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

Fall has finally made it and hopefully cool weather is coming soon. All chapters should be in the final stages of 2014 officer elections. Don't forget to report them to the Section Secretary, Zhuo Li (zhuoli@ieee.org).

October has several great events happening, see below for the complete listing. One such events is preented by the IEEE PE/PEL/IEA/IA Joint Societies Chapter. They are sponsoring the IEEE 2014 Grounding Details and Practices Workshop on Friday October 3, 2014. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/27709.

On Oct. 7th the Central Texas Section will be joining other IEEE members around the world to celebrate "IEEE Day". This is the day when engineers worldwide will celebrate the anniversary of the first IEEE members gathering to share their technical ideas in 1884. The CTS celebration will be a networking event at Scholz Beer Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin TX), which is located near the Texas State Capitol building. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28773 or just show up and celebrate.

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

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Membership Development

Annual IEEE Election – VOTE…VOTE….VOTE!
The 2014 IEEE annual election ballots have been mailed. If you have not yet voted in this year's Annual Election, the balloting period is open until 12:00 PM Central Time USA (17:00 UTC) on 1 October 2014.  When you vote, you are choosing the future direction of the IEEE as an organization. Your votes provide an important service to IEEE.  Thank you for making this a part of your IEEE membership experience.

Information about the candidates and access to your ballot on the IEEE Election Site at: https://www.ieee.org/election

You will need your IEEE Web Account username and password to authenticate access or the ballot Control Number and E-signature located on your paper ballot (at the top and to the right of your mailing address).

Renew your IEEE Members TODAY
Renew your IEEE Membership TODAY to continue developing your career, accessing essential networking opportunities, and receiving other exclusive IEEE benefits.  Renew early and you will be entered to win prizes. http://www.ieee.org/renew

Not an IEEE Member
Join IEEE today and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till 2015.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at http://www.ieee.org/membership

Did you know about IEEE – staying current in technology
Did You Know -

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.  Check it out thought your myIEEE account at: http://www.ieee.org/myieee


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

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News of Interest to the Section

IEEE Day
On Oct. 7th the IEEE Central Texas Section will be joining other IEEE members around the world to celebrate "IEEE Day". This is the day when engineers worldwide will celebrate the anniversary of the first IEEE members gathering to share their technical ideas in 1884. The CTS celebration will be a networking event at Scholz Beer Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin TX), which is located near the Texas State Capitol building. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28773 or just show up and celebrate.

Technology Management Council renamed to Technology and Management Society
The IEEE Technology Management Council is converting to the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society.  If you care about Engineering Management, I urge you to join the new TEMS when you renew your IEEE Membership for 2015.  The Society will be host to an annual international conference on engineering management and provides two excellent publications, the Engineering Management Review and the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.  See http://ieee-tmc.org/node/1356 and  https://www.facebook.com/IEEETMC.

Leslie Martinich
CTS Vice Chair Austin & TMC Chapter Chair Austin
lmartinich@ieee.org

The 2014-2015 Future Cities Season is beginning
Does the Middle School your child or grand child attend participate in Future Cities? Help by making the teachers aware of the program.

Future City depends on its volunteers to help run a successful event and inspire the net generation of engineers!

There are many opportunities - from mentoring a team, to judging (remotely or day of the competition), to sponsoring a Special Award, to entering the scores.

http://futurecity.org/texas-central

Free E-Book: Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology
Book 2 of this series builds on the perspectives presented in Book 1, and examines managing and leading by: 1) managers at all levels, and 2) the Individual Professional Contributor/knowledge workers. Your success in either of these two options depends on being authentic, being yourself, and recognizing your capabilities and limitations. Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology -- Book 2: Developing Leaders and Managers is free to IEEE members through 10 October. Download now.

IEEE-USA’s Free E-Books Highlight Original Columns of Interest to High-Tech Professionals & Writing for Success
Compiled from 12 original IEEE-USA Today's Engineer columns, author and IEEE Fellow Donald Christiansen continues to tackle topics that affect engineers today with wit, wisdom, humor, and his own unique perspective.

In “About the MBA,” Christiansen writes that many engineers have earned MBAs as a follow-up to their baccalaureate or master’s degrees in engineering, confirming that pairing an engineering and business education makes good sense. However, those who follow a research career path believe that time spent furthering their education might be better devoted to specialty studies in a technical area.

In “Engineers, Mere Mercenaries?,” Christiansen discusses the many projects engineers and engineering schools have undertaken to “employ technology for the public good, often on a volunteer basis.”

In “Ghosts,” the former IEEE Spectrum editor recalls with fondness many of the places where engineers once labored. One of the most well-known, Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J., is where many of the world’s leading information- and communication-centric technologies were developed. Known as “The Idea Factory,” Bell Labs now exists within Alcatel-Lucent.

“The Best of Backscatter from Today’s Engineer -- Volume 2” can be downloaded here  for free to IEEE members. $9.99 for non-members.

IEEEXtreme 8.0: IEEE’s Flagship Programming Competition is Coming Soon!
The IEEEXtreme team would like to extend a personal invitation to all IEEE members who would be interested in hosting, proctoring, or promoting IEEEXtreme 8.0, IEEE’s flagship computer programming competition beginning on 18 October, 2014 at 00:00 UTC.

IEEEXtreme is a great opportunity for college students to prove their coding skills in a well-known international competition—potentially improving their future career prospects—and compete for a set of great prizes.  There is no direct fee for participating in the competition, as it is an educational entertainment benefit for our IEEE student members.  If students are not yet members of IEEE, they can take advantage of a special offer from Computer Society—our premier partner—and enjoy membership in both organizations.

If you believe that students would be interested, please post publicly some IEEEXtreme 8.0 flyers at your local school and spread the word about the competition.  Additionally, we have developed a short student/proctor guide and a media press kit for the convenience of those helping to coordinate a local IEEEXtreme event; we will be hosting informational webinars on these topics on 12 September and 19 September, which you can sign up for here

As always, you can check out our IEEEXtreme website for further registration information and competition rules.  Any related questions can be directed to IEEEXtreme@ieee.org.

CERN: Celebrating 60 years of science for peace
http://home.web.cern.ch
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, as an acronym from the French), founded 60 years ago by Niels Bohr and other European visionaries, has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. With over 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries working together to unravel the mysteries of dark matter, the early universe, and antimatter through the utilization of the world’s most advanced accelerators, decelerators, and detectors, CERN is an unprecedented experiment in scientific cooperation. After perusing the CERN Updates mentioned on the site’s homepage, click About CERN to watch a cleanly produced, three-minute educational video about the institute’s work. The History of CERN, an interactive graphic, can also be found here along with various activities with Accelerators, Experiments, Physics, Computing, and Engineering.

Ethics Webinars and Outreach
TBPE continues to offer ethics outreach presentations both in person and in a webinar format for the convenience of our licensees.   Registration links for all webinars are posted at:  http://engineers.texas.gov/webinar
  • Online Ethics Webinars:  The next ethics webinar is December 4, 2014.  This event is limited to 1,000 attendees.  Registration for the December 4th event will be posted one month in advance.
  • PE Application Webinar: This first ever webinar will concentrate on the licensing application process and the requirements to become a Texas P.E.  It will be held October 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. CDT.
Directory of Open Access Journals
http://doaj.org
At the time of this writing, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes and provides access to 1,720,260 articles in 9,986 journals from 134 countries. Dozens of fields are represented here, covering ten broad areas, including Medicine, Health Sciences, Biology and Life Science, Social Sciences, and Technology and Engineering. Think about starting with Latest News, where DOAJ lists updates and interesting tidbits. The heart of the site, of course, is its Search function, where readers can search by Title, Keywords, Subject, and other categories, as well as by Journal Language, Country of Publication, and Publisher. Anyone looking for access to high-quality, peer-reviewed, freely available research will appreciate this innovative site.

IEEE Predicts Top Technologies for 2022
Curious about what the technology landscape will look like in 2022? The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which represents more than 400,000 engineers, has come up with a report that looks to the future and predicts what the hot technologies of 2022 will be. Read more . . .

New IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) newsletter announced

The IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) announced it has launched its new IEEE IoT eNewsletter, a bi-monthly online publication highlighting important global IoT-related technology developments, innovations, and trends from the world's top-subject matter experts, researchers, and industry practitioners. The IEEE IoT eNewsletter is provided as a benefit of becoming a member of the complimentary IEEE IoT Technical Community, which anyone actively involved or interested in IoT can join at no charge. Once signed up, members of the growing IEEE IoT Technical Community will receive all future issues of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter via e-mail as soon as it is published. Members of the IoT Technical Community will also receive information on the latest developments in this multidisciplinary area.

The inaugural issue of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter includes these articles by IoT technical experts:
  • "The Fading Line Between Atoms and Bits" by Roberto Saracco, EIT ICT Labs
  • "Emerging IoT Applications Illustrate Emerging Trends" by Dr. Chung-Sheng Li, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • "The Internet of Things: A Title That is Both Wrong and Unhelpful" by William Webb, Weightless SIG
  • "The Internet of Things: The Story So Far" by Payam Barnaghi, University of Surrey and Amit Sheth, Wright State University
The November 2014 edition will include exclusive feature articles from Aapo Markkanen, ABI Research; Dongman Lee, KAIST; Luigi Atzori, University of Cagliari; and David Rogers, Copper Horse.
2 Austin companies earn Fortune 'Best Places to Work' honors
Fortune magazine, in conjunction with the Great Places to Work Institute, released its lists of the best small and medium-sized companies to work for and it includes two Austin companies: Cirrus Logic and Square Root. Read more . . .

25% Member Discount on Wiley Publications

IEEE members receive 25% off all Wiley-IEEE titles.  Look for the discount code in your Member Benefits Bulletin, and enter it when you check out from the Wiley-IEEE bookstore.  Visit us at: http://www.wiley.com/go/ieee today!

Austin still ranks among fast-growing U.S. cities, fueled by job growth
The fact that the Austin area has the fastest-growing economy among other large U.S. cities is not surprising. According to the report, Austin is the eighth-fastest growing city in America. Read more . . .

Austin ranks among nation's top 5 high-tech markets, study shows
The Austin area is ranked fifth in the nation for its high-tech market, edging out Boston and San Francisco's East Bay. Read more . . .

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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.

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
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." 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


IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, National Harbor, Wash DC, July 26-29, 2014

From July 26-29, 2014, I attended the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting at National Harbor in Washington, DC. The trip included the PES Chapter Chair Training as well as the General Meeting. I found both events to be extraordinarily beneficial. The Section and the Chapters should continue to encourage and support the chapter leadership in attending these kinds of events.

At the Chapter Chair Training, it was beneficial to learn from the experiences of other leaders who have been doing this a lot longer than I have. It was interesting to discover that our leadership challenges are not unique. Others have the same challenges. It was helpful to discuss thoughts and ideas with others about engaging, inspiring and motivating membership. It was helpful to learn about things that others had tried, discovering what worked and what didn’t work. It was useful to learn about supporting programs and resource, including some that I didn’t even know existed. It was also helpful to learn about new programs and initiatives.

The General Meeting turned out to be equally useful. It provided a much broader perspective on the Power & Energy related industry. Often, our views of such things become very limited by the narrow focus of our own daily activities. We become a little blind to the broader scope of technical challenges and activities that are actually the daily focus to the rest of our membership. This kind of insight is invaluable in developing programs that drive membership engagement and value.

Overall, either program alone would have made the time, effort and expense of the trip worthwhile. But together, I got a double-play.

Joel Sandahl
Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE) 2015 Chair Elect
jsandahl@zxtech.net


IEEE Rock Stars of Cyber Security

I spent September 24 at the IEEE Rock Stars of Cyber Security event held in Austin, TX. It featured 7 notable speakers on Cyber Security, as well as a panel discussion.

I found the presentations to be very thought provoking. Computers are proliferating around us, yet we are having a difficult time protecting the data residing in those systems today. Action must be taken to strengthen the security barriers, and users must behave smarter if the data is to be protected.

Here are a few tidbits from the presentations:
  • All organizations need to pick a security framework and stick to it
  • Currently we are loosing the war on cyber attacks
  • By 2050 there are estimated to be 50 billion new devices making up the Internet of Things which will need to be protected
  • 90% of companies with 250 employees or more had malicious security events in 2012
  • Current security tools #1 job is preventing false positives
  • Biggest threat to cyber security is convenience
  • “You can’t patch stupid” – humans pose the largest vulnerability in computer security
  • Security = defense in depth
  • The top fear of the common man is that he will not be able to buy groceries or make other purchases without exposing his personal data
  • 56% of organizations have been the target of cyber attacks
  • 44% of breaches involved third party mistakes
The complete set of slides from the various presentations will soon be available on the IEEE web site.

John Purvis III P.E.
john.purvis@ieee.org
http://johnpurvis.wordpress.com
IEEE Senior Member, Past Section Chair, Analog Editor

Some Perspectives on Engineering

Friendship, contributions and volunteering are the keys for successful networking.
Unemployment rate for electrical engineers increases from 3.4% in 2012 to 4.8% last year, a high rate of unemployment for this career where it should be around 1.5%. This rate beat the rates for mechanical engineers (2.7%) and for civil engineers (3.4%).

Really worrying and whether the H1B visa or the technology manufacturing globalization are the announced reasons, it seems that we, the electrical engineers need to give it a thought.

Electrical engineers learn a lot and study sufficiently skills on college helped them in life. But they are not stressing out about how to make business?

Will real networking help?
Yes it does. I learned over the years that the chances of getting a new job through connections are much higher than getting a job through any other way such as on line search or LinkedIn. 

Being around is one thing, contributing is another.
To build good social skills, relationship and talking to others is always the key. Start talking to others in the grocery, clinics, schools and events and never be out of duty.

Volunteering and finding something to do for others is another important key for a successful networking. Going to events such as IEEE event where we participate and benefit is another way. 

Other hints for successful networking are:
Be real and yourself. Follow up with your new connections and keep following up. If you are not following up, you are not networking.

(Also see "Working With Inventor Douglas Trumbull" in IEEE Roundup)



Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I have been looking at Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for some time. One program that I recently came across is SeaMonkey. I began looking at it as an alternative to KompoZer (which is what I use to put the Analog together each month).

But SeaMonkey is far more than just an HTML editor. It is, as it's web site says, a "web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple—all your Internet needs in one application".

SeaMonkey is built on the open source Mozilla Gecko engine, the same code which underlies the highly successful siblings Firefox and Thunderbird. SeaMonkey benefits from the cross-fertilization with these other projects, by gaining (and contributing) new features and the ongoing security updates which are a modern necessity.

SeaMonkey is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. I have been using SeaMonkey for a few weeks on my OS X Mac Mini, using it to write articles on OS X for my blog. So far I have found it to be very user friendly in editing HTML documents.

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. 

John Purvis III P.E.
john.purvis@ieee.org
http://johnpurvis.wordpress.com
IEEE Senior Member, Past Section Chair, Analog Editor

Student Branches and Activities


St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch Chair: Stephanie Shu, email: sshu@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@txstate.edu
Branch Chair: Kyle Paul, email: kp1352@txstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TXST.IEEE

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Niti Nararidh, email: nnararid@trinity.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TrinityIEEE

University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Josh Frazor, email: chair@ieee.ece.utexas.edu
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ieeeut

University of Texas at San Antonio (http://ieeeutsa.com/)
Faculty Co-Adviser: Paul Morton, email: PaulMorton@utsa.edu
Faculty Co-Adviser: Lars Hansen, email: Lars.Hansen@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Patrick Stockton, email: pstockton@ieee.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ieeeutsa

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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: The Bridge - IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)'s signature publication, an interactive digital magazine published three times a year.

IEEE Member Newsletter http://theinstitute.ieee.org


Other Region 5 Section Newsletters



Conferences, Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • October 3, 2014: IEEE Grounding Practices Workshop
    Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    12513 FM-1625, Creedmoor, TX, 78610

    This IEEE workshop is hosted by IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter and focuses on the practical aspects of grounding for both engineers and electricians. We will provide CEU and TDLR certificates to those that attend. Even more important, breakfast and lunch are included!
     
    This day-long workshop will instruct you on how to meet NEC grounding requirements by utilizing a small-group format allowing you interact closely with each of the five instructors, especially during the hands-on exercises. The exercises include the use of 3-point ground test meters, clamp-on ground test meters and exothermic welding. Instruction will also include substation ground fault detection levels and trip settings.
     
    There will be displays and presentations by select electric industry suppliers. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate for eight PDH units and/or a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) for Continuing Education (CE) credit hour requirements for Master Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, Master Sign Electrician, Journeyman Sign Electrician, Apprentice Electrician, Maintenance Electrician and Residential Wireman.
     
    Instructors:
    • George Vlachos and Tim Cowgill, AEMC Instruments, “Use of Ground Test Meters”
    • Greg Russell, VP of Burrus & Matthews South, “Use of Cadweld Exothermic Welding” (participants can perform Cadweld exothermic welding and receive a certificate of qualification)
    • Brad Yarbrough, Bundy, “Requirements for Mechanically Bonding Grounds”
    • Dave Costello, P.E., Schweitzer Engineering Labs, “Substation Ground Fault Detection Levels and Trip Settings”
    • James Mercier, P.E., Texas Master Electrician and Civil Engineer, “Ufer Grounds and Other Earth Grounding Methods”

    For more information and to register visit https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27709

  • October 7, 2014: IEEE Day (see this for CTS activities)
    The fifth annual IEEE Day will be celebrated worldwide. This day commemorates the 1884 meeting in Philadelphia when members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessor societies, gathered for the first time to share technical ideas.

    While the world benefits from what's new, IEEE is focused on what’s next. Thus, this year's theme will be "Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow."

    In keeping with IEEE Day’s fifth anniversary, this year’s organizers have planned a social media strategy focused around the number 5. The #Gofor5 campaign is on both Twitter and Facebook, allowing members to use the hashtag to share their experiences.
    Read more . . .

  • October 10, 2014: Semi-annual meeting of IEEE CTSsociety chapter chairs in San Antonio
    10-October-2014, 11:30AM to 01:00PM
    Location:
    Building: Lion & Rose
    842 NW Loop 410
    Suite 115
    San Antonio,  Texas
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28757


    October 14-17, 2014: 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium (BTS)

    Hilton Palacio del Rio
    200 South Alamo
    San Antonio, TX
    http://bts.ieee.org/

  • November 6, 2014: 6th International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE)


  • November 12, 2014: The Intersection of Agile and DevOps Can Change Your Business Future
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (Central Time)
    Top Golf, Austin, Texas

    Find Out Why DevOps is a Critical IT Need at this FREE Symposium with Exciting Perspectives from BOTH Technical Gurus and Top Executives

    Speakers –
    • Michael Cote, Research Director for Infrastructure Software, 451 Research, speaking on: “When is This DevOps Unicorn Going to Sprout Wings and Fly?”
    • John Jeske, IT Director and CTO, Emerging Technologies and User Experience Dell, speaking on:“Enterprise Mobility with Agile Development”
    Plus, an exciting interactive panel with these two speakers and two IBM executives addressing key issues and answering your questions.

    Together, Agile and DevOps are changing the way software is developed and delivered! Don’t miss this chance to learn from proven experts how to make fast, continuous software releases a reality.

    There is NO CHARGE for this symposium, BUT it will fill up fast so Register Now to reserve your space today.

  • December 5-7, 2014: International Performance Computing and Communications Conference
    Renasance Marriott Auboritum
    Austin,  Texas
    Register here

  • 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 

  • 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
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.

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/

January 12, 2015: Pentesting 101 with Trey Blalock
GeekAustin (Official)
Monday, January 12, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)
This course is a deep-dive into the latest techniques for penetration testing from a practitioner who has been at the forefront for 15+ years.
https://pentesting-101-austin.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/.

NSTA Blog: Talk about science and science teaching
http://nstacommunities.org/blog/
With the new school year underway, science teachers will find much to appreciate in the National Science Teachers Association blog. Loaded with resources and packed with research on science and how to teach it, the blog is broken down by category, including Early Years, Science 2.0, The Leading Edge, and nine others. The homepage features posts from all categories in chronological order, and that’s a good place to start for readers who are looking for what’s new. Also of interest, Ms. Mentor answers science teachers’ questions about everything from lecture styles to job placement.

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.

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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

Enhanced Purcell Factor and Optical Nonlinear Effects Using Plasmonic Patch Nanoantennas

Speaker

Christos Argyropoulos
Christos Argyropoulos received the Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2006). He holds a M.Sc. degree in Communication Engineering from the Microwaves and Communication Systems group of the University of Manchester, UK (2007) and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Antennas and Electromagnetics Group of the Queen Mary, University of London, UK (2010). After completion of his PhD studies (2011), he accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Next (2013), he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics at Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, USA. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Electrical Engineering.
He has published over 100 technical papers in highly ranked journals and refereed conference proceedings, including 5 book chapters. His main research interests include computational electromagnetics, numerical and analytical modeling of metamaterials and their applications, novel antenna design, transformation optics, linear and nonlinear plasmonics, active metamaterials, thermal emission from plasmonic structures, graphene nanophotonics, new energy harvesting devices and acoustic metamaterials. He has received several travel and research awards, such as Junior Researcher Award of the 2013 Raj Mittra Travel Grant, EPSRC Research Scholarship, Royal Academy of Engineering international travel grant and twice the Marie Curie Actions Grant to attend the European School of Antennas. He chaired a session at APS March Meeting 2014 and he is the organizer of a special session at META 15. He has given several invited talks and seminars to different conferences and universities. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, SPIE, American Physical Society and the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Abstract

Plasmonic nanocavities and nanoantennas can boost several optical nonlinear processes and modify the excitation and decay rates of nearby emitters by enhancing the local density of states. In this presentation, we will present nanoantenna configurations consisting of colloidally synthesized silver nanocubes coupled to a metallic film, separated by an ultrathin spacer layer where different materials may be embedded. This configuration resembles a nanoscale patch antenna whose plasmon resonance can be easily controlled by its geometrical and material parameters. Strong local field enhancement is generated at the gap region between the nanocubes and the metallic film, where cavity-like plasmonic modes are excited in highly subwavelength regions. These interesting properties can lead to the exploitation of nonlinear processes at low power levels and in highly integrated formats. It can also cause large enhancement of spontaneous emission rates of molecules and quantum dots embedded in these plasmonic nanopatch antennas. The experimental demonstration of Purcell factors ~1,000 will be reported, while maintaining high quantum efficiency and directional emission. Strong optical bistability and giant all-optical scattering switching behavior will be also theoretically demonstrated.
•    The source of radiation energy is not necessarily localized with accelerating charges.
•    "Near" fields may be present in free space, even arbitrarily far away from sources or scatterers.
•    Radio waves, or at least their associated energy, can "bounce" and interact with each other, even in free space.

This perspective has already been of value in making precise indoor location systems and may help lead to more robust antenna designs in the presence of multipath.

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Oct 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecture "Convex Optimization for Optimal Design and Analysis of Small Antennas"

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Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson received the M.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics 1994, the Ph.D. degree in Electromagnetic Theory 2000, was appointed Docent 2005, and Professor of Electromagnetic Theory 2011, all from Lund University, Sweden. He co-founded the company Phase holographic imaging AB in 2004. His research interests are in scattering and antenna theory and inverse scattering and imaging with applications in microwave tomography and digital holography. He has written over 75 peer reviewed journal papers and over 90 conference papers. Prof. Gustafsson received the Best Antenna Poster Prize at EuCAP 2007, the IEEE Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award 2010, and the Best Antenna Theory Paper Award at EuCAP 2013.

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Design of small antennas is challenging as the Q-factor, efficiency, and radiation resistance must be controlled simultaneously. In this presentation, convex optimization together with integral expressions of the stored electromagnetic energies are used to analyze many fundamental antenna problems. The solutions to the convex optimization problems determine optimal currents, offer insight for antenna design, and present performance bounds for antennas. We present several optimization formulations such as maximal gain Q-factor quotient, minimal Q for superdirectivity, minimal Q for given far field, and efficiency. The effects of antennas embedded in structures such as mobile phones are discussed. Results are shown for various antenna geometries and compared to state of the art designs showing that many antennas perform almost optimally. A tutorial description of a method of moment implementation together with a Matlab package for convex optimization to determine optimal current distributions on arbitrarily shaped antennas is also presented.
•    The source of radiation energy is not necessarily localized with accelerating charges.
•    "Near" fields may be present in free space, even arbitrarily far away from sources or scatterers.
•    Radio waves, or at least their associated energy, can "bounce" and interact with each other, even in free space.

This perspective has already been of value in making precise indoor location systems and may help lead to more robust antenna designs in the presence of multipath.

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22-October-2014
Time: 10:30AM to 11:30AM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28817

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Austin,  Texas

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IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecture "Sum Rules and Physical Bounds in Electromagnetics"

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Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson received the M.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics 1994, the Ph.D. degree in Electromagnetic Theory 2000, was appointed Docent 2005, and Professor of Electromagnetic Theory 2011, all from Lund University, Sweden. He co-founded the company Phase holographic imaging AB in 2004. His research interests are in scattering and antenna theory and inverse scattering and imaging with applications in microwave tomography and digital holography. He has written over 75 peer reviewed journal papers and over 90 conference papers. Prof. Gustafsson received the Best Antenna Poster Prize at EuCAP 2007, the IEEE Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award 2010, and the Best Antenna Theory Paper Award at EuCAP 2013.

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Sum rules can be used to construct physical bounds on many types of physical systems. The physical bounds answer questions like; what is the minimal temporal dispersion of passive metamaterials, how does the thickness influence the performance of absorbers and high-impedance surfaces, how does the inter-element coupling affect frequency selective surfaces, how does the bandwidth and directivity depend on the size of antennas, and what is the available bandwidth in extra-ordinary transmission of electromagnetic waves through sub-wavelength apertures. These types of identities and bounds are of great interest in many areas of physics and engineering. They also provide insight into the relationship between design parameters. The mathematical analysis is based on integral identities for Herglotz (or positive real) functions. These integral identities are referred to as sum rules and generalize the classical Kramers-Kronig dispersion relations to physical systems satisfying the underlying principles of linearity and passivity.

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21-October-2014
Time: 10:30AM to 11:30AM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28819

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Austin,  Texas

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The Time Domain, Superposition, and How Electromagnetics Really Works

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Hans Schantz
Hans G. Schantz is CTO of The Q-Track Corporation, and a co-inventor of NFER® technology. His prior work experience includes stints with IBM, the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, The ElectroScience Lab of the Ohio State University, and Time Domain Corporation. Author of The Art and Science of Ultra-wideband Antennas (Artech House, 2005), his forty U.S. patents include antennas, RF systems, RF-based location systems, and related inventions. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the Institute of Navigation, and an amateur radio operator [KC5VLD]. Schantz earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He also holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Physics from Purdue University. Dr. Schantz blogs at ĘtherCzar and is @ĘtherCzar on Twitter.

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Electromagnetic engineers and scientists normally work in the frequency domain. We take advantage of the principle of superposition to break down problems into small, manageable, harmonic components, thus greatly simplifying the analysis of an electromagnetic system. This talk examines what happens when we consider electromagnetics from the time domain, looking at instantaneous instead of time-averaged behavior. This talk further considers what happens when the effects superposition allows us to ignore are added back in to our electromagnetic worldview. The resulting perspective leads to some surprising and counterintuitive conclusions. For instance:
•    The source of radiation energy is not necessarily localized with accelerating charges.
•    "Near" fields may be present in free space, even arbitrarily far away from sources or scatterers.
•    Radio waves, or at least their associated energy, can "bounce" and interact with each other, even in free space.

This perspective has already been of value in making precise indoor location systems and may help lead to more robust antenna designs in the presence of multipath.

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21-November-2014
10:00AM to 11:00AM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28497

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Austin,  Texas

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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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Distinguished Lecturer - Energy Efficient SAR-Type ADC Design - Trends and Techniques

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Seng-Pan U of University of Macau
Seng-Pan U (Ben) received joint Ph.D. degree from the University of Macau (UM) and the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Portugal in 2002. He is currently Professor and Deputy Director of State-Key Lab. of Analog & Mixed-Signal VLSI of UM. He is the co-founder of Chipidea Microelectronics (Macau), Ltd. (currently Synopsys Macau Ltd) for analog & mixed-signal IP development and is also Senior Analog Design Manager and Site General Manager. He published 130+ papers and 4 books in Springer and China Science Press in the area of VHF SC filters, Analog Baseband for Multi-standard wireless transceivers and Very High-Speed TI ADCs, and he co-holds 10+ US patents. As the founding chair, he received the 2012 IEEE SSCS Outstanding Chapter Award. He received both the 2012 Macau Science & Technology (S&T) Invention and Progress Award. Both at the 1st time from Macau, he received the S&T Innovation Award of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation in 2010, and also The State S&T Progress Award in 2011. In recognition of his contribution in high-technology research & industrial development in Macau, he was awarded by Macau SAR government the Honorary Title of Value in 2010. He was also awarded as the “Scientific Chinese of the Year 2012”. He is also advisor for 20+ student award recipients, incl. ISSCC Silk-Road Award & A-SSCC Student Design Contest for data converter papers. He is currently IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015), TPC of ISSCC, A-SSCC, VLSI-DAT, RFIT and Editorial Board member of Springer journal AICSP.

Abstract

The evolving broadband wireless communication increasingly drives fast development on high-performance consumer portable smart and green gadgets with longer battery life, which leads to growing demands on high-speed ADCs with higher energy efficiency. SAR-type ADCs which take advantages of CMOS technology downscaling for their “highly digital” implementation have been dominating large segments of high-speed and energy efficient ADCs with efficiencies down to fJ/conversion step at 100MHz+ sampling rate. This talk provides firstly an overview of the state-of-the-art SAR-Type high energy-efficient ADCs, and then present the trends of the ADCs through the energy, speed and noise Analysis for various architectures including SAR & Binary-Search, Multi-bit SAR, Flash SAR and Pipeline SAR, Time-interleaved and etc. Practical design examples and techniques will be also addressed.

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20-October-2014
Time: 12:00PM to 01:00PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28985

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

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The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. IIf you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.
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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (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 Due to the fact that the CTCN leadership will not be available for a meeting in October, there will be no CTCN meeting.  The next meeting will be November 19.
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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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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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Power Distribution Network Concepts and Design for Multi-layer PCBs

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Jim Drewniak of Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:30-7:00PM social/food, 7:00-9:00pm program

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National Instruments, Building C, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX, 78759

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27505

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Food and drinks will be provided

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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

Topic/Title Next Generation Data and Systems for Utilities
Speaker Bob Knox, The Structure Group
Bob Knox is the Historian and Asset Analytics lead with Structure’s Energy Management and Control Systems consulting practice. He has over 17 years’ experience in the North American energy and utility industry, including oil and gas, power generation and renewables, and energy transmission and distribution.

Bob is responsible for the system assessment, solution design, and project delivery of historian integrations to SCADA and other related IT systems. He has extensive experience in the PI system and has worked with many clients to integrate their PI system to other critical business systems, such as financial settlements, generation scheduling, ISO operations and markets, and enterprise asset management.

Bob has prepared and presented at numerous industry events such as the OSIsoft User’s Conference and the PI T&D conference on various technology topics such as PI integration for renewables, Enterprise Service Bus integration to PI, and integration framework and best practices.
Abstract Big Data is shaping the world around us in every way imaginable. The Internet of Things (IoT) is intricately weaved into society and leaves an indelible electronically recorded footprint along the way. Once ubiquitous analog devices such as clocks, phones, meters, medical devices, and even health and fitness gear have become powerful analytic tools capable of harnessing tremendous value for business and industry.

As such the utility industry is undergoing an unprecedented rate of change and demand for data collection and storage. The proliferation of smart meter, smart grid, AMI, synchrophaser, and asset monitoring devices has resulted in an explosion of Big Data. This presentation explores Big Data concepts, trends, enables, and prevalent industry technologies and data systems including historian and other data systems. Learn more about how utilities are currently deploying Big Data infrastructure, managing information for real-time operational efficiencies, and leveraging terabytes (and more) of historical data for tangible long-term benefits.
Date/Time October 16, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room #220, 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28945
Notes
Joint meeting with PI^2 and ComSP


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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

Austin

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

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Topic/Title Next Generation Data and Systems for Utilities
Speaker Bob Knox, The Structure Group
Bob Knox is the Historian and Asset Analytics lead with Structure’s Energy Management and Control Systems consulting practice. He has over 17 years’ experience in the North American energy and utility industry, including oil and gas, power generation and renewables, and energy transmission and distribution.

Bob is responsible for the system assessment, solution design, and project delivery of historian integrations to SCADA and other related IT systems. He has extensive experience in the PI system and has worked with many clients to integrate their PI system to other critical business systems, such as financial settlements, generation scheduling, ISO operations and markets, and enterprise asset management.

Bob has prepared and presented at numerous industry events such as the OSIsoft User’s Conference and the PI T&D conference on various technology topics such as PI integration for renewables, Enterprise Service Bus integration to PI, and integration framework and best practices.
Abstract Big Data is shaping the world around us in every way imaginable. The Internet of Things (IoT) is intricately weaved into society and leaves an indelible electronically recorded footprint along the way. Once ubiquitous analog devices such as clocks, phones, meters, medical devices, and even health and fitness gear have become powerful analytic tools capable of harnessing tremendous value for business and industry.

As such the utility industry is undergoing an unprecedented rate of change and demand for data collection and storage. The proliferation of smart meter, smart grid, AMI, synchrophaser, and asset monitoring devices has resulted in an explosion of Big Data. This presentation explores Big Data concepts, trends, enables, and prevalent industry technologies and data systems including historian and other data systems. Learn more about how utilities are currently deploying Big Data infrastructure, managing information for real-time operational efficiencies, and leveraging terabytes (and more) of historical data for tangible long-term benefits.
Date/Time October 16, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room #220, 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28945
Notes
Joint meeting with IMM and ComSP

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Topic/Title Safety Issues with Self-Driving Cars, followed by a Review of Regulatory Trends in Southeast Asia
Speaker Gary Schrempp will present the Self-Driving Cars portion and Russell Ngo (Dell - Singapore) will provide the regulatory review
Abstract What are the safety issues with cars that drive themselves - beyond the obvious? We'll explore those issues and try to figure out what that means for the driving public that aren't IN those cars! Also, we are fortunate to have Russell Ngo with us this time directly from Singapore. He will give us an update on where product safety is headed in the Asian region. I also understand that he will have some interesting details about travel in/around Singapore. 
Date/Time Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Meeting starts at 7pm, but join us earlier for networking.
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Reservations We'd like to know if you'll be joining us so please let Dale Ritzen know. Phone number is below and email address is daler@austinmfg.com. Thanks!
Location Dell Parmer South Campus, Building PS4. Just inside the door in the Victoria conference room. For directions (and map) please contact Dale Ritzen.
Notes For information about PSES meetings, please contact Dale Ritzen (512) 651-5338

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

Austin Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Next Generation Data and Systems for Utilities
Speaker Bob Knox, The Structure Group
Bob Knox is the Historian and Asset Analytics lead with Structure’s Energy Management and Control Systems consulting practice. He has over 17 years’ experience in the North American energy and utility industry, including oil and gas, power generation and renewables, and energy transmission and distribution.

Bob is responsible for the system assessment, solution design, and project delivery of historian integrations to SCADA and other related IT systems. He has extensive experience in the PI system and has worked with many clients to integrate their PI system to other critical business systems, such as financial settlements, generation scheduling, ISO operations and markets, and enterprise asset management.

Bob has prepared and presented at numerous industry events such as the OSIsoft User’s Conference and the PI T&D conference on various technology topics such as PI integration for renewables, Enterprise Service Bus integration to PI, and integration framework and best practices.
Abstract Big Data is shaping the world around us in every way imaginable. The Internet of Things (IoT) is intricately weaved into society and leaves an indelible electronically recorded footprint along the way. Once ubiquitous analog devices such as clocks, phones, meters, medical devices, and even health and fitness gear have become powerful analytic tools capable of harnessing tremendous value for business and industry.

As such the utility industry is undergoing an unprecedented rate of change and demand for data collection and storage. The proliferation of smart meter, smart grid, AMI, synchrophaser, and asset monitoring devices has resulted in an explosion of Big Data. This presentation explores Big Data concepts, trends, enables, and prevalent industry technologies and data systems including historian and other data systems. Learn more about how utilities are currently deploying Big Data infrastructure, managing information for real-time operational efficiencies, and leveraging terabytes (and more) of historical data for tangible long-term benefits.
Date/Time October 16, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room #220, 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28945
Notes
Joint meeting with PI^2  and IMM

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC)

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

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Technology Management Council (TMC)

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

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site


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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about WIE.

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