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
  • Join CTS on IEEE Collabratec - an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create - all in one central hub. While there are some "members only" features of Collabratec, it is open to the public to join.


From the Central Texas Section Chair

This week only, IEEE Members can take advantage of our discount offer for Interactive, Gold and Platinum badges for SxSW.  This discount is approximately 30%.  Learn more on the Registration page of our Innovators, Engineers & Entrepreneurs workshop.

In addition to a number of great events in the first half of February, EWeek brings events sponsored by the Technology and Engineering Management Chapter (Austin) on the Internet of Things, a meeting of the Joint Chapter of Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and the Aerospace and Electronic Systems on the topic Supersized Robots, a PI2 meeting on Issues of Sustainable Energy, a Consultants Network and Life Members meeting on Discover Engineering, a Computer Society chapter (Austin) meeting on Building Next Generation Workforce, and a Power Engineering (San Antonio) Engineering Ethics meeting.

We will also host a luncheon at Cadence for students of Design Automation and Computer Science to learn about Cadence’s CHIP program (Cadence Hires Interns Program).

And we’ll conclude EWeek on Friday Feb. 26 with a fantastic workshop: Innovators, Engineers & Entrepreneurs, with Plenary Speaker Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet.  We’ll have two major breakout sessions: one for lessons to help you be successful as an entrepreneur, and a second to inspire you with a vision for what the future holds in various domains.  Check out the terrific list of speakers!

Thanks for the honor of letting me serve as you chair for 2016-17.  Let me know how we can make the IEEE Central Texas Section be great for you!

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 http://www.ieee.org/renew  NOW and find out or simply call 800 678-4333.

Renew NOW to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits.

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.

IEEE Professional Development Webinars
The IEEE Young Professional Program regularly invites IEEE members to attend quarterly Professional Development Webinars. 

These webinars cover many of the important targeted to the young professional member.  Past topics include Project Management, Engineering for Change, and Scientific writing, to name a few.  Past Webinars have been recorded and are ready for viewing at any time through your MyIEEE account.

Go to Young Professional Webinars for a list of past webinars and for a schedule of what’s to come.

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Collabratec
IEEE has created an online tool to assist IEEE Members AND non-members in career development.

The IEEE Collabratec™ online community offers a suite of productivity tools and is available to technology professionals around the world with exclusive features for IEEE members. Plus sign up is free to everyone.
IEEE Collabratec™ can help you:
  • Connect with global technology professionals by location and interests (and soon career pursuits Feb 2016)
  • Access robust networking, collaboration, and authoring tools dedicated to technology professionals
  • Establish a professional identity to showcase key accomplishments
Go to Collabratec NOW

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
Region 5 Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-744-2968

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News of Interest to the Section

Free eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members
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.

IEEE-USA's Free E-Book to Members in February Gives Guidance to Entrepreneurs on Pricing Strategies

The “Starting Your Start-Up” series, by Tanya Candia, will help you understand the basics of starting your own business. It is particularly valuable for engineers or entrepreneurs who have a product or service, but no marketing expertise.

In “Pricing Strategies,” Candia tackles one of the most difficult tasks for an entrepreneur -- pricing the product properly. She shares strategies that will help ensure that the pricing is not too high or low, will satisfy customers and will help meet revenue goals.

Candia writes that strategic pricing is an opportunity for the entrepreneur to become a price “maker” -- not a price “taker” --  and she says that is dependent upon value to the customer, competitive pressures and the actual cost to manufacture and support one’s product.

Throughout the book, exercises and explanations will help  entrepreneurs determine their initial target, understand the buyer and develop a strong, go-to-market approach.

Some of the topics included in Book 4 are:

* The Importance of a Pricing Methodology
* Pricing for Market Share
* Pricing for Revenue
* Managing Executive Team Expectations 
* Introducing a New Product

From 1 February to 15 March, you can get your free e-book to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/76151. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code FEBFREE at checkout.

MARCH FREE E-BOOK

In March, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “Shaping an Engineering Career -- Book 1: Responding to Career Challenges--A Personal Journey.”

IEEE-USA’s “Shaping an Engineering Career”  e-book series documents the personal history of selected engineers and describes their journeys in transitioning from entry-level employees to technology professionals or managers.

“Book 1” is the personal journey of author Gerard H. “Gus” Gaynor.

SpaceX Testing Landers In Texas
Space rocket developer SpaceX and NASA say they have been conducting testing of SpaceX's landers in MacGregor, Texas, as part of development of a spaceship that may one day land astronauts on earth using landing engines. NASA released images of testing from November, where the space agency and SpaceX ran tethered launch tests of the SpaceX astronaut landing pot, the SuperDraco, firing its landing engines. NASA said the "propulsive landing" tests are not aimed at the first SpaceX astronaut missions: those will use the more traditional, "safe" ocean landings using parachutes.

Oracle Building New, Larger Campus in Austin
Silicon Valley-based software giant Oracle said over the holidays that it is building a giant new campus in Austin, which includes the purchase of a 295-unit apartment building, specifically to house its employees. Oracle said the 560,000 square foot complex is part of a cloud expansion effort by the company, and is part of an effort to attract "top Millennial talent" to the company. Oracle said before the holidays that it plans to expand in Austin by more than 50 percent over the next few years, with a focus on hiring recent university graduates and technical professionals at early stages in their career.

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Call for Volunteers

February 5, 2016: Central Texas First Lego League Invitational
Judges and referees are sought for this event.

Come join us for a night of “Pick Up Robots” at the ATX STEM Park Friday Night Bots this Friday, Feb 5th  from 6-9PM.  Bring your team and robot(s). FLL tables will be set up for teams to show off their robots.  Come see FTC bots play this year’s challenge Res-Q where robots climb “Mountains.”  Admission is free and the public is welcome.
 
Where: Texas Museum of Science - 1220 Toro Grande Dr, Cedar Park TX, 78613

When: Friday, February 5th 6-9PM

What: Friday Night ‘Bots
 
Everyone is welcome. This free event provides something for the whole family. Hands-on squishy circuits and WE-DO will be available for beginners. Any FLL or FTC member may bring their bot and play on the fields. Family and friends, come join the fun!
 
For more information email info@lasarobotics.org or contact Becky Carter at 801-703-4123

February 17-20, 2016: Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
Science Fest is a competition for students from 23 school districts and 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools.
 
Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering. Judging is competitive and the top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair in San Antonio. The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called "Best of Fair", advance directly to the international competition.

Because judging is competitive, we need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of judges (typically consisting of 3 people). After a group has interviewed their assigned students, group members discuss the merit of each project and jointly determine the ranking. Seniors are judged in the morning, Juniors in the afternoon. It is a 2-4 hour commitment, depending on the amount of students in each category. (The Junior Division Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics categories tend to be rather large, for example, and have to be done in two rounds.) We offer orientation sessions in the weeks leading up to the fair.

Judging for next year's Junior/Senior fair will take place on Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 at the Palmer Event Center. Students will register and set up their projects on Wednesday, Feb 17, and projects will be available for previewing that night without students present. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.

Elementary students are judged on Saturday, February 20, 2016; judging is not competitive and every project receives either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd  place ribbon.

Anyone interested in judging or volunteering can register at http://www.sciencefest.org/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

February 26, 2016: Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair (ARSEF)
About 200 judges will be needed to support this competition.  In addition, the ARSEF will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, and you can be a part of this ceremony.  Please register for the ARSEF here.

Why am I a Member of IEEE?


Steve Pearson
Communications & Programs Chair
 IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter


Young Professionals’ Voice: Are You a Leader or a Manager?

(From IEEE USA InSight)

Are you a leader or a manager? What is the difference? Too many times these terms are mixed up, and used out of place. It’s time to set the record straight…

When I graduated and started my first job out of college, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by seasoned leaders. I was a young engineer working with several retired military personnel, whom I found to be a gold mine of polished leaders. What I learned from these leaders was crucial to my future success. I took advantage of their experience, and I made sure I learned the maximum I could from these leaders.

Ultimately, I learned that both leaders and managers attempt to accomplish goals by mobilizing resources and influencing people. But it’s their actions and communication styles that contour their profound differences. What are these differences? The first fundamental difference is the way they set the direction for their teams…

Setting the Direction

Leaders set a vision and strategically chart out a course to arrive at the destination; that is, attain the goal they have set. Along this journey, it’s paramount that the leader establishes confidence and builds a firm foundation of trust with the team. By doing so, the journey is more fulfilling and efficient for the team. And ultimately, it is how the leader sets the scene and brings the project to completion. With established trust and confidence, a leader can create a framework that maximizes productivity. Moreover, it allows the leader to count on the team to effectively provide their input along the way. (For more insights on leadership, please read my article on the 3 Key Elements of a Leader.)

In contrast, managers create detailed plans to set their teams’ directions. The way they mobilize people is fundamentally different, too. Instead of establishing a framework of trust and confidence like a leader does, a manger establishes procedures and policies. They rely heavily on control and authority over people, to make progress towards their goals.

Communication
The measurement of leadership is not the quality of the head, but the tone of the body.
~Max De Pree
Whether it’s verbal or non-verbal communication, the way you communicate affects your team’s confidence and trust.

During my first job out of college, I remember every morning being greeted by my so-called manager. Even though she was called a manager-- she was really a leader. She made an effort every morning to acknowledge everyone in the building before they started their day. That simple acknowledgment went a long way, and probably helped her solidify her team’s sense of belonging. Whenever she introduced me to my colleagues, she referred to me as the expert for LabVIEW, a software programming language.  Further, she said my expertise was exactly what the team was missing, and that I was going to help make this project a success. Her praise was empowering--because she not only recognized me, but she also believed in me.  And, immediately, I trusted her.

I rarely had that same experience at other companies. For instance, I had a manager at another company introduce me to my colleagues like this: “This is Devon Ryan; he works for me.” Notice he said that I work for him. Such a statement is a strong indicator of the type of person you are working with. Don’t be this person. Instead, he could have sufficed by saying: “This is Devon Ryan; he works with me.”

The good news is that it can be that simple. It all comes down to communication. The way you communicate verbally or non-verbally shows if you are a leader, a manager, or both. Words, however, can be futile--and don’t always produce the desired results. Sometimes, you have to roll up your sleeves and take action--another fundamental difference between leaders and managers…

Action

Action is crucial for progress. Words are finite, and will only get us so far. And that limitation is why we must take action, where action is necessary. Both leaders and managers inherently know action is a must--but they probably don’t approach it the same way.

It’s critical here to emphasize that it’s a collective effort in this journey. The team should cover ground as a whole unit. This scenario would be ideal, of course. Casualties and obstacles will present themselves--and that’s where leader come in. True leader fills in those gaps, and sometimes that means rolling up their sleeves. It’s under this premise that true leadership shines. Are they behind the unit--or in front? That is the ultimate indicator--if we are dealing with a leader, or a manager.

So one still asks the question: Are you a manager? Or a leader? The answer is that we need to be both. Perhaps, in the industrial-era, it made sense to organize the work, assign the key people, and just give orders--as a manager does. But today, people are no longer indistinguishable “cogs in an industrial machine.” Leaders set goals. Managers make sure the goals are met in the time allocated to the project. We live in a new paradigm, where value comes increasingly from the knowledge of the collective team. So, it is paramount for leadership and management to go hand-in-hand.  Both are complementary; and one must embody both characteristics for a successful career. A managing mindset will indeed help you maximize efficiency and get projects done on time. But the ability to lead will maximize productivity by nurturing the team’s skills, developing its talents, and inspiring the team’s results.

Are you interested in honing your leadership and management skills? Take action with these few steps:
  1. Change the way you communicate to change the way you think. A subtle change in verbiage can make all the difference. 
  2. Change the way you act to change the way you think. A small helping hand can create a snow ball affect.
  3. Never react; be proactive. Always take a step back; assess the situation, and determine whether it requires management--or leadership. This split-second of contemplation can help you produce huge results in the success of your endeavor.
I challenge you to start fostering the skills to be both a leader and a manager. Add both to your repertoire, and practice employing the right skill at the right time. By doing so, we will create healthier environments for people to excel.

The mission is to lead people… and the goal is to construct productive environments for people to build upon their strengths and knowledge.

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

Teamwork Pros and Cons

Why Team work?
Team work is important to perform better and faster and be more productive.

Our experience has shown over the years that putting together people with different backgrounds, disciplines, and experience gives better results, surges accomplishment and helps creativity and commitment by all team members.

Team’s collaboration should include harmonic working relationships to gain a high level of performance and achieve goals. Team work is important to every organization because it improves productivity, quality and encourages employee invention, inspiration and obligation.

How can we have the right team?

Diversity is the answer.

In order for team work to be effective, team members should have diversity of in age, gender, ethnic, skills and should understand and valuing other folks’ philosophies, principles, ethics, and opinions.
Team work Cons!
On the other hand, diverse teams could also make negative results because of disagreement that might be resulting in upsetting nature of the individuals. Dealing with team members of different qualifications and background is tough task. We want mixture of member’s experience, but we have to be ready for the costs. Always there will be unalike views, contributions and misinterpretation.

Good Leaders can manage a successful team work.

It is the manager’s responsibilities to make sure that the diverse teams produce better results despite their differences and background and applying this rule:

You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.  [Mother Teresa]
Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz, IEEE Senior Member
http://qusialqarqaz.wordpress.com
qusi.alqarqaz.us@ieee.org



Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Engineers and Evangelists

Be sure to attend our one-day workshop on February 26 to learn great lessons from those who have already built successful companies!  Registration is open now, the price is right, and we’ll validate your parking and provide breakfast, lunch, a reception with beer, wine and hor’dourves, and plenty of time to network with others.

I recently attended an information session for entrepreneurs.  One question I heard several times was “How do I find developers?”  Here’s an answer:  Come to this workshop and meet dozens of them!  Here’s another answer:  Ask me.  I’ll point you in the right direction.
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

I recently came across a few iOS Apps that I found interesting. I mention them here because the are all IEEE Apps.

IEEE.tv is an App that allows you to tap into the award-winning, online video network made possible by the members of IEEE. It contains special-interest programming about technology and engineering for the benefit of members and the general public.

The IEEE Spectrum Magazine App enables you to read your Spectrum magazine in the digital format (you must be a digital subscriber).

The Computer Mag App similarly enables you to read your issues of Computer magazine in the digital format (you must be a digital subscriber).

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

  • 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)

  • May 24, 2016: Rock Stars of Big Data
    May 24, 2016 | Brazos Hall | Austin, TX
    Lunch and Cocktails Included

    Register Now for the One Must-Attend Big Data Event of 2016 – Early Special Pricing Saves 25%. Click HERE for Full Details.

    What You’ll Learn –
    • Ways to leverage the big data, dark data and smart data to maximize return on innovation
    • How the need for high-performance, in-memory layers on top of data silos will continue to accelerate, extending the life of these older, siloed systems
    • What technological, organizational, and cultural considerations must be addressed to make big data actionable
    • A universal dynamic data-driven applications model based on data science: inference and prediction from data
    • How to use big data analytics to combat identity fraud
    From These Big Data Experts –
    • Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Self-Driving Organization: Big Value from Big Data in the Internet of Things
    • James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist; Team Lead, IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub, IBM. Fogs, Logs & Cogs: The Newer, Bigger Shape of Big Data in the Internet of Things
    • Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton, Innovation in the Oil & Gas Industry Through Big Data, Dark Data and Smart Data
    • Stephen Coggeshall, Chief Analytics and Science Officer, ID Analytics, Using Big Data Analytics to Find Identity Fraud
    • Ben Coverston, DSE Architect, DataStax, Eventually Consistent Solutions for an Eventually Consistent World
    • Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer, Teradata, Driving Action With Big Data Analytic
    Register today for Rock Stars of Big Data to get the special early pricing and save 25%  - click HERE.

  • 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.


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 . . .

April 7, 2016: Austin VMUG UserCon
The Austin VMUG UserCon is bigger and better than ever. Mark your calendar now. You even have the opportunity to share your own virtualization story!  Visit the VMUG Customer Spotlight page for your opportunity to present at the Austin VMUG UserCon.

May 7-8, 2016: Austin Mini Maker Faire

Booked at the Palmer Events Center.
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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.


International Engineers Week is February 21-27. The Central Texas Section and other organizations are planning many events. Check our web site for how and where you can participate. 


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 Section 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.

ALL of the Chapter Technical meetings are open to the public!!!

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
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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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Demystifying Linear Time Varying Systems

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Shanthi Pavan of IIT Madras
Shanthi Pavan obtained the B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engg from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1995 and the M.S and Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, New York in 1997 and 1999 respectively. From 1997 to 2000, he was with Texas Instruments in Warren, New Jersey, where he worked on high speed analog filters and data converters. From 2000 to June 2002, he worked on microwave ICs for data communication at Bigbear Networks in Sunnyvale, California. Since July 2002, he has been with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, where he is now a Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of high speed analog circuit design and signal processing.

Dr.Pavan is the recipient of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Best Paper Award (2009), the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award and the Swarnajayanthi Fellowship (from the Government of India) , the Young Faculty Recognition Award (from IIT Madras for excellence in teaching), the Technomentor Award from the India Semiconductor Association (2010). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems: Part I - Regular Papers. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

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An analog/mixed-signal designer encounters time varying circuits everywhere - sample-and-holds, chopper stabilized amplifiers, mixers, switched-capacitor amplifiers and filters, discrete and continuous-time delta sigma modulators, N-path filters. The analysis of signals and noise in these circuits is often associated with messy mathematics and algebra.

This talk aims to demystify linear (periodically) time varying circuits. Starting from first principles, intuition behind the equations one commonly encounters in time-varying system theory will be given. This intuition is illustrated with several case studies of practical circuits and systems like switched capacitor track and holds and continuous-time delta sigma converters.

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05-February-2016
Time: 02:00PM to 03:00PM

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POB 2.402
201 East 24th St.
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Design Techniques for High Performance Continuous-time Delta Sigma Modulators

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Shanthi Pavan of IIT Madras
Shanthi Pavan obtained the B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engg from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1995 and the M.S and Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, New York in 1997 and 1999 respectively. From 1997 to 2000, he was with Texas Instruments in Warren, New Jersey, where he worked on high speed analog filters and data converters. From 2000 to June 2002, he worked on microwave ICs for data communication at Bigbear Networks in Sunnyvale, California. Since July 2002, he has been with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, where he is now a Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of high speed analog circuit design and signal processing.

Dr.Pavan is the recipient of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Best Paper Award (2009), the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award and the Swarnajayanthi Fellowship (from the Government of India) , the Young Faculty Recognition Award (from IIT Madras for excellence in teaching), the Technomentor Award from the India Semiconductor Association (2010). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems: Part I - Regular Papers. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

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The designer of a continuous-time delta sigma modulator is faced with a myriad choices - how should I choose the oversampling ratio, order of the noise transfer function, and number of quantizer levels in my design? What architecture should I employ for the loop filter? What DAC should I use? What kind of opamp(s) are apt? After all, every published work seems to demonstrate the efficacy of the authors’ design choices.

This talk, in a tutorial fashion, dissects various choices and design and hopes to infuse clarity into the design process. Practical design examples, and case studies that present an apple-to-apple comparison of some popular techniques will be discussed.

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05-February-2016
Time: 06:00PM to 08:00PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37730

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UT Austin
POB 2.402
201 East 24th St.
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Asynchronous SAR ADC: Past, Present and Beyond

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Mike Chen of USC
Mike Shuo-Wei Chen received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and 2006, all in Electrical Engineering. As a graduate student, he proposed and demonstrated the asynchronous SAR ADC architecture, which has already been adopted today in industry. Since 2006, he has been working on mixed-signal and RF circuits for various wireless standards at Atheros communications (now Qualcomm-Atheros). He joined EE department at University of Southern California since 2011, and currently holds Colleen and Roberto Padovani Early Career Chair position. His research group is having fun with exploring the limit of analog mixed-signal, RF ICs, Bio-inspired electronics, and signal processing techniques for circuits and systems.

Dr. Chen received an honourable mention in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad, 1994. He was the recipient of NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) both in 2014, UC Regents’ Fellowship at Berkeley in 2000 and Analog Devices Outstanding Student Award for recognition in IC design in 2006.

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The demand of low-power and high-speed ADC has been escalating in the past decade due to emerging low-power applications with wide bandwidth requirement, including both wireless and wireline systems.   Historically, the ADC in this targeted specification regime has been dominated by Flash topology, where all the level comparisons are accomplished in parallel. However, the associated complexity prevents it from a true low-power solution. About a decade ago, the asynchronous successive approximation (SAR) architecture was proposed to minimize the overall converter complexity while improving the speed of the binary search algorithm. The first proof-of-concept silicon prototype in 130nm CMOS achieved the order-of-magnitude improvement in power efficiency.  Since then, this low power ADC architecture has been widely adopted for various power-constraint, high-speed, medium to high resolution applications, such as the recently published 90GS/s ADC.  In this tutorial talk, we will review the evolution of this ADC architecture, including the recent trend and potential extensions. The related design issues of such ADC architecture will also be examined in this talk.

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17-February-2016
Time: 12:00PM to 01:00PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/38188

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154 W 21st St
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Rethinking Analog-Digital Interface Circuit Architectures

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Mike Chen of USC
Mike Shuo-Wei Chen received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and 2006, all in Electrical Engineering. As a graduate student, he proposed and demonstrated the asynchronous SAR ADC architecture, which has already been adopted today in industry. Since 2006, he has been working on mixed-signal and RF circuits for various wireless standards at Atheros communications (now Qualcomm-Atheros). He joined EE department at University of Southern California since 2011, and currently holds Colleen and Roberto Padovani Early Career Chair position. His research group is having fun with exploring the limit of analog mixed-signal, RF ICs, Bio-inspired electronics, and signal processing techniques for circuits and systems.

Dr. Chen received an honourable mention in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad, 1994. He was the recipient of NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) both in 2014, UC Regents’ Fellowship at Berkeley in 2000 and Analog Devices Outstanding Student Award for recognition in IC design in 2006.

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The trend of modern electronic systems in both wireless and wireline applications demands increasing bandwidth, dynamic range, and reconfigurability but low power and cost. On the other hand, the technology scaling is slowing down its pace and incurs significant cost particularly for analog designs. Those factors have driven the mixed-signal design community to pursue new circuit architectures towards unprecedented performance, power efficiency and flexibility. In this talk, we will examine several such attempts in ADC, DAC, and PLL designs recently demonstrated by our group members, just as examples. Several initial CMOS prototypes achieve encouraging performance and power efficiency in comparison with the state of the arts. More importantly, they tout the potential for many future extensions, and hopefully enable more low-cost high-performance analog-digital interface circuits to transform future electronic system designs.

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17-February-2016
Time: 03:00PM to 04:00PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/38189

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UT Austin
POB 2.402
201 East 24th St.
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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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Building Relationship with Future Workforce at an Impressionable Age

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Revathi Balakrishnan
Revathi Balakrishnan works with gifted students at Patsy Sommer Elementary in Round Rock ISD. She was recently chosen as the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year and will represent about 335,000 teachers in the National Teacher of the Year program. Revathi’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Economics. After 14 years as a systems analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance and watching her own children grow, she decided that it was much more fun being around children than being around computers. She got her teaching certification from Texas State University and was hired by Forest North Elementary in RRISD to revamp their gifted education program. In 2008, she helped open Patsy Sommer Elementary where she created and established a similar program that aimed to provide a rigorous and relevant education and one that helped students build resilience and relationships. In Round Rock ISD, she is known for providing opportunities for students in math, Shakespeare, chess, robotics and coding. She is often called upon to use her computer skills to automate processes. Her latest venture is to establish a teacher induction and mentoring program at her school, which she hopes will be the prototype for her school district and eventually, all Texas schools. Revathi has presented in many conferences including Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Texas State Writing Conference and the RRISD Google Ninja Academy. She has led many district professional development courses and is constantly looking for ways to help teachers improve their quality of teaching. In her spare time, Revathi works with Soroptimist International , which helps to promote the welfare and education of women and girls. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading world news (also known as surfing the web!), blogging and creating her own websites.

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Partnership between schools and businesses are vital in the development of a future workforce that is ready to take on jobs that require critical thinking, creativity and innovation. Revathi will discuss the ways in which members of IEEE can take on the very important role of nurturing schools. This does not happen by chance. It must be carefully designed and implemented. A successful relationship between schools and you, the leaders of the community, can not only make learning very relevant for students but might also mean the difference between dropping out and graduating.

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24-February-2016
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering (with free food, drinks) 6:50 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement 7:00 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A 8:30 p.m. Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn

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THE ADVISORY BOARD
12357-C Riata Trace Parkway
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Austin, Texas

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title FPGA Soft Core Processors: getting to “Hello World”
Speaker Jim Brakefield, Life Senior Member, IEEE
Assembly language programming on over a dozen processors

FPGA projects: small, medium and not that large

Circuit board design including microprocessors and FPGAs

Email: jim.brakefield@ieee.org
Abstract One of the rites of passage in FPGAs is implementing a processor.

This can be very difficult.  The purpose of the talk is getting a fast start.

The talk will cover FPGA resource utilization, instruction set design,

data path considerations, getting to “Hello World”, and completing the implementation.
Date/Time 16-February-2016
Time: 07:00PM to 08:30PM
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Location St. Mary's University
University Center
Conference Room B (Upstairs)
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers

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John Purvis IEEE LSM, PE
John Purvis earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1973 and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. He has worked at TRW, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, IBM and HostGator. He has also served on the Computer Sciences faculty at St. Edward's University.

John has been the author or co-author of over 60 articles, papers or technical presentations. His professional experience spans system engineering, programming, product management, college lecturer and Unix/Linux system management.

He has been a member of IEEE for 48 years and an active volunteer with the Central Texas Section since 2000. He served as IEEE Central Texas Section Chair for 2004-5, as Austin IEEE Computer Society Chapter Chair 2008-9 and is currently on the IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee.

John has also served nearly 10 years on the board of Discover Engineering and on the Board, and is currently Vice President, of the Capital Macintosh User's Group (CapMac).

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Each year Discover Engineering recruits engineers as role models from the local engineering community to encourage the children of Central Texas to pursue technology careers. Discover Engineering has been active in STEM outreach in the greater Austin area for over a decade. We look for a diverse group of engineers to visit classrooms and lead hands-on activities that demonstrate teamwork and logical processes while discussing their jobs and their enthusiasm for engineering.  John Purvis will tell us more about the Discover Engineering story, and lead us in a hands-on activity like the ones conducted during school visits.

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24-February-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/38136 Life Members
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/38089 CTCN

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

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Joint meeting with Consultant's Network and Austin Life Members Chapters

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

More information on Consultants Networks

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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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

Follow the Young Professionals on Facebook

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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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Austin


Topic/Title

Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers

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John Purvis IEEE LSM, PE
John Purvis earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1973 and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. He has worked at TRW, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, IBM and HostGator. He has also served on the Computer Sciences faculty at St. Edward's University.

John has been the author or co-author of over 60 articles, papers or technical presentations. His professional experience spans system engineering, programming, product management, college lecturer and Unix/Linux system management.

He has been a member of IEEE for 48 years and an active volunteer with the Central Texas Section since 2000. He served as IEEE Central Texas Section Chair for 2004-5, as Austin IEEE Computer Society Chapter Chair 2008-9 and is currently on the IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee.

John has also served nearly 10 years on the board of Discover Engineering and on the Board, and is currently Vice President, of the Capital Macintosh User's Group (CapMac).

Abstract

Each year Discover Engineering recruits engineers as role models from the local engineering community to encourage the children of Central Texas to pursue technology careers. Discover Engineering has been active in STEM outreach in the greater Austin area for over a decade. We look for a diverse group of engineers to visit classrooms and lead hands-on activities that demonstrate teamwork and logical processes while discussing their jobs and their enthusiasm for engineering.  John Purvis will tell us more about the Discover Engineering story, and lead us in a hands-on activity like the ones conducted during school visits.

Date/Time

24-February-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/38136 Life Members
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/38089 CTCN

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

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San Antonio

Topic/Title Report on the 2015 Tech Tour of Europe
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Abstract Several Chapter Members went on the 2015 Tech Tour of Europe and will report on the experience.  The presentation will consist of a SnapFish photo album, made up of photos taken by Susanne and Tom O'Brien on the tour of France, Switzerland, and Germany.  The photo album will be shown on the large screen in the Lion & Rose "Dungeon" meeting room.  The tour consisted of ten days of group travel, with visits to IEEE Milestones sites and other historical sites, such as museums.  Susanne will make the photo album viewable online (before the meeting) by other Central Texas participats, who may bring their own photos, video, and comments
Date/Time 18-February-2016
11:30 Announcements
12:00  Presentation
1:00 Adjourn
Location Lion & Rose English Pub
Dungeon room
842 NW Loop 410 (Park North)
San Antonio, Texas
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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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06-February-2016
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120 Sundance Parkway, Suite 350
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Topic/Title Issues of Sustainable Energy
Speaker Dr. Mark Ehsani (Distinguished Lecturer) of Texas A&M
M. Ehsani received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and 1974, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, all in electrical engineering.

From 1974 to 1977 he was with the Fusion Research Center, University of Texas, as a Research Engineer. From 1977 to 1981 he was with Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, as a Resident Research Associate, while simultaneously doing the doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in energy systems and control systems. Since 1981 he has been at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas where he is now a Professor of electrical engineering and Director of Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program and the Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory. He is the author of over 300 publications in pulsed-power supplies, high-voltage engineering, power electronics, motor drives, and advanced vehicle systems and is the recipient of the Prize Paper Awards in Static Power Converters and motor drives at the IEEE-Industry Applications Society 1985, 1987, and 1992 Annual Meetings, as well as numerous other honors and recognitions. In 1984 he was named the Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year by the Brazos chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers. In 1992, he was named the Halliburton Professor in the College of Engineering at A&M. In 1994, he was also named the Dresser Industries Professor in the same college. In 2001 he was selected for Ruth & William Neely/ Dow Chemical Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering for 2001-2002, for “contributions to the Engineering Program at Texas A&M, including classroom instruction, scholarly activities, and professional service”. In 2003 he was selected for BP Amoco Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Engineering. He was also selected for the IEEE Vehicular Society 2001 Avant Garde Award for “Contributions to the theory and design of hybrid electric vehicles”. In 2003 he was selected for IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award “For outstanding contributions to advanced curriculum development and teaching of power electronics and drives.” In 2004 he was elected to the Robert M. Kennedy endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2005 he was elected as the Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is the co-author of twelve books on power electronics, motor drives and advanced vehicle systems, including Vehicular Electric Power Systems, Marcel Dekker, Inc. 2003 and “Modern Electric Hybrid Vehicles and Fuel Cell Vehicles – Fundamentals, Theory, and Design”, CRC Press, 2004. He has over 23 granted or pending US and EC patents. His current research work is in power electronics, motor drives, hybrid vehicles and their control systems.

Dr. Ehsani has been a member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) AdCom, past Chairman of PELS Educational Affairs Committee, past Chairman of IEEE-IAS Industrial Power Converter Committee and past chairman of the IEEE Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant program. He was the General Chair of IEEE Power Electronics Specialist Conference for 1990. He is the founder of IEEE Power and Propulsion Conference, the founding chairman of the IEEE VTS Vehicle Power and Propulsion and chairman of Convergence Fellowship Committees. In 2002 he was elected to the Board of Governors of VTS. He also serves on the editorial board of several technical journals and is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is a Fellow of IEEE, an IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Speaker, IEEE Industry Applications Society and Power Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer. He is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.
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Date/Time 23-February-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
Cost 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.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35655
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Topic/Title Engineering Ethics
Speaker David Howell, P.E. of TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
David Howell has been the Deputy Executive Director for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers since November 2013 and served as Director of Licensing prior to that.  He has over 25 years of engineering experience working for the State of Texas, ten of them with the Board. As the Deputy Executive Director, he helps oversee all agency functions including Enforcement and Licensing activities.  He is responsible for legislative reporting and implementation, rule development, budget and policy issues, and represents the Board at statewide and national functions. David has been selected to represent the Texas Board on several national taskforces and committees related to engineering licensure, public outreach and exams.  He prepares and gives Licensing and Ethics live and webinar presentations to engineering organizations, universities and other groups.
 
David has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Prior to coming to the Board, his work was primarily in the field of environmental engineering.
Abstract Engineering ethics discussion new rules and findings
Date/Time 25-February-2016
Time: 06:00PM to 08:00PM
Location Acadiana Cafe
West Dining wing
1289 SW Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37995
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Global Energy Requirements
Speaker Gary Verdun, Dell Environmental Affairs Group
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Date/Time Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Meeting starts at 7pm, but arrive earlier for some networking and some snacks!
Cost
Reservations Please RSVP to Dale Ritzen if you plan to attend. Email address: daler@austinmfg.com
Location Dell Parmer South Campus, Building PS-4. Meeting in the "Victoria" conference room just inside the door.
Notes If you need directions to the meeting, please contact Dale.

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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

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

Chapter Web Site

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Supersized Robots

Speaker

Crystal Parrott of Southwest Research Institute
Ms. Parrott has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, electrical and control system design, process improvement consulting and system integration. She has working knowledge of robotics, industrial automation, machine vision, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), data acquisition equipment, material handling equipment, welding equipment, paint equipment, sensors, and other manufacturing components. Ms. Parrott is an experienced project manager, and since joining Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in April of 2007, has performed automation research, specification development, electrical design, testing and implementation for many projects within the Automation and Data Systems Division.

Before joining SwRI, Ms. Parrott provided engineering solutions for a variety of manufacturing companies utilizing a wide array of process improvement techniques such as TQM, ISO, FMEA, Benchmarking, Lean Manufacturing, MIS and FIS. She has project experience as both a manager as well as technical engineer for a wide variety of manufacturing system projects. The following list highlights a few of the diverse set of projects: Engineering Services Support – Toyota Texas, Laser Welding System – GM, Paint Mix Bank Software Development – GM, SMART-EYE Conveyor Tracking System – GM & AT&T, Flexible Underbody Assembly System – Daimler Chrysler. Ms. Parrott has technical expertise with PLC ladder logic software, robot software, AutoCAD software for electrical design, HMI software, Microsoft Office software packages including Microsoft Project, and recently completed OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety Training certification.

Abstract

Robotic automation is being applied more frequently in non-traditional applications such as large-scale assembly, inspection and surface processing (painting, depainting, polishing, etc.) These applications typically have requirements (reach, payload, hazardous environment, etc.) that preclude the use of standard commercial robots.

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) specializes in the development and support of large, custom robotic platforms for these special applications. Since the early 1990s, SwRI has fielded production systems for the servicing and maintenance of U.S. Air Force F-15, F-16, A-10 and C-130 aircraft. These systems were designed for maximum flexibility and are scalable and adaptable for a variety of processes.

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23-February-2016
Time: 12:00PM to 01:00PM

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Southwest Research Institute
Building 189 First Floor VTC
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, Texas

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/38135

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For those not able to participate in person, you may 'virtualy attend' through WebEx. See how in the link above.

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Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

Austin Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Internet of Things
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Abstract The Technology & Engineering Management Society will host a series of meetings focused on the Internet of Things.
Join us for these lectures and discussions.
Date/Time 22-February-2016
6:00 Networking
6:30 Food and beverages
7:00 Talk
8:00 Adjourn
Location IBM
Austin, Texas
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Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/38178
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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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