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Next Meeting is Tuesday, January 22, Load Banking Generators

Dick Scott, of Avtron Manufacturing, will be leading our first general meeting of 2008 with a presentation on Load Banking Generators. The meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2008 at El Gallo Mexican Restaurant in South Austin. Our social time begins at 6 PM followed by a short business meeting, dinner, a presentation, and a discussion. Students eat free and accompanying spouses pay member rates. Please email our Secretary, Stan Friend, if you plan to attend. His email is

Information on the topic and speaker will be posted in the meeting announcement as soon as it is available.

National Electric Code Update Classes Scheduled for February

For our February program, the chapter will sponsor two National Electric Code update classes on Thursday and Friday, February 21 and 22. The IBEW was kind enough to let us use their Austin Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center in south east Austin, the same place we had the class two years ago.

The Thursday class is scheduled from 5-9 PM and will focus on material needed by electricians. The Friday class scheduled from 8 AM to 5 PM and will focus on material needed engineers. Attendees may attend both classes if they would like.

The classes will be led by a member of the Stallcup family, which has trained over 250,000 students in workshops, seminars, and in-house training, and continually receiving international recognition for our comprehensive and painstakingly illustrated publications. Stallcup's Illustrated Code Changes, 2008 edition, will be provided to students as a study guide.

We are expecting an attendance of about 90 engineers and electricians. If your company would like help sponsor the event with a table and display your products, please contact Mike Noth, , or Stacy Smith,

More information see the announcement.
Fees will be announced when they become available.

Registration, Purchasing, and Payment Information for NEC Update Class, Attendance and Sponsorship at the NEC Code books

Email or telephone the Chapter Secretary, Stan Friend,, 512-834-3079, and let him know what classes you will be attending, what books you will be buying, and how and when you plan to pay it. He will provide you confirmation and, when he receives notification that funds have been received, a receipt for the amount paid. Payment may be made at your convenience using one of the following methods:

  1. Cash: Give cash to Bobby Speer, the Chapter Treasurer, at the January 22 meeting, at the NEC Update Class, or whenever anytime you see him. Do not send cash through the mail.
  2. Check or money order: Make check or money order payable to "IEEE CTS" and give to or mail Bobby Speer, P.O. Box 7459, Austin TX 78713.
  3. Credit Card: Instructions to be provided.

The books are available from Gilbert at the JATC if you would like to pick them up early. If you do, you must pay for them by cash or check when you pick them up; Gilbert cannot process credit cards. Please let Gilbert know if you have ordered the books from Stan so that he does not double order. Directions to the JATC are available on the announcement.

National Electric Code Available for Class Participants

Through the courtesy of the IBEW, we are able to provide a limited number of reduced cost copies of the 2008 National Electric Code (NEC) and the 2008 NEC Handbook to NEC class participants who would like to pre-order them. Prices are as follows:
National Electric Code: soft cover, $60; CD ROM, $85.
National Electric Code Handbook: hard cover $90; CD ROM, $150.
If you are interested in any of these, please send an email to Stan Friend, . Copies will be available at the class with priority given to those who have paid. Payment may be made by check or money order made payable to IEEE Central Texas Section or by cash. Mail to Robert G. (Bobby) Speer at P.O. Box 7459. Austin, Texas 78713.

Revised PES Websites in Central Texas.
We have split the former Austin/San Antonio Website into two websites, one for each chapter. The new URL for the Websites are:

PES Austin:
PES San Antonio:

This action will not affect anyone's PES chapter membership. All PES members in the Central Texas Section will continue to be members of both the Austin and the San Antonio chapters.

We have also added an organization Webpage showing the technical and geographic organizations supporting the chapters. Click on Organization on the left tool bar.

If you have questions, please contact Don Drumtra our 2007 Webmaster or Catalina Martinez our newly elected Webmaster for 2008.

Election Results
At the meeting on October 23, Austin PES chapter members elected
Bobby Speer as Treasurer and Catalina Martinez as Webmaster for 2008. .

Other officers and Past Chairs will continue to serve on the Chapter Committee in in 2008 in the following positions.
- Stacy Smith Chair
- Rheuben Hair Vice-Chairman
- Stan Friend Secretary
- Don Drumtra Member-at-Large
- Mike Noth Past Chair
- Ron Brown Past Chair
- Steve Kanetzky Past Chair
- Roy Matthews Past Chair
- Walter May Past Chair
- James Mercier Past Chair

Photographs of all Chapter Committee members will be posted on the Officer Webpage as they become available.

General Topic Suggestions Welcomed for 2008 Meetings
The Chapter Committee has begun working in programs for 2008. National Electric Code classes are scheduled February. But the rest of the year is still being planned. So if have topics you would like to see presented or would like to lead a meeting yourself to provide your colleagues the latest technology at work in your company, please contact any member of the Chapter Committee. As always you are welcome to attend and present your ideas at the Chapter Committee meetings scheduled the second Tuesday of each month 11:30 AM to 1 PM at Catfish Parlour on East Ben White. More information is available on our officers and the Chapter Committee Webpages accessed from the links on the left menu bar.

Our Thanks to Tommy Darwin, for His Presentation on Ethics

Many thanks to Tommy Darwin for his exploration of ethics and “being ethical.” In his presentation, Dr. Darwin asked us to engage in conversation with our colleagues and others around us on what is ethical practice and how ethical issues should be resolved. He stressed that often the proper solution is not only based on our profession's ethical standards and our own personal moral values but is often dependent on each specific situation.

Dr. Darwin is a professor and the Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement, Graduate School, University of Texas at Austin. We appreciate him taking time from his teaching and administrative schedules to share his thoughts with us.

Analog Newsletter

The electronic Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog, provides news of many of the other IEEE activities in the Austin and San Antonio areas. If you are an IEEE Central Texas Section member, your subscription is provided automatically to the email address in your IEEE profile. If you are not a member, you may subscribe following the procedures provided at the Analog Webpage.

Be advised that there is not a lot of traffic on this list intentionally.  The list manager tries to keep it below 3 emails a month - The Analog, the mid-month reminder, and maybe an emergency announcement, but we prefer 2 emails a month.

Updated 2008 January 8 by Catalina Martinez

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