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

This will be my final note to you as Section Chair. Next month I turn over the reins to Fawzi Behmann, who will do a great job at leading the Central Texas Section forward.  We, along with many dedicated and hard working volunteers, have been putting together the plans for the 2018 GreenTech: Smart City conference. Mark your calendars now for April 4-6 for this event, to be held at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin. 

You can always find upcoming IEEE events in Central Texas.  Go to
https://events.vtools.ieee.org/
Click on Search Events.
Then select Region = 5
                       Section = Central Texas

Then select “Upcoming Events” and click “Search”.  At the lower part of your screen, you’ll see all the upcoming events that have been listed.

I hope I’ll see you at an upcoming event!

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

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2018?

It is easy to forget and easy to put off.  If you haven’t renewed your IEEE membership, or don’t know if you have, go to your MYIEEE account NOW and check at http://www.ieee.org/myieee  or call 800 678-4333.

OR just renew now to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits at http://www.ieee.org/renew .

If you have already renewed, thank you for being part of the Central Texas Section and the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association. We have a lot planned for you in the CTS for 2018.

Visit http://www.ieee.org/membership to view all YOUR benefits of IEEE membership.


Did you know about IEEE – Life Membership

Close to retirement?

Don’t retire your IEEE membership too soon!

IEEE Members who are over 65 and have been dues paying members for over 35 years qualify for IEEE Life Membership with waiver of future dues and begin the next chapter of your life as a IEEE Life Member.  Find our more at http://www.ieee.org and searching on “Life Member”.

The CTS has an active Life Member Program with meetings and activities tailored specifically for those honored members.


Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.tv

Offered as an exclusive benefit of members, IEEE.tv Member/Basic offers members-only programming.  https://ieeetv.ieee.org

IEEE.tv Member/Basic included highlights from IEEE conferences, interviews with leading IEEE authors, technology reports from IEEE Spectrum, and coverage of special IEEE events and people and lots of other fun stuff to look at.

Check out the new monthly programming at https://ieeetv.ieee.org !!!!!!!

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
Just in time for the holiday season, and following on the popularity of its first audio book, IEEE-USA is releasing a second, new audio book, Women in Engineering--Book 4: Follow Your Curiosities--Finding Success through Learning--and offering it free, for a limited time, as a holiday gift to IEEE members.

In addition, IEEE-USA is offering the companion, award-winning online e-book version, of the same title--as a second, free holiday gift for members.

A former IEEE/IEEE-USA New Face of Engineering, and an associate professor of engineering at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., author Jacquelyn K. Nagel, Ph.D., wrote this e-book—the winner of three Silver Awards of Distinction from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts in the 21st Annual Communicator Awards.

Nagel brings us her engineering career journey, from pre-college years to present day.  She balances her life between art and science—and shares the opportunities, challenges and lessons learned—that have helped her achieve a satisfying and successful engineering career.

“I don’t fear trying things, or of going outside my comfort zone,” Nagel wrote, “but I do fear failure. And when I do fail, I am disappointed—but then I try again. I actually learn more from failure. My whole life is about following my curiosities and learning. Staying true to my interests and myself has allowed me to be successful.”

From 1 December 2017 through 15 January 2018, IEEE members can get their free new audio book, by clicking on the link below:

https://ieeeusa.org/wp-content/uploads/ebooks/audio/WIE-Book-4.mp3

Listen in your car, while you drive to and from your holiday shopping destinations!

Or--you can get your free e-book download, by going to:

https://ieeeusa.org/shop/careers/ebook-women-in-engineering-book-4-follow-your-curiosities-finding-success-through-learning/

Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart, and use promo code DECFREE17, at checkout.

Read it by a nice cozy fire, with some eggnog!

Or, you can have both!  Happy Holidays from IEEE-USA!

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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Why Am I a Member of IEEE

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
The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem is partnering with several organizations to support Texas STEM Connections, 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. Visit the website of our partner Central Texas Discover Engineering to sign up as a Volunteer or an Educator.


Volunteers: See below for current needs and sign up for future opportunities
NOTE: Most educators are open to negotiating dates/times if you are interested in volunteering. Don't let the date/time listed limit your engagement! Contact the teacher and ask!

  1. Log into Texas STEM Connections
  2. Volunteers: Browse In-person Volunteer Opportunities OR Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
  3. Filter by zip code or other fields to narrow your search
  4. Click the "Show Interest" button for opportunities that interest you and connect with the educator making the request

Examples of volunteer requests are below....let's not let these educators and students down! They want to connect with you!

  • FIRST Lego Tech Challenge Team Mentors/Coaches
  • STEAM (A for Arts) professionals at Thinkery
  • University of Texas STEAM Career Day
  • STEAM Extravaganza
  • Whitestone Elementary STEAM Fair
  • Girl Scout Juniors Product Designer Badge
  • Girls in STEM Mentor
  • Building Austin's Future
  • 2nd Grade STEM Week
  • What is an Engineer?
  • STEM Professional Information Sessions



Tips, Tools and Gadgets

Were you aware that there are autonomous trucks operating on Texas highways? Frigidare, Embark and Ryder Systems has an evaluation underway shipping appliances from El Paso to California see Self Driving, Robotic Trucks Now Hauling Appliances From El Paso To California”.

If you are a fan of Science Fiction you might find these three articles of interest:
Sort of along those same lines is the YouTube video "When Did Time Travel Come From" that looks at Time Travel in media.

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: Nicole Webb nwebb3@mail.stmarytx.edu
Co-chair: Jeremy Ramirez, jramirez91@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos

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

Branch Chair: Karina Paz, karinapaz@txstate.edu
Co-chair: Caden Sanders,  email:   cjs163@txstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TXST.IEEE



Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Connor Hahn    chahn1@trinity.edu
Co-chair: Dakota Grusak dgrusak@trinity.
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: Ali de Jong    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: Kasai Omar   k.w.omar@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ieeeutsa


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Useful IEEE Links

IEEE

IEEE-USA

IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Regional News

     

Call 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




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





4-10






Computer Science Education Week
Monday,
December 4
Participate in the Computer Science Outreach Program Evaluation Network (CS OPEN) webinar 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern).
 
Encourage a girl to create her own Google logo.
 
Tuesday,
December 5
Visit The Connectory to register your computer science programs and add opportunities. The Getting Started Guide makes it easy.

Watch the webinar: 'Building Bridges: How to Partner Across In-School and Out-of-School'.
 
Wednesday,
December 6
Read the NGCP Blog post by Karen Brennan, lead for ScratchEd and Harvard Associate Professor of Education.
 
Try Scratch, MIT's free educational programming language, for yourself.
 
Thursday,
December 7
Participate in the NCWIT, ECEP, and the NGCP #CSequity Twitter Chat at 4:00 PM Pacific (7:00 PM Eastern).

Discover broadening participation in computing resources from NCWIT and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance.

Friday,
December 8
Meet women with experience in computer science who serve as role models and mentors in the FabFems online database.
 
Share Google's 'Made with Code' with one girl.






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





16






Science Fair Judge Application Form for Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio (December 16, 2017)
We are so excited that our annual Science Fair is just around the corner (December 16, 2017). We are looking forward to your support. We are in an immediate need finding Science Fair Judges. Please help us to spread the word by directing other potential judges . For further information or if you have any questions, contact me at agomez@harmonytx.org or jbush@harmonytx.org
2018




January





11






Greater Austin STEM Networking Forum
Thursday, January 11, 2018
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by Texas STARBASE Austin at Camp Mabry

Connect with STEM educators, organizations and leaders across Central Texas. These quarterly interactive networking forums foster collaborations and strengthen our STEM community as we share resources, events, and ideas.

Register online now. More details to come soon!




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

Judges/Volunteers needed for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, February 21-24, 2018 
 
Science Fest is a competition for students from 23 school districts and 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools. 
 
Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering. Judging is competitive and the top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair in San Antonio. The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called "Best of Fair", advance directly to the international competition.

Because judging is competitive, we need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of judges (typically consisting of 3 people). After a group has interviewed their assigned students, group members discuss the merit of each project and jointly determine the ranking. Seniors are judged in the morning, Juniors in the afternoon. It is a 2-4 hour commitment, depending on the amount of students in each category. (The Junior Division Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics categories tend to be rather large, for example, and have to be done in two rounds.) We offer orientation sessions in the weeks leading up to the fair.

Judging for next year's Junior/Senior fair will take place on Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at the Palmer Event Center. Students will register and set up their projects on Wednesday, Feb 21, and projects will be available for previewing that night without students present. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.

Elementary students are judged on Saturday, Feb 24, 2018; judging is not competitive and every project receives either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd  place ribbon. 

We also need general volunteers from Wednesday, Feb 21 to Saturday, Feb 24 to help with registration, project set-up, monitoring the students’ well-being and assisting with the awards ceremonies.
 
You can register as either a judge or a volunteer by going to http://www.sciencefest.org/volunteers






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






8-9






2018 IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference
We are pleased to announce that the submission system for both, papers and posters for the 2018 IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference (IEEE TPEC 2018) is now open! The submission deadline for the full six-page manuscript is November 10, 2017, and deadline for the poster abstract submission is December 1, 2017.

IEEE TPEC 2018 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. Papers accepted and presented at the conference will be published in IEEEXplore.

IEEE TPEC 2018 invites authors to submit high-quality technical research papers and posters from all areas of electric power and energy engineering: power systems, power electronics, and electric machines. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

Power System Operation & Electricity Market
Power System Protection, Monitoring, and Control
Synchrophasor Technology and Applications
Power System Reliability & Asset Management
Power Systems Dynamics&Stabiity
Integration of Renewables & Microgrid Optimization
Smart Electricity Grid Technologies
Big Data Analytics & Demand Response
Cyber and Physical Security
Modeling, Simulation & Control of Power Electronics Converters
HVDC and FACTS
Electric Machines Design, Drive and Condition Monitoring 

General information:
Conference website: tpec.engr.tamu.edu
Date: February 8-9, 2018
Venue: Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Organizer: IEEE PES/PELS/IAS Joint Student Chapter
Email: tpecadmin@tamu.edu

Call for Papers download: http://tpec.engr.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TPEC2018CPF.jpg




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
As 2017 comes to an end, make sure you have secured your seat to attend the best engineering conference in the industry. Register now to save up to 60 percent by taking advantage of our early bird pricing.

Register now




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.

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.


Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at this time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


Refreshments


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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

Chapter Web Site

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

Topic/Title HiTech Holiday Social and Networking Event
Speaker
Abstract

You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.  The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.

 

Reservations: Please register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654 so that we know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome.


Date/Time Thursday, December 7
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Location Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654
Notes
Join event with CTCN, Life Members, Computer/EMBS, ComSoc/SP, CEDA, CAS/CSSCS


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

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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.

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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.

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

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2501 Speedway
Austin, Texas
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Room Number: 0.904 (James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Auditorium)

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Efficient Power and Wideband Data Transmission in Near Field

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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.

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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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2501 Speedway
Austin, Texas
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Room Number: 3.646

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Topic/Title HiTech Holiday Social and Networking Event
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You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.  The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.

 

Reservations: Please register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654 so that we know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome.


Date/Time Thursday, December 7
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Location Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
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Join event with CTCN, Life Members, Computer/EMBS, ComSoc/SP, CEDA, CAS/CSSCS


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

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You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.  The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.

 

Reservations: Please register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654 so that we know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome.


Date/Time Thursday, December 7
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Location Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title HiTech Holiday Social and Networking Event
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You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.  The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.

 

Reservations: Please register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654 so that we know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome.


Date/Time Thursday, December 7
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Location Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654
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Join event with CTCN, Life Members, Computer/EMBS, ComSoc/SP, CEDA, CAS/CSSCS

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

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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

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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.

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Austin Life Members Affinity Group


Topic/Title HiTech Holiday Social and Networking Event
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You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.  The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.

 

Reservations: Please register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654 so that we know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome.


Date/Time Thursday, December 7
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Location Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654
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Join event with CTCN, Life Members, Computer/EMBS, ComSoc/SP, CEDA, CAS/CSSCS


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

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San Antonio Life Member Affinity Group

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

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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 HiTech Holiday Social and Networking Event
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You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.  The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.

 

Reservations: Please register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654 so that we know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome.


Date/Time Thursday, December 7
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Location Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654
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Join event with CTCN, Life Members, Computer/EMBS, ComSoc/SP, CEDA, CAS/CSSCS




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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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Joint Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC) & Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS)

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Austin Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

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

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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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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