact over our lives.

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17-July, 2014
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AT&T Labs, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas

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EVENT IS FREE. SEATS ARE LIMITED. FREE F&B

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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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