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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.

Audio Forensics: A Brief Survey and Personal Experience

August 2018


Audio Forensics: A Brief Survey and Personal Experience


A discussion of what it takes to be an expert witness, and Mr. Beck's 20 year history and perspective on Audio Forensics.

Steve Beck of Beck Forensic Audio Consulting, Email:
Speaker's Bio:
Steve Beck

Steve Beck holds a Bachelorís degree and a Masterís degree in Electrical Engineering from 
Rice University in Houston TX. He was an Engineering Fellow with BAE Systems and is now the owner of 
Beck Forensic Audio Consulting.

Mr. Beck has served as an expert witness on a number of cases involving audio analysis. He was in charge 
of audio forensics research for speaker and gunshot recognition on contracts with the FBI, developing gunshot 
localization systems on contracts with the U.S. Army, and a was a DARPA principal investigator for the 
Bionic Ear program (with MIT) and the DARPA neural network sonar recognition program (with UT Austin).

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 22, 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:

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Upcoming Event: Successful Consulting in 2018: an IEEE Workshop

Central Texas Consultants Network presents a workshop co-sponsored by the Austin Life Member Affinity Group and Mercer Consumer.

Topic: Risk control: Protecting your business from financial threats

Come to this workshop and hear successful consultants share their experiences. Learn what you need to know about professional liability insurance including case studies and risk vignettes, contracts and contract provisions, and the IEEE member group plan.


Steve Stephanides

Steve Stephanides of Beazley


Steve is an underwriter for architects and engineers professional liability. He also is the Head of Office for Philadelphia. He joined Beazley as an Architects and Engineers underwriter in January, 2006, based in Philadelphia.

Jim Jacobsen

Jim Jacobsen of Mercer Consumer


Jim Jacobsen, leads the Professional Liability Engineers Program for Mercer Consumer.  Jimís responsibilities include managing the Professional Liability program for IEEE and supporting the customer experience. He has over  20 years of insurance experience, the last 5 managing Architects & Engineers Professional Liability Programs.

Address:Mercer Consumer, 12421 Meredith Drive, Urbandale, Iowa, United States, 50398

Attendees of this workshop will experience an interactive, multi-media presentation covering Contracts and Contract Provisions, Professional Liability Claim Case Studies, Professional Liability Risk for Engineers video vignettes and discussion with the subject matter expert.

Key Take-aways:

* How you can identify risk in contract provisions and what to negotiate for your own protection

* How even the most seasoned engineering firms and professionals may become involved in litigation, whether frivolous or warranted, and how your insurance responds

* How to reduce your risk of financial loss, reputation loss and loss of time with specific risk management tips

Subject matter expert: Steve Stephanides, RPLU, MBA, of the Specialty Lines/A&E practice at Beazley Group. Steve is the lead underwriter for Beazley, as it pertains to the IEEE memberís professional liability insurance program.

Program expert: Jim Jacobsen, Sr. Associate at Mercer Consumer, IEEE Professional Liability Insurance Program manager

Register early and save.  Save $10 by registering before midnight, September 7th.  (IEEE Life and Student Members have their own reduced rate not subject to this deadline.)

Cost for this workshop (in advance/after September 7th or walk up)

$25/$35 IEEE Members (except Life and Student Members)

$30/$40 non-IEEE members

$10/$10 IEEE Life and Student Members

Cancellation requests must be received by midnight Friday, August 31st.  Refunds will be by check and subject to a 20% administration fee.  Send cancellation requests to Lester Johnson at

Walk-ins please pay at the event with cash, or a check made out to "IEEE-CTS."  No credit cards at the door, please.

Date: 8 September 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (16:00 to 21:00 UTC-04)

Location: ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Campus Dr., Austin, TX 78752, Room 310. maps


Members and non-members are welcome.


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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