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


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


Follow the Central Texas Section in Social Media
  • Join our LinkedIn group - this group is limited to IEEE members only
  • Follow us on Twitter, use the hashtag #IEEECTS
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Join CTS on IEEE Collabratec - an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create - all in one central hub. While there are some "members only" features of Collabratec, it is open to the public to join.
  • Slack - Several CTS members have begun using Slack to exchange ideas and foster discussion. If you are interested in joining the CTS Slack Team send an email to Fabio Gomez ( fabio.gomez@ieee.org )

From the Central Texas Section Chair

Congratulations to the IEEE Region 5 awardees:
  • Outstanding Student Branch Counselor: Larry Larson of Texas State University
  • Outstanding Small Student Branch: St. Mary’s University
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: Hema Ramaswamy
  • Outstanding Large Company Award: Southwest Research Institute
The students who participated in the Student Competitions were great!  And Central Texas had several winners:
  • Ethics Award: Hamza  …. And ….. from Trinity University

Check out some of these great events coming up! Click on the links for more info and to register:
In addition to all these great events, IEEE offers additional opportunities. 

IEEE-USA's April Free E-Book Developing People, explores developing key skills for employee success. Use Promo Code APRFREE17 at checkout.

Get Involved! The MOVE truck’s home is in Austin. The centerpiece of the MOVE initiative is the specially designed vehicle. It features a satellite system for wireless Internet access, a solar-paneled roof, 10-kilowatt generator and rechargeable batteries for energy storage. The latter enables up to 120 portable power banks to be recharged simultaneously.

MOVE volunteers were quite busy in 2016. Working in conjunction with the Red Cross, they traveled to flooding catastrophes in West Virginia and Louisiana, two areas ravaged by hurricanes and wildfires in Tennessee. They also promoted home fire safety and STEM education. The program is funded by IEEE-USA and the IEEE Foundation.
 
Kenny Rice is going to provide more information about how you can get involved, including helping to refurbish and restock the truck after each deployment, getting certified to help with the disaster relief, and even getting certified to be the driver!

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

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Membership Development

New to the IEEE OR want to find out more about the benefits of your IEEE membership?
The IEEE has developed a website, http://www.ieee.org/start, specifically to support new IEEE members in navigating though the IEEE.  Along with the information on the site, IEEE has created a new member orientation. The orientation is typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM EDT and 3:00 PM EDT.  The next new member orientation will be 27-April.  Check the IEEE website for registration.

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

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?
Join now with ½ year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 10 months of membership for the price of six.  If you have been away from IEEE for more than a year, you can re-join for half price!

Not sure if you’ve renewed for 2017, please go to http://www.ieee.org/renew or call the IEEE Contact Center at 1 800 678-4333.     

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As an IEEE member, you have a MyIEEE account with a home page.  With that home page you have the opportunity to personalize your IEEE membership with your technical interest as well as your IEEE volunteer interest.  Please go to https://www.ieee.org/Loginforms/myIEEE/login.html


Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.TV
The IEEE provides an internet-based television network where IEEE member generated special-interest programming about technology and engineering is provided.  There are public programs available and an extensive set of members’ only programs.  Check the most viewed programs at http://www.ieee.tv

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

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News of Interest to the Section


Free eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members
In April, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS is offering “Developing Your People -- Commonsense Leadership in the Workplace -- Volume 1: Key Skills Employees Will Need” free to IEEE members. In it, veteran engineer, educator and IEEE senior member Harry T. Roman explores commonsense ways to guide employees as they grow into their career.

“There’s no greater responsibility in the workplace than being a manager in charge of developing employees,” Roman writes.

The first in a three-volume series, this publication clarifies the distinctive realities of the information age, the types of skills required for career success, and how managers can create inspiring environments for their employees.

Now through 15 May, IEEE members can get a free download of this e-book by going to: http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/219947.  Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code APRFREE17 at checkout.

CALL FOR AUTHORS

IEEE-USA E-BOOKS seeks authors to write an individual e-book or a series on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea you think will benefit members in a particular area of expertise, 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 190,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Congratulations to new IEEE Senior Member
The IEEE Admission & Advancement (A&A) panel met in New Orleans in February and reviewed candidates for Senior Member. Robert Wagner from the Central Texas Section was approved for elevation to Senior Member. Congratulations Robert!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Texas STEM Connections

Texas STEM Connections is a web-based tool that makes it easy for STEM professionals to connect with K-20 educators, classrooms, out of school time programs, and other volunteer opportunities. Professionals can share their skills and expertise to bring real-world, authentic learning opportunities to all our students helping to create the next generation of innovators. Through in-person matches and virtual sessions, professionals can help educators and program providers connect their students to the world of STEM. Together we can make a difference.


Inspire students across the U.S. from your office


Nepris allows professionals in any industry to inspire students across the country without ever leaving the office. The skills-based volunteering platform connects professionals with teachers, classrooms, and students virtually, through video-conferencing technology, to provide real-world insight, career exploration, mock interviews, resume prep, virtual tours, and project mentorship/evaluation to students across America.

Through Nepris, STEM professionals across the globe are inspiring the next generation of engineers, welders, scientists, financiers, zoologists, and more. This is all done without any travel, expense, long-term commitment, or complex coordination for the company or volunteer. Professionals can easily sign up for Nepris and create an interactive session (called an Industry Chat) that fits with their schedule, for which teachers can register their classes. Nepris then markets these Industry Chats to the 30,000+ educators in their platform, taking care of the heavy lifting so the volunteer can just create the Industry Chat beforehand, log in the day of, and start inspiring.

Volunteers can also browse through teacher requests from across the country, accepting a request to speak with a class when it fits their industry, skill set, and schedule. Nepris moderates each session and fully supports volunteers through the process, ensuring a seamless experience for the students, teacher, and volunteer. Skills based volunteering not only prepares students for their dream career, it gives every professional an opportunity to build out their resume, strengthen their professional skills, and be that person who progresses their industry’s future workforce through community outreach.

Carlos Rosas, an engineer with ExxonMobil, recently engaged with over 100 students virtually through an Industry Chat for Engineers Week. As he explains, “This is something that I highly recommend to all professionals and business leaders. Being able to transmit and convey your professional experience to students is something really important and it adds value not only to me as a professional, but also to the most precious resource any society has: our youth.” Nepris is an easy win-win solution to bridge the gap between education and industry - just read how one professional engages with students through Nepris over his lunch-break.

To sign up or for more information, visit http://www.nepris.com or contact Matt Pronio at matt@nepris.com or (717) 370-1387.

Central Texas Section at "Science Thursday"
Central Texas Discover Engineering has staffed the Bob Bullock History Museum the third Thursday of each month of the school year with volunteers demonstrating science to visiting students. Discover Engineering runs STEM outreach to area K-12 classrooms. The Central Texas Section of IEEE will be the volunteer group staffing the event for April 20th.

The event lasts from 10AM until 2PM. No prior experience is needed. A brief training will be held for volunteers before the students begin to arrive. Volunteers should arrive at the Bullock by 9:30AM. Free parking will be available to the volunteers. If you are interested in joining us on Thursday April 20 please contact John Purvis john.purvis@ieee.org.



H-1B Visa program has its faults, it’s crucial to the growth of engineering innovation

H-1B visas allow employers to recruit and employ non-U.S. workers in specialty occupations, including engineering, for a specified period of time. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approves a maximum of 85,000 workers under this program with the intention of bringing in skilled workers to help companies fill a talent shortage.

However, as many lawmakers as well as U.S. employees who have been affected by the program have publicly acknowledged, the system has been exploited. It no longer solely serves its initial purpose to fill positions in which it is difficult to find talent in specialized fields, but instead has been a way to replace U.S. workers.
 
In recent years, bills have been proposed by lawmakers and government officials petitioning for changes to the H-1B visa system. One proposal is to double the minimum salary that companies would be mandated to pay H-1B workers to $130,000. Other changes suggested would clamp down on the percentage of H-1B visas approved for small companies and give preference to international students educated in the United States. Strict audits to check for fraud has also been recommended.
 
Such proposals sound fair to me. But based on my experience, I still believe in the value of the H-1B program overall and the importance of immigrants from all countries collaborating on engineering projects. Many immigrants who get their start in the United States have went on to found their own companies or launch products in the U.S., in turn creating jobs for others. According to the H-1B Employment Effect report by the Partnership for a New American Economy, an immigration reform think tank, bringing in new talent through H-1Bs will stimulate the economy enough to create an additional 700,000 jobs for U.S. citizens by 2020.
 
IEEE Life Fellow B. Jayant Baliga, recipient of the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor, the organization’s highest award, who immigrated to the United States from India, is just one example that comes to mind. While a researcher in the early 1980s at General Electric’s Research and Development Center in Schenectady, N.Y., Baliga led the development of the insulated gate bipolar transistor, an energy-efficient transistor, used in lightbulbs, home appliances, and other applications. The innovation has saved consumers more than $15 trillion in energy savings (and that was the estimate in 2012), according to Forbes India. It also tremendously reduced the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere. And it helped create countless jobs in the United States.
 
And immigration has an overall positive impact on long term growth in the country, according to the Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It states that the number of recent immigrants who are college educated is double those who arrived in 1970. Many of the new arrivals have degrees in technical fields. The report adds that highly skilled immigrants have boosted this country’s capacity for innovation and technological change, and have contributed to entrepreneurship and an increase in patents.
 
Immigrants who have founded companies not only hire American workers, but can also help bring work from other countries to the United States. My friend Mike, a computer engineer, works for a high-tech company founded by an immigrant from India. The company has 50 American employees and just landed a contract to do work in India. The founder’s contacts in India opened up new trade and investment opportunities for the United States.
 
While reform is needed to help repair a broken H-1B system, it’s important to reflect on the bigger picture to understand that one of the best economic policies we can instill in the United States is to let people in and allow them the opportunity to innovate and create. 
Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz, IEEE Senior Member
http://qusialqarqaz.wordpress.com
qusi.alqarqaz.us@ieee.org








Central Texas in Africa

Fawzi Behmann, Senior IEEE member at Central Texas and Vice chair of ComSoc NA and President of TelNet  Management Consulting, Inc. was given the opportunity representing IEEE to travel to Africa in January.

The trip was sponsored by IEEE AH CAA and ComSoc and was designed to address the needs of the local professional communities in Uganda and Kenya.

Fawzi was asked to conduct a workshop on IoT. Uganda section has collaborated with UIPE – Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers and hosted the workshop at Makerere University, Resilient Africa Network (RAN) Kololo. The Kenya section has collaborated with Stratmore University in hosting the workshop in Nairobi.
In both places, Fawzi shared at the beginning (with a few slides) greetings from IEEE CTS and chapters. Attendees and IEEE sections were pleased with the outcome.

Because of the great reception and appreciation, Kenya invited Fawzi back to be a keynote speaker at PACT 2017 and provide an advanced IoT workshop designed to inspire master students, and startups to be creative and collaborate.  The invitation was generated by the Dean of Strathmore of Computer and Information Technology.

The workshop title was “Disruptive Internet of Things  - Evolution, Collaborative technologies , Applications and Future Trends.
The workshop covered 4 modules:
1. Understanding Pre-IoT, IoT, and Collaborative IoT Model
2. Developing IoT Solutions for Smart Homes/Buildings, Smart Car and Smart Energy
3. Developing IoT Solutions for Health & Fitness and Public Infrastructure
4. Virtualization – a key driver for IoT and 5G

The title of the keynote was “Is there a common vision for IoT, 5G and Virtualization by 2020?”

A presentation will be available and posted shortly on CTS website.

Call for Nominations

It's time for the nominating process to begin for section and chapter officers for next year.  If you are interested in nominating someone for a section officer position or one of the section committee chairs, contact the Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair, Kenny Rice.  His address is krice@ieee.org.  Self-nominations will be considered by the Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group.

In the past, Central Texas Section officers have been elected for a two year term, and chapter officers in the section have been elected for a one year term   The MGA Operations Manual states that the section may have terms of office of either one or two years, and the Central Texas Section has documented the choice of two year terms for its officers.  

Recently, the MGA Operations Manual declared that sections must make a separate choice of terms of office for all of their chapter officers.    In the absence of a Local Operating Procedure on this topic, the Section Committee has decided that chapter officers must be elected every year, Chapter officers are limited to consecutive service of four years.  

The schedule for our elections is as follows.  This message constitutes the Call for Nominations.  The nominations committee will accept nominations from section members during the month of April, and will communicate a slate of nominees to the CTS Executive Committee by August 15th, for ratification at the Executive Committee meeting at the end of August.  The ratified slate will be published in the September Analog newsletter, and petition candidates will be accepted until October 15th. The modified slate will be announced to section members in the October Mid Month Reminder.   The election will be announced in the November Analog.  The elections will begin on November 1.  We intend to use the IEEE vTools election process for the election.

Chapter nominations and elections should follow a similar schedule and process at the chapter level, although the election itself may be held at the November chapter meeting instead of on line. 

Below is the section Elections process specified in the MGA Operations Manual (it can be found at http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/operations_manual/index.html ).  The chapter process is substantially the same,  


G.    SECTION ELECTION PROCESS

Six months prior to the date of election, the Section Nominating Committee Chair shall issue a call for nominations for all positions elected at-large to all voting members of the Section through an appropriate medium. 


Section members shall submit nominations within one month of the call for nominations. 

The Section Nominating Committee shall verify the candidates’ eligibility and willingness to serve. A candidate must be a member of the Section to hold office in that Section. The Section Nominating Committee shall also gather position statements and biographies of the potential candidates, as appropriate. 


4    The Section Nominating Committee will select from all such submissions at least two but not more than three candidates for each position elected at-large, and submit the slate of candidates to the Section ExCom for ratification. In the case where the slate that is submitted for ratification consists of a single candidate, the Section ExCom may recommend to the Region Director the approval of proceeding with the election process with a single candidate slate.

  • The slate of candidates for elected office shall be communicated to the voting members of the Section not less than six weeks prior to the election date. In addition, provision shall be made in the communication for petition candidates for these offices. 

  • In addition to the candidates nominated by the Section Nominating Committee, individual voting members eligible to vote in such election may nominate candidates by petition. 
In accordance with IEEE Bylaw I-307.17, the number of signatures required on a petition shall be determined as follows. For all positions where the electorate is less than 30,000 voting members, signatures shall be required from 2% of the eligible voters. 
For all positions where the electorate is more than 30,000 voting members, 600 signatures of eligible voters plus 1% of the difference between the number of eligible voters and 30,000 shall be required.” 
The petition shall be completed at least 28 days before the date of the election. 

  • The entire slate of candidates for office shall be communicated to the voting members of the Section not less than two weeks prior to the election date. 

  • The election process shall be by secret ballot. 

  • The Section Chair shall submit the names of up to three members of the Section to serve as a Tellers Committee, to the Section for approval. After the tally of votes, the Tellers Committee shall report the results of the election to the Section Chair. The Section Chair shall inform each candidate for office of the results of the election prior to announcing the results to the Section membership. 


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I, and a number of other CTS members, attended the Region 5 conference in Denver this past weekend. It was a good opportunity to meet other IEEE volunteers. The Region 5 Conference will be in Austin next year and will hosted by the Central Texas Section. There will be many oportunities to help with both the Region 5 Conference and the annual Greentech conference that proceeds it. Both will be held at the ATT Center near the UT campus next year. Much more information to follow on this.

Take advantage of the 'I LOVE DAC' FREE registration for the Design Automation Conference this June 18-22. I went last year and there are many interesting exhibits to see. There is free parking as well if you get your parking stub validated.

I came across a TED talk ( https://youtu.be/cOIJGGgaSIY ) the other day "Engineering Beyond Engineering" where the speaker, a student at Imperial College, talks about how important it is today for engineers to participate in global debates and to develop the ability to communicate the innovations they produce. Basically his point is that engineers need to be well rounded, as well as technically proficient in their field of study.

World Backup Day was March 31. Do you regularly back up your electonic devices?

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

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Career

CTS Job listing
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The IEEE Job Site
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2017


April



1




3rd annual Bilingual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Fair
April 1st, 2017 at Akins High School. from 9-12:30pm

http://www.conmimadre.org/events.html



1-2




2017 Region 5 Meeting

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 South Syracuse St.
Denver, CO, USA




3-6




2017 70th Annual Conference for Protective Relay Engineers (CPRE)
The conference will provide information on protective relay applications and technology. Utility presentations give application information representing valuable supplement to manufacturer's specifications.

Texas A&M University
Memorial Student Center
Joe Routt Blvd.
College Station, TX, USA

http://prorelay.tamu.edu/



5




Global Day of the Engineer
The international event that celebrates engineering.
Take the pledge to:
  • Celebrate engineers.
  • Engage students in engineering.
  • Share an engineering innovation.

http://discovere.org/our-programs/global-day/landing



8




ASQ Webinar - The IT Infrastructure Library (a tool for creating and maintaining value in IT services)
Jeanne Schock
Topic: The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a process framework for the management of IT services. It is a set of IT Best Practices which an organization can adapt to develop processes for service design, delivery, support and improvement. This presentation will begin with an introduction to ITIL and the concepts of the service lifecycle and IT Service Management. We will then look more closely at how ITIL supports the delivery of value to customers through IT services. ITIL defines a service as a means of facilitating outcomes customers want to achieve without the ownership of specific costs and risks. Services must meet customer expectations for Utility and Warranty – Fit for Purpose and Fit for Use. To achieve this, ITIL places a higher investment of resources and time early in the IT service lifecycle, in pre- production activities such as requirements definition and testing. Continual Service Improvement provides a measurement framework and 7-step process for identifying and implementing improvements to service and process effectiveness, efficiency and cost effectiveness. The presentation will end with a look at how ITIL integrates with other frameworks and standards for IT Governance, risk management, security and quality such as COBIT and Six Sigma.

Bio: Jeanne Schock has a background in Linux/UNIX/Windows system administration that includes working at a regional ISP, a large video hosting company and a Top Level Domain Registry services and DNS provider. About six years ago she transitioned to a role building, managing, and promoting processes in support of IT operations, disaster recovery, and continual improvement. She is a certified Expert in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) process framework with in-the-trenches experience with such processes as Change, Incident, and Problem Management. Jeanne is an experienced trainer and public presenter and accredited ITIL Foundation trainer. She also has a pre-IT academic and teaching career.

Date / Time:

Saturday, April 8th
9:30 – 10:30 AM CST
Registration / Fee:

A $10 fee is required to attend this webinar.

http://asqaustin.org/2017/01/13/april-webinar-040817/



8-16




National Robotics Week
April 8-16, 2017
Robotics Week is a series of events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of robotic technology development and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of the United States. Search events near you and/or submit your event to be included on an interactive map.



12




American Society for Quality (ASQ) Section 1414 Meeting
Concurrent Design is a complete engineering design and build resource available on a consulting basis. We provide support for any part of the product design process or the design of the manufacturing tools and systems that make those products. With core strengths in mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering, we can apply a broad knowledge of engineering design in industrial, commercial and consumer product sectors. We have successfully applied these common core strengths in numerous industries including (alphabetically) clean energy, computers / networking / electronics, consumer products, medical / biomedical, nanotechnology, and semiconductor sectors.

Concurrent Design, Inc.
11500 Metric Boulevard, Suite #190
Austin, Texas 78758

6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time
6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes
Registration / Cost:

Cost will be $10 per person to cover food expenses.

http://asqaustin.org/2017/02/12/april-event-041217/

http://asqaustin.org



26




University of TEXAS ECE  - CAPSTONE DESIGN SHOWCASE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
OPEN HOUSE   /  1 - 4 PM 
The Union Building
Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom, 3rd Level
2308 Whitis Ave, Austin, TX 78705
Self-Paid Parking at San Antonio Garage

The TEXAS ECE Capstone Design Showcase will feature demonstrations of senior capstone projects and provide an opportunity to mix and mingle with faculty and students of a top ten ranked department.

We would like to thank our spring 2017 industry project sponsors - Amazon Lab126, Boeing Company, Capital One, Dell, Dun & Bradstreet, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Mellanox Technologies, Tenaris and Texas Instruments.

A photo gallery of the team projects and winners will be posted to our website shortly after the event. We hope to see you there.

RSVP



26-27




Houston Workshop "New Trends in Reclosers and Testing - Enhancing the Reliability of the Grid"
The workshop “New Trends in Reclosers and Testing—Enhancing the Reliability of the Grid” is again being held at the OMICRON Academy in Houston. Here’s a quick summary of what to expect:
  • Program will feature 17 external speakers from our industry.
  • Keynote Speaker will be Dan Smith, Vice President of Austin Energy who will present his grid modernization program and what changes they are making to their distribution system. He is an excellent speaker and it’s the first time that OMICRON has done any work with this large municipal utility.
  • Alan Ross, Vice President of Reliability for SD Myers will speak on the topic of reliability and how it relates to reclosers and distribution in today’s world. Alan has over 40 years of industry experience.
  • Eaton will provide a tour of their Experience Center on Tuesday, April 24th and also host a welcome reception for all attendees.
  • Ask the Experts Panel Discussion. This was very popular at last year’s workshop. All of the manufacturers are sending their experts to be on a panel discussion and the audience is able to ask any question they want to. The moderator will be Doug Houseman of EnerNex Corporation. I have seen Doug moderate several IEEE panels and he asks tough questions and really gets the audience involved.
  • Manufacturers participating in the panel will be ABB, Beckwith Electric, EATON, G&W, Schweitzer Engineering, S&C Electric, and Siemens. This should be a highlight of the workshop!
The registration deadline is April 5, 2017. Space is limited. Register today!

You can find the full agenda, further information and register here:
http://www.omicronenergy.com/2017Recloser

Here are more important details:
Workshop Cost: $495.00 per person for 2 days includes Continental breakfast, lunch, breaks and dinner-reception on April 26.
Time: Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on April 26 and from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on April 27.
Location: OMICRON Academy Training Center, 3550 Willowbend Blvd., Houston, TX 77054



28




Senior Design Day - Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
April 28, 2017
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Embassy Suites, San Marcos TX

Come see what the Engineering students from the Ingram School of Engineering have spent many months developing and help us evaluate the 45 projects that will be on display!

You'll find the answers to the following questions and many others:
  • How might the Internet of Things be applied to industrial safety?
  • How might the operations of a major supermarket distribution center be optimized?
  • How would a jig to hold a pickup truck tailgate work in a production line?

Click on the Register button below for more information.

Previous participants have left the event interested in more than one project, impressed with the quality of the Ingram School's young engineers, and ready to attend the next Senior Design Day!

Feel free to send this email and/or the registration link to a few friends/colleagues!
 
Click to Register!
(if you've already registered, there's no need to register again)




30




2017 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC)

The IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) is the premier conference devoted to IC development. CICC emphasizes the education of experienced engineers as well as students while showcasing original, first-published innovative analog and digital circuit techniques covering a broad spectrum of technical topics. It is a forum for circuit, IC and SoC designers, CAD developers, manufacturers and ASIC users. CICC is the conference to find out how to solve design problems and improve circuit design and chip design techniques.

Here are some of the highlights of CICC 2017:

Plennary Speaker:
Hans Stork, CTO ON Semiconductor
Title: Autonomy with Smart Power Electronics.
Technical Program

The technical sessions are the backbone of our conference and this year we are proud to offer a strong program. Papers will be presented in the following areas:  Wireline Techniques for Advanced Modulation Schemes, Clocking Techniques, Memory for Emerging Applications, RF and Millimeter-Wave Power Amplifiers and Transmitters, Data Converter Techniques, Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Wireline Building Blocks, Analog Techniques I, Security Circuits and Systems, Energy Efficient Wireless for 5G and IoT, Switching Regulators, Non-Traditional Computing Hardware, High-Performance and Low-Power Frequency Generation, Analog Techniques II, Oversampling Data Converter, Millimeter-Wave Communication Circuits, Linear Regulator Techniques, Technology Directions

Educational Sessions:
On Sunday, three Educational Sessions will take place.  This year we will again cover several topics of active research during our Educational Sessions.  The presenters are well-known for their contributions in their respective areas. The topics are: MM-Wave/RF Wireless, Analog & Testing Techniques, and Digital Techniques & Diversity

Luncheon Speaker:
Christopher Mangelsdorf

Forum Sessions:
Emerging Design Techniques for Data Convertors, Self-Sustaining IoTs - Fact or Fiction, and Technology, Circuits and Systems for 5G Communication

Panel Sessions:
Hardware and Software Security: Gaps and Synergies, Bio-Inspired Learning & Inference Systems: What Works & What Doesn't, and What's Your Favorite Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit?

Hotel Van Zandt
605 Davis St
Austin, TX, USA

http://www.ieee-cicc.org/



May



1-3




2017 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC)

The IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) is the premier conference devoted to IC development. CICC emphasizes the education of experienced engineers as well as students while showcasing original, first-published innovative analog and digital circuit techniques covering a broad spectrum of technical topics. It is a forum for circuit, IC and SoC designers, CAD developers, manufacturers and ASIC users. CICC is the conference to find out how to solve design problems and improve circuit design and chip design techniques.

Here are some of the highlights of CICC 2017:

Plennary Speaker:
Hans Stork, CTO ON Semiconductor
Title: Autonomy with Smart Power Electronics.
Technical Program

The technical sessions are the backbone of our conference and this year we are proud to offer a strong program. Papers will be presented in the following areas:  Wireline Techniques for Advanced Modulation Schemes, Clocking Techniques, Memory for Emerging Applications, RF and Millimeter-Wave Power Amplifiers and Transmitters, Data Converter Techniques, Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Wireline Building Blocks, Analog Techniques I, Security Circuits and Systems, Energy Efficient Wireless for 5G and IoT, Switching Regulators, Non-Traditional Computing Hardware, High-Performance and Low-Power Frequency Generation, Analog Techniques II, Oversampling Data Converter, Millimeter-Wave Communication Circuits, Linear Regulator Techniques, Technology Directions

Educational Sessions:
On Sunday, three Educational Sessions will take place.  This year we will again cover several topics of active research during our Educational Sessions.  The presenters are well-known for their contributions in their respective areas. The topics are: MM-Wave/RF Wireless, Analog & Testing Techniques, and Digital Techniques & Diversity

Luncheon Speaker:
Christopher Mangelsdorf

Forum Sessions:
Emerging Design Techniques for Data Convertors, Self-Sustaining IoTs - Fact or Fiction, and Technology, Circuits and Systems for 5G Communication

Panel Sessions:
Hardware and Software Security: Gaps and Synergies, Bio-Inspired Learning & Inference Systems: What Works & What Doesn't, and What's Your Favorite Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit?

Hotel Van Zandt
605 Davis St
Austin, TX, USA

http://www.ieee-cicc.org/




4




Star Wars Day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day




Venture Expo
Venture Expo is a semi-annual showcase of "Investor-Ready" startups from The University of Texas at Austin and Central Texas.The companies include all current TVL Accelerator members as well as a select group of past TVL companies and companies from partner organizations.

Venture Expo is held during December and May of each year. Attendance typically ranges between 300 to 400 investors, entrepreneurs, and students. Additional details will be posted below as they become available. For the most up-to-date details subscribe to the newsletter.

Attend Venture Expo

Our next Venture Expo will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the ATT Conference Center at 1900 University Avenue on the UT Austin campus.Venture Expo is a fantastic opportunity to network with Austin's vibrant community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and faculty. Presenting companies were advertising their vacancies for investors, employees and advisers.

RSVP today

Get Involved as a Start-up
Venture Expo is free and open to the public if you'd like to attend and watch the presentations. Presenting at Venture Expo, however, is limited to companies affiliated with the TVL Accelerator. Please visit our TVL Accelerator page if your company is interested in joining the TVL accelerator.



8-11




O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON)
OSCON is where the open source community gathers to celebrate achievements, spark new ideas, and map the future of open computing through collaboration, education, and connecting people with technology.

https://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/oscon-tx?cmp=em-prog-free-na-ostx17_nurture_em2_how_you_got_here&imm_mid=0ec21c



10




American Society for Quality (ASQ) Section 1414 Meeting
Anne Holland
founder and CEO of QA Consulting, Inc.
QA Consulting, Inc.

Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Business Center (HBC)
5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, Texas  78752
Room 301.0

6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time
6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes
Registration / Cost:

Cost will be $10 per person to cover food expenses.

http://asqaustin.org/2017/02/20/may-event-051017/

http://asqaustin.org



13-14




Austin Maker Faire
10AM-6PM
Palmer Events Center

http://makerfaireaustin.com



22-25




NI Week 2017
Join NI at NIWeek 2017, the ultimate learning environment that gives you the tools and knowledge to increase your proficiency and develop applications faster, smarter, and more cost-efficiently.

http://niweek.ni.com/events/niweek-2017/event-summary-80b3f15fba9e440cb95d4c5387c6af34.aspx?espuid=CNATL000015632317&cid=Direct_Marketing-70131000001RoxDAAS-Corporate-em110015



23-25




International Conference on IC Design and Technology (ICICDT)

The ICICDT is the forum for engineers, researchers, graduate students, and professors, to cross the design-technology boundary through interactions with design, technology, and process experts to develop the skills for future IC research and development.

Contributed papers are solicited in the following subject areas:

    • Advanced materials and processing technologies
    • Advanced transistor and interconnect structures

    • Interposer/Three-Dimensional (2.5D/3D) integration

    • Variation-tolerant designs

    • Process and design techniques for soft errors, plasma-induced damage, and reliability

    • Advanced memory devices and circuits

    • RF, analog, mixed signal, and I/O circuits for future technology generations

    • Simulation and modeling of advanced processes, devices,and circuits

    • EDA and design optimizations across system,circuit,and/or device levels for high performance, energy efficiency, yield, and/or reliability

    • Design for manufacturing, yield, and test

    • System-on-Chip (SoC) and system-in-package (SiP) design integration

    • Power semiconductor technologies and circuits

    • Emerging technologies, circuits and Applications (Internet of Things, Autonomous cars)

    • Quantum computing

ICICDT

Conference Program Overview
Wednesday, May 24
th, 2017

Opening remarks (Bich-Yen Nguyen) ...........................................09:00 AM 09:10 AM Keynote: Dr. Mark Rodder, Samsung.....................................09:10 AM 09:55 AM Keynote: Dr. Ron Martino, NXP ............................................09:55 AM 10:40 AM

Coffee Break ............................................................................10:40 AM 11:00 AM Session A: Advanced Transistors/Materials
(Chairs: Thuy Dao and Dina Triyoso)
.......................................11:00 AM 12:15 PM Workshop A ..............................................................................12:15 PM 01:00 PM Lunch..........................................................................................01:00 PM 02:00 PM Session B: Advanced Memory Technologies

(Chairs: Hideto Hidaka) .............................................................02:00 PM 02:50 PM Session C: RF, Analog and Mixed-Signal
(Chairs: Stefano D'Amico and Andrea Scarpa)
.........................02:50 PM 03:50 PM Coffee Break ...............................................................................03:50 PM 04:00 PM Session D: SoC, DFM, CAD

(Chairs: Rouwaida Kanj and Stephen Heinrich-Barn) ................04:00 PM 05:00 PM Workshop B, C & D ....................................................................05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Reception at Salt Lick BBQ-Driftwood........................................06:45 PM 08:45 PM

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Opening remarks ...........................................................................09:00 AM 09:10 AM Keynote: Philippe Flatresses, STM...............................................09:10 AM 10:00 AM

Session E: Focus Session on IoT and Autonomous Car
(Chairs: Mariam Sadaka, Philippe Flatresse)
................................10:00 AM 11:00 AM Lunch...............................................................................................11:00 AM 01:00 PM Session F: Low Power and 3D Integration
(Chairs: Xuan-Tu Tran and Paul Grudowski)
....................................01:00 PM 02:00 PM Session G: Emerging Technology
(Chairs: Thomas Ernst)
.....................................................................02:00 PM 02:50 PM Coffee Break ......................................................................................02:50 PM 03:10 PM Session H: Quantum Computing and Advanced Materials
(Chairs: Philippe Galy)
......................................................................03:10 PM 03:35 PM Session I: Reliability
(Chair: Yuichiro Mitani)
.....................................................................03:35 PM 04:00 PM Workshop F, G, H, & I ........................................................................04:00 PM 05:00 PM Awards, Closing Remarks and ICICDT 2018 ....................................05:00 PM 05:30 PM

Post Conference Meeting for TPC ......................................................05:30 PM 08:00 PM



ICICDT Final submission deadline: 17 Apr 2017
Notification of acceptance date: 27 Feb 2017

UT Avaya Auditorium
Austin, TX
Contact: Thuy Dao thuy.dao@nxp.com

For further information visit http://www.icicdt.org



June



14




Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinar
Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the event at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.



17




2017 ACM/IEEE International Workshop on System Level Interconnect Prediction (SLIP)
High speed chip-to-chip interconnect design • Design and analysis of chip package interfaces • Power consumption of interconnects • 3D interconnect design and prediction • Emerging interconnect technologies • Applications of interconnects to social, genetic, and biological systems • Co-optimization of interconnect technology and chip design

Austin Conventional Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX, USA

http://sliponline.org/



17-18




The 26th International Workshop on Logic & Synthesis
sponsored by ACM/SIGDA and by the IEEE
Thompson Conference Center, Austin, TX
The International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis is the premier forum for research in synthesis, optimization, and verification of integrated circuits and systems. Research on logic synthesis for emerging technologies and for novel computing platforms, such as nanoscale systems and biological systems, is also strongly encouraged. The workshop encourages early dissemination of ideas and results. The workshop accepts complete papers highlighting important new problems in the early stages of development, without providing complete solutions. The emphasis is on novelty and intellectual rigor.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: hardware synthesis and optimization; software synthesis; hardware/software co-synthesis; power and timing analysis; testing, validation and verification; synthesis for reconfigurable architectures; hardware compilation for domain-specific languages; design experiences. Submissions on modeling, analysis and synthesis for emerging technologies and platforms are particularly encouraged. The workshop format includes paper presentations, posters, invited talks, social lunch and dinner gatherings, and recreational activities. Accepted papers are distributed exclusively to IWLS participants.

Paper abstract submission:  March 5, 2017
Full paper submission:          March 12, 2017 - 11.59pm Anywhere on earth
Notification of acceptance:   April 16, 2017
Final version due:                 May 14, 2017

http://www.iwls.org/iwls2017/



18-22




Design Automation Conference (DAC)
Advance registration for the premier conference for the Design & Automation of Electronic Systems is now open.  DAC consists of a Research Track, Designer Track, and IP Track on the following themes: Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Electronic Systems & Software (ESS), Design, Intellectual Property (IP), Internet of Things (IoT), Automotive, and Security.  DAC offers outstanding training, education, exhibits and superb networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors.

Register today Http://www.dac.com - DAC June 18 – 22, 2017, Austin Convention Center

I LOVE DAC Free Registration (deadline is May 25) includes:
  • Keynote sessions from:
    • Monday: Joe Costello, CEO, Enlighted, Inc.
    • Tuesday: Chuck Grindstaff, Executive Chairman, Siemens PLM Software Inc.
    • Wednesday: Tyson Tuttle, CEO, Silicon Laboratories, Inc.
    • Thursday: Rosalind Picard, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Access to the Exhibition Floor with over 180 exhibitors
  • Access to the DAC Pavilion sessions each day
    • SKYTalks
    • Fireside Chats from industry CEO’s
    • Industry Panels
    • 3 Tear-downs
  • World of IoT
  • Designer Track Poster Session
  • IP Track Poster Session
  • Networking receptions
    • Sunday Night Welcome Reception on the 4th Floor of the Austin Convention Center, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Networking Receptions in the Trinity Street Foyer, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    • Tuesday Designer/IP Track Poster Session Reception on the exhibit floor, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
    • Tuesday & Wednesday Work-in-Progress Poster Sessions & Reception in the Trinity Street Foyer, 6:00pm - 7:00pm



July



25




SysAdmin Day
http://sysadminday.com


September



6




Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinar
Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the event at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.



16




Central Texas Section Semi-Annual ExCom Meeting



17-21




2017 19th International Conference on Intelligent System Application to Power Systems (ISAP)
ISAP is a unique forum where two scientific communities meet: power systems and intelligent systems, and also where scientists and engineers and economists working in the industry align their vision on the needs and demands of the power industry. The Conference welcomes papers on Intelligent Systems Application to Electric Power and Energy Systems (Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Markets, Operations, and Planning)

Westin Riverwalk
420 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX, USA

http://2017isap.tamu.edu/



17-22




2017 ACM/IEEE 20th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS)

The annual Models conference brings together an international audience of researchers and practitioners to discuss all aspects of modelling in software engineering, including modelling for requirements, process modelling, design modelling, quality modelling, user interface modelling, test modelling and product-line modelling. It covers modelling languages, meta-models, standards, code generation, modes of process and all related topics. It also covers modelling education. Anything related to modelling is welcome including pragmatics of modelling, industrial use of modelling, uses of models in any software context, transformation of models or to models, reverse engineering to models, standardization involving models, blending models and programs, etc. case studies, empirical studies and all other forms of papers are welcome.

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 East 11th StreetAustin, TX, USA

Full Paper Submission deadline: 10 Mar 2017
Final submission deadline: 09 Jun 2017
Notification of acceptance date: 09 Jun 2017

http://www.modelsconference.org/




26-28




2017 IEEE Accelerated Stress Testing & Reliability Conference (ASTR)
Austin, TX
Full Paper Submission deadline: 10 Mar 2017
Final submission deadline: 09 Jun 2017
Notification of acceptance date: 09 Jun 2017



27-29




2017 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference
The event is co-sponsored by IEEE and ASQ
The 2017 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference is focused on highlighting cutting-edge methods to deliver maximum cost-benefits from reliability testing. ASTR 2017 is relevant to manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, defense, medical, telecommunications and other industries where reliability is a key driver of operational and business success. If your company needs to improve product testing with a goal to improve reliability, reduce warranty costs, improve profits, gain market share, and be more competitive, then the 2017 ASTR Conference is for you.

September Conference – 09/27-29/17

Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference

ASTR Logo

Sept. 27-29 in Austin Texas

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ASTR is co-sponsored by ASQ-Reliability Division and IEEE Reliability Society.

ASQ Logo 2

IEEE Logo

Exceeding Customer Expectations through Accelerated Reliability Testing

The 2017 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference is focused on highlighting cutting-edge methods to deliver maximum cost-benefits from reliability testing. ASTR 2017 is relevant to manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, defense, medical, telecommunications and other industries where reliability is a key driver of operational and business success. If your company needs to improve product testing with a goal to improve reliability, reduce warranty costs, improve profits, gain market share, and be more competitive, then the 2017 ASTR Conference is for you.

You’ll Use What You Learn at the 2017 ASTR Conference

Accelerated stress testing is a key tool within a well-structured development program—enabling timely opportunities for product improvement and delivering assured product performance.

ASTR 2017 will be comprised of short sessions, tutorials and will feature exhibits. Topics will include Accelerated testing, degradation methods, effective test, HALT, and field reliability.

Who should attend?
  • Anyone who determines how to test for reliability, experts and novice
  • A Reliability Development Managers
  • A Sensor Manufacturers
  • A Test Equipment Manufacturers
  • A Senior Reliability Engineers
  • A Test Engineers
  • A Test Lab Managers
  • A Quality Engineers
  • A Reliability Engineers
  • A Systems & Development Engineers
  • Engineering students & faculties interested in Accelerated testing or Reliability

Reliability Topics:
  • Product and Process Reliability in the Medical arena
  • Availability, Maintainability & Reliability synergies
  • Design of Experiments and Reliability–case studies
  • Risk & Reliability connections
  • Explaining Risk to Management
Location:
Austin Downtown Hilton Garden Inn
500 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Austin, TX 78701

http://www.ieee-astr.org


October



10




Austin (CTEA) Expo & Tech Forum
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location: Norris Conference Center
2525 West Anderson Lane
#365
Austin, TX

Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry!
Norris Conference Center Location

Free Technical Program & Schedule:
Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
10:00AM - 3:00PM

http://www.smta.org/expos/#austin



26-27




LASCON 2017 (8th Annual Lonestar Application Security Conference)
LASCON 2017 will be held again at the Norris Conference Center, with the conference dates to be Thursday and Friday, October 26-27, 2017. Training will also be offered,

The Lonestar Application Security Conference (LASCON) is an OWASP conference held annually in Austin, TX. It is a gathering of 400+ web app developers, security engineers, mobile developers and information security professionals. LASCON is held in Texas where more Fortune 500 companies call home than any other state and it is held in Austin which is a hub for startups in the state of Texas. At LASCON, leaders at these companies along with security architects and developers gather to share cutting-edge ideas, initiatives, and technology advancements.

https://lascon.org


December



6




Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinar
Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the event at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.
2018


March



4-8




2018 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC)
APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. The conference addresses issues of immediate and long term importance to practicing power electronics engineer.

henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX, USA

http://www.apec-conf.org/


April



5-8




IEEE R5 GreenTech/Annual Meeting

Austin, TX
Sponsor: IEEE USA, R5 and CTS



May



13-18




2018 IEEE International Workshop Technical Committee on Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR 2018)
Reliability & Quality of Communication Networks

AT&T Conference Ctr
1900 University Ave
Austin, TX, USA

http://www.ieee-cqr.org/


June



10-13




2018 IEEE Electrical Insulation Conference (EIC)
This conference papers are dealing with application, development, analysis, testing, and service experience with electrical insulation in electrical and electronic equipment around but not limited to the following themes: rotating machines, transformers, cables, variable speed drives, testing, outdoor insulation, nanodielectrics, switchgear, new materials, etc.

San Antonio, TX, USA

http://ieeedeis.org/eic


July



27-29




IEEE Future Leader Forum
2019


July



8-12




2019 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC)
Conference offers a one day "Short Course" and 3.5 days of Tehchnical sessions consisting of 8-10 session of contributed papers. The material presented is completely related to the radiation environment and its impact on electrical components and materials

San Antonio Rivercenter Marriott
101 Bowie St
San Antonio, TX, USA

http://www.nsrec.com/


October



27-30




2019 IEEE Sensors Conference

Austin, TX
Sponsor: IEEE CTS and Sensors Society
Conference Bid  deadline: 30 Aug 2016
Notification of Venue selection: October, 2016


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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.

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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 - Austin | San Antonio
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
SC
Sensor Council
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)

Chapter Web site

The EMC and MTT/AP Society Chapters are Jointly sponsoring an Antenna Workshop on September 27. See IEEE Events for details.

Topic/Title

METASURFACES FOR PERFECT CONTROL OF REFLECTION AND REFRACTION

Speaker

Sergei Tretyakov
Professor Sergei A. Tretyakov (Fellow, IEEE), received the Dipl. Engineer-Physicist, the Candidate of Sciences (PhD), and the Doctor of Sciences degrees (all in radiophysics) from the St. Petersburg State Technical University (Russia), in 1980, 1987, and 1995, respectively. From 1980 to 2000 he was with the Radiophysics Department of the St. Petersburg State Technical University. From the year 2000 he has been working in Helsinki University of Technology (Finland), which became Aalto University in 2010, after a merge with two other universities in Helsinki. Presently, he is professor of radio engineering at the Department of Radio Science and Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. He was the founder and the first chairman of the St. Petersburg IEEE ED/MTT/AP Chapter (1995-1998), Member of the European Microwave Conferences Management Committee (2000-2002), President of the Virtual Institute for Artificial Electromagnetic Materials and Metamaterials (”Metamorphose VI”), an International Association of European universities (2007–2013), and the general chair of the International Congress Series on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics (Metamaterials)  from 2007 to 2013. At present, he is a Deputy Member, URSI (International Union of Radio Science) Finnish National Committee, (from 2006) and a Steering Committee Member, European Doctoral Degree Programmes on Metamaterials EUPROMETA. The main scientific interests of prof. S. Tretyakov are electromagnetic  field theory, complex media electromagnetics, antennas, and microwave engineering. He is the author or co-author of five research monographs, 16 book chapters, and more than 270 journal papers. More information can be found on the web sites users.aalto.fi/sergei and meta.aalto.fi.

Abstract

Electrically thin composite layers (metasurfaces) can be used to realize extremely thin absorbers, lenses, focusing reflectors, and more. Conventionally, the design of metasurfaces as well as reflectarray and transmitarray antennas has been based on assuring the desired reflection or transmission properties at every point of the metasurface area, using so called generalized laws or refraction and reflection.  We will show that this approach in fact does not lead to exactly the required performance. Furthermore, we will show how it is possible to create metasurfaces which function exactly as is required by the design specification. The results will be illustrated on the examples of perfect anomalous reflection and refraction of plane waves and on some “multi-channel” metasurface devices: perfect power splitters and three-channel mirrors.

Date/Time

05 April 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Cost


Reservations

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43497

Location

UT Austin
1616 Guadalupe St UTA 7.215
Austin, Texas
United States 78701
Building: UTA
Room Number: 7.215

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Topic/Title

THE SCIENCE OF AIRPLANE BOARDING

Speaker

Eitan Bachmat

Eitan studied mathematics at Hebrew U. and M.I.T. and was a postdoc at Brown, working on arithmetic geometry. He then joined

the computer science department at Ben-Gurion U.

In addition, Eitan has been a consultant to many companies and organizations, large and small, mostly in the area of storage systems, where he is a co-inventor of 37 patents. he has received 3 IBM faculty awardsLately he has also been interested in healthcare and medicine, conducting research in Autism and other conditions, consulting to Clalit Research institute.  The first project in Clalit, led by his student Noa Dagan won the New England Journal of Medicine data analysis challenge. Eitan's work on airplane boarding has been noted by Nature news, the Guardian, the Wall street journal, New Scientist, USA Today and the Sun, among others.

Abstract

Airplane boarding is a process which is experienced by roughly 500,000,000 passengers annualy.

In the talk I, as time permits, will explain how the boarding process is related to relativity theory, combinatorics, directed growth processes, wave propagation, random matrices, optics, classical queueing theory, modular symmetries, phase transitions,...

 In particular, I will claim that the motion of the earth around the sun is completely random.

 No previous knowledge will be assumed, experience with boarding airplanes is a plus, so please practice.

Date/Time

 06 April 2017
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Cost

Reservations

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44686

Location

UT Austin
Austin, Texas
United States
Building: RLM
Room Number: 8.136

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

Chapter Web Site

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.

Topic/Title

Dynamic Content Summarization for Product Reviews

Speaker

Mr. Eastham is a practicing data scientist and serial entrepreneur working at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Commerce. He has been working within enterprise e-commerce for the past six years - working exclusively with leading retail technology innovators such as Edgecase (which he founded), Bazaarvoice, and RetailMeNot. During that time, Mr. Eastham has focused his work on developing new web analytics measurement methodologies and technologies.  These techniques have led to breakthrough insights into customer behavior for the world’s leading retail brands, such as Crate&Barrel, Staples, HSN, Travelocity, Neiman Marcus, Walgreens, Pier1 Imports, Columbia, BedBath&Beyond, Men’s Wearhouse, and Sur la Table.

Abstract

Every day, digital shoppers across the globe generate hundreds of thousands of reviews on products - both new and old. As a digital retailer or brand, it is critical to understand not just the sentiment of this feedback but also the core concepts that customers write about; however, the pace of content generation has already outpaced the ability for marketing and merchandising teams at these organizations to read every piece of consumer generated content submitted.

Dynamic content summarization techniques can provide a much-needed ability to programmatically identify core concepts within natural text and leverage this insight to condense large amounts of text into information-dense summarizations. In this talk, we will explore the current state-of-the-art in content summary by implementing the graph-based keyword extraction algorithm called TopicRank on music text reviews and then use these extracted concepts to summarize all of the reviews on a given album automatically.

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April 11th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/44908

Location

Cadence Design Systems
12515-7 Research Blvd.
Conference Room #130
Austin, TX 78759

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The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the premier conference for design and automation of electronic systems.  DAC offers outstanding training, education, exhibits and superb networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors.  It is in Austin, on June 18-22, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center.
http://www.dac.com


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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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Topic/Title

ANALOG MIXED SIGNAL IC: FROM NEURONS TO NETWORKS

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Nima Maghari of University of Florida
Nima Maghari received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 2010.

He is currently an assistant professor at the school of electrical and computer engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville. From 2004 to 2006, he was with IC-LAB, University of Tehran, where he was involved with audio delta-sigma converters and low-voltage bandgap references. In 2008 he was recipient of CICC-AMD outstanding student paper award. He has served as an Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I and the technical program committee of IEEE CICC. He has published more than 40 conference and journals papers in IEEE and IEE.

His research interests include high performance analog-to-digital converters, delta-sigma modulators, phased-locked loops, synthesizable analog circuits, time-assisted data conversion techniques, low-power low-voltage regulators, and analog security and counterfeit detection.

Abstract

In an era where the word “Digital” has become synonymous with better quality products such as TVs and high fidelity audio systems and has turned “Analog” into seemingly nothing less than a nostalgia, it is worthwhile to take a step back and look at many of these so called “Digital” systems and innovations and appreciate the “analog heart” inside. In this talk, we will look at various circuits and systems, spanning from past to possible future applications and discuss why analog mixed-signal circuits continues to grow and remains a critical building block in many of these systems.

Date/Time

05 April 2017
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44158

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UT Austin
100 E 24th St, Austin TX, 78712
Austin, Texas
United States 78712
Building: NHB
Room Number: 1.720

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TIME FOR ADCS

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Nima Maghari of University of Florida
Nima Maghari received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 2010. He is currently an assistant professor at the school of electrical and computer engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville. From 2004 to 2006, he was with IC-LAB, University of Tehran, where he was involved with audio delta-sigma converters and low-voltage bandgap references. In 2008 he was recipient of CICC-AMD outstanding student paper award. He has served as an Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I and the technical program committee of IEEE CICC. He has published more than 40 conference and journals papers in IEEE and IEE. His research interests include high performance analog-to-digital converters, delta-sigma modulators, phased-locked loops, synthesizable analog circuits, time-assisted data conversion techniques, low-power low-voltage regulators, and analog security and counterfeit detection.

Abstract

The CMOS scaling has brought forth many advantages in the context of digital circuits, but not so as much in the analog/mixed-signal world. One critical challenge is designing efficient and high gain Opamps in scaled CMOS processes. To make matters worse, the reduced voltage margin degrades the overall performance, especially in high resolution ADCs. Consequently, the overall resolution of the ADCs has been reduced in scaled nodes. Among various types of ADCs, delta-sigma modulators are the most commonly used oversampled ADCs to achieve high conversion resolutions using moderately accurate analog building blocks. Recently, continuous-time delta-sigma modulators have gained increased popularity due to their superior performance in terms of power consumption, anti-aliasing filtering and conversion speed. The core of these structures embodies active-RC integrators to form the loop filter, followed by the quantizer. We present an alternative and drastically more efficient approach to implement the quantizer in order to directly benefit from CMOS process scaling in delta-sigma modulators.

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05 April 2017
Time: 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44159

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UT Austin
201E 24th Street, Austin, TX, 78712
Austin, Texas
United States 78712
Building: POB
Room Number: 2.402

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PHASE-LOCKED FREQUENCY SYNTHESIS AND MODULATION FOR MODERN WIRELESS TRANSCEIVERS

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Woogeun Rhee

Woogeun Rhee received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1991, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2001. From 1997 to 2001, he was with Conexant Systems, Newport Beach, CA, where he was a Principal Engineer and developed low-power, low-cost fractional-N synthesizers. From 2001 to 2006, he was with IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY and worked on clocking area for high-speed I/O serial links, including low-jitter phase-locked loops, clock-and-data recovery circuits, and on-chip testability circuits. In August 2006, he joined the faculty as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and became a Professor in December 2011. His current research interests include short-range low-power radios for next generation wireless systems and clock/frequency generation circuits for wireline and wireless communications. He holds 23 U.S. patents. Dr. Rhee is currently an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Solid-State Circuits Society (2016-2017) and serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE JSSC. He has been an Associate Editor for IEEE TCAS-II (2008-2009) and a Guest Editor for IEEE JSSC Special Issue in November 2012 and November 2013. He has served as a member of several IEEE conferences, including ISSCC (2012-2016), CICC, and A-SSCC. He was the co-recipient of the “Silkroad Award” at the 2008 IEEE ISSCC, the “Best Student Paper Award” at the 2012 IEEE RFIT, and the “Best Paper Award” at the 2014 VLSI-DAT. He was the recipient of the “IBM Faculty Award” in 2007 and the “Advanced Employee Award” from Tsinghua University in 2012, and has been listed in “Marquis Who’s Who in the World” since 2009.

Abstract

Frequency synthesis and modulation by the DS fractional-N PLL are essential in modern wireless transceivers. In addition to loop parameter variability, leakage current, and matching problems, the DS fractional-N PLL needs to deal with quantization noise and nonlinearity in consideration of phase noise, spur, and settling time. In this talk, various fractional-N PLL architectures (analog/digital/hybrid) and recent circuit techniques for mitigating quantization and nonlinearity will be presented. Also, PLL-based modulation methods (1-point/2-point/2+-point) will be discussed.

Date/Time

04 May 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/42634

Location

201 East 24th St
Austin, Texas
United States 78712
Building: POB
Room Number: 2.402

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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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Topic/Title A WEARABLE MICROWAVE-BASED BREAST CANCER DETECTION SYSTEM
Speaker Dr. Joshua D. Schwartz, Associate professor in the Engineering Science department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas

Joshua D. Schwartz was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2003 and his Ph.D. in 2008, both from McGill University (Montreal) in electrical engineering. His dissertation work was carried out in the Photonics Systems Group at McGill under the supervision of Dr. David Plant. He carried out post-doctoral work from 2008-2010 with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Montreal, Canada under the supervision of Dr. José Azaña.

He is currently (2010-) an associate professor in the Engineering Science department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He continues to actively collaborate in the microwave area and has interests in passive and active hardware design, analog circuits and signal processing, and the use of microwaves for medical imaging applications.

Dr. Schwartz was distinguished as the top graduating student in his program at McGill for both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees, in the latter case receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal, considered the highest academic honor in Canada bestowed upon a graduating scholar by an academic institution. He has authored or coauthored over 35 publications in scientific journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Dr. Schwartz received the 2009 IEEE Microwave Prize for a paper on fully-electronic temporal imaging (a.k.a. “time-stretch”) systems that did not use optical techniques. He also received in 2008 the Award of Excellence of the Academy of Great Montrealers for his dissertation work in this area. Recently (2016), Trinity University honored him with the Junior Faculty Award for Teaching and Scholarship.
Abstract The gold standard for breast cancer screening is the mammogram, and yet this technology has key drawbacks. It is unpleasant and uncomfortable for the patient. It exposes patients to ionizing radiation and thus can only be used infrequently. It is a high-cost piece of clinical hardware that is neither portable nor easily deployed in remote or ill-equipped locations. There have been a number of efforts this past decade to seek alternative imaging and detection modalities. Our research group, like several others, has investigated the use of low power microwaves to interrogate the breast tissues. Unlike other groups, however, our team has focused on translating this concept away from benchtop hardware to a potentially portable, low-cost device that can be integrated into a bra. Our vision is of a “bra-and-laptop” system with costs controlled to the low 4-digit range and the potential to monitor the breast health of patients frequently, cheaply, comfortably, and anywhere. In this talk, I will discuss our team’s progress towards this goal with an emphasis on my own efforts to improve the hardware aspects of such a system.
Date/Time 19 April 2017
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location 9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
United States 78729
Building: AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44271
Notes
Joint Computer/EMBS and ComSoc Chapter Meeting

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Topic/Title

DRAMATIC EFFECTS OF ADVANCES IN SOLAR, BATTERY & AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Speaker

Tony Seba:  Author of "Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030", a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford's Continuing Studies Programs.  His work focuses on clean energy, entrepreneurship, market disruption, and the exponential technology trends, business model innovation, and product architecture innovations.  Tony has a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a MBA from Stanford.

Panelists: Walt Downing (Southwest Research Institute), Joe Redfield (Consultant).

Walt Downing:  Executive Vice President and COO of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.  Walt has a BS in Electrical Engineering from SMU and a MBA from UTSA.  He has executive certificates from the University of Texas at Austin and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Joe Redfield:  Redfield Consulting Services - A technical and strategic consultant providing technical leadership and project management in the areas of electrified transporation, facility energy management, energy efficiency, smart grid, and alternative fuels.  Joe has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin.

Abstract

This meeting will consist of a combination of viewing a YouTube video and panel discussion.

Tony Seba’s video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxryv2XrnqM will be viewed.  It is a dramatic video projecting from the continuing improvements and performance of batteries, solar energy and autonomous vehicles that nothing less than the replacement of the oil and coal based energy system and major changes to the transportation system will happen over the next decade or two.  The video will be paused periodically for comments from the panel and questions from the audience.

Walt Downing of SwRI and Joe Redfield, Consultant, will provide panel discussion.  CPS Energy will present its perspective in a separate presentation in May.

Date/Time

18 April 2017
07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Location

St. Mary's University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78228
Building: Richter Math-Engineering Center
Room Number: Classroom 111

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44781

Notes

Joint SMC/AES and Computer Chapter meetings

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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The EMC and MTT/AP Society Chapters are Jointly sponsoring an Antenna Workshop on September 27. See IEEE Events for details.

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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

If you are attending SXSW be sure to come by the YP Mimosa meetup on March 11. In San Antonio the YPs will host a Happy Hour on March 22.

Follow the Young Professionals on Facebook

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

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Photonics Society (PHO)

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group

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

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Austin Life Members Affinity Group


Topic/Title Drive New Business with Social Media
Speaker Elizabeth Quintanilla

Elizabeth is a positive, creative, people-oriented, performance-driven Marketing Gunslinger: As a consultant and speaker, she focuses on understanding the customer perspective and consults on a variety of topics: online technologies and strategies, social business, marketing (traditional, online, social, content, Go-To-Market), product marketing, and demand generation.

She has a broad-base of experience in multiple industries including: aerospace, franchise, IT, software, and real estate. As an expert communicator, she explains complex concepts in understandable terms and delivers high-quality creative solutions to ensure product and customer success.

You can follow her on twitter as @equintanilla / @mktggunslingers
Abstract Guide to Successful Social Media Marketing You know you should be on social media for your business or non-profit. You know it can help you drive more new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which social media platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? And when you start your profile, do you know what to say and how to grow your following? This session will answer all of those questions and more!

Let us help you:
  • Determine the platform that’s right for you and your organization
  • Announce your presence and build your network
  • Create and share content that encourages action
  • Understand social media advertising and learn your options
  • Convert social media leads into potential customers by growing your email list
From understanding the different social media platforms, to choosing what to say and where to say it, this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you. You don’t have to be on every platform, and you don’t have to make every post by yourself. Let us make social media easy – join us!
Date/Time 18 April 2017
Time: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Location 2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
United States 78727
Building: PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44955
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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

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

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Topic/Title TOUR OF CATERPILLAR FACILITY IN SEGUIN
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Abstract A tour of the Caterpillar Facility in Seguin, Texas. Please read the following before registering.
  • Registration will close on April 10
  • Tour cost is $10 for IEEE members and $20 for non-IEEE members and is non-refundable.
  • If this tour fills up, please notify the organizer if you're unable to attend so that someone on the standby list may fill in.
  • Visitors must be at least 12 years old.
  • No shorts or capris allowed.
  • Full leg covering is required.
  • Footwear – No sandals, open-toed, open-heeled, or high-heeled shoes are permitted.
  • Steel-toed safety shoes (or shop-provided metatarsal covers) are required for some tours.
  • Jewelry – no rings, necklaces that fall below the chin.
  • Only stud ear rings are allowed on the plant floor.
  • Cameras, handbags, briefcases or bags of any kind are not allowed on the floor.
  • Safety glasses with side shields will be provided and must be worn at all times.
  • Safety Vests will be provided.
  • Caterpillar has the right to refuse admittance to anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Entering restricted areas without permission is prohibited.
  • Visitors must not touch any machinery, equipment or floor stock without permission.
  • Visitors are not allowed to operate any machinery or vehicles without General Manager’s permission.
  • The use of photographic equipment, including cameras on cell phones, is prohibited.
  • When you click the register button (not "save and close") you will see the message "You have successfully registered for this meeting" and you will receive a confirmation email to confirm you are registered. If you don't receive a confirmation email, you are not registered.
  • Carpooling may be available, contact the host if you're interested.
  • Tour information may change after you register; please watch your email for updates.
  • No food will be provided during or after the tour.
Date/Time 12 April 2017
Time: 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Location 1720 W. Kingsbury Street
Seguin, Texas
United States 78155
Building: Building 1 (by the flag pole)
Room Number: Security Office
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43397
Notes For any questions please contact: Steve Pearson, Program Chairman, IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter; (512) 466-1450; steve@pearsonstrategy.com



Topic/Title SEEING THUNDER
Speaker Dr. Maher Al-Dayeh of Senior Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Maher Dayeh is a senior research scientist in the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute. He has worked and published in diverse research areas in space and atmospheric physics. His current research interests include heliospheric and magnetospheric physics, thunderstorm microphysics, and the development of novel radiation and particle detectors. He has authored/co-authored over 68 refereed publications in relevant topics and presented numerous contributed talks/posters at national and international conferences and workshops. He is affiliated with the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Physics Honor Society-Sigma Pi Sigma.
Abstract Lightning and thunder are among the most fascinating visual and auditory displays on Earth. Surprisingly, these phenomena are still poorly understood. For the first time, we present images of the acoustic signatures generated by individual return strokes from artificially triggered lightning. The acoustic camera comprises a linear array of 15 microphones (equally spaced, 1 meter apart) and situated 95 meters from the lightning channel. Experiments took place at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing in Camp Blanding, FL during the summer of 2014. The microphone array was positioned in an endfired orientation so that the peak acoustic reception pattern can be steered vertically along the channel with a frequency-dependent spatial resolution.

In this talk, I will first review our current understanding of the lightning discharge and thunder generation processes. I will then describe the acoustic camera and the experimental setup and details. Finally, I will present the acoustic images of the lightning channel and compare them with optical photographs of the same event. I will also discuss the implications of these results on advancing our understanding of the lightning phenomena.
Date/Time 25 April 2017
Registration, Dinner and : 6:00 to 6:30PM
Social & Business Meeting:  6:30 to 7:00 PM
Program 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location 2700 West Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas
United States 78757
Building: Cover 3
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43384
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  San Antonio Power and Energy Society (PE)

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Topic/Title ACTIVE POWER FLYWHEEL
Speaker Kyle Reynolds of The Vanjien Group
Abstract Active Power Flywheel  for one minute runtime specifications and battery-free solutions.
Date/Time 27 April 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location 1289 Southwest Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78227
Building: Acadiana Cafe
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43454
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Topic/Title Update on the European Radio Equipment Directive, 2014/53/EU
Speaker Thanh Nguyen and Rich Worley, Dell Technologies
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Date/Time April 18, 2017 at 7:00pm
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Reservations Please RSVP to Dale Ritzen at austin278757@yahoo.com
Location Dell Technologies, Parmer South campus, Bldg PS4 (Victoria Conference Room - just inside the visitor entrance
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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

Topic/Title A WEARABLE MICROWAVE-BASED BREAST CANCER DETECTION SYSTEM
Speaker Dr. Joshua D. Schwartz, Associate professor in the Engineering Science department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas

Joshua D. Schwartz was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2003 and his Ph.D. in 2008, both from McGill University (Montreal) in electrical engineering. His dissertation work was carried out in the Photonics Systems Group at McGill under the supervision of Dr. David Plant. He carried out post-doctoral work from 2008-2010 with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Montreal, Canada under the supervision of Dr. José Azaña.

He is currently (2010-) an associate professor in the Engineering Science department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He continues to actively collaborate in the microwave area and has interests in passive and active hardware design, analog circuits and signal processing, and the use of microwaves for medical imaging applications.

Dr. Schwartz was distinguished as the top graduating student in his program at McGill for both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees, in the latter case receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal, considered the highest academic honor in Canada bestowed upon a graduating scholar by an academic institution. He has authored or coauthored over 35 publications in scientific journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Dr. Schwartz received the 2009 IEEE Microwave Prize for a paper on fully-electronic temporal imaging (a.k.a. “time-stretch”) systems that did not use optical techniques. He also received in 2008 the Award of Excellence of the Academy of Great Montrealers for his dissertation work in this area. Recently (2016), Trinity University honored him with the Junior Faculty Award for Teaching and Scholarship.
Abstract The gold standard for breast cancer screening is the mammogram, and yet this technology has key drawbacks. It is unpleasant and uncomfortable for the patient. It exposes patients to ionizing radiation and thus can only be used infrequently. It is a high-cost piece of clinical hardware that is neither portable nor easily deployed in remote or ill-equipped locations. There have been a number of efforts this past decade to seek alternative imaging and detection modalities. Our research group, like several others, has investigated the use of low power microwaves to interrogate the breast tissues. Unlike other groups, however, our team has focused on translating this concept away from benchtop hardware to a potentially portable, low-cost device that can be integrated into a bra. Our vision is of a “bra-and-laptop” system with costs controlled to the low 4-digit range and the potential to monitor the breast health of patients frequently, cheaply, comfortably, and anywhere. In this talk, I will discuss our team’s progress towards this goal with an emphasis on my own efforts to improve the hardware aspects of such a system.
Date/Time 19 April 2017
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location 9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
United States 78729
Building: AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44271
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Joint Computer/EMBS and ComSoc Chapter Meeting


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

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Sensor Council (SC)

Membership in the Sensor Council is free if you are already a member of one of the sponsoring IEEE Societies. Those Societies are: AES, AP, BT, CAS, COM, CPMT, C, DEI, ED, EMB, EMC, IE, IA, IM, MAG, MTT, OE, PE, PHO, RA, SP, SSC, UFFC, and VT.

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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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Topic/Title

DRAMATIC EFFECTS OF ADVANCES IN SOLAR, BATTERY & AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Speaker

Tony Seba:  Author of "Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030", a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford's Continuing Studies Programs.  His work focuses on clean energy, entrepreneurship, market disruption, and the exponential technology trends, business model innovation, and product architecture innovations.  Tony has a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a MBA from Stanford.

Panelists: Walt Downing (Southwest Research Institute), Joe Redfield (Consultant).

Walt Downing:  Executive Vice President and COO of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.  Walt has a BS in Electrical Engineering from SMU and a MBA from UTSA.  He has executive certificates from the University of Texas at Austin and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Joe Redfield:  Redfield Consulting Services - A technical and strategic consultant providing technical leadership and project management in the areas of electrified transporation, facility energy management, energy efficiency, smart grid, and alternative fuels.  Joe has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin.

Abstract

This meeting will consist of a combination of viewing a YouTube video and panel discussion.

Tony Seba’s video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxryv2XrnqM will be viewed.  It is a dramatic video projecting from the continuing improvements and performance of batteries, solar energy and autonomous vehicles that nothing less than the replacement of the oil and coal based energy system and major changes to the transportation system will happen over the next decade or two.  The video will be paused periodically for comments from the panel and questions from the audience.

Walt Downing of SwRI and Joe Redfield, Consultant, will provide panel discussion.  CPS Energy will present its perspective in a separate presentation in May.

Date/Time

18 April 2017
07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Location

St. Mary's University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78228
Building: Richter Math-Engineering Center
Room Number: Classroom 111

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44781

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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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San Antonio Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

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Topic/Title WHAT DEFINES SUCCESS IN COLLABORATION
Speaker
Abstract As a continuation of our December 6, 2016 meeting on “Organizational Impediments to Collaboration,” the San Antonio Chapter of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) will hold a brainstorming brownbag to further the discussion on collaboration, this time exploring “What defines success in collaboration?”   The meeting will be held on April 11, 2017 in the SwRI Cafeteria Private Dining Rooms 1&2 from 11:30-1pm.
Date/Time 11 April 2017
11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Location 6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78238
Building: Cafeteria
Room Number: Private Dining Room 1 and 2
Co-sponsored by SwRI
Cost
Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44742
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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Topic/Title MONTHLY BOOK CLUB/DEBORAH TANNEN
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Abstract Book / Article Discussion: Deborah Tannen

Join us for snacks, a glass of wine, good company and a fantastic book club, focused on SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE TECH INDUSTRY.

We'll discuss what we've learned from some readings from Deborah Tannen...to be announced shortly.
Date/Time 18 April 2017
06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Location Cirrus Logic
800 W. 6th St.
Austin, Texas
Cost
Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44880
Notes

Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Cirrus Logic, 800 W. 6th St. Austin, TX 78701

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

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