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


Follow the Central Texas Section in Social Media
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From the Central Texas Section Chair

I hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day weekend and survived the great flood of 2015. Vacation season is approaching and I hope everyone has a fun summer. There are many quality events planned by several Chapters over the coming summer months.

Call for nominations

As I mentioned last month, it's time for the nominating process to begin for chapter officers for next year. A member can serve in the same office for up to a maximum of 6 years. Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group. The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Operations Manual states that all chapter officers are elected annually.  The term of office will date from 1 January through 31 December. Each member of the Chapter Committee shall be an IEEE member of Graduate Student Member, Member, Senior Member or Fellow grade and a member of the parent Society. Elections should take place during the chapter November meeting. If the chapter does not have a meeting scheduled for November then the election should take place during the meeting prior to November.

The Chapter Elections process is specified in the MGA Operations Manual, section 9.6.F Chapter Election Process ( it can be found at here ).

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

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Membership Development

Membership only E-learning tutorials
The IEEE a vigorous E-learning program.  In addition to the many tutorials provided at nominal fee many are provided at no charge to IEEE members.  CEUs and PDHs are available.  A few of the new tutorials
  • Introduction to Batteries
  • Battery Design Principles
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Modeling of Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Next Generation Batteries

Visit the IEEE Member eLearning website and see what’s available.

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?
Join now with ½ year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 8 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!

Did you know about IEEE - IEEE ResumeLab
IEEE has launched a new member benefit, the IEEE ResumeLab.  The ResumeLab is an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using a wide array of resume templates.  The site is great for new engineers just entering the job market or for those seasoned engineers who want to update their resume and interviewing skills.  Log on and check it out at http://www.ieee.org/resumelab

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

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News of Interest to the Section

IEEE Collabratec Now Available
Per the IEEE web site:
  • IEEE Collabratec™ is an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create - all in one central hub.
  •  The IEEE Collabratec™ online community offers a suite of productivity tools and is available to technology professionals around the world with exclusive features for IEEE members. Plus sign up is free to everyone.
  •  IEEE Collabratec™ can help you:
    •  Connect with global technology professionals by location, technical interests, or career pursuits
    • Access research and collaborative authoring tools
    • Establish a professional identity to showcase key accomplishments

See https://supportcenter.ieee.org/app/answers/list/p/1971 for more details on IEEE Collabratec.

Once you join Collabratec, click on the right side of the page under “G+” to request access to the associated Google+ community.

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.

IEEE-USA’s Free E-Book to Members in June: Selling Yourself at Work
IEEE-USA is offering free to IEEE members, “Would Have Liked to Know That! – Book 1: Selling Yourself at Work.”

Author Maura Schreier-Fleming points out that engineers need to think and act more like salespeople to succeed in the workplace. “Engineers are often the hardest working professionals, whose humility [sometimes] gets them overlooked in business,” she writes.

Among her recommendations are writing concise, easy-to-understand emails. This is important because engineers are detail-oriented, so their emails sometimes “tend to look like a novel.”

In oral communications, Schreier-Fleming emphasizes that when giving a presentation, you should make eye contact and position yourself in a confident stance.

From 1 June to 15 July, you can get a free copy of “Selling Yourself at Work” to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/76763.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) is seeking an Analyst in Cybersecurity Policy
If you know anyone you think would be interested in and qualified for this GS-14 position, please encourage them to consider applying for it. More information is available below and at http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo.  This position is located in Washington DC.
 
CRS is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress and is fully committed to workforce diversity. The analyst will be located in our Government and Finance (G&F) Division and will be responsible for applying broad knowledge of policy and technical approaches to examine the efforts of federal entities, the private sector, and public/private partnerships regarding cybersecurity; addressing the policy impacts of information technology security; and analyzing the threats and impacts of cyberattacks, vulnerabilities of information technology, and defense and countermeasures in a legislative policy context.

The analyst will provide objective, expert policy analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff, including preparing objective, authoritative, non-partisan, and innovative analytical studies on policy issues of national or international significance; providing personal assistance as a national expert on public policy issues throughout the legislative process, including analyzing and evaluating legislative proposals; and planning and leading multi-disciplinary team research projects and seminars.

Central Texas Section Secretary Zhuo Li Selected by National Academy of Engineering
The National Academy of Engineering has selected Zhuo Li to participate in the 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in September.  The program is intended to select from among the nation’s top engineering talent in both academia and industry for ages 30-45.  See http://www.naefrontiers.org/Symposia/USFOE.aspx for more details.

Central Texas Section Member Fawzi Behmann Published in May issue of IEEE COMSOC Global Communications Newsletter.
COMSOC has published an article contributed to the IEEE COMSOC Global Communications Newsletter by Fawzi Behmann. The article is based upon a presentation he made to the New Orleans Chapter as a distinguished speaker back late December. The May issue of the newsletter can be viewed here.

Local IEEE fellow and vice Chair of 2015 DAC Appears on DAC Blog Page
Chuck Alpert is an IEEE Fellow and member of the Central Texas Section. He is also the vice Chair of 2015 DAC (and Chair for 2016 DAC). There is a recent blog about his role in the DAC blog page. This might be of interest to CTS members.

Congratulations to Newly Elevated Senior Members
The IEEE A&A Committee at the meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan elevated two Central Texas Members to Senior Member. Please congratulate Srinagesh  Satyanarayana and Richard Worley.


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Call for Volunteers

Seeking professional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) role models to speak at the “lunch and learn” sessions in the Science and Math Summer Academy at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio
The objective is to educate and motivate minority and financially disadvantaged 11 – 15 year old youth to pursue STEM careers.  We will be providing a $100 stipend and lunch.  Please reply by June 22nd if you are interested.
 
Since the introduction of “lunch and learn” sessions, 100% of the parents indicated their children began initiating conversations about going to college and about specific STEM careers.  Please join us in producing a strong motivational impact on our community and our youth.
 
DATES:  M – W July 6th – July 21st             
 
LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:  Around 30 minutes including time for questions.
 
TIMES:  12:00 – 12:45 p.m. for the camps in July
 
PRESENTATION CONTENT:  The concept is to provide positive role models for students and to make them aware of career paths in STEM.  Students are interested in “making a difference”, knowing you have a balanced life (time for family, hobbies, interests), and learning about high demand, high wage STEM careers.  Here are some questions they would be interested in hearing answers about.
  • What interested you in STEM?
  • What choices did you make in high school about classes and extracurricular activities that helped you to prepare for college?
  • What do you do?  What have you done in your career?
  • What do you like about your career field?
  • Do you have a life outside of work?
Jo Dee Duncan, Ph.D.
Director, Center of Excellence for Science
jduncan36@alamo.edu

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



Engineering Projects for Humanity:  The LOG`EL PROJECT’S Quest for collaborative partnerships
Engineering plays a major role in developing the world and Engineers continue to support humanity in the issues of every day life. They assist in many sectors whereby engineering skills are in high demand such as is the case with the projects of energy, construction and water supply, all over the world.  By sharing these successful stories, we learn much from them and hence, this gives us the opportunity to develop a platform for partnerships that could bring about considerable change in the livelihoods of humanity globally.

In a humble expression, “engineering projects for humanity” are those projects that enhance or improve human performance and living  - which is why the IEEE encourages many of those engineering-related projects for local humanitarian organizations and funds them; one such project that enjoys  the IEEE support is the  Engineering Projects in Community Service (or EPICS in short) being co-ordinated by LOG`EL PROJECT, a research and development (R&D), science and technology organization,  based in Uganda, East Africa.   The EPICS project is very active in teaching (and more so, training) young learners and young engineering professionals, in  engineering and technology skills  as  career paths of choice, at an  early stage. The project also plans to provide more young learners/engineers with opportunities and resources, to enable them contribute to the initiation and operation of more technology projects, with a considerable touch of innovation – in order to respond to real-life challenges among communities.

Furthermore, LOG`EL PROJECTproject runs fairs, contests and tournaments on Science, development, training, engineering and technology on a small scale basis, in Kampala City and the surrounding areas; and in order to meet the high need for Engineering and technology skills development in countries like Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, the project team is planning to expand the program into these countries.   Currently, LOG`EL Project is in need of partnerships that will collaborate with it in this humanitarian engineering undertaking.  LOG`EL PROJECT also runs a profit-based business in electrical/electronics engineering and software developments, to respond to the various,, customer needs in society.

Working with LOG’EL is an opportunity to share experiences, skills, experience lessons and good engineering practices that best respond to the trying conditions and incapacitating barriers, typical of Southern societies.    I therefore, encourage all of us to consider responding to LOG`EL’s request for collaborative partnerships. I have been in touch with Lwanga Herbert, LOG`EL project’s coordinator for a few months, to try to learn about their projects and, how to team-up with them to identify development partners who could support LOG'EL PROJECT and work together in the technology-based commercial and research and (R&D) projects within East Africa.

Please visit the web site to learn more about this great project: Website: www.logelproject.org

Qusi Alqarqaz, IEEE Senior Member in coordination with Lwanga Herbert, LOG`EL project’s coordinator .
Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz
http://qusialqarqaz.wordpress.com
qusi.alqarqaz.us@ieee.org


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

The first thing I want to mention this month is an alert if you have a vehicle that has keyless entry. There is a vulnerability that affects all cars with keyless entry enabling anyone with some simple hardware to gain access to the vehicle. If you have a vehicle with keyless entry, you should read further.

The tool I want to mention this month is the NewerTech Voyager S3. I have had one of these for a couple of months now and find it invaluable. The NewerTech Voyager S3 is a dock into which 3.5" or 2.5" SATA drives can be inserted. The dock then connects with any computer over a USB 3.0 connection.

I have a half dozen SATA drives that I routinely connect to my Macs to save or transfer large files. It is also great for attaching a large disk for regular backups.

This approach reduces the cost as you only need the one $35 Voyager controller, adding SATA disks as needed. These can be purchased from a number of locations, even the Goodwill Computer store, at relatively low cost.

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@ieeeut.org
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

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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

  • June 22-25, 2015: 2015 IEEE Conference on Prognostics and Health Management (PHM)
    University of Texas-Austin
    Pickle Research Center
    Austin, TX, USA

    PHM2015 is intended for researchers, engineers and managers working in the expanding field of PHM. The primary objective is to foster collaboration and communication between academic, government, and industry PHM communities across the globe. The conference will cover a broad range of research and application topics related to PHM.

    See the web site for further information

  • July 18, 2015: Central Texas Section Strategic Planning Meeting
    08:30-13:00
    The Central Texas Section updates its Stratigic Plan every three years. The last time the plan was updated was in 2012. The Section Committee will meet to review and update the CTS Strategic Plan

    Contact Central Texas Section Chair Kenny Rice (krice@ieee.org) for further details.

  • September 21-23, 2015: 2015 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Formal Methods and Models for Codesign (MEMOCODE)
    Peter O'Donnell Building (POB)
    The University of Texas at Austin
    201 E. 24TH St.
    Austin, TX, USA

    MEMOCODE's objective is to bring together researchers and industry practitioners interested in all aspects of computer system development, to exchange ideas, research results and lessons learned. MEMOCODE seeks research contributions on all aspects of methods and models for system, hardware, and software design and development: formal foundations, engineering methods, tools, and experimental case studies.

    Abstract submission deadline: 05 Jun 2015
    Full Paper Submission deadline: 12 Jun 2015
    Final submission deadline: 07 Aug 2015
    Notification of acceptance date: 17 Jul 2015

    See the web site for further information

  • September 22, 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.

    See http://www.computer.org/web/rock-stars for further information

    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!)

  • September 27-30, 2015: 2015 Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD)
    University of Texas at Austin

    FMCAD 2015 is the fifteenth in a series of conferences on the theory and applications of formal methods in hardware and system verification. FMCAD provides a leading forum to researchers in academia and industry for presenting and discussing groundbreaking methods, technologies, theoretical results, and tools for reasoning formally about computing systems. FMCAD covers formal aspects of computer-aided system design including verification, specification, synthesis, and testing.

    See http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/hunt/FMCAD/FMCAD15/index.shtml for more details

  • November 2-6, 2015: International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
    ICCAD is the premier forum to explore emerging challenges, present cutting-edge R&D solutions, record theoretical and empirical advances, and identify future roadmaps for design automation. More information about the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design can be found at  https://iccad.com/

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

    SC has been at the forefront in gathering the best and brightest minds in supercomputing together, with our unparalleled technical papers, tutorials, posters and speakers. SC12 will take a major step forward not only in supercomputing, but in super -conferencing, with everything designed to make the 2012 conference the most you friendly conference in the world. We re streamlining conference information and moving to a virtually real -time method of determining technical program thrusts. No more pre -determined technical themes picked far in advance. Through social media, data mining, and active polling, we ll see which technical interests and issues emerge throughout the year, and focus on the ones that interest you most.

  • December 1-4, 2015: 2015 IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS)
    San Antonio, TX, USA

    The IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS) is the premier conference in the area of real-time systems, presenting innovations in the field with respect to theory and practice. RTSS provides a forum for the presentation of high-quality, original research covering all aspects of real-time systems design, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and experiences. RTSS’15 continues the trend of making RTSS an expansive and inclusive symposium, looking to embrace new and emerging areas of realtime systems research. RTSS’15 welcomes submissions in all areas of real-time systems, including but not limited to operating systems, networks, middleware, compilers, tools, modeling, scheduling, QoS support, resource management, testing and debugging, design and verification, hardware/software co-design, fault tolerance, security, power and thermal management, embedded platforms, and system experimentation and deployment experiences.

    See http://2015.rtss.org/ for more details

  • January 24-27, 2016: 2016 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)
    JW Marriott Austin
    110 2nd Street
    Austin, TX, USA

    This is a set of five conferences with a focus on wireless components, applications, and systems that effect both now and our future life style. These conferences main niche is to bring together technologists, circuit designers, system designers, and entrepreneurs at a single event. It was and is the place where these worlds meet, where new processes and systems can be bench-marked against the needs of circuit designers at the bleeding edge of RF systems, where today’s design compromises can trigger tomorrow’s advanced technologies. Where dreams can become a reality.

    Abstract submission deadline: 24 Jul 2015
    Final submission deadline: 06 Nov 2015
    Notification of acceptance date: 16 Sep 2015

  • May 14-22, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM 38th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd

    ICSE 2016 is the premiere worldwide forum for professionals interested in all aspects of software engineering research. Over 1000 academic, industrial, and governmental researchers from dozens of countries—including over a hundred students—attend ICSE. The three-day main conference has multiple tracks reporting on innovative research results as well as on software engineering education and practice. Tutorials, workshops and other collocated events are held before and after the main conference to allow in-depth presentations and discussions of specific topics in software engineering.

    Abstract submission deadline: 28 Aug 2015
    Full Paper Submission deadline: 28 Aug 2015
    Final submission deadline: 13 Feb 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 15 Dec 2015

    See http://2016.icse.cs.txstate.edu/ for more details

  • June 2-10, 2016: 2016 53nd ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East Fourth Street
    Austin, TX, USA

    The world's premier EDA and semiconductor design conference and exhibition. DAC features over 60 sessions on design methodologies and EDA tool developments, keynotes, panels, plus the NEW User Track presentations. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, from system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities.

    See http://www.dac.com/ for further details

  • 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.

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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.

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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Photonics at extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray wavelengths on a table-top

Speaker

Prof. Carmen Menoni of Colorado State University
Carmen S. Menoni is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Chemistry, and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University. Prof. Menoni’s research bridges from optics to material science. She is engaged in the growth and characterization of metal-oxides for the engineering of interference coatings for high power lasers. She is also actively involved in using bright soft x-ray laser beams with wavelengths between 10-50 nm for applications such as nanoscale morphological and compositional imaging. Her work has been published in over 200 refereed journal and proceeding papers. Prof. Menoni and her team received in 2008 a “R&D 100 Award” for the invention of a table-top 46.9 nm wavelength microscope that captures flash images with wavelength spatial resolution. Prof. Menoni is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Prof. Menoni is founding editor of IEEE Photonics Journal.

Abstract

With wavelengths of a few to tens of nanometers extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and soft x-ray (SXR) light is being exploited in a rapidly increasing number of scientific and technological applications, from imaging to spectroscopy, to the lithography of semiconductor chips with 13.5 nm wavelength light. Recent advances in the generation of bright EUV/SXR laser beams on a table top are opening unique opportunities to advance photonics in this challenging and relatively unexplored region of the electromagnetic spectrum. This presentation will review results of efforts at Colorado State University on the generation and utilization of EUV/SXR lasers for nanoscale imaging, nano-spectrometry imaging and nanopatterning. These photonic applications are making possible the imaging of nanostructures and their dynamics, the three dimensional nanoscale mapping of the chemical composition of organic and inorganic materials, and the printing of periodic arrays of nanoscale features error-free, providing new opportunities to access and probe the nanoworld.

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June 5th from 3:00PM to 5:00PM

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Microelectronics Research Center (UT Austin Pickle Research Campus Bldg. 160)
Room #2.114
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas

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Joint meeting with CEDA and Photonics Society

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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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Computer Society (C)

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Topic/Title Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life
Speaker Ms. Jenn Fairbank and Ms. Erika Marcoux
Jenn Fairbank is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in social work and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Bristol, Vermont. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.

Erika Marcoux is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in psychology and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Washington, D.C. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.
Abstract High stress, project deadlines, and never-ending demands are a way of life in our industry. Come learn how to practice mindfulness to increase productivity, reach success, and build relationships from two of Austin’s nationally trained mindfulness experts! Meditation creates neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to change both structurally and functionally. Your brain can literally grow and improve cognition. The neural pathways and synapses increase and improve body awareness, emotional intelligence, behavioral awareness, and your mental capacity.
Date/Time June 17, 2015 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location The Advisory Board Company, 12357-C Riata Trace Parkway, Bldg 7, Suite 100, Austin, Texas
Cost Free
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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Cybersecurity programs at TAMU-SA
Speaker Dr. Carolyn Green
Abstract Texas A&M-San Antonio offers a BBA in Computer Information Systems, a BS in Computer Science and a BAAS (Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science) with an emphasis in Information Technology.  Students pursuing these degrees have the option of choosing a concentration in Information Assurance and Security, Project Management or Enterprise Resource Planning Systems.  The degree that we have referred to as the Affordable Degree is the BAAS-IT.
Date/Time July 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location Conference Room B
Bldg: University Center
St. Mary’s University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title The Washington D. C. Experience -- Notes from One Year as an IEEE Congressional Fellow
Speaker Len Hause of MashBrain LLC
Speaker Bio 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 (Each year, the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee selects eligible IEEE members from a pool of applicants to serve a one-year fellowship on Capitol Hill. The fellow works on the personal staff of a U.S. Senator or Congressman, or the professional staff of a Congressional Committee.  Len Hause will speak about his experiences as an IEEE Congressional Fellow in 2014.)
Date/Time 24-June-2015
06:00PM to 08:30PM
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
Cost $5.00 minimum cost for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost. Reservations are not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34786
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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

Topic/Title Intelligent Asset Monitoring for Power Generation
Speaker Preston Johnson, Principal Sales Engineer for Condition Monitoring Systems, National Instruments
Preston Johnson is the Principal Sales Engineer for Condition Monitoring Systems at National Instruments (NI) in Austin, Texas.  He has worked for National Instruments for over 27 years in roles of Field Sales, Sales Management, Automation Business Development, Sound and Vibration Segment Manager, Platform Manager for Condition Monitoring Systems and Global Program Manager for Asset Monitoring Systems.  In his current role as Principal Sales Engineer, Preston works with NI OEM and End User customers to deploy fleetwide asset monitoring systems that lower operation costs, improve machinery reliability, and ultimately increase revenue.  His interests lie in embedded signal processing, data acquisition systems and architectures, and prognostics.  He earned his BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and his MBA in Information Systems from the University of Texas in 1987.  Preston is experienced in project management and holds a Category III vibration analyst certificate.
Abstract More than ever, asset operators and OEMs are investing in fleetwide monitoring systems. With the roll out of these monitoring systems, huge amounts of sensory data are generated. In a single Gigawatt power plant, asset monitoring systems sort through terabytes of sensory data per week. To contend with the volume and velocity of sensory data, analytics and data management techniques are employed along the life of sensory data from digitization at the asset, to storage in the information technology infrastructure. This paper presents techniques, both promising and fielded, for analytics to manage the volume, velocity, veracity, variety, and value of fleetwide asset monitoring data yielding opportunities for advanced visibility of actionable information.
Date/Time June 15, 2015,  6:00-7:30pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX
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Joint meeting with I&M Society and Austin PE/PEL/IA/IE Society


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Photonics Society (PHO)

Topic/Title Photonics at extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray wavelengths on a table-top
Speaker Prof. Carmen Menoni of Colorado State University
Carmen S. Menoni is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Chemistry, and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University. Prof. Menoni’s research bridges from optics to material science. She is engaged in the growth and characterization of metal-oxides for the engineering of interference coatings for high power lasers. She is also actively involved in using bright soft x-ray laser beams with wavelengths between 10-50 nm for applications such as nanoscale morphological and compositional imaging. Her work has been published in over 200 refereed journal and proceeding papers. Prof. Menoni and her team received in 2008 a “R&D 100 Award” for the invention of a table-top 46.9 nm wavelength microscope that captures flash images with wavelength spatial resolution. Prof. Menoni is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Prof. Menoni is founding editor of IEEE Photonics Journal.
Abstract With wavelengths of a few to tens of nanometers extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and soft x-ray (SXR) light is being exploited in a rapidly increasing number of scientific and technological applications, from imaging to spectroscopy, to the lithography of semiconductor chips with 13.5 nm wavelength light. Recent advances in the generation of bright EUV/SXR laser beams on a table top are opening unique opportunities to advance photonics in this challenging and relatively unexplored region of the electromagnetic spectrum. This presentation will review results of efforts at Colorado State University on the generation and utilization of EUV/SXR lasers for nanoscale imaging, nano-spectrometry imaging and nanopatterning. These photonic applications are making possible the imaging of nanostructures and their dynamics, the three dimensional nanoscale mapping of the chemical composition of organic and inorganic materials, and the printing of periodic arrays of nanoscale features error-free, providing new opportunities to access and probe the nanoworld.
Date/Time June 5th from 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Location Microelectronics Research Center (UT Austin Pickle Research Campus Bldg. 160)
Room #2.114
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/34787
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Joint meeting with CEDA and Photonics Society

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.

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San Antonio

Topic/Title NASA’s SOFIA Project
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Abstract The Presentation will cover NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA Project.  It is a joint program with the German Space Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum fur Lufe-und Raumfahrt (DLR), Bonn, Germany.    The Project utilizes a specially modified Boeing 747SP that has a 17-ton 100 Inch infrared telescope mounted in the tail.  Flight observations occur up to 3 times a week from the Neil Armstrong NASA Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA.  Scott Atkinson will explain his special interest in this project and also show a video of operations.
The following is a link to the SOFIA website
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/index.html
Date/Time June 23, 2015 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location Lion and Rose Pub
842 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
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Joint meeting with San Antonio Life Members and San Antonio Com/SP

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

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Topic/Title Intelligent Asset Monitoring for Power Generation
Speaker Preston Johnson, Principal Sales Engineer for Condition Monitoring Systems, National Instruments
Preston Johnson is the Principal Sales Engineer for Condition Monitoring Systems at National Instruments (NI) in Austin, Texas.  He has worked for National Instruments for over 27 years in roles of Field Sales, Sales Management, Automation Business Development, Sound and Vibration Segment Manager, Platform Manager for Condition Monitoring Systems and Global Program Manager for Asset Monitoring Systems.  In his current role as Principal Sales Engineer, Preston works with NI OEM and End User customers to deploy fleetwide asset monitoring systems that lower operation costs, improve machinery reliability, and ultimately increase revenue.  His interests lie in embedded signal processing, data acquisition systems and architectures, and prognostics.  He earned his BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and his MBA in Information Systems from the University of Texas in 1987.  Preston is experienced in project management and holds a Category III vibration analyst certificate.
Abstract More than ever, asset operators and OEMs are investing in fleetwide monitoring systems. With the roll out of these monitoring systems, huge amounts of sensory data are generated. In a single Gigawatt power plant, asset monitoring systems sort through terabytes of sensory data per week. To contend with the volume and velocity of sensory data, analytics and data management techniques are employed along the life of sensory data from digitization at the asset, to storage in the information technology infrastructure. This paper presents techniques, both promising and fielded, for analytics to manage the volume, velocity, veracity, variety, and value of fleetwide asset monitoring data yielding opportunities for advanced visibility of actionable information.
Date/Time June 15, 2015,  6:00-7:30pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX
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Joint meeting with I&M Society and Austin PE/PEL/IA/IE Society


Topic/Title Use of Drones in the Power Industry
Speaker Karen Ulferts
Abstract Karen will provide an overview of the Association Of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and its supporting role in the general support of Drones in the public, private, and Government sectors. Her presentation will include materials from the AUVSI, IEEE, and relevant media sources as applicable to the Power Industry audience. She will then present the ethical challenges Drones present that the Power Industry must weigh as they identify the Dirty, Dull, and Dangerous (DDD) tasks to take from human performance to that of unmanned. In closing, Karen will lead the group through her “Behaving Like An Engineer” curriculum based upon the widely adopted “Thinking Like An Engineer” teaching materials.
Date/Time Jun 23
Social 6:30 to 7:00 PM
Dinner 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Business Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 PM
Program 9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress, Austin, Texas
Cost • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants)
• IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants)
• Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages
• A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
Reservations  If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.
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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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Topic/Title Applying Engineering Methods to Cancer Radiation Therapy
Speaker Dr. Sani Nassif
Sani Nassif spent 10 years at Bell Laboratories and 18 years at IBM Research working on various aspects of integrated circuit design and manufacturing. He retired in 2014 to form Radyalis, a company focused on advancing particle therapy software. Sani is currently the president of the IEEE Council on EDA, an IEEE Fellow, and has many papers and patents to his name.
Abstract Radiation therapy is a method by which energetic particles are used to destroy Cancerous cells. This is a well established field currently staffed by Oncologists and Medical Physicists. This talk is about the path the author took after many years of engineering into the area of radiation therapy.
Date/Time June 11, 2015
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/34780
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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title NASA’s SOFIA Project
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Abstract The Presentation will cover NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA Project.  It is a joint program with the German Space Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum fur Lufe-und Raumfahrt (DLR), Bonn, Germany.    The Project utilizes a specially modified Boeing 747SP that has a 17-ton 100 Inch infrared telescope mounted in the tail.  Flight observations occur up to 3 times a week from the Neil Armstrong NASA Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA.  Scott Atkinson will explain his special interest in this project and also show a video of operations.
The following is a link to the SOFIA website
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/index.html
Date/Time June 23, 2015 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location Lion and Rose Pub
842 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
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Joint meeting with San Antonio Life Members and San Antonio Com/SP

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

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