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The IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network is an affinity group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Region 5 Central Texas Section.


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section.

Meetings - General Information

The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.

Seeing the Unseeable - Black Holes

January 2020


Seeing the Unseeable - Black Holes


Seeing the Unseeable - What technologies can be used to see Black Holes that emit no light because they are so dense that their escape velocities exceed the maximum speed of events like particle propagation or gravitational effects in the universe often called the 'speed of light'. This has been accomplished by some truly amazing developments in millimeter wave EM detection, Interferometry and computational processing of massive quantities of data.

Clyde Springen,
Speaker's Bio:

Clyde Springen is a retired software, systems and electrical engineer, an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy & Engineering.
He w
as privileged to have a 47 year career as an engineer and teacher. Engineering
alumnus of Texas Instruments, Lockheed Missiles and Space, Northrop Grumman and Textron. Primary technology areas in Engineering were in Artificial Intelligence robotics, machine vision, and expert planning systems, tracking and data fusion, and in Astronomy - photometry analysis and galactic simulation. Worked on applications including surface systems for missiles and rockets, conveyor belt robot and vision systems, automated test systems and corps level army battle planning systems. Some highlights include creating a rule-based countdown sequencer for NASA, developing an innovative state-machine based application programming language for robots resulting in two patents and developing a fault-isolation sub-system to diagnose failure in digital circuit cards. As a teacher at Austin Community College taught Introduction to Engineering, Solar System and Stellar Astronomy courses. Also obtained a NASA grant to incorporate satellite telemetry into engineering curriculum.

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. BBQ dinner is optional on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
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If you are interested in professional career development and cross-training in varied technical fields, please consider joining the Central Texas Consultants Network. And bring a colleague!

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