Central Texas Section

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Newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.

April 2004
Volume 48-04

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New Chapters for the Section
Through the efforts of Thuy Dao and Paul Aum, the Electron Devices Chapter is in the process of being reactivated. If you have interest in that technical area, contact Thuy or Paul. We are also working on establishing a GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Chapter. This effort is being led by Taoufik Ben Abdellatif in Austin, and Julian Anugom in San Antonio. If you would like to be part of our Chapter of this Affinity group, please contact Taoufik or Julian.
Region 5 Conference
Most of the Section leadership has just come back from the annual Region 5 conference. The conference, in addition to having technical presentations, provides an opportunity for officers from the 24 Sections in our Region and our Region officers to review last year's activities and plan for the coming year.

Being at the conference caused me to think about the organization of the IEEE and that led me to wonder just how many CTS members were aware of that organization. IEEE is organized both into Technical Societies, and into geographic units. Most IEEE members seem to be very aware of the Technical Society structure, as that is where you participate in meetings and conferences. In terms of geographic organization, IEEE breaks the world into Regions, Areas, and then Sections. We are in the Central Texas Section in the South Area of Region 5. The technical meetings that you attend here in Austin or San Antonio are held by local Chapters of the Technical Societies which are part of the Section. You all are members of the Central Texas Section by virtue of the fact that you live within our jurisdiction.

Just as there are volunteers who serve the local Chapters as Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasuer, etc, so too are there volunteers that serve in similar roles at the Section, Area and Region levels within IEEE.
As always

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 (j.purvis@computer.org).

John R Purvis, P.E.






Student Liaison Report

Paul Kaschube

CTS Student Liaison

The Region 5 Conference being held in Oklahoma April 2 through 4 is one the Student Branches actively participate in and plan for during the year.   One major event that is highly challenging and generates an abundance of enthusiasm is the Robotics Competition.    Like last year, every student team  designs, builds and enters a robotic car that is to successfully navigate a race course based on visual cues on the track.   There will also be the Design Contest where teams are given an  unknown engineering problem to solve.   There will be a Technical Paper Session on Friday April 2 where many of the submitted papers are from graduate students.   On Saturday April 3 there will be an Undergraduate Paper Competition where original work and research will be presented.   Finally,  the Region 5 Conference will offer a Leadership Forum for the officers of the Student Branches.

UT Austin,  UT San Antonio and St. Mary’s will be actively participating in the Region 5 Competitions.    Each school will have entries in the Robotics Competition.   UT Austin will submit two teams.   UT San Antonio  submitted three teams last year.    Within the past year,   the Student Branches have successfully competed for funding from the Central Texas Section.   They have prepared and made professional  presentations on their activities,  accomplishments and goals.   And they have been quite busy with  a variety of programs on their respective campuses.   The fall is a major time for them to recruit new members.   They have ongoing social functions and  technical speaker meetings.   And they engage in a number of other robotic competitions as well.  

As the Student Liaison,   I will attend the Region 5 Conference to observe student events and support our Student Branches.   I will have good success stories and  pictures to share in the next Analog.

Important Events and Notes of Interest

Call for 2004 EAB Award Nominations

The IEEE Educational Activities Board is accepting nominations for the 2004 IEEE EAB Awards. Complete information and nomination forms are provided on the IEEE EAB Awards web site. The deadline for nominations is 30 April 2004. Award names and descriptions are provided on the web at http://www.ieee.org/organizations/eab/arc/awards/descriptions.htm.

IEEE Membership Renewal and Update

Current members can renew their membership and update their information (including e-mail address) at http://www.ieee.org/membership/coa.html.

Foundations for Ethical Education in a Post-Enron Age [More Information]

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.

Alliance of Technology and Women presents the 2004 PHOENIX PROJECT  [More information & Registration]  

You are invited to join Members and Colleagues of ATW for a special evening.   Wednesday, April 21, 2004 6:00 PM, UT Austin A.C.E.S Building, AVAYA Auditorium, 201 East 24th Street, Austin, Texas 78712 (parking URL follows with directions at end of this message). Includes Heavy Appetizers. Click here for a map

The National Roadshow "Rising to Lead" is coming Austin for the first time this year.  This project is sponsored by the Alliance of Technology and Women in cooperation with the IEEE Central Texas Section and Women in Engineering.  You are invited to join us for this unique event to be held on the University of Texas campus on April 21.  All the details on the program as well as speaker bios, maps and parking information is contained in the announcement.  Because the event has a number of industrial sponsors, the registration fee is only $25 if you register by April 12 using the link below.  This includes food at the event.  There is a special Student Rate of $5 (see special student registration instructions).

Note that this invitation is being sent to a modified IEEE Central Texas Section e-mail list for a program of special interest.  With its focus on Leadership, this is a key event for professional development and networking.  Hope to see you there!

Sherry Gillespie

Chair, Central Texas WIE


The 2004 road show, Rising to Lead, features a panel of accomplished female leaders, each of whom has advanced to national leadership in a technical field or organization. They will speak candidly to the glowing successes and smoldering setbacks that shape careers and forge life goals. The Rising to Lead panel takes a conversational approach to the topic of leadership. Bring a burning question and hear it addressed in a candid, heat's-off manner! Professional women, college students, girls, and men who support the mission of ATW are invited to participate. 

Panelists who will take part in the national tour include:* 

This is positively your best opportunity all year to explore what it takes to thrive in a technical environment. Learn how to:

If you have a passion for technology, could benefit from a new spark or sense your goals lack sizzle, REGISTER NOW!

 International Conference on IC Design and Technology

[More Information]

The IEEE Central Texas Section will sponsor the International Conference on IC Design & Technology.  The International Conference on IC Design and Technology is the global forum for interaction and collaboration of IC design and technology for "accelerating product time-to-market". Close collaboration of the multi-discipline technical fields - design/device/process - accelerates the implementation of new designs and new technologies into manufacturing.   This conference will be held on May 17-20, 2004 in Austin, Texas.

Registration is required.  Please go to www.icicdt.org for registration and information on final program including lectures, tutorial, plenary, and workshop sessions.  There are 8 lectures & tutorials, and 60 papers in 10 plenary & workshop sessions.  Pre-registration due date is April 23rd, 2004.

The Texas Symposium on Software Engineering (TSSE) Austin, Texas, August 27-28, 2004

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 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/

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.

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), sonny@ee.tamu.edu or Conference Services Dept., at IEEE Operations Center at +1 732 562 3878.

Information Theory Workshop

The 2004 Information Theory Workshop will be held in San Antonio, Texas October 24-29, 2004.

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.


After a quick scan of the summary report, it appears that our Section has again lead the whole world in Senior Member upgrades with a whopping 98 qualified members being upgraded in 2003.

Central Texas Section Society and Affinity Group Chapter Activities

Communications/Signal Processing Societies

TOPIC:  "Evolution to Transparent Optical Networking"

DATE:  April 15th, 2004 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

LOCATION:  SBC Laboratories, Inc. (SBC Labs), 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX

SPEAKER:  Dr. Hans-Juergen Schmidtke is Vice President of Solution Management

Transport (SM T) in North America for Siemens Carrier Networks   


Abstract Summary: This presentation describes the evolution of optical networking from point-to-point systems that include optical ADM to next generation optical networks that will be fully dynamic and transparent.  This evolution

is driven by the carrier's demand to reduce capital and operational expenses (CapEx and OpEx) while improving network capabilities and flexibility.  The technical answer to these requirements is the move to much more integrated optical filter devices, new dispersion schemes with alternate modulations schemes, as well as enhanced superior software capabilities to control the


Biography: Dr. Hans-Juergen Schmidtke is Vice President of Solution Management Transport (SM T) in North America for Siemens Carrier Networks, and is located at the headquarters in Iselin, NJ.  He is responsible for a nationwide team providing technical solutions for customers in the US and Canada with focus on the ULH, LH and Siemens' regional DWDM product platform, the SURPASS hiT 7500.

Hans-Juergen joined Siemens in 2000 and has held positions as technical vendor auditor and as product manager for the optical DWDM product portfolio.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wurzburg in non-linear optical effects including non-linear optical propagations in media. Previously he studied physics in the University of Düsseldorf and, at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Physics in Germany.

RSVP:  The presentation is open to chapter members and non-members. Free food and beverages will be served to attendees. If you plan to attend, please send e-mail to Howard Headrick at hfrjr@swbell.net for planning purposes.


The Topic for our May 20th, 2004 Meeting's presentation will be on Soft Switch Technology.


The Chapter meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at SBC Laboratories, Inc. (SBC Labs) located at 9505 Arboretum Blvd in Austin, Texas.  Please feel free to post meeting notices and invite guests. If you would like to give a presentation on a communications or signal processing topic, please contact Howard Headrick.


We encourage you to join the Communications and Signal Processing Societies at http://www.ieee.org/membership/join/. If you're already a member, please encourage your associates to join one or both societies.  IEEE membership provides a variety of benefits to its members ranging from technical publications to conferences to career development assistance to financial services.


Howard Headrick,  Chairman, hfrjr@swbell.net

Brandon Imboden, Executive Vice-Chairman, Brandon.Imboden@Broadwing.com

Scott Atkinson, Vice-Chairman of Conferences, scotta@ICSIconsulting.com

Les Johnson, Vice-Chairman of Membership, locojohnson@aol.com

Hanan Potash, Secretary, potash@flash.net

Rick Talbot, Treasurer, rtalbot@austin.rr.com

Mark Brockman, Dir. Student Activities & Speakers Bureau, mark.brockman@sbc.com


To be added to or deleted from the chapter mailing list, please send name and e-mail address to Hanan Potash at potash@flash.net.

Computer Society - San Antonio [for more information]

Topic: TBD
Speaker: TBD
Date: TBD
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: TBD (Intellectual Property Law and the Practicing Engineer)

Speaker: William N. Hulsey III

Date: April 28
Time: 6:30pm
Location: HP, 14231 Tandem Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

Consultant's Network [for more information]

Topic: TBD
Date: 2nd Thursday of each month
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

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society [for more information]

Topic: Cost and Quality Improvements of Automating Radiated Emission Preliminary Scans

Speaker: Mr. Patrick Webb, National Instruments
Date: April 15
Time: 6:30 Social, 7 PM Lecture
Location: National Instruments Building, 11500 North MoPac Expressway

Abstract:  Automating a preliminary radiated emissions scan can save your company time, money, and improve the quality of your measurements.  Like larger companies, small and medium size companies are now performing their own in house certification in whole or in part due to self declaration in Europe and other parts of the world.  Radiated emissions testing is usually characterized as the most important test in the suite of EMC tests that are performed on ITE type products.  Repeatability and accuracy is essential.

This presentation depicts an example where software automation has enhanced a compliance lab’s ability to produce repeatable results in a timely manner, and provide an added tool for troubleshooting and debug work for radiated emissions.

Speaker Bio:  Patrick Webb is an EMC Compliance Engineer at National Instruments. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and has worked in the field of EMC for 7 years.

Dinner & refreshments provided by Professional Testing Incorporated of Round Rock, Texas.

Engineering Management Society [for more information]  

Topic:  Understanding the new Homeland Security Environment in Texas

Speaker:  Mary Scott Nabers, President and CEO Strategic Partnerships, Austin, TX

Date:  April 22nd

Time:  6:30 pm  Social & Networking

7:00 pm Dinner

7:45 pm Program

Program Agenda:

  • Introductions T. Scott Atkinson (ICSI Consulting Services)
  • Special Recognition of EM Chapter Members
  • EM Chapter Activities for 2004
  • Key Speaker Introduction - Steve Prough (University of Phoenix)


Holiday Inn


Azalea/Bluebonet Room

20 N. IH-35

AUSTIN, TX 78701


$12.00 Public Attendee

$10.00 IEEE Members

$8.00 Prospective EM Society Members (Application for membership submitted)

$5.00 Students (UT EM Students Special rebate available at door)

Reservations & Information:

T. Scott Atkinson, 210-410-0382, scotta@ICSIconsulting.com

Steve Prough, 512-291-9589, sdprough@austin.rr.com


If you are interested in the Engineering Management Society, contact Steve Prough, Vice-Chairman, sdprough@austin.rr.com.

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Topic: TBD
Speaker: TBD
Date: TBD
Time: TBD

Reservations: David G. Kilpatrick, P.E., 210-6951406, d.kilpatrick@ieee.org, or John R. Purvis III, P.E., 512-823-7654, j.purvis@computer.org, before 1/13
Location: Palmer's, 216 West Moore, San Marcos, 512, 353-3500, www.palmerstexas.com/map.html

For information contact David Kilpatrick

Power Engineering Society [for more information]

Topic: PE Board Legislation Status
Speaker: Victoria Hsu
Date: April 27
Time: TBD
Cost: TBD

Reservations: For further information, please contact Steve Kanetsky, 512-326-3380 or Roy Matthews, P.E., 512-602-8152.
Location: El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 2910 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX

Women in Engineering [for more information]

Topic: Panel -- Rising to Lead (Co-sponsored with ATW)
Speaker: Panel
Date: April 21  (1st Tuesday, bi-monthly)
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: UT Austin, ACES.2.303

Upcoming Meetings:  For the May meeting of Women in Engineering, there will be a tour of the University of Texas Visualization Lab on the UT Austin campus.  This will take place on Tuesday, May 4 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in lieu of the regular WIE meeting.  More details will be available on the WIE website.

Joint Solid-State Circuits / Circuits and Systems Societies [for more information]

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

For further information, contact Gerald Garcia at gerald.garcia@ieee.org

Product Safety Engineering Society

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA
Date: Jan 27 (4th Tuesday of the month)
Time: 6:30pm
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.

Learn more at http://www.theinstitute.ieee.org/inst_art.jsp?isno=09031&arnumber=09031_9w.newssociety&section=5

Laser and Electro-Optics Society

Topic: TBD

Speaker: TBD

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: MERB2.114 (Pickle Research Campus, Burnet Rd., Building 160)

For information contact Ray Chen raychen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

CTS Student Branches

St. Mary's University [for more information]

Trinity University

University of Texas at Austin [for more information]

University of Texas at San Antonio [for more information]

Hill Country Electronic Engineers

We are a group of electronic engineers living in the Texas Hill Country and represent backgrounds such as industrial controls, broadcasting, power electronics, networking, telecom, embedded systems, electron beam & X-ray research and much more. Our group meetings are informal, we typically don't have a program with presenters but instead chat about technical subjects and things relating to our careers.

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in Fredericksburg in the cozy back room of the Lincoln Street Wine Market (one block South of Main St.).  Our last meeting on February 4th was well attended.

We invite all Electronic Engineers living in (or around) the Hill Country to attend our next meeting Wednesday April 7th.

For more information contact Heinrich Otters at 830 990 7931 or at otters@hc-research.com.

Editor's Notes

The goal of this newsletter is to provide the more than 4700 members of the Section with up-to-date and meaningful information. We welcome contributions and suggestions that will improve the newsletter. Please contact the editor, Marian Stasney, marian@ieee.org, if you have any thoughts or suggestions. The deadline for submission is the 25 th of the month.

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