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Congratulations to our 2005 officers.

Chapter members elected the 2005 officers by unanimous acclamation. Please congratulate them the next time you see them and offer your support for 2005.

Roy Matthews, P.E. – Chairman
Ron Brown – Vice Chairman
Mike Noth, P.E. – Secretary/Treasure

Future Programs

December 7: we will gather at the Sand Hill Power Plant east of Austin for a tour of the facilities, courtesy of Austin Energy. Visit the Website later in November for details of time and place.

2005: Next year's program topics are expected to include lightning protection, smart grid, broadband over power, and ethics. Please suggest any programs you would like to have any of the current or 2005 officers.

Continuing Education

Certificates. Please pick up your CE certificates for IEEE meetings at the next meeting or contact the Chapter President, Steve Skanetzky, , if you need the certificates earlier.

ED 100. Central Texas Section will present ED 100, the beginning lighting course for students wanting to learning the basics of lighting, November 6, 7, and 13, at LCRA . It is being offered to everyone in the design and specifying communities, as well as contractors and distributor personnel.

Click here for registration and other information about ED 100.

October Meeting - Thank you
Thank you James Mercer, PE, TX Department of Transportation for the outstanding presentation on the “Bridge Collapse Monitoring System." Your lessons complete with flashing red lights) in the design of the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge Collapse Detection and Motorist Warning System. The meeting provided us very useful insights to help us in our future design projects. The chapter presented James a coveted IEEE coffee cup equipped with an electronic low coffee detection and warning system in appreciation of his presentation.

Free Reliability Seminar

Steve received an offer for one PES member to attend a reliability seminar, free. If you are interested, Please contact Steve Kanetzky via email of phone.


From: Jennifer Mercado []
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2004 10:45 AM
Subject: Designing Maximum Reliability

Dear Mr. Kanetzky;
Generac Power Systems, Inc., Wisconsin's Milwaukee School of Engineering
(MSOE) and your local Generac dealer, WPI would like to introduce our new
seminar material by offering you a complimentary seat to "The Designing
Maximum Reliability Into Onsite Power Generation Seminar". The Seminar is
from 8:00 - 3:30, and lunch is provided.
Also, just by attending you can earn 8 Professional Development Hours and 1
CEU. Remember this seminar is complementary so there is no cost to you or
your employer.
Register Now For Our One-Day Seminar! Limited Seating Still Available, So
Don't Wait!
Seminar to be held on November 18th at the:
Omni Austin Hotel South Park
4140 Governors Row
Austin, TX 78744
Attached is a copy of the seminar brochure. If you are unable to attend,
please forward the attachment on to an associate who would benefit from this
type of seminar.
Register Now At: WWW.GENERAC.COM <http://www.GENERAC.COM>

Change in Board Meeting
The November Executive Board meeting, previously scheduled for the second Tuesday, has been moved to Tuesday, November 16, 11:30 AM, at the offices of SKE, 3101 Bee Caves Road, Suite 290 (512-326-3380). Board meetings are open to all members. Click on Executive Board on the left for more detail on Executive Board meetings.

March 2, 2005 State Engineers Banquet

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) is hosting the 2005 State Engineers Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 2, at the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake in Austin. The ceremony will recognize outstanding Texas engineers with special guest, Speaker of the house, Tom Craddick. Prior to the banquet there will be a Legislative Forum and following the banquet will be a continuing education seminar. The TSPE announcement provides details and a registration form for sponsorship and attendance at these events.

Continuing Education

Certificates. Please pick up your CE certificates for IEEE meetings at the next meeting or contact the 2004 Chapter President, Steve Skanetzky, , if you need the certificates earlier.

Thank you to Ken Afra and UniFirst

Many thanks to Ken Afra, Regional Manager of UniFirst, who presented a program on arc flash clothing protection for our first program of the year. He covered arc flash ratings, PPE protective garmants, NFPA 70 E guidelines, OSHA involvement and other related topics of interest. He and his colleagues then answered many interesting questions from PES members. We appreciate his and UniFirst's support.

Wind Power Presentation Slides

Jules Campbell was kind enough to send us the slides for his and Walter Hornaday's fascinating presentations on wind power from February 2004.

Jules Campbell presentation
Walter Hornaday presentation


Updated 2004 November 4 by Don Drumtra

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