IEEE Central Texas Section


Volume 48-07 July 2004

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

Published monthly (Deadline for inclusion is the 25th day of the previous month). Marian Stasney, Editor, ( Have a question or comment? Contact us.

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The Chairman's Column

Student Branch Report: Changing of the Guard

Paul Kaschube, Student Liaison, Central Texas Section

With another end of the school year, there has been an officer change at the four IEEE Student Branches in the Central Texas Section. At UT Austin, Daniel Fernandez succeeds Rob Mullenix. Rob will continue to be a student. At UT San Antonio, Julian Anugom ended his term in December. Chris Torres is the current President. Julian is now a graduate student. At St. Mary's, Leroy Ruvalcaba turned the reigns over to Robert Guillermo Dominguez who goes by Willie. Leroy will also be a student. And at Trinity, just recently elected Brandi House will replace Jeff Guinn. Jeff's plans are not known.

As the Student Liaison, I interacted often with these four outgoing presidents. They were responsive and diligent in submitting their funding proposals to the Section and making their presentations at the Section Planning Meetings. They were all appreciative of the interest and support the Section gave them. They were the perfect hosts and spokespersons for the site visits I made. They promoted IEEE on their campuses with dedication and zeal. And each one spoke with pride, enthusiasm and satisfaction on the goals and achievements of their branches.

Each school and student branch is different, and correspondingly each outgoing president has a peculiar perspective, outlook, focus, and style. With over 600 student members, Rob Mullenix ably and skillfully led large-scale operations at UT Austin. With well over 100 members at UT San Antonio, Julian Anugom was energetic and resourceful in his branch's pursuits. For the smaller schools, Leroy Ruvalcaba at St. Mary's encapsulated the spirit of service in his leadership. And Jeff Guinn at Trinity fostered a community of camaraderie. And behind these presidents are more officers than can be named: the vice presidents, treasurers, secretaries, and countless committee chairs. We wish them well in their continuing educational pursuits and career paths. And we look forward to the future contributions they will make to IEEE as professionals and leaders.

For the new presidents, Chris Torres at UT San Antonio is an older student returning to school from the work place. I met him at the Spring Planning Conference. He will bring skills and experience that will benefit his branch. I met Daniel Fernandez of UT Austin at the Region 5 Conference in Oklahoma prior to him being preoccupied all day in the Design Contest where his team came in sixth. To date, I have only corresponded by email with Willie at St. Mary's and Brandi at Trinity. But I look forward meeting them and having the same enjoyable, productive working relationship as I had with their predecessors.

One of the mainstays behind the student branches is their faculty advisors. There is no changing of the guard here, so the branches will continue to benefit from the dedication and guidance of these professors of which their students speak highly and affectionately. The advisor at UT Austin is Dr. Brian Evans. The advisor at UT San Antonio is Dr. Wei-Ming Lin. The advisor at St. Mary's is Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene. And the advisor at Trinity is Dr. Farzan Aminian.

Central Texas Section Society and Affinity Group Chapter Activities

Communications/Signal Processing Societies

Speaker: Jeremy Chappell (Network Consultant), Mangrove Systems

Topic: MetroMPLS
There are significant issues in supporting a combination of circuit and packet-based access traffic, and in migrating traffic to a converged MPLS infrastructure. These are compounded by the economic realities of today’s networking environment, and by the challenges of implementing services such as VoIP and Ethernet, which present tradeoffs between cost and service quality.

Jeremy will describe how Mangrove combines circuit grooming and packet switching to extend efficient service architectures across the Metro and into the access network. He will discuss Mangrove’s implementation of GFP, VCAT and LCAS, and will address the use of Pseudo-Wires to maximize compatibility with installed transport elements, including MSPPs, ADMs and digital cross connects. He will contrast the relative merits of several control-plane options, and will describe service interworking issues and solutions. Jeremy will also discuss Mangrove’s options for OAM, and for traffic management.

Date: Thursday, July 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 for planning purposes.

Computer Society - San Antonio [for more information]
    Topic: No meeting planned for July
    Reservations: RSVP to Kevin Nickels 210-999-7543
    Location: Skyline Room, Coates Center, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Computer Society - Austin [for more information]


    Speaker: Hank Jones III

    Topic: Selecting a Russian Offshore Software Developer: What you need to know

    Offshore software development is becoming more and more common. One country that offers significant advantages is the emerging Russion software industry. This talk discusses the benefits provided as well as the potential pitfalls and key ways to avoid them. Although some of these issues are specific to Russian developers, many are common to any offshore -- or even multi-site -- development projects.
    Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2004
    Time: 6:30pm
    Location: National Instruments, 11500 North MoPac, Building C, room 1S15, Austin, TX 78759

Consultant's Network [for more information]

    Speaker(s): David C. Black, CTO of Eklectic Ally Inc.

    Topic: "New Venture & New Technology, A Year Later"

    In February 2003, we started a small consultancy specializing in a new technology, SystemC. In March of the same year, we presented "A New Venture, A New Technology" to the Central Texas Consultant's Network. We provided an overview of the technology and our ideas for the business. This talk will look back over the last year and discuss our experiences and observations. The presentation should be of interest to other consultants looking at new technologies from a general perspective.
    Date: Thursday, July 8, 2004(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

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society [for more information]

    Speaker: Mr. Shane Hudak, Product Manager, TECKNIT, Inc. of Cranford, New Jersey

    Topic: Design Guide for EMI Gasket Applications
    Date: July 15 2004 (third Thursday of the month)
    Time: 6:30 Social, 7 PM Lecture
    Location: National Instruments [directions]

Engineering Management Society [for more information]
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
For information contact David Kilpatrick
Power Engineering Society [for more information]
    Topic: Samsung Automatic Transfer System
    Speaker: Micheal Noth
    Date: July 27 2004
    Time: 6:00PM Social
    6:30 to 7:00PM Dinner
    7:00 to 7:30PM Business Meeting
    7:30 to 8:30PM 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 , 512-444-2205
Women in Engineering [for more information]

    The Next Women in Engineering Event will be the Student Poster Competition at Texas Symposium on Software Engineering. [more]

Upcoming Meetings include:

October 19, 2004 Texas Conference for Women
Austin Convention Center [ more info ]
November 14, 2004 Tour of SEMATECH Clean Room [ more info ]

Joint Solid-State Circuits / Circuits and Systems Societies

    Topic: No meeting planned for July
    Speaker: TBA
    Date: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Location: TBA
For further information, contact Gerald Garcia at

Product Safety Engineering Society

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA
Date: July 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.

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.

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Laser and Electro-Optics Society

    Topic: TBD

    Speaker: TBD
    Date: TBD
    Time: TBD
    Location: TBD

For information contact Ray Chen
CTS Student Branches

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Call for Papers

Women in Engineering: Student Poster Competition at Texas Symposium on Software Engineering (Austin, Texas), August 28, 2004 [more info]

The TSSE Student Poster Competition is open to all full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. The Competition is intended to allow students to share research results related to software engineering, exchange ideas, gain insights, understand practical applications of their research, perfect their communications skills, and meet conference attendees from academia and industry. Students may work individually or in groups. Groups may consist of all undergraduate students, all graduate students, or a combination.

Location: Pickle Research Campus

IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference (WCNC) seeks original contributions in topical areas for 3G/B3G systems, WMAN, WLAN, WPAN, WBAN, broadband satellite systems, broadband fixed wireless systems, ad hoc and sensor networks.

The paper submittal site is now open. Submission deadline is 1 August 2004. Proposals are also being accepted for Tutorials and Technology/Businesses Applications Panels. The complete Call for Papers is available on the Web at [more info]

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition (OFC) and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) will take place together on March 6-11, 2005 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA.

Submissions are currently being accepted for the OFC Technical Program. Click here for more information and to submit your paper online. The deadline for the 35-word abstract and 3-page summary is September 14, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. EDT (16:00 GMT).

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Important Events and Notes of Interest

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

IEEE International Symposium on Electrical Insulation 19 - 22 Sep. Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana USA. Co-located with EME (Electrical Manufacturing Expo). [More]

2004 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems: Systems-on-a-Chip for Wireless Networking, Co-sponsored by IEEE Signal Processing Society and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

2004 IEEE Information Theory Workshop

Information Theory Workshop

2005 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC 2005 (#10091)"

IEEE Industry Applications Society & Power Electronics Society will sponsor the conference entitled "2005 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC 2005 (#10091)". This conference will be held March 6-10, 2005 in Austin, TX. For further information, please contact: Mr. Jason Lai, +1 540 231 4741, +1 540 231 3362 (Fax),, or Conference Services Dept., at IEEE Operations Center at +1 732 562 3878

2004 CPS Electric Service Standards

Copies of the newly adopted 2004 edition of the CPS Electric Service Standards are available in San Antonio at the following locations:

  1. CoSA Business and Development Center (One Stop Center) 1901 South Alamo Street
  2. CPS Gugert Storeroom (Meter Can Distribution Center) 100 Gugert Street
  3. City Hall (2nd floor, City Clerk's Office) 100 Military Plaza (Corner of South Flores and Commerce)
  4. Eastside Service Center 4919 East Houston Street
  5. Northside Service Center 2362 North West Loop 410
  6. Southside Service Center 7242 South Zarzamora Stree

The 2004 CPS Electric Service Standards are effective January 1, 2004. If you have any question please contact Geraldine M. Flores at 210-353-3381 or Tony Valdez at 210-353-2988.

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From Washington, DC: IEEE-USA NEWS & VIEWS E-MAIL ALERT for 30 June 2004
Your Monthly U.S. IEEE Member E-mail Alert on "Building Careers & Shaping Public Policy"


Also for a "Backscatter" column on Black-on-Black Design, a "World Bytes" column on Generational Diversity, and an "Engineering Hall of Fame" feature on James Killian, read the latest edition of IEEE-USA TODAY'S ENGINEER online at


On 4 June, IEEE-USA teamed with Mitretek Systems and Intel Corporation to host a one-day symposium in Falls Church, Va., designed to explore ways that computer, communication and other electronic technologies can improve the quality and cost-efficiency of caring for our nation's aging population.

To view the presentations, go to:


The IEEE-USA Consultants Database is an online site for consultants and clients to find each other. Consultants can easily register specialist credentials; and clients can post projects and search the database to find the right consultant. A one-year membership is $75 for U.S. IEEE members.

For more product information, visit:


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking assistance in identifying qualified candidates for the position of Dean of the new NSF Academy. The Dean will serve a two-year appointment at the Academy, the agency's hub for NSF staff learning and development activities.

Read the job description at:


The successful Engineers Week New Faces of Engineering program highlights the outstanding achievements of young engineers around the world. In 2005, five select IEEE members will be among the "New Faces" profiled on the EWeek Website, and the top nominee from each sponsoring society will appear in USA TODAY during EWeek 2005, 20-26 February.

Find nomination forms and more information at:


The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has named IEEE-USA President John Steadman to its 2004 class of Fellows Members. The Fellow membership grade honors active NSPE members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the profession, the society and the community.

For more information, go to

*BOOKMARK THIS SITE*: For career-building resources, including articles and product and service notices, visit IEEE-USA's CAREER NAVIGATOR at:

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