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

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 three days of the conference. If you are attending please stop by. Several chapters will be having very interesting talks throughout August, click HERE to see the next 180 days of planned activity.

On September 23 the IEEE Computer Society Rock Stars of Wearables at the Brazos Hall in downtown Austin. Find out what technologies are needed for werables and which markets are emerging. The Rock Star speakers will show you how to stake your claim in the fast-growing future of wearables. For more information go to Rock-Stars of Wearables.

Chapter leaders should be seeing to it that the chapter officer election process is running on schedule. I outlined the entire process in  the May Analog. By this time, a nominating committee should have identified candidates for the chapter positions. Chapters Officers serve a one year term from 1 January through 31 December. Chapter officer may serve for 2 consecutive terms in the same office. The Chapter Officers 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.

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

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Membership Development

IEEE Participation in this Year’s National Instruments NI WEEK

The IEEE Central Texas Section will be participating in this year’s NI Week as exhibitors August 3rd though the 5th.  We will be promoting the value of being an IEEE member both nationally and local to the Central Texas Section.

If you’re at NI Week, be sure and stop by the IEEE booth, say hello and help talk to other NIWeek attendees about what it is to be an IEEE member!

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Membership Tool-kit

Did You Know –

The IEEE-USA has put together a website to support membership career development.  Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.
Resource  highlights:
  • Ebooks
  • Salary Comparison
  • Employment Navigation
  • Others

And it’s FREE ……check it out at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/

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

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News of Interest to the Section

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.

What Programming Language Should you Learn?
Well, that really depends, but this article can give you some ideas. For the second year in a row, IEEE Spectrum has teamed up with computational journalist Nick Diakopoulos to give you a popularity ranking that you can adjust to meet your own needs. Read more . . .

Celebrate the launch of IEEE Courses in IEEE Xplore with special limited-time pricing for the following continuing education:
Five of our classic courses are free for all learners:
Five of our key courses are half-price for all learners:


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Call for Volunteers



IEEE REGION 5 ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR 2016-17 DIRECTOR ELECT.

The Region 5 Committee has selected two of their 2015 Executive Officers as their candidates for their 2016-17 Director Elect position.   The IEEE Elections will open on August 17th, 2015 and will close on October 1st, 2015.   It’s important that all voting members become informed about the two candidates who will automatically be elevated to Region Director in 2018. They are:
 
T. Scott Atkinson, IEEE Life Senior Member (48 years in the IEEE), Past Member and Vice Chair of the IEEE MGA Board, 5 years on the IEEE MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee (two as Chair), and Executive Chair of two IEEE Communications Society Flagship Conferences (2001 & 2014). He had a very successful career working for the U.S. Air Force, a major energy company and a financial services company.  He is now retired and a full time IEEE volunteer.  He currently is the South Area Chair of Region 5.  He resides in San Antonio and is an active member of the Central Texas Section. Reference: http://www.tscottatkinson.com.
 
Robert C. Shapiro, P.E., IEEE Senior Member, (34 years in the IEEE), Region 5 volunteer leader for 9 years including Membership Development and South Area Chairs and currently Secretary. Previously served as General Chair of 2 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society VTC Flagship conferences (2005 and 2007) and has held numerous leadership positions in the IEEE Dallas Section and Communications and Vehicular Technology Chapters and as an elected Board of Governors and Vice Presidents of Societies, Councils and Committees. Robert currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is a Wireless Consulting Engineer specializing in Public Safety Communications and Positive Train Control. Reference: http://rcshapiro.com


Young Professionals’ Voice: Just Start Something…
In October 2014, IEEE invited me to be on a panel of entrepreneurs at the Technical Entrepreneurship Mini-Conference in Toronto, Ontario. Filled with excitement and anxiety, I was the youngest entrepreneur to be on this panel. All the other participants were seasoned entrepreneurs.

I remember looking over some answers that I had prepared for possible questions the moderator might ask. I also remember not wanting to be the one to go first, but of course I was. The moderator began his introduction, and then passed the mic for each of us to introduce ourselves. Speaking first only added to my pressure. Since each of the other speakers were veterans with their spiel, my introduction, by comparison, was relatively brief.

After introductions, the moderator asked the first question: A lot of people want to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. In your opinion or experience, what are the biggest challenges faced by many young or new entrepreneurs? 

Reflecting back on this experience and this question, leads me into my next thoughts…

When I was in a sophomore in college, pursuing my engineering degree, I met a classmate who had a drive similar to mine. We bonded very well, and naively decided we wanted to start a business together--after knowing each other for only two days. OK, now what? We had no clue what type of business to start. We were searching like eagles scouring the sky.

We came up with many different ideas for business ventures--from starting our own iPhone repair shop--to creating a website. After some soul searching we finally discovered our calling: mobile applications. Now what? We had no clue how to start a company, or even an app. Faced with this challenge, we did what eagles do when scouting for prey from high above--we dove right in--head first.

The first step was learn how to develop mobile applications. Easier said than done! We had no time and no resources, as mere college students. Kiboshed! I’d be lying if I said we weren’t “thrown a monkey wrench” several times. In fact, we still get obstructed today, but on much higher level. The bottom line: we struggled. But we had been all too familiar with hardships from our past, so struggling was not a deal breaker. My business partner had come all the way from Columbia with his family, with just a little bit of savings. I moved out of my home when I was 16. So, we persevered through the obstacles set before us, and founded the software company, Lion Mobile LLC, in August of 2013,

How did we do it? We just started something, and we leveraged time. Whenever we weren’t studying for exams, we would study mobile development. We sacrificed several weekends studying mobile applications. This commitment even continued upon graduation. We studied after work, and met on weekends to discuss what we learned during the week.

After some years, we eventually tackled our first app endeavor! It was a small and modest app, but it opened up doors for us, enabling us to tackle even larger challenges. We would even successfully develop apps for other companies, and grow from a team of two--to a team of ten lions!

And to think, we started by simply becoming obsessed with the idea to start a business.

So when, I was asked by the moderator: What are the biggest challenges faced by many young or new entrepreneurs?

At the Technical Entrepreneurial Mini-Conference in Toronto, Ontario (October 2014)

I replied, “One of the biggest challenges is just getting started.”

The irony in that response was that I was the first person to answer the first question. It’s true though. Just getting started is a challenge and that impedes most people--whether it is entrepreneurship, or simply just getting out of their comfort zone. People fear uncertainty. The idea that they might fail, and waste valuable time, stops them dead in their tracks before they even get started. The fact of the matter is, you will ultimately waste valuable time by not starting in the first place. Read my previous column, It’s About Time, to drive the point home even further.

I challenge you to stop wondering and to just start something. Start taking that class on that topic that you were always curious about. Do you want to be an author? Start writing something – everyday.  Do you want your own business? Start writing a business plan. By not starting now, you eventually could be your future self, reading an article that a young entrepreneur wrote, and reflect back to your past, thinking: Why didn’t I just try that one thing when I was younger? Or, why didn’t I just keep going? Where could I be today?

Don’t be this person…

Life’s journey has already begun, and is not waiting for anyone. So, get going. Just start something…
- See more at: http://insight.ieeeusa.org/insight/content/ieeeusa/129164#sthash.tIofUgjX.dpuf
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

  • August 19, 2015: IEEE Virtual Career & Talent Expo
    Sign up for the August 19th live recruiting and networking day at the IEEE Career and Talent Expo! Get online and meet with companies, recruiters, IEEE Societies and many new resources. The Expo is growing and we thank you for your support!

    Participants click here

    Companies click here

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


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I had added in the July Analog a notice in "News of Interest to the Section" a short announcement about the Texas Museum of Science and Technology (TxMOST) that opened recently in Cedar Park. I visited TxMOST along with two of my granddaughters a few weeks ago.

The first thing I would say is that there is not much to see currently other than the visiting Body works exhibit. If you are into human physiology or human anatomy, then you will enjoy the exhibit. Unfortunately they do not have any static exhibits that will appeal to us physicists and engineers yet, though with the space they have available I am sure more exhibits will follow.

Second, for elementary age kids the current exhibit does not offer a lot that will be of interest to most. They are supposed to get a permanent planetarium in operation this fall, so that will broaden the appeal.

That said, I am glad that I visited and helped to support TxMOST, as I want to see Austin finally get a science museum. I encourage you, and your companies to support them. as well.

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

  • August 19, 2015: IEEE Virtual Career & Talent Expo
    Sign up for the August 19th live recruiting and networking day at the IEEE Career and Talent Expo! Get online and meet with companies, recruiters, IEEE Societies and many new resources. The Expo is growing and we thank you for your support!

    Participants click here

    Companies click here

  • August 29, 2015: IEEE Central Texas Section 2015 Fall Section Meeting
    You are invited to attend the Central Texas Section Meeting on Sat August 29.
    Breakfast at 7:30 AM, meeting starts at 7:50 AM
    Meeting Location (same location as the last years meeting): RF Mitte Building lecture room 5242 (fifth floor), Texas State University 749 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666

  • 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 3-6. 2015: NI Week
The 21st annual NIWeek conference is set to bring together the brightest minds in engineering and science at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, beginning August 3.  This is especially great news for Texas customers because you will receive 30% off the full conference price!  Check out the "NIWeek for Texans" option when you register.

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
YP
Young Professionals

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

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

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

The CEDA chapter normally meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.

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Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits (CAS/SSC)

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The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. IIf you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.
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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT)

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Computer Society (C)

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Cybersecurity programs at UTSA
Speaker Dr. Greg White of UTSA will talk about the Cybersecurity programs at the University.
White is a longtime advocate for cyber security education, research and training in San Antonio and across the nation. From 1980 to 2010, he served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve in multiple capacities, eventually earning the rank of colonel. In 2001, he joined UTSA information systems faculty and helped establish the CIAS, UTSA’s first cyber security research center. The center will celebrate its tenth anniversary later this month.
Under White’s leadership, the CIAS founded and conducts the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber-security contest for college students. The center also offers cyber-security preparedness exercises and training to state and local governments and organizations across the United States.
Abstract UTSA offers academic programs for students interested in pursuing careers in cyber security, whether their focus is computer programming and networking or applying technology to an organization’s needs.The Department of Information Systems & Cyber Security offers a Ph.D. concentration in information technology, an infrastructure assurance concentration as part of the M.S. in information technology, an MBA concentration in infrastructure assurance and a B.B.A. in infrastructure assurance.The Department of Computer Science offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science with concentrations in computer and information security.Additional related coursework is offered through the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Date/Time 18-August-2015
Time: 07:00PM to 08:30PM
Location 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 Cognitive Computing and the Customer Experience: The good, the bad and the future possibilities
Speaker Ryan Lund of Cerebri, Inc
Speaker Bio Ryan Lund is the CEO of Cerebri, focusing on machine learning products and service to enhance consumer experience, while increasing revenue and decreasing costs of the businesses they serve. Previously an Implementation Director at one of the premier EMR Software companies in the United States, Ryan oversaw software development and implementations across the United States.  Ryan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B. S. in Economics, and with minors in Mathematics, Statistics and Management.
Abstract Major players such as IBM Watson are marketing the technology of the future. This talk will investigate and describe the good, bad and ugly of incorporating machine learning into businesses’ customer experience. Using my own experience with a start-up company focused on exploiting machine learning to enhance customer service, and drawing on other leading thoughts in the industry, I will discuss what can really be expected at this point in time and what can we look forward to in the future.
Date/Time 26-August-2015
Time: 06:00PM to 08:30PM
Location 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.
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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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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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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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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

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Photonics Society (PHO)

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For more information, contact Mikhail Belkin

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group

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

More information on LM

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San Antonio

Topic/Title Tour of Transguide Operations Center
Speaker Our host for the tour will be John Gianotti. He will provide a more technical tour and discussion of the communications and networking systems than the normal public tours of the facility.
Abstract The TransGuide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in San Antonio became operational in July 1995. Operating agency partners in the TransGuide ITS project included the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of San Antonio (CoSA), and VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA). TransGuide is a state-of-the-art system and is effective in managing traffic on San Antonio’s freeway and arterial transportation network. Over the years, TransGuide has provided information to motorists about traffic conditions – including crashes, congestion and construction – through the use of surveillance cameras, dynamic message signs (DMS), media information sharing, an active web site and an ever-evolving digital communications network.
Date/Time 20-August-2015
Time: 10:30AM to 12:00PM (1.50 hours)
Location Transguide Operations Center
3500 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
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After the tour, everyone who wishes can join the group at Ernesto’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant for lunch.
Lunch: 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Ernesto’s Mexican & Seafood
2559 Jackson-Keller

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

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (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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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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

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