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

Welcome to summer! 

We have some great events coming up. The Design Automation Conference (DAC) begins Sunday, June 5, at the Austin Convention Center.  It will be an outstanding event and a great opportunity to network with a diverse worldwide community of more than 1,000 organizations that attend each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives, and researchers and academicians from leading universities.


November 3rd, Brazos Hall, Rock Stars of Big Data

Big data is changing – and you need to catch up. At this event you have access to C-suite level experts unlike any other symposium.  You get to interact, question, and collaborate. Plus, lunch and cocktails are included, so you have time to network.


Register Now for the Must-Attend Big Data Event of 2016 -- Regular price: $399; $329 for members.  Special IEEE section and Computer Society chapter price: $165.  Use the code: chapter to get the $165 price. . click HERE now! 
Meet your experts –
  • Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer, Teradata – “Driving Action With Big Data Analytics”
  • James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist; 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”
  • Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton – “The Self-Driving Organization: Big Value from Big Data in the Internet of Things”
  • 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”
  • Joshua Greenbaum, Principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting leads an interactive panel discussion – “Going from Hype to Maturity – Surviving and Thriving in the Big Data Journey” (panel)
Sign up and save your space – click HERE now!

Let me know if you have any questions.

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

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Membership Development

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?

Join now with ½ year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 8 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! http://www.ieee.org/join

Did you know about IEEE - IEEE ResumeLab

IEEE has member benefit, the IEEE ResumeLab.  The ResumeLab is an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using a wide array of resume templates.  The site is great for new engineers just entering the job market or for those seasoned engineers who want to update their resume and interviewing skills.  Log on and check it out at http://www.ieee.org/resumelab

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

DAC Registration still Available
Thanks for all your help with promoting DAC around Austin. We have about 3500 folks registered locally, but that’s still short of my goal for 5000.  It’s not too late!  Could definitely use your help to get everyone to come out next week. It’s truly an amazing program.   Here is some info you can send to your colleagues.  Please, please spread the word inside your companies!  It’s such a fantastic program and show, I want as many as people as possible to enjoy it!
 
Free Parking: See https://dac.com/content/dac-parking
 
Bring a Buddy:  The code DACILDBB gives anyone a free I Love DAC registration which includes 3 free days of Exhibits, Keynotes, SKY Talks and Designer Track Poster Session. This pass also includes:
  • Access to the DAC Pavilion sessions each day
  • DAC’s first ever Silicon / Technology Art Show
  • The World of IoT Pavilion (including Makers Market)
  • The NXP Race Cup Challenge – US Finals.
  • Keynotes and SKY talks: https://dac.com/content/53rd-dac-keynotes-sky-talks
  • Networking receptions every evening: Sunday through Thursday (that means beer, wine and food). The mayor will join us on Sunday.
  • Access to daily Austin Angle Talks, Big Three CEOs, and teardowns at the DAC Pavilion
Sign up with the bring a buddy code and get a free “Keep Austin Nerdy T-shirt”.  Just pick it up when you pick up your DAC badge.
 
Thursday is Training Day.   I have a terrific promotion for Training Day. We are offering Doulos training on topics such as embedded security, system Verilog and UVM.  You can also brush up on C++ training taught by local experts.  Finally, the UT McCombs school of business is offering executive training classes on improving creativity and mental agility, featuring Art Markman, as heard on NPR’s Two Guys on Your Head. Access to all training day offerings is just $65. Lunch is also included. Click this link for details. Use promo code DACTD65.
 

Monday Tutorials: DAC is offering five short  (1.5 hours) and five long (3 hour) tutorials on Monday on topics such as 3D design, verification, IOT protocols, silicon debugging, . . .  See  Monday Tutorials for details.  A tutorial pass is $75 using promo code DACCDTT

 
Designer/IP Track.  This is a full conference in and of itself, offering three full days with three parallel tracks of terrific content, for just $99. No promo code needed. Click Designer Special Sessions for the full list of sessions and times.
 
To register:
  • Use the following link: https://reg.mpassociates.com/reglive/PromoCode.aspx?confid=200
  • Enter your name, email address and your “Promo Code” and then select ‘register.’  Enter a different code on each line for a discount
  • Complete your personal information and proceed to the ‘Select your Products’ page.
  • Depending on the event you are registering for select the corresponding button in the left navigation. 
  • Select the session you’d like to attend. The discounted rate will be displayed upon checkout.
Select Checkout to complete your registration.

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
IEEE-USA E-BOOKS is offering “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. In some cases, depending on the needs of the corporation, the engineer can move from one side to the other. The choice, however, is not always simple.

Authors Raymond E. Floyd and Richard H. Spencer caution that many organizations are careful about using the words “engineer” and “manager.” The rationale is that such a title may give the impression that someone has all the responsibilities of a manager when they really don’t.

From today through 15 July, you can get your free e-book to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/75870. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code JUNEFREE16 at checkout.

For more on the dual career ladder, see this article from IEEE-USA InSight: http://insight.ieeeusa.org/insight/content/careers/60215.  

JULY FREE E-BOOK

In July, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “A Living Resume -- Volume 1: Documenting Your Accomplishments.”

The Living Resume Series, by Harry T. Roman, helps you to document your growth as a professional. It is designed to make you think carefully about what you have accomplished and explore how you can record it in a logical manner. Roman writes that one day you might need a compendium of your career to help you keep your job or perhaps land a new one.

Volume 1 discusses how to document your career accomplishments.

SEEKING AUTHORS

Do you have an idea for an e-book you think will benefit your fellow members? If so, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS would like to hear from you. We are seeking authors to write an individual e-book, or a series, on career guidance and development topics.

Please email your proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto at g.stelluto@ieee.org.

IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of nearly 200,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

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 Collabratec News
Job Seekers
Look for job postings and other career opportunities in IEEE Collabratec. Visit the Opportunities section to:
  • Search job listings and filter by location, interest, and posting date.
  • Manage your saved job listings for quick reference and review.
There are over 2,100 job posted in IEEE Collabratec in technical areas such as:
  • Communications (signal processing), over 1,000 jobs posted
  • Energy, over 600 jobs posted
  • Information Technology, over 600 jobs posted
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences, over 300 jobs posted
  • Biomedical Engineering, over 300 jobs posted
  • Cybersecurity, over 100 jobs posted

Have Recruiters Find You
Make yourself visible to recruiters who represent the top technology firms in their respective industries. Get started by enabling your Employment Preferences under the Settings tab in Opportunities. Identify your desired interest in areas such as:
  • Job type (Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, Internship)
  • Preferred amount of business travel
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Employer location (Country, State, City)
  • Annual salary
Upload your CV/Resume to further enhance your visibility to recruiters. Recruiters will be searching for potential candidates by using search tools that scan your CV/Resume for key word matches.

Professional Engineering Ethics Webinars hosted by TBPE
June 8, 2016, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.

The Board is offering these free ethics webinars to assist license holders with meeting their ethics requirement.  Each ethics presentation provides an up-to-date overview of agency activities, case studies, and a review of professional ethics topics.
 
There is a maximum of 1,000 attendees for each webinar and they fill up quickly. Don't wait too long or you may miss out on getting your ethics credit prior to your renewal deadline.
 
Webinar Registration Page:  http://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html
After registering, please be sure to save the confirmation email as you will need the unique link on the day of the webinar in order to attend.

Congratulations to new Senior Members!
The following Central Texas Section members were elevated to Senior Member status at the IEEE A&A Committee meeting held in Atlanta, GA during April: Vinay Kumar Abburi, William Hurley, Nan Sun and Mikhail Tushentsov.

Free Code Camp
http://freecodecamp.com

This website offers a unique and generous gift to its visitors: the opportunity to learn viable coding skills at no cost. Free Code Camp offers exercises to help develop JavaScript and database coding skills, four possible certifications to earn, as well as the opportunity to join a community of fellow coding hopefuls. Most notably, Free Code Camp's simple, organized design is approachable and pleasant, welcoming the wary.

Completing Free Code Camp is no easy task. In fact, students log over 1,600 coding hours by the time they complete all the classes, tasks, and projects that the site employs. The upswing, however, can be significant, as the site promises that committed users will: learn full stack JavaScript; build a portfolio of real apps that real people are using; and, hopefully, get a coding job. Users begin by taking 200 hours of online lessons. Next, they log 200 hours of JavaScript Algorithm practice, then work on 200 hours of front end web development, followed by 200 hours of full stack web development practice. Camp is then rounded out by 800 hours of real-world web development work for participating non-profits. Along the way, users connect with other "campers," and learn applicable skills. An email address or social media account (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is needed to create an account, but the site is well-organized, user-friendly, and, best of all, free.

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Call for Volunteers

None this month


The Keys to an effective resume

Resume is our marketing tool and it is our call to get it noticed. Here are my thoughts about writing an effective resume as a great marketing tool and get it noticed by HR/Hiring managers.

Reading the Job Description

The most important key in writing a resume is emphasizing the part of your key qualifications that the employers are in need for. Applying with the same resume every time is taking us nowhere.

If the job demands academic background, high spot that part at the beginning and if the job required a solid experience, get the attention and highlight your strong experience at the start. In real life, HR/Hiring managers are dealing with thousands of applications and all what they have is few seconds to look at your resume. If you do not high light the golden key they are looking for, they will not waste a second looking at your resume. This is the most important key in writing and updating your resume.

The detailed resume in important key for writing a noticeable resume

No one have the time to search in your resume for details of what can you do for them. Your resume should explain how you can fit. Saying general terms like IT specialist or site project manager will not help you. Be specific and tell them what you can do exactly. Most of us highlight what we have accomplished during our many years of experiences and do not project this on what we can do for our new employers. They want to know why they should hire you. Show them how the experience you have will benefit their companies. Highlight how much time and money you saved and revenues increased.

Stick to one format for your resume; Chronological or functional

If you pick chronological layout, make sure it lists your work history to date and should include current job, business's name and position, dates of engagement, and achievements.  If you pick functional format resume, list appropriate involvements with less emphasis on consecutive order or details. This format should comprise capability, skills and achievement applicable to the opportunity applied for. For this format to be efficient, you need to know exactly what is the future job is looking for.

In general, emphasizing on the most recent job helps to demonstrate you better, write related knowledges to the job you are applying for, highlight talents, strengths and accomplishments. Finally, Work experience example is what the new employer loves to read.

For young professional without experience, I always recommend showing the skills they have learned in school or during internship experience are transferable skills to the new job they are applying for. Great examples are preparing detailed reports; research capabilities, communication skills and time management are something to talk about in student resumes. Remember keep it Short 150-200 words.

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


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

If you are looking for a quick way to continue your education, you might want to look at Highbrow. This is a site where various topics are broken into short 5 minute segments and emailed to you each day. Each 'course' only lasts for 10 days, so it is easy to go through several. These are not in depth technical courses but do cover a wide range of topics.

The current featured courses include: The Psychology of Persuasion; A Brief History of Cinema; The Secrets of Body Language; HTML and CSS Basics; How to Validate an Idea; and Ideas That Changed the World. These might be something to try to exand your knowledge without making too large a time commitment to your daily schedule.

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
https://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
Expand your knowledge base by taking a professional development course in your area of technical interest. Half-day webcast formats (3.5 hours) enable you to quickly get up to speed in a specific technology area without leaving your desk. And each are at a low cost of $49. For a limited time, sign up for three courses and receive the fourth one for free.  See the list of training courses.
ComSoc Training
See this calendar  for a list of upcoming courses.
Other learning opportunities
IEEE e-Learning Library
IEEE Online Education Portal
IEEE-USA Webinars (attendees can earn professional development hours -- PDHs)
Other Sources
CodeAcademy
Learn to code interactively for free

Corsea.org
A web site that provides an aggregate of university course offerings. Their tag line is "Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free." They have 16 course categories, most in technology areas from 16 major universities. 

MIT Open Courseware
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. More can be learned here.

Saylor.org: Free Education
The tag line of the Saylor website is "Harnessing Technology to Make Education Free." Although Saylor.org does not grant degrees, students can download a certificate of completion for successfully passing the exam at the end of each course. There are thirteen areas of study that visitors can choose to explore, including Computer Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering.

University of Texas Professional Development
UT Center for Lifelong Education provides several courses (these are NOT free). The list can be found here.

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Career

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

IEEE-USA

IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Regional News

     

Call for Papers

IEEE Standards Association

IEEEXplore - full text access to IEEE Publications

The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

IEEE: The Bridge - IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)'s signature publication, an interactive digital magazine published three times a year.

IEEE Member Newsletter http://theinstitute.ieee.org


Other Region 5 Section Newsletters


Conferences, Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • 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.


June 7-8, 2016: Ebmedded TechCon
Austin Convention Center  | Austin, TX

Embedded TechCon, designed to educate today’s design engineers in the most critical embedded product and technologies, will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on June 7th-8th, 2016. The live event extends OpenSystems Media's current on-line educational program, known as Embedded University. The classes, which will be taught by leading industry experts, will cover key embedded topics like IoT, automotive, and security, while drawing from the industry's roots with topics like firmware development, debugging, and open-source hardware and software.

http://embeddedtechcon.com/


June 8, 2016: Austin Data Meetup OpenPOWER Edition
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
TechSpace - Austin - 98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78701

Join the Austin Data Meetup on Wednesday June 8th 6-9PM for an evening of learning, networking, swag, and free-flowing beer, cocktails, and burgers at the new TechSpace in downtown Austin! Folks from the OpenPOWER Foundation will be there to talk about how businesses large and small are using open, accelerated architectures to propel Big Data & High Performance Analytics applications to new levels of speed, throughput and innovation. Learn about how IBM Watson is using GPUs, how to accelerate any workload with POWER8 and it’s Coherently Attached Processor Interface (CAPI), and more. Agenda upcoming – RSVP now as space will be limited!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/austin-data-meetup-openpower-edition-tickets-25674111960


June 29, 2016: Capital Factory 2016 Summer Job Fair
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
Capital Factory, 16th Floor - 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Join us for a 2-hour evening startup mixer focused on connecting Capital Factory companies to individuals seeking employment within the Austin tech and startup community. Come meet our budding startups, learn about what opportunities are available, drop off a resume, and grab yourself a drink.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-factory-2016-summer-job-fair-tickets-20074536479


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.

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January 15, 2017: Data Day MD
Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CST)
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center  | 1900 University Avenue | Austin, TX 78705

Based on feedback from the community, the inaugural Data Day MD will be held on January 15, 2017. Data Day MD is an extension of the successful Data Day Texas conference which in its 5th year drew 750 attendees.  Data Day MD is all about the intersection of Data, Medicine, and Healthcare -- learning to take advantage of new tools and technologies, like big data, natural language processing, machine learning, analytics, and the internet of things.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-day-md-tickets-22257139704

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

Greater Austin STEM Networking Forum
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (CDT)
Eastside Memorial High School - 1012 Arthur Stiles Road, Austin, TX 78721

Network with STEM-engaged organizations from across the area and learn about the resources available to assist you in your efforts. Learn about the Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem, launched at the White House in November 2015 as one of 27 Ecosystems in the country, and the only one in Texas. Learn about statewide STEM out of school time system building led by TXPOST.  Explore resources of the Texas Girls Collaborative Project including role model workshops, a new Texas skills-based STEM volunteer matching system, hands-on STEM curriculum and more.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greater-austin-stem-networking-forum-tickets-25496500720

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

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

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

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

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

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

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Austin Computer Society (C)

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Object-based Audio for Home Theater Systems and Video Games

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Sergio Liberman has more than 29 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in design and architecture of over 22 chips, including DSP processors, digital-to-analog converters, Class-D audio amplifiers and SoC application processors.  Sergio currently develops multi-processor, multi-board systems for high-performance, large channel count digital audio processing.  Sergio holds three patents and has authored over 15 technical publications.  Sergio received a B.Sc. EE from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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Home theater systems have seen great advances in video quality with 4K resolution, 3D and high dynamic range with the recently introduced Ultra HD and Dolby Vision.  The correspondent advances for the soundtrack uses object-based audio technology to offer 3D-like sound fields.  This presentation will discuss Dolby ATMOS and DTS:X object-based audio, and the applications for home theater, video games and mobile.

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June 22, 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.

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Reservations are not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.

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

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

More information on Consultants Networks

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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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 21-June-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 FPGA chips: Intro, History and Applications
Speaker Jim Brakefield, Life Senior Member, IEEE
He holds a BS-Applied Math from University of Wisconsin and Masters of Science (Computer Science and EE) also from UW.  His professional career includes work in the Avionics, Semiconductor , Life Sciences and Communications industries as well as Image Processing and video.

He has experience in assembly language programming on over a dozen processors usually in the context of hard real-time embedded systems.  He has done FPGA projects: small, medium and not that large.  He does circuit board design and systems architecture including microprocessors, FPGAs, power supply, analog and data conversion.

He is currently examining computer architecture in the context of FPGA soft core processors.
Abstract Field Programmable Gate Arrays have been around for over 30 years are and are now into their 3rd generation.  A convenient way to study them and their applications is to follow the timeline and their expanding capabilities.  The talk uses Steve Trimberger’s retrospective on FPGA technology with introductory material and greater focus on applications.
Date/Time June 16th, 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
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/40047
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Austin Power and Energy Society (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Topic/Title Reaching Equipment Reliability Objectives and Eliminating in Service Failures
Speaker Thomas Sandri
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Date/Time June 28, 2016
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
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress, Austin, Texas
Cost • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants) • IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants) • Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages • A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
Reservations If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net
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  San Antonio Power and Energy Society (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Topic/Title Risk Assessment and User Compliance with Safety Information", Plus "Hover Board Safety
Speaker Daniece Carpenter & Gary Schrempp
Abstract Topic was first presented at the Product Safety Symposium held earlier this year. This will be a follow up to that presentation. Plus, we have a late update on what's going on in Hover Board safety concerns. Are they dangerous, or are they not?
Date/Time June 21, 2016
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Reservations There is no cost, but please RSVP to Dale Ritzen (austin278757@yahoo.com)
Location Dell Parmer Lane South Campus
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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)

AESS Chapter of the Year Award 2016 for US-based chapters

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If you missed the excellent 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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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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