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IEEE Region 5 - Central Texas Section

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.

Black Holes and Their Degenerate Friends

April 2018


Black Holes and Their Degenerate Friends


The astrophysics of astronomical objects depends on equilibrium between forces of expansion and
contraction. Black holes represent a failure of this balance. There have been scientific puzzles of how
intermediate, massive and super-massive black holes came to exist. A new source of information in the
form of gravitational waves, comparable to Galileo's first use of a telescope to study the sky is
producing new results that promise to greatly accelerate progress in this field.

Clyde Springen 
Speaker's Bio:
Clyde Springen
BSEE, Mastron - Retired - Systems and Software Engineer & Adjunct Professor of Astronomy and Engineering.

Was 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

Date & Time: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018, 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. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:


May 11: Tour of FOVI 3D


Location: 5555 N. Lamar, Austin, Texas, United States 78751
Building: D-117


Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM


RSVP (required):


Details: Light snacks and drinks will be provided courtesy of Fovi. Additional details in the Agenda section of the RSVP page.

Austin startup, FoVI3D is developing the building blocks required to bring light-field visualization to the world. From radiance image rendering to projecting the 3D aerial image, FoVI3D computes and projects spatially accurate 3D visuals without the need for eye tracking, goggles, or glasses. Moving beyond the current single perspective experience, FoVI3Ds approach allows for a collaborative environment for multiple viewers within the light-field display view volume. All parts of the light-field visualization pipeline will be on display and available for discussion.


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!

Presentation materials, if available, may be obtained after the meeting through the Past Meetings page.

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