IEEE Central Texas Section
|Volume 48-02||February 2004|
A Newsletter of the Central Texas
Section (www.ieee.org/CTS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers,
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|
We have many opportunities ahead of us this year. The Section established, or reactivated, three IEEE Society Chapters in 2003 - Lasers and Electro Optics, Solid State Circuits/Circuits and Systems, and Product Safety. We now have local Chapters of 11 of the 38 IEEE Societies in the Central Texas Section. Where are your professional interests? Is there an IEEE Society that addresses your area of specialization? Do you want to see a new Chapter established to help your professional development? Contact us, and we will help you to explore the possibility of establishing a local Chapter.
There have been significant changes in requirements for Professional Engineer renewal. An engineer must acquire 15 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) in order to renew his license each year, one of which must be ethics related. You MUST have these credits when you renew your license in the year 2005. You can receive credit starting in September 2003. The TBPE is planning to change your renewal date to your birthday. Up to 15 PDH credits may be "rolled over" to the next year.
Attendance at technical meetings offered by Societies like ASME, TSPE, IEEE, AIAA, etc. can count for some of the PDHs. So can the time that you spend serving as an officer or committee member of one of these Societies. Other PDHs can come from attending technical presentations, seminars, and so on.
There are several ways to earn PDHs. Check the TBPE Web site for full details, but here is a summary of PDH sources:
If you answered "yes" to any of these
questions, then we have NEW possibilities for you -- and that's not all.
You'll get you the planning materials to go forward and lead. Sound like a no
brainier? Here's what you do next go to the Central Texas Eweek Web site
(http://www.centexeweek.org) and register as a volunteer. Visits to schools
in the central Texas area will continue all through the spring.
The IEEE is an organization that is
built on volunteers from it's membership. Whether you can only contribute a
couple of hours a month, or you are able to contribute hours every day, there
is an opportunity for you to contribute to the Section and/or Chapter. If you
have time to contribute, then contact you local Chapter Society officers, or
the Section officers.
We continue to work to get you involved in your IEEE, and to provide the programming that you are wanting. If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John R Purvis, P.E.
From the Section
Starting this year, the Central Texas Section has two new Vice-Chairs, Clif Denny for San Antonio, and Sherry Gillespie for Austin. It is expected that we will be able to provide better coverage of local events and keep connected to the growing roster of CTS Chapters. We look forward to encouraging joint programs and upgrade events, as well as supporting technical and professional activities. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Electronic Media Coordinator
The Central Texas Section (CTS) has just completed the Spring Planning Meeting for this year and several initiatives are underway for Electronic Media. Your help and input is being sought for the following:
1. Analog Editor - Are you seeking an outlet for your boundless creativity and energy? CTS is currently recruiting volunteers for Editor/Assistant Editor for our monthly newsletter, the Analog. No experience is required, just the desire to make a difference in the IEEE Central Texas Section and the ability to devote a couple of hours per month. Your name and organization will be featured in the Analog and on the CTS website.
2. Website assistance - Maintaining the IEEE CTS website could be an expensive proposition if it were not for the efforts of volunteers such as yourself. Our goal this year is to make www.ieee.org/CTS one of the top sites in Central Texas for information, news and events for IEEE members and the technical community at-large. Learn new skills or sharpen current abilities in web design, exhibit your marketing experience, and reward yourself with a job well-done while contributing to a worthwhile cause.
3. Teleconferencing Efforts - Being a geographically diverse community, CTS would like to increase value to the membership by making all meetings available on-line, by offering teleconferencing abilities to the membership and by extending the reach of CTS sponsored conferences. If you/your organization has had a positive experience with teleconferencing, we would like to hear about it.
Please respond to email@example.com if you are interested in contributing to the Analog, the CTS website or have input/feedback for our teleconferencing efforts.
Upcoming Section Meetings
None scheduled for February
Other Important Events and Notes of Interest
The IEEE Leads National Engineers Week 2004
The IEEE is serving as lead society for National Engineers Week (EWeek) this year, 22-28 February, and is helping to pave the way for expanding the celebration around the world.
"We live in an increasingly global world, so it just makes sense to expand EWeek concepts worldwide," said IEEE member and EWeek 2004 Chair Joseph V. Lillie. "We think the EWeek model we have established can serve as a blueprint for engineers around the world."
IEEE President Arthur W. Winston will help kick off the international outreach by delivering a speech to the Hong Kong Section, which will hold its first EWeek event in 2004. The New Faces of Engineering recognition program will this year include non-U.S. engineers, and an ad featuring those distinguished professionals will run in the International Herald Tribune. The ad is running courtesy of a grant from the IEEE Foundation. A similar piece will appear in The Economist magazine.
IEEE-USA is producing a New Faces of Engineering calendar with one of the 12 U.S. honorees featured each month. The group will also be recognized in a USA Today ad. All of the New Faces ads will run during EWeek.
National Engineers Week, founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, celebrates the engineering profession and the engineers whose creative work improves living standards. Its programs and activities are designed to instill pride among all engineers, increase public awareness of the key role engineers play and spark an interest in the profession among youngsters. IEEE-USA is coordinating the IEEE's lead effort.
The IEEE's corporate partner is the Fluor Corp. of Aliso, Viejo, Calif., one of the world's largest publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services organizations. Fluor is introducing "Connecting the World to Engineering" in 2004, a series of teleconferences designed to connect a business leader with undergraduate engineering students to engage in a live presentation and discussion of a selected engineering topic. The project will also include online interactive forums between engineering students, engineer moderators and subject matter experts.
Fluor CEO Alan L. Boeckmann will lead the first teleconference. Joe Lillie, who's also the IEEE's Regional Activities Board treasurer, will moderate. The event is slated to reach college students in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America and the United States. Doug Gorham, IEEE's precollege education manager, has arranged the participation of South Africa's University of Pretoria.
New Fellow Category Targets
Nominations from Industry
Members engaged in activities besides research and development now have an IEEE Fellow category created specifically for professionals in industry. Application Engineer/Practitioner will apply to nominees who work in such areas as process or production engineering, quality control, and systems integration. Read more at http://www.theinstitute.ieee.org/portal/index.jsp?pageID=institute_level1_article&TheCat=2202&article=tionline/legacy/inst2004/jan04/1w.newsfellow.xml. If you know an IEEE colleague who has made outstanding contributions to the electrical and electronics engineering profession, consider nominating him or her for the position of IEEE Fellow. The deadline for nominations is 15 March.
February 2-3, 2004 - 2004 ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Timing Issues in the Specification and Synthesis of Digital Systems (TAU 2004)
The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society will sponsor the conference entitled "2004 ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Timing Issues in the Specification and Synthesis of Digital Systems (TAU 2004) (#9713)". This conference will be held February 2-3, 2004 in Austin, TX.
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.
February 16-21, 2004 - Engineer's
Week San Antonio
Bexar Chapter of TSPE is organizing 5 events during Engineer's Week in San Antonio. Scott Atkinson, past Chairman, Central Texas Section will be the keynote speaker at the Proclamation Breakfast on Tuesday, February 17. Other events include: The Past President's Luncheon on Thursday, a Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, and to cap off the week, there is the Sporting Clays Tournament and Awards Banquet honoring the Engineer of the Year on Saturday.
Event Registration is required for all of the events. Check the Section Web site for registration information, or contact Garrett Polhamus (Garrett.Polhamus@brooks.af.mil) or Clif Denny (email@example.com).
February 28, 2004 - Expanding Your
Tomorrow's Women In Science & Technology (TWIST) currently organizes the annual Austin Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conferences for middle school girls. This program serves 650-700 girls in Central Texas and surrounding areas each year. The Austin EYH Conference is an all-day affair, where girls participate in hands-on workshops with women currently working in fields that utilize math, science, engineering and technology. The 2004 EYH Conferences will be held February 28 and March 27 at the University of Texas Teaching Center. Contact for EYH is Barbara F. Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 28, 2004 - UT Austin's FE Refresher Course (formerly known as EIT)
The FE Refresher Course spans four non-consecutive Saturdays: 2/28, 3/6, 3/27, and 4/3. The first step towards becoming a registered PE (Professional Engineer) begins with sitting for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE). For engineers interested in sitting for the FE Exam, The University of Texas at Austin offers a refresher course that is geared towards the morning session sections. Topics covered include: test taking strategies, statics, mathematics, structure of matter, materials science, economics, electrical circuits, thermodynamics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, chemistry, and mechanics of materials. More information at www.UTclee.org.
February 26, 2004 - INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING DAY CELEBRATED GLOBALLY
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, now in its fourth year, is slated for 26 February 2004. Girl Day encourages engineers, particularly women engineers, to make the world of engineering come alive for young females. Since its inception, an estimated one million girls have experienced engineering firsthand each year, with more than 110 organizations participating in 2003. To learn more and for suggestions on how you can participate, visit: www.eweek.org/site/News/Eweek/girlsday.shtml.
March 3, 2004 - 3rd Annual Entrepreneur Bootcamp
The San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI) will hold it's third annual Entrepreneur Bootcamp, March 3 at the Saraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. Registration is $95 before February 20, and $125 after. For more information, or to sign up, go to their Web site http://www.satai-network.com/sff.asp. If you're an entrepreneur that would like real world advice about how to grow your business from investors and other successful entrepreneurs, then plan to attend this year's Entrepreneur Bootcamp at the Southwest Funding Forum.
March 10-12, 2004 - 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems & Software (ISPASS)
IEEE Computer Society will sponsor the conference entitled "2004 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems & Software (ISPASS)" (Meeting #9780). This conference will be held on March 10-12, 2004 in Austin, TX.
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.
April 2-4, 2004 - 2004 IEEE Region 5
The 2004 IEEE Region 5 Technical Conference will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, April 2-4, 2004. Student and general IEEE members are invited to submit original and high-quality papers for presentation and publication in the 2004 Region 5 Technical Conference Record. The technical program will be organized around the following three engineering tracks:
April 16, 2004 - Foundations for
Ethical Education in a Post-Enron Age
On April 16, 2004, the Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin will co-sponsor a conference entitled "Foundations for Ethical Education in a Post-Enron Age." The IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology will co-sponsor invited talks on engineering ethics, and the SSIT Spring Board of Governors meeting will be held in conjunction with the conference on April 17. For more information on the conference, including a call for papers, see http://www.engr.utexas.edu/cofe/ethics2004.
August 27-28, 2004 - The Texas Symposium on Software Engineering (TSSE) Austin, Texas
TSSE is a new software engineering conference, providing a forum for managers, practitioners, researchers and educators to discuss the most recent trends, experiences and concerns in the field of software systems engineering. In order to accelerate community learning, this conference will focus on identifying and discussing successes, failures and lessons learned in software systems development. This will help crystallize the critical issues impacting software engineering professionals and their organizations for the next decade.
TSSE will be held at the UT Pickle Research Campus (Commons Building) in Northwest Austin, TX. For more information about the location vennue 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/
September 20-23, 2004 -
Autotestcon 2004 will be held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. For information contact Masoud Rasti (email@example.com), or check the Web site (http://www.autotestcon.com/).
October 13-15, 2004 - 2004 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems
The 2004 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS' 04) is an annual workshop that is co-sponsored by the Signal Processing Society and the Circuits and Systems Society. SiPS' 04 will be held in Austin, Texas on October 13-15.
October 20-22, 2004 - 2004 WNCG Wireless Networking Symposium
The WNCG Wireless Networking Symposium will be help October 20-22 in Austin.
October 24-29, 2004 - 2004 IEEE Information Theory Workshop
The IEEE Information Theory Society will sponsor the conference entitled "2004 IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW) (#9676)". This conference will be held October 24-29, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org or Conference Services Dept., at IEEE Operations Center at +1 732 562 3878.
May 8-10, 2005 - IEEE Rural
Electric Power Conference
The IEEE Industry Applications Society will sponsor the conference entitled "2005 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference". The conference will be held May 8-10, 2005 in San Antonio.
Date: Thursday, Feb 19 (3rd Thursday)
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 email@example.com for planning purposes.
|Computer Society - San
Antonio [for more information]
Topic: Design of a Manned Rover for the Mars Surface
Speakers: Trinity Tigernauts -Michael Poteet, Roberto Aranibar, Landon Nemoto, Kathleen Lachance
Date: Thursday, February 19
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 by Feb 16
Location: Skyline Room, Coates Center, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. lease note that we have parking instructions on the Web site. The Alamo Stadium parking is reserved for Alamo Stadium Event parking. Please check out the instructions at http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org/meeting_details.htm#Location%20&%20Directions for the parking by Laurie Auditorium.
|Computer Society -
Austin [for more information]
Topic: Speaking C++ as a Native
Multi-paradigm programming is programming applying different styles of programming, such as object-oriented programming and generic programming, where they are most appropriate. This talk presents simple example of individual styles in ISO Standard C++ and examples where these styles are used in combination to produce cleaner, more maintainable code than could have been done using a single style only. Iˇ¦ll also make a few remarks about the likely directions for the C++0x ISO standard effort.
Speaker: Bjarne Stroustrup, designer and implementor of the C++ programming language
Bjarne Stroustrup designed and implemented C++. Over the last decade, C++ has become the most widely used language supporting object-oriented programming by making abstraction techniques affordable and manageable for mainstream projects. Using C++ as his tool, Stroustrup has pioneered the use of object-oriented and generic programming techniques in application areas where efficiency is a premium; examples include general systems programming, switching, simulation, graphics, user-interfaces, embedded systems, and scientific computation. The influence of C++ and the ideas it popularized are clearly visible far beyond the C++ community. Languages including C, C#, Java, and Fortran99 provides features pioneered for mainstream use by C++, as do systems such as COM and CORBA.
His book "The C++ Programming Language" (Addison-Wesley, first edition 1985, second edition 1991, third edition 1997, "special" edition 2000) is the most widely read book of its kind and has been translated into at least 18 languages. A later book, "The Design and Evolution of C++" (Addison-Wesley, 1994) broke new ground in the description of the way a programming language was shaped by ideas, ideals, problems, and practical constraints. In addition to his five books, Stroustrup has published more than a hundred academic and more popular papers.
He took an active role in the creation of the ANSI/ISO standard for C++ and continues to work on the maintenance and revision of that standard.
Network [for more
Topic: Selling Your Consulting Services Speaker(s): Laura Ancira
Date: Thursday, Feb 12 (2nd Thursday)
Time: 6:30pm - Networking, 7:00pm - Program
Location: China Star Restaurant, 6134 Hwy 290E, Austin, Texas, located at the north east corner of IH-35 and 290E
The consultants' web directory has been updated. The directory is to be found at http://www.alesu.com/xltrp/ieeecons/listzero.htm
Topic: Microwave Absorbers for Military and Commercial Applications
Microwave absorbers are materials that have their electrical properties altered by the addition of fillers or specialized coatings. Examples are magnetically loaded elastomers and carbon coated foams and honeycombs. The presentation will focus on the theory of operation of such materials, types of absorbers that are currently available, and applications within the military and commercial marketplace. Absorbers for the military marketplace are used for radar cross section reduction, antenna pattern modification, and electromagnetic interference reduction. The introduction of wireless technology at microwave frequencies has created a market in the commercial areas of telecommunications and IT. Samples of the materials will be available as well as electrical performance data.
R&F Products in San Marcos, specializes in the design, manufacture and test of microwave absorbers. R&F Products was founded in 1996 to serve the military market as well as the introduction of absorbers into the commercial market. Prior to starting R&F Products, Rick was president of GEC-Marconi Materials in San Diego. This division of GEC-Marconi specialized in microwave absorbers, radar absorbing structures, radomes, and composite structures. Mr. Johnson has a BS in Chemistry and an MBA. He is coauthor of four patents on microwave absorbers.
Society [for more
No meeting planned for January
If you are interested in the Engineering Management Society, contact Steve Prough, Vice-Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Engineering in Medicine
and Biology Society
Topic: No meeting scheduled
For information contact David Kilpatrick
Society [for more
Topic: Wind Power Technology
Speaker: Jules Campbell-Austin Energy
Date: Tuesday, February 24 (4th Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 - Social, 6:30 - Dinner, 7:00 - Business meeting, 7:30 - program
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
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2004 (1st Tuesday, bi-monthly)
Location: La Madeleine Cafe, 3418 N. Lamar at 35th St. 512-302-1486
Circuits / Circuits and Systems Societies
Date: Thursday, February 26
The Central Texas joint chapter of the Solid-State Circuits / Circuits and Systems (SSC/CAS) societies held its first meeting on Wednesday, January 28th. This inaugural meeting was a joint meeting with the Austin chapter of the IEEE Computer society. We had a great turn out to hear Betty Prince of Memory Strategies International give a talk on Application Specific DRAMs.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 26th, with the goal of holding a regular chapter meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month (with alternate dates for November and December). Time, place, speaker, and topic for the February meeting are all To Be Determined (TBD). Please check our web site (http://www.ieee.org/circuits) for updates.
Volunteers are needed to help organize the chapter; major roles that require immediate attention include:
Date: Feb 24 (4th Tuesday of the month)
Location: Crossroads Systems, 8300 N. Mopac
The new Product Safety Engineering Society provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, techniques and information in all aspects of product safety, regulatory compliance and related professional issues.
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
Date: Thursday, February 26 (4th Thursday)
Location: MERB2.114 (Pickle Research Campus, Burnet Rd., Building 160)
For information contact Ray Chen email@example.com.
St. Mary's University [for more information]
University of Texas at Austin [for more information]
University of Texas at San Antonio [for more information]
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