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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Call for Nominations

It's time for the nominating process to begin for section and chapter officers for next year.  If you are interested in nominating someone for a section officer position or one of the section committee chairs, contact the Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair, Tom Grim.  His address is t.grim@ieee.org.  Self-nominations will be considered by the Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group.   

In the past, Central Texas Section officers have been elected for a two year term, and chapter officers in the section have been elected for a one year term   The MGA Operations Manual states that the section may have terms of office of either one or two years, and the Central Texas Section has documented the choice of two year terms for its officers.  Section officers are term limited to four consecutive years in office, so several of the present section officers will need to be replaced this year.  Chapter officers must be elected every year, and are term limited to two years. 
 

Below is the section Elections process specified in the MGA Operations Manual (it can be found at http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/operations_manual/index.html ).  The chapter process is substantially the same, except that petition candidates can join the ballot with 10 signatures. 

H.    Section Election Process

  1. Six months prior to the date of election, the Section Nominating Committee Chair shall issue a “Call for Nominations” for all positions elected at-large to all voting members of the Section through an appropriate medium.
  2. Section members shall submit nominations within one month of the “Call for Nominations”.
  3. The Section Nominating Committee shall verify the candidates’ eligibility and willingness to serve. A candidate must be a member of the Section to hold office in that Section. The Section Nominating Committee shall also gather position statements and biographies of the potential candidates, as appropriate.
  4. The Section Nominating Committee will select from all such submissions at least two but not more than three candidates for each position elected at large, and submit the slate of candidates to the Section Committee for ratification.
  5. The slate of candidates for elected office shall be communicated to the voting members of the Section not less than six weeks prior to the election date. In addition, provision shall be made in the communication for petition candidates for these offices.
  6. In addition to the candidates nominated by the Section Nominating Committee, individual voting members eligible to vote in such election may nominate candidates by petition.

    In accordance with IEEE Bylaw I-307.17, “the number of signatures required on a petition shall be determined as follows. For all positions where the electorate is less than 30,000 voting members, signatures shall be required from 2% of the eligible voters.

    For all positions where the electorate is more than 30,000 voting members, 600 signatures of eligible voters plus 1% of the difference between the number of eligible voters and 30,000 shall be required.”

    The petition shall be completed at least 28 days before the date of the election.
  7. The entire slate of candidates for office shall be communicated to the voting members of the Section not less than two weeks prior to the election date.
  8. The election process shall be by secret ballot.
  9. The Section Chair shall submit the names of up to three members of the Section to serve as a Tellers Committee, to the Section for approval. After the tally of votes, the Tellers Committee shall report the results of the election to the Section Chair. The Section Chair shall inform each candidate for office of the results of the election prior to announcing the results to the Section membership.


The schedule for our elections is  as follows.  This message constitutes the Call for Nominations.  The nominations committee will accept nominations from section members during the month of April, and will communicate a slate of nominees to the CTS Executive Committee by August 15th, for ratification at the Executive Committee meeting at the end of August.  The ratified slate will be published in the September Analog newsletter, and petition candidates will be accepted until October 15th. The modified slate will be announced to section members in the October Mid Month Reminder.   The election will be announced in the November Analog.  The elections will begin on November 1.  We intend to use the IEEE vTools election process for the election.

Chapter nominations and elections should follow a similar schedule and process at the chapter level, although the election itself may be held at the November chapter meeting instead of on line. 


From the Central Texas Section Chair

I would like to congratulate the Central Texas Section Young Professionals Chapter for hosting the SXSW Young Professionals Mimosa Meetup . It was a great success and stay tuned for more exciting events for the IEEE Young Professionals.

The Central Texas Section Officers serve a two year term. In 2015 we will hold the election for the 2016-2017 Officers. For more information contact Tom Grim, Nominations Chair, at t.grim@ieee.org.

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

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Membership Development


New to the IEEE OR want to find out more about the benefits of your IEEE membership?
The IEEE has developed a website, http://www.ieee.org/start , specifically to support new IEEE members in navigating though the IEEE.  Along with the information on the site, IEEE has created a new member orientation. The orientation is typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM EDT and 3:00 PM EDT.  The next new member orientation will be 23-April.  Check the IEEE website for registration.

If you are a new member to IEEE OR just want to refresh yourself on what the IEEE offers to its members, check out the site and the orientation. 

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?
Join now with ½ year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 10 months of membership for the price of six.  If you have been away from IEEE for more than a year, you can re-join for half price!

Not sure if you’ve renewed for 2015, please go to http://www.ieee.org/renew or call the IEEE Contact Center at 1 800 678-4333.     

MyIEEE Home Page
As an IEEE member, you have a MyIEEE account with a home page.  With that home page you have the opportunity to personalize your IEEE membership with your technical interest as well as your IEEE volunteer interest.  Please go to https://www.ieee.org/Loginforms/myIEEE/login.html

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.TV
The IEEE provides an internet-based television network where IEEE member generated special-interest programming about technology and engineering is provided.  There are public programs available and an extensive set of members’ only programs.  Check the most viewed programs at http://www.ieee.tv

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-744-2968

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News of Interest to the Section

Region 5 Election
Scott Atkinson (Central Texas Section Past Chair 2003) has been selected by the IEEE Region 5 Nominating Committee as a candidate for the Fall election for 2016 Director-Elect. Key dates related to the election:
  • 1 May: IEEE BOD submits to the voting membership the list of nominees for Director Elects and other positions to be elected by voting members
  • 17 August: Annual election ballots sent to all voting members on record as of 30 June.  Voters may also begin accessing their ballots electronically
  • 1 October: Marked ballots must be received by 1pm EDT USA.

More information to follow.

IEEE-USA’s Free E-Book to Members Guides Entrepreneurs in Competitive Analysis
IEEE-USA E-books is offering “Starting Your Start-Up -- Book 3: Competitive Analysis” free to IEEE members starting today.

The “Starting Your Start-Up” e-book series, by Tanya Candia, is designed for the engineer or entrepreneur who has a great product or service idea but no real marketing expertise.

“Book 3” guides you through the competitive landscape for a better understanding of who the competition is and why it’s important to see things the way customers see it. It helps you develop an effective positioning strategy, determine the true value of your products or services, and find ways to ensure ideal solutions.

Candia emphasizes that readers must have a clear understanding of their competitors to close deals, make real revenue, get the attention of prospective customers and receive funding. She includes a brainstorming session to find out who the competition is.
 
From 1 April to 15 May, IEEE members can get a free download of “Starting Your Start-Up -- Book 3: Competitive Analysis” by going to IEEE-USA Shop at http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/76134. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code APRILFREE at checkout.

Austin fastest-growing metro in Texas, third-fastest in nation

Austin was the third-fastest growing metro area in the nation during the past year, according to new data released March 26 by the U.S. Census Bureau, with the population expanding by 3 percent between July 2013 and July 2014. Read more . . .
Austin Ranked Number One City for Tech
Austin has the best environment in the world for the technology industry, according to a report by London, England-based property consulting firm Savills Plc.

Using five metrics such as property prices, talent pool and quality of life, Austin beat out tech hotbed San Francisco and rated No. 1 in the overall ranking of 12 cities, the Wall Street Journal reported on February 24. Read more . . .
Central Texas Ranked Second in the Nation for STEM Jobs
Central Texas ranks No. 2 in the nation for workers in jobs involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics — commonly referred to as STEM.

The ranking is the result of an analysis by WalletHub, a website operated by Washington, D.C.-based Evolution Finance Inc. The company analyzed the 100 most-populated metropolitan areas across 11 metrics to help STEM workers find the best markets.
Read more . . .

Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinars
The next ethics webinars are June 4, 2015 and September 2, 2015.  Each event is limited to 1,000 attendees.  Registration links for all webinars are posted at:  http://engineers.texas.gov/webinar one month prior to each event.


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Call for Volunteers

Future Cities
This year, the STEM Council at Skillpoint Alliance is the Regional Coordinator for the Future City Competition in Central Texas and we hope you can be a part of it!

We would like to get everyone excited for next year's season with a a brief insight to next year's prompt! While there is no official title yet, students will be asked to imagine, research, and design a way to handle their cities solid waste (AKA Trash). Put your thinking caps on, and we hope to see some more fantastic designs next year!
 
FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS OR FAMILY WANT TO BE INVOLVED?
As always, we encourage active participation from people interested in us! We are still looking for Mentors, Volunteers, and Judges!



Continuing Education


IEEE Provided
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)

Other Sources
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


Trip report to Austin, TX to attend to attend South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) (13-17 Mar 15)

Summary: The primary purpose of this trip was to raise awareness of the IEEE Young Professionals Affinity Group and increase branding recognition. This was accomplished by organizing and hosting a Young Professionals Meet Up at SXSW that took place on March 14, 2015 and the IEEE Young Professionals Afterglow Party that took place on March 15th, 2015. In addition to this event, Mr. Ryan and his team were able to help promote and attend various IEEE event that were at this conference, including the IEEE Future ID party.

Trip Highlights: One of the biggest challenges of the IEEE is the retention of more prospective young professional members. To raise awareness of the IEEE Young Professionals Affinity Group, Mr. Ryan, Ms. Alger, and Mr. Gomez attended SXSW and set out to have their very own high-impact events during this ten day conference.

The SXSW Festival is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that take place early every year. The SXSW Interactive (SXSWi) Festival is the portion of the conference that focuses on emerging technology, a focus which has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies. The interactive includes a trade show, speakers, parties, and a startup accelerator. Having Young Professional presence during this conference in a high-tech hub such as Austin was a unique opportunity.

While attending SXSWi, they went to several networking events and meet ups to spread awareness about IEEE Young Professionals. This was fulfilled by speaking to several young professionals about the affinity group and handing out flyers to attend the various IEEE events including the ones they were hosting, Young Professionals Mimosa Meetup and the Young Professionals Afterglow Party. Some of the popular SXSW events they attended are listed below:
  • ATC Gateway Party
  • Yahoo Tech Mix
  • Young Millennials Meetup
  • Woman in Engineering Sessions
  • McCombs Entrepreneurial Party

The Young Professionals Mimosa Meetup was hosted at the JW Marriot in Austin, TX and was a success. They recorded a guest attendance of 103, 35 of whom were IEEE members. The stellar turnout can be attributed to IEEE & SXSW advertisements.

Overall, IEEE Young Professional’s Affinity Group was successfully promoted during this trip by Messrs. Ryan, Gomez and Alger. The Meetup they hosted was also a success. The turnout was higher than anticipated which can be attributed to being officially recognized as a SXSW event and listed as one of the IEEE series at SXSW. This success can also be attributed to the support they received from the Young Professionals MGA Chairperson, Mario Milicevic, and other various IEEE volunteers such as David Stankiewicz and Parshva Bavishi, who helped integrate the Young Professional activities with the already established IEEE series within SXSW and promote the IEEE Young Professionals through various forms of media such as IEEEtv.

Looking forward, Mr. Ryan would like to propose increasing the size of the IEEE Young Professionals presence at SXSW 2016 by having their own IEEE Young Professionals Series similar to the IEEE series which has been successful the past two years (http://standards.ieee.org/sxsw/Austin). The Young Professionals Mimosa Meetup was a great experiment and proved successful. Having a series of events hosted by the Young Professionals Affinity can help ignite the Affinity Group, and help tackle the ongoing IEEE retention challenge of prospective Young professionals.

Interviews conducted can be viewed at the following links:

    Devon Ryan
    IEEE Young Professionals Chair, Central Texas
    Devon.ryan@ieee.org





Tips, Tools and Gadgets

Sadly I failed to mention in the March issue that Pi Day was coming up. In particular this past Pi Day was the Pi Day of the century as it was celebrated on 3 14 15 (i.e. the first five digits of pi are 3.1415).

I want to mention two different iOS Apps this month - MathStudio and HowToSmile.

MathStudio is is an App that is available for both the Mac and iOS devices from Pomegranate Apps. MathStudio provides a full scientific calculator, as well as the ability to solve algebra and calculus problems and plot the results.

The new MathStudio 6 is available from the Mac App store for $49.99, and $19.99 for the iOS version. However the older version 5 of both are currently available for free. For now my needs are satisfied with the free version. A web based version of MathStudio can accessed as well.

You can read a brief review I did of MathStudio here.


The HowToSmile App or the corresponding web site may come in handy if you are trying to find a fun, yet educational experience for kids.  I was introduced to this site and App through a colleague at Central Texas Discover Engineering. What HowToSmile does is provide you with the ability to search through thousands of science and math activities. These should be fun activities from which the kids will learn some STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) skills.

You can read a brief review I did of HowToSmile here.

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

  • 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

  • September 23, 2015: Rock Stars of Wearables
    Attend the IEEE Computer Society’s Rock Stars of Wearables, where you’ll learn from top industry experts who are driving this disruptive technology.  This one-day event will be packed with real-world experience and actionable solutions that address both technology and business problems – plus the opportunity to network over lunch and cocktails and receive an approved 8 hours of PDH credit.

    Wednesday, September 23rd at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin
    Click HERE to register today—Regular pricing is $499 for non-members, $429 for members, but current early discount pricing gets you $100 OFF—and if you enter promo code RSW-CT50 – receive an additional $50 discount!  (That means a total savings of $150!)

  • November 2-6, 2015: International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
    More information about the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design can be found at  https://iccad.com/

    The Call for Papers is now open and can be found at https://iccad.com/content/2015_call_for_papers

    The important dates are...

    Abstract Deadline:                             Friday, April 17, 2015
    Paper Deadline:                                  Friday, April 24, 2015
    Special Session Proposal Deadline:  Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Workshop Proposal Deadline:          Thursday, April 30, 2015
    ICCAD Conference:                           Monday-Friday, November 2-6, 2015

  • November 15-20, 2015: 2015 SC - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    Austin Convention Center

  • October 23-26, 2016: 2016 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS)


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.



April 7, 2015: VMUG UserCon
8:20 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX

Register Now

April 13-16, 2015: ApacheCon North America
Hyatt Austin
ApacheCon brings together the open source community to learn about and collaborate on the technologies and projects driving the future of open source, big data and cloud computing.
Read more . . .


April 14-16, 2015: 2015 CABA Intelligent Building & Digital Home Forum
Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX

CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, TX from April 14 - 16, 2015.  The CABA Forum will be held in conjunction with Broadband Communities Summit 2015.

Attend the Forum and meet over 1,000 industry professionals from the "Internet of Things, Connected Homes, M2M and Intelligent Buildings".  Attending will be many end-users from the MDU (multi-dwelling unit)/MTU (multi-tenant unit) sectors.

Click here to review the CABA Forum Sessions
Click here to review the BBC Summit Sessions
Click here to see the Full Agenda

CABA added a discount for the IEEE members to use when registering for the CABA Forum.
 
Members can register using the following instructions.
1.      Registration Link
2.      Click on “CABA Non Member Rate” - $600.00
3.      Promo Code – Insert “IEEE” and click on the apply button. 

April 25, 2015: STEM in San Antonio
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00am-1:30pm

Breakfast Snacks and Lunch Provided
Workshops Geared toward Collegiates
Panel to Follow Workshops
Meet-and-Great Lunch with Professionals
All Science Disciplines Welcome

Workshop Topics:
  • Grad School vs. Work- Boeing
  • Getting into Med School
  • How to Spend Your Summers
  • College to Career- SWE speaker
  • Stats in the Workplace- Valero
  • Research

Contact Rachel Hure at rhure@trinity.edu if interested in participating.

**Event organized by Trinity University SWE**

May 2, 2015: BSides San Antonio
Doors Open at 9:15AM
Talks start at 9:45
Texas A&M - San Antonio
Brooks City Base
http://bsidestexas.blogspot.com/p/san-antonio-april-2013.html

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Events and Information

Google Science Fair
The 2015 Google Science Fair has now launched! Sign up now at https://www.googlesciencefair.com for your chance to win a tour of Virgin Galactic.

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.

Starry Sky Austin

Starry Sky Austin is an educational astronomy program for all. The mission of Starry Sky Austin is to share the enthusiasm and knowledge of the universe with others and in doing so, bring about a sense of wonder and appreciation for our universe. Starry Sky Austin offers programming, stargazing classes, Girl Scout badges, and other exciting ways to get everyone curious about astronomy through an informal approach.

CODE@TACC  

The mission of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), at the University of Texas at Austin, is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. TACC offers STEM programming for students of all ages, building the pipeline for the next generation of innovators. CODE@TACC (Jr. SCI) is a two-week, summer program that exposes rising high school juniors and seniors to a variety of STEM careers by teaching the principles of high performance computing. TACC's K-12 Education Programs Coordinator and FabFem, Mariel Robles, is passionate about increasing the understanding and appreciation of STEM careers as well as promoting gender equity and minority participation in science and engineering. Applications for CODE@TACC open Winter 2015. Stay connected to TACC through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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
YP
Young Professionals

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

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

NOTE: Being a member of the following IEEE Societies makes you eligible to be a member of CEDA: AP, CAS, C, ED, MTT and SSC. However, you need to go to the IEEE web site and sign in to be added as a FREE member of CEDA. See this PDF for detailed instructions.

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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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Annual Student Night
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Abstract IEEE Computer Society (San Antonio) Annual Student Night.

All San Antonio Engineering Students are invited to show their projects in a "Science Fair"- like setting.

There will be informal judging, and a prize (A Raspberry PI 2 Model B starter kit) will be awarded for the exhibit judged to be "Best of Show".

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B starter kit includes the Raspberry Pi 2 computer, AC adapter, custom plastic case, HDMI cable, preloaded Micro SD card and adapter, WiFi adapter, and two heat sinks.  For more information, see http://www.raspberrypi.org.

It is not necessary for an exhibitor to be a member of IEEE or IEEE Computer Society.
Date/Time 28-April-2015
07:00PM to 08:30PM
Location St. Mary's University
University Center
Conference Room B
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/33881
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title High Resolution Audio
Speaker Sergio Liberman of Freescale, Inc.
Speaker Bio Sergio Liberman has more than 29 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in design and architecture of over 22 chips including DSP processors, digital-to-analog converters, Class-D audio amplifiers and SoC application processors. These devices have been used in digital audio systems for consumer, professional, and automotive applications. Sergio holds two patents in high-performance audio digital-to-analog converter design, and has authored over 15 technical publications. Sergio holds a B.Sc. EE from Tel-Aviv University.
Abstract The goal of High Resolution Audio is to allow the listener to hear exactly what the artist has been hearing in the studio while creating music. The wide availability of low cost mass storage and high Internet bandwidth allows consumers to access music recordings using High Resolution Audio technology. This presentation will discuss how High Resolution Audio recordings differ from available CD and MP3 recordings, what equipment is required for proper playback of High Resolution Audio recordings, and how the quality requirements affect the design of players, D/A converters, amplifiers, headphones and speakers.
Date/Time 22-April-2015
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse 2121 West Parmer Lane at
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/33889
Notes Joint meeting with Austin Life Members and Central Texas Consultants Network.

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

More information on Consultants Networks

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

Topic/Title Automated Test Markup Language: Standardized Description in Automated Test Systems Using XML
Speaker Anand Jain, Principal Software Engineer, National Instruments
Anand Jain is a Principal Software Engineer at National Instruments. He has been an active member in ATML working groups since July 2004 and the Co-Chair of the Test and ATS Description (TAD) subcommittee. Anand holds a Masters of Science degree from The Ohio State University.
Abstract Automatic test markup language (ATML) is a collection of IEEE standards and associated eXtensible Markup Language (XML) schemas that allows Automatic Test System (ATS) and test information to be exchanged  in a common format adhering to the XML standard.

ATML is intended to be a standardized way of documenting Test Requirements, Test Procedures, Test Equipment and Test Results, potentially with the ability to automatically generate Test Code. Some leading vendors have already been implementing ATML capabilities into their products; noticeable examples are the ATML Toolkit for NI TestStand as well as the ATML DataPlugin for NI DIAdem.

This session will serve as a high-level overview of ATML and go through some examples of how it can be used to make Automated Test more efficient.
Date/Time April 27, 2015,  5:30-7:00pm
Location Where: National Instruments, Building C 1S15, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759
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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group

Life members must be at least 65 years of age and have been a member of IEEE or one of its predecessor societies for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years. When an individual achieves Life member (LM) status, their basic membership dues and Region assessments are waived on 1 January of the year following attainment of LM status.

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Austin

Topic/Title High Resolution Audio
Speaker Sergio Liberman of Freescale, Inc.
Speaker Bio Sergio Liberman has more than 29 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in design and architecture of over 22 chips including DSP processors, digital-to-analog converters, Class-D audio amplifiers and SoC application processors. These devices have been used in digital audio systems for consumer, professional, and automotive applications. Sergio holds two patents in high-performance audio digital-to-analog converter design, and has authored over 15 technical publications. Sergio holds a B.Sc. EE from Tel-Aviv University.
Abstract The goal of High Resolution Audio is to allow the listener to hear exactly what the artist has been hearing in the studio while creating music. The wide availability of low cost mass storage and high Internet bandwidth allows consumers to access music recordings using High Resolution Audio technology. This presentation will discuss how High Resolution Audio recordings differ from available CD and MP3 recordings, what equipment is required for proper playback of High Resolution Audio recordings, and how the quality requirements affect the design of players, D/A converters, amplifiers, headphones and speakers.
Date/Time 22-April-2015
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse 2121 West Parmer Lane at
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/33889
Notes Joint meeting with Austin Life Members and Central Texas Consultants Network.

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San Antonio

Topic/Title Tour of McNay Museum
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Abstract The McNay Museum in San Antonio, the first Museum of Modern Art in Texas, is celebrating its 60th year.  On Thursday, April 16th, Life Members are invited to attend a tour of the Museum highlights and the special exhibition   commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  The exhibition, called “World War II in Photographs: Looking Back”, is a special collection of classic war images by some of the great photojournalists of the era, as well as images of the Monuments Men rescuing art in Europe and of the war effort at the home front in San Antonio. 
The tour will be at the McNay Art Museum at 6000 North New Braunfels and will begin at 11:00 am.  Parking is free and the admission charge is $5 per person.  Following the 1 hour tour, a luncheon for the members will be held at the Paloma Blanca Restaurant at 5800 Broadway.
Date/Time Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, Texas
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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Topic/Title The "Internet of Things" (aka "How your pork roast in the refrigerator will remind you it's there...)
Speaker Representative from Intertek
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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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Topic/Title A method to Test Audio/Video Delay in Adaptive Bitrate Networks
Speaker Mr. Pierre Costa, Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T
Pierre Costa is Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Laboratories in Austin, TX where he is a research engineer in the area of video technologies. He has been an active member of several Standards bodies and has co-chaired the ATIS Network Performance and QoS subcommittee, the VSF HBRAV and QoE technical groups. He is a member of IEEE and SMPTE, and a contributor and board member of the Video Services Forum. Mr. Costa developed early ATM technology at Washington University, MO. and has been active in video quality measurement standards as well as QoS standards for close to twenty years. He received his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Texas at Austin. He owns two patents in IP-ATM protocol conversion and 27 patents in video technologies.
Abstract The way in which video programming is delivered to users has changed dramatically in the last several years. Live Broadcast and Sports, which were traditionally linear video transmissions to TV’s in homes, is being replaced with Adaptive Bitrate streaming which can reach not only TV’s but wireless devices such as tablets and smart phones. This new method of delivering video to users presents new challenges in the development and testing of these systems.

This presentation focuses on testing lipsync, a very critical parameter in the delivery of video. It is well known that large variations in lipsync (whether audio leading or lagging video) creates a very negative quality of experience by the user. A method to tackle testing lipsync in real-time, using objective techniques is described. The key is to accurately measure lipsync of a program which has been processed to generate many different profiles (bitrate, frame rate, etc.). The method uses simple electronic signal processing along with the aid of a digital acquisition system.
Date/Time April 23, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room Number: #220, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas
Cost FREE
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/33941
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Technology Management Council (TMC)

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