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 eachCTS- 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

We have two AWESOME events coming up!

Wednesday November 8, 5pm – 7:30pm,
Join IEEE Young Professionals and IEEE Communication Society for an evening of drinks and networking at DeveloperWeek Austin. All IEEE members and DeveloperWeek attendees are invited to this event! Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.

All attendees will receive a free OPEN DEV Pass into the DeveloperWeek Austin Conference & Expo. This gives access to Keynotes, OPEN Sessions, the 2-day Expo & the Networking App. You can see what the pass has to offer here.
Register for this event here.

Thursday, November 16, 7:15pm—10:00pm 
Some simple activities can help you enhance your creativity and innovation capabilities.  Research describes “The rate at which new ideas were expressed by employees to managers increased 55% over this period….[Leaders] attributed many positive changes directly to this brief testing and training program, including more than $600,000 in new revenues and about $3.5 million in innovative expenditure reductions over an 8-month period.”  One of those simple activities is to interact with interesting people and get out to theaters and museums.  (See http://www.competitivefocus.com/ProblemSolving.pdf)  That’s impressive!  So join us for a trip to see Much Ado About Nothing, and join us afterwards for a champagne reception with the actors and crew!
Two Things:
1. Get your theater tickets here as well as    
2. Register for this event so that we can include you at the Reception!

 Plus there’s a whole array of meetings and events: See https://events.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/search
Make sure you select Region 5 and the Central Texas Section

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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

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Membership Development

New to IEEE? Want a refresher on the benefits of your membership?

Go to http://www.ieee.org/start  for a step by step approach to maximizing your membership benefits.

ALSO, the IEEE has a special program to support new members with navigating all the benefits of being an IEEE member.  Each month IEEE hosts a New Member Orientation Webcasts that typically start at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM ET.  These one hour Webcasts are intended to assist new IEEE members in navigating all the benefits of being an IEEE member.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/start and look for the “Register now” hotlink for the next webinar.

Not an IEEEE Member?  Have you been waiting for the right time to join?

Join the IEEE this month and receive 14 months of the benefits of being an IEEE member for the price of 12.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/join to begin receiving all the benefits of being an IEEE member NOW.

 IEEE is the world's largest technical society, bringing members access to the industry's most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools, and many other exclusive benefits.  To find out more, go to http://www.ieee.org/membership

Opportunity to make a difference as an Engineer!

As an IEEE member, or simply as an Engineer, we get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of future engineers AND have some fun at the same time!  See the CTS web site or the URLs below for additional details on the listed opportunities.

Science Fair Judge – Yes it is science fair season again.  There is a number of science and engineering focused schools in the CTS area that host science fairs each year. Commitments are typically a half day.  Below are a few of those upcoming science fairs known to the CTS.

If you look, there are many more local Science Fairs that are listed above.  Pick a school,  register, and go make a difference in the next generation of engineers!

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

November eBook
In IEEE-USA's November free e-book for members only, veteran engineer and educator Harry T. Roman provides guidance and development for engineers just beginning their careers. In Tips for Young Engineers, Roman offers mentoring cultivated from his own knowledge and experience as a professional engineer. In his own words, the author is "paying it forward."

In nine concise chapters, Roman discusses different steps that young engineers can take to advance themselves.  He devotes one chapter for each major facet of developing a technical career--for both immediate and long-term benefits. For example, Roman encourages engineering professionals to build their own personal contacts database. He describes it as “a journal of the people you meet.”  He advises this "log of sorts" should contain contact information, subjects discussed, expertise--and include personal notes about each individual contact. Roman recommends starting a contacts database when beginning a new job; embarking on a major assignment; or exploring a joint project with other companies, and their staffs.

“It doesn’t matter whether these people work for your organization, or another company,” Roman writes--advocating these contact journals as great tools for networking--“It’s not only about what you know, but who you know.”

Roman notes another good way young engineers can learn to sharpen their communications “saw” is to give oral presentations to managers and colleagues: “I’ve never seen engineering careers ruined because of incompetence, but I’ve seen plenty run aground because of poor communications skills–especially poorly executed oral presentations.” The author believes it essential that engineers be articulate--to survive in today’s global economy.

He points out that a person’s presentation skills are always going to be on display—especially during an interview.  He writes that it may be the most important skill an engineer will ever learn.

Packed with solid, practical advice, Tips for Young Engineers presents dozens of useful, career-building ideas--that the author acquired during his 36-year career with Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)--the largest utility serving New Jersey.

Winner of the 2017 APEX Grand Award for Electronic Publications--in November, IEEE-USA is offering Tips for Young Engineers (a $5.99 value), free to IEEE members only.

From 1 November through 15 December, IEEE members can get their free download by going to:

https://ieeeusa.org/shop/careers/ebook-tips-young-engineers/

Log in with your IEEE Web account; add the book to your cart; and use promo code, NOVFREE17, 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

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New Central Texas Section Officers

The period for adding petition candidates for the elected Central Texas Section officers ended on October 15th, with no petition candidates.  In anticipation of this outcome, the CTS Executive Committee voted election by acclamation for uncontested candidates in its September 16th meeting.  

Congratulations to the elected officers for CTS for 2018-2019:

Chair....................................Fawzi Behmann
Vice Chair - Austin.............Fabio Gomez
Vice Chair - San Antonio....Ehsaneh "Sunny" Shahhaidar
Treasurer..............................Bill Martino
Secretary..............................Raymond Choo

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


Why Am I a Member of IEEE

Since I was a student, and especially during my senior year in college, my membership to a professional organization such as IEEE was a great way to take advantage of their education and career resources. I cannot tell you how deeply indebted to the IEEE during my senior year, particularly when I was working on my "senior synthesis" , “Analysis of Linear & Circular Antenna Arrays & Design of Reflector Antenna”, a project submitted for partial fulfillment of B. Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering from faculty of engineering in United Arab Emirates University in Dec. 1988. The IEEE provided me with an enormous amount of access to resource information such as:  case studies, articles, white papers and books written by experts in Antenna and Propagation field such as the 1988 IEEE AP-S Distinguished Achievement Award recipient, the late Prof. Robert S. Elliott, and IEEE Senior member  Dr. James E. Richie, of Marquette University.  Both Prof. Elliott Prof. Richie, had significantly influenced my research in the area of array antennas, which had many industrial applications. Their works have inspired many generations of electromagnetic and antenna enthusiasts. I was and will always be deeply grateful to all of them.  Many of the references I used came and published by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS).
 
After earning my first BS in Electrical Engineering in 1989, and to keep up with the the rapid rate of technological innovation, it was critical to continue my education.  I would then go back and attend many additional engineering schools between 1995 and 2013 to study and continue learning about emerging trends in Electrical Engineering. During my long journey of education, I always rely on my membership to the IEEE to take advantage of their publications and resources.  Of course in the recent years, the online web site has become an enormous resource with a digital library of educational material and online educational videos.

Later on and during my 28 years professional journey from engineering to management and consulting,  the IEEE has been a large part of my professional success. To do my job well, I always need to work closely with a professional regulations authority in electrical engineering such as the IEEE and I was able for many years to access the IEEE standards. At this stage, I was able with the help of IEEE published studies to help better and be part of many  successful projects.  My IEEE membership, had a turning point when one morning I was reading an article published by the Institute ;  “Join The Institute’s Blogging Community”, “published February 2014” an open invitation to write.

I had a strong feeling at that moment that something had just shifted in my sense of a new awareness that I was benefiting from my IEEE membership for years and it is time to give back. Something inside me told me I should start writing and share some of my experience and knowledge with other members specially young engineers and students. After few “Email Correspondences” with Monica Rozenfeld, the associate editor of The Institute,  and in just few weeks I published my first blog on March 2014. Since then, with great help from the institute, I was able to share some of thoughts and experiences.  This year , I was honored with an Author page from the Institute. The institute introduce me to the IEEE PV, a community that seeks to increase IEEE's visibility and create a global voice for the engineering profession and on behalf of the IEEE PV, I started writing for the EE Times, an online magazine that covered the electronics industry since 1972. I publishes my first  article with them last May; “Engineering Ed Stuck in the Past”. The Institute also introduced me to engineering projects for humanity project funded and encouraged by the IEEE based in East Africa to team-up with the project and work in this great technology-based, research and (R&D) projects within East Africa. 

Finally, I am deeply indebted to all the precious opportunities provided to me to get involved in many dimensions of the IEEE communities and professional activities. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday I want to thank the IEEE community and all of the members. Writing was incredibly helpful in my own personal and professional life, with that being said I hope my fellow members and especially the younger members have all gained some lessons from my humbling experiences. It has been an absolute pleasure to write and share my thoughts with everyone. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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



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.


Judges Needed for the John Jay Science & Engineering Academy Annual Science and Engineering Fair

The John Jay Science & Engineering Academy is hosting its annual Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 8:30 am-1:00 pm and we are seeking volunteers to serve as judges for the fair.
 
Nearly 200 judges are required to provide feedback to our students. Our school fair is one of the largest of its kind in the state of Texas and the nation and includes nearly 600 students presenting their scientific research. Additionally, St. Mary's University and the University of the Incarnate Word reward top students at our local fair with $560,000 in scholarships each year.
 
Projects include the STEM areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Math and Computers as well as projects in the Social Sciences such as Psychology and Sociology.  Project levels span beginner (freshmen) to advanced (upperclassmen).  Because of this wide spectrum of topics and levels, we need a variety of volunteers with different experiences and levels of training/interest.
 
Students who do well will be given the opportunity to advance to the Junior Academy of Science Competition at Robert E. Lee High School, and to the Alamo Regional Science Fair at St. Mary’s University. Some students will then go on to participate at the state and national level. The 2015-2016 research team earned over $600,000 in scholarships, over $2,000 in cash prizes and 17 special awards.
 
Judges are asked to arrive at 8:30am for a light breakfast, brief welcome and folder pick-up that will include the categories that they will be judging and scoring rubrics. Lunch will be served from 11:30pm-1:30pm in the library.  A certificate of participation will also be the judge's folder noting the number of volunteer hours.
 
If you would like to be a judge, please go to the following google form:
 
https://goo.gl/forms/LwLsmO3kdYcVOhmC3
 
To learn more about our fair, please go the the following website:
 
http://www.nisd.net/sciaca/partnerships.
 
Please feel free to share this e-mail with friends, family and colleges. Thank you for your time and consideration.  Your support at this event will make a positive difference in the life of a young adult and support STEM education.

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

You have all heard us talk about the "Central Texas Section" of IEEE, but exactly what does that mean? In the world of IEEE every member around the world is assigned to a Section based upon their home address of record with IEEE.

The counties that make up the Central Texas
                    Section

If you live in one of the Texas counties highlighted above (if you don't see the graphic go here), then you are a member of the Central Texas Section. As you can see our Section is quite large, but most members live in the eastern counties.

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
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Other Sources
CodeAcademy
Learn to code interactively for free

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

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

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

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

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Career

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

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

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

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

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


Student Branches and Activities

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

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

Texas State University - San Marcos

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

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

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



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



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

Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: 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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SocietyNews from IEEE

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Call Papers

IEEE Standards Association

IEEEXplore - full text access to IEEE Publications

The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

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

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


Other Region 5 Section Newsletters


Local Conferences, Meetings and Events

Search for IEEE conferences

2017




November





1-2






Eaton's "Young Guns" Training
Held in Houston November 1st and 2nd. It is designed for novice EE or electrical designers. The idea is to expose them to all kinds of electrical equipment “in the flesh” and provide some basic electrical theory education. It’s only for one afternoon and next day. We will feed them lunch both days and breakfast/dinner/happy hour in between.

We will be holding the training at our renovated Houston Experience Center on the Beltway near I45. It is an extremely impressive facility and they will receive some great exposure to both LV and MV gear plus protection and control.

Need further assistance contact the Eaton Technical Resource Center at
877-386-2273 option 2.





6






ASQ Free November Webinar
2017 Chair Jim Johnstone, Austin ASQ Section 1414

Topic: Supply Chain Risk Assessment Synopsis

How do you assess and measure risk in your supply chain?  ISO 9001/2017 certification requires us to assess and mitigate risk in our businesses, including the supply chain.

In this webinar you will  learn how to define and assess the eight common types of risk in every supply chain and where you can easily get the data you need to assess those  risks. Then you will be shown how to systematically organize your risk assessment so you can prioritize your risk reduction activities. Attendees will then share what has worked for them in reducing risk in their own supply chains.

Bio:

Jim Johnstone is an author and quality consultant from Austin, Texas and works with companies to improve their quality management systems; train, coach, and develop management, and develop strategies that transform  businesses, improving profit and customer satisfaction.  Past clients in include Veeco, Benchmark Electronics, and Ichor Systems. Prior to starting his own business, Jim was a Sr. Director of Supplier Development with Applied Materials and worked in various executive management positions at Applied Materials and IBM.  He has  Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. A member of ASQ since 2011, he is currently the Chair of Section 1414 in Austin. Jim  is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, And Certified Quality Auditor.

Date / Time:

Monday November 6th, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
 

Registration and Access to Webinar:

This is a free event.  Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page to receive the webinar link.





8






IEEE CTS YP DEVELOPER WEEK NETWORKING AND HAPPY HOUR

05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Palmer Events Center
900 W. Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas
Join IEEE Young Professionals and IEEE Communication Society for an evening of drinks and networking at DeveloperWeek Austin. All IEEE members and DeveloperWeek attendees are invited to this event! Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.

All attendees will receive a free OPEN DEV Pass into the DeveloperWeek Austin Conference & Expo. This gives access to Keynotes, OPEN Sessions, the 2-day Expo & the Networking App. You can see what the pass has to offer here.

Register for this event here.

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48098





8-9






Developer Week
DeveloperWeek | Austin 2017 is the largest developer event in Texas with 3,000+ application developers, dev managers, and tech execs meeting in Austin for a week of conference sessions, expo, networking events, partner events, a hackathon, hiring mixer and parties.
DeveloperWeek | Austin spans all of development, and places a focus on the enterprise: spanning languages such as JavaScript, DevOps, best practices in Dev Management, Mobile, APIs & Microservices and Artificial Intelligence. Austin is a capital of worldwide enterprise app development, and DeveloperWeek | Austin invites the enterprise dev community to make this the Texas' definitive conference for developers.
What’s happening at DeveloperWeek | Austin 2017?
  • 30+ Dev Exhibitors with the hottest technologies
  • 100+ Visionary talks and technical workshops
  • 3,000+ developers, executives, and entrepreneurs
  • City-wide events for all pass holders
Hackathon | November 8-9, 2017 (Palmer Events Center)
Hiring Mixer | November 8, 2017 (Palmer Events Center)
Conferences | November 8-9, 2017 (Palmer Events Center)
Expo | November 8-9, 2017 (Palmer Events Center)




December





2






John Jay Science and Engineering Academy Science Fair
San Antonio, For further information about judging, go to https://sites.google.com/a/nisd.net/john-jay-sea-science-fair/science-fair-judge-resources





6-7






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.





11






Texas State Senior Design Day

Senior Design Day
Ingram School of Engineering

 
December 11, 2017
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Embassy Suites, San Marcos TX


Exciting New Engineering Capstone Projects!

Electrical - Manufacturing
2018




February





3






Junior Academy of Science  Science Fair
San Antonio http://www.arase.org/






21-24






Austin Energy Regional Science Festival 2018
Austin http://www.sciencefest.org/index.php





March





2






Alamo Regional Science & Engineering Fair
San Antonio, http://www.arase.org/






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/





24






ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineer Fair
San Antonio, http://emtsef.utsa.edu/





April





2-3






2017 National Electrical Code for Engineers Workshop
Located at the Scottish Rite Theater, next door to the Hampton Inn. 8AM-5PM






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.

Diverse Topical areas  such as:
  • Smart City Opportunities using Green Technology
    • Visions and strategies for city and utility collaboration
    • Transportation
    • Consumer oriented innovation
    • Demand control
    • Buildings
    • Case studies
  • Renewable Energy Supply
  • Smart Grid
  • Smart Rural

The website http://ieeegreentech.org provides more details.

There are several opportunities for participation and support.
  • Papers, workshop/tutorial submission - due date Nov 10 (see ‘Author’ tab for details and .pdf download for the  Technical Program )
  • Panel sessions, presentations and demos - due date Jan 8 (see ‘Author’ tab for details and .pdf download for the Industrial Program)
  • Several Patron opportunities and benefits - Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and others (see ‘Patron’ tab)
  • Exhibitors (see ‘Exhibitors'  tab)
Case Study: Pecan Street Project

Case Study: Autonomous Vehicles

End Users: Industrial, Transportation, Building Technologies

Light Talks - deadline for submission is November 20
http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/2017/10/15/2018-green-technology-international-conference-call-for-light-talks/

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





March





7-8






TBPE Ethics Webinar
Webinars will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the webinars at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.




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/





21-24






NI Week





June





6-7






TBPE Ethics Webinar
Webinars will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the webinars at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.





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




September





12-13






TBPE Ethics Webinar
Webinars will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the webinars at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.




November





6-7






Texas Wireless Summit

IEEE Austin ComSoc is pleased to sponsor the 2018 TWS - Texas Wireless Summit.

 The TWS for 2018 will be held at the new EERC auditorium  which coincides with WNCG’s 15 year anniversary making the combined events very special.

Details and registration are posted at  http://texaswirelesssummit.org/

Faculty organizers for TWS 2017 are WNCG Professors Jeffrey Andrews and Sanjay Shakkottai.




December





5-6






TBPE Ethics Webinar
Webinars will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the webinars at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.
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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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.


Topic/Title

Update on ANSI C63 Wireless Standards & Test Challenges of Smart Antenna Systems

Speaker

Art Wall
Art Wall is the Chair of ANSI ASC C63® Subcommittee 4 - Wireless and ISM Equipment Measurements. Art retired from the Federal Communications Commission in 2005 as Deputy Chief of the FCC Laboratory with over thirty-five years’ experience in radio regulatory issues, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), EMC standards and conformity assessment.  He authored and participated in the development of numerous mandatory and voluntary standards for intentional and unintentional radiators and for controlling radio interference.  Mr. Wall is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Life member of the IEEE EMC Society.  He has a B.S.E.E. from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Electro-Physics from George Washington University.   He is principal consultant for Radio Regulatory Consultants, Inc.

Bob DeLisi
Bob DeLisi is the Vice-Chair of ANSI ASC C63® Subcommittee 4 - Wireless and ISM Equipment Measurements.   He is a Principal Engineer and Certifier in the UL Telecommunication Certification Body program in the Consumer Technology division at UL’s Melville facility.  He has been with UL for 28 years and has been involved in all facets of the UL EMC business from testing to lab management.  He participates on ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C63® and actively participates on Subcommittee 1 (Techniques and Development), Subcommittee 6 (Accreditation/Conformity Assessment) and Subcommittee 8 (Medical Devices).  He is also a member of the IECEE’s Committee of Testing Laboratories Expert Task Force, CLT-EFT 10 for EMC.  Bob holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering and is a NARTE Certified EMC Laboratory Engineer.

Jari Vikstedt
Jari Vikstedt is the Manager, Wireless Solutions for ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, Texas.  He has over 20 years of experience with ETS-Lindgren in developing and testing RF test solutions for both EMC and Wireless applications.  Mr. Vikstedt and the other engineers at ETS-Lindgren are active technical contributors to the leading wireless industry organizations, including the CTIA, 3GPP, IEEE and the Wi-Fi Alliance®.  Recently Mr. Vikstedt has devoted his expertise to the development of CTIA and 3GPP Over-The-Air (OTA) testing solutions as well as developing innovative 5G OTA test solutions. He holds a BSEE degree in RF Engineering from the Turku University of Technology, Finland.

Abstract

Art Wall and Bob DeLisi of ANSI C63 Committee

Topic: Update on ANSI C63 Wireless Standards
Subcommittee 4 of ANSI C63 addresses “Wireless and ISM Equipment Measurements.”  Due to the increase in wireless communication and related technology advances, ANSI C63 has several working groups creating wireless standards, including ANSI C63.10 on unlicensed wireless devices; C63.26 on licensed wireless devices; C63.29 on lighting products; C63.30 on wireless power transfer; and C63.31 on ISM devices.  Currently there are over 50 engineering professionals contributing to these working groups from manufacturers, academia, industry organizations and government agencies. The speakers who are Chair and Vice-chair, respectively, of Subcommittee 4 will provide an update on this new standards activity, including what’s driving the standards, the technical challenges these wireless devices and technology presents, and what progress has been made.  Information will be provided on how those interested can contribute to this working group activity.

Jari Vikstedt of ETS-Lindgren

Topic: Test Challenges of Smart Antenna Systems
The proliferation of wireless technologies into every corner of our lives, starting with traditional cellular and wireless LAN technologies and leading to the impending evolution of connected cars and the “Internet of Things,” all require the use of one common asset - bandwidth.  While the traditional approach to added bandwidth is simply to use more RF spectrum, the availability of spectrum, especially at frequencies compatible with most of today’s applications, is severely limited.  Technologies continue to evolve to make better utilization of the available bandwidth, including MIMO, beam forming, spectrum sharing and reuse, etc.  The added complexity of these “smart” antenna systems carries over into the complexity of trying to test radios using these technologies.  Smart antenna systems that adapt to their environment are not likely to perform the same way in a traditional laboratory test as they would in the real world. Thus, the laboratory test methodologies must advance to keep up with these innovations to be able to determine the expected over-the-air performance of these devices without requiring an unlimited number of test cases.  This presentation will provide an overview on the evolving 5G and mmWave technologies and the resulting dramatic changes to the wireless industry that will impact the way all RF and EMC testing of devices is performed.

Date/Time

07 November 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Refreshments

Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of ETS-Lindgren and ANSI C63.

Reservations

Required - Please register online to reserve your space

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/47763

Location

AT&T Arboretum
9505 Arboretum Blvd.
Austin, Texas

Notes

Joint meeting with EMC and AP-S/MTT-S Societies

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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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Topic/Title

Implantable and Wearable Microelectronic Devices to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities

Speaker

Maysam Ghovanloo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1997. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003 and 2004.

Dr. Ghovanloo developed the first modular Patient Care Monitoring System in Iran where he also founded a startup to manufacture physiology and pharmacology research laboratory instruments. From 2004 to 2007 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of ECE at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Since 2007 he has been with the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he is a Professor and the founding director of the GT-Bionics Lab. He has 8 issued patents and authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications on implantable microelectronic devices, integrated circuits and micro-systems for IMD applications, and modern assistive technologies.

Dr. Ghovanloo was the general chair of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS 2015) in Atlanta, GA in Oct. 2015. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is serving on the technical program committee for the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part II (2008-2011), as well as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He has also served on the Imagers, MEMS, Medical and Displays subcommittee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2009-2014. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Tommy Nobis Barrier Breaker Award for Innovation, and Distinguished Young Scholar Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage.

Abstract

Implantable microelectronic devices (IMD) and neuroprostheses are finding applications in new therapies thanks to advancements in microelectronics, microsensors, RF communications, and medicine, which have resulted in embedding more functions in IMDs that occupy smaller space and consume less power, while offering therapies for more complex diseases and disabilities. I will address the latest developments in key building blocks for state-of-the-art IMDs, particularly on the analog front-end, RF back-end, and power management. IMDs have been quite successful in neuroprosthetic devices, such as cochlear implants and deep brain stimulators. They have been recently approved for vision and are being considered for brain-computer interfacing (BCI) to enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to control their environments, particularly by accessing computers. Implantable BCIs, however, are highly invasive and should be used when there are no less invasive alternatives that would offer similar benefits. They can also be utilized as advanced tools for neuroscience research on freely behaving animal subjects. I will talk about the example of a smart cage, which can wirelessly power, communicate with, and track sensors implanted in or attached to small freely behaving animals. At the same time, novel minimally-invasive methods are being explored for individuals with severe paralysis to make the best use of their remaining abilities to control their environments. An example of such technologies is a wireless and wearable brain-tongue-computer interface (BTCI), also known as the Tongue Drive System (TDS), which enables individuals with tetraplegia to control their environments using their voluntary tongue motion.

Implantable microelectronic devices (IMD) and neuroprostheses are finding applications in new therapies thanks to advancements in microelectronics, microsensors, RF communications, and medicine, which have resulted in embedding more functions in IMDs that occupy smaller space and consume less power, while offering therapies for more complex diseases and disabilities. I will address the latest developments in key building blocks for state-of-the-art IMDs, particularly on the analog front-end, RF back-end, and power management. IMDs have been quite successful in neuroprosthetic devices, such as cochlear implants and deep brain stimulators. They have been recently approved for vision and are being considered for brain-computer interfacing (BCI) to enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to control their environments, particularly by accessing computers. Implantable BCIs, however, are highly invasive and should be used when there are no less invasive alternatives that would offer similar benefits. They can also be utilized as advanced tools for neuroscience research on freely behaving animal subjects. I will talk about the example of a smart cage, which can wirelessly power, communicate with, and track sensors implanted in or attached to small freely behaving animals. At the same time, novel minimally-invasive methods are being explored for individuals with severe paralysis to make the best use of their remaining abilities to control their environments. An example of such technologies is a wireless and wearable brain-tongue-computer interface (BTCI), also known as the Tongue Drive System (TDS), which enables individuals with tetraplegia to control their environments using their voluntary tongue motion.

Date/Time

06 December 2017
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/47380

Location

2501 Speedway
Austin, Texas
United States 78712
Building: EER
Room Number: 0.904 (James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Auditorium)

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Topic/Title

Efficient Power and Wideband Data Transmission in Near Field

Speaker

Maysam Ghovanloo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1997. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003 and 2004.

Dr. Ghovanloo developed the first modular Patient Care Monitoring System in Iran where he also founded a startup to manufacture physiology and pharmacology research laboratory instruments. From 2004 to 2007 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of ECE at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Since 2007 he has been with the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he is a Professor and the founding director of the GT-Bionics Lab. He has 8 issued patents and authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications on implantable microelectronic devices, integrated circuits and micro-systems for IMD applications, and modern assistive technologies.

Dr. Ghovanloo was the general chair of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS 2015) in Atlanta, GA in Oct. 2015. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is serving on the technical program committee for the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part II (2008-2011), as well as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He has also served on the Imagers, MEMS, Medical and Displays subcommittee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2009-2014. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Tommy Nobis Barrier Breaker Award for Innovation, and Distinguished Young Scholar Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage.

Abstract

Wireless power transmission is on the rise for a variety of applications from electric vehicles to smartphone and implantable microelectronic devices (IMD). Unlike pacemakers, extreme size constraints and high power consumption prevent many IMDs such as cochlear and retinal implants from using primary batteries as their energy source. Moreover, such devices need to deliver a sizable volume of information from external artificial sensors to the nervous system while interfacing with large neural populations at high stimulus rates. Nonetheless, the skin barrier should remain intact and the temperature should be maintained well within the safe limits. In this talk I will cover the fundamentals of efficient short-range power and wideband data transmission across inductive links. I will discuss the optimization procedure to achieve the highest possible power transmission efficiency using two, three, and four coil systems, including mm-sized coils that can be used in very small implants distributed in an area of interest in the body. I will review some of the latest techniques to establish wideband bidirectional communication links across the skin, and also touch on efficient methods to convert the received AC power on the IMD to DC and stabilize it at a desired level despite coupling variations due to coil misalignments.

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06 December 2017
Time: 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/47381

Location

2501 Speedway
Austin, Texas
United States 78712
Building: EER
Room Number: 3.646

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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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Topic/Title Data & Analytics: Transformational Journey for largest primary care clinic in Central Texas
Speaker Ajay Bhargava is CEO of Analytics Advisory Group

Ajay Bhargava is CEO of Analytics Advisory Group, which improves your business outcomes by providing valuable services and industry solutions anchored in Analytics.

Ajay specializes in transforming organizations to be more “analytics driven” in serving their customers. He has more than 28 years of industry, research, and teaching experience in the areas relating to databases, enterprise data management, data warehousing, business intelligence, operations research, advanced analytics (data and text), AI, and Big Data. He has also contributed to SQL, ODBC and IDAPI database standards. Over the years, he has provided business and technology oriented strategic consulting for global Fortune 1000 customers.

From 2010 till 2014, Ajay incubated and built the Global Analytics & Big Data practice for TCS Insurance & Healthcare (CxOs) customers. His role was to build analytics-driven organizations and IP-based, market differentiating solutions for TCS Customers to derive actionable value and outcomes. Prior to this, he incubated their global Enterprise Data Management (Data architecture, Data Quality, MDM, Data Governance, Metadata Management, and Data Security) practice.

Ajay has frequently spoken at industry conferences, authored whitepapers, articles, and has driven thought leadership globally in the Data industry to prospects, customers, industry groups, analysts, peers, and academia. He has also won numerous industry accolades and awards.

In addition to Corporate Training teaching various industry courses, Ajay has been an Adjunct Faculty at The University of Texas (Analytics, Database Design, and Data Mining etc.). He has also taught in the McCombs School of Business and guest-lectured in Graduate level classes in Executive MBA & Data Mining courses. He has also taught in College of Engineering, Pune in India teaching Advanced Database Design, Data Warehouse, and Data Mining courses.

As a mentor & coach, Ajay continues to guide students and professionals in the field of data & analytics. He is a TOGAF certified enterprise architect, and holds an M.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington. He obtained his B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Mumbai, in 1984.
Abstract The Medical Home department at Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) embarked on a transformational update involving people, process, technology, and data. With a new and improved Data Warehouse (DWH) and an Analytics Platform, a trained staff with updated skills, ARC has laid a strong foundation for improving clinical, operational, and financial outcomes.

In this talk, I will describe how ARC partnered with Analytics Advisory Group to accelerate their data & analytics journey. In addition, will elaborate on

a)  The holistic approach to accelerate the transformation
b)  Challenges faced on the way, and steps taken to mitigate them
c)  Best Practices and Lessons learnt
d)  Strong data architecture and foundations for Analytics in the future
e)  Benefits & Value delivered to ARC ecosystem
Date/Time 02 November 2017
6:00 p.m. Networking and Gathering
6:20 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
6:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 p.m. Q&A
8:00 p.m. Meeting Survey Feedback, Networking
Location 9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
United States 78729
Building: AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220
Cost None
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48023
Notes
Joint Austin ComSoc/SP and Computer/EMBS meeting.

Seating is limited so please RSVP

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

 Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title

Software in Space: From Concept to Archive

Speaker

Gwen Ross
Gwen Ross is a software developer at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in the Space Science and Engineering Division.  While at SwRI, she has worked in the avionics, medical, transportation, and space science domains.  She has a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Mercer University, and is a Certified Usability Analyst.

Abstract

From planning to launch and beyond, many kinds of software are used to result in a successful space mission.  This talk will identify various software tools and custom development, and how they are used to satisfy the many roles needed for a space mission’s success.

Date/Time

14 November 2017
Time: 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Location

1 Camino Santa Maria
St. Mary's University
San Antonio, Texas
United States
Building: Moody Life Sciences Center
Room Number: 102

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48032

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title Artificial Intelligence with Search-Based Function Computation Model
Speaker CL Chang of Nicesoft Corportation
CL Chang received his PhD in 1967 from University of California, Berkeley. He was with National Institutes of Health, IBM San Jose Research Lab, and Lockheed Software Center. He now has his own company, Nicesoft Corporation. His fields are AI, Relational Databases, and Software Engineering. He has published several books and about 50 papers. He has engaged in many discussions in the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) and North America Taiwanese Engineering and Science Association (NATEA). For the more detailed information, click on the following link:
 
http://www.nicesoftsearch.com/bio.html
Abstract We should consider search-based function computation model, not just expression-based function computation model, because if we use the search-based function computation model, then "parallel computation" can be applied. If you use the expression-based function computation model, then computations are sequential as specified in a programming language. I call the search-based function computation model "Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model", which is basically a table lookup and a nearest neighbor classifier approach. For example, before we had a computer, we used "sin(x)" table. If we are given 66 degrees, we look up the table to find the result.

To find a "best fuzzy similar" vector, I use "parallel reduction method" by using 5000 cores in a GPU. If you have 20 million samples, divide them by 5000, each core just need to search 4000 samples. This is manageable even we need to use procedural loops.

In this talk, I'll first give a demo of OpenCL C++. Then, I'll describe "Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model". Finally, I'll give another demo on flower image recognition.
Date/Time 15 November 2017
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program
Location 2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
United States 78727
Building: PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48031
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Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

More information on Consultants Networks

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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

Topic/Title

Update on ANSI C63 Wireless Standards & Test Challenges of Smart Antenna Systems

Speaker

Art Wall
Art Wall is the Chair of ANSI ASC C63® Subcommittee 4 - Wireless and ISM Equipment Measurements. Art retired from the Federal Communications Commission in 2005 as Deputy Chief of the FCC Laboratory with over thirty-five years’ experience in radio regulatory issues, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), EMC standards and conformity assessment.  He authored and participated in the development of numerous mandatory and voluntary standards for intentional and unintentional radiators and for controlling radio interference.  Mr. Wall is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Life member of the IEEE EMC Society.  He has a B.S.E.E. from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Electro-Physics from George Washington University.   He is principal consultant for Radio Regulatory Consultants, Inc.

Bob DeLisi
Bob DeLisi is the Vice-Chair of ANSI ASC C63® Subcommittee 4 - Wireless and ISM Equipment Measurements.   He is a Principal Engineer and Certifier in the UL Telecommunication Certification Body program in the Consumer Technology division at UL’s Melville facility.  He has been with UL for 28 years and has been involved in all facets of the UL EMC business from testing to lab management.  He participates on ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C63® and actively participates on Subcommittee 1 (Techniques and Development), Subcommittee 6 (Accreditation/Conformity Assessment) and Subcommittee 8 (Medical Devices).  He is also a member of the IECEE’s Committee of Testing Laboratories Expert Task Force, CLT-EFT 10 for EMC.  Bob holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering and is a NARTE Certified EMC Laboratory Engineer.

Jari Vikstedt
Jari Vikstedt is the Manager, Wireless Solutions for ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, Texas.  He has over 20 years of experience with ETS-Lindgren in developing and testing RF test solutions for both EMC and Wireless applications.  Mr. Vikstedt and the other engineers at ETS-Lindgren are active technical contributors to the leading wireless industry organizations, including the CTIA, 3GPP, IEEE and the Wi-Fi Alliance®.  Recently Mr. Vikstedt has devoted his expertise to the development of CTIA and 3GPP Over-The-Air (OTA) testing solutions as well as developing innovative 5G OTA test solutions. He holds a BSEE degree in RF Engineering from the Turku University of Technology, Finland.

Abstract

Art Wall and Bob DeLisi of ANSI C63 Committee

Topic: Update on ANSI C63 Wireless Standards
Subcommittee 4 of ANSI C63 addresses “Wireless and ISM Equipment Measurements.”  Due to the increase in wireless communication and related technology advances, ANSI C63 has several working groups creating wireless standards, including ANSI C63.10 on unlicensed wireless devices; C63.26 on licensed wireless devices; C63.29 on lighting products; C63.30 on wireless power transfer; and C63.31 on ISM devices.  Currently there are over 50 engineering professionals contributing to these working groups from manufacturers, academia, industry organizations and government agencies. The speakers who are Chair and Vice-chair, respectively, of Subcommittee 4 will provide an update on this new standards activity, including what’s driving the standards, the technical challenges these wireless devices and technology presents, and what progress has been made.  Information will be provided on how those interested can contribute to this working group activity.

Jari Vikstedt of ETS-Lindgren

Topic: Test Challenges of Smart Antenna Systems
The proliferation of wireless technologies into every corner of our lives, starting with traditional cellular and wireless LAN technologies and leading to the impending evolution of connected cars and the “Internet of Things,” all require the use of one common asset - bandwidth.  While the traditional approach to added bandwidth is simply to use more RF spectrum, the availability of spectrum, especially at frequencies compatible with most of today’s applications, is severely limited.  Technologies continue to evolve to make better utilization of the available bandwidth, including MIMO, beam forming, spectrum sharing and reuse, etc.  The added complexity of these “smart” antenna systems carries over into the complexity of trying to test radios using these technologies.  Smart antenna systems that adapt to their environment are not likely to perform the same way in a traditional laboratory test as they would in the real world. Thus, the laboratory test methodologies must advance to keep up with these innovations to be able to determine the expected over-the-air performance of these devices without requiring an unlimited number of test cases.  This presentation will provide an overview on the evolving 5G and mmWave technologies and the resulting dramatic changes to the wireless industry that will impact the way all RF and EMC testing of devices is performed.

Date/Time

07 November 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Refreshments

Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of ETS-Lindgren and ANSI C63.

Reservations

Required - Please register online to reserve your space

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/47763

Location

AT&T Arboretum
9505 Arboretum Blvd.
Austin, Texas

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Joint meeting with EMC and AP-S/MTT-S Societies

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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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.

More information on LM

Austin Life Members Affinity Group


Topic/Title TENTATIVE Lunch and tour of the Texas Military History Museum TENTATIVE
Speaker
Abstract The 45,000-square foot Texas Military Forces Museum explores the history of the Lone Star State’s militia and volunteer forces from 1823 (date of the first militia muster in Stephen F. Austin’s colony) to 1903 when the Congress created the National Guard. From 1903 to the present the museum tells the story of the Texas Army and Air National Guard, as well as the Texas State Guard, in both peacetime and wartime. The museum displays dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, trucks, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, observation aircraft and towed artillery pieces. Permanent exhibits utilize uniforms, weapons, equipment, personal items, film, music, photographs, battle dioramas and realistic full-scale environments to tell the story of the Texas Military Forces in the Texas Revolution, the Texas Navy, the Texas Republic, the Mexican War, the Battles along the Indian Frontier, the War between the States, the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, Peace Keeping Deployments and the Global War on Terror. Living history programs, battle reenactments and other special events take place throughout the year. Admission to the museum is always FREE.

http://texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org

NOTE the museum will host a 'Living History Reenactment' Veterans Day Weekend.

Nothing brings military history to life like hearing the sound of a machine gun, the boom of cannon, the rattle of musketry, the drone of aircraft engines or feeling the earth shake under you while a tank drives by. All of these experiences are available to visitors courtesy of the Texas Military Forces Museum Living History Detachment which conducts a series of battle reenactments, demonstrations, displays, parades and living history programs throughout the year to make history “come alive” for young and old alike.

The primary focus of the detachment is the 36th Infantry Division in World War II and the famous Texas Brigade during the War Between the States. However, the detachment also participates in World War I and Vietnam War events as well as other time periods.

The museum’s living historians travel around the country to take part in historic events, but the backbone of their schedule are three programs that take place on Camp Mabry each year: the Close Assault 1944 living history program.
Date/Time November 20
11 AM until 3PM
Location Restaurant TBD then tour of the Museum
Cost Lunch on your own and free museum admission
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48183
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Check the URL above for details


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

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Austin 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 Data & Analytics: Transformational Journey for largest primary care clinic in Central Texas
Speaker Ajay Bhargava is CEO of Analytics Advisory Group

Ajay Bhargava is CEO of Analytics Advisory Group, which improves your business outcomes by providing valuable services and industry solutions anchored in Analytics.

Ajay specializes in transforming organizations to be more “analytics driven” in serving their customers. He has more than 28 years of industry, research, and teaching experience in the areas relating to databases, enterprise data management, data warehousing, business intelligence, operations research, advanced analytics (data and text), AI, and Big Data. He has also contributed to SQL, ODBC and IDAPI database standards. Over the years, he has provided business and technology oriented strategic consulting for global Fortune 1000 customers.

From 2010 till 2014, Ajay incubated and built the Global Analytics & Big Data practice for TCS Insurance & Healthcare (CxOs) customers. His role was to build analytics-driven organizations and IP-based, market differentiating solutions for TCS Customers to derive actionable value and outcomes. Prior to this, he incubated their global Enterprise Data Management (Data architecture, Data Quality, MDM, Data Governance, Metadata Management, and Data Security) practice.

Ajay has frequently spoken at industry conferences, authored whitepapers, articles, and has driven thought leadership globally in the Data industry to prospects, customers, industry groups, analysts, peers, and academia. He has also won numerous industry accolades and awards.

In addition to Corporate Training teaching various industry courses, Ajay has been an Adjunct Faculty at The University of Texas (Analytics, Database Design, and Data Mining etc.). He has also taught in the McCombs School of Business and guest-lectured in Graduate level classes in Executive MBA & Data Mining courses. He has also taught in College of Engineering, Pune in India teaching Advanced Database Design, Data Warehouse, and Data Mining courses.

As a mentor & coach, Ajay continues to guide students and professionals in the field of data & analytics. He is a TOGAF certified enterprise architect, and holds an M.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington. He obtained his B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Mumbai, in 1984.
Abstract The Medical Home department at Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) embarked on a transformational update involving people, process, technology, and data. With a new and improved Data Warehouse (DWH) and an Analytics Platform, a trained staff with updated skills, ARC has laid a strong foundation for improving clinical, operational, and financial outcomes.

In this talk, I will describe how ARC partnered with Analytics Advisory Group to accelerate their data & analytics journey. In addition, will elaborate on

a)  The holistic approach to accelerate the transformation
b)  Challenges faced on the way, and steps taken to mitigate them
c)  Best Practices and Lessons learnt
d)  Strong data architecture and foundations for Analytics in the future
e)  Benefits & Value delivered to ARC ecosystem
Date/Time 02 November 2017
6:00 p.m. Networking and Gathering
6:20 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
6:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 p.m. Q&A
8:00 p.m. Meeting Survey Feedback, Networking
Location 9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
United States 78729
Building: AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220
Cost None
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48023
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Joint Austin ComSoc/SP and Computer/EMBS meeting.

Seating is limited so please RSVP




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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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EMERGENT SPACE TECHNOLOGIES OVERVIEW

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Dr. George Davis of Emergent Space Technologies, Inc.
Dr. George Davis is the Founder and President of Emergent Space Technologies, Inc., an aerospace engineering and software development company headquartered in Laurel, Maryland.  Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in 1996 for his research into GPS-based precise orbit determination for low altitude geodetic and oceanographic satellites such as ICESat and GRACE. Upon graduation, he joined the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research at the University of Colorado as a post-doctoral research scientist.  In 1997, he joined the Orbital Sciences Corporation to support the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in GPS navigation technology development for space missions. In 2000, he took a brief hiatus from the aerospace industry and joined Appnet, an information technology company based in Laurel, MD that built websites for commercial and government clients. In 2001, he founded Emergent Space Technologies, Inc., to provide specialized engineering and research and development services to NASA, the U.S. Air Force and DARPA. Over the last 15 years, Emergent has grown to over 55 employees, with customer sites in Maryland, Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado and California. In addition, Dr. Davis serves on the University of Texas Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics’ External Advisory Committee, a position he has held since 2005. In this capacity, he advises the ASE/EM department on technology, business, and hiring trends in the aerospace industry from a Small Business perspective.

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Emergent Space Technologies, Inc. (http://www.emergentspace.com) is an innovative Small Business headquartered in Laurel, Maryland that is focused on providing technology development and engineering and science support services to NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Core competencies include systems engineering; guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C); flight dynamics; integration and test, and software development. Dr. George Davis, president and founder of Emergent, will present summaries of current and recent technology development projects that highlight cutting-edge applications in spaceborne GPS from NOAA’s GOES-R mission; proximity operations, rendezvous and capture for NASA’s Restore-L mission; spacecraft formation flying for DARPA’s System F6 program; and command and control of small autonomous UAVs from DARPA’s CAPSat program.

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08 November 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78228-0510
Building: Administration (Building 160)
Room Number: Auditorium

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Austin Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

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Innovation and Creativity: Lessons from Shakespeare

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“The greatest scientists are artists as well.”  –Albert Einstein, 1923

Join us for a great discussion of Innovation and Creativity and a live theater performance of Shakespeare's  "Much Ado About Nothing" by Austin Shakespeare at the Long Center (Rollins Hall). (Get your tickets now! This will be an amazing event!) 

We'll follow that by joining the cast for a Champagne Happy Hour and networking.  Register below in order to join us for the reception---we'll need to know that you are coming...and register a guest as well!

Leadership Lesson from Shakespeare:

Lead Like Much Ado About Nothing's Beatrice & Benedick – One of the earliest and best romantic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing features all the deceit and manipulation we've come to expect in Shakespeare (and much contemporary comedy and business). What makes for a great leadership lesson is what Beatrice and Benedick do in the midst of the rumors, gossip and lies. Both take public positions that they cannot stand each other. Their dialogues are insult-duels (which Beatrice usually wins). Ultimately, however, they have the courage to be honest and admit their true feelings: They love each other.

The leadership lesson here? Honesty is the best policy. The characters who rely on dishonesty (the villains Don John and Borachio) are arrested. The characters who admit what they feel and what they want to do about it (Beatrice and Benedick) end with a strong hint of happily ever after.

Read this article "Shakespeare, Social Media and Social Networks." We'll learn leadership lessons from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing:

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1. Get your theater tickets here as well as    

2. Register for this event so that we can include you at the Reception!

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16 November 2017
7:00 Networking
7:30 Theater Performance
9:30 Champagne Reception and Networking

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Rollins Theater at the Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/47609

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Joint TEMS and WIE Chapter meeting




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

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Topic/Title IEEE Women in Engineering Book Club: Thriving and Surviving in the Tech World
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Date/Time 08 November 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
San Antonio, Texas
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Innovation and Creativity: Lessons from Shakespeare

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Would you like to increase your creativity and innovative capability?  How about your team's innovative capability?

“The rate at which new ideas were expressed by employees to managers increased 55% over this period….[Leaders] attributed many positive changes directly to this brief testing and training program, including more than $600,000 in new revenues and about $3.5 million in innovative expenditure reductions over an 8-month period.”  (See "Improving Problem Solving")

One part of this relatively simple training program is to interact with interesting people and do interesting things.  So....join us for a live theater performance of Shakespeare's  "Much Ado About Nothing" by Austin Shakespeare at the Long Center (Rollins Hall). (Get your tickets now! This will be an amazing event!) 

We'll follow that by joining the cast for a Champagne Reception and networking.  Register below in order to join us for the reception---we'll need to know that you are coming...and register a guest as well!

Two Things:

1. Get your theater tickets here as well as    

2. Register for this event so that we can include you at the Reception!

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16 November 2017
7:00 Networking
7:30 Theater Performance
9:30 Champagne Reception and Networking

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Rollins Theater at the Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48095

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Joint TEMS and WIE Chapter meeting



Topic/Title IEEE Women in Engineering Book Club: Thriving and Surviving in the Tech World
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Date/Time 28 November 2017
6:30 Snacks and networking
7:00 Discussion
8:00 Adjourn
Location Microsoft Store at the Domain
3309 Esperanza Crossing #104
Austin, Texas
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Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48097
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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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