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

It is the time of year for Chapters to start planning for next years activities. Elections of new officers should be completed this month and reported. Chapter budgets for 2013 are due to the Section Treasurer by November 30th.

This is the the start of the IEEE membership renewal season, by now you should have received your membership renewal reminder. In conjunction with IEEE-USA, IEEE has a special offer for US members. Refer a colleague to IEEE. If they join before December 31, they'll get a $25 discount off their first year membership, and you'll get a gift. Go to http://ieee.fluidsurveys.com/s/ieee-usa/ to refer them now.

Join ​the IEEE Computer Society ​at Top Golf in Austin ​on ​November ​12, ​2014 ​for ​a FREE  ​half-day ​DevOps ​Symposium ​featuring ​both ​leading ​technical ​gurus ​and ​top ​executives. Learn ​how ​the ​experts ​use ​collaborative ​development ​to ​sustain ​rapid ​and innovative ​software ​releases ​for ​competitive ​advantage in just four hours. CLICK HERE ​now to register ​for ​this ​exciting ​half-day ​FREE symposium at TOP GOLF presented ​by ​IEEE ​Computer ​Society ​and ​sponsored ​by ​IBM.

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

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Membership Development

New to IEEE? Want a refresher on the benefits of your membership?

Go to http://www.ieee.org/start  for a step by step approach to maximizing your membership benefits.

ALSO, the IEEE has a special program to support new members with navigating all the benefits of being an IEEE member.  Each month IEEE hosts a New Member Orientation Webcast that typically start at 9:00 AM ET.  These one hour Webcasts are intended to assist new IEEE members in navigating all the benefits of being an IEEE member.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/start and look for the “Register for orientation” hotlink on the right of the page.

Not an IEEEE Member?  Have you been waiting for the right time to join?

Join the IEEE this month and receive 14 months of the benefits of being an IEEE member for the price of 12.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/join to begin receiving all the benefits of being an IEEE member NOW.

 IEEE is the world's largest technical society, bringing members access to the industry's most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools, and many other exclusive benefits.  To find out more, go to http://www.ieee.org/membership

Did you know about IEEE – Life Membership

Close to retirement?

Don’t retire your IEEE membership too soon!

IEEE Members who are over 65 and have been dues paying members for over 35 years qualify for IEEE Life Membership with waiver of future dues and begin the next chapter of your life as a IEEE Life Member.  Find our more at http://www.ieee.org and searching on “Life Member”.

The CTS has an active Life Member Program with meetings and activities tailored specifically for those honored members.

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

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News of Interest to the Section

Central Texas Chapter Chairs

CTS invites Affinity Group and Chapter Committee Chairmen and Treasurers to submit their 2015 financial plans to the CTS Treasurer by email with a copy to the CTS Chairman by 30 November 2014 to be considered for inclusion in the 2015 CTS Financial Plan. For more information contact the Section Treasurer Don Drumtra (drumtra@ieee.org)

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.
In November, IEEE-USA will offer “Writing for Success -- An Engineer’s Guide -- Volume 2: The Road to Excellence.”
Author Tom Moran shares that while it would be great to “let our fingers fly across the keyboard to rough out a report, run spell check, and send the results off to be printed or distributed,  the finished product would mostly likely be filled with inaccuracies, be unclear to the readers, and ultimately -- ineffective.”

He points out that the road to writing excellence is filled with revisions. He emphasizes that writers must thoroughly examine what they write; ask questions to ensure their information is accurate, complete, logical and clear; and most importantly, that the information is necessary. Checking for spelling, punctuation and proper grammar is a must.

Moran writes that attention to detail takes a critical eye and that good writers test, write, rewrite and test again. Moran assures readers that following the process will gradually improve their writing and instill confidence “on the road to writing excellence.”

“Writing for Success -- An Engineer’s Guide -- Volume 2: The Road to Excellence” can be downloaded here  for free to IEEE members. $9.99 for Non-Members.

Behmann: How the Internet of Things promotes collaborative innovation

My first exposure to the concept of the Internet of Things, or IoT, came back in the late 1980s and early 1990s when I led a team of architects and developers into the design and implementation of a national surveillance system for a global telecom carrier in Canada.  Read more . . .

Written by Fawzi Behmann (CTS Austin Com/SP Chapter Chair) for the Austin Business Journal

Congratulations to Jon Lewis

Central Texas section member Jon Lewis was elevated to Senior Member at the last A&A Review Panel meeting.

Is There an Engineer Inside of YOU? book free download!
Have you been trying to introduce more students to engineering or technology? Have you have been trying to recruit more students into your program? Have you wanted to share information about what engineers, technologists or technicians do? Do you regularly explain the differences between engineering and engineering technology? If you nodded in agreement to any of these questions, share this book. As a partner in the 2014-2015 giveaway program, TexPREP wants to put this resource in the hands of as many students as possible. Download the book today!

Discounts and Programs - Did you know?
  • Recent graduates receive a one-time, 50% discount off their first year higher grade member dues the first year after graduation. This happens automatically through our invoicing process.
  • For new members who sign up now, they will receive the rest of 2014 and all of 2015. For November, that means new members receive 14 months for the price of 12.
  • The Member-Get-A-Member (MGM) is back.  Referring members earn incentives that can be used towards IEEE products, services and membership fees.
  • The IEEE-USA incentives program is also back for 2015. Referring members can choose from IEEE-USA branded merchandise IN ADDITION to the MGM incentives. There is also a $25 new member discount for new members who sign up through the USA program.

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Call for Volunteers

Host a Central Texas Discover Engineering Lunch n' Learn
Each year, we host dozens of CTDE Lunch ‘N Learn sessions at major high-tech campuses to get engineers trained and ready to excite over 15,000 school children across Central Texas about careers in engineering. It is a short, no-cost, one hour visit and will cover:

1)  A brief overview of the CTDE program;
2)  How to “Talk about Engineering;”
3)  What are “The Grand Challenges for Engineering?;”
4)  Best practices in “Using Gender-Inclusive Language"
5)  A hands-on project that you could bring into the classroom
 
In the end, our private sector partners have found involvement in CTDE to be rewarding because it provides great public relations, human capital, and team-building benefits without the devotion of a lot of time or money.  Plus, seeing the kids’ faces and excitement first hand makes it deeply satisfying.

Contact us if you are interested in hosting a session at your workplace!


Central Texas First robotics

Volunteers Needed!
The 2014-2015 competition season of Central TX FIRST Robotics is here! If you're interested in volunteering at one of these exciting competitions.
Register Here.

Mentor Students in the IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition!
Are you an IEEE member, IEEE student member, IEEE graduate student member or IEEE young professional member?

Do you know one or more 12-18 year old students from within your family, friendship circle, or local school who is interested in engineering, computing, or technology?

Do you want to help students inspire others to learn more about these disciplines by creating an animation?

Mentor one or more students today in the IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition!

The IEEE Educational Activities Board is delighted to announce an animation competition to excite pre-university students about engineering, computing, and technology. Competition participants are required to create and record an animation based on a topic covered in a current / prior edition of IEEE Spark (http://spark.ieee.org).

Entries may be developed with or without the use of technology (e.g. flipbook style animation, software created animation etc.). IEEE Members may mentor more than one student. Once submitted, the animation will be uploaded to the IEEE EAD Facebook page.

Winners will receive an award of an IEEE plaque, a congratulatory letter to their school, a t-shirt, and their animation announced and featured on the IEEE Spark Web site (http://spark.ieee.org)

The submission deadline has been extended to 17 November 2014.

For complete details and eligibility requirements, visit:
http://spark.ieee.org/animation-competition

Looking for Upcoming Volunteer Webinars?
IEEE Technical Activities has a number of opportunities for volunteer training.  Many of which are focused on meetings, conferences and events.  Events of interest may include:
  • How to Drive IEEE Membership at Your Conference: 13 November 2014
  • Event Registration Basics and Best Practices: 3 December 2014
View details, register for upcoming sessions, download past webinar supporting documents and/or view webinar recordings on the Volunteer Training page (IEEE Account required). Important: You may need to re-click the Volunteer Training link after entering your account information to access the page. If this does not work, click the "Volunteer Training" tab located in the horizontal navigation bar on the TAB Operations Site to access the page.

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

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
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

Tapping into social media
By establishing LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook Social Media Sites; the IEEE CTS is growing its social media presence the right way and is opening another gateway to engage with everyone particularly younger members with exciting content.

The path to further engagement:
People are driven and like to learn about the organizations they support from friends, their friend’s social media and emails. Supporting CTS new social media online will get more members, friends and family to talk about the Section’s activity and news, motivate more members to take an in person action.

How to support?
Supporting CTS now required less time and travel, we can be part of CTS’s social media by sharing and posting blogs and articles, discussing career tips, inviting other members to our local events, respond to posts, posting news and pictures. 
Social media opens the doors for donors and volunteers:
Many times we read a story on social media that made us want to do more. Posting volunteering opportunities and events within the CTS in our social media network or “like” and comments provides the knowledge and educate our friends and families about the Central Texas Section and the IEEE works and efforts in transforming the knowledge into solutions of the world needs and open a small time door for volunteers and donors to support our activities, training and events.

Thank you
Special thanks to Devon Ryan, the Central Texas Section Young Professionals Chairman and John Purvis, the Analog Newsletter Editor at Central Texas Section IEEE and to every one behind and helped in establishing the new social media.


Trip Report for travel to Toronto, Ontario to attend the Tech-Entrepreneurial Mini-Conference (TEMC) (24-26 Oct 14)

Summary: The purpose of this trip was for me to speak to fellow IEEE Young Professional members about the topic of entrepreneurship, a current hot topic in the tech industry. I was also able to engage fellow Young Professional leaders and members to discuss/brainstorm new ideas for the affinity group to move forward. Additionally, I was able to meet one-on-one with the upcoming 2015 Young Professionals MGA Chairman, Mario Milicevic, and IEEE Young Professional Product Specialist, Parsh Bavishi, to discuss and plan on having Young Professionals to be present at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. He was also able to raise awareness about the upcoming GLOBECOM 2014 event and Young Professional mixer that is to take place in Austin, Texas in December.

Trip Highlights:
Entrepreneurship is a hot topic in the tech industry and especially for young professionals. With the recent re-branding of IEEE Young Professionals (formerly GOLD), IEEE Young Professionals is leveraging this young attraction to the entrepreneurial scene with the intent to increase IEEE retention. To help facilitate this re-branding, I attended and spoke at the first Tech-Entrepreneurial Mini- Conference which was hosted by the IEEE Toronto Young Professional Affinity group.

The Tech-Entrepreneurial Mini-Conference (TEMC) is a conference for people interested in entrepreneurship. It was cleverly planned to benefit new and upcoming entrepreneurs by giving them a chance to listen and talk to successful experienced entrepreneurs. It included two keynote speakers, a workshop, and then a panel discussion. Two of the keynote speakers were:
  • James Slifierz, Co-Founder, SkyWatch
  • Hadi Aladdin, Co-Founder & CEO, CoursePeer
While attending TEMC, I, participated as a panelist on the panel of experienced entrepreneurs. He spoke about entrepreneurship and what to watch out for. He was also able to engage Young Professional members on a personal level and gain great insight on how young professionals really feel about entrepreneurship. I found that having a young professional member like himself speak to fellow IEEE members and non-members was beneficial because it demonstrated to the audience that there can be a connection between entrepreneurship and IEEE Young Professionals and how it can benefit your career as a young professional.

I also had the opportunity to discuss and plan on having IEEE Young Professionals presence at SXSW with the upcoming Young Professional upcoming 2015 Young Professionals MGA Chairman, Mario Milicevic, and current IEEE Young Professionals Product Specialist, Parsh Bavishi. According to Parsh, funding approval is pending.

Finally, I raised awareness about the IEEE Young Professional Affinity group that he heads up in Central Texas, and the activities/events that are being planned including GLOBECOM and SXSW.

Overall, the TEMC2014 event was a success. I was able to successfully engage with IEEE Young Professional members and entice non-members. I was also able to promote and raise awareness of IEEE Young Professionals Central Texas activities and events.

Looking forward, I would like to propose having an IEEE Young Professionals TEMC event in 2015 in Austin, Texas. Austin is a high tech city and is very entrepreneurial friendly. Having a TEMC event like the one in Toronto could be very enticing for IEEE Young Professionals members and non- members. His goal for next year is to also have a IEEE Young Professional presence at Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. Having IEEE Young Professional presence at SXSW in conjunction to the TEMC event could help ignite the Affinity Group, and help tackle the ongoing IEEE retention challenge of prospective young professionals. Finally, having a Young Professional spokesperson like myself at the Toronto TEMC event did help raise awareness and spread the re-branding of IEEE Young Professionals.

Devon Ryan
IEEE Young Professionals Chair, Central Texas


IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference

The IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference was terrific in 2014 and should be even better in 2015!  The 2015 conference will be held in San Jose 23-25 April, and I encourage you to plan now!  Check conference info at  http://ieee-wie-ilc.org.

The 2014 was the best leadership conference I've attended, and I plan to attend the 2015 conference!  There will be a Thursday inquiry summit at Square and a reception at Yammer. Join me!
Leslie Martinich
Principal, Competitive Focus
+1 512.423.5121
Leslie Martinich: Catching the Wave

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I would bet that almost everyone has, at one time or another, seen a Star Trek movie or an episode of one of the Star Trek TV series where one of the crew whips out a "tricorder" and takes readings. Until now, the tricorder has been a thing of Scinence Fiction.

There are ten finalist teams currently competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize. These teams were announced this past summer at the annual IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference. Each team must now get to work on building a consumer-friendly device that can diagnose 15 diseases and measure 5 vital signs. Read more on the Qualcomm XPrize competition here.

Can't wait for the outcome and want to build your own tricorder? Check out this Open Source tricorder based on an Arduino and off the shelf components. It doesn't do medical diagnostics, but it comes packed with environmental sensors.

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

  • November 6-7, 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

  • March 31-April 1, 2015: 2015 IEEE Workshop on Silicon Errors in Logic – System Effects (SELSE 2015) Website: http://www.selse.org
     
    NOTE TO AUTHORS:  Paper submission deadlines are earlier than for previous SELSE workshops.
     
    Important dates:
    ·         Register an abstract: December 8, 2014
    ·         Paper submission: December 15, 2014
    ·         Authors notification: January 30, 2015
    ·         Camera-ready submission: February 18, 2015
     
    The growing complexity and shrinking geometries of modern manufacturing technologies are making high-density, low-voltage devices increasingly susceptible to the influences of electrical noise, process variation, transistor aging, and the effects of natural radiation. The system-level impact of these errors can be far-reaching. Growing concern about intermittent errors, unstable storage cells, and the effects of aging are influencing system design and failures in memories account for a significant fraction of costly product returns. Emerging logic and memory device technologies introduce several reliability challenges that need to be addressed to make these technologies viable. Finally, reliability is a key issue for large-scale systems, such as those in data centers. The SELSE workshop provides a forum for discussion of current research and practice in system-level error management. Participants from industry and academia explore both current technologies and future research directions (including nanotechnology). SELSE is soliciting papers that address the system-level effects of errors from a variety of perspectives: architectural, logical, circuit-level, and semiconductor processes. Case studies are also solicited.
     
    Key areas of interest are (but not limited to):
    •             Technology trends and the impact on error rates.
    •             New error mitigation techniques.
    •             Characterizing the overhead and design complexity of error mitigation techniques.
    •             Case studies describing the tradeoffs analysis for reliable systems.
    •             Experimental silicon failure data.
    •             System-level models: derating factors and validation of error models.
    •             Error handling protocols (higher-level protocols for robust system design).
    •             Characterization of reliability of systems deployed in the field and mitigation of issues.
     
    Authors are requested to register to submit a paper by December 8th, 2014 and to submit their paper for review by December 15th 2014. Papers will be considered for both oral and poster presentation, and all accepted submissions will be distributed to SELSE participants. Authors will be notified by January 30th, 2015. Final papers are due on February 18th, 2015.
     
    Additional information and guidelines for submission are available at http://www.selse.org.  Submissions and final papers should be in PDF following IEEE two-column conference proceedings format that does not exceed six printed pages. Papers are not made available through IEEE, and authors retain the copyright of their work. Authors may optionally choose to make their presentations available online at the workshop web site.

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

  • May 17-20, 2015: 2015 10th System of Systems Engineering Conference (SoSE)
    Hilton Palacio del Rio
    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Full Paper Submission deadline: 01 Feb 2015
    Final submission deadline: 20 Apr 2015
    Notification of acceptance date: 12 Mar 2015
    http://sosengineering.org/2015/

  • 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.

November 14, 2014: Texas Wireless Summit (TWS)
This year's TWS theme is The Tera Era, which features exploding wireless connectivity and the trend towards trillions of devices and trillions of bits per second. The event will take place on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Blanton Museum of Art in the Edgar Smith Building.

Speakers include engineers and other industry experts from Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, AT&T, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, CommScope, National Instruments and more!

For more information, visit twsummit.com.

As a special invitation to IEEE COMSOC members, I am offering a special REDUCED RATE by using the Promotional Code partner13. This will give you a 30% discount off the already-low $225 Summit Registration fee.

Register HERE
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/.

TryEngineering.org
IEEE’s online engineering education resource for pre-university educators, parents and students, is now available in a new mobile-friendly format.  Visitors can now access the TryEngineering content they love, anywhere, any time on virtually any device including desktops, tablets and smart phones.

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

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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 ÆtherCzar and is @ÆtherCzar 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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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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Cryptography & Privacy: Jcqtlqvo Bzcabewzbpg Agabmua

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Bankin Tejani, Senior Principal Security Architecture of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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Privacy in the modern age has become precarious. We grant others, often implicitly, our personal information (name, addrress, SSNs, card numbers, etc.) in order to gain their trust to do business with us. We implicitly expect that the privileged information will be treated with care, using modern technologies such as encryption. However, many examples (Target 2013, Neiman Marcus 2013, Home Depot, Heartland Payment Systems, TJX 2004, etc.) indicate that this information is at risk. Beyond breaches, we are increasingly learning of the NSA, law enforcement, and others gaining direct access to our data through businesses we trusted. As engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, leaders, and citizens we can be part of the solution.

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Date: 11-November-2014
Time: 06:00PM to 08:30PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/29367

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Building A, Previous Freescale auditorium
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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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title The Science and Foundation of Personal Identity using Biometrics and Social Network Analysis
Speaker Dr. Alex Kilpatrick
Speaker Bio Dr. Alex Kilpatrick holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  He is currently a co-founder and CTO of BeehiveID, focusing on the use of social network analysis to prevent fraud online.  He has been involved in biometrics for over a decade, serving as the chief architect for both the Afghan and Iraqi national biometric databases, as well as deploying to the middle east over a dozen times in support of various biometric programs.  He also managed the Air Force basic research program in Computer Science for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and has performed a variety of research activities for Darpa and the intelligence community.
Abstract We deal with identity on a daily basis without thinking about it.  We show our ID cards; we verify friends through friends-of-friends; we use our personal identification numbers and we even occasionally talk to complete strangers.   But what does it mean to really identify a person?  How do you truly know a person is who they say they are?   This talk will examine the foundations of identity through the use of simple tokens, biometrics, social connections, and many other methods, as well as examine the myriad techniques used to mask identity.
Date/Time November 19,  6:30 p. m.
Location PoK-e-Jo's Restaurant, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin TX
Cost $5 minimum cost for restaurant, supper optional at extra cost.
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.  For more information, go to:  http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/index.html
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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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Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Requirements for Smart Grid and other Energy Applications

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Ross Carlton, National Instruments
Ross Carlton (SM’03) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 1985. Since that time, Mr. Carlton has been engaged in the field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) where he has worked in the military, aerospace, and commercial electronics industries to ensure the EMC of electronics products ranging from integrated circuits to battleships. He is currently with the National Instruments Corporation, Austin, TX, a manufacturer of industrial controls and test and measurement equipment, where he is the Technical Leader for EMC design and compliance test functions.

Mr. Carlton was the U.S. Representative to IEC TC47 from 2000 to 2007 where he led the development of three published IC EMC test method standards. He current represents the U.S. on IEC TC65 developing EMC product family standards for test and measurement equipment. Mr. Carlton is also an iNARTE certified EMC Engineer, an iNARTE certified Master EMC Design Engineer, and Chairman of the Central-Texas Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society. 

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The Smart Grid is envisioned as an automated, widely distributed energy delivery network characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information, capable of monitoring and responding to changes in everything from power plants to customer preferences to individual appliances. In order to achieve the level of reliability desired of our power and information distribution systems, Smart Grid electronics must be designed for compatibility with the severe stresses present in the energy delivery environment. In addition, these electronics must be immune to reasonable levels of intentional electromagnetic interference or attack. This presentation will introduce the organizations working in this area, discusses the current and emerging United States and international standards that set the EMC requirements for Smart Grid electronics, and provide some insight into the design and testing needed to meet EMC performance requirements.

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November 19, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm

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National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/29767

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Joint meeting with IM Society Chapter

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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

Topic/Title Networking event
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Sergio

Abstract Join us for a snazzy evening of fun and lively conversation as we mix and mingle!
This event will take place at the Global Communications Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to get into the conference and see the exhibits!
Hors d'oeuvres and Beverages will be served.
Date/Time December 9th, 2014 6-7pm
Cost FREE!  We have limited number of spots so please sign up as soon as you can!
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-professionals-tech-mixer-tickets-13949131227

Location Hilton @ Austin, TX
Notes Open to all IEEE Young professional members/volunteers and non-members!

Read More . . .

More information on YP/GOLD 

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

Topic/Title Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Requirements for Smart Grid and other Energy Applications
Speaker Ross Carlton, National Instruments
Ross Carlton (SM’03) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 1985. Since that time, Mr. Carlton has been engaged in the field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) where he has worked in the military, aerospace, and commercial electronics industries to ensure the EMC of electronics products ranging from integrated circuits to battleships. He is currently with the National Instruments Corporation, Austin, TX, a manufacturer of industrial controls and test and measurement equipment, where he is the Technical Leader for EMC design and compliance test functions.

Mr. Carlton was the U.S. Representative to IEC TC47 from 2000 to 2007 where he led the development of three published IC EMC test method standards. He current represents the U.S. on IEC TC65 developing EMC product family standards for test and measurement equipment. Mr. Carlton is also an iNARTE certified EMC Engineer, an iNARTE certified Master EMC Design Engineer, and Chairman of the Central-Texas Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society.
Abstract The Smart Grid is envisioned as an automated, widely distributed energy delivery network characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information, capable of monitoring and responding to changes in everything from power plants to customer preferences to individual appliances. In order to achieve the level of reliability desired of our power and information distribution systems, Smart Grid electronics must be designed for compatibility with the severe stresses present in the energy delivery environment. In addition, these electronics must be immune to reasonable levels of intentional electromagnetic interference or attack. This presentation will introduce the organizations working in this area, discusses the current and emerging United States and international standards that set the EMC requirements for Smart Grid electronics, and provide some insight into the design and testing needed to meet EMC performance requirements.
Date/Time November 19, 2014,  6:00-8:00pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/29767
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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

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

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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Topic/Title Engineers and Government
Speaker Mr. Len Hause is an IEEE Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow and
President of MashBrain LLC
Len Hause is an IEEE Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow for the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. He is also president of MashBrain LLC where he consults on transformational strategies that leverage Internet technology and marketing. He was a Fellow of the

Technical Staff, Associate of the Science Advisory Board, Internetologist, and Senior Marketing Director at Motorola where he spent more than 30 years in global management roles and as an individual contributor. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the adoption of Internet protocols and culture within

the Enterprise for innovation, collaboration and organizational learning. He is a member of the IEEE, Association for Computing Machinery, The Recording Academy and has served on many industry, educational, corporate, and government advisory boards and consortiums. Len holds U.S. Patents in telecom and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Abstract As more of the analog world is being converted, analyzed and controlled via the digital domain, the role of the engineer is expanding as well.  They face new challenges of scale, adoption, governance, economics and security.  Are engineers being properly prepared?  Where are there opportunities for engineers to be engaged in these challenges?  The speaker will provide a career perspective on the intersection of engineering and governance and the profile of the next generation of engineers.
Date/Time Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location Room: #220
Bldg: AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
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IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 to Host 57th Annual Event in “Live Music Capital of the World” from December 8-12

International Experts to Attend More Than 1,500 Presentations, Learn, Interact and Network.
City of Austin Mayor declares December 8-12, 2014 as IEEE Week

IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 (www.ieee-globecom.org/2014), the premier international conference dedicated to the advance of the entire array of global communications, was declared as IEEE Week by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, the five-day event will be highlighted by the presentation of more than 1,500 presentations by hundreds of leading industry experts representing the latest advancements, innovations and breakthroughs in IoT, wireless, networking, broadband, cloud computing and other emerging technologies.

GLOBECOM 2014 will be held in Austin Hilton Hotel December 8-12.

The conference agenda has built-in two programs one for the industry practitioners and the other for technological advancement.

GLOBECOM2014 is offering a rich  Technical and Industry programs consist of:

Monday & Friday are dedicated for Workshops and Tutorials.

Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday is the core program that includes Technical and Industry Programs:
  • Over 1,000 technical presentations highlighted by 12 individual symposia sections,
  • 6 Keynote Speakers (two for each morning).
  • Delivered by senior executives from AT&T, Huawei, NI, Qualcomm and Cisco
  • 3 Industry Forums (one each morning following Keynote address)
  • Delivered in a panel format by: AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, MetaSwitch, Fujitsu, Ericsson, Samsung, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Huawei, Qualcomm, Cisco, IBM, Dell, NI and Freescale
  • Dialogue with Industry Leaders (Tuesday Night)
  • 30 Industry Sessions
  • 23 Interactive Posters
  • 29 Live Demos
  • Over 20 Exhibits
 Advance Program details (41 pages) can be found at http://globecom2014.ieee-globecom.org/IEEE%20GLOBECOM%202014%20Advance%20Program%2010.13.14.pdf

http://globecom2014.ieee-globecom.org/registration.html#.VE1dY-cQFVM

Please take advantage of the Industrial Program rate under the Industry Program Categories, RG-15 or RG-16:
  • RG-15 – Full 3-Day Industry program
  • RG-16 – 1-Day Industry Program

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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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