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

I am delighted to say that a lot of congratulations are in order!

Congratulations to Fawzi Behmann for being presented the Region 5 Outstanding Member Award!  Fawzi has ably led both the Computer Society Austin Chapter and the COMSOC/Signal Processing Chapter.  And he has just accepted the role of Conferences Chair for Central Texas!  Thanks for all you do, Fawzi!

Congratulations to Walt Downing and the CTS joint SMC-AES chapter who will receive the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Chapter of the Year Award for US-based chapters!  Wow! It is great to have our Central Texas Chapters recognized for their impressive accomplishments.

Congratulations also to UTSA engineering students Patrick Stockton, Vishal Sonthalia, Abel Miguel, and Paul Avila. Their project, “Vehicular Awareness System” (shown at the UTSA Technology Symposium to exhibit senior design projects) was selected for special recognition as most representative of the technical fields of interest of the IEEE CTS Joint SMC-AES Chapter.   The students designed a modular system to incorporate inexpensive LIDAR sensor technology for proximity and trajectory awareness of objects around vehicles.  As evidence of the modularity of design, the students completed the LIDAR task in sufficient time to perform efforts beyond the original scope of work to demonstrate the incorporation of ultrasonic sensors into the system.  Awesome news, guys!

Special Benefit to IEEE Members:
As a special benefit of IEEE Membership through 15 May, IEEE-USA is offering a free eBook, Engineers Working with Teachers: A Handbook for Bringing the Excitement of Engineering, Science, Technology, Invention and Creativity into the Classroom, written by Harry T. Roman. Sign in with your IEEE Account, add the book to your Cart, and enter the promo code APRILFREE at checkout. In May, IEEE-USA eBooks will offer Starting Your Start-Up-- Book 5: The Launch, by Tanya Candia.

Upcoming events:

June 5-9 Design Automation Conference (DAC) at the Austin Convention Center. For Free Passes to the exhibits, Keynote sessions, and more register for I Love DAC by May 18th.

We have an amazing IEEE Section, and I hope you will all benefit through your association with IEEE.  There are many events each month and many opportunities for both learning and networking.  There are also plenty of opportunities to learn new things through volunteering to help with our great programs.  If you’d like to help, please let me know!

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

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Membership Development

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Did you know about IEEE

IEEE Young Professionals Webinar - The IEEE offers webinars for members on topics related to professional development, humanitarian efforts, and technical knowledge.  Periodically, there is a free webinar on a new topic.  Examples of past webinars that are available for immediate viewing are:
  • Technology in Humanitarian Framework  This webinar presented insights into the role of engineers in addressing global humanitarian challenges. The author presented the importance of technology-based humanitarian programs and discussed various avenues offered by IEEE to drive technology-based development for addressing challenges in the humanitarian space.
  • IEEE ResumeLab This webinar highlighted a new offering for IEEE Members.  IEEE ResumeLab is an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using a wide array of resume templates..

For more information and a listing of  available recorded Webinars, check here.

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.


Free eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members
In May, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “Starting Your Start-Up -- Book 5: The Launch.”

Starting a business, according to author Tanya Candia, should achieve well-defined goals: “[It] should build brand awareness, smooth the process for sales efforts, build buzz around the company or product, and result in benefits that last far beyond the launch.”

This e-book, the last in the “Starting Your Start-Up” series, is replete with exercises designed to assist in planning and executing a successful launch.

Other series titles include: “Book 1: Starting Your Start-Up”; “Book 2: Market Size and Strategy”; “Book 3: Competitive Analysis”; and “Book 4: Pricing Strategies.”

HOW TO GET YOUR E-BOOK

From 1 May to 15 June, IEEE members can download a free copy of “Book 5: The Launch” at http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/76170. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code MAYFREE16 at checkout.

JUNE E-BOOK EXPLORES DUAL CAREER LADDERS

In June, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “Shaping an Engineering Career -- Book 2: Dual Career Ladders.”

The dual career ladder represents the choice of career paths many engineers face: technical, management or both. Authors Raymond Floyd and Richard Spencer offer their insight into this phenomenon.

For more on the dual career ladder, see http://insight.ieeeusa.org/insight/content/careers/60215.  
SEEKING AUTHORS

Call for participation: 2016 Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VOLT): deadline 10 June
The MGA Training Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VOLT) for this year. As it enters its third successful year, over 80 graduates have completed the program, representing all IEEE geographic Regions.

VOLT is targeted to volunteers who have a true desire to learn about the broader IEEE and are considering taking leadership positions within their local units and IEEE committees.
For 2016, the program will run under the same structure as last year:

Track 1 - All IEEE volunteers are invited to participate in Track 1, which covers key organizational units of IEEE and focuses on the foundational knowledge of the organization. These pre-requisite courses will be available to all IEEE volunteers through the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) website from 29 April through 10 June 2016. Participants will be asked to complete a short quiz at the end of each session.

Track 2 - Volunteers who complete Track 1 by 10 June can apply for consideration for Track 2 of the program, which is planned to start in September. Track 2 will last three months and focus mainly on leadership related topics. Participation in Track 2 will be determined by the MGA Training Committee based on predefined criteria.

Access Track 1 courses

(Log in with your IEEE account and choose the “Volunteer Leadership Training Pre-Requisite” category to begin)

IEEE has acquired GlobalSpec from IHS
The synergy resulting from this combination of two leading engineering brands diversifies and broadens IEEE’s offering to industry, thereby addressing some of the identified needs of that sector of the engineering community. Great synergies and significantly expanded offerings are now available for our global engineering community going forward.

Read more

AESS Chapter of the Year Award for US-based chapters
The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Board of Governors meeting at the 10th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference in Orlando, Florida announced that the CTS joint SMC-AES chapter will receive the AESS Chapter of the Year Award for US-based chapters (the Germany chapter will receive the award for international regions). 

Bot Party
Bot Party, a humanist collective of artists and engineers exploring the intersection of art and technology through live comedy with humans and robots, is crowdfunding their latest endeavor "Bot Party 3.0" and making an appearance at Maker Faire Austin May 7 & 8. They are looking to build on their last production with Fusebox Festival (watch here!) and are offering show tickets and an Adafruit Trinket Potato Hacking Kit to their supporters.

Annabelle the Robot has recorded a special message to her IEEE friends this week, enjoy!

Attempting to Launch a MEMS & Sensors Chapter
I am in the process of forming a new IEEE chapter under the IEEE Central Texas Section.  The focus of the chapter is on MEMS & Sensors, so the new chapter name will be the IEEE Central Texas MEMS & Sensors Chapter.  MEMS stands for MicroElectroMechanical Systems.  In the past 15 years,  the MEMS industry has experienced double digit growth rates much like the CMOS did in the 1980-1990’s. The proliferation of MEMS & Sensors has led to the explosion in wireless and mobile electronics, wearable electronics, sports and fitness trackers, helmet impact sensors, innovative medical devices, body worn cameras, digital light process(TM), automotive sensors, aerospace and military applications, games like the Playstation and Wi, etc.  Today’s automobiles are loaded with MEMS sensors including the accelerometer that deploys the air bag.  The proliferation of MEMS and Sensors will be tremendous over the next decade.

I had the privilege of participating as Workshop Chair of the first IEEE MEMS related chapter, called the IEEE SF Bay Area MEMS & Sensors Chapter. That experienced helped me recruit a top-notch group of IEEE members and volunteers who will help me organize and run this new chapter (also helped grow IEEE membership).  The Central Texas area has a stronger relationship with Silicon Valley than ever before and this makes good sense.  We have our own regional MEMS foundries - Novati Technology, NXP-Freescale and companies selling products and services in the MEMS industry such as Cirrus Logic (MEMS microphones) and Silicon Labs (suite of MEMS timing and sensor devices). There are numerous start ups including WiseWear, Atlas Wearables and MapMyFitness (acquired by Under Armour) using MEMS sensors in their products.  The Internet of Things, M2M, and industrial automation will continue to present new opportunities for companies in Central Texas and grow the markets for MEMS & sensors.

Now I need your support of this petition, which means your signature.  Please support this effort by signing this petition (see attachment).

See the note below for the method of electronic signature acceptance.

IEEE will accept the following as a signature: 
a.    In lieu of signatures on the petition, IEEE will accept an email message from IEEE members stating their agreement to the formation.  These emails must include the name of the member, IEEE membership number, and a brief statement of support of the petition (this can be one or two simple sentences). These messages are to be sent to the petition organizer (Brent Lunceford blunceford@austin.rr.com) who is requested to cut and paste these emails, preserving the email header information, into one document.


I am happy to speak to you over the phone if you want to discuss this.  However, I am trying to communicate through email to make the best use of your time.

Thanks for your interest and support.

Best regards,
Brent Lunceford
President, Memstronics
Officer and Workshop Chair (2014-2015), IEEE SF Bay Area MEMS & Sensors Chapter
https://www.linkedin.com/in/brentlunceford
blunceford@austin.rr.com
512-923-1876

UTSA Technology Symposium Special Recognition
The University of Texas at San Antonio conducted a Technology Symposium to exhibit senior design projects in late April.   Garrett Hall and I attended the event and selected a project for special recognition as most representative of the technical fields of interest of the IEEE CTS Joint SMC-AES Chapter.  The project selected was “Vehicular Awareness System” performed by engineering students Patrick Stockton, Vishal Sonthalia, Abel Miguel, and Paul Avila.  The students designed a modular system to incorporate inexpensive LIDAR sensor technology for proximity and trajectory awareness of objects around vehicles.  As evidence of the modularity of design, the students completed the LIDAR task in sufficient time to perform efforts beyond the original scope of work to demonstrate the incorporation of ultrasonic sensors into the system.  We were given a time slot at the beginning of the awards ceremony to present our special recognition, which consisted of certificates and IEEE Central Texas Section coffee mugs.  It is also noteworthy that several of the project team members were former UTSA IEEE student branch officers or otherwise active in the student branch, their exhibit poster was the only one at the event displaying the IEEE logo, and they also had an IEEE pop-up free-standing display next to their project exhibit.  Notice that Pat Stockton, standing next to me on my right, is wearing his IEEE lapel pin.  They were excellent representatives of IEEE.  I also greatly appreciate Garrett’s outstanding support during this event.
 
Best Regards,
Walt Downing

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Call for Volunteers

Opportunities still left to volunteer
There are still 22 schools left that are wanting visits this school year by Discover Engineering volunteers. Make the time to visit a school to promote STEM careers.

For more information see the web site for further information


Taking the Leap Into Entrepreneurship

So you want to be an entrepreneur? Well, I have news for you: The first step into entrepreneurship is the biggest. Why? Because of the overwhelming uncertainty that’s associated with it.

That vast uncertainty deters many would-be entrepreneurs before they even start a business. But in my experience, the act of going headfirst into the unknown changes you for the better.

Read more . . .


Indoor Urban Farms and LED Grow lights

My love to farming started when I was 8. Growing up in a village watching my grandfather working at his land inspired me for years to love farming. But as most of us moved to big cities and the backyard gardening became hard and our dreams of back yard gardens faded. Philips, GE and some few other LED lighting manufacturers brought this dream back to us.  Philips Indoor farms grow vegetables locally in areas where old-style farming is not possible. Worldwide light leaders are developing indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights designed to particular harvests. The new agricultural engineering design will produce harvest many times yearly using special designed light enhanced for their production need.

Light Quality and Plant life:

Light quality, color or wavelength is divided into respective major colors which has a major impact on growing plants. For Example, Fluorescent cool white lamps are high in blue range, and the best choice for starting seeds indoors. Incandescent lights are high in red and generally produce too much heat for use in supplementing plant growth.  Some companies started using grow lights long back as an artificial light source emitting electromagnetic spectrum appropriate for photosynthesis. They are used in applications where additional light is required.

Grow Lights:

There have been several experiments using Grow lights to grow plants, and it has been shown that a plant's specific needs determine which lighting is most appropriate for optimum growth. The light must replace the natural light to which the plant is best improved. If a plant does not get enough light, it will not grow, regardless of other conditions. Grow lights either attempt to provide a light spectrum similar to that of the sun, or to provide a spectrum that is more custom-made to the needs of the plants.

LED Grow Lights VS high-pressure sodium and metal halide bulb grow lights

 LEDs saves considerably on electricity costs, provides the maximum efficiency, more powerful and efficient than the older generation. Of course less heat which allows positioning the light nearer to plants and avoiding burning them. 

Next-generation LED grow lights

The next generation of LED will deliver dramatic power savings and unmatched product reliability. They offer low power, high-efficiency, uniform light pattern, homogenous light distribution at precisely the right wavelengths and color ratios needed for superior photosynthetic response. A time will come soon where we can have those farms inside our houses. The cost and other minors issues should be resolved.

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


Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group Call on Congress to support Investments in research and Development In Texas and other States

Fawzi Behmann of Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group traveled to Washington, D.C. to express the importance of research and development activities to Texas and the nations’ economic growth and stability.

Fawzi Behmann of Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group joined with more than 150 scientists, engineers and business leaders who made visits on Capital Hill as part of the Twentieth “Congressional Visits Day,” an annual sponsored by the Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group on April 12 and 13.

While visiting congressional office Fawzi Behmann discussed the importance of the nation’s broad portfolio of investments in science, engineering and technology to promoting our country’s prosperity and innovation. Most importantly, they provided a constituent perspective on the local and national impact of these programs and their significance to Texas. He also spoke about support maintaining the budget for NSF and research for STEM program (funding initiatives to bring about advanced technology such as 3-D printing, Science in a Box, Internet of Things in a Box in a more simplified, creative, interactive ways to students.  He also called for support maintaining the budget for NIST budget and research for standards development required for smart alternate energy distribution from grid to consumers and vice versa.

More than 50 percent of all industrial innovation and growth in the United States since World War II can be attributed to advances pioneered through scientific and technological progress. Achievements from federally funded science, engineering and technology include global environmental monitoring, lasers, liquid crystal displays, the Internet, among many other scientific and technical advances.

The federal government supports a unique research and education enterprise that fuels the American economy. This enterprise provides the underpinning of high-technology industries and expands the frontiers of knowledge in every field of science. Much of this research is carried out at academic institutions across the country ensuring knowledge transfer to future generations of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, physicians and teachers. Additionally, technology transfer from academic research adds billions of dollars to the economy each year and supports tens of thousands of jobs.

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this event. I feel strongly that making our voices heard to our elected representatives in Washington is critical to ensure ongoing support of Federal R&D programs. Living in Austin Texas for the last fifteen years, Fawzi Behmann said that the most rewarded experience came when he was well received from the offices of Senator Ted Cruz, Senator John Cornyn, Rep. John R. Carter and Rep. Joe Barton.


Highlights of the two-day event included a series of briefings and talks by Members of Congress and Executive Branch officials including Matt Hourihan, Director, AAAAS R7D Budget and Policy Program.

The George E. Brown Award for outstanding leadership in support of Federal R&D was presented to U.S. Senators Chris Coons (DE); John Thune (SD) and Representatives G.K. Butterfield (NC) and David McKinley (WV). They were for outstanding efforts and promote science, engineering and technology on Capital Hill.

The Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group is an information network comprising professional, scientific, and engineering societies, institutions for higher learning, and trade associations. The sponsors represent more than one million researchers and professions in Science and engineering. The Work Group is concerned about the future vitality of the U.S. science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise.

Additional information concerning the 2016 Congressional Visits Day can be found on the web at: http://www.setcvd.org
Fawzi Behmann, IEEE Sr. member,
Vice Chair ComSoc, NA and
Chair ComSoc/SP/CS Central Texas Austin Chapters


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

First let me bid all of you a Happy Star Wars Day tomorrow, May 4 (You know, 'May the 4th Be With You'). Star Wars Day will be celebrated again this year in Austin by Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival. If you are interested in Science Fiction and are free the evening of May 4th, this might be a great event for you!

IEEE member Brian Roemmele was in Austin in March for SXSW and to speak to the Capitol Macintosh User Group (CapMac). He had some very interesting things to say about electronic payments. Since then I have been following him on Twitter (@BrianRoemelle) and his work with voice UI have been remarkable. He gives an overview of his view of the changing UI in "There is A Revolution Ahead and It Has A Voice". If you are interested in electronic payments, or in the future of the User Interface he may be someone you want to follow.

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

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
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ComSoc Training
See this calendar  for a list of upcoming courses.
Other learning opportunities
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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

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


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

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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 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

  • 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


    NEW DATE November 3, 2016: Rock Stars of Big Data
    November 3, 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.

  • 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.


May 2-6, 2016: Small Business Festival at Tech Ranch
Tech Ranch is excited to host the Small Business Festival.

May 4-5, 2016: ACEs Conference
Organized by Apple consultants and technologists Justin Esgar and Luis Giraldo, ACEs Conference is in its second year and promises to be “the place to be to learn about the business side of IT consulting.” Focusing on topics of interest to Apple consultants, topics may include brand coaching, business workshops, and even meditation for dealing with high-stress situations the job entails. It’s scheduled for May 4th and 5th at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX.

Find out more


May 7-8, 2016: Austin Mini Maker Faire

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

May 10, 2016: CTEA Symposium at ARM
Central Texas Electronics Association
 
Electronics Design, Manufacturing & Test Symposium
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
ARM, Building-1, 5707 Southwest Parkway
No charge for SMTA & IMAPS members;  $10 for all non-members >> (Cash or Check ONLY!)

RSVP to Bob Baker at:  rjbakeratx@gmail.com

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.

May 25, 2016: State of Innovation
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
State of Innovation with panel discussions on the VC landscape and Healthcare + Innovation.

Join the city’s business leaders and innovators for high-profile keynote speakers, cutting-edge panel discussions and incredible networking at Austin Inno's State of Innovation

Read more


July 1-3, 2016: RTX
Austin's Rooster Teeth Productions LLC multimedia studio will host it's RTX convention in Austin. RTX, which Rooster Teeth executives hope attracts 60,000 attendees in its sixth year, is scheduled for July 1-3 at three sites in downtown Austin: the JW Marriott, Hilton Austin and Austin Convention Center. Tickets are available online.


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

June 13-15, 2016: Smart Cities Innovation Summit
The 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit brings together over 200 Cities and their respective leadership to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers; linking progressive cities with state-of-the-art solutions and best practices.

The Smart Cities Innovation Summit is co-located with the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) and the US Ignite Application Summit creating the most comprehensive showcase and accelerator of smart city innovation world-wide. While these events are co-located, the GCTC Expo is a separate and distinct event. All registrants for the Smart Cities Innovation Summit or US Ignite Application Summit will have full access to all three events, including the GCTC Expo.

Read more at http://smartcitiesinnovation.com

January 14, 2017: Data Day Texas
Data Day Texas is based entirely on feedback from the Austin data community. What do you want to see this year? Take a moment and share your thoughts with us at suggestions@datadaytexas.com.

Since 2013, Data Day Texas has been held at Austin's premier event facility -- and one of the most warm and welcoming conference venues in the country -- the AT&T Conference Center at the University of Texas.

As usual, we'll be taking all three floors of the facility -- every spare inch of the building -- room enough for 10 tracks, workshops, birds of a feather, meetups, office hours, demos, happy hours, lounge, and a job fair.

Read more

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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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  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

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

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

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

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

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Austin Computer Society (C)

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Topic/Title Demonstration of CodeBug
Speaker Tom O'Brien
Tom O'Brien is a Life Senior Member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Communications Society.  He has been an IEEE member since joining as a student in 1961.  He holds a BSEE from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science (Telecommunications) from Southern Methodist University.  His professional career has included assignments in Avionics, Airline Reservations, Space Shuttle and Space Station Flight Software, Robotics, Simulation, and Mission Support.  Tom is a Licensed Professional Engineer (Inactive) in Texas.  Since retirement, he has been active in IEEE leadership, in youth Robotics programs, and in Amateur Radio.
Abstract CodeBug is a tool for children to use to get hands-on experience with computers.  It is built around a PIC microcontroller, and has an LED matrix display, as well as several general-purpose inputs and outputs.  It is designed to be wearable.  Our program will consist of a demonstration of the CodeBug and its on-line development environment, as well as its stand-alone operation.

A CodeBug and its custom wearable case will be given away as an attendance incentive.
Date/Time 17-May-2016
6:15 Meet in the Cafeteria for some socializing before the meeting.  As usual, we pay for our own meals.
7:00 Brief announcements
7:15 Demonstration of the CodeBug
8:30 Adjourn
Cost
Reservations 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.

When registering, if you are a nonmember or don't remember your IEEE member number, leave it blank.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/39668
Location St. Mary's University
University Center
Conference Room B
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
Notes Parking is available at no charge, and directions are shown below.  If you need to use the freight elevator to move your project, please contact the meeting organizer Tom O'Brien (t.p.obrien@ieee.org).


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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Epidermal Sensor Systems for Sensing and Therapy

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Nanshu Lu, Ph. D. of The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Nanshu Lu received her Bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University in 2005 and Ph.D. from Harvard in 2009.  She was a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois before joining UT Austin as an Assistant Professor in 2011.  Dr. Lu has more than 50 journal publications with more than 3000 citations in the field of flexible and bio-integrated electronics.  She was named to the "35 innovators under 35" list by MIT Technology Review in 2012, and has recieved the NSF CAREER Award, Air Force and Naval Research Young Investigator Awards, and the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.

Abstract

The Epidermal sensor system is a class of skin-mounted, tattoo-like circuits and sensors capable of multiple functions, such as continuous vital sign monitoring, human-machine interface, and administering transdermal therapies.  Mechanical properties, such as thickness, softness, and mass density are well matched with the human epidermis and are therefore able to form a very intimate contact with human skin thereby providing unprecedented signal fidelity and comfort.  These systems have successfully demonstrated many functions, including long-term, continuous, measurement of electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), skin temperature, skin hydration, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and sweat analysis (e.g. glucose and lactate), as well as thermal treatment and transdermal drug delivery.  However, the high material and manufacturing cost have greatly hindered the widespread use of disposable epidermal sensors.  We therefore invented a cost and time effective, completely dry, benchtop “cut-and-paste” green manufacturing method to produce freeform and portable multiparametric epidermal sensor systems.

Date/Time

25-May-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/39656

Location

Pok-e-Jo's
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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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Free Form Electronics: Expanding the Horizon of Electronic Applications

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Muhammad Mustafa Hussain of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain (PhD, ECE, UT Austin, Dec 2005) before joining KAUST was Program Manager of Emerging Technology Program in SEMATECH, Austin. His program was funded by DARPA NEMS, CERA and STEEP programs. A regular panelist of US NSF grants reviewing committees, Dr. Hussain is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nanoscience (Springer), Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, Fellow of Institute of Physics, UK and Institute of Nanotechnology, UK, IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer and an IEEE Senior Member. He has served as first or corresponding author in 80% of his 237 research papers (including 17 invited reviews, 18 cover articles and 101 journal papers in Nano Lett., ACS Nano, Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Small, Nat. Asia Mater. Lab-on-Chip, Appl. Phys. Lett., IEEE Trans. Elect. Dev. J. Appl. Phys. IEEE Elect. Dev. Lett. etc.). He has 53 issued and pending US patents. His students are serving as faculty and researcher in KFUPM, KAU, UC Berkeley, TSMC, KACST, Harvard University, Yale University, Purdue University and DOW Chemicals. Scientific American has listed his research as one of the Top 10 World Changing Ideas of 2014. Applied Physics Letters selected his paper as one of the Top Papers of 2015. He has received 30 research awards including IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2016, Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award 2015 (UT Austin Alumni Award), US National Academies’ Arab-American Frontiers of Sensors 2015, DOW Chemical Sustainability Challenge Award 2012, etc. His research has been highlighted extensively in international media like in Washington Post, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), IEEE Spectrum, etc. His research interest is to expanding the horizon of CMOS electronics and technology for futuristic applications.

Abstract

Computation and infotainment are the two major areas where Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) electronics have made major contributions. Moving forward we expect to see their dominance in automotive applications. At the same time, we are seeing increased interest in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) to connect trillions of sensors. We are preparing for Internet of Everything (IoE) applications where people, process, data and devices are going to be connected through new generation of electronics which are not possible today. Therefore, our research is focused on hybrid integration of heterogeneous materials, processes and devices to build free form (flexible, stretchable, reconfigurable in shape and size) interactive and high-performance electronics and systems for smart living and a sustainable future focusing on healthcare, water, food and environment. For scientific exploration, we develop integration strategy to make collective use of the materials, processes and device architecture leveraging multidisciplinary tracks of electrical engineering, material science, bioengineering, computer science and engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering (focusing plants and marine science) and health science. As engineering tool, we use CMOS technology extensively due to its industrial relevance, maturity and reliability for rapid tech transfer. In my talk, I will discuss the advances we have made to make tomorrow’s applications available today. Specifically I will be using some examples which are commercially relevant and/or under commercialization: (i) healthcare devices; (ii) 3D printed smart objects with embedded electronics; (iii) plug and play smart electronic platforms with integrated sensors and actuators and (iv) physically reconfigurable shape systems.

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Thursday May 26th,  6PM

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Yes, light snacks & drinks

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Novati Conference Room, 2706 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas, United States 78741

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Jeff Wetzel will be our local host - He has asked "We are a Trusted facility and that requires visitors to state their citizenship status to gain access to the building;  foreign nationals (but not green card holders) need to show their passports.  If you can ask as part of the registration process for people to include their citizenship status that would be very helpful." - - To this end - Please enter your citizenship in the field labeled "Phone Number"    [I tried this - it works fine!]
Jeff will give a short welcome & introduction to the faciliity - then Mustafa will give his talk. 

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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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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 Discussion of the Engineer in Residence program and an overview of the IEEE MOVE Truck
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Abstract The EiR program was begun at the University of Colorado. Engineers are recruited to volunteer one day a month on campus to to provide feedback and to provide real world engineering solutions to students.

The IEEE MOVE (MObile VEhicle) Truck is a collaboration between IEEE and the Red Cross to provide disaster relief. The truck is being equipped with portable phone chargers, a battery recharging station, and access to the Internet via satellite. (http://theinstitute.ieee.org/career-and-education/preuniversity-education/ieee-partners-with-red-cross-to-help-during-natural-disasters)
Date/Time 17-May-2016
2:00 PM  Networking and lunch
2;15 PM  Presentation
Location Pok-e-Jo's
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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San Antonio Life Member Affinity Group

Topic/Title CoWatt Energy Presentation
Speaker William A. Tolhurst and Cole Brady
William A. (Bill) Tolhurst is President and co-founder of CoWatt Energy LLC. In this role Bill provides both operational and strategic direction for the company and has primary responsibility for financial matters, revenue and partner ecosystem development. His key objective is finding and implementing innovative ways to deliver differentiating value to buyers of solar power generation products.

Bill is a published author of both books and magazines articles, and recipient of the International Award of Achievement from the Society of Technical Communications. He also received Hewlett Packard's Bravo Leadership Award for achievement in Enterprise Computing, and has been a customer council member for both HP and Cisco. He is a named inventor for ten US patents.

Cole Brady is Founder and Chief Technology Officer of CoWatt Energy LLC. He is a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in program managing the design and deployment of large- scale industrial systems.

As CTO of CoWatt Energy, project field experience was initially gained by embedding with a leading solar construction and development business based in San Antonio. Project experience includes residential installations, commercial deployment at the San Antonio College Scobe Center, and a dual tracking array at the Mission Solar factory.

Abstract The most familiar elements of solar power generation systems, solar modules and inverters, have undergone tremendous innovation and cost reduction over the last ten years.  These sub-systems are largely silicon-based and thus are enabled by Moore’s Law and its corollaries for solar power.

However, these innovations are almost exclusively focused on the making of solar power.  At the same time, there has been very little innovation in the so-called Balance of System (BOS) elements of solar power generation.  This includes the mounting structures, cabling, in-field labor, and all the other large and small components and contributions required in deploying solar power in a useful way.  Without significant innovation in this area, BOS will come to completely dominate the cost of solar power generation in the next few years.

CoWatt Energy, a San Antonio based company, has developed a fully integrated solar power generation unit, PowerFunneltm (http://www.powerfunnel.com) that comes off the truck ready to deploy and generate power in minutes.  This allows solar power to be installed by general contractors, electricians and even in DIY applications, substantially reducing cost and speeding time to power.

Co-founders Bill Tolhurst and Cole Brady will discuss the inspiration, research and product engineering used in creating and bringing PowerFunnel to market.
Date/Time May 19th, 2016/11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location Lion & Rose English Pub
842 NW Loop 410 (Park North)
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Cost No entry fee but members must pay for their lunch
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Austin Power and Energy Society (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Topic/Title Tour of Austin's Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center (CTECC)
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Abstract A presentation and tour of Austin's Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center (CTECC). CTECC improves emergency response coordination and cooperation by providing a centralized public safety facility sustaining the operations of shared, critical emergency communications and transportation management for the region. Our primary goal is to receive and process emergency 9-1-1 calls for service and emergency.
Date/Time 16-May-2016
Time: 05:45PM to 08:00PM
Location 5010 Old Manor Road
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/39591
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For any questions please contact: Steve Pearson, Program Chairman, IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter; (512) 466-1450; steve@pearsonstrategy.com



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Ferroresonance Overview and Protection

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Daniel Bumbernick of Eaton
Dan Bumbernick earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. He worked at LTV Steel in Aliquippa, PA as a Maintenance Engineer. In 1985, he moved from the Pittsburgh area to Niagara Falls, NY to work for Carbide / Graphite Corporation as a Project Engineer and later as the Manager of Engineering and Maintenance. In 1996, he went to work for Westinghouse Electric Field Engineering Services and in 1998 when Eaton Corporation formed Eaton Engineering Systems & Services, he left Westinghouse to join Eaton as a Field Services District Manager. At Eaton, he worked in Engineering Services in Buffalo, NY, the Project Management Organization in Asheville, NC, and in 2006 moved to the Austin area as a Field Based Project Manager. He is presently the Application Engineer supporting the Austin / San Antonio area. He is also currently serving as the Vice Chair of the San Antonio chapter of IEEE PES. Dan also served as an electrician in the US Army Reserves from 1978 to 1984.

Abstract

This is a two part presentation. The first part is a review of the effects of vacuum circuit breaker switching transients on transformers. We will discuss the underlying concepts, look at forensic evidence and history of failures. With an understanding of the concepts and failures, we’ll discuss the mitigation options. The second part of the presentation addresses the recent increase in potential transformer and control power transformer premature failures. Various failure modes including ferroresonance when opening breakers, closing breakers, internal resonance, and transient over voltages will be discussed. As with part 1 of the presentation, we will look at mitigation options.

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24-May-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

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

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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/38776

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