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

A few years ago, I taught a workshop on Technology Leadership in Bogota, Colombia.  I wish I had known then that the world’s larges vertical garden was there!  This awesome building, covered with plants, provides oxygen and cleans the air for hundreds of people!  I need to visit again!  In Central Texas, widespread use of Green Roofs could reduce storm water runoff and flooding, reduce the heat island effect, provide habitat for birds and pollinators, improve air quality, and on and on and on.  Warning! I’m getting on my soapbox!

EVENTS: Some great local events coming up for you:

Friday, 4 August: LED-Based Visible Light Communication Systems – Driver SoC Design and Practical Applications (Austin)

Tuesday, 8 August: Leadership Reading Group (Austin)

Wednesday, 9 August: Women in Engineering Book Club: How to be Heard (San Antonio)

Tuesday, 15 August: Women in Engineering Book Club: How Diversity Improves Problem Solving (Central Austin)

Thursday, 17 August: Tour of San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (San Antonio)

Friday, 18 August: Electrostatic Discharge and IC Co-Design (South Austin)

Tuesday, 22 August: “Understanding Intellectual Property Concerns for Engineers" and "Next-Generation Smart Grids” (Austin)

Tuesday, 22 August: Women in Engineering Book Club: Where Should I Take My Career? (North Austin)

Thursday, 7 September: Communications Technology Innovation Summit in Health and Technology (Austin—all day event)



FUTURE CITY:  It’s time to get our students engaged in the Future City Competition!  Contact Jean Eason or me if you’d like to join in the fun!

AWARDS:  IEEE-USA is accepting nominations for awards recognizing excellence, outstanding service and contributions supporting its objectives. IEEE-USA Awards are given to recognize professionalism, technical achievement, and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States.

We have many members in Region 5 deserving of IEEE-USA Awards. Please consider nominating a colleague.  The slate of awards is available at http://ieeeusa.org/volunteers/awards/index.html This site provides links to online nomination forms.  Nominations are due September 9, 2017.

Please contact David Iams (d.iams@ieee.org, 202-530-8374) or your Region 5 Awards Chair, Diane Bowen Collier (d.b.collier@ieee.org) with any questions or concerns.


Free IEEE-USA August E-Book: What could be better than reading one of Donald Christiansen's Backscatter columns in IEEE-USA InSight?  How about having the opportunity to read 16 of the former IEEE Spectrum Editor's thought-provoking and well-researched essays? In August, IEEE-USA is offering this $4.79 e-book free to IEEE members only!

From 1 August through 15 September, IEEE members can get their free download by going to: http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/views/387589

Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart, and use promo code AUGFREE17 at checkout.

MOVIE: Dream Big: Engineering Our World comes to the Bullock Museum in October.  Looks like a great opportunity to get young people interested in careers in engineering, plus an awesome movie!  Bring your kids!

I’ll see you at some of the great events we’ve got coming up!


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

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Membership Development

Do you know what’s in your IEEE profile?

Take a few moments and log into your MYIEEE account and select myprofile to update your current information.  Update your Technical Interests Profile to gain the greatest IEEE member experience and receive all that IEEE has to offer.  You can also update your op-in preferences.

IEEE Member Discounts – Have you see what’s available now?

IEEE members can access more savings in more places for home and office including group discounts on insurance, travel, home/office and technology needs. While you focus on your career, we'll take care of saving you money. See vendor details for terms, conditions and availability.
Visit the Member Discounts page at http://www.ieee.org/discounts to discover this added perk of IEEE Membership.

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Membership Tool-kit

Did You Know –
The IEEE-USA has put together a website to support membership career development.  Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.
Resource  highlights:
  • Ebooks
  • Salary Comparison
  • Employment Navigation
  • Others

And it’s FREE ……check it out at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/

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

Memorial for "Roy Matthews"
Roy Matthews passed away early this Monday (7/31) morning.  He and his wife Jayne were in a boating accident late Sunday evening.  The accident resulted in multiple internal injuries of which doctors tried to repair, but he could not recover from. More information on the accident can be found here.

Roy was a strong Christian, true scholar in Electrical Engineering, wonderful peer to work with, and cherished friend to many of us who had the blessing to work with him.  He will be very missed, but warmly remembered always. The funeral is Friday (8/4/17) at 11:00AM at Hill Country Bible Church.  Address – 12124 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin Texas   78750


August eBook

Managers interested in sharpening their employee development skills will find the answers to these, and many more questions in the IEEE-USA E-Book, Developing Your People: Commonsense Leadership in the Workplace--Volume 2: Employee Development Strategies. Veteran engineering professional and educator Harry T. Roman strongly believes that managers in charge of developing their employees have the greatest responsibility in the workplace. To help these managers effectively chart their course in producing the best employees possible, he provides dozens of approaches they can use to bring out their employees’ best talents, while also developing their business knowledge.

Roman explains that how you do something can often become as important as what you can gain by doing it.  In the Information Age, process has become as important as product, he writes, and “the first emphasis must be on quality in the process.” Roman notes that getting to market quickly, with inferior products and services is, at best, a waste of time and resources.

 Further, he maintains teaching process to employees is vital, underlying other basic skills to hone workplace success. Roman emphasizes that developing employee process is an invaluable discipline that yields real dividends repeatedly--for employers and employees--because it affects the way people approach and solve both basic and complicated problems.

In July, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS is offering this award winning, $7.99 e-book, free to IEEE members only.

Now through 15 August, IEEE-USA IEEE members can get a free download of this e-book by going to:

http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/244136.

Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart, and use promo code JULFREE17 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.Free eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members


Dream Big:  Engineering Our World

    Dream Big is the first giant-screen film to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, which aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet as we head into the 21st Century and beyond.  For more information and to find a showing near you, visit
    http://www.dreambigfilm.com/.

Proposed Changes to the IEEE Code of Ethics

The IEEE Board of Directors at its meeting of 25 June approved the following resolutions:

“RESOLVED that, in accordance with the IEEE Policies, Section 7.8, the publisher of THE INSTITUTE is instructed to include in both its August 2017 online version and its September 2017 print edition, copies of the proposed changes to the IEEE Code of Ethics presented to this meeting, with a request for comment thereon; and

FURTHER RESOLVED that all IEEE Major Boards shall have the opportunity to discuss such changes to the IEEE Code of Ethics prior to final action by the Board of Directors; and

FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board shall engage in final consideration of such changes to the IEEE Code of Ethics at its November 2017 meeting.”

The following is the IEEE Code of Ethics, marked to show the proposed changes and is hereby published for comment in accordance with Section 7.8 of the IEEE Policies: 

“We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members, and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree:

  1. to accept responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public, in keeping with principles of ethical design and systemic sustainability, and to disclosepromptly disclose factors that might endanger the public or the environment;
  2. to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;
  3. to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;
  4. to reject bribery in all its forms;
  5. to improve the understanding of the capabilities of technology; by individuals and by society as a whole, and its appropriate application, and potential consequences applications and societal implications, including outcomes attributable to autonomous systems;
  6. to maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
  7. to seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others;
  8. to treat fairly all persons and to not engage in acts of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression;
  9. to avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;
  10. to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.”

Comments on the foregoing changes should be directed to IEEE Director Kate Duncan at kduncan@ieee.org and/or IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics Programs Chair Greg Adamson at g.adamson@ieee.org, on or before 30 October.



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Section and Chapter Nominations and Elections 


There are still some elected Section officer positions without nominations.  The Secretary and Vice Chair - San Antonio positions are open.  If you have suggestions for those positions, please communicate them to Kenny Rice at krice@IEEE.org.  

The schedule and term of office requirements for our election are as follows.  

The nominations committee  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 election will begin on November 1.  We intend to use the IEEE vTools election process for contested races in the  election.

The term of office for Section Officers is 2 years, from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019

Chapters and Affinity Groups should be on the same election schedule, although their nominations do not go to the Section Executive Committee.  Every chapter should have a slate of officers in the September Analog.  


Kenny Rice
Nomination Committee Chair, Past Section Chair
krice@ieee.org




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.


Webmaster/Social Media

Immediate opportunity is now available for Webmaster/Social media for the  upcoming two events in September 2017 (2017 ComTech Innovation Summit in Health and Wellness) and April 2018 (2018 IEEE GreenTech International Conference of Smart City) in Austin.

If interested, please contact Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org.

Other volunteer opportunities are also available.

Curriculum modifications and forum replacements must be made in the engineering and computer science education system if we want to equip future generations.


I was taught engineering in a very traditional method: a professor standing at the front of the classroom and students trying to make out scribbled hand writing and copying it down by way of pen and loose leaf. It wasn’t the most efficient process, but it was what we had to work with in the eighties. When I first left school, I knew I wasn’t prepared for the real world. In fact, my education had just started. I would end up back in the classroom for many years after earning my BS in Electrical Engineering, my first degree, in 1989. I would then go on to attend four different engineering universities between 1995 and 2013 in different countries—the United Kingdom, Jordan and the United States. At each school I attended, the classroom setup and process for the most part was the same as the eighties. It was like time travel; the professor addressed the student body down front, and, like clockwork, each student hastily jotted down notes. Of course, this time around they were typing on laptops and the blackboard was gone, replaced with a green or white one and an overhead projector. Otherwise, the similarities were uncanny and unfortunate.

Today, the engineering education is trapped in the past. It’s the reason so many companies have widely complained about the low levels of practical awareness and technical know-how among candidates to fill new, high-tech positions. The talent gap is larger than you think, and the deficit puts a chokehold on innovation. Engineering students are faced with vastly different sociological and economic challenges from those born in the fifties, sixties, even eighties. In just the next 5-10 years, scientists and researchers say we’ll be looking at an entirely new world than the one we see and interact with today, in large part due to the rapid rate of technological innovation. To advance with it, substantial curriculum modifications and forum replacements must be made in the engineering and computer science education system if we want to equip future generations.
To meet the needs of future engineers and the engineering practice we need to consider following the path of other learned professions, such as those in medicine and law. Med students like engineers usually take four years for graduate education. But doctors cannot simply practice straight out of school. First, they must enter residency for an additional 2-3 years and then a fellowship, accompanying a string of post-graduate training and experiential practice.

Higher education opportunities should deliver a project-oriented curriculum to give students real-life experiences before entering the workforce. Thus, a balance or bridge will be created between traditional education and practical know-how. In addition, I encourage those of us who have our feet cemented in the workplace to attend seminars, join workshops, look for mentorship opportunities and read progressive journals on the state of industries such as machine learning and the Internet of Things. Technologies will continue to advance and automate and digitize every aspect of our lives. It is a matter of time before traditional engineering job descriptions become obsolete.

Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz, IEEE Senior Member
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/author/qusi-alqarqaz
IEEE Senior Member Qusi Alqarqaz is an electrical engineer with more than 27 years of experience in the power industry. He writes about technology, works as a consultant, and mentors students. He is a contributor of The Institute as well as the Analog. He previously worked in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
http://qusialqarqaz.wordpress.com
qusi.alqarqaz.us@ieee.org

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

For those of you who are Professional Engineers, I hope that you were able to celebrate Professional Engineer's Day (Wednesday August 2, 2017) in some way. If you were not aware of the day of recognition, plan ahead for 2018, the 3rd annual PE Day.

We all use browsers every day, but did you know how much the sites you visit, or a curious ISP can find out about you? Check out http://webkay.robinlinus.com/ with your browser to see some of what can be gleaned from your browser.

Do you have a cable mess in your office? I have to admit that I do. One way I discovered that can help sort out the mess is using tags to identify which cables go where. A cheap and easy source of cable tags are the plastic tabs used to seal bakery products.

Want to do some simple circuit simulation? There is an on-line tool for that. LushProjects makes electronic kits. They also have an on-line simulator that allows you to create and test RCL and electronic circuits.

If you are a Science Fiction fan, you can access the 355 back issues of Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine that were published from 1950 to 1976. Go to https://archive.org/details/galaxymagazine&tab=collection to browse what are available. If these do not peak your intersest, there are 6,000,000 other items in the archive collection.

If you have comments, or suggestions as to something I should mention in a future issue, please let me know at john.purvis@ieee.org.  I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. 

John Purvis III IEEE LSM, P.E.
john.purvis@ieee.org
https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com
Past Section Chair, Analog Editor

Continuing Education


IEEE Provided
Spectrum Tech Insider Webinars
Learn from industry experts about latest technology advances via our free Tech Insider Webinars. This page lists upcoming and available 'on demand' Tech Insider webinars. All the live webinars are archived and are available on demand for 12 months. IEEE members can also earn PDH certificates for each webinar.

More Than 400 Courses Now Available on IEEE Xplore
It’s easier to find IEEE’s more than 400 online courses now that they’ve been added to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Known as the eLearning Library, these interactive online classes can be found in the library’s Courses section. Based on tutorials and workshops presented at IEEE conferences, the courses were developed and peer-reviewed by experts in their fields. Read more . . .
Computer Society Webinars
Register now for our latest free live technical webinars. Or check out our past webinars at your convenience.  See this site  more information.
Computer Society 2014 Professional Development Courses
Expand your knowledge base by taking a professional development course in your area of technical interest. Half-day webcast formats (3.5 hours) enable you to quickly get up to speed in a specific technology area without leaving your desk. And each are at a low cost of $49. For a limited time, sign up for three courses and receive the fourth one for free.  See the list of training courses.
ComSoc Training
See this calendar  for a list of upcoming courses.
Other learning opportunities
IEEE e-Learning Library
IEEE Online Education Portal
IEEE-USA Webinars (attendees can earn professional development hours -- PDHs)
Other Sources
CodeAcademy
Learn to code interactively for free

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

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

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

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

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Career

CTS Job listing
The Central Texas Section receives job postings from time to time. These are posted on the Section Web site. If you have a job to post to the site, send the information to cts-webmaster@ieee.org

IEEE ResumeLab
IEEE members have a new tool to help gain a competitive edge in the employment process. IEEE ResumeLab is a new online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using specialized tools tailored for each step of the job seeking process. This new product is added to the list of offerings that assist members as they find jobs and develop their careers.

The IEEE Job Site
The IEEE Job Site has undergone a makeover with new features and easier navigation to better serve IEEE members. Its still easy for IEEE members or IEEE member job seekers to conduct job searches or create and upload a resume, but with the use of HTML5 technology, the site boasts a cleaner layout and crisp contemporary design making the IEEE Job Site more user-friendly.

The IEEE-USA Career Manager is organized into eight categories designed to help you manage and advance in your career:

* Career Management Interactive Workshop
* Salary Service
* Consulting and Entrepreneurship
* Professional Development Webinars
* Employment Assistance and Job Search
* IEEE Online Distance Learning
* E-Book Library
* IEEE.tv


Student Branches and Activities

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)

Faculty Adviser: Wenbin Luo, email: wluo@stmarytx.edu
Branch Chair: Jorge Padilla, email: jpadilla4@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos

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

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TXST.IEEE



Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Sang Choi, email: schoi1@trinity.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityIEEE



University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)

Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Haley Alexander, email: chair@ieeeut.org

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ieeeut



University of Texas at San Antonio (http://ieeeutsa.com/)

Faculty Adviser: Paul Morton, email: PaulMorton@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Mark Pena, email: Mark.W.Pena@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ieeeutsa


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Useful IEEE Links

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The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

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

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


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2017



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August 8, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Austin, TX
The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem, Learn All The Time Network, Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST), EdTech Austin, Mozilla Hive Austin and Central Texas Discover Engineering invite organizations and individuals engaged in STEM outreach, education, workforce development, educational technology, volunteering and advocacy to connect, network and share! THANKS to iFLY Austin Indoor Skydiving for hosting this event!




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2017 Social Event – Quality Career Networking

Quality Career Tips and Networking

Hosted by

Young Quality Professionals – ASQ Austin Section

The ASQ Young Quality Professionals Network strives to cultivate a stimulating community for young professionals by developing resources and learning opportunities relevant to young leaders.  It is our goal to learn together, to seek out mentorship and to shepherd one another through a variety of social networking and events which support success in the spirit of ASQ for all young professionals.

Date / Time:

Thursday August 17, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Note:  Light food/snacks will be provided by ASQ.  Attendees are required to pay for their own alcoholic drinks.

Location:
Pinthouse Pizza
4729 Burnet Rd
Austin, Texas 78756

Food:
Light food/Snacks will be provided by ASQ.
Drinks need to be purchased.

RSVP: No need for reservations.

Contact / Questions:

For any questions concerning this social event please contact Andrew Davison, YQP Chair:

Andrew Davison, 512-431-7255
Look for Andrew wearing an ASQ shirt



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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.





2017 ComTech Innovation Summit in Health and Wellness
The ComTech Innovation  one day Summit provides vision,  breakthrough in innovation, technology impact & regulatory challenges related to health with smart connected medical devices and wearables, remote monitoring & management, data analytics and AI and assess impact and influence towards precision and personalization.

Suggested Topics:
  • Global healthcare challenges, vision, roadmap to smart connected healthcare system for personalized services.
  • Monitoring, diagnostics, surgical, emergency care
  • Preventive and Precision Medicine
  • mHealth Innovations
  • Healthcare innovations: Wireless devices, systems, services
  • Use of technology such as sensors, Wireless, LTE-5G,  IoT,  virtualization, cloud-based big data/analytics and security in delivering ecosystem solutions
  • Medical and Healthcare Data Communication, Security, Privacy
  • Regulatory challenges
We welcome your participation and support. If you wish to present or help, please send a quick message to f.behmann@ieee.org.




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2017 IEEE Innovation Summit in Health and Technology

Date: 7 September, 2017,  8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Location: TACC, Austin

The IEEE Innovation Summit in Health and Technology provides a forum for engineers, clinicians, healthcare providers, industry experts, regulators, municipalities, innovators, researchers and students defining clinical needs and collaboration on technology solutions for present and future healthcare challenges.

A lineup of C-level, experts and professionals will present and engage in conversations and share insights on current and future challenges and trends in this area.

Among the speakers:
  • Dr. Phil Huang, MD, City of  Austin Chief Medical Officer, 
  • Dr. William Tierney, MD and Chair of Population Health  & Professor, Dell Medical School, UT Austin
  • Dr. Guru Madhavan, Sr. Prog. Officer Health & Medicine, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
  • Dr. Ted Lehr, Communications & Technology Management, City of Austin
  • Dr. John M Uecker, MD Program Director, Dell Medical – General Surgery (Robotics) Residency

For details & registration, visit https://2017-ieee-innovation-summit.eventbrite.com
Be among the first 150 participating in this exciting event.

The cost of the event is covered by IEEE Societies and the event is hosted by TACC

Event Reference website http://sites.ieee.org/austin-cs/events/
Vtools Reference:  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/46036

HELP NEEDED:
We are looking for volunteers :
  1. To help with registration, name tag and support
  2. Any one that can handle taking photos and some video clips
Please contact f.behmann@ieee.org





13





ASQ September Speaker Event
Why Lean and/or Six Sigma Deployments Fail

And what you can do to resolve the Issue

Know anyone who has been laid off because his/her organization’s Lean and/or Six Sigma deployment was downsized or eliminated?  My bet is that you know people and organizations who have encountered this fate. What can be done to resolve this issue?  Presented is a solution to this frequently-encountered occurrence.  In this session, we will first assess the past and then determine the ten steps you could follow to resolve this disbandment problem for organizational process-improvement deployments.

Content for this presentation is taken from an article that is to be published by the speaker in the August 2017 issue of Quality Progress.

Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Business Center (HBC)

5930 Middle Fiskville Road

Austin, Texas  78752

Room 301.0

Wednesday / September 13th

6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time / Snacks
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 meeting expenses.

Registration Link: Eventbrite




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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

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Sept. 27-29 in Austin Texas

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

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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




3





IEEE Day
Details of how CTS will celebrate TBD




5





Austin Tech-Security Conference
The Austin Tech-Security Conference features 40-60 vendor exhibits and 8-12 educational speaker sessions discussing current tech-security issues such as cloud security, email and social media security, VoIP, LAN security, wireless security, USB drives security & more. Numerous door prizes such as iPads, Kindles, $25, $50 and $100 gift cards and lots more!  You'll come away with advice and knowledge so you can start proactively protecting your environment from the latest security breaches.  Your registration will include your breakfast, lunch, conference materials and entrance into the conference sessions and exhibit area. THIS CONFERENCE QUALIFIES FOR CPE CREDITS.  Scroll down to view the full conference agenda.

http://www.dataconnectors.com/event/austin-10-5-17/




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




26-28





Society of Women Engineers: WE17 
Austin, TX; October 26-28, 2017
WE17 offers professionals, collegiates, and employers an opportunity to network, meet role models and mentors, find new talent, provide professional development to current employees and support women in engineering and technology. This year's theme is "Always Connecting, Always Engineering". Register.



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.




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Workshop on Fuzzy Similarity
IEEE CTS ComSoc/SP/CS/EMBS is collaborating with Texas State University,  School of Engineering on Senior Design Activity event  at San Marcus and offer a workshop on Fuzzy Similarity.

For the recent decades, we have seen rapid progress on hardware and intelligent applications. These bundled systems are widely dependent on traditional Artificial Intelligence techniques such as neural nets and deep learning. However, with a chip that can contain a billion of transistors, it is time to build a "massively parallel array processor" on such a chip. The massively parallel array processor can be used to implement the nearest neighbor (most fuzzy similar) classifiers for the recognition and classification problem, and the function computation model. That is, fuzzy similarity measurements can be used to find the nearest neighbor.

The modern CPU's "functional programming model" is limited by the need to build functions that are denoted by expressions. The fuzzy-similarity-based function computation model is different. Given x, it searches the most fuzzy similar neighbor m of x and takes the function value f(m) of m as the function value f(x) of x.  This computation model is fundamentally a table-look-up approach. Previously, we did not try this model because a computer CPU is limited. Now, a chip can contain a billion of transistors. Also, we have seen the tremendous growth in silicon photonic circuits.  Therefore, it is time to try this function computation model.

Topics in the 2017 International Workshop on Fuzzy Similarity include but are not limited to the following:

·      Feature Extractions and Fuzzy Similarity Measurements.

·      Applications of   Fuzzy Similarity in image recognition, moving object detection, image description, time data classification, function computation model, self-driving car, natural language processing,  health care, genome, virtualization, and big data analysis.

·      Hardware and Platforms: Massively Parallel Array Processor, FPGA, IC Chips with a massive number of transistors, and OpenCL for heterogeneous computing platforms.

·      MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical System) or Silicon Photonic circuits for massively parallel processors.

We welcome your participation and contribution. If you wish to present, please send a quick message to Dr. CL Chang nicesoft2009@gmail.com  or  f.behmann@ieee.org
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




4-6





2018 IEEE GreenTech International Conference of Smart City"

Location: AT&T Executive Facilities, Austin

This will be the 10th Annual GreenTech Technologies International Conference. The theme of the conference for 2018 is Smart City.

 The conference provides a forum for government, industry, and researchers to collaborate and present innovative approaches on future framework, plans and innovative technological solutions for moving towards smarter green cities.  Stakeholders include municipalities, utilities, equipment vendors, and residents

HELP NEEDED:
We are looking for volunteers to be part of the Organizing Committee in the following areas:
  1. Website support
  2. Event mobile app
  3. Event social media
  4. Communication & publicity
  5. Registration
  6. Sponsors/Patronage
  7. Help organize recruitment
  8. Help organize Startup Pitch
  9. Help with Industry call for proposals
  10. Help with Academic Research call for paper
  11. Help with software tools and multimedia promotion
  12. Help with contact for media & publishing outlets local, state wide and beyond

Please contact f.behmann@ieee.org

The GreenTech of Smart City conference provides a forum with government, industry and researchers and startups to collaborate and innovate on future frameworks, plans and technological solutions in moving towards smart green cities.

For example, moving to a smarter grid will reduce emissions by allowing greater integration of renewables and more efficient use of the energy they produce, integration of smart vehicles which can act as storage devices to reduce transmission losses and promote cleaner transport and the introduction of demand response mechanisms to reduce demand.

By improving people’s experiences on the road, in the air, at stores and at work, technologies are moving us all toward a better life and a better world.

Suggested Topics:
  • Smart cities impacted by Green Technology empowered by IoT, wireless, virtualization and  Analytics/AI technologies
  • City’s environmental challenges (emissions, waste water management, recycling)
  • Smart Energy Consumer-Grid: Appliances, smart homes, building, transportation, industrial, distribution, transmission monitoring, Reliability, Efficiency, creative billing, and sustainability
  • Regulatory considerations, Policies, Economics and Sustainability
  • Climate change adaptation & resiliency / Climate risk and adaptation strategy
  • Micro-grids: ac/dc systems, control and optimization, energy management, storage
  • Energy Efficiency and Consumption: business models, incentives, markets, policies and frameworks, and smart customers, loads and meters
  • Electric Transportation and Smart Grids: electric vehicle charging/discharging strategies, grid interface and impacts, resilience, sustainability
  • Power Transmission & Distribution (e.g. Remote communication and control of T&D assets, Distribution System Reliability)
  • Next Generation Control Centers: generation, T&D control centers and system operators and applications (big data analytics, visualizations, situational awareness)
Case Study: Pecan Street Project

Case Study: Autonomous Vehicles

End Users: Industrial, Transportation, Building Technologies

We welcome your participation and support. If you wish to present or help, please send a quick message to  f.behmann@ieee.org





7-8





IEEE R5 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.

You can subscribe to an RSS feed of all Central Texas Section meetings that have been scheduled through vTools here

Click Meetings to see the next 180 days of planned CTS activity.

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

The Central Texas Section Chapters

AP Antennas and Propagation Society
AESS Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
CAS Circuits and Systems Society
CEDA Council on Electronic Design Automation
COM Communications Society - Austin | San Antonio
CN Consultant's Network
CPMT Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
C Computer Society - Austin | San Antonio
ED Electron Devices Society
E Education Society
EMB Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - 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.

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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.

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  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

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

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

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

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Joint Austin Computer Society (C) and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB) Chapter

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

Chapter Web Site


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

More information on Consultants Networks

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EducationSociety (E)

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

Chapter Web Site

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)

Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title

ESD-IC Co-Design

Speaker

Prof. Albert Wang, IEEE Fellow of Dept. of ECE, University of California, Riverside

Albert Wang received the BSEE degree from the Tsinghua University and the PhD EE degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985 and 1996, respectively. He was with the National Semiconductor Corporation before joining the faculty of the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1998. Since 2007, he has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of California, Riverside, where he is Director for the Laboratory for Integrated Circuits and Systems and Director for the University of California Center for Ubiquitous Communications by Light (UC-Light). His research interests focus on analog/mixed-signal/RF ICs, integrated design-for-reliability, IC CAD and modelling, 3D heterogeneous integration of devices and circuits, emerging nano devices and circuits, and LED-based visible light communications. Wang received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He is the author for the book “On-Chip ESD Protection for Integrated Circuits” (Kluwer, 2002) and 240+ peer-reviewed papers, and holds thirteen U.S. patents. Wang was Associated Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, Editor for IEEE Electron Device Letters, Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II, Guest Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and Guest Editor for IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He has been IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Electron Devices Society, the Circuits and Systems Society and the Solid-State Circuits Society. He is Jr. Past President (2016-2017) and was President (2014-2015) for IEEE Electron Devices Society. He was Chair for the IEEE CAS Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee (ASPTC). Hewas committee member for the SIA International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductor (ITRS). He is a member for IEEE 5G Initiatives Committee. He was TPC Chair (2015) and General Chair (2016) for IEEE RFIC Symposium. He served as committee member for many IEEE conferences, e.g., EDTM, IEDM, BCTM, ASICON, IRPS, IEDST, ICSICT, CICC, RFIC, APC-CAS, ASP-DAC, ISCAS, IPFA, ICEMAC, NewCAS, ISTC, AP-RASC, MAPE, EDSSC, MIEL, EDTM, etc. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of AAAS.

Abstract

Electrostatic discharge (EDS) failure is a major IC reliability problem. On-chip ESD protection is required for all ICs. As semiconductor technologies continue to advance to nano nodes, ESD protection design becomes a big IC design challenge. This lecture discusses all aspects of practical ESD protection designs, including ESD fundamentals, ESD protection solutions, mixed-mode ESD simulation-design methods, and ESD-IC co-design techniques. Real-world ESD protection circuit design examples will be discussed

Date/Time

18 August 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Larry Larson & Ravi Droopad will give a short welcome and give a few EDS Chapter announcements.
Jeff Wetzel will be our local host,  He will give a short welcome & introduction to the facility - then Albert will give his talk.

Location

2706 Montopolis Drive
Austin, Texas
United States 78741
Building: Novati Technologies
Room Number: San Jacinto Room

Cost


Reservations

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46411

Notes

Novati Technologies is a Trusted facility and that requires visitors to state their citizenship status to gain access to the building; foreign nationals (but not green card holders) need to show their passports. - - To this end - Please enter your citizenship in the field
labeled "Phone Number"

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

(see Austin Computer Society for information on Austin EMB Chapter activities)

Chapter Web Site San Antonio

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group


Topic/Title Work Without Stress: Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success
Speaker Nick Petrie

NICK PETRIE is the co-author of the book Work Without Stress, which is based on 30 years or research on why some people gets stressed and others don’t. He is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). He works with CEOs and their teams to create resilience strategies for their organizations, particularly in periods of significant change. He is the lead researcher of CCL’s research project on the Future of Leadership Development in Silicon Valley. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Abstract Many people today are experiencing extremely high levels of stress in the workplace. In order to cope with increasing demands people need to learn tools and methods for how they can continue to perform in a sustainable way.

This talk will focus on an approach based on 30 years of academic research into why some people get stressed and others don’t. In our research we have seen that both individuals and organizations can learn to decrease their levels of stress even as levels of pressure increase.

In this workshop, filled with insights from CCL’s latest book, Work without Stress: Building a resilient mindset for lasting success, you’ll discover that while pressure is inevitable, stress is something we create. As a participant, you will:
  • Understand the difference between pressure and stress in your own life.
  • Learn how stress is created and how resilient people avoid it.
  • Explore the results of your personal resilience profile, outlining your approach to dealing with pressure.
  • Learn four steps to help you reduce stress and increase performance.
Date/Time 12 September 2017
6:30PM: Appetizers and drinks
7:00PM: Stress management technique workshop
8:10PM: Networking
Location Samsung Austin R&D Center (SARC)
3900 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, Texas
United States 78746
Room Number: SARC Byte (1st floor)
Cost
Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/45980
Notes Co-sponsored by Kathlene Hurt

A joint meeting with Austin Young Professionals, Women in Engineering and Technology and Engineering Management


Follow the Young Professionals on Facebook

More information on YP/GOLD 

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

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Photonics Society (PHO)

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For more information, contact Mikhail Belkin

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group

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

More information on LM

Austin Life Members Affinity Group


Topic/Title TBD
Speaker TBD
Abstract TBD
Date/Time 15 August 2017
2:00 PM  Networking and lunch
2;15 PM  Presentation
Location Pok-e-Jo's
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46472
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The Austin Life Members Group meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Life Members meet on the third Tuesday each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m., followed by presentations from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by experts in topics of interest to IEEE Life Members.

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San Antonio Life Member Affinity Group

Topic/Title Tour of SAMSAT Displays
Speaker
Abstract The August meeting of the San Antonio Life Members Group will be a tour of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) at the new location on Kelly Field Annex.  The Museum has an extensive collection of items from the early days of electrification, communications and computer development.  For the last six months everything has been in storage but now the Museum has obtained space and begun the process of unpacking and displaying items.   We will have the opportunity to see many unique pieces, including items associated with the development of computers and communications in San Antonio that will be particularly interesting. 

More information on the Museum can be found on their website:    http://samsat.org
Date/Time 17 August 2017
11:00:  Tour of SAMSAT displays, narrated by James Castro and David Monroe  followed by "The SAMSAT Vision" by James Castro

12:30 Lunch at Applebee's Restaurant 1511 SW Military Drive
Location 102 Mabry Drive
Joint Base San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
United States
Building: Old Kelly AFB Chapel
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46366
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Austin Power and Energy Society (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title Understanding Intellectual Property Concerns for Engineers

and

Next-Generation Smart Grids: Power Electronics-Enabled Autonomous Power Systems
Speaker Andrew Eisenberg of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Andrew is a partner with Michael Best. Andrew is also a registered patent attorney as well as a former general counsel and programmer. Andrew is a named inventor on three issued patents 8,565,458, 8,582,790, 8,611,570 as well as pending application 2013/0177188.

He is primarily engaged in assisting technology startups and small business navigate the complex legal landscape associated with starting a business, developing strategic IP assets, raising capital, and planning an exit strategy. As a former general counsel for an Austin based startup, Andrew is able to provide his clients with unique insights and knowledge regarding the legal challenges and benefits of building and maintaining a result driven portfolio in an entrepreneurial environment.

Andrew has been featured as a guest speaker on the radio broadcast the Struggling Entrepreneur, a judge for the University of Texas - Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition, a guest topic expert on the television series Austin Business Matters, and a guest columnist with CEO Magazine, Business 2 Community, the Austin Business Journal, and the Texas CEO Magazine. Andrew has also presented for organizations including: SXSW, Innovation Week Austin, Austin Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association, Austin Inventopreurs, and BOSS-Talks Tech.

Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong is the Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor in Energy and Power Engineering at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, and the Founding Director of Syndem LLC, IL, USA. Having been recognized as an IEEE Fellow, an IET Fellow and a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the IEEE Control Systems Society and the IEEE Power Electronics Society, he is a world-leading multidisciplinary expert in control, power electronics and power systems. Before joining Illinois Institute of Technology, he was the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he built up a $5M+ research lab dedicated to the control of energy and power systems and attracted the support of Rolls-Royce, National Instruments, Texas Instruments, Siemens, ALSTOM, Turbo Power Systems, Chroma, Yokagawa, OPAL RT and other organizations. He (co-) authored three research monographs, including Robust Control of Time-delay Systems (Springer, 2006) and Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2013). His fourth book entitled Power Electronics-Enabled Autonomous Power Systems: Next Generation Smart Grids, which presents the architecture and technical routes of next-generation smart grids based on the synchronization mechanism of synchronous machines, will be published by Wiley-IEEE Press in 2017. He is/was an Associate Editor for several leading journals in control and power engineering, including four IEEE Transactions. His current research focuses on addressing fundamental challenges in energy and power systems through seamless integration of advanced control/systems theory and power electronics.
Abstract Andrew will discuss the basics of intellectual property, patents, trademarks, and copyrights from the perspective of the inventor or engineer. He will cover topics such as employee’s IP obligations to the employer when transition between positions and keeping at home or garage projects distinct from the corporate work environment.

Power systems are going through a paradigm change. The centralized large facilities are being replaced by millions of widely dispersed non-synchronous relatively small renewable or alternative power plants, plug-in EVs, and energy storage units. Moreover, the majority of loads are expected to actively take part in the grid regulation in the same way as suppliers do. In this lecture, the system architecture, together with a technical route, to enable this paradigm change will be presented. It will be shown that the synchronization mechanism of conventional synchronous machines, which has underpinned the power systems for over 100 years, can continue playing its fundamental role in power systems. It will empower all power electronics-interfaced suppliers and loads to behave like virtual synchronous machines so that they can take part in the regulation of system frequency and voltage, in the same way as conventional synchronous machines do. This will unify the integration and interaction of all players with the grid. It will also release the communication infrastructure from low-level control and open up the prospect of achieving autonomous operation for power systems. This holistic solution could considerably enhance the stability, scalability, operability, security, reliability and resiliency of the next-generation smart grid. For latest developments and live discussions, join LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7061909/. For commercialization opportunities, click http://www.syndem.com.
Date/Time 22 August 2017
Check In - 6:30 to 7:00 PM
Social & Business Meeting - 7:00 to 7:10 PM
Program #1 - 7:10 to 7:30 PM
Program #2 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM
Location 2700 West Anderson Lane
Austin, Illinois
United States 78757
Building: Cover 3
Cost We ask that all attendees order at least $15 in food and drink or consider this to be a cover charge.
Reservations If you plan to attend, please RSVP via e-mail to "pi2-secretary@ieee.org".

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46387
Notes Co-sponsored by IEEE PI2 Secretary

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  San Antonio Power and Energy Society (PE)

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

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


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

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Sensor Council (SC) - MEMS & Sensors Chapter

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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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Austin Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

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Topic/Title CTS LEADERSHIP READING GROUP: ANGER AND FRUSTRATION MANAGEMENT
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Join us for a snacks, beverages,  good company and a fantastic discussion group, focused on developing your leadership skills.

Here are some short videos people could watch before our meeting next Tuesday (08/08):
 
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjxL7yIJiw4 "How to Control Your Anger and Frustration"  
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muk9-0huE60 "How to Stay Positive on a Bad Day" by Robin Sharma
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkLABxjRS0g&t=206s "Four Steps to Overcome Your Frustration at Work" 
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47vTUMkzOck&t=369s "How to Deal With Frustrating People" by Brendon Burchard

No charge for the event. Bring a friend!  And make new ones!

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjxL7yIJiw4 "How to Control Your Anger and Frustration"  
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muk9-0huE60 "How to Stay Positive on a Bad Day" by Robin Sharma
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkLABxjRS0g&t=206s "Four Steps to Overcome Your Frustration at Work" 
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47vTUMkzOck&t=369s "How to Deal With Frustrating People" by Brendon Burchard
 
Leslie, it'll be great if you could include these video links on the RSVP page. Let me know if you need me to get some snacks etc.
Date/Time 08 August 2017
6:30 Snacks and networking
7:00 Discussion
8:00 Adjourn

Location Microsoft Store at the Domain
3309 Esperanza Crossing #104
Austin, Texas
Cost
Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46424
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Topic/Title Work Without Stress: Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success
Speaker Nick Petrie

NICK PETRIE is the co-author of the book Work Without Stress, which is based on 30 years or research on why some people gets stressed and others don’t. He is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). He works with CEOs and their teams to create resilience strategies for their organizations, particularly in periods of significant change. He is the lead researcher of CCL’s research project on the Future of Leadership Development in Silicon Valley. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Abstract Many people today are experiencing extremely high levels of stress in the workplace. In order to cope with increasing demands people need to learn tools and methods for how they can continue to perform in a sustainable way.

This talk will focus on an approach based on 30 years of academic research into why some people get stressed and others don’t. In our research we have seen that both individuals and organizations can learn to decrease their levels of stress even as levels of pressure increase.

In this workshop, filled with insights from CCL’s latest book, Work without Stress: Building a resilient mindset for lasting success, you’ll discover that while pressure is inevitable, stress is something we create. As a participant, you will:
  • Understand the difference between pressure and stress in your own life.
  • Learn how stress is created and how resilient people avoid it.
  • Explore the results of your personal resilience profile, outlining your approach to dealing with pressure.
  • Learn four steps to help you reduce stress and increase performance.
Date/Time 12 September 2017
6:30PM: Appetizers and drinks
7:00PM: Stress management technique workshop
8:10PM: Networking
Location Samsung Austin R&D Center (SARC)
3900 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, Texas
United States 78746
Room Number: SARC Byte (1st floor)
Cost
Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/45980
Notes Co-sponsored by Kathlene Hurt

A joint meeting with Austin Young Professionals, Women in Engineering and Technology and Engineering Management

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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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Topic/Title SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE TECH INDUSTRY
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Abstract Join us for snacks, beverages,  good company and a fantastic discussion, focused on Being Heard.

Have you ever felt overlooked or ignored?  How can you make your voice more effectively heard at meetings? In discussions with your boss?  Read " Now Hear This: How to Be Heard" and come prepared with your ideas about getting your point across to your boss, your peers, your partner.

Join us for a snacks, beverages,  good company and a fantastic discussion group, focused on developing your career.
Date/Time 09 August 2017
6:30 Snacks and networking
7:00 Discussion
8:00 Adjourn
Location Microsoft Store
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78256
Building: 15900 La Cantera Parkway
Room Number: Suite 6560
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Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46410
Notes Co-sponsored by Microsoft



Topic/Title CTS WOMEN IN ENGINEERING MONTHLY BOOK CLUB/ HOW DIVERSITY IMPROVES PROBLEM SOLVING
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Abstract How do diverse teams manage to solve problems better than homogeneous teams?  Different ideas, different approaches, different everything!  Read "Teams Solve Problems Faster When They're Cognitively Diverse" and "How Diversity Makes Us Smarter." We'll discuss our observations and challenges.

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

Free parking is available at on West St. after 6PM.  (Meeting is at the NW Corner of 7th and West) .  No charge for the event. Bring a friend!  And make new ones!
Date/Time 15 August 2017
6:30 Snacks and networking
7:00 Discussion
8:00 Adjourn
Location Cirrus Logic
800 W. 6th St.
Austin, Texas
United States 78701
Building: Way at the back!
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Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46429
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Topic/Title Discussion Topic: Where Should I Take My Career?
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Abstract What should you do next?  Are you pondering career decisions and don't quite know what to do?  Read This Post from Vocation Village, and perhaps follow some of the suggestions.  We'll discuss the choices you are considering and help you through the maze of choices that make sense for you.

Join us for a snacks, beverages,  good company and a fantastic discussion group, focused on developing your career.

No charge for the event. Bring a friend!  And make new ones!
Date/Time 22 August 2017
6:30 Snacks and networking
7:00 Discussion
8:00 Adjourn
Location Microsoft Store at the Domain
3309 Esperanza Crossing #104
Austin, Texas
United States 78758
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Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/46427
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Topic/Title Work Without Stress: Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success
Speaker Nick Petrie

NICK PETRIE is the co-author of the book Work Without Stress, which is based on 30 years or research on why some people gets stressed and others don’t. He is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). He works with CEOs and their teams to create resilience strategies for their organizations, particularly in periods of significant change. He is the lead researcher of CCL’s research project on the Future of Leadership Development in Silicon Valley. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Abstract Many people today are experiencing extremely high levels of stress in the workplace. In order to cope with increasing demands people need to learn tools and methods for how they can continue to perform in a sustainable way.

This talk will focus on an approach based on 30 years of academic research into why some people get stressed and others don’t. In our research we have seen that both individuals and organizations can learn to decrease their levels of stress even as levels of pressure increase.

In this workshop, filled with insights from CCL’s latest book, Work without Stress: Building a resilient mindset for lasting success, you’ll discover that while pressure is inevitable, stress is something we create. As a participant, you will:
  • Understand the difference between pressure and stress in your own life.
  • Learn how stress is created and how resilient people avoid it.
  • Explore the results of your personal resilience profile, outlining your approach to dealing with pressure.
  • Learn four steps to help you reduce stress and increase performance.
Date/Time 12 September 2017
6:30PM: Appetizers and drinks
7:00PM: Stress management technique workshop
8:10PM: Networking
Location Samsung Austin R&D Center (SARC)
3900 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, Texas
United States 78746
Room Number: SARC Byte (1st floor)
Cost
Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/45980
Notes Co-sponsored by Kathlene Hurt

A joint meeting with Austin Young Professionals, Women in Engineering and Technology and Engineering Management

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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