The Analog is the monthly newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. New issues are published around the first of each month.  The deadline for inclusion of material is the 26th of the month.  Send submissions, comments, questions to John Purvis, Editor, john.purvis@ieee.org. Archives of The Analog can be found on the CTS web site here.


You can always check on all of the upcoming Central Texas Section activities here


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From the Central Texas Section Chair

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and you have a fun and save 4th of July. There are many chapter meetings in the summer months and I look forward to joining you at them. See below for dates and details.
 
August will be a busy month starting with the NIWeek Conference 3-6 Aug. IEEE has a booth in the exhibition hall. As last year, CTS will be manning the IEEE booth for the four days of the conference. If you can spare time to help man our booth for a few hours in exchange for an exhibit pass, please email Don Drumtra at drumtra@ieee.org .

On September 23 the IEEE Computer Society Rock Stars of Wearables will be in Austin at Brazos Hall in Austin. Register now at http://www.computer.org/web/rock-stars/wearables.

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

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Membership Development

HALF PRICE IEEE MEMBERSHP
That’s right half price IEEE membership.  Join IEEE for the first time and pay only ½ annual dues.  If you have been looking to join, but waiting for a good excuse, now is it.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/join for details.

If you are currently unemployed and have not renewed your membership for 2015, you can also receive IEEE membership at ½ price.  Simply go to: http://www.ieee.org/renew.
Did you know about IEEE – myIEEE
Did You Know –

You can find out what are the most accessed documents in IEEE Xplore for the month. By selecting the Knowledge Tab in myIEEE, you will see the IEEE Xplore module located in the middle column. Here you will find a list of the top 10 documents accessed this month. Citations and their Abstract are available with quick links to the full article. IEEE Xplore has over two million documents on emerging and revolutionary technologies.

GO TO myIEEE now at http://www.ieee.org/myieee

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

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Section and Chapter Nominations and Elections

There are still some elected Section officer positions without nominations.  The Treasurer and Vice Chair - San Antonio positions are open.  If you have suggestions for those positions, please communicate them to Tom Grim at t.grim@IEEE.org

The schedule and term of office requirements for our election were discussed in the April Analog.  A call for nominations was published at that time.  The rest of the schedule is as follows. 

The nominations committee  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 election will begin on November 1.  We intend to use the IEEE vTools election process for contested races in the  election.

Chapters and Affinity Groups should be on the same schedule, although their nominations do not go to the Section Executive Committee.  Every chapter should have a slate of officers in the September Analog. 

Note that Section 9.6.D of the MGA Operations Manual (It can be found at here ) states that terms of office for chapter officers are one year, and the consecutive service of a chapter officer is limited to two years in a particular office, so please avoid nominating chapter officers for a third consecutive year.

Tom Grim
Nomination Committee Chair, Past Section Chair
t.grim@IEEE.org


News of Interest to the Section

Free E-Book to IEEE Members Features Topics that have Perplexed Engineers for Years
IEEE-USA E-books is in July offering “The Best of Backscatter from Today’s Engineer -- Volume 3,” by Donald Christiansen.

In this volume, Christiansen covers topics that have concerned (and sometimes perplexed) engineers for years, if not decades. Among them are how to manage careers, the future of the profession and how the public views engineers.

In “Make or Buy?,” Christiansen discusses factors an engineering team may face when deciding what hardware and software it should develop in-house or outsource.

“Math … What Good Is It?” probes the question many grade-school children ask. Unlike students of an earlier generation, Christiansen writes, “they find math exercises boring, because they see no connection to the real world.”

“The Mouse that Wouldn’t Quit” recounts the story of IEEE Spectrum’s Amazing MicroMouse Maze Contest, which originated in 1977 and has since given rise to an international phenomenon.

Other titles include: “So What Do I Do,” “Going Pop” and “Feeling Obsolete? Stay Tuned.”

From 1 July to 15 August, you can get your free e-book to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/views/76382. Log in with your IEEE Web account.

2014 IEEE PES Chapters High Performing Chapters Program
A record number of submissions were received for the IEEE PES Chapters Annual Report / High Performing Chapter Program (HPCP), a total 129! Thank you for all the information and outstanding work it represents.

Among the 84 chapters that met the HPCP criteria was the Austin Chapter of PES. Congratulations to these chapters and their volunteers for providing wide ranging services and benefits to their local chapter.
More details on the HPCP program (and other chapter award programs) can be found on the IEEE PES Chapters web site in the Chapters Awards section here.

Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinars

The next ethics webinar is on 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.

Highlight reel for IEEE YP - SXSW 2015
Devon Ryan prepared this 'highlight' video of Young Professional activities at SXSW 2015.

IEEE CONGRATULATES OUR NEW SENIOR MEMBERS!
Congratulation to the following CTS member who was elevated to Senior Member at the IEEE A&A Review Panel meeting held on 23 May in Alexandria, VA: In-Hyouk Song.

Ross Baldick Receives the IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award
Dr. Baldick teaches at UT and is a frequent presenter to our group. His IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award was due to his “contributions to power system engineering for restructured electricity markets.” He is currently scheduled to present to us again in September 2016 but don’t wait to congratulate him on his well-deserved award.

Dr. Bladick’s award and the other 2015 award winners are shown here.

Economic Impact of the Cleantech Sector In the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA
This project, commissioned by CleanTX and supported by the Austin Technology Incubator, part of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, and Civic Analytics, represents the first attempt at describing and quantifying the clean technology (cleantech) sector in Central Texas. See the full report here.


Women in Power: Melissa C. Lott
[This is an article about Austinite Melissa C. Lott currently on The Power and Energy Society’s website.]
Melissa C. Lott has worked for more than a decade to improve our understanding of the impacts that come with changes in the energy system. She is a student member of IEEE and the IEEE’s Power & Energy Society “Women in Power.”


CleanTX Internship – Community Management & Engagement Team
Unpaid. Available for June 1 start, preferably available to continue after summer.
As an intern with CleanTX you will build an exceptional network of corporate community leaders, non-profits, and leading academics in the regional and statewide CleanTX industry. Our team of interns will be tasked with managing our vibrant community of guests, members, and sponsors to ensure that we’re hearing the voice of our community and responding in a timely and thoughtful manner. This internship isn’t about filing papers or running to Starbucks. This is real work that makes a real difference. You’ll be directly involved in planning high-profile events, writing content read by thousands of people, and compiling information that supports the growth of a cutting-edge industry.

Texas Museum of Science & Technonogy (TXMOST) Now Open
Did you know that the Austin Area now has a Museum of Science & Technology? As of June, we do!

TXMOST opened last month at 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park, 78613.

Would you like to know how to help them grow? To create a much larger and permanent Museum of Science and Technology, chock full of world-class exhibits and a full-size planetarium where  lots of friends and families to learn and share? To create a destination that people from around the world will travel to?

First, come to our interim facility! Your presence counts as we try to spread the word. We are a nonprofit and every visitor, every comment makes a huge difference.

Second, like us on Facebook. Tweet your comments. Tell your friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers and the guy in the grocery check-out line that we at last have a Science and Technology Museum and they should come visit.

See more on their website.

Austin's Best Places to Work: How Technology Pointe topped all other micro companies
Technology Pointe, a Round Rock-based information technology company, has a single mission: to keep its customer turnover as low as possible. So far that’s working out. It boasts a 99 percent customer retention rate over the past three years, according to company officials. Read more . . .

Forbes: Austin still a job-creating juggernaut despite 2014 dip, study shows
Despite its impressive job growth in the past five years, Austin has slipped one spot to No. 4 on Forbes annual list of the best U.S. cities for jobs.

The report ranked each of the metro areas in the U.S. on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics looking at near-and-long-term job growth projections. Read more . . .


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Call for Volunteers



Young Professional’s Voice: It’s About Time
[Reprinted from IEEE USA InSight]

What is the one thing you can do to position yourself to excel? We all know the transition from student to young professional can be daunting. Doubts and uncertainties can create many barriers to succeeding in your new work environment.  

Well, I have good news for you. One important thing comes to mind that can help you make leaps and bounds toward breaking down those uncertainties sooner, rather than later, and accelerate your career.

Out of all the advice people can and will give you, you should always be cognizant of one thing. Hint: It’s not confidence (although I am a huge advocate of confidence), and it’s relative. What is it? It’s time. Yes, you heard me right, time.

It’s limited and scarce, and for the majority of your life, you have most likely abused it and/or wasted it. It’s Ok—we’ve all wasted time. The key is to realize it, as soon as possible, and take steps to correct it.  Don’t get me wrong, confidence is a valuable trait to have, but it takes experience to build confidence—and that will happen in “due time.”

The key is to optimize your time, so you are able to build your confidence faster. In other words, confidence is a function of time, and being more conscientious of time will expedite building your confidence.

As long as I can remember I have always been a punctual person, but I haven’t always been a morning person. When I started my first job out of college, I struggled to wake up early; but once I got used to it (and it took a long time), I was able to accomplish so much more during the day before it was even noon. Now, I wake up every morning, and begin tackling my objectives for the day. That way, if anything out of the ordinary happens (which usually does) I have already accomplished my main objective. That’s how you get ahead…faster. 

Think back to high school. Was there something you either did or didn’t do that makes you wish you knew what you know now—so you could go back and do it--or do it sooner? What about college? Many students waste their freshman year partying, and figuring out what degree to pursue for their careers. Now that you are close to graduating (or already have), you might reflect, and wish you had known what to do--sooner. You could have gotten a head start on your career. That’s my point. I encourage you not to make the same mistake twice, or expect success to happen by fostering the same patterns.

Be early in everything. Successful people not only show up, they show up early. Whether you are trying to develop a talent, or start a business, starting it earlier almost always give you an advantage. You either fail sooner, or you develop a special niche market before anyone else does. Think about it. Would you like to start your own Google search engine now? Or would you like to start it back when the Internet was young…

You might see infographics floating around the web showing all the successful people who started late.  Well, that’s great, but I call that “comforting inspiration.”  You are just wasting your time reading that stuff. Tailored for late bloomers, those infographics are for the people who continued with the same mindset after college, and realized 20 years after graduating that they should have started earlier. Would you rather be in their situation?  Or would you rather take action now to position yourself for a better future?

Patience is still a virtue, but you have to have balance--a sense of urgency is vital, if you want to be successful. I challenge you to focus on being more aware and having control over your schedule. Focus on positioning yourself so that you can have an impact sooner rather than later.

It really is about time.

Devon Ryan
IEEE-USA Board Member
Young Professionals Representative
devon.ryan@ieee.org

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



THE POWER SYSTEM DILEMMA
A flash of light in the sky, Bird, wind damage, trees falling down or any natural phenomena on earth can cause an unexplained short circuit in the power grid in any place in the world. Over 6kV can flow into the electrical circuit to the ground leading to power failure. Engineers estimated a diversity of reasons and answers for these situations including years and millions spent on research, studies on the best way to guard people from electrical risks, insulation categories, grounding, protection devices, and how to protect people from overhead lines but till now, Lightning still causing un expected huge damages, and the exposure to magnetic fields still can cause childhood cancer.

Safety and Power System Protection are the main deal in designing and building the power lines and distribution systems. Coordination studies have always to be completed to help protecting the power systems from faults through the separation of faulted parts from the rest of the electrical grid and to keep the power system safe and stable. Major costs are added to every project we design and build.
Solutions to this dilemma are in developing, fostering initiatives and advance research, on other sources for energy like solar energy, and studies on how to understand and control phenomena like lightning.

Solar energy is the right way:
The sun glosses nearly everywhere and can become a main energy source for the world.  A lot of work and research should be done before that can be achieved such as finding new methods to connect the power of the sun and deliver safe energy. The good news are that engineers are developing new ways to increase the  solar power efficiency and new designs that use 3D panels, which takes full advantage of the gathering power of each panel, and these panels are expected to provide more than twice the energy output and  should  substitute the flat models completely in few years.

Can we stop Lightning?
Engineers in different part of the world are trying to understand and find out the cause of lightning. Recent studies showed that lightning is being produced in a process similar to the supernovae explosion toward the earth and interact with other molecules and generate the electric field and the lightning strike as we see it.  If this is right, the fall of electrons should also produce radio signal. Engineers are trying now to detect these radio signals by using arrays of atom detectors and working on developing equations that describe the electron induced electric field. The goal is creating electrical breakdown of lightning discharge and leaves the path open to stop the lightning strike. 

Finally, more research and collaborations are required and in few years a big goals can be achieved.

Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz, IEEE Senior Member
http://qusialqarqaz.wordpress.com
qusi.alqarqaz.us@ieee.org


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

If you have younger kids or grand kids and are looking for an indoor destination that they will think is fun, yet builds on concepts of STEM (Sceince Technology Engineering and Mathematics), you might want to look into Austin's Thinkery.

As the Thinkery websight proclaims "The Thinkery is an evolution of Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s sparkling new home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.

The Thinkery plays a vital role in developing future generations of creative problem solvers through science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Exhibit galleries revolve around educational experiences curated by staff, so each trip with your family will be different from the last. Each gallery supports hands-on learning, with activities and content appropriate for visitors with children of all ages."

The Thinkery is located in the development at the old Mueller airport property.

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

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

  • 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.

    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.

August 21 & 22, 2015: Texas Linux Fest 2015
It's that time... TxLF 2015 is here!
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Are you as excited as we are for the 6th annual Texas Linux Fest?!

We are going to be at the San Marcos Convention Center August 21st and 22nd!

This year we are planning to do two full days of expo floor! We are already accepting registration for this year's event!

We are now accepting registration for this year's event. Sign up now!

Call for papers is officially open!

If you would like to submit a talk, please check here for more info.

If you are staying at the embassy suites, we have a special group rate for Texas Linux Festival attendees and it can be redeemed using the following booking code online or by calling and using over the phone: TXLinux2015 or click here for more information

Want to be a vendor? Have an awesome idea? Maybe you want to volunteer to help out?

For any other questions, feel free to shoot an email over to info@texaslinuxfest.org

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

Women in Science and Mathematics (WiSM)
While the express goal of this website is to recruit and retain women students in sciences and mathematics at Eastern Illinois University, there is plenty of good information on the site for the rest of us. Readers may like to start with Further Reading, where they can link to media coverage of women in science from around the web. From there, they may select Biographies of Women in Science, where they can access dozens of biographies of women who have made contributions to fields as diverse as chemistry, primatology, biophysics, and astronomy. In addition, the site features links to half a dozen other websites on the topic, from the Smithsonian's photo portraits of women scientists to the San Diego Supercomputer Center's coverage of women scientists from around the world.

STEMblog
STEMconnector is both a resource and a service that is designed “to link those advocating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across disciplines and distances.” It seeks to connect diverse educators, professionals, and government officials together based on a love of applied science. The STEMblog, a project of STEMconnector, is updated regularly and focuses its energies on the relationship between business and STEM subjects. Recent articles, for example, have alerted readers to corporate-sponsored prizes for high school science teachers, a recognition of National Engineers Week, and the math behind a new Android app. For readers who are looking to make connections between STEM subjects and industry partners, the STEMblog is an informative site to check back on regularly.

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
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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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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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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
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title Bridges: They’re Really Very Safe
Speaker James Mercier
Speaker Bio James J. Mercier, P.E. is retired from the Texas Department of Transportation where his jobs have included Highway Lighting Engineer, Traffic Signal Engineer, and more recently a Hydraulics Engineer specializing in open channels and storm drains. James graduated from the IBEW electrical apprenticeship program in 1979 as a Journeyman Electrician. Afterwards, he returned to college to graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Civil Engineering (1986). James is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and five other states, and a Texas licensed Master Electrician.

James joined IEEE and ASCE as a student member at the University of Cincinnati, and has remained active in both. He was the Chair of the Austin Chapter of the PES, now (PI)², for 2001 and 2002. Three months ago, the (PI)² Vice-Chair/Chair Elect moved to Colorado, so James stepped in to fill that vacancy.
Abstract James will show photographs of the several different bridge styles in Texas, along with some explanation on them. Then, he will explain what the terms “Functionally Obsolete” and “Structurally Deficient” really mean and why our bridges are not as bad as has been commonly reported. He will also discuss some recent bridge related incidents with the explanation of what happened and why the incident was actually very unusual. Overall, bridges in Texas and the US are very safe in spite of the media hype.
Date/Time July 22, 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 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/34954
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Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

More information on Consultants Networks

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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Devon Ryan prepared this 'highlight' video of Young Professional activities at SXSW 2015.

Follow the Young Professionals on Facebook

More information on YP/GOLD 

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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 What Really Happened at Chernobyl?
Speaker John Michael “Mike” Harris, Generation Performance Manager at CPS Energy
Abstract Mr. Harris has worked in fossil fueled (gas, oil and coal) electric power plants for his 27-year career.  Wanting to understand what really happened at the V.I. Lenin Power Plant near Chernobyl, Ukraine, Mr. Harris spent about one year researching the nuclear basics used in the power industry, the Western nuclear power industry, the Russian nuclear power plant design used at this site, and eventually worked out a thorough explanation about this disastrous event.  Mr. Harris will walk us through a number of items regarding nuclear reactions that must be understood first and then will go through the events that led to the disaster in such a way that the physics of the accident are clearly understood.  He has presented this material to the Torch Club of San Antonio, ASME San Antonio Section and one other section of IEEE.
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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Abstract A tour of Active Power’s manufacturing facility, likely preceeded by a short presentation.

Additional Information:
  • This tour has limited numbers of registrations available and you must RSVP to attend.
  • There is no charge to attend and you do not need to be a member of IEEE.
  • A light dinner from Rudy’s BBQ and drinks will be provided at no charge.
  • Kids over 8 will be allowed on the tour if they are accompanied by an adult and are on the RSVP list.
  • Tour information may change after you register; please watch your email for updates.
Date/Time July 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm to 08:30PM
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Topic/Title Exploring Wireless Power Transfer via Magnetic Resonance
Speaker Brad Martin
Abstract Wireless power transfer technologies have been around for more than 100 years, with varying degrees of success. From Tesla’s experiments at the Wardenclyffe Tower to the recent induction-based wireless
charging systems, the public has been fascinated with “cutting the cord” for devices ranging from mobile phones to electric vehicles.
 
But the issues surrounding these traditional wireless power transfer systems have limited adoption and mainstream acceptance. These issues include restrictive positioning, inefficient power transfer, and difficulty in supporting multiple devices simultaneously. Enter highly resonant wireless power transfer, or magnetic resnoance. Invented by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), magnetic resonance offers a host of benefits over other wireless power transfer systems, including:
  • Spatial Freedom – Magnetic resonance allows for positional freedom in the X, Y, and Z axes
  • Multi-Device Support – Charge or power multiple devices from a single source, including devices with differing power requirements or with differing coil sizes
  • Installation Flexibility – Sources can be installed anywhere, allowing charging through common building materials, including wood, granite, plastic, and concrete, and even through water

In this presentation, Brad Martin, director of integrated products at WiTricity Corporation, will provide a technical overview of the basics of wireless power transfer via magnetic resonance as well as the current state of the wireless power market.
Date/Time July 28, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 6:30 PM
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 (directions below) Austin, Texas
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  • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants)
  • IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants) 
  • Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
  • All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages
  • A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
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For further information, contact David Akopian david.akopian@utsa.edu

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Technology Management Council (TMC)

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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