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


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


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From the Central Texas Section Chair

One of IEEE's best conferences is coming up, though not in Central Texas.

IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference May 23-24, 2016 in San Jose, CA. Register by April 4, 2016 to receive the discounted rate.

Plus, announcing the Inaugural Startup Pitch Competition.

The IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference is proud to partner with Amazon for the Inaugural Startup Pitch Competition. This pitch session provides the opportunity for six start-ups to showcase their brand to a 200+ audience of potential investors, partners and customers.

You must complete the application form by April 8th, 2016 (Midnight PDT) to be considered. Six entries will be selected to pitch on Tuesday May 24th, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, click here.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Register now for the IEEE WIE ILC Virtual Track, taking place online May 16-17.

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

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Membership Development

New to the IEEE OR want to find out more about the benefits of your IEEE membership?
The IEEE has developed a website, http://www.ieee.org/start, specifically to support new IEEE members in navigating though the IEEE.  Along with the information on the site, IEEE has created a new member orientation. The orientation is typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM EDT and 3:00 PM EDT.  The next new member orientation will be 23-April.  Check the IEEE website for registration.

If you are a new member to IEEE OR just want to refresh yourself on the GREAT benefits the IEEE offers to its members, check out the site and the orientation. 

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Join now with ½ year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 10 months of membership for the price of six.  If you have been away from IEEE for more than a year, you can re-join for half price!

Not sure if you’ve renewed for 2016, please go to http://www.ieee.org/renew or call the IEEE Contact Center at 1 800 678-4333.     

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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

2017-2018 IEEE-USA Government Fellowships: Work with and Advise Government Policy-Makers
IEEE-USA 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 2017-2018 Fellowships is 23 December 2016.
Silicon and Technology Art Show
This year's DAC conference will include an art show. Submissions must be made by April 20. Examples of what we are looking for include but not limited to:
  • Die photoshots of silicon designs. These are the end product of hard EDA and design work, and often the result is breathtaking.
  • Design floorplans and placements3D wiring or clock tree visualizations.
  • Lithographic images.
  • Thermal maps, congestion maps, interesting logic structures, or just about anything you can think of related to EDA and Semiconductor.
  • Submitted work can be either hardware design images or software design images.

For information see the DAC web site. Register before May 18 at the FREE "I LOVE DAC" level which includes admission to the Art Show.



Senior Design Day at Texas State
Ingram School of Engineering
 
April 28, 2016
8:30AM - 4:30PM
Embassy Suites, San Marcos TX

Exciting New Engineering Capstone Projects!

Electrical - Industrial - Manufacturing

F
ree eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members
As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of March, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Shaping an Engineering Career – Book 1: Responding to Career Challenges-A Personal Journey," by author Gerard H. (Gus) Gaynor. The "Shaping an Engineering Career" 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 Gaynor. The e-book is available 1 March to 15 April.
Get your free e-book (log in to your IEEE Account, add book to your cart, and use promo code MARCHFREE at checkout)

In April, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Engineers Working with Teachers, A Handbook for Bringing the Excitement of Engineering, Science, Technology, Invention, and Creativity into the Classroom.” Author Harry T. Roman shares his experiences working with teachers and students, using presentations, demonstrations, and team-based competitions to stimulate their interests and career choices. The e-book is available 1 April to 15 May.
To purchase IEEE members-only products and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Accounts.
IEEE-USA E-Books seeks authors to write an e-book, or a series of e-books, on career guidance and development topics.

In April, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “Engineers Working with Teachers, A Handbook for Bringing the Excitement of Engineering, Science, Technology, Invention, and Creativity into the Classroom.”

Author Harry T. Roman shares his experiences working with teachers and students, using presentations, demonstrations and team-based competitions to stimulate their interests and career choices.

If you have an idea for an e-book that will educate other IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, email your e-book proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager, Georgia C. Stelluto, at g.stelluto@ieee.org.

Texas Ranked at the Top for Technology Jobs
The technology industry in Texas added nearly 14,000 jobs during 2015. Texas ranks No. 2 in the nation for the number of tech jobs at 585,614, second only to California. And tech companies accounted for 6 percent of the Lone Star State’s private sector jobs. Read more . . .

IEEE InSight Podcast
IEEE-USA has begun producing a monthly podcast. It features news, information and updates from IEEE-USA headquarters in Washington DC. You can subscribe to it on iTunes or by RSS feed.

Congratulations to new IEEE Fellows from Central Texas

Congratulations to the following Central Texas Section members who were selected to be elevated to the rank of Fellow:
  • Lorenzo Alvisi 
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX, USA
    for contributions to reliable distributed systems
  • Ananth Dodabalapur Univeristy of Texas at Austin Austin,TX, USA
    for contributions to organic electronic devices and circuits
  • Ravindranath Droopad Texas State University San Marcos, TX, USA
    for contributions to epitaxial growth of advanced materials for RF and CMOS applications
  • Risto Miikkulainen University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX, USA
    for contributions to techniques and applications for neural and evolutionary computation
  • Leonard Register
University of Texas At Austin Austin,TX, USA
    for contributions to modeling of charge transport in nanoscale CMOS devices
  • Qi Tian
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX, USA
    for contributions to multimedia information retrieval
NEW Collabratec Community
The IEEE Volunteer Exchange is a new IEEE Collabratec community where you can collaborate and share information among IEEE's volunteer community.  It will include announcements on key activities, space for you, our volunteers, to ask questions/share answers and links to resources to help volunteers on a number of topics, including but not limited to member engagement activities. Sign into or join IEEE Collabratec today – let’s keep the conversations going.

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Call for Volunteers

None for April

Why am I a Member of IEEE?

Why I am an IEEE member?   I've been an IEEE member because of the benefits it provides.  The various publications associated with certain technical societies helps me maintain currency in certain areas.  I enjoy the more general aspect provided by the Spectrum, particularly in helping stay abreast of recent technology developments.  Among the greatest benefits of IEEE membership is  the networking opportunities it affords me.  The ability to meet regularly with others who have similar technical interests and issues has proven invaluable over the years.

Garrett Polhamus, SM – Join date 1976
Vice Chair San Antonio
Past Section Chair


Edith Clark’s achievement provided inspirations sample for the new generation of women to be engineers. 

Many articles detailed Edith life and highlighted her early life as a teacher and computer programmer. I found it fair for her and to us to highlight her engineering career and successful life. After few years of her work for big companies, Edith was unable to be hired as an engineer till 1919 when she was able to earn an MS in EE from MIT. That was the first time such a degree awarded to a woman.

Between 1923 and 1945, Edith published 18 technical papers; one of them received the award of the IEEE. And in 1948, she became the first women elected as a fellow of the IEEE. In 1954, she was awarded too from the Society of Women Engineers. The major work for Edith Clarke as a power engineer was when she designed the Graphical Calculator to simplify the calculation of power system transmission lines. The graphical calculator was a simple graphical device that solved equations involving electric current, voltage and impedance in power transmission lines. The device could solve line equations involving hyperbolic functions ten times faster than previous methods. She granted a patent for that.

In 1943, Edith Clarke wrote an important textbook in the field of power engineering, Circuit Analysis of A-C Power Systems and was the first women engineer to achieve a professional standing.

She was the first female full professor teaching EE at the University of Texas for over ten years and was a major consultant for the design of major Dams at the West.

Edith Clarke Biography is amazing. She was born in farming community for a family of 9 kids and her parent’s dies when she was 12.  Where she was expected to be a house wife and loving mother, she stood up and picked to learn Math and physics which changed her life and she became a pioneer in an industry that was known for men only.

She was born in Ellicott City, Maryland in 1883. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1908 and taught mathematics and physics, first at a private girls' school in San Francisco and then at Marshall College in West Virginia. Edith Clarke started a summer job as a mathematical computing assistant at AT&T and decided to be stay with them. One of the first tasks she was assigned was the calculation of infinite series that represented a probability function. Edith finally became the manager of a group of programmers and made calculations for the Transmission Engineering and studies radio and electrical engineering at CU. She also, worked for GE and as a professor of physics at College in Turkey. 

Edith Clarke was a pioneer for women in engineering.  She worked in an atmosphere controlled by men and proved successfully that women could excel as well as men if given the chance. Her extraordinary works proved that women may help solve today’s critical need for technical manpower.

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


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I missed including two dates in the March issue of the Analog - March 14 and March 31.

First, March 14 (i.e. 3.14) has become the internationally recognized day for celebrating Pi - Pi Day. I hope you were able to celebrate the event, if not, add it to your calendar for next year.

Second, March 31st was World Backup Day.

So what is World Backup Day? As noted on the web site "It’s not only a day for backing up your personal data, but it’s also a day to talk about the enormous task of preserving our increasingly digital heritage and cultural works for future generations."

I hope that all of you reading this did not need that annual reminder that your computer, phone and tablets should all be backed up on a regular basis.

Third, if you have electronic gadgets (and who doesn't these days whether or not they are an engineer), you may find GearTies to be of value. My wife introduced me to these reusable rubber twist ties, and while they are relatively inexpensive, they are really handy. Now I can travel without my various cables getting tangled.

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
Past Section Chair, Analog Editor

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Career

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.

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

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

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Branch Chair: Sang Choi, email: schoi1@trinity.edu
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Branch Chair: Walter Oji, email: chair@ieeeut.org

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Faculty Adviser: Paul Morton, email: PaulMorton@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Mark Pena, email: Mark.W.Pena@gmail.com
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IEEE Member Newsletter http://theinstitute.ieee.org


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Conferences, Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • April 8-10, 2016: 2016 IEEE Region 5 Conference
    Intercontinental on the Plaza
    401 Ward Parkway
    Kansas City, MO, USA

    See http://sites.ieee.org/r5annualmtg2016/ for more information


  • 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 14-22, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion Proceedings (ICSE-C)
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://2016.icse.cs.txstate.edu for more information


  • May 14-15, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Continuous Software Evolution and Delivery (CSED)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd
    Austin , TX, USA

    See http://www.continuous-se.org/CSED2016/ for more information


  • May 14-15, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Software Engineering in Healthcare Systems (SEHS)
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://sehc.info/sehs2016.htm for more information


  • May 14-15, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion Proceedings (ICSE-C)
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://2016.icse.cs.txstate.edu for more information


  • May 14-15, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM 11th International Workshop in Automation of Software Test (AST)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://tech.brookes.ac.uk/AST2016/ for more information


  • May 14-15, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software and System Processes (ICSSP)
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~perry/icssp2016/ for more information


  • May 14-15, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM 13th Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR)
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://2016.msrconf.org/#/home for more information


  • May 15-16, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MOBILESoft)
    Rennaisance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Boulevard
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://mobilesoftconf.org/2016/ for more information


  • May 15, 2016:
    2016 IEEE/ACM 4th FME Workshop on Formal Methods in Software Engineering (FormaliSE)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 5th International Workshop on Theory-Oriented Software Engineering (TOSE)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 1st International Workshop on Variability and Complexity in Software Design (VACE)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 7th International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (WETSoM)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd
    Austin , TX, USA


  • May 16-17, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM 8th International Workshop on Modeling in Software Engineering (MiSE)

    See https://sselab.de/lab2/public/wiki/MiSE/index.php?title=Main_Page for more information


  • May 16, 2016:
    2016 IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Software Engineering for Science (SE4Science)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 1st International Workshop on Metamorphic Testing (MET)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 5th International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software (GREENS)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 5th International Workshop on Games and Software Engineering (GAS)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 11th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEAMS)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 9th International Workshop on Search-Based Software Testing (SBST)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 2nd International Workshop on Software Engineering for Smart Cyber-Physical Systems (SEsCPS)
    2016 IEEE 24th International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 4th International Workshop on Software Engineering for Systems-of-Systems (SESoS)
    2016 IEEE/ACM Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 2nd International Workshop on BIG Data Software Engineering (BIGDSE)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 3rd International Workshop on CrowdSourcing in Software Engineering (CSI-SE)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd
    Austin , TX, USA

  • May 17, 2016:
    2016 IEEE/ACM 4th International Workshop on Conducting Empirical Studies in Industry (CESI)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 5th International Workshop on Realizing Artificial Intelligence Synergies in Software Engineering (RAISE)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 1st International Workshop on Emotional Awareness in Software Engineering (SEmotion)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 3rd International Workshop on Software Engineering Research and Industrial Practice (SER&IP)
    2016 IEEE/ACM 1st International Workshop on Bringing Architectural Design Thinking Into Developers’ Daily Activities (BRIDGE)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd
    Austin , TX, USA

    See https://sites.google.com/site/cesi2016/ for more information


  • 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)
    Austin convention Center
    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.

    The "I LOVE DAC" registration level is FREE! It includes:
    • Exhibit Floor (180+ exhibitors)
    • Keynotes and SKY Talks
    • DAC Pavilion
    • DAC Art Show
    • Designer Poster Sessions
    • Three "Teardowns" by iFixit
    • Receptions (nightly)

    Designer / IP Special Registration $99 includes:
    • I LOVE DAC
    • 27 technical sessions (3 days)
    • 18 omvoted sessopms
    • Embedded tutorials / panels

    Conference Registration $575 includes:
    • I LOVE DAC
    • Designer / IP Special
    • 51 technical sessions (4 days)
    • 150+ Reserch papers
    • 7 panels, 11 invited sessions

    NOTE: Registration rates vary depending on membership. Check the web site for appropriate registration fees

    Thursday "Training Day" sessions as well as Monday tutorials will be available at additional cost (see the web site for details)

    Austin area Food Trucks will be on site daily to provide variety to the attendees.

    Parking in the Convention Center parking garage will be covered by vouchers available int the "World of IoT" area of the exhibit.


    June 10-11, 2016: 2016 25th International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS)
    Thompson Conference Center
    Austin, TX, USA

    Notification of acceptance date: 15 Apr 2016

    See http://www.iwls.org/iwls2016/ for more information


    June 19-23, 2016: 2016 IEEE Pulp, Paper & Forest Industries Conference (PPFIC)
    The Westin Austin at the Domain
    11301 Domain Drive
    Austin, TX, USA

    See http://pulppaper.org/default.aspx for more information


    July 25-28, 2016: 2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT)

    See http://www.ask4research.info/icalt/2016/ for more information


    September 17, 2016: 2016 IEEE N3XT Austin
    Galvanize
    118 Nueces St
    Austin, TX, USA


    October 2-5, 2016: 2016 IEEE Professional Communication Society (ProComm)
    AT&T Education and Conference Center
    1900 University Avenue
    Austin, TX, USA

    Final submission deadline: 06 Jun 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 02 May 2016

    See http://sites.ieee.org/pcs/procomm2016/ for more information


    October 23-27, 2016: 2016 IEEE International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC)
    The Marriott Renaissance Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd
    Austin, TX, USA

    Abstract submission deadline: 05 Apr 2016
    Final submission deadline: 10 Jul 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 01 Jun 2016

    See http://intelec2016.org for more information


    October 23-26, 2016: 2016 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS)
    Doubletree by Hilton Austin
    6505 N IH 35
    Austin, TX, USA

    Abstract submission deadline: 01 May 2016
    Final submission deadline: 15 Jul 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 30 May 2016

    See https://csics.org for more information


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

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin
6505 N. Interstate 35
Austin, TX, USA

See https://iccad.com for more information


December 6-9, 2016: 2016 88th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG)
Hilton Austin
500 East 4TH Street
Austin, TX, USA

Abstract submission deadline: 07 Oct 2016
Full Paper Submission deadline: 11 Nov 2016
Final submission deadline: 11 Nov 2016
Notification of acceptance date: 24 Oct 2016

See http://www.arftg.org for more details


February 20-24, 2017: 2017 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO)

Austin, TX

Abstract submission deadline: 02 Sep 2016
Full Paper Submission deadline: 09 Sep 2016
Final submission deadline: 04 Jan 2016
Notification of acceptance date: 02 Nov 2016

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.


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.

April 12, 2016: Capital Macintosh User Group
In anticipation of summer vacations, the April CapMac meeting will focus on trip planning and traveling with your apple devices. The meeting will be held 7-9PM at Sherlock's Baker St. Pub in Austin.

May 7-8, 2016: Austin Mini Maker Faire

Booked at the Palmer Events Center.
Find out more . . .
May 16-19, 2016: OSCON 18
Austin Convention Center

OSCON (the O'Reilly Open Source Convention) is where the open source community gathers to celebrate achievements, spark new ideas, and map the future of open computing through collaboration and education. Since 1999, OSCON has brought together talented people from diverse backgrounds who are doing amazing things with open source. It's the place to share new techniques and approaches, proven best practices, and exceptional technical skills.

Join the software engineering and developer community to explore what's new in open source languages, tools, and techniques. Sharpen your skills and discover important new trends so you can be better at what you do.

For more information go here.

July 8-9, 2016: Texas Linux Fest
We are excited to officially announce the return of Texas Linux Fest in 2016. This year's event is scheduled for July 8 and 9 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. This year will mark seven years of Texas Linux Fest, the annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. The program will be comprised of hall day tutorials on Friday July 8th, and a general session program and an exhibit hall on Saturday July 9th.

Call For Papers

In that spirit, we invite you to share your interests and you work with the rest of the community by submitting your session via this year's call for papers. We are accepting proposals through May 5, 2016.

Sponsorship

Interested in supporting Texas Linux Fest. Contact us via email at info@texaslinuxfest.org to learn about the available sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Non-profit exhibitor packages are available as well.

We look forward to seeing you in Texas this summer.

▪ The Texas Linux Fest Team

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

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

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

Texas Girls Collaborative Project


The TxGCP Google Group is the best way to be connected in your region with all things K12 STEM - are you connected to the conversation? Join the group in your region of Texas - http://txgcp.org/k12-stem-outreach-google-group/.

TryEngineering.org

IEEE’s online engineering education resource for pre-university educators, parents and students, is now available in a new mobile-friendly format.  Visitors can now access the TryEngineering content they love, anywhere, any time on virtually any device including desktops, tablets and smart phones.

Starry Sky Austin

Starry Sky Austin is an educational astronomy program for all. The mission of Starry Sky Austin is to share the enthusiasm and knowledge of the universe with others and in doing so, bring about a sense of wonder and appreciation for our universe. Starry Sky Austin offers programming, stargazing classes, Girl Scout badges, and other exciting ways to get everyone curious about astronomy through an informal approach.


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
YP
Young Professionals

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

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Recent advances in all-dielectric nanophotonics

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Dr. Sergey Makarov
Dr. Sergey Makarov (born April 25, 1988) is Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials in ITMO University (Saint-Petersburg, Russia). He graduated in National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” (Moscow, Russia) and got PhD in Lebedev Physical Institute (Moscow, Russia). S.V. Makarov worked in Vienna Technological University (Vienna, Austria) as a visiting researcher. He co-authored about 50 research publications and specializes in nanophotonics, ultrafast phenomena and laser-assisted nanoengineering.

Abstract

The resonant metallic nanoparticles are proven to be efficient systems for the electromagnetic field control at nanoscale, owing to the ability to localize and enhance the optical field via excitation of strong plasmon resonances. In turn, high refractive index dielectric nanoparticles with low dissipative losses in the visible range, possessing magnetic and electric Mie-type resonances, offer great opportunity for light control via designing of scattering properties. Such resonant nanoparticles made of high refractive index dielectrics (Si, Ge etc.) revolutionized the field of nanophotonics, opening a new branch – All-dielectric Nanophotonics. In this talk, we will discuss recent advances in the all-dielectric nanophotonics, including such effects as nonlinear reconfiguration of nanoparticle scattering properties and enhanced optical frequency conversion. Additionally, I will present our novel methods for fabrication of resonant all-dielectric and metal/dielectric nanoparticles.

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04-April-2016
Time: 03:00PM to 04:00PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/39033

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UT Austin
7.532
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Austin, Tx

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Graphene Nanoelectromagnetism: Plasmonic, Electromagnetic, and Circuit Properties

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Prof. Pai-Yen Chen
Dr. Pai-Yen Chen is an Assistant Professor at the Wayne State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He was a Research Scientist at Intellectual Ventures' Metamaterial Commercialization Center during 2013-2014, and a Research Staff in the National Nano Device Laboratory in Taiwan during 2006- 2009. He has been involved in multidisciplinary research on metamaterials, electromagnetics, plasmonics, nanophotonics, and nanoelectronics. He has published approximately 60 peer-review papers (4 journal covers), 50 conference proceedings, 4 book chapters, 1 co-edited book, and 8 US patents. His also received several best paper awards, travel grants, and national, industrial and defense fellowships.

Abstract

Graphene is a flat, two-dimensional monolayer of carbon atoms predicted to display a rich variety of electronic, photonics, and optoelectronic behaviors, as it is a unique semimetal that exhibits a field-effect-controlled conductivity at room temperature and a photoexcited plasmon gain. In my talk, I will give an overview of our recent theoretical and experimental progress in graphene-based microwave and optoelectronic nanodevices and nanocircuits. First, I will discuss how the gate-tunable surface plasmon polaritons in graphene may enable ultrafast and frequency-reconfigurable THz optoelectronic devices. Then, I will present a novel all-graphene microwave transponder sensor that consists of graphene-based ambipolar RF mixer/sensor and a high-opacity multilayered graphene antenna, paving the way towards ultrasensitive, ultracompact, transparent, and flexible wireless sensors. Finally, I will present graphene-based parity-time (PT) symmetric electronic and optoelectronic systems, of which the singularity-enhanced sensitivity may outperform those of conventional passive wireless sensors.

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21-April-2016
04:00PM to 05:00PM

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UT Austin
Room Number: 7.532 1616 Guadalupe St.
Austin, Texas

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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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Energy efficient circuit technologies for the sub-14nm era: challenges and opportunities

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Dr. Ram K Krishnamurthy
Ram Krishnamurthy received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, India, in 1993 and Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998. He has been with Intel Corporation since 1998, where he is Senior Principal Engineer and heads the high performance and low voltage circuits group at Circuits Research Labs, Intel Labs, Hillsboro, Oregon. He is responsible for research in high performance, energy efficient and low voltage circuits for microprocessors and SoCs. He holds 100 issued patents with over 50 patents pending and has published 150 conference/journal papers and 3 book chapters on high-performance energy-efficient microprocessor design. He serves as Intel’s representative on the Semiconductor Research Corporation technical advisory board for circuits. He has served as associate editor of IEEE transactions on VLSI systems, guest editor of IEEE journal of solid-state circuits and on the technical program committees of ISSCC, CICC, and SOCC conferences. He served as Technical Program Chair/General Chair for the 2005/2006 IEEE International Systems-on-Chip Conference and presently serves on the conference’s steering committee. He serves as ECE department adjunct faculty at Oregon State University, where he taught advanced VLSI design. He also serves on industrial advisory board of Oregon State University and State University of New York at Buffalo ECE departments. Krishnamurthy has received the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference Distinguished Technical Paper Award in 2012, IEEE European Solid State Circuits Conference Best Paper Award in 2012, Outstanding Industry Mentor Award from SRC in 2002, 2011 and 2015, Intel Awards for most patents filed in 2001 and most patents issued in 2003, Alumni recognition award from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, and MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Innovator Award in 2006. He has received the Intel Achievement Award, Intel Corporation’s highest technical award, twice - in 2004 and 2008 for development and technology transfer of novel high-performance execution core arithmetic circuits and special-purpose hardware encryption accelerators. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and distinguished lecturer of IEEE solid-state circuits society.

Abstract

This lecture presents some of the prominent barriers to designing energy-efficient circuits in the sub-14nm CMOS technology regime and outlines new paradigm shifts necessary in next-generation multi-core microprocessors and systems-on-chip. Emerging trends and key challenges in sub-14nm design are outlined, including (i) device and on-chip interconnect technology projections, (ii) performance, leakage and voltage scalability, (iii) special-purpose hardware accelerators and reconfigurable co-processors for compute-intensive signal processing algorithms, (iv) fine-grain power management with integrated voltage regulators, and (v) resilient circuit design to enable robust variation-tolerant operation. Energy-efficient arithmetic and logic circuit techniques, static/dynamic supply scaling, on-die interconnect fabric circuits, ultra-low-voltage and near-threshold logic and memory circuit techniques, and multi-supply/multi-clock domain design for switching and leakage energy reduction are described. Special purpose hardware accelerators and data-path building blocks for enabling high GOPS/Watt on specialized DSP tasks such as encryption, graphics and media processing are presented. Power efficient optimization of microprocessors to span a wide operating range across high performance servers to ultra mobile SoCs, dynamic on-the fly configurability and adaptation, and circuit techniques for active/standby-mode leakage reduction with robust low-voltage operability are reviewed. Specific chip design examples and case studies supported by silicon measurements and trade-offs will be discussed.

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21-April-2016
6-6:15 social
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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37850

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UT Austin
POB 2/402
201 East 24th St
Austin, Texas

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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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Austin Computer Society (C)

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Topic/Title Student Night
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Abstract For this meeting, IEEE Student Members (who are Seniors) are invited to display their Senior Projects.  Although the meeting is held at St. Mary's University, we welcome projects from all local Universities.  Projects will be informally judged, and an attendance incentive will be presented to the project judged Best of Show.
Date/Time 26-April-2016
6:15 PM - dinner on your own in the Cafeteria, exhibit setup.
7:00 PM - Exhibits are open and judging begins
8:30 PM - Announcement of Best of Show and presentation of the attendance incentive.
8:45 PM - Meeting adjourns and Exhibits are closed.
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Reservations When registering, if you are a nonmember or don't remember your IEEE member number, leave it blank.

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/39133
Location St. Mary's University
University Center
Conference Room B
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
Notes Please use the IEEE vTools link to register for this meeting.  With your registration, we can properly set up the room and make other arrangements for the meeting.  Our attendance figures are used to measure the Chapter's annual performance, which in turn affects our funding.

Parking is available at no charge, and directions are at TBD (update will be provided later)If you need to use the freight elevator to move your project, please contact the meeting organizer t.p.obrien@ieee.org


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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Not just H2O – why water quality is important

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Dr. Ernest To is an environmental engineer who has worked in the water resources field for 17 years.  Ernest earned his BS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MS degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.  He specializes in computer modeling of pollutants in water bodies such as lakes, rivers and estuaries.  He works for an environmental consulting company - Alan Plummer and Associates, Inc.- in Austin, TX.

Abstract

We commonly associate water with H2O.  However much of the water in nature is a blend of different chemicals – natural and man-made.  Some are beneficial, some not so, and some vary depending on how they interact with others.  The water engineer maintains this delicate balance like a chef controlling the taste and nutritional value of his soup.  Computer models are an important tool to help predict water quality and lower the risk of environmental problems.  Ernest will talk about a couple of interesting modeling projects in Texas and how they impact everybody’s favorite soup.

Date/Time

27-April-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.

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/39113

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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EducationSociety (E)

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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High-resolution orthogonal photolithography enabled for organic electronics and photonics

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Professor Alex Zakhidov,  Physics and Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Programs, Texas State University

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Orthogonal photolithography (OP) takes advantage of the fact that the vast majority of organic semiconducting materials are either oleophilic or hydrophilic and are hence orthogonal to highly fluorinated chemicals. Therefore, appropriate fluorinated photoresists can be used to pattern organic layers without compromising performance of organic device. The availability of such orthogonal photoresists promises to enable the fabrication of complex device structures, expanding the range of possibilities for organic electronics. Particular, OP technique enables sub‐pixel high‐resolution patterning for OLED displays. Once RGB sub‐pixel structuring is realized it is expected to improve (up to 10 times) the efficiency of a display. Moreover, processing solvents used for OP can be used as encapsulation media to improve heat management of high brightness OLED devices. Other applications of OP include ultra‐small channel OTFTs, OTFT based circuits and low cross talk organic perovskite photodetectors.

Date/Time

Thursday April 28th,  6PM

Refreshments

light snacks & drinks

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/39180

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Star Park Conference Room, Texas State University,  3055 Hunter Road , San Marcos, Texas 78666-4684
http://www.txstate.edu/starpark/about/map.html

Notes

Plans are afoot for a Austin meeting later in 2016; we are still open for a host and presenter for San Antonio!  If you would like to participate, but cannot make this specific meeting – email Larry.Larson@IEEE.org

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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

Follow the Young Professionals on Facebook

More information on YP/GOLD 

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

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Photonics Society (PHO)

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For more information, contact Mikhail Belkin

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group

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

More information on LM

Austin Life Members Affinity Group


Topic/Title PI^2 Austin Social Event
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Abstract Come be a part of (PI)^2 Austin’s first ever social event! We’ll meet from 5 PM to 7 PM to discuss important topics such as which beer is your favorite (perhaps their famous “Power and Light”?). No RSVP required.
Date/Time 14-April-2016
05:00PM to 07:00PM
Location Independence Brewing Company
3913 Todd Lane #607
Austin, Texas
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The IEEE 2030 Initiative - How It Affects IEEE

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Tom Grim IEEE LSM, PE
Tom Grim received a B. S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1965, and an M.S. in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University in 2003. He spent 38 years working for various subsidiaries of the Bell System. The first two thirds of that time was spent doing almost every engineering job in Ohio Bell, including assignments at Bell Laboratories and AT&T. He spent the last third of his career working for Ameritech and Southwestern Bell, managing industry teams that wrote American National Standards Institute and International Telecommunications Union standards on the Telecommunication Management Network

Tom is a Professional Engineer registered in Ohio. He retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Signal Corps. His hobbies include reading, computers, and being an IEEE volunteer. He is currently learning about Python, for use in some Raspberry Pi projects in home automation.

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 is a Professional Engineer registered in Texas. 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

The President of IEEE has proposed a set of changes to the constitution of IEEE that affects the structure of the Board of Directors.  We understand that he proposes to ask for a membership vote  this fall on amending the constitution of IEEE to fundamentally change how IEEE is governed.  We would like out members to be properly informed about this proposal and vote their views on the subject. 

The following is a quote from The Institute, describing the changes proposed.

“At its November 2015 meeting, the IEEE Board of Directors endorsed revisions to the IEEE Constitution, which will be sent to the IEEE membership for approval this year in the form of one amendment. Here is a summary of what the amendment accomplishes:
    “1.    Separates the role of an IEEE delegate from an IEEE director, so that directors need not also be delegates. This modification will allow the IEEE organizational structure to change in the future to better respond to the demands of a complex and changing world. Ultimately this will better serve the needs of members, the profession, and the public. 

    “2.    Separates the requirement that corporate officers must also be directors. This will allow corporate officers as currently defined to serve in important leadership positions other than on the Board of Directors. 

    “3.    Provides members with an increased role in selecting the Board of Directors by allowing the Board to be elected by the full eligible voting membership of IEEE. 

    “4.    Adds the executive director, who is the most senior IEEE staff executive, as a nonvoting member of the Board of Directors to participate in setting the strategic direction of IEEE. 

    “5.    Establishes a new role for IEEE delegates, who are members of the IEEE Assembly, to advise the Board of Directors on revisions to IEEE bylaws. 

    “6.    Adds language to the IEEE Constitution that explicitly ensures a richly diverse Board of Directors.”


Date/Time

19-April-2016
Time: 02:00PM to 04:00PM

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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/39255

Location

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

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The Austin Life Members Group meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Life Members meet on the third Tuesday each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m., followed by presentations from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by experts in topics of interest to IEEE Life Members.

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

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Abstract Come be a part of (PI)^2 Austin’s first ever social event! We’ll meet from 5 PM to 7 PM to discuss important topics such as which beer is your favorite (perhaps their famous “Power and Light”?). No RSVP required.
Date/Time 14-April-2016
05:00PM to 07:00PM
Location Independence Brewing Company
3913 Todd Lane #607
Austin, Texas
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Best Practices, and Benefits of Load Testing

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This will provide an overview of applications for load bank testing. The presentation will provide information for electric power system operators and facility managers who are interested in improving reliability, availability, and efficiency of the primary and backup power supply systems at mission critical facilities and electric power system interconnections.
We will review the value of load testing, impact of load testing on reliability, strategies for commissioning and testing, and finally best practices will be discussed.
This is a practical overview of best practices for commissioning across industry sectors including Utility, Critical Power Systems, and Renewable Systems. It gives the audience some practical takeaways to improve operations and a guide for commissioning processes. Best practices will be reviewed including integrated system testing by testing all of the subsystems that will affect the performance of the electric power system, and use innovations in load testing that produce actionable information and confidence in the validation as it is obtained. We will also review a common commissioning process and highlight the opportunity exists to optimize the efficiency and performance of a system in sectors where this matters.
Following is an outline of the sections of the presentation:
  • Introduction
  • Value of Load Testing
  • Load Testing and Improved Reliability
  • Strategies For Commissioning And Testing
  • Best Practices
  • Lessons Learned

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26-April-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

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El Gallo Mexican Restaurant
2910 S Congress
Austin, Texas
512-444-2205

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 • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants) • IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants) • Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages • A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage

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If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/38775

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  San Antonio Power and Energy Society (PE)

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Topic/Title Voltage Regulation of Utility Distribution Circuits
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Curtis B. Cryer is a Distribution Planning Engineer for CPS Energy. He graduated from the Oregon State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering majoring in Power Systems and Instrumentation. Mr. Cryer is a licensed Professional Engineer and has over thirty years of experience in power systems. Experience includes AC power distribution systems design and operation, voltage sensitivity of utilization equipment, distributed generation on the power grid and power quality investigation.
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Date/Time 28-April-2016
Time: 06:00PM to 08:00PM
Location Acadiana Cafe
1289 Southwest Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Austin Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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

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San Antonio Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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

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If you missed the excellant February meeting on "Supersized Robots" you can watch the video here.

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

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