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
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  • Join CTS on IEEE Collabratec - an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create - all in one central hub.


From the Central Texas Section Chair

Welcome to the New Year!  We have many great events planned for 2016, starting with the Section Spring Planning Meeting, a Computer Society San Antonio meeting on Cyber Liability Insurance, and an Austin COM/SP and Computer Society talk on Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model.

The Engineering in Medicine and Biology chapter will have a talk on Image-Guided Procedures for the Brain and Heart—Quantitative MRI and Augmented Ultrasound

Our new joint chapter (Systems, Man and Cybernetics, and Aerospace and Electronic Systems) will host a Distinguished Lecturer, George Schmidt, speaking on Navigation Sensors and Systems in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments.

Our Austin PI2 group will host Becky Motal, speaking on Energy, Water and the Environment.

The Consultants Network will have a talk on Fun with Chemistry.

And February brings Engineers’ Week with a week of site visits, happy hours, hackathons and an entire day’s workshop: Innovators, Engineers and Entrepreneurs, with two major tracks: one providing help and insights into how you can make your startup successful, and a second with discussion of future directions of vehicular technology, drones and robotics, power and energy storage, Internet of Things, Privacy and Security, and Biomedical Devices.  Mark your calendars for February 26.

In June we’ll host the Design Automation Conference at the Austin Convention Center.  Consider submitting your papers or presentations, and consider submitting some of your beautiful art work to the Art Show!

I’m looking forward to serving as your Chair for the 2016-2017.  And I do so much appreciate all the work you do to make our Section a terrific source of professional development for all our members.

Leslie Martinich
Chairman, Central Texas Section
lmartinich@ieee.org

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2016?

It is easy to forget and easy to put off.  If you haven’t renewed your IEEE membership, or don’t know if you have, go to your MYIEEE account NOW and check at http://www.ieee.org/myieee  or call 800 678-4333.

OR just renew now to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits at http://www.ieee.org/renew.

If you have already renewed, thank you for being part of the Central Texas Section and the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association. We have a lot planned for you in the CTS for 2016.

Visit http://www.ieee.org/membership to view all YOUR benefits of IEEE membership.

IEEE Member Benefits

Have you looked at all the benefits you receive as an IEEE member?
Are you taking advantage of all that IEEE has to offer?  If you’re like me, you probably know of a few benefits and are taking advantage of

The latest IEEE member Benefits Bulletin is available.  Go to:
http://www.ieee.org/ns/mganet/mbb/1215_Benefits_Bulletin_R1-7.html for the latest on
  • authoring through IEEE Collabratech,
  • member discounts on insurance, UPS shipping, computer purchases, and Wiley-IEEE Press,
  • a FREE Entrepreneurship risk management course for engineers,
  • a FREE eBook, Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology – Book 3: Building a Culture that Develops Leaders and Managers, and much more.

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Collabratech

IEEE has a new online platform that lists thousands of job openings and access to resources for IEEE members to polish their résumé and CV. Join IEEE-USA in an upcoming webinar where you can learn about IEEE Collabratec, this new online tool that helps technologists network, collaborate, and create, all from one central hub

Please join IEEE-USA at 2:00 pm EST on 14 January 2016 for a webinar on IEEE Collabratec. Justine Spack, IEEE’s online community specialist, will provide a demonstration of the many functions available within IEEE Collabratec. She will walk through everything from setting up your profile to showcasing the variety of communities within IEEE Collabratec. If you have not yet joined IEEE Collabratec, this presentation is for you.

You do NOT have to be an IEEE member to join IEEE Collabratech.

Register today at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2016/webinar-1-14-16.html

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

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News of Interest to the Section

2015-2016 IEEE-USA Government Fellowships: Work with and Advise Government Policy-Makers
IEEE-USA's Government Fellowships provide opportunities for U.S. IEEE members to provide expertise to the U.S government and learn firsthand about the public policy process through personal involvement. Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors four qualified IEEE members to serve as government fellows: one Engineering & Diplomacy Fellow; one Engineering & International Development Fellow; and two Congressional fellows. The Fellows spend a year in Washington -- from September to August each year -- serving as advisers to key U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development decision-makers, or the U.S. Congress. The application deadline for all 2016-2017 Fellowships is 15 January 2016.

Applicants from the Central Texas Section have been very successful with this program over the past few years.

Free eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members
For the month of December, IEEE-USA will offer Leading and Managing Engineering & Technology--Book 3: Building a Culture that Develops Leaders and Managers, by Gerard H. (Gus) Gaynor. Gaynor writes about such topics as: “The Basic Organizational Culture,” “Building a Leadership Culture,” and even a “Case Study: IBM’s Silverlake Project”. Look for the special link on 1 December.

From 1 December to 15 January, you can get your free e-book by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/74735. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code DECFREE at checkout.

In January, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology -- Book 4: What it Takes to Be a Manager-Leader” free to IEEE members.

The final book in Gus Gaynor’s “Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology” series is designed to stimulate your thinking about the requirements for becoming a manager-leader; to consider the risks involved; and to ask Independent Professional Contributors (and their managers) to develop new ways of viewing their organization’s leadership.

“Too often, we equate being in a leadership position with the ability to lead,” Gaynor writes. “Not everyone assigned to a leadership position really ever becomes a leader.”

From 1 January to 15 February, you can get your free e-book to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/74765. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart, and use promo code JANFREE at checkout.

Join IEEE-USA for a Webinar on IEEE Collabratec
IEEE has a new online platform that lists thousands of job openings and access to resources for IEEE members to polish their resume and CV. Join IEEE-USA in an upcoming webinar where you can learn about IEEE Collabratec, this new online tool that helps technologists network, collaborate, and create, all from one central hub.

With the integration of the IEEE Job Site into IEEE Collabratec, nearly 3,000 engineering jobs have been posted inside IEEE Collabratec. From within their IEEE Collabratec profiles, job seekers can upload their résumé or CV and specify employment preferences. Coming soon, recruiters will access IEEE Collabratec to seek out talent.

Please join IEEE-USA at 2:00 pm EST on 14 January 2016 for a webinar on IEEE Collabratec. Justine Spack, IEEE’s online community specialist, will provide a demonstration of the many functions available within IEEE Collabratec. She will walk through everything from setting up your profile to showcasing the variety of communities within IEEE Collabratec. If you have not yet joined IEEE Collabratec, this presentation is for you!

Register today for this upcoming IEEE-USA Webinar.

Congratulations to new Senior Member
Please congratulate Central Texas Section member Ion Tesu for being elevated to the rank of Senior Member by the IEEE Admission & Advancement (A&A) review panel meeting held in New Brunswick, Hew Jersey late last year.

New Microsoft Data Center in San Antonio
Software giant Microsoft is planning to build a gigantic new data center in Texas, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, which would be one of the largest data centers in the country. According to the report, Microsoft purchase 158 acres of land in West San Antonio, with plans to initially build 1.2 million to 1.3 million square feet of data center at the location. The land for the deal comes from the Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF).

Austin ranks among list of startup-friendly locales
Austin ranked No. 13 on a list of the best cities to launch a startup outside New York or Silicon Valley compiled by business intelligence company DataFox. Read more . . .

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Call for Volunteers

February 25, 2016: Discover Girl Day
Calling all Role Models!
As an engineer or engineering student, YOU are a powerful role model. In just a single visit you can inspire and introduce girls to this exciting career path.

Sign-up as a Girl Day role model! We will provide you with the tips, tools and resources you need to bring out the engineer in every girl.

http://www.DiscoverE.org/GirlDay

Why am I a Member of IEEE?

I started my IEEE journey 24 years ago in college and really didn’t know where it would take me. I knew that joining would help me demonstrate my devotion to the profession and help build out my resume for that all important first job.

My reasoning changed after being hired as I wanted to stay current with technology advancements revealed in IEEE publications or at local events. After several years I noticed myself becoming more interested in the people component that can only be obtained by networking and maintaining ongoing conversations with other members. This status quo was maintained for many years until I become an officer for PI2 Austin (which was then known as PES) and then started my journey of giving back to my professional community. Part of this journey was realizing that the professional community depends upon the non-professional community from which we all started.

Giving back to the non-professional community became very personal for me four years ago when my then 10-year-old son, Chris, began attending PI2’s tours and some of our technical meetings. He enjoyed these events so much he asked me earlier this year if he too could become a member of IEEE. So, at age 14 he became the youngest IEEE member of that I’ve ever known and he started his own journey.

That’s why I’m an IEEE member.
Steve Pearson
Communications & Programs Chair
 IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter



Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Engineers and Evangelists

Success breeds success.  

Have you got a great idea for a new product?  Where are you going to find the people who can help you make it a reality?  If you are located in Central Texas, you are in luck.  The tech industry has been developing a huge talent pool of skilled people since the long-ago days of just a few companies: Tracor, IBM and TI in Austin, and SwRI and Datapoint in San Antonio.

With a large talent pool to draw from, and a collaborative environment, Central Texas is poised for more great startups.  One element missing is the same level of funding, according to a recent report from ATC and the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Take a look at the report.  What do you think needs to happen to take us to the next level?  Send me your ideas, and I’ll include your ideas in a future post.  And consider joining us for the one-day workshop: Innovators, Engineers & Entrepreneurs, February 26 at the AT&T Conference Center.

Leslie Martinich
CTS Austin Vice Chair
lmartinich@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 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

First, I had mentioned the Texas Museum of Science and Technology (TXMOST) (located in Cedar Park, just north of Austin) a few issues back. There is a new traveling exhibit at the museum consisting of 30 interactive exhibits. These are from he Exploratorium in San Francisco and they focus on the physics of light, color and sound. The on-site planetarium is also now in operation.

If you would like to get a bit of eclectic history each day by email you can sign up for Dan Lewis‘ “Now I Know” daily emails. Each day then you will get an email with a short nugget of history. I enjoy some of these more than others, but for the most part I like them.

Some of the recent articles include:
  • The Tunnel of Hope - the tunel that ran from Sarajevo to outside the siege
  • Kijong-dong - North Korea's fake city across the DMZ
  • A Run on Nylons - the nylon stocking shortage caused by WWII
  • How Panama United Great Britain
Archives are also available that go back to June of 2010.

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 IEEE LSM, P.E.
john.purvis@ieee.org
http://johnpurvis.wordpress.com
IEEE Life Senior Member, Past Section Chair, Analog Editor


Student Branches and Activities

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)

Faculty Adviser: Wenbin Luo, email: wluo@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

  • January 16, 2016: Central Texas Section 2016 Spring Section Meeting
    Agenda
    - 7:30 AM Breakfast
    - 7:50 Welcome
    - Section Officer Reports
    - Chapter Officer Reports
    - Section Committee Reports
    - Lunch
    - Student Branch Reports
    - New business
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37012

  • 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

  • May 15-16, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MOBILESoft)


  • 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)

  • November 7-10, 2016: IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD)

Non-IEEE Meetings and Events of interest suggested by the membership

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.


January 16, 2016: Data Day Texas
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Register here
This will be the biggest Data Day ever.
http://datadaytexas.com

February 19-21, 2016: Bodyhacking Con 2016
The 2+ days of BDYHAX include conference sessions and discussions focused on everything from information security in wearable tech to the sense of touch being integrated into prosthetics. You’ll have the opportunity to meet biohackers augmenting the human sensory experience in their DIY labs, hear debates on ethics in human augmentation, and build your own tDCS device for at-home brain hacking. Check out the cutting edge of cosmetic surgery, the latest buzz in tattooing, and far more amazing things than we could ever hope to possibly write about in a single paragraph.

BodyHacking Con’s official 2016 home is Exhibit Hall 5 in the Northeast corner of the Austin Convention Center. Conferences will be held in the North side of 4th floor in Ballrooms F&G, and Meeting Rooms 12A and 12B.

Read more here


February 24, 2016: Global Day of the Engineer

Celebrate how engineers make a world of difference. Pledge now!
Global Day of the Engineer brings together the international community to:

Celebrate the accomplishments of engineers
Give students around the world a chance to experience engineering
Share the amazing innovations engineers create every day
Be part of the movement that celebrates this amazing group of people and helps grow our next generation innovations.

Read more . . .

February 29, 2016: SPE DSATS/IADC ART Symposium Human Integration with Automation and Machine Intelligence
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Monday, 29 February 2016
1300–1700

Networking Reception
1700–1900

DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) and ART (IADC’s Advanced Rig Technology Committee) will hold a half-day symposium featuring 3 keynote presentations on human integration with automation and machine intelligence. The symposium will open with an update from SPE DSATS and IADC ART describing progress of various working groups and the outlook for future activities. The annual DSATS officer and board selection will take place.

Three industry leading speakers will address the integration of humans with automation from their own experiences in non-oil and gas drilling environments with the opportunity for audience Q&A after each speech.

Read more . . .

May 7-8, 2016: Austin Mini Maker Faire

Booked at the Palmer Events Center.
Find out more . . .

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


2016 Youth in STEAM Conference

This is the 4th year for this conference. It will be held 8:30 AM unti 3:00 PM February 7 at Round Rock High School. Registration for the event begins at 8:00 AM. Attendees will be the 7th thru 12th grade students from RRISD. Area partners (companies and STEM organizations) will be available with a booth and hands on demonstrations. See this link for more 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
AESS Aerospace and Electronic Systems 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)

Austin Chapter Web site


Topic/Title

Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model

Speaker

Dr. Chin-Liang Chang, President of Nicesoft Corporation
Dr. Chin-Liang Chang earned his PhD from University of California, Berkeley, CA in 1968. He was with National Institutes of Health, IBM, and Lockheed. After his retirement, he founded Nicesoft Corporation. He has written four books and more than 50 papers. His fields are Artificial Intelligence, Relational Database, and Software Engineering.

Abstract

As technology advances, we need to build “Massively Parallel Array Processors” to tackle hard Artificial Intelligence problems such as Visual Recognition, Natural Language Processing (NLS), and Robotics. In this presentation, I will point out that the limitation of deep learning and neural networks is that they are procedural and cannot be computed in parallel.

The computational model that I propose is based on nearest neighbor classifiers for a large number of samples; for example, a driverless car may encounter a problem with over a million samples (situations). A massively parallel array processor can tremendously speed up the computation of a large nearest neighbor classifier.

We need to consider different technologies to implement a massively parallel array processor. For example, a silicon-based technology with 20 billion transistors on a chip will be a nice technology to have.

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21-January-2016
Time:    06:00PM to 08:00PM

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None

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37581

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AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220

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Joint meeting with Austin Com/Soc and Computer Society Chapters


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San Antonio Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title Cyber Liability Insurance
Speaker Shannon DeLaune
Mr. Shannon DeLaune is co-CEO of SWBC Insurance Services in San Antonio.
Abstract What if your company has responsibility for personal or sensitive information for thousands or millions of customers?  Do you have all the security bases covered?  Could your company suffer major financial losses if that information is lost or compromised?  A reasonable thing to do is consider buying Cyber Liability Insurance to provide a measure of financial protection.

Your company’s management – and you – need to be aware of the possible risks and available mitigations.

Our speakers will describe their company’s approach to risk assessment and underwriting for cyber liability insurance.
Date/Time January 19, 2016
6:15 – Optional meal at your own expense in the University Center Cafeteria
7:00 – Meeting and program
8:30 – Adjourn
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37511
Location Conference Room B (2nd Floor)
Bldg: University Center
St. Mary’s University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
Notes Joint meeting with San Antonio Computer and Com/Soc Society Chapters


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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Fun with Chemistry

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Dr. Katherine Biberdorf of University of Texas at Austin, Chemistry Department

Abstract

Fun with Chemistry presents a short lecture on the fundamental differences of chemical and physical changes through several unique demonstrations, including the explosions, thunderclouds, and other fun experiments. Dr. B will make chemistry come alive and foster interest in learning and discovery for students of all ages by participation in hands-on activities. Fun with Chemistry is a science outreach program provided by the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin that was created with the hope of inspiring students to focus on science and pursue a career in a chemistry-related field.

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27-January-2016
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program

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$5.00 minimum cost for the restaurant.  Supper is optional at extra cost.  Reservations are not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37461

Location

PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas

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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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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 Image-guided procedures for the Brain and Heart– Quantitative MRI and Augmented Ultrasound
Speaker Dr. Terry Peters
Dr. Terry Peters is a Scientist in the Imaging Research Laboratories at the Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada, as well as Professor in the Departments of Medical Imaging and Medical Biophysics at Western University London, as well as a member of the Graduate Programs in Neurosciences and Biomedical Engineering.  He is also an adjunct Professor at McGill University in Montreal. He received his graduate training at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in Electrical Engineering.  His Ph.D. work dealt with fundamental issues in Computed Tomography (CT) image reconstruction, and resulted in a seminal paper on the topic in 1971.  For the past 30 years, his research has focused on the application of computational hardware and software advances to medical imaging modalities in surgery and therapy.  Starting in 1978 at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), Dr. Peters’ lab pioneered many of the image-guidance techniques and applications for neurosurgery.  In 1997, at the Robarts Imaging Research Laboratories Dr. Peters established a focus on image-guidance for surgery and therapy that has expanded over the past seventeen years to encompass procedures for the heart, brain, and abdomen. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, a similar number of abstracts, and has delivered over 200 invited presentations.  He has mentored over 85 Masters, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral trainees.
 
He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine; the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists; the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine; the MICCAI Society, and the Institute of Physics. In addition, he received the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence at Western University in 2011, the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research from Western University in 2012, and the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) Society’s Enduring Impact Award in 2014.
Abstract This presentation discusses two diverse areas of research, each related to image-guided intervention.  The first part deals with efforts to develop greater specificity and sensitivity of localization of potential epileptogenic anomalies in the brain through the use of quantitative MRI (Relaxometry and Diffusion) and correlation with registered histology images of the resected tissue.  Using these techniques, we are able to identify abnormal cellular characteristics of the underlying gray matter, which can be relayed to the surgeon during the resection procedures. The second part of the presentation will briefly describe work to develop minimally invasive intra-cardiac procedures, using augmented reality techniques to complement ultrasound imaging.
Date/Time 21-January-2016
Time: 06:30PM to 08:30PM
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36966
Location UTHSCSA Research Imaging Institute
Seminar Room
8403 Floyd Curl
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78229
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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.

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

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Topic/Title Energy, Water and the Environment
Speaker Rebecca Motal of Motal and Associates
Rebecca Motal is the President of Motal and Eby LLC. Motal and Eby provides energy, water and environmental consulting services. Rebecca is also the President and Chairman of the Association of Women in Energy. AWE provides opportunities for women to meet other energy industry professionals and to enhance their knowledge of energy issues.

Rebecca retired from the Lower Colorado River Authority as General Manager, after 27 years at the organization. She was General Manager during a challenging period for LCRA. She led the organization through a severe drought and devastating wildfires. She streamlined the organization, reduced costs by eliminating more than 20% of the work force (over 500 positions) to better position LCRA for the competitive electric market. She led the development of more than 100,000 acre-feet of new supplies of water for the lower Colorado River basin. She also held positions that included the General Manager of LCRA, Chief Executive Officer of the LCRA Transmission Services Corporation and the GenTex Power Corporation. Previous professional experience at LCRA included executive responsibilities in finance, regulatory and external affairs.

Prior to LCRA, she held positions as a water and environmental attorney. She holds three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics; Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Masters of Business Administration from the University's Executive MBA program.

Mark Emanuel of TechShop Austin
Mark Emanuel is the General Manager for the Austin/Round Rock shop.  He joined the TechShop team this summer after leading a variety of operations for Dell Inc. since 1998.  Mark is a veteran of the US Navy Submarine force and a graduate of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering (BSME, MSE).
Abstract Ms. Motal will be discussing the changing energy industry given the deregulated market, environmental regulations and historically low natural gas prices.

Mr. Emaneul will discuss TechShop. TechShop is a membership based workshop and fabrication studio and the ideal place to build almost anything you can imagine. Our workshop provides access to an extensive installation of high quality machines, tools and design software—plus all the training you need to use the equipment and build new skills. TechShop was founded in 2006 by Jim Newton, listed in Forbes Magazine as one of “eight people inventing the future”, and has been described as "An Inventor's Paradise" by Bloomberg Business. The Austin/Round Rock location recently celebrated their 3 year anniversary as the only TechShop in Texas.
Date/Time 26-January-2016
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
2910 S Congress
Austin, Texas
United States 78704
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 RSVP: If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35654
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06-February-2016
10:00AM to 12:00PM

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120 Sundance Parkway, Suite 350
Round Rock, Texas

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37120

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

Austin Chapter Web Site

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

Topic/Title

Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model

Speaker

Dr. Chin-Liang Chang, President of Nicesoft Corporation
Dr. Chin-Liang Chang earned his PhD from University of California, Berkeley, CA in 1968. He was with National Institutes of Health, IBM, and Lockheed. After his retirement, he founded Nicesoft Corporation. He has written four books and more than 50 papers. His fields are Artificial Intelligence, Relational Database, and Software Engineering.

Abstract

As technology advances, we need to build “Massively Parallel Array Processors” to tackle hard Artificial Intelligence problems such as Visual Recognition, Natural Language Processing (NLS), and Robotics. In this presentation, I will point out that the limitation of deep learning and neural networks is that they are procedural and cannot be computed in parallel.

The computational model that I propose is based on nearest neighbor classifiers for a large number of samples; for example, a driverless car may encounter a problem with over a million samples (situations). A massively parallel array processor can tremendously speed up the computation of a large nearest neighbor classifier.

We need to consider different technologies to implement a massively parallel array processor. For example, a silicon-based technology with 20 billion transistors on a chip will be a nice technology to have.

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21-January-2016
Time:    06:00PM to 08:00PM

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None

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37581

Location

AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title Cyber Liability Insurance
Speaker Shannon DeLaune
Mr. Shannon DeLaune is co-CEO of SWBC Insurance Services in San Antonio.
Abstract What if your company has responsibility for personal or sensitive information for thousands or millions of customers?  Do you have all the security bases covered?  Could your company suffer major financial losses if that information is lost or compromised?  A reasonable thing to do is consider buying Cyber Liability Insurance to provide a measure of financial protection.

Your company’s management – and you – need to be aware of the possible risks and available mitigations.

Our speakers will describe their company’s approach to risk assessment and underwriting for cyber liability insurance.
Date/Time January 19, 2016
6:15 – Optional meal at your own expense in the University Center Cafeteria
7:00 – Meeting and program
8:30 – Adjourn
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37511
Location Conference Room B (2nd Floor)
Bldg: University Center
St. Mary’s University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
Notes Joint meeting with San Antonio Computer and Com/Soc Society Chapters

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Joint Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC) & Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS)

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Navigation Sensors and Systems in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments

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Dr. George Schmidt of IEEE
George T. Schmidt is a Distinguished Lecturer and Vice President, Member Services for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. In 2013, he retired after 17 years as Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. For many years he was a Lecturer in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, retiring in 2011. In 2007, he retired after 46 years at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory and the Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His final position was as the Draper Director of Education. Prior to that position he was the Leader of the Guidance and Navigation Division and Director of the Draper Guidance Technology Center. He has received several awards including the AIAA International Cooperation Award in 2001 and the NATO Science and Technology Organization’s highest technical award, the von Kármán Medal in 2005. He is an AIAA Fellow and a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He is author or contributing author of numerous technical papers, reports, encyclopedia articles, and books. He received his SB and SM degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and his ScD in Instrumentation from MIT.

Abstract

Position, velocity, and timing (PVT) signals from various Global Navigation Systems (GNSS) are used throughout the world but the availability and reliability of these signals in all environments has become a subject of concern for both military and civilian applications. Most of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors to the US economy, security, and health are dependent on GPS signals. International news reports about a successful GPS spoofing attack (conducted by the University of Texas, sponsored by the Dept. of Homeland Security) on a civilian UAV in USA have increased concerns over the planned use of UAVs in the national airspace and safety of flight in general. Other examples of the effects of GPS interference and jamming are illustrated in this presentation. This is a particularly difficult problem that requires new and innovative ideas to fill the PVT gap when the data are degraded or unavailable.  One solution is to use inertial and/or other sensors to bridge the gap in navigation information. This presentation summarizes the past and recent advances in navigation sensor technology, including GPS, inertial, and other navigation aids. Projections for the future are given. This presentation also describes recent advances in sensor integration technology and the synergistic benefits are explored. Expected technology improvements to system robustness are also described. Applications being made possible by this advanced performance include personal navigation systems, robotic navigation, and autonomous systems with unprecedented low-cost and accuracy.

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22-January-2016
Time: 02:00PM to 03:00PM

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UTSA Faculty Center Room 4th Floor, John Peace Library One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/37249

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The January 2016 meeting of the CTS Joint SMC/AES Chapter features one of IEEE's Distinguished Lecturers.

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Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

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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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