IEEE Central Texas Section
|Volume 48-01||January 2004|
A Newsletter of the Central Texas Section (www.ieee.org/CTS)
of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.
Published monthly (Deadline is the 25th day of the previous month), John R. Purvis, Editor (email@example.com).
|Section Activities||Chapter Activities|
|The Chairman's Column||Joint Communications / Signal Processing Societies||Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society|
|The Next Section Meeting||Computer Society||Power Engineering Society|
|Other Important Events and Notes of Interest||Consultant's Network||Women in Engineering|
|Editor's Notes||Electromagnetic Compatibility Society||Joint Solid-State Circuits / Circuits and Systems Societies|
|Email List||Engineering Management Society||Laser and ElectroOptics Society|
|Product Safety Society||Student Branches|
All IEEE Central Texas Section Officers & Staff, All Chapters, Affinity Groups, and Student Branch Officers plus any IEEE member interested in the activities of the Central Texas Section are invited to participate. The meeting will begin at 9 am and conclude around 3 pm. Lunch will be served. Coffee will be provided and you may bring Danish or juice. We had a good 2003 and plan on having an equally good year in 2004, so come and be a part of one of the IEEE's best sections in the World.
T. Scott Atkinson
Median incomes from primary sources - base pay plus any self-employment income, commissions, or bonuses - for U.S. members working full time in their area of professional competence increased from $93,100 in 2000 to $101,000 in 2002. When accounting for inflation and stated in 2000 dollars, 2002 purchasing power was $96,677, an increase of 3.8 percent.
The survey also mirrors recent unemployment trends. The number of members reporting involuntary unemployment jumped from less than one percent in 2001 to four percent in 2003. This is the highest level of member unemployment ever recorded, more than double the levels reached in the recession periods of the mid-1970s and early 1990s. Nevertheless, U.S. IEEE members were out of work at a much-lower rate than their non-IEEE counterparts.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rates for all electrical and electronics engineers reached an all-time high of 7.0 percent in the first quarter of 2003, and stood at 6.7 percent in the third quarter. The third-quarter jobless rate for computer hardware engineers increased to 6.9 percent, while the rate for network and computer systems administrators reached 7.6 percent.
The Web-based survey is based on 2002 data from the largest number of complete responses (11,137) since the survey was first administered in 1973, and is the IEEE's most accurate portrait of U.S. member compensation. The survey can be taken any time, and members who do so receive free one-year access to the IEEE-USA Salary Service. This career-management tool, along with the survey, is available at http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/salary/. It provides U.S. IEEE members with an individual salary calculator for each year they take the survey, and additional features - such as a personal salary history - are scheduled for introduction in 2004.
L-1 visas, which have no annual limit, were originally intended to enable multinational corporate executives, managers and employees with special skills to work temporarily at subsidiaries in the United States. The program is increasingly being used, however, to move foreign guest workers into the country as a source of lower-cost contract labor, resulting in the displacement of U.S. workers. Several foreign corporations have established U.S. subsidiaries for that specific purpose. The L-1 visa has become more attractive since the annual limit on H-1B visas fell to 65,000 on 1 Oct.
A 2003 General Accounting Office report cited State Department figures showing that the number of L-1 visas issued rose from 38,307 in FY 1998 to 57,721 in FY 2002. This increase parallels the rise in U.S. high-tech unemployment. In 1997, electrical and electronics engineers were unemployed at a rate of 1.0 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By the third quarter of this year the figure was 6.7 percent.
IEEE-USA is also urging Congress to require U.S. companies to pay L-1 visa holders prevailing U.S. wages and establish other appropriate safeguards for U.S. and foreign workers. The entire position statement is available at http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/L1visa.html.
For further information, please contact, Mr. Charles J. Alpert, 11501 Burnet Road, MS 904-6G016, Austin, TX 78758, +1 512 838 1045, +1 512 838 4036 (Fax), firstname.lastname@example.org, or Conference Services Dept., at IEEE Operations Center at +1 732 562 3878.
For further information, please contact, IEEE Computer Society, Conference Services, 1730 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036-1992, +1 202 371 1013, +1 202 728 0884 (Fax), or Conference Services Dept., at IEEE Operations Center at +1 732 562 3878.
TSSE will be held at the UT Pickle Research Campus (Commons Building) in Northwest Austin, TX. For more information about the location venue please see: http://www.utexas.edu/facilities/commons/attendees.html
For more information about this conference as it becomes available, please check the UT ARISE web site later this year at: http://www.ece.utexas.edu/arise/
For further information, please contact, Ms. Sonny C. Matous, Texas A&M University, Electrical Engineering Dept., Room 237 WERC, College Station, TX 77843 3128, +1 979 862 8657, +1 979 862 4630 (Fax), email@example.com or Conference Services Dept., at IEEE Operations Center at +1 732 562 3878.
Date: Thursday, Jan 15
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: SBC Laboratories, Inc. (SBC-TRI) 9505 Arboreturm Blvd., Austin, TX
Reservations: If you plan to attend, please send Email to Howard Headrick at firstname.lastname@example.org for planning purposes.
|Computer Society - San Antonio [for more information] |
Time: 6:30 - Social; 7:00 - Dinner; 8:00 - Program
Cost: $10 for members, $13 for non-IEEE members, $2 for students
Reservations: RSVP to Kevin Nickels 210-999-7543
Location: Skyline Room, Coates Center, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
|Computer Society - Austin [for more information] |
Topic: Application Specific DRAMs
Date: Wednesday, January 28
Location: TBD - check Chapter web page
Topic: Confluence - an Electronic Design Automation Alternative
Speaker(s): Jim Brakefield with IEEE
The consultants' web directory has been updated. The directory is to be found at http://www.alesu.com/xltrp/ieeecons/listzero.htm
Compatibility Society [for
Time: 6:30 Social, 7 PM Lecture
Location: National Instruments
Management Society [for
If you are interested in the Engineering Management Society, contact Steve Prough, Vice-Chairman, email@example.com.
in Medicine and Biology Society|
Recent developments in the telecommunications, information technology and medical devices fields hold the promise of improving access and utilization of healthcare related sources. Yet without a proper understanding of the technology management issues, resources required, national policies, and of the community needs, the probability of implementing a successful telemedicine program is null.
Telemedicine is an emerging industry with the potential to revolutionize the delivery of care to the benefit of health-care systems, providers, and patients. Future expansion will deliver services to the benefit of providers, economy, and patients.
This presentation will share with the audience current issues associated with the management of biomedical engineering technology as highlighted through the implementation of international telemedicine programs.
Date: Thursday, Jan 15
Time: Social 6 PM, Dinner 6:30 PM, Meeting 7:15
Reservations: David G. Kilpatrick, P.E., 210-6951406, firstname.lastname@example.org, or John R. Purvis III, P.E., 512-823-7654, email@example.com, before 1/13
Location: Palmer's, 216 West Moore, San Marcos, 512, 353-3500, www.palmerstexas.com/map.html
Engineering Society [for
Cost: $10, free for students
Reservations: For further information, please contact Susan Thompton or Steve Kanetsky, at 512-326-3380
Location: El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 2910 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX
in Engineering [for
Topic: My Life in Program Synthesis
Speaker: Elaine Kant, Ph.D., founder and president of SciComp Inc.
Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 (1st Tuesday, bi-monthly)
Location: La Madeleine Cafe, 3418 N. Lamar at 35th St. 512-302-1486
The WIE Officers for 2004 are: Sherry Gillespie, Chair, Vicki Almstrum, Vice-Chair, and Anne Rudack, Secretary/Treasurer.
|Joint Solid-State Circuits / Circuits and
Topic: No meeting planned for January
|Product Safety Engineering Society|
(currently meeting as a Working Group under the EMC Society TC-8 Product Safety Technical Committee)
Date: Jan 27 (4th Tuesday of the month)
Location: Crossroads Systems, 8300 N. Mopac
The Central Texas chapter meets monthly for presentations and discussions relating to those subjects. The meeting is open to all interested parties at no charge. Of special value is the wide knowledge base of the recognized product safety professionals who regularly attend and present at the meetings, providing information and relating their experiences to the group.
We encourage you, others in your organization, or other interested parties to participate in our meetings every month. The PSES meets at Crossroads Systems, 8300 N. MOPAC in Austin, on the fourth Tuesday of every month except in November/December. A combined monthly meeting is held in early December to allow members and guests to enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. For further information about the PSES, please contact Dale Ritzen at (512) 651-5338.
|Laser and Electro-Optics Society|
Topic: Laser-Nanosphere Interaction and Its Applications for Nanoscale Materials Processing
Date: Thursday, January 22
Location: MERB2.114 (Pickle Research Campus, Burnet Rd., Building 160) For information contact Ray Chen firstname.lastname@example.org.
|CTS Student Branches|
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