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
  • Join our LinkedIn group - this group is limited to IEEE members only
  • Follow us on Twitter, use the hashtag #IEEECTS
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Joint CTS on IEEE Collabratec - an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create - all in one central hub.

Section Elections

The following nominations were ratified by the Central Texas Section Executive Committee on August 29th. 

Chairman                                   Leslie Martinich
Vice Chairman - Austin             Zhuo Li
Vice Chairman - San Antonio    Garrett Polhamus
Secretary                                    Don Drumtra
Treasurer                                    Kai Wong

Petition candidates will be accepted until October 15th. Contact Tom Grim for details on the petition process.  The modified slate will be announced to section members in the October Mid Month Reminder.   The election will be announced in the November Analog.  The elections  for contested positions will begin on November 1.  We intend to use the IEEE vTools election process for the election.


Tom Grim
Nominating Committee Chairman, 2012-2015
IEEE Central Texas Section
t.grim@ieee.org



From the Central Texas Section Chair

The summer vacation season has come to a close, students are back in school and CTS Chapter meetings are back in full swing. September is filled with interesting meetings from many of the chapters. The IEEE Computer Society is sponsoring a special event on Sept. 23, 2015 called Rock Stars of Wearables at the Brazos Hall in Austin.

Please join me in congratulating the CTS Austin chapter of the Communications Society for being recognized with the 2015 Chapter of the Year Award and the 2015 North America Regional Chapter Achievement Award.

Chapter elections for the 2015 chapter officers should be held by November and the results reported to the Section Secretary, Zhuo Li, zhuoli@ieee.org, by December. The entire process was outlined in the May Analog. A member can serve in the same office for up to a maximum of 6 years. 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. 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

Annual IEEE Election – VOTE…VOTE….VOTE!
Annual Election Process Has Begun: Look for your annual election ballot package to arrived in August or by early September. All members eligible to vote will receive a paper ballot and a postage-paid reply envelope via first-class mail. Included is information about how to vote electronically. VOTE NOW AT http://www.ieee.org/election.
Not an IEEE Member?
Join IEEE today and get 16 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till the end of 2016.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at http://www.ieee.org/membership
Did you know about IEEE – eLearning Library
Did You Know -
The IEEE has created an IEEE eLearning Library, the premier online collection of short courses and conference workshops.  Login with your IEEE login and view many recorded webinars and training tutorials.  Login as a guest and see public content.  Currently the following courses are among the FREE content.
  • Cloud Based Solutions for Big Data
  • Cloud Computing Enabling Technologies
  • 4G Broadband LTE
  • Transportation Electrification: Applications of Electric Drive Trains
  • Smart Grid: From Concept to Reality
Check these and others out at http://www.ieee.org/elearning

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.

Austin Ranked as Best Place to Live in the US
A recent ranking by personal financial website WalletHub ranked Austin the best place to live out of cities with a population of 300,000 or more. Read more . . .

Austin Ranked as one of the Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs
On-line recruiter ZipRecruiter released a list of the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Cities for Tech Jobs in 2015 based on job market activity across America. The website tracked hiring patterns to determine which cities were increasing job listing in the tech industry at the fastest rate, and which have the highest volume of tech jobs compared against other industries. Austin came out at the top of the list. Read more . . .

AustinInno Recently Launched
Austin Inno will be a place where you can find developers and engineers, learn from them and get up to speed with what the city’s innovators are reveling in. And, with our newly launched Innovation Index, this site will be a place to understand how Austin compares to its competition from Silicon Valley to Boston. Read more . . .

IEEE-USA’s Complimentary E-Book to Members in August Features Work-Life Balance
IEEE-USA E-BOOKS is offering a complimentary copy of “Work-Life Balance, Book 2” to members in August.

Author Peggy Hutcheson explores work-life balance in light of career stages -- young professional, mid-career and late career -- and explores a strategy to help achieve balance in each.

For example, regarding young professionals, she writes that, “though balance between the time and energy spent on developing a career, and time and energy to manage an active social and family life is difficult, early careerists can often rely on higher levels of energy to help manage their lives.” She points out that developing healthy eating habits and doing regular exercise will have important positive consequences later, in the lives of young professionals.

“Remember that work-life balance is the state of control, achievement and satisfaction in life,” Hutcheson writes. She suggests being brutally honest about your time and how you spend it, and recommends keeping a diary. Hutcheson believes doing so will help you uncover things that may be preventing you from feeling successful in your accomplishments.

HOW TO GET YOUR FREE E-BOOK

From 1 August to 15 September, you can get your free e-book to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/76735.

In September, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “Writing for Success -- An Engineer’s Guide -- Volume 3: The End Products of Engineering Writing,” by Tom Moran.

This free e-book looks at the characteristics of several types of written products, such as reports, specifications and instructions -- documents with the primary mission of informing and explaining. It also explores requests and proposals --documents with the primary goal of persuasion.

From 1 September to 15 October, you can get your free e-book to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/76913. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code SEPTFREE at checkout.

Median Income of Electrotechnology, IT Professionals Rises to $130,000 for Largest Gain in Past Five Years, IEEE-USA Salary Survey Reveals

Median income for electrotechnology and information technology professionals jumped by more than 4 percent in 2014, the largest increase in the past five years, according to the 2015 IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey.

Median incomes from primary sources -- salary, commissions, bonuses and net self-employment income -- for U.S. IEEE members working full-time in their primary area of technical competence (job specialty) rose from $124,700 in the 2013 tax year to $130,000 in 2014.

The 4.25 percent increase comes a year after median income rose by its small percentage over the past five years, .56 percent.

The results are based on survey responses from 10,215 people. Here are median incomes since 2009:

Tax Year  (Median Income, % Increase)

2009  ($113,500)       
2010  ($118,000, 3.96%)
2011  ($119,950, 1.65%)
2012  ($124,000, 3.37%)
2013  ($124,700, 0.56%)
2014  ($130,000, 4.25%)

Those employed in communications technology once again enjoyed the highest median earnings ($150,000), followed by circuits and devices ($143,008) and signals and applications ($141,062).

The lowest median incomes were recorded by those in industrial applications ($120,000), systems and control ($119,572) and energy and power engineering ($116,175).

For more information on the 2015 IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey and to purchase a copy, go to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/162095.

Department of Engineering at St. Mary’s University is offering a new online graduate program
The Department of Engineering at St. Mary’s University is offering a new online graduate program in Software Engineering starting in fall 2015. All applicants who are admitted into this program during the inaugural year (fall 2015 and spring 2016) will receive a 40% tuition grants for the duration of their studies. For more information please contact Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene at dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu or call his direct line at 210-431-2050. The admission requirements and program description can be found at https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/set/graduate/software-engineering/

CTS Austin ComSoc Chapter Named Chapter of the Year
The IEEE Communications Society Member Relations Council chose the Austin Chapter as ComSoc’s 2015 Chapter-of-the-Year! The Austin ComSoc Chapter was further recognized as one of the four chapters world wide designated as a Chapter Achievement Award recipient.


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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

Call for IEEE Volunteers for Engineer's Week Activities
The Young Professionals (and the IEEE Central Texas Section in general) are hosting events especially aimed at innovators and entrepreneurs!  During Engineers’ Week (February 21-27), we’ll have demos, hackathons, happy hours and lunches at a variety of industry sites, and on Friday, February 26, we’ll hold the Entrepreneurs and Engineers event at the AT&T Conference Center adjacent to UT.  And on Sunday, March 13, as part of South by Southwest, IEEE will host a fantastic party at the Driskill Hotel, where our sponsors will have a hands-on showcase of their tools and products!

Sound interesting?  If you’d like to get involved, there are several ways to help.
  • Identify potential sponsors.
  • Help contact potential sponsors. (Go with me to call on them, and I’ll teach you how to make a pitch.)
  • Help with the logistics and project planning.  (You’ll get good networking and project planning experience here!)
  • Help with Social Media and Marketing.

If you would like to be involved in this great event, contact me, Leslie Martinich at lmartinich@ieee.org and join the team!
Leslie Martinich
CTS Austin Vice Chair
lmartinich@ieee.org


Why I am an IEEE Member?

Each month we will highlight input from Central Texas Section IEEE membership as to why they are IEEE members.  We invite/request your input.  Please send text to john.purvis@ieee.org.
 
Why I am an IEEE member?  I maintain my IEEE membership to keep my member benefits ongoing.  For me, the main one’s are (and there are many others) the @ieee.org alias, the Professional Liability insurance I am required to carry,  and most importantly, the ability through my affiliation with the IEEE to be a professional engineer and NOT just work in an engineering job.
Joe Redfield SM – Join date 1983


CALL FOR COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH LOG`EL PROJECT
The purpose of the engineering collaboration partnerships is to enhance cooperation, collaboration, interaction, and knowledge sharing between the Parties on research, development and innovation. Specifically, the objectives of the engineering collaboration are to increase the visibility of research, development and innovations outputs, serve as a vehicle towards commercializing of research findings, share new knowledge through seminars & discussion group interactions and empowerment of younger engineers.

Recently, I have started collaborative agreement with science foundation in Kampala-Uganda. This foundation is LOGE’L PROJECT.  Log’el Project initially started in 2001 as a science foundation working to foster a relationship between science, innovation and technology development. Since then, Log’el project has trained and passed out many young engineers and youth. The idea to start Log’el Project was started by a group of scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and other professionals for the purpose of equip young people with practical science and technology skills, publicly promote science and technology, bridge the gap between students, youth-led farmer groups, researchers and industry, motivate youth of all ages and walks of life into science, technology, innovation, agriculture and entrepreneurship careers and deliberately and diligently work towards reducing the current high rates of rural-urban migration .

LOG’EL project collaborates with IEEE and is using local volunteers and resources to implement their programs.

The LOG’EL project invites researchers, engineers, consultants and funding organizations for collaborative projects that will help in creation of an innovative and development driven society in Uganda and east Africa countries that is experiencing rapid growth.

Overall, the aim of this collaboration is to strengthen the research capacity in Africa by supporting LOG’EL project research network.

I encourage highly all members who are interested in this collaborative partnership and who have research experience with a proven track of student training and mentoring to contact the project coordinator at: lwangaherbert@ieee.org .

Please contact me for further details and information.

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


Young Professional's Voice: Two Influential Words That Will Help You Make Things Happen
Are you all about making a good impression? Maybe you just met someone. Maybe you just started a new job. Hopefully, you just started something. You want to make the best impression, right?

They say first impressions are everything, and perhaps it’s true to a certain extent.  But in my opinion, most people overthink this concept. In fact, while you shouldn’t make a fool of yourself at the first meeting, it’s more important to focus on the process of relationship building, not the inception of the relationship.

Every interaction you have will influence the relationship, and someone’s impression of you. So how can you make the best impression possible in all your interactions? Two words: “Will do.”

In 2012, I served as the IEEE Student Branch Association president while attending college. I learned many great insights serving as the leader of this organization. I was on a team with 10 officers and I needed to delegate tasks to them to keep the organization moving forward. During my tenure, I noticed there were three types of people:

Those who didn’t make things happen.
Those who made things happen with a little bit of direction.
Those who made things happen.
The first type of person simply just does not get anything done. We have all experienced this person. The second type of person is a motivated individual, but sometimes they come back to you when unexpected problems emerge.  As you can imagine, the third type was my favorite person to work with — the person who just “made things happen.” Can you figure out why?

Ironically, it was not because they delivered consistently. It was the process of delivery that made this type of person so enjoyable to work with. When I asked the third type to accomplish a task, they would simply say, “Will do,” or something similar.

These types of people understand that obstacles come with the task. More problems may even emerge while they try to complete it. In fact, you can usually count on that, but that’s why you gave them the task in the first place. If there weren’t obstacles or problems associated with it, then you wouldn’t need their help.

The obstacle could be simply time. The person making the request just might not have the time to do a particular task. Or, perhaps, it is because they do not have a certain specialty skill, and think you are better equipped to handle it.

As the leader of an organization, I cannot stress enough how great it felt to hear a team member reply, “will do.” With this insight in mind, I used it to my advantage when I started my first real job after graduating college. When someone asked me to get something done, I would ask a couple of questions to make sure I understood the project clearly. Then, once I knew I had a decent understanding of what I was supposed to accomplish, I replied, “Will do.”  I switched it up sometimes, though, so I didn’t sound repetitive. Every now and then, I replaced “Will do,” with “I’ll make it happen.”

Not sure how many questions to ask before saying, “Will do”? Use your judgment. The amount of questions you ask will change over time, as you build experience and confidence. That’s part of the reason why they hired you in the first place — your judgment. If they didn’t need your creative judgment, coupled with your competence, they would have just hired robots.

It goes both ways though. If you are the leader, you set the tone for the organization. When I started my first company, Lion Mobile LLC, I was sure to say two words when my team asked me for anything: “Will do.” It sort of just caught on from there, as other team members started using it.

I challenge you to embrace this “less is more” approach to building relationships. Do not overthink the beginning of it. Just letting the other person know you are there for them will go a long way. All types of relationships can benefit from someone who has a “will do” attitude.  In  a complicated world, the simple idea that you can ask someone for something and get a positive, two-syllable response, will not only help that person, but it will help you.

Will you accept my challenge? I’d love to hear a strong, “Will do”!
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.

More Than 400 Courses Now Available on IEEE Xplore
It’s easier to find IEEE’s more than 400 online courses now that they’ve been added to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Known as the eLearning Library, these interactive online classes can be found in the library’s Courses section. Based on tutorials and workshops presented at IEEE conferences, the courses were developed and peer-reviewed by experts in their fields. Read more . . .
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


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I wanted to mention a service I use this month. I have found myself in need of a conference calling facility and, at the suggestion of one of my fellow IEEE members I looked at FreeConferenceCalling.

This is a great FREE service, available to anyone. There is a limit of no more than 10 concurrent callers, and they must either pay for their long distance connection or have a phone service with free long distance. Neither of those restrictions have been a problems with the calls I have hosted.

I have found FreeConferenceCalling to be a great service and have used it often with various IEEE committees I have been working with.

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: Jorge Padilla, email: jpadilla4@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos

Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@txstate.edu

Branch Chair: Alison Chan, email: c_c457@txstate.edu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TXST.IEEE



Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Sang Choi, email: schoi1@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: Walter Oji, email: chair@ieeeut.org

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ieeeut



University of Texas at San Antonio (http://ieeeutsa.com/)

Faculty Adviser: Paul Morton, email: PaulMorton@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Mark Pena, email: Mark.W.Pena@gmail.com
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

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

    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.

    Actor and author Alan Alda is scheduled to provide the keynote speech at a November supercomputing conference in Austin. Read more . . .

  • 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.

September 6-11, 2015: DjangoCon Austin
DjangoCon US is a 6-day international community conference for the community by the community, held each year in North America, about the Django web framework. For more information visit https://2015.djangocon.us

October 16, 2015: Texas Wireless Summit
The 13th annual Texas Wireless Summit (TWS) provides a forum on emerging technology and business models for industry leaders and academics. Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG), the Summit offers direct access to cutting-edge research and innovations from industry leaders, investors, academics and startups.

Through keynote and panel-driven discussions, leading business and technology executives and top academics share entrepreneurially-oriented research. This year’s theme focuses on The View to 5G: From Applications to the Air Interface.

The faculty organizers for this event include WNCG Profs. Jeffrey Andrews, Constantine Caramanis and Robert Heath.

The 2015 Texas Wireless Summit will be hosted on The University of Texas at Austin campus in the Blanton Art Museum.

Find out more at http://texaswirelesssummit.com

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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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How Test Automation Drives Modern Agile Software Development

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Chris Durand is the Chief Technology Officer at Bridge360, a software development and consulting company based in Austin, Texas.  Originally founded in 2001 as Austin Test, Inc., Bridge360's has deep roots in software quality and testing.  Chris has been with Bridge360 since 2003.  In his role as CTO, Chris focuses on Bridge360's agile software development practices, testing practices, and serves as an agile coach and solutions architect for client projects.  Chris has previously worked for IBM, Cirrus Logic, and BMC Software in a number of software development roles.  He holds a computer science degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Texas.  In his spare time he enjoys gaming, producing electronic music, and astronomy.

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Test automation has always been a useful tool when developing software.  The explosion of agile software development methodologies over the last 10 years has moved test automation from a "nice to have" for mature software development teams to "table stakes" for all agile software development teams.  We'll discuss the trends driving this, why test automation in the past has failed, and how smart teams are using test automation today to succeed.

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September 10th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

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IBM Corporation
Building 908
Texas Star Room
11501 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78758

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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 at UIW
Speaker Dr. Phil Youngblood of University of the Incarnate Word
Phil Youngblood started his career as a research biochemist in the 1970s, retired from the Navy in the 1990s, and was Academic Director for a branch campus of Texas Tech University before founding the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Degree Program at the University of the Incarnate Word in 2003. He started programming in the 1960s, dabbled with the Altair and early Apple in the 1970s, and has worked with various computer technologies ever since. Phil specializes in virtual teams, particularly associated with educational and research activities, and is on the board of The Science Circle, an international organization committed to free online science education through use of the 3D virtual world of Second Life.
Abstract What is the status of cyber security education in San Antonio today? Learn who is teaching what where, and about the new cyber security programs at the University of the Incarnate Word, including an existing Cyber Security specialization within the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) program, a Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism concentration within the online Criminal Justice program, a technical Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security sanctioned to begin next fall, and plans for a business-oriented Master's degree in Cyber Security Policy.
Date/Time 15-September-2015
Time: 06:30PM to 09:00PM
6:30 PM - We will (optionally) get together for dinner at the University Cafeteria.  A table will be set aside (look for the small IEEE sign).
7:00 PM - Our regular Chapter meeting will begin upstairs in the Alumni Conference Room.  As always, students are invited.
Location University Center
Alumni Conference Room (2nd Floor)
St. Mary's University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35670
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title A tour of Concurrent Design, Inc.
Speaker Thomas E. Ortman of http://www.concurrentdesign.com
Concurrent Design works in the continuum from idea generation, IP development, conceptual design, engineering design, and prototyping to manufacturing scale-up. Our target sectors are focused on electronics, semiconductor, nanotechnology, clean technologies and medical products. Leveraging many years of experience in the electronics and semiconductors sectors, Concurrent Design, under Mr. Ortman's guidance, has developed a strong portfolio in all of these sectors.

Of particular interest is the idea of "Engineering for Humankind," and hence the interest in clean technologies (solar, wind, storage, solid state lighting, water, etc.) and medical technologies (medical and biomedical products, medical devices, and durable medical equipment).

For more than twenty years, Mr. Ortman has led the growth of the firm to serve start-ups through Fortune 50 clients, booking well over 1700 projects locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to founding Concurrent Design, Mr. Ortman worked at IBM in Manassas, VA (semiconductor fab facilities design), Dayton, NJ (automated manufacturing systems), East Fishkill, NY (automated test equipment), and Austin, TX (semiconductor R&D, manufacturing engineering, and product development). (These were all contract engineering positions). Additional work experience includes Foster Wheeler Energy Corp, Bell Aerospace and CDI Corp.

In addition, Mr. Ortman is currently active in:
  • Solar Energy Entrepreneur Network or SEEN (founder)
  • CleanTX Foundation (founding member and board of directors)
  • Solar Energy Industries Association or SEIA (member)
  • Greater Austin Chamber Clean Energy Council (member)
  • Greater Austin Chamber Clean Energy Special Interest Group (member)
  • Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) Texas Chapter (former chairman - active member)
  • …also IEEE PVSC (Organizing committee member for 2012 conference)
  • Public speaking on subjects from solar energy to product design
Education: New Jersey Institute of Technology, BSME
Abstract The agenda is below but please read the following before registering:
  • Registration will close on September 8th at 4:00 PM.
  • This tour has limited numbers of registrations available and you must RSVP to attend.
  • If the tour is full, you may email the tour coordinator to be put on a backup list.
  • There is no charge to attend.
  • If you are unable to attend, please email the tour coordinator so that another person may attend.
  • Kids over 8 will be allowed on the tour if they are accompanied by an adult and are on the RSVP list.
  • When you click the register button (not "save and close") you will see the message "You have successfully registered for this meeting." and you will receive a confirmation email to confirm you are registered. If you don't receive a confirmation email, you have not registered.
  • Tour information may change after you register; please watch your email for updates.
 
Agenda
Start outside with a tour of the Solar Wings
  • Review the solar system details and the story behind it
  • Review Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure and "Driving on Sunshine"
Inside Lobby - Review of the three Graphical User Interfaces associated with the Solar Wing Installation and our power consumption

Tour of Offices
  • Case Studies on photo wall for discussions / Q&A
Tour of Shop

Presentation on Concurrent Design followed by Q&A
  • We will address our Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Design and Build services in our vertical sectors
  • Electronics
  • Semiconductor  / Nanotechnology
  • Clean Tech (Solar, Wind, Solid State Lighting, Storage, Smart Grid, Atmospheric Water Generation)
  • Medical
 
Date/Time 08-September-2015
06:00PM to 08:00PM
Location 11500 Metric Boulevard
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35494
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Joint meeting with Austin PI^2 and Consultant's Network
For any questions please contact: Steve Pearson, Program Chairman, IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter; (512) 466-1450; steve@pearsonstrategy.com


Topic/Title Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture
Speaker Carrie Vanston of Technology Futures, Inc.
Speaker Bio Carrie Vanston is VP of Communications and Culture Coach at Technology Futures, Inc. and its MiniTrends Project. She excels at helping clients create and grow innovative cultures that succeed and thrive by staying on the cutting edge of industry trends with maximum engagement by all stakeholders. She is a consummate connector who enjoys bringing like-minded people together to share, learn, and grow. She is developer of “Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture” and Co-Author of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.
Abstract This presentation provides individuals and organizations five keys for creating and growing engaged and innovative cultures that are cutting-edge, while increasing retention, productivity, employee and customer loyalty, and profitability.  A strong purpose, vision, and the inclusion of all stakeholders is vital to accomplish these goals.  Attendees will learn practical ways for staying ahead of the latest industry trends, and for creating a caring environment that provdes access to an organization's most important resources -- the imaginations, creativity and passion of its employees and other stakeholders.
Date/Time 23-September-2015
Time: 06:00PM to 08:30PM
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35676
Notes Joint meeting with Consultant's Network and Austin Life Members


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

More information on Consultants Networks

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Topic/Title Advances in Robust Speaker Recognition
Speaker Prof. Ravi Sankar
Dr. Ravi Sankar is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  He is also the director of the Interdisciplinary Communications, Networking and Signal Processing (iCONS) research group and the Interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in Telemedicine. Dr. Sankar is a 2014-2015 EMBS Distinguished Lecturer.

His main research interests are in the areas of signal processing and its applications to biomedical and speech signals.  He is further interested in the areas of wireless communications and sensor networking, and in integrating intelligent techniques in the design of high performance and robust systems.  He has published widely in these areas with over 200 papers in journals and premier international conferences as well as contributing to several book chapters.  Dr. Sankar has been on the editorial board of several journals and been Keynote Speaker for several conferences.  He has delivered a number of invited lectures over the years in the US, South Korea, Japan, and India.

Dr. Sankar is a Fulbright Fellow and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).  He received the USF Distinguished Scholar Award in 2007. He was the National Science Foundation (NSF) nominated short-term Invited Research Fellow of the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2000 to conduct collaborative research in Japan.  His work experience includes being a research staff at the US Air Force Research Lab in summer 1997 and at Motorola in summer 1991.

Dr. Sankar was the Chair and Founding Officer of the EMBS chapter of the IEEE Florida west coast section from 2007-11 and the Vice-Chair for IEEE Signal Processing Society chapter in 1996.   He has served on the organizing committees, technical program committees, and active professionally as organizer and program chair for many IEEE conferences in the areas of communications and signal processing.  He received the IEEE Florida Council Outstanding Engineering Educator award in 1996 and the Outstanding Contributions in Research award in 1997 from the ASEE.
Abstract Speaker recognition is the art of recognizing a speaker from a given database using speech as the only input.  Speaker recognition has potential applications that include keyless entry to secured areas, access control to a computer/smartphone, and access to secure services such as online transactions.  This talk presents a novel approach to detect speakers by introducing the concept of shifted Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) to improve the performance of previous MFCC in which Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) was used.  The speaker recognition system based on shifted MFCC provided improved performance when evaluated using a standard TIDIGIT database.  Speaker recognition rate was further increased by including accent information, pitch, and higher order formants.
Date/Time 29-September-2015
Time: 07:00PM to 08:30PM
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35636
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University Center
Conference Room B
St. Mary's University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas

Notes This is a joint meeting with the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter, San Antonio Computer Society chapter and the San Antonio Joint Communications Society/Signal Processing Society chapter.

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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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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

Austin

Topic/Title Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture
Speaker Carrie Vanston of Technology Futures, Inc.
Speaker Bio Carrie Vanston is VP of Communications and Culture Coach at Technology Futures, Inc. and its MiniTrends Project. She excels at helping clients create and grow innovative cultures that succeed and thrive by staying on the cutting edge of industry trends with maximum engagement by all stakeholders. She is a consummate connector who enjoys bringing like-minded people together to share, learn, and grow. She is developer of “Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture” and Co-Author of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.
Abstract This presentation provides individuals and organizations five keys for creating and growing engaged and innovative cultures that are cutting-edge, while increasing retention, productivity, employee and customer loyalty, and profitability.  A strong purpose, vision, and the inclusion of all stakeholders is vital to accomplish these goals.  Attendees will learn practical ways for staying ahead of the latest industry trends, and for creating a caring environment that provdes access to an organization's most important resources -- the imaginations, creativity and passion of its employees and other stakeholders.
Date/Time 23-September-2015
Time: 06:00PM to 08:30PM
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35676
Notes Joint meeting with Consultant's Network and Austin Life Members

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San Antonio

Topic/Title Cybersecurity programs at UTSA
Speaker Dr. Greg White of University of Texas at San Antonio
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 7-September-2015
Time: 11:30AM to 01:00PM
Location Lion & Rose British Restaurant & Pub
I-410 at Blanco Road
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34544
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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Topic/Title A tour of Concurrent Design, Inc.
Speaker Thomas E. Ortman of http://www.concurrentdesign.com
Concurrent Design works in the continuum from idea generation, IP development, conceptual design, engineering design, and prototyping to manufacturing scale-up. Our target sectors are focused on electronics, semiconductor, nanotechnology, clean technologies and medical products. Leveraging many years of experience in the electronics and semiconductors sectors, Concurrent Design, under Mr. Ortman's guidance, has developed a strong portfolio in all of these sectors.

Of particular interest is the idea of "Engineering for Humankind," and hence the interest in clean technologies (solar, wind, storage, solid state lighting, water, etc.) and medical technologies (medical and biomedical products, medical devices, and durable medical equipment).

For more than twenty years, Mr. Ortman has led the growth of the firm to serve start-ups through Fortune 50 clients, booking well over 1700 projects locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to founding Concurrent Design, Mr. Ortman worked at IBM in Manassas, VA (semiconductor fab facilities design), Dayton, NJ (automated manufacturing systems), East Fishkill, NY (automated test equipment), and Austin, TX (semiconductor R&D, manufacturing engineering, and product development). (These were all contract engineering positions). Additional work experience includes Foster Wheeler Energy Corp, Bell Aerospace and CDI Corp.

In addition, Mr. Ortman is currently active in:
  • Solar Energy Entrepreneur Network or SEEN (founder)
  • CleanTX Foundation (founding member and board of directors)
  • Solar Energy Industries Association or SEIA (member)
  • Greater Austin Chamber Clean Energy Council (member)
  • Greater Austin Chamber Clean Energy Special Interest Group (member)
  • Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) Texas Chapter (former chairman - active member)
  • …also IEEE PVSC (Organizing committee member for 2012 conference)
  • Public speaking on subjects from solar energy to product design
Education: New Jersey Institute of Technology, BSME
Abstract The agenda is below but please read the following before registering:
  • Registration will close on September 8th at 4:00 PM.
  • This tour has limited numbers of registrations available and you must RSVP to attend.
  • If the tour is full, you may email the tour coordinator to be put on a backup list.
  • There is no charge to attend.
  • If you are unable to attend, please email the tour coordinator so that another person may attend.
  • Kids over 8 will be allowed on the tour if they are accompanied by an adult and are on the RSVP list.
  • When you click the register button (not "save and close") you will see the message "You have successfully registered for this meeting." and you will receive a confirmation email to confirm you are registered. If you don't receive a confirmation email, you have not registered.
  • Tour information may change after you register; please watch your email for updates.
 
Agenda
Start outside with a tour of the Solar Wings
  • Review the solar system details and the story behind it
  • Review Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure and "Driving on Sunshine"
Inside Lobby - Review of the three Graphical User Interfaces associated with the Solar Wing Installation and our power consumption

Tour of Offices
  • Case Studies on photo wall for discussions / Q&A
Tour of Shop

Presentation on Concurrent Design followed by Q&A
  • We will address our Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Design and Build services in our vertical sectors
  • Electronics
  • Semiconductor  / Nanotechnology
  • Clean Tech (Solar, Wind, Solid State Lighting, Storage, Smart Grid, Atmospheric Water Generation)
  • Medical
 
Date/Time 08-September-2015
06:00PM to 08:00PM
Location 11500 Metric Boulevard
Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35494
Notes
Joint meeting with Austin PI^2 and Consultant's Network
For any questions please contact: Steve Pearson, Program Chairman, IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter; (512) 466-1450; steve@pearsonstrategy.com


Topic/Title ERCOT Tour
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Abstract A presentation and a viewing of the ERCOT control room.

Please read the following before registering:
  • Registration will close on Friday, September 4th at 6:00 AM to allow sufficient time for background checks of all attendees.
  • You MUST enter your driver's license number and the state it was issued in into the "Special Requests" field. This will allow ERCOT to conduct a background check on all attendees; without this number, you will not be allowed to attend the tour.
  • You must bring your driver's license to ERCOT on the day of the tour.
  • This tour has limited numbers of registrations available and you must RSVP to attend.
  • If the tour is full, you may email the tour coordinator to be put on a backup list.
  • There is no charge to attend.
  • The facility is located in Taylor, allow for sufficient drive time to be ready for the tour to start at 9:00.
  • IEEE members will be given preferential registration please enter your IEEE member number when you register.
  • If you are unable to attend, please email the tour coordinator so that another person may attend.
  • Kids over 8 will be allowed on the tour if they are accompanied by an adult and are on the RSVP list.
  • ERCOT is attempting to bring in a free catered lunch after the tour.
  • When you click the register button (not "save and close") you will see the message "You have successfully registered for this meeting." and you will receive a confirmation email to confirm you are registered. If you don't receive a confirmation email, you have not registered.
  • Tour information may change after you register; please watch your email for updates.
Date/Time 19-September-2015
Time: 09:00AM to 12:00PM
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800 Airport Road
Taylor, Texas

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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35342
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Topic/Title Stitching seams with different threads: US versus EU electricity markets
Speaker Dr. Ross Baldick of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
Ross Baldick is Professor and Leland Barclay Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.  He received his B.Sc. and B.E. degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  From 1991-1992 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.  In 1992 and 1993 he was an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Dr. Baldick has published over fifty refereed journal articles and has research interests in a number of areas in electric power.  His current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power system operations, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under electricity market restructuring, the robustness of the electricity system to terrorist interdiction, electrification of the transportation industry, and the economic implications of integration of renewables.  His book, Applied Optimization, is based on a graduate class, “Optimization of Engineering Systems” that he teaches in the electrical and computer engineering department at The University of Texas.  He also teaches a three-day short-course “Introduction to Electric Power for Legal, Accounting, and Regulatory Professionals” and a one-day short-course “Locational Marginal Pricing” for non-technical professionals in the electricity industry.  He is a former editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and former chairman of the System Economics Sub-Committee of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Power Systems Analysis, Computation, and Economics Committee.  Dr. Baldick is a Fellow of the IEEE and Director of the NSF I/UCRC on Electric Vehicles: Transportation and Electricity Convergence.
Abstract In this presentation, I compare and contrast US and European Union (EU) electricity markets, particularly focusing on issues that are relevant to the long-term integration of renewables. I start with a high level view of US electricity markets, primarily looking at the characteristics of US Independent System Operator (ISO) and Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) markets. I review the growth of such markets, and the manner in which the growth has widened the geographical scale of real-time coordination of the markets. I will argue that this pattern of growth has important positive implications for the integration of large-scale renewables, even though there are still important “seams” between the existing ISOs/RTOs. I think turn to a high level view of EU electricity markets, highlighting that recent developments in seams management in the EU have focused on day-ahead coordination. While important for trade, day-ahead coordination does not provide the benefits of real-time coordination in the context of renewable integration. I will discuss the implications and the prospects for real-time seams management in the EU.
Date/Time 22-September-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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El Gallo Mexican Restaurant
2910 S Congress
Austin, Texas

Cost Dinner: Choose from a select menu of soups, salads and dinner plates.
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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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Topic/Title New Horizons Mission to Pluto
Speaker Scott Weidner of SWRI
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Date/Time 24-September-2015
Time: 06:00PM to 08:00PM
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Acaidiana Cafe
San Antonio, Texas

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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Recognized as the 2015 ComSoc Chapter of the Year and a 2015 Chapter Achievement Award Winner

Topic/Title Multicore Processor Solutions for Smart Factories, Smart Cities and Smart Energy
Speaker Mr. Altaf Hussain, Business Development Manager, Freescale’s Digital Networking group
Altaf is the business development manager for Freescale’s Digital Networking group focused on communications and security requirements for Industrial Infrastructure. Altaf is an expert in challenges and solutions for Smart Grid, Manufacturing and Process Automation, and Aerospace and Defense applications. He has over 25 years of experience in networking communications markets working with customers defining requirements for routers, switches, and security appliances. 
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  • Automation of factories, utilities and buildings will deliver efficiency, operational benefits and improve the security of supply.
  • Smart city infrastructure will make cities safer and improve quality of life.
  • Both will require a network infrastructure, which is secure, operates reliably 24/7 and combines wireless and wired connections.
  • Learn how secure, flexible networking and energy efficient platforms can reshape the landscape of smart factories and smart cities.
Date/Time Sepember 10, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room Number: #220, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35742
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Technology Management Council (TMC)

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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