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


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From the Central Texas Section Chair

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 . Several chapters will be having very interesting talks throughout August, click HERE to see the next 180 days of planned activity.

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.

Chapter leaders should be seeing to it that the chapter officer election process is running on schedule. I outlined the entire process in  the May Analog. A member can serve in the same office for up to a maximum of 6 years. By this time, a nominating committee should have identified candidates for the chapter positions. Chapters Officers serve a one year term from 1 January through 31 December. The Chapter Officers 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.

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

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Membership Development

IEEE Participation in this Year’s National Instruments NI WEEK

The IEEE Central Texas Section will be participating in this year’s NI Week as exhibitors August 4th though the 7th.  We need IEEE volunteers to help man the booth.  If you’re available and want to have some fun, even for as little as a half day, please contact Don Drumtra at drumtra@ieee.org for details.

Texas Day, a complementary day at NIWeek, Tuesday August 5th.  For 1st time NIWeek attendees the day is complementary. Register today at   http://www.ni.com/niweek/ and use the code TxDayNew for your Texas Day complementary registration. 

AND if you’re at NI Week, be sure and stop by the IEEE booth, say hello and help talk to other NIWeek attendees about what it is to be an IEEE member!

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Membership Tool-kit

Did You Know –

The IEEE-USA has put together a website to support membership career development.  Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.
Resource  highlights:
  • Ebooks
  • Salary Comparison
  • Employment Navigation
  • Others
And it’s FREE ……check it out at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/

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

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Austin Semiannual Chapter Officer Lunch Meeing

Austin-based Chapter Officers met for lunch and discussed a number of topics, including how to make IEEE more valuable to members, getting lapsed members to renew, and how to help build the pipeline of future engineers.  Among the many valuable ideas generated at our meeting were: (a) organize field trips for high school students to high tech companies, (b) work with Skillpoint Alliance, Discover Engineering, Austin Hacker Space and JETS (Jr. Engineering Technical Society), (c) sponsor Coding Camps, (d) sponsor Robotics Clubs, and (e) work with high school principals and teachers to develop a mentoring program.  We’ll move forward with some of these terrific ideas, and we’d value your input.  If you have some ideas about how to help build the pipeline of future engineers (or if you’d like to help out), please contact me, Leslie Martinich, at lmartinich@ieee.org.   I’d love to hear from you!

Leslie Martinich
CTS Vice Chair Austin
512-423-5121
lmartinich@ieee.org

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News of Interest to the Section

Report shows that Austin companies have difficulty filling STEM-based jobs
Nearly half of the Austin area’s current job openings require STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills, but those openings take longer to fill than non-STEM jobs, according to a Brookings Institution report released June 30. Read More . . .

Are you assessing your programming skills?
IEEE Spectrum did a survey to rank the popularity programming languages. This might give you an idea of which you should be learning to open the most job prospects. Read More . . .

Forbes says Austin is one of America's most creative cities
Forbes has ranked Austin the fourth-most-creative large city in America. Austin comes in behind San Francisco, Boston and Nashville but ahead of New York City, based on surveys of sites used by creative such as Kickstarter, Bandcamp and ReverbNation. Read More . . .

Forbes ranks Austin Second for job growth
Austin is ranked No. 2 in Forbes.com's listing of the best U.S. cities for future job growth over the next three years and is one of five Texas cities to make the cut. Read More . . .

Google funds million-dollar contest for better power electronics
The Little Box Challenge, a joint venture between Google and the IEEE, is designed to shrink the size of power inverters, devices used in solar panels and electric cars. It's part of Google's effort to improve its green-tech image.  Read More . . .

IEEE-USA is offering “Survivor Planning: What Every Spouse Should Know” free to IEEE members.
In this practical reference, the late George F. McClure urges readers “not to leave your family in the dark, digging to find important documents and information. Life has to go on after a spouse, partner or parent passes away. Dealing with the myriad of decision processes immediately following a death in the family is a confusing ordeal.” 

“Survivor Planning” has a checklist to help you organize all the important information you will need, and Websites where you can find additional help. It also provides guidance in advance planning, retirement benefits, wills, living trusts and finances.
 
McClure shares that having these discussions and making decisions with your family about life’s everyday matters will not lessen your grief, but it will help your family avoid some anxiety, stress and frustration when you are gone.

“Survivor Planning: What Every Spouse Should Know” can be downloaded here for free to IEEE members. $5.99 for non-members.

Want to know what other Sections are doing in our Region
The Houston Section has just restarted their monthly newsletter "The Pocket Scop". If you would like to see what the Houston Section is doing take a peek.

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Call for Volunteers

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 FIRSTŪ 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

- - - IEEE - - -
- - - Other - - -
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

Public interaction is important for Engineers.

People relation is the key to become successful.
It's important for engineers   to become a member of the society and meet new people always. Social interaction is extremely important for engineers as it is the key to a successful engineering career.
Experiencing life outside is beneficial to us and gives us the chance of gaining more experience.

Of course, you know many people but they don't necessarily know who you are. About a century ago, social life was pretty diffident, and most folks knew each other where they had been born.   Since then, society has experienced an intense changes and it has become ordinary for people to move many times during their lives to new jobs elsewhere. The result always is that our links have become small along the way.  Facebook, LinkedIn,   and many social networking have leisurely reduced "doing stuff" together and sooner rather than later the relationships will fade. People interactions with each other by face to face conversations bring radically more satisfaction than those involving the other technologies. Being in the same room with people make a huge difference of what social media can do.

IEEE encourages the use of social media which consists of Web sites, portals, and applications, but at the same time members networking and interaction through local meetings and events which would be a starting point for engineers to be part of public life.

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

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I have lately started to take hour long 3.25mi. walks around my neighborhood (I know not exactly the best time of the year to be out and exercising but better to start now than never) and I have begun listening to a podcast I subscribed too early this year. It is the Dan Carlin Hardcore History podcast (http://www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/hh).

These are each 2-4 hour long deep dives into history. They only come out 3-4 times a year, but I find them very interesting. They would also be good for long summer road trips.

I just finished listening to Show 48 - Prophets of Doom which was released Mon, 22 Apr 2013 (04:28:01 minutes) - "Murderous millennial preachers and prophets take over the German city of Munster after Martin Luther unleashes a Pandora's Box of religious anarchy with the Protestant Reformation."

I have listen to others on Genghis Khan and the BLITZ of WWII. If you like history, you will find these of interest.

 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

Students Members Can Get Grants to Attend IEEE Events
With college tuition skyrocketing and the high cost of books, it can be difficult for students to pay for registration fees and airfare to attend IEEE conferences. Thus, they could lose a number of worthwhile opportunities such as presenting research papers, participating in technical talks, and networking with others. To offset some of the costs, IEEE is offering its student members a number of travel grants. Unlike student loans, the grants do not have to be repaid. Read More . . .

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

  • August 3-6, 2014: 2014 IEEE 57th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS 2014)
    This conference will be held in the Hilton, College Station and Conference Center, College Station, Texas August 3-6, 2014. In addition to the regular lecture and poster sessions, the conference includes ten tutorials (3-hour courses) and twelve special sessions addressing emerging topics in circuit and systems given by experts in the field. The program includes the student paper contest; ten papers selected by the organizing committee will compete on Monday August 4 for the best student paper award. This year’s conference program includes seven distinguish speeches from world renowned authorities from both academic and industrial sectors.

    We are proud to host this symposium in College Station the home of the Texas A&M University, the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. It is easily accessible by plane (with daily flights from Houston and Dallas) or by highway from Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. There is a very convenient shuttle serving College Station from Houston George Bush International Airport. Texas A&M University welcomes you and provides an opportunity for the many faculty, students and researchers to attend a first-class conference. It also gives national and international visitors a superior conference experience in an area of diverse industries with good job growth along with cutting edge research in consumer electronics, analog and digital IC design, energy and environment, and medical bio-nanotechnology being pursued in Texas.

    On the other hand, we strongly encourage you to complete the registration if you have not done yet, and suggest you to visit the conference website regularly. We strongly recommend you to book your hotel as soon as possible; the Hilton is offering an affordable rates until July 11th. We also suggest you to consider registering for the short courses offered this year. http://www.mwcas-2014.org/

  • 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 9-11, 2014: 2014 IEEE International Board Test Workshop (BTW)
    Cisco Systems
    12515 Research Blvd.
    Building 4
    Austin, TX

    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: IEEE Week in Austin

  • 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

  • May 31 thru June 4, 2015: 2015 IEEE 26th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE)
    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/

August 4-7, 2014: NI Week
The 20th annual NIWeek conference presented by National Instruments is set to bring together the brightest minds in engineering and science at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, beginning August 4. More than 3,200 innovators representing a spectrum of industries, from automotive and telecommunications to robotics and energy, will learn about the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software-defined systems in test, measurement, and control.
August 12, 2014: CapMac User Group
‘Photo Editing Made Easy’ with Macphun
Tuesday, August 12th  –  7:00p - 9:00p
Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub
9012 Research Blvd / Austin, TX  78758
GEOlocation

Free public event -- everyone welcome.
Great photos are often the result of great digital darkroom tools.

August 15, 2014: Austin VMUG Meeting
VMware User Group Meeting
11:00 a.m. Meeting Start and Introductions
11:15 a.m. VMUG Member Presentation
11:30 a.m. VMware Liaison Message – Eddie Blackwell
12:00 p.m. Silver Peak and SolidFire Presentation
12:50 p.m. Door Prizes
1:00 p.m. Movie Premier: The Expendables 3

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Lakeline
14028 U.S. 183
Austin, TX

Register now

September 20, 2014: Software Freedom Day
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short, everywhere! The non-profit organization Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.
http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/

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)

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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Convergence of Internet of Things (IOT) & Software Defined Networking (SDN)

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Kwok Wu, PhD, Freescale Semiconductor Embedded Software & Systems Solutions of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Dr. KwokWu has been awarded as 2012 Innovator of the Year by ECD – Embedded Computing Design Magazine for his platform approach to Wireless Smart Gateways. See this site.

He is also recipient of the Innovative Networking Product Award, at Broadband World Forum 2011with Secured Broadband multi-service Gateway and Best Networking as well as the Communication Product Award, Smart Metering at Australia & New Zealand Summit 2012.

He is an award-winning industry veteran and sought after speaker.

Dr. Kwok Wu has many years of diverse experience in advanced embedded systems and software. He has delivered high-performance scalable software platforms and products for Freescale’s Power Architecture, Starcore DSP, ARM, and ZigBee Systems-on-Chips (SoCs) in the wireless broadband networking, telecommunications, enterprise, consumer, automotive, industrial, smart energy, and health segments.

Previous to Freescale Semiconductor, Kwok has held various executive management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technology and AMD.

Kwok is member of IEEE Computer Society, and holds a Treasurer position at the Austin Chapter of IEEE Communications Society and hold a PhD, EECS (Computer Engineering) from the University of Texas at

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16-September-2014
06:00PM to 08:30PM

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Room Number: Auditorium
7700 W Parmer Ln.
Austin,  Texas

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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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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title 3D Memory Technologies
Speaker Dr. Betty Prince
Speaker Bio Dr. Betty Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International. She has worked with Texas Instruments, N.V. Philips, Motorola, R.C.A and Fairchild.  She is author of  6 books on semiconductor memories including “Vertical 3D Memory Technologies”, September 2014, (Wiley).  She is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and was an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer from 2005-2011.  She has served on several IEEE conference committees and on the Technical Advisory Board of IEEE Spectrum magazine. She has been active in the JEDEC and IEC memory standards committees and was founder of the JEDEC JC-16 Interface Standards Committee. She has served on the Technical Advisory Boards of several memory companies and  was a Director of Mosaid Technologies for 10 years. She holds patents in the memory, processor and interface areas. She has a B.S. and M.S. in physics and math from the U. of New Mexico and the U. of California, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas with doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling
Abstract As scaled memory ICs become increasingly challenging, the possibility of increasing bit density by moving into 3D becomes an attractive alternative.  Both scaled and 3D technologies present  difficulties.  Three 3D technologies are at the forefront. 
(1) The highest volume memory product today is the NAND flash and it has been one of the first to appear in 3D.  Both versions of the 3D NAND flash, vertical channel and vertical gate, will be discussed.
(2) Resistance RAMs have been investigated for several years and have appeared in low level production.  These ReRAMs offer a highest density 3D memory when stacked in 3D cross-point arrays.  The three types of ReRAMs - metal oxide, conductive bridge, and phase change – will be discussed along with the three types of 3D cross-point array configurations – Unipolar, Bipolar and Complementary. 
(3) Stacked DRAMs and logic chips connected with silicon vias already exist as a packaging technology and are poised to become a 3D chip technology.  This will involve a revolution in chip design and design tools.
Date/Time August 26, 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 https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27517
Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.  For more information, go to:  http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/index.html
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Update on the revised EMC and Low Voltage Directives

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One speaker from Dell to talk on the EU Low-voltage Directive and Ross Carlton of National  Instruments to talk on the EU Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Directive

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This is a joint meeting of the EMC Society and the Product Safety Enginering Society

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August 19, 2014
6:30pm - Social/food
7:00pm - Chapter Meeting
7:20pm - Technical Presentation
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8:30pm - Meeting ends

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Dell Parmer South Campus, off East Parmer Lane at Tech Ridge. Building PS4 is the 2nd building on the right as you travel South on Tech Ridge from Parmer Lane. We meet in the Victoria conference room just inside the door to the left.

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27503

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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 Engineering Ethics
Speaker Leslie Martinich
Leslie Martinich, 2012 IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, served as Science and Technology Policy Advisor in the Office of U.S. Representative Steve Israel (NY 02). As Founder and Principal Consultant at Competitive Focus, she provides education and consulting services in leadership, professional ethics and innovation management. With more than 25 years of experience as a software professional, she led teams at IBM, Compaq, Novell, Vignette and several startup companies, where she was given increasing levels of responsibility. She serves as the lead faculty member at the Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the past VP Publications for the IEEE Technology Management Council.

IEEE Activities (M 1997 SM 2003) AWARDS: IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow 2012; Engineering Management Society, Dallas Chapter, Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008. COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Awards Board, Presentation and Publicity Committee, 2012-2014; Central Texas Section, Vice-Chair (Austin), 2014, IEEE-USA Annual Meeting 2011 Planning Committee, Engineering Management Society (now the Technology Management Council) Board of Governors, 2005-2009, VP Publications 2006-2009, Chapter Chair 2004-2009, 2013-2014. Women in Engineering, Chapter Chair, 2011, 2013. Education Society, Chapter Webmaster, 2009, Chapter Chair 2013. CONFERENCES: International Engineering Management Conference, 2007, Vice Chair.

Other Volunteer and Community Activities. Board of Directors, Spredfast, 2008-2011. Engineering Leadership Institute, Founder, 2005. Ethics in Business Award Selection Committee, 2005, 2006. Austin Software Executives’ Group, Co-Founder, 2001. Southwest Texas State University, Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board, 1989-2001, Hospice Austin, Volunteer, 2008-present.
Abstract In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the dynamics of an ethical dilemma, and learn techniques and tools to help them think through and address the challenges they face.
Date/Time 26-August-2014
06:00PM to 09:00PM
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7:00 to 7:30 PM Business Meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM Program
9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant
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Austin,  Texas
Cost • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants)
• IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants)
• Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages
• A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
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If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.
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Topic/Title Update on the revised EMC and Low Voltage Directives
Speaker One speaker from Dell to talk on the EU Low-voltage Directive and Ross Carlton of National  Instruments to talk on the EU Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Directive
Abstract This is a joint meeting of the EMC Society and the Product Safety Enginering Society
Date/Time August 19, 2014
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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27503
Location Dell Parmer South Campus, off East Parmer Lane at Tech Ridge. Building PS4 is the 2nd building on the right as you travel South on Tech Ridge from Parmer Lane. We meet in the Victoria conference room just inside the door to the left.
Notes 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 even 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 or check our website at http://psescentraltexas.yolasite.com/.

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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Start-up view: ZPEG video compression technology – How it can be monetized?

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Dr. Raymond Westwater, President Futureware, LLC
Dr. Raymond Westwater is President of Futureware, LLC, an Austin Technology Incubator Landing Pad start-up company (http://www.futureware.com). He holds a PhD in video compression from Florida Atlantic University and has worked in video and cellular transmission applications for Lucent, Microsoft, and Intel, secure radio for the US military, and for AT&T Labs qualifying head-end equipment for the IPTV U-verse product.

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Video compression is a mathematically complex subject where solutions equire years of research and thousands of hours of development time - to arrive at prototype solutions. New contributions must compete with established standards and even free technologies, and the sales cycles for mature products are typically 12 to 18 months. So how can a new technology be monetized, particularly by a start-up? This question is answered in this presentation, a follow-on to the technology presentation of last year described below.

The three-dimensional DCT optimally decorrelates video content, making it an important tool applicable to various areas of motion video processing. The 3D DCT forms the basis of an ideal image quality processing algorithm, improving upon the existing JND subband decomposition technique. The 3D DCT is a statistically optimal description of motion video that forms the basis of a new motion video format conversion algorithm. This format conversion algorithm has application in crossconversion of video content between high definition and standard definition formats, and in the recovery of information lost in transmission (or compression). Finally, the 3D DCT is used to formulate an important new compression algorithm (ZPEG), which gives highest theoretically possible compression ratios without visual loss. These areas will be discussed, and a live demonstration of the ZPEG video algorithm will be conducted.

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August 21, 2014
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For further information, please contact IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin Chapter Chair Fawzi Behmann at  f.behmann@ieee.org

A special note: The evening will feature Brazilian catering from Joceli Romao

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