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July 13, 2022 Meeting - Live Meeting at Asian American Resource Center and also on Zoom

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Registration:
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Topic:

The next engineering approach to Source Science Technology


Abstract:


Can you imagine what it was like to be an engineer before electricity/magnetism concepts, components and equipment were common place? That same kind of frontier engineering is happening in quantum computing and AI development. I will discuss what is happening right now in the development process to support source science technology. This talk will describe facets of the technology that is similar to and different from convention electrical engineering, and how intuition plays into this work. I will use examples of this based on my recent work developing the WISH unit (World Integrity Space Harmonizer) with the primary inventor. I have started a company www.CoherentSpaces.life based on this product development and deployment. Be sure to join this meeting for the cutting edge of deep frontier development and challenge your outdated classical world view.


Speaker:


Doug Matzke
email: doug@matxkefamily.net

Speaker's bio



Dr Doug Matzke is one of very few who has a mind that inhales complex topics like quantum computing, entanglement theory, Higgs boson and hyper-dimensional math. Doug has been awarded nine patents and his longtime interest in quantum computing, energy, consciousness and metaphysics has led to the publication of "Deep Reality: Why Source Science May Be The Key To Understanding Human Potential" written with now deceased physics icon Dr. William Tiller. This book is essentially the roadmap and a business plan for the new www.CoherentSpaces.life company.
 


Date & Time: Wednesday,  July 13 2022 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
  • Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
  • 8401 Cameron Road Austin, TX 
  • Austin , Texas
  • United States 78754
  • Building: Community Room
  • Room Number: Classroom #8
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Cost:
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June 22, 2022 Meeting - Live Meeting at Asian American Resource Center and also on Zoom

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Also note that this month's meeting is on the 4th Wed instead of the 3rd<---

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Topic: Seeing Red - The James Webb Space Telescope
Abstract:


The JWST is a new space telescope observatory has been built and recently launched. This portends an exciting new capability to enable science discoveries from the Solar System to the edge of the Universe. The JWST and its instruments are sensitive to near and mid infrared wavelengths. The motivation for choosing these bands and expected types of science available will be discussed. The science results are not available yet as the instrument commissioning is currently in progress so this talk will focus on some of the technologies and design of this latest and largest aperture space telescope ever launched.

Speaker:


Clyde Springen
email: springen@sbcglobal.net

Speaker's bio

Clyde Springen is a retired software, systems and electrical engineer, an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy & Engineering.


He 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 curriculum.


Date & Time: Wednesday,  June 22 2022 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
  • Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
  • 8401 Cameron Road Austin, TX 
  • Austin , Texas
  • United States 78754
  • Building: Community Room
  • Room Number: Classroom #8
Map: Click to see map location

Cost:
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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!

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


Other meetings and events of interest:

Technology Advisors Group: How Austin's Autonomy Institute is Enabling Super Intelligence to Solve Hard Systems Problems

Come to TAG’s June 24th meeting from 0800 to 0900 where Jeff DeCoux, Chairman of Austin's Autonomy Institute,  will present "How Austin's Autonomy Institute is Enabling Super Intelligence to Solve Hard Systems Problems".

Registration and more information: https://www.tagaustin.org/


Tue, 14 June 2022, 7-9pm PDT

Held annually since August 1989, HOT CHIPS has become an important tech symposium for the semiconductor industry’s high-performance processors and ICs. In light of advances in the industry over the past year, this presentation will describe many of last year’s important announcements, what has happened in the industry since that time, and what is expected at this year’s gathering – including the following:

  • Processor architectures geared toward AI and machine learning
  • The trend toward 3D chip architectures to overcome current limitations
  • Maturing chiplet standardization, including the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) spec which standardizes die-to-die interconnects
  • AI and machine learning inside EDA itself for boosting chip floor plans
  • The expanding importance of Compute Express Link (CXL) for CPU-to-memory connections
  • Special purpose data center, cloud and edge computing technologies

About the speaker,  Sharan Kalwani of DataSwing Corp.

Sharan Kalwani is co-founder of DataSwing Corp., and is an Adjunct Faculty member of Oakland University in Michigan. He has been an industry technology specialist for over 25 years, and has degrees in both Engineering and Computer Science. Sharan has spoken at numerous industry events, including the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference, HPC Advisory Council, and SIAM Conference on Imaging Science where he has delivered tutorials, led workshops, and chaired Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions.

Sharan is an IEEE Senior Member, is active in the Computer, Education and and Vehicular Technology Societies, and is an ACM member. He is an emeritus member of the Michigan UNIX/user group (mug.org, the oldest of the *nix user groups), and also leads the SIG-Linux section of SEMCO. He has published one book and is now working on his second. His many awards include the IEEE Region 4 Jack Sherman Outstanding Member award and the Southeastern Michigan Section Robert Neff Outstanding member award.

Thu, 16 June 2022, Noon-1pm PDT
While the emphasis for autonomous vehicle (AV) design has long been focused on getting the technology to work well in everyday situations, safety remains a significant hurdle for widespread deployment – but achieving safety for life-critical systems requires much more work. While safety encompasses correct operation for the mundane, it also requires special attention to mitigating the risk presented by rare but high-consequence potential-loss events. This talk will cover some history of AV development and safety at the Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center that has led to the development of the ANSI/UL 4600 standard for autonomous vehicle safety. Also covered will be activities specific to safety engineering, why a heavy tail distribution of rare events makes ensuring safety so difficult, why brute force road testing won’t ensure safety, and the emergence of safety assurance cases as the approach of choice for AV safety.
About the speaker,  Prof. Philip Koopman of Carnegie Mellon UniversityProf. Philip Koopman is an internationally recognized expert on Autonomous Vehicle (AV) safety whose work in that area spans over 25 years. He is also actively involved with AV policy and standards, as well as more general embedded system design and software quality. Dr. Koopman’s pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and runtime monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He also has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains including conventional automotive software and hardware systems.Phil was the principal technical contributor to the UL 4600 standard for autonomous system safety issued in 2020. He is a faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon University ECE department where he teaches software skills for mission-critical systems. In 2018, Phil was awarded the prestigious IEEE-SSIT Carl Barus Award for outstanding service in the public interest for his work in promoting automotive computer-based system safety. He is an IEEE Senior Member, ACM Senior Member, and SAE Member.





June 2022 -- PPCS - Analysis and Learnings from Cyber-Attacks on Nine Well Known Companies


PPCS June 2022 Meeting - Senthil Mehalingam on Cloud Security Challenges


At a rapid pace, cloud computing has transformed business and government.

The development of the cloud service model provides business-supporting technology faster than ever before. The shift from traditional client/server to service-based models is transforming the way IT departments plan, design and deploy new applications.

However, cloud computing advances have also created new security vulnerabilities.

In this talk, for nine well known companies we will explore attack detail, technical and business impacts as well as how they could have been prevented by the nine companies.

Date and Time

  • Date: 16 Jun 2022
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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This is a virtual meeting.   Registration is required.   The meeting will be recorded.

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Registration

  • Starts 01 June 2022 11:00 AM
  • Ends 15 June 2022 12:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge



Alliance of IEEE Consultants Network (AICN) Newsletter

IEEE 4th Qtr AICN Newsletter




May 18, 2022 Meeting - Live Meeting at Asian American Resource Center and also on Zoom

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Of interest to consultants:

A Chat With 3 IEEE Independent Consultants

With the "Great Resignation" upon us many IEEE members are venturing out on their own into the gig economy. IEEE has a vast array of independent consultants who have already taken this same leap and they want to share their knowledge and experience with you. So have your questions ready and please join us for this one-hour jam session where three independent consultants will share their know-how and knowledge on how they have survived so long in the gig economy.



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Topic: The Future Of 3D
Abstract:

Virtual worlds are expanding and the future of human interaction is now dependent on reaching users on any screen. Interaction in the metaverse on web3 and beyond is becoming a priority for consumers and businesses alike. A faster 3D ecosystem with easier and more versatile 3D content creation platforms that can enable User Generated Content at scale with no-code tools. Design software companies can benefit from automation and audience expansion to non-technical users and brands can have more interactive and immersive content while users are actively contributing. Maximizing usability across platforms creates the infrastructure needed for a decentralized webiverse.

Speaker:

Alex Porter
email: alex@modtechlabs.com


Speaker's bio

Alex Porter is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mod Tech Labs, an AI-powered automation platform for digital content creation. Starting with a background in physical and digital design while earning a degree in Interior Design and Construction Technology, her focus over the last decade has been on powering visual experiences using emerging technologies— including AI, XR, IoT, and 5G. She is a Forbes NEXT 1000 Honoree, an Intel as a Top Innovator since 2017, and an NVIDIA Inception member. She was named the 2021 Woman’s Way Business Rising Star and an Innovation Award winner in 2019 and an honoree in 2020 by the City of Austin. She is an advocate for technologists working to shape standards and educate on the benefits of technology from mentorship to regulations.

Date & Time: Wednesday,  May 18 2022 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
  • Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
  • 8401 Cameron Road Austin, TX 
  • Austin , Texas
  • United States 78754
  • Building: Community Room
  • Room Number: Classroom #8
Map: Click to see map location

Cost:
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April 20, 2022 Meeting - Live Meeting at Asian American Resource Center and also on Zoom

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Topic: Product Safety Requirements in the US
Abstract:

To understand how the product safety requirements were developed in the United States, the history of the safety agencies will be reviewed. Next, the regulations for work place safety will be explained. This will examine the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that formed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The development of the National Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) will be covered. The different test marks that are used in the North America will be discussed. How the National Electric Code works with the requirements of OSHA and Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will be shown. The place of standards in the working of safety agencies will be discussed.

Speaker:

Charles Goertz

Speaker's bio

Charles Goertz spent 6 years in the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. He was assigned to the USS Kamehameha (SSBN 642) and the USS Pargo (SSN-650) as an electronics technician. After the Navy, he worked for Texas Instruments Computer Division in manufacturing and product engineering. In 1986, he started working as a compliance engineer at Texas Instruments. Since then he has worked at Dell Computer Corp., Eaton/CID, Alliant Tech Systems and TUV Rheinland as a compliance engineer. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas and he is a license professional engineer.

Date & Time: Wednesday,  April 20, 2022 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
  • Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
  • 8401 Cameron Road Austin, TX 
  • Austin , Texas
  • United States 78754
  • Building: Community Room
  • Room Number: Classroom #8
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March 15, 2022 Meeting - Zoom

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Topic: Moore’s Law - Bent not Broken
Abstract:

Much has been written about Moore’s Law. This presentation is not another revisitation of semiconductor scaling. Moore’s Law has been responsible for increased productivity and therefore higher standards of living across the globe. It is interesting to examine the impending end of Moore’s Law and what might replace it in the near term and foreseeable future. This is a highly speculative review of current industry trends and potential Moore’s Law extensions.

Speaker:

Dennis Ferguson

Speaker's bio

Dennis Ferguson is a microwave/analog engineer and a 50-years IEEE Life Senior Member. Dennis spent the majority of his career at Honeywell’s research center in Minnesota where he was involved in developing MMICs/RFICs. In addition, he has been involved in several startup companies in Florida and Texas, one of which was responsible for developing clockless logic. Mr. Ferguson sold his last startup company in 2014 and subsequently semi·retired with a side gig developing software for macOS/iOS platforms.

He holds eight patents and has published or presented 38 papers over the course of his career.

He received his electrical engineering degree at the University of Texas, Austin in the mid 1970’s and his graduate degree from the University of Minnesota in the mid 1990’s.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March  15, 2022 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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February 15, 2022 Meeting - Zoom

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Topic: 2022 Investment Market Outlook
Abstract:

2021 has gone through a lot of changes. The Pandemic affected the public health, world economy, job market, and changed our life.  The quickly approved COVID-19 vaccines and the push for vaccination did improve the public health in the first 8 months of 2021. But the virus variants interrupted the economy and growth momentum in the second half of 2021. The inflation, excessive money supply, worker shortage, the supply chain and logistic issues added to the complexity of the investment market. With hot money and additional new investors, the investment market did end up with a double-digit gain year.

Mr. Jeff Krumpelman will be reviewing economic, market and fiscal trends for 2022.  He will provide information on key metrics and news headlines that support their outlook for 2022.  Jeff will also share his thoughts around the individual market sectors and provide insight on their valuations.

Speaker:


Jeff Krumpelman, CFA

Speaker's bio

Jeff Krumpelman is the chief investment strategist of the Mariner Wealth Advisors. He contributes to decisions impacting strategies and tactical allocation of portfolios at the asset class level and also has the responsibility of driving research, portfolio construction and security selection for large and mid- cap equity strategies focused on U.S. Stocks.  He appeared regularly in the CNBC and Bloomberg TV Network.

Jeff received his MBA from Northwestern University and BA from DePauw University.

Date & Time: Tuesday, February  15, 2022 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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17 Billion Dollars!!! Really?

1/18/2022


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The Austin local and National Newspapers, both technical and popular, trumpet the choice of Taylor TX for Samsung’s next Semiconductor Factory.  These headlines almost always emphasize the bit of information that the plant is expected to cost 17 billion Dollars.  That is almost an unimaginable level of expense, yet it is indicative of the cost trends of the industry and the gradual shifting of semiconductor manufacturing to mega-plants, capable of the highest level of integration and the largest wafers.

This talk will examine these cost drivers and attempt to integrate their effect to see just how big the number gets!  Expected contributors on the process side are the expected use of EUV lithography, leading edge materials solutions such as copper interconnect and high-k dielectric and simply the increasing number of metal layers required by advanced designs.  This is coupled however, with the cost effects of the best practices for semiconductor manufacturing:  The effect of 300mm tool cost, the cost of facilities and power, and possible choices made towards production volume and tool redundancy.


Speaker:

Dr. Lawrence Larson


Email:
larry.larson@ieee.org


Speaker's Bio:


Dr. Lawrence Larson, is a retired Professor of Practice in the Electrical Engineering Program of the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University. He continues on a part-time basis teaching Semiconductor Device Physics and Semiconductor Manufacturing to the next generation.

  Previously, he had a 20 year career at SEMATECH culminating as the Associate Director of the Front End Processes Division of SEMATECH. Key achievements during that period were the manufacturing improvement of mega-volt and low energy ion implanters, development of vertical furnace technologies and early materials development for high-k and metal gate technologies.

  Of connected interest to the presentation: Dr. Larson currently serves as the Chair of the Central Texas Section of the IEEE, leads the CTS Student Activities effort, is the faculty advisor for the Texas State University Student Branch and Chairs the CTS Electron Devices Chapter. [Whew!]



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Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, October 19th.


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The Consultants Network will elect 2022 officers in the business portion of the October meeting.
 
Position
Incumbent
Chair
Luis Basto
Vice Chair
Jody Everett
Treasurer
Jody Everett
Secretary
Bill Martino
Program Chair
Open
Webmaster
Open
Member at Large
Kai Wong
Member at Large
Sergio Lieberman
 
Nominate yourself, or someone else, for any position by sending an email to Luis Basto, lbasto@ieee.org.

Election date and time: Tuesday, October 19th, 6:00pm
 


Wireless Communications 2021: An Industry Update

10/19/2021


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Abstract:

The wireless industry is currently undergoing the biggest evolution in the last 10 years with the development and deployment of 5G.  But 5G is not the only new technology emerging.  New standards like ORAN and WiFi6 are also disrupting the entire ecosystem.  Add the infrastructure pressures brought on by the global pandemic and a shift to work from home, and it's easy to say that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be a wireless engineer.  This presentation will give an overview of where the industry is in the 5G roll out, what is coming next for 5G, what ORAN is and how it's changing our networks, where WiFi6 fits into the picture, and what areas lead researchers are starting to explore for 6G.


Speaker:

Sarah LaSelva, Services Marketing Manager of Keysight Technologies


Email:
sarah.laselva@keysight.com


Speaker's Bio:

Sarah_LaSelva

Sarah is a services marketing manager focused on services for wireless infrastructure products and solutions at Keysight Technologies. Sarah has spent the last 11 years working in the test and measurement industry concentrating on advanced wireless communications, both studying and promoting the latest wireless technologies.

Prior to joining Keysight, Sarah worked at NI (National Instruments) as a product marketing manager for the software defined radio team where she gained a deep knowledge of SDR hardware, software, and wireless communications.

Sarah’s background is in microwave and millimeter wave technology. She has a BS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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Data Science for Smart City

9/22/2021


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In the coming years, new technologies will begin deploying in US cities nationwide, nearly all of them relying on data and data infrastructure to operate and be managed well.   This talk describes some conversations Austin City staff are having with our universities, residents, school and private sector to collaborate on being intentional rather than reactive in the face of this coming technology.


Speaker:

Dr. Ted Lehr
Email:
data.austintexas.gov


Speaker's Bio:

Ted
                                    Lehr
Ted Lehr
 

Dr. Ted Lehr is a Data Architect with the City of Austin, Texas facilitating several university-industry-city research, work force and pilot collaborations. He is part of Austin Innovation Office, reporting into the city manager's chief of staff, advising on technology, business

partnerships and open data.   Ted Dr. Lehr also lectures in Computer Science at Texas

State University he has been recognized as an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty or designated a "Favorite Professor" several times.  Ted received his Ph. D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon-University.  

 


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Wednesday, September 22 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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Satellite Consternations 

Unintended Consequences of Mega-Satellite Constellations on Observational Astronomy

8/17/2021


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Very large collections of low Earth orbit (LEO) communications and other satellites are currently being launched and likely growing to number in the 10s of thousands. Space X's Star Link, One Web and Amazon's Project Kuiper are examples of these constellation developers. This fact is likely to bring benefits to many people who need access to internet communications across the globe for affordable prices. But there are profound negative side effects on other activities including aesthetic and observational ground-based astronomy and others who appreciate and value the starry sky. These issues have led to active efforts both from the professional astronomical and satellite operator communities to cooperatively address the problems associated with these systems.

This talk will review some of the main issues confronting astronomy and other groups and work that has been done so far in characterizing and mitigating the adverse effects of these constellations. In particular some of the results of two workshops held by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2020/21 - SATCON1 and SATCON2 will be reviewed.


Speaker:

Clyde Springen
Email:
springen@sbcglobal.net


Speaker's Bio:

Clyde
                                Springen


Clyde Springen  

is a retired software, electrical and systems engineer and educator who spent the majority of his career in aerospace in the defense and space industries. This included positions at Texas Instruments, Lockheed Missiles and Space, Northrup Grumman and TEXTRON. In addition to full-time industry work he also taught transferable college credit courses in Solar System and Stellar astronomy and Introduction to Engineering and Circuits courses as an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy and Engineering at Austin Community College. Clyde is a life member of the IEEE and serves as secretary to the life members group in Austin.

 


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Tuesday, August 17 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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MRAM, A New Memory Technology

7/20/2021


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Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) technology was introduced into the market last decade in the form of Toggle MRAM. Spin Transfer Torque (STT) MRAM, the next generation of Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ) based memory, has now become available offering higher density and bandwidth. This talk will cover the device and design fundamentals, associated challenges, and the outlook of this evolving MTJ based memory.


Speaker:

Syed M. Alam, PhD, Everspin Technologies, Inc.
Email:
syed.m.alam@everspin.com


Speaker's Bio:


Syed M. Alam 

is currently the Sr. Director of Design engineering at Everspin Technologies leading the design functional areas for embedded and standalone STT-MRAM. He has worked on various aspects of design including bitcell, array circuits, architecture, and new product introduction supporting test and DDR high-speed characterization for STT-MRAM. Dr. Alam received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin in 1999, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2001 and 2004, respectively. He has mentored/co-advised 5 PhD students for research on 3D integration and logic-in-memory architecture. Dr. Alam has over 90 issued US patents, and multiple journal/conference publications.

 


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Tuesday, July 20 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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Also on IEEE Central Texas Section Meetup


Upcoming meetings of interest:
  

LinkedIn and Standing Out (IEEE-USA Free Live Stream Webinar)

The marketplace is crowded.  How will you standout?

You have to be seen for what you bring to table. You can do this by populating your LinkedIn profile to achieve your desired results. Yes, it involves some planning, work and structure.

Let’s talk about it in this webinar!

This event is being brought to you in partnership with the IEEE Region 5 Houston Section

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/275166

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The 2nd Quarter 2021 AICN Newsletter is now available for download.

https://ieeeusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AICN-Newsletter-Q2-2021.pdf

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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, June 15th.

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Classic Car Restoration - System Approach

6/15/2021


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Engineers like to get their hands dirty and tinker with things during weekends after a busy week in order to relax.  For retired engineer Terry Lawell, it is natural for him to spend more time on his hobby of fixing and restoring his own sports car. In this talk, he will tell his story of accidentally jumping into a new business of restoring and selling classic sports car and his system engineering approach to each unique project. Terry received the joy of completing each project and a little profit.    


Speaker:

Terry Lawell
Email:
tlawell@austin.rr.com


Speaker's Bio:

Terry
                                Lawell

Terry Lawell

joined Sperry/Univac as a Field Engineer in Houston after he completed his US Air Force duty in 1966. He ventured into the main frame computer field in Univac and Datapoint till 1978. He joined Motorola Semiconductor Austin in 1978 as Product Proposal Engineer in the Microprocessor Division. He later joined the design team as System Engineer and involved in developing the 68XX family and later the RISC Architecture 88K family Microprocessor as well as R&D in Neural Network and Vector computing. Terry moved to AMD for a few years and then joined Cadence in 2000 as consultant for computer modeling and verification. He then joined Verilab, another design tools company in 2005. Terry retired in 2010 from the chip related industry. He was awarded 10 patents in communications and microprocessor architecture from his work at Motorola (7) and AMD (3). His hobby after retirement is to restore his old sports car.

 


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Tuesday, June 15 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, Apr 20th.

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Battery Energy Storage Technology -- The NEXUS of ALL Energy

5/18/2021


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Energy is fundamental to all human endeavor. Indeed, human quality of life is directly correlated to availability of energy. But, this metric is changing, again, in dramatic fashion. Previously unrelated energy sectors (oil and electricity for example) are becoming irreversibly intertwined. “New energy” (e-frack natural gas, solar and wind)  are already replacing “old energy”(coal, and now oil). As clean technologies work to displace the carbon intensive incumbents, one technology stands at the center of it all, allowing the transition to proceed at scale, and ushering in a new world of possibilities: Battery Energy Storage Technology – The Nexus of ALL Energy.

Speaker:

Thomas Ortman, Voltabox of Texas, Inc., CTO
Email:
Tom.Ortman@voltabox.com


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Tom
                                Ortman

Thomas Ortman is the CTO for Voltabox of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Voltabox AG, a publicly traded corporation, manufacturing electro-mobility solutions with highly engineered battery energy storage systems (BESS). These systems are applied in a broad cross-section of industrial sectors from municipal buses, mining, forklifts and agriculture to locomotives and e-bikes, as well as to stationary applications. Mr. Ortman served as CEO of Voltabox of Texas, Inc. from July 2018-July 2019.

Mr. Ortman was Founder, President and CEO of Concurrent Design, Inc., which was acquired by Voltabox in March 2018. Founded in 1994, Concurrent Design was an engineering consulting firm with core skills in industrial product development, manufacturing automation and test equipment. With a focus on the electronics, semiconductor and clean technology market segments.  Mr. Ortman is a mechanical engineer and an expert in product design and development.

Thomas Ortman is active in the Austin Tech community; Clean Tech Leaders Roundtable, Clean Energy Business Network, Founding Member and Advisory Board Member, CleanTX; Member, Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA); Mentor, University of Texas IC2, Austin Technology Incubator, Texas Venture Mentor Service (mentoring battery start-ups; Member, Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). Prior roles include; Chairman, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) Texas Chapter; Founder, Solar Energy Entrepreneur Network (SEEN), Advisor – Physical Sciences for Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC) of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF); Member, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Clean Energy Council (GACC CEC).


 


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Tuesday, May 18 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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Webinar for Consultants:

What Do The Best Consultants Do To Get Clients? (IEEE-USA Free Livestream Webinar)

Consulting is a relationship business built on trust. Consultants build trust by focusing on displaying credibility and providing value to clients even before they become a client. But how does a consultant connect with a potential client? How does a consultant display credibility and build trust leading to a potential client wanting the consultant's help?

This session provides an overview of five organic steps aimed at helping consultants and contractors get clients. Walk away not only with an overview of the steps but ideas to help you with lead generation and on-going client nurturing.

Members with specific questions they'd like to have addressed may contact Laura at Laura@lauraburford.com.


Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Amateur Radio (HAM) Communication

4/20/2021


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Amateur Radio or “HAM” transceivers have typically been large rectangular boxes with a myriad switches, knobs and meters.  With the advent of digital signal processing and other technology available today, the functions of yesteryear’s Ham radios can be handled digitally including the display and controls.  Software Defined Radios eliminate the bulk and weight of traditional transceivers.  Some SDR’s are connected to the internet and perform the receive function available to all including those without a license due to the “receive only” functionality.  Some SDR transceivers are also available over the internet and allow the licensed operator to remotely control the functions of the radio from anywhere they have an internet connection. This presentation describes the concept of the Software Defined Radio and the application in HAM radio. He will show what they look like in comparison to traditional equipment and will demonstrate the functions of both a receiver as well as a transceiver.  There is even a phone app that acts as an SDR for licensed users!


Speaker:

Phil Bautista, Bull Creek Data, Senior ITSM Consultant

Email:
phil.t.bautista@gmail.com


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Phil Bautista   is a Senior IEEE Member whose Superpower is leading teams of people with disparate backgrounds to accomplish common goals.  He likens it to making “Stone Soup” where you have none of the ingredients but organize often antithetic resources to align and achieve desired outcomes. While he has been an individual contributor building hardware to interface flight controls for the Apache helicopter to multi-ship simulators, written code for a bi-directional interface between the F-16 triaxial data bus to a PC, some of his most gratifying work has been leading teams to bring ideas to life such as the world’s first microprocessor controlled SCUBA diving computer. His work with NASA has provided the opportunity to learn how to pilot the Space Shuttle, develop applications that manage exemptions to work during missions, and even solve complex issues without the ability to touch a keyboard.

 


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Tuesday, Apr 20 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, Mar 16th.

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  1. See Texas Electric Power Crisis for a panel discussion on the Texas Electric Power Crisis.


Rolled Ribbon - Hi-Power, Hi-Capacity Li-ion Batteries

3/16/2021


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Over the past twenty years, the demand for Lithium-ion batteries has grown from virtually zero to more than $55 billion. In the past fifteen years, the high-power high-capacity segment of the Lithium-ion battery market has been growing from zero to more than $45 billion. Until now, Lithium-ion batteries were based on the decades-old cylindrical, pouch and prismatic cell designs. These work well for low-power low-capacity applications. But they do not scale up well to meet demands for increasing power and capacity.  Rolled-Ribbon® is novel new technology that was specifically developed to address the scalability issues and to become a new standard for high-power high-capacity Lithium-ion batteries. This presentation will introduce the attendee to the new Rolled-Ribbon® technology.


Speaker:

Joel Sandahl, President and CEO, Rolled Ribbon Battery Company, LLC.

Email:
joel.sandahl@rolled-ribbon.com


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Joel Sandahl is the president and chief executive officer of the Rolled-Ribbon Battery Company LLC, a high-power high-capacity Lithium-ion battery manufacturer based in Austin, Texas. He is the former vice president of engineering for Valence Technology, a Lithium-ion battery manufacturer. He has served as a consultant to leading worldwide Lithium-ion battery manufacturers. For forty years, he has been providing business and technology leadership to companies, large and small, in the development of leading-edge products and technology, including four successful start-up companies that introduced industry changing technologies. His innovative work has resulted in eight patents with additional patents still pending.

 


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Tuesday, March 16 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, Feb 23rd.
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  2. Click Texas Electric Power Crisis for a panel discussion on the Texas Electric Power Crisis.


2021 Investment and Market Outlook

2/23/2021


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2020 was a very unusual year. The Pandemic affected public health, the world economy, our personal lives, almost every business, and the investment market.  In these early weeks of 2021, with approved COVID-19 vaccines, we look forward to improving public health.  The November Presidential Election resulted a switch of the ruling party, bringing an expectation of change in government policy in the next four years.  2021 begins with hope, and as of this writing the market is up for the year. Jeff Krumpelman will review economic, market and fiscal trends for 2021.  He will provide information on key metrics and news headlines that support the outlook for 2021.  Jeff will also share thoughts around individual market sectors and provide insight on their valuations.


Speaker:

Jeff Krumpelman, CFA, Mariner Wealth Advisors

Email:
jeff.krumpelman@marinerwealthadvisors.com


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Jeff Krumpelman is the chief investment strategist of the Mariner Wealth Advisors. He contributes to decisions impacting strategies and tactical allocation of portfolios at the asset class level and also has the responsibility of driving research, portfolio construction and security selection for large and mid cap equity strategies focused on U.S. Stocks. Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from DePauw University and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

 


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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.

Objective

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.


IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, Jan 19th.
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Officers for 2021 term

Position
Name
Chairman
Luis Basto
Vice-Chair/Treasurer
Jody Everett
Secretary
Bill Martino
Member at large
Kai Wong
Member at large
Sergio Liberman
Webmaster
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What is the Deep Reality beneath Quantum Computing?

1/19/2021


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Quantum computing and Quantum Physics contains important concepts about how the world is built. The fundamentals of the classical world is bits with its mutually exclusive 1/0 values. Quantum computing is based on qubits that are the superposition (or mixture) of two classical bits, and this property means that bits and probabilities are fundamental to physics. Typically these unique properties of superposition and entanglement are studied with complex mathematics, but they can be learned conceptually, which will be the basis of this gentle introduction. His 2002 Ph.D. used Geometric Algebra to represent quantum computing, which produced interesting predictions. Once these concepts are understood that the universe is fundamentally probabilistic and informational then they will help understand quantum weirdness. He will also talk about the role of observation and quantum measurement, related to his new book www.DeepRealityBook.com. The take away from this talk is a better appreciation of the spectacular nature of how the universe is organized as hyper-dimensional collections of bits, qubits and ebits.


Speaker:

Doug Matzke

Email: matzke@ieee.org


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Dr. Matzke is a prolific scientist, researcher, and presenter in his areas of expertise about limits of computation, hyper-dimensional mathematics, neuro-computing, quantum computing, real intelligence, and protophysics. During his 45-year career, he was chairman of two PhysComp ’92/’94 workshops, contributed to fifteen disclosed patents with eight granted, has published more than fifty papers and presentations, and earned a PhD in Quantum Computing. Doug has adopted the moniker of “Quantum Doug” because he combines these deep-reality subjects as the source science beneath his quantum model of real intelligence. is the Founder & COO of Triple Crown Consulting. He has 24+ years of experience in the Technical Staffing sector with a specific focus on Electrical Engineering and Computer Science verticals. He started Triple Crown Consulting with Sabatino Guerriero and two other investors in 2004 with a Candidate Centered focus on finding consulting opportunities. Most Triple Crown competitors are client centric. Of course, clients are important, but Triple Crown has always and will continue to always focus on the candidate first. Since inception in 2004 in Austin, TX, Triple Crown has grown to over 100 staffing professionals and added locations in Scottsdale, AZ, San Jose, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Portsmouth, NH, and Durham, NC. Triple Crown employs nearly 400 technical consultants and occasionally will help a customer solve a direct hire problem. Prior to Triple Crown, Sab & Dave held various roles in various locations with Oxford Global Resources, now a division of ON Assignment. It was there they both experienced 9/11 and it’s aftermath as Division Managers on the West Coast. Dave has a BA in History from Williams College where he played football and started his life as a parent sooner than he should have.

 


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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, Nov 17th.
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Tech Jobs in the COVID Shutdown Era

11/17/2020


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The COVID Pandemic's Impact on Tech Jobs- Consulting & Full Time Where do you go when it's March, 2020, unemployment is at record lows (3.9%), particularly in tech (1.9%), and the Demand constantly outstrips supply? Those were questions we were asking ourselves early this year until COVID punched all of us in the mouth. Having experienced two significant external impacts on the labor sector, we found ourselves asking if this one would look more like the aftermath of 9/11, the financial crisis, or some new monster. Nearly 8 months into the Pandemic, it's our belief that we are closer to the finish line than the starting point. What did the initial reaction do to our business? How has the tech market rebounded? What positives have resulted from this particular punch in the face? Are consultants faring better than their direct colleagues? What does the data tell us about skills are most recession resistant from our perspective? How will this pandemic permanently alter hiring going forward? What can we get excited about as we look to 2021? We'll discuss these topics and answer any questions you might have.


Speaker:

David Smith, Triple Crown Consulting, LLC

Email: dave@tripleco.com


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David_Smith

David Smith is a is the Founder & COO of Triple Crown Consulting. He has 24+ years of experience in the Technical Staffing sector with a specific focus on Electrical Engineering and Computer Science verticals. He started Triple Crown Consulting with Sabatino Guerriero and two other investors in 2004 with a Candidate Centered focus on finding consulting opportunities. Most Triple Crown competitors are client centric. Of course, clients are important, but Triple Crown has always and will continue to always focus on the candidate first. Since inception in 2004 in Austin, TX, Triple Crown has grown to over 100 staffing professionals and added locations in Scottsdale, AZ, San Jose, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Portsmouth, NH, and Durham, NC. Triple Crown employs nearly 400 technical consultants and occasionally will help a customer solve a direct hire problem. Prior to Triple Crown, Sab & Dave held various roles in various locations with Oxford Global Resources, now a division of ON Assignment. It was there they both experienced 9/11 and its aftermath as Division Managers on the West Coast. Dave has a BA in History from Williams College where he played football and started his life as a parent sooner than he should have.

 


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 20th.
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The Saga of Semiconductor Memories - 50 Years

10/20/2020


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The Saga of Semiconductor Memories over the last 50 years can be broken into 8 Segments: (1)The initial ramp of DRAMS to volume production and the integration of the SRAM memory onto the chip; (2) the Memory Wall - a struggle to make DRAMs faster and more system compatible with the logic MPU, culminating in Synchronous RAMs; (3) the birth of the non-volatile memory and evolution of the Cache Hierarchy; (4) embedded memory and the age of the single chip MCU; (5) Emerging Memories- MRAM, FeRAM, PCRAM and the end of Moore’s Law scaling; (6) the advent of Vertical Scaling. the new Moore’s law and the new technologies to enable it;(7) Intelligent Memories and the intelligent Internet of Things; (8) Artificial Intelligence on a chip.


Speaker:

Dr. Betty Prince, Memory Strategies International
Email: bprince@memorystrategies.com


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Dr. Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International. She has worked with Texas Instruments, NV Philips and Motorola in memory technology and marketing management, at RCA in the development of an early microprocessor and at Fairchild in semiconductor process technology. She is author of six books in the Semiconductor Memory area. She served as an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer from 2005 - 2011, on the Program Committees of the IEEE CICC and ITC and was on the Technical Advisory Board of IEEE Spectrum magazine. She was active in the JEDEC Standards Organization and was U.S. rep. to the IEC SC47A WG3 memory committee. She has served on the Technical Advisory Board of several memory companies and on the Board of Directors of Mosaid Technologies. She holds patents in the memory, processor and interface areas. She has a B.S. cum laude and M.S. in physics and math from the University of New Mexico and the University of California, and an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas with doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling.

 


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Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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UT AUSTIN IEEE TEMS GRADUATE STUDENT CHAPTER - TALK ON PATENTS AND IP
 
Join us to know more about patents and IP commercialization from our very own licensing experts – Ms. Milda Saenz and Dr. Chris Wohlgamuth.
 
 Wednesday, October 14th, 2:00 to 3:00 pm
 
Zoom meeting and YouTube livestream.  Find more info at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/241429.
 
 
VIRTUAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE - "NEXT GENERATION MOBILE NETWORKS WITH 5G"
 
The presentation will be given by Dr. Ashutosh Dutta; who is currently a Senior Wireless Communication Systems Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL). Most recently he served as Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs in Middletown, New Jersey.
 
Wednesday, October 14th, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
 
Online event.  Find more info and register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/242219.
 
 
THE EMERGING IMPLICATIONS OF WIRELESS COEXISTENCE ON TODAY’S MODERN VEHICLES
 
An Overview of Wireless Coexistence Measurements and Challenges: Why Can’t We All Get Along? by Jason Coder, Shared Spectrum Metrology Group Leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, Colorado 
• Wireless Coexistence Implications on Automotive Test and Measurement Applications, by Garth D’Abreu Director, Automotive Solutions at ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas
 
Wednesday, October 21st, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
 
Online event.  Find more info and register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/241694.
 
 
IEEE PI2 AUSTIN, OCTOBER 2020, TECH MEETING, "TRANSFORMING THE GRID WITH SOLID-STATE TRANSFORMERS"
 
Engineers at the FREEDM Systems Center at North Carolina State University are developing solid-state transformers that promise to make the electrical grid more reliable and facilitate renewable energy such as wind and solar. If you drive down a typical road and look up when you come to a utility pole, you’ll likely see a transformer or two at the top of it. If you pass an electrical substation, you might see transformers there too, only mounted on the ground. These ubiquitous metal boxes are seemingly everywhere, as they play an integral role in the nation’s electrical grid.
 
Thursday, October 27th, 6:30 to 7:45 pm.
 
WebEx event.  Find more info and register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/237909.
 
 
Technology Advisors Group.  The Digital Transformation Demands Dope Data
 
Digital transformation requires data storage that has extreme security, is easy to install/integrate/manage, and is more portable/scalable. Dave Sikora, CEO of ALTR, will tell us how their technology provides such super storage at TAG's October 30th virtual, free meeting from 8 to 9 AM.
 
Go to tagaustin.org for more information and to register.


Future of Travel

09/15/2020


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The COVID-19 Pandemic had stopped us from long distance traveling and some of us decided to stay in place in the past six months.  Airlines had provided more safety features now.  Cruise lines have begun to roll out enhanced safety measures to ensure a safe return to sea for all guests and crew, in compliance with guidelines set by medical experts, global health authorities and local port regulations. The beauty of this world is waiting for us to explore when it is safe for us to travel.   

For this talk, Gina Murgatroyd will introduce the group with a brief background of her company Expedia Cruises Travel Agency and the relationship with the Expedia Cruises, Air Land and Sea.  Gina will give a short overview of travel today and what we may expect for the rest of 2020 and 2021, the Future of Travel.  She will introduce the rest of the travel specialists panel: Mary Jo Salas with AM Resorts, Kyle Bodden with Celebrity Cruises as well as a representative with Kensington Land Tours to offer their insights and improved services.  The panel will answer any travel related question from you during the Q and A session.


Speaker:

Gina Murgatroyd
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Gina Murgatroyd, with a lifelong passion for travel and a desire to work in the travel industry throughout her adult life, made her dream come true and became the owner of the Austin Expedia Cruise in May 2018.   Her company is a full-service travel agency, and continue to book all types of worldwide travel.  Gina’s brick and mortar agency is located in Great Hills Station, at the corner of Research Blvd and Great Hills Trail, in NW Austin.  Gina or one of her travel professionals will be happy to help with a quick inquiry or get personal touch and local service to help plan your next spectacular vacation.

 


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.


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IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint WebEx Meeting, August 18th, Tuesday. Note: One day earlier than usual and the new time is 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.

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A New Pathway to a Premier Engineering Degree - ACC and TAMU

08/18/2020


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The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College gives students a path to success at a quality engineering school while starting close to home. The Engineering Academy program is the first engineering transition program of its kind in the United States. Engineering academies students are co-enrolled with Texas A&M and partner community colleges across the state. After one to two years, students transition to Texas A&M to complete their bachelor's degree in any of the 22 majors offered in the College of Engineering.   

The Texas Workforce Commission projects the need for engineers in the central Texas region to grow by 25% in the next decade. The rising costs of education and limited family resources cause a need for many students to start at a community college before moving to a university. However, access to a premier university and getting accepted into an engineering school is a daunting task. 

The Engineering Academy model addresses these affordability, access, and inclusion problems head-on and provides qualified students with an organized and affordable pathway to success as an engineering student. This talk will give an overview of the program and the success that has been achieved in the first few years of this new and innovative program.


Speaker:

Shana Shaw
Email:
shana@tamu.edu


Speaker's Bio:


Shana Shaw is one of the most social and artistic engineers you may ever meet. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University.  Work experience in education, automotive, petroleum, and satellite communications rounds out her diverse industry experience of over twenty years.  She has held technical engineering positions in manufacturing and product design, as well as engineering and program management positions in her various industry assignments.  In the education arena, Shana has taught in kindergarten through master’s level classes over the years.  She has served as an academic and life coach, helping students with skills such as time management, note taking, goal setting, study skills, and learning styles.  Shana currently teaches at Texas A&M University and Austin Community College.  Her goal is to inspire her students and children to look at the world in a different way while emphasizing the practical application of learning.  Her hobbies include acting, music, and sports.

 


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.


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5G Internet

07/21/2020


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5G-Digital services are the essential heart of the modern Internet-driven economy. In simplest terms, 5G high-speed causeways enable ubiquitous access to internet-connected services, sensors, drones, robots, and data while we are on the move. Within the research community, 5G also represents transformative internet technology at the intersection of high-performance computing, high-speed networking, and high bandwidth wireless communications.  This ¿5G-mobile-internet¿ allows the computing devices that we carry around to analyze vast quantities of information for real-time services in highly mobile applications.   This presentation describes the 5G Internet, associated technology, and the 5G applications that will transform society.


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Dr. Brian Kelley, The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Dr. Kelley received his BSEE from Cornell University's College of Electrical Engineering in Ithaca NY where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He received his MSEE and PhDEE from Georgia Tech in 1992 where he was an Office of Naval Research Fellow and a Georgia Tech Presidential Fellow with a research focus on communications, Signal Processing, and high-performance computing architectures. He spent 10+ years in industry with both Motorola and Motorola¿s spinoff, Freescale. While there, he rose to Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, developing Wi-Fi, HSPA, LTE platforms, radio link simulators, and traveled around the world as a representative to the 3GPP RAN4 (4G-LTE) standards body. Since 2007, Dr. Kelley has been an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). At UTSA, Dr. Kelley is Director of the Wireless Information and Next Generation Systems Laboratory (WINGS) with an emphasis on 5G Communications, Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cloud Radio Access Network (CRAN). Dr. Kelley has received over $2.6M in research funding from ONR, AFRL TECHLAV, DoE and consults extensively with cellular communications companies. He has numerous IEEE publications and holds 11 US patents. Dr. Kelley has been an IEEE 4G Technical Workshop Organizer, has served on the Technical Program Committee for IEEE Globecom, currently Chairs the IEEE Chapter of Communications and Signal Processing of San Antonio, is a member of the National Spectrum Consortium, and has been Associate Editor of the IEEE System Journal. From 2015-2016, Dr. Kelley was Sabbatical Employee of the Department of Defense in Washington D.C.; and in 2015 and 2017, he was a Summer Faculty Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the Quantum Information System Group. Dr. Kelley is a technical leader in the 5G Steering Group at JBSA and selected as Assistant Associate Dean¿s Fellow in 2019. At UTSA, Dr. Kelley instructs courses on 5G-New Radio Communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Software Defined Radio (SDR), Error Correction Codes, Statistics and Random Signals and Noise.




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Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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Meeting 1:  So, You Wanna Rewire Your House, Huh?

June 16 2020

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It doesn’t matter whether you intend to do the work yourself or hire a contractor to do it, there are certain things you will need to know in order to get what you want out of the job.  I will not try to make you electricians, but I will discuss certain National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, different wiring methods and the relative benefits of each one, receptacle placement, and other items such as GFCI receptacles and breakers, AFCI breakers, and my recommendation on how to use GFCI receptacles effectively, and how to trouble shoot GFCI problems as well as other common problems.

This is intended to be fun and informative, not a hard lecture (no exam afterwards).


Speaker:
James Mercier

Email:
jmercier@ieee.org
Speaker's Bio:


James has an eclectic history.  After serving 4-years in the Air Force, he completed a four-year Apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1979, making him a qualified construction electrician.  The training specialized in industrial and commercial wiring.  On his own, he did residential wiring.  In 1986, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Civil Engineering and then worked as an Environmental Engineer in the private sector.  In 1994, James was hired into the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to work in Roadway Illumination and in Traffic Signals; in 2001, he transferred to TxDOT Hydraulics.  While at TxDOT, he specialized in reviewing electrical plans, specifying grounding practices, jobsite inspections for code compliance, lightning protection, and open channel hydraulics.  He designed a collapse detection and motorist warning system for the Queen Isabella Causeway Bridge in south Texas.  James also was a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and an instructor for the Texas Floodplain Management Association.   James retired from TxDOT and the IBEW in 2015 so that he can enjoy life.

James Mercier is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Texas and five other states, and a Texas licensed Master Electrician.  He is an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Life Member and an IEEE Life Senior Member.  In the IEEE Central Texas Section, his current duties include Membership Development Chair, Sr. Member Upgrade Coordinator, and SAMIEEE Recipient.  He also is a Past-Chair of the IEEE joint chapter (PI)² (PES/PELS/IES/IAS), and current Treasurer.  His nickname is “Honeybadger”



 


Date & Time: Tuesday, June 12, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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Meeting 2:  Energize Your Mindset: 8 Tips for Moving on From the COVID-19 Alligator Pit

June 24 2020

Topic:
Abstract:

As the unknowns around the reopening involving COVID-19  drag on, the times feel overwhelming for many people. Or in Carrie Vanston's nomenclature, many of us feel we're stuck in the proverbial alligator pit.

How do we keep our sanity and stay out of the swamp during this period of uncertainty? Though many of us are facing life-changing circumstances, a good starting point is to consciously shift from a fixed mindset of fear and negativity to one of empowerment, opportunity, and unexpected outcomes. With an energized growth mindset, you can say “bye-bye” to those gators when they come a-snapping.

You’ll leave saying “See you later, alligator!”

Speaker:
Carrie Vanston, the Alligator Wrangler

Email:
carrie@carrievanston.com
Speaker's Bio:


Carrie Vanston works with organizations and people to escape the alligator pit of stress and negativity and move on to energized growth mindsets overflowing with opportunities.

Carrie co-authored the award-winning book "MiniTrends: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends," with Dr. John Vanston. Her article "7 Tips for Getting Out of the COVID-19 Alligator Pit” recently appeared in the prestigious Texas CEO Magazine.


Date & Time: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: WebEx Meeting
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Note: This month we have two Webex meetings jointly with the IEEE Life Member Affinity Group.
Please go to the Reservations links below to register and receive email instructions for these meetings.
If this is the first time you use WebEx, please connect a few minutes early in case you are prompted to download and install an extension for your browser.



Meeting 1:  Edison vs. Tesla: When IP Ruled ... Still Does

May 19 2020



Topic:
Abstract:

The talk will cover the following topics.  Tales of dueling great engineering minds, from Edison vs. Tesla to Apple vs. Qualcomm.  Why inventor technical breakthroughs fail to become successful businesses.  In a world where innovation is not confined by geographic boundaries intellectual property (IP) has become a game changer.  All patents are not created equal: good patents vs. bad patents. Progression from engineer to subject matter expert.

Speaker:
Dr. Edwin de Angel of Invention Matters, LLC

Email:
edwin.deangel@inventionmatters.com
Speaker's Bio:

Dr. Edwin de Angel

is a seasoned inventor with more than 30 patents issued.  Dr. De Angel is the founder of Invention Matters, a company focused on IP licensing, patent infringement analysis, patent valuation, prior art research and claim chart development.  He has worked for several Fortune 500 technology firms, law firms and startups.  Dr. De Angel has more than 20 years of experience working for semiconductor and technology firms including Honeywell, Intel, Cirrus Logic, RFMicron, Freescale and Qualcomm.   During this time he led teams as a Design Manager and VP of Engineering, creating, developing and licensing intellectual property. Between 2005-2009 Dr. De Angel served as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
 
Dr. De Angel has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.  He is a professional engineer (PE), licensed in the state of Texas, and a certified licensing professional (CLP).  Dr. De Angel is a board member of Quantum interface and co-chair of the Licensing Executive Society Austin/Hill Country Chapter.


Date & Time: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: WebEx Meeting
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Meeting 2:  New Startup Idea and Company to Improve Thermal Ablation of Tumors

May 27 2020

Topic:
Abstract:

Thermal ablation of tumors through the skin and into liver or kidney is in widespread use daily. A medical start-up created a novel gel that is injected next to the tumor that changes the dielectric properties such that microwaves or RF are more effectively absorbed and the ablation volume is markedly increased. This should lead to more effective treatment since often all of the tumor is not ablated with the treatment which could lead to regrowth of the cancer. The technology could also be used for cardiac ablation and other sites.

The talk will give a short tutorial on tumors, thermal ablation, and access to the tumor, including an animation. Following this introduction, then it will proceed to go over the market potential, and development and commercialization plans of the start-up. The audience will be the hypothetical Angel investors and will discuss afterward whether they would fund or not and their reasons for doing so. Angel investors invest their own money, so they scrutinize (in great detail) all the start-ups that pitch to them.

Speaker:
Thomas Ryan

Email: thomas@freefall.biz

Speaker's Bio:

Thomas Ryan has over 35 years’ experience in the medical device field, starting with 12 years in academics at Stanford Univ. and Dartmouth College. His career then entered the second phase with Medical Device development and commercialization, with large companies (Covidien, J&J, Smith and Nephew), as well as 5 start-ups. His focus was energy-based tissue treatment using microwaves, ultrasound, and RF for tumor ablation as well as energy-based devices (e.g. LigaSure, now $1B product) for surgery and clinical treatment. More recently he was CEO at a Boston-based start-up where he pitched to Venture Capitalists and Angel Groups for funding, met with the FDA, and laid the groundwork for commercialization including business plan, and market forecast, segueing into acquisition by a major player in the market.

He is an IEEE Fellow, has 48 US patents, and more than 110 book chapters and publications.


Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: WebEx Meeting
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Emergency Communications

April 2020

Topic:

Emergency Communications

Abstract:

At the recent IEEE Rising Stars Conference (https://ieee-risingstars.org/) in Las Vegas, Nevada I took over 100 undergraduate and graduate level Engineering students through a “Zombie Apocalypse” workshop. In it they were introduced to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) alphabet used in Emergency Communications (EMCOMM), radio operation, serial voice communications nets, and made their very first VHF/UHF radio contacts. Following the workshop an FCC licensing exam session was held and twice the expected number of people passed with their newly minted FCC Amateur Radio licenses. Walk with me through the workshop highlights and see the amazing results, what worked, what the bottlenecks were and what failed.

In addition, learn what happens on a weekly basis behind the scenes in Austin, Travis County, across the State of Texas and at our Nation’s Capital to prepare for loss of communication and handle a surge in transporting and managing patients across hospitals in emergencies to keep our Nation, State, County and City from being unable to communicate in the event of a failed infrastructure.

Speaker:
Phil Bautista, ITIL V3 Certified
Bull Creek Data, Senior ITSM Consultant


Email:
phil.t.bautista@gmail.com
Speaker's Bio:

Phil Bautista

is a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator and officer with the Travis County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) organization. His focus is on enabling communication WHEN (not IF) Infrastructure crippling emergencies occur. With training and certification in Cyber Security, he also helps to advise and protect our Nation’s critical infrastructure in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security as a member of Infragard (https://www.infragard.org/) in Central Texas.

Phil earned a BSEE from DeVry Institute of Technology in 1982. He is a Senior ITSM Consultant, and is ITIL V3 Certified.


Date & Time: Wednesday, April  22, 2020, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: WebEx Meeting
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The recording of this presentation is available at the links below.

From IEEE WebEx site
From IEEE CTCN site





5G Wireless Technology Overview

March 2020

Topic:

5G Wireless Technology Overview

Abstract:

5G technology has the ability to radically change how we interact with the world. Not only will the new technology allow for higher speeds and throughput, the additional capability will unlock multitudes of different applications. This includes everything from remote surgeries to live VR sporting events to autonomous vehicles. But the big question is how this will be done. This presentation will cover an overview of 5G, including how this new technology will work. The presentation will cover topics such as carrier aggregation, frame and protocol structure, beamforming, and network architecture.

Speaker:
Muru Thirugnana
Email: murugappan.thirugnana@keysight.com
Speaker's Bio:

Muru Thirugnana
is a Wireless Specialist and Application Engineer with Keysight Technologies, based in Dallas, Texas. Muru has a master's degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU). He has worked in the development of modem/protocol stack, RF firmware, physical layer, and 3GPP wireless systems. His experience includes handset development, chipset integration, and test solutions development. Currently, Muru's focus is on LTE-A, NB-IoT, and 5G solutions.


Date & Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: WebEx Meeting
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  1. For deeper dives: https://www.keysight.com/find/5Gwebinars
  2. For posters, ebooks, and other content: https://www.keysight/find/5G



Also on IEEE Central Texas Section Meetup

Announcement: Meeting on March 4, 2020, 6:30pm

Licensing Executive Society Austin/Hill Country Chapter 

Exploring the Roles of IP in Monetizing AI

 

The Austin and Hill Country Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society invites you to a Networking and Panel Discussion Events at the Capital Factory.   

Join us for a panel discussion looking through multiple perspectives on the practical roles of IP in monetizing AI applications.  We will focus on aspects of the practical effect of legal choices including benefits, risks and limitations as they impact business applications for inventors, adopting industries, licensors and executives. A brief introduction to our panel is set out below, but please refer to the bios at the end of our announcement. 


Peter Walker, Ph.D., Sr. Director Visa AI Platform—perspectives of programmer, serial entrepreneur and research management

Peter leads the development of Visa’s next-generation Artificial Intelligence Platform (VAIP). He also has extensive experience in commercializing social media and cloud video gaming applications and has worked in key positions both leading start-ups and serving established industry leaders.   

 

Mike Taylor, CEO of KtMINEIndustry Trends, business management  

Mike leads ktMINE and was a principle coder in developing its global IP data research platform--providing actionable insights to business professionals on royalties, licensing and using IP strategy to grow value 

 

Paola Retes, Associate at IronSpring Ventures—investor perspective  

Paola is a CFA® charterholder and supports deal sourcing and execution alongside all other day-to-day activities related to Ironspring--giving him critical insight to how VCs look at technology start-ups. 

 

Steve Pollinger, Principal at Mckool Smith—from the view of IP enforcement

Based in Austin, Steve is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney with a masters’s in electrical engineering.  His nationwide practice focuses on patent and other IP matters through which he has tried several cases to verdicts of over $100M.  

 

Mark A. Smith, Principal and Managing Member—Moderator 

Mark serves as co-chair for our local LES chapter.  His legal practice concentrates on IP matters building on his prior experience, both as a Partner in an IP boutique and in-house as Attorney and Senior IP Counsel in leading R&D, software and energy companies and, more recently, in the entrepreneurial ecosphere.  

  

Food and Refreshments will be provided. 


When:March 4, 2020 

Networking at 6:30 

Programing at 7:00 – 8:15 

 

Cost: $ 35.00 

 

Register at:  

 

An application for accreditation of this activity has been submitted to the MCLE Committee of the State Bar of Texas and is pending 

 

Where: The Capital Factory 

  Captain America Room - 8th floor 

  701 Brazos St. 

  Austin, TX 78701 

 

Sponsor: We wish to thank The Capital Factory for their generous support in underwriting this program.  

 

For more information, contact: 

Edwin De Angel, Ph.D., P.E., CLP 

Founder/CEO 

Invention Matters 


A little more about the panel:

Steve Pollinger, Principal at Mckool Smith

Steve Pollinger has been working in IP for nearly 30 years. He is a Principal at McKool Smith here in Austin, an office he helped found in 2000. He is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney focused on patent and other IP cases nationwide. He has tried several cases to verdict, three of which have resulted in verdicts of over $100M each. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and served as a Judicial Clerk to Judge Plager at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. 


Paola Retes, Associate at IronSpring Ventures 

Paola Retes serves as Associate and supports deal sourcing and execution alongside all other day-to-day activities related to Ironspring. Paola is a CFA® charterholder and brings significant financial expertise to Ironspring's network of operators and portfolio companies. 


Mark A. Smith, Principal at Mark Andrew Smith, PLLC 

Mark’s legal practice concentrates on Intellectual Property and builds on his prior experience, both as a Partner in an IP boutique and in-house as Attorney and Senior IP Counsel in leading R&D, software and energy companies.  

He has served as an adjunct law professor and serves entrepreneurs and graduate students in commercializing new technologies mentoring teams and judging business plans in related professional, academic and accelerator programs.  Active in the Licensing Executive Society, Mark has served in leadership positions in the local chapter and nationally with the LES Foundation.

Mark has engineering and law degrees from SMU, an LL.M from UH and an MSTC (technology commercialization) from the UT/McCombs; is admitted to the Texas Bar and the USPTO; and is credentialed as CLP Emeritus (Certified Licensing Professional, CLP Inc.) and a RTTP (Association of Technology Transfer Professionals). 

 

Mike Taylor, CEO KtMINE

As CEO, Mike sits at the helm of ktMINE, a global intellectual property data research platform. With 20-years of experience in systems architecture and design, Mike custom-built the infrastructure that powers ktMINE’s suite of applications. A master of several programming languages, he is experienced in everything from back-office integration to enterprise-scale software engineering.Mike’s passion for data, connections, and the business insights found within drives him to find innovative ways to provide actionable insights to business professionals. Since its inception, ktMINE has added millions of data points beyond royalties and licensing information. The new resulting platform is utilized across different industries and well-known organizations to drive corporate IP strategy and growth by utilizing the value within their IP portfolios.   

 

Peter Walker, Ph.D., Sr. Director Visa AI Platform

Peter is a senior director in Visa Data Product Division. He leads the development of Visa’s next-generation Artificial Intelligence Platform (VAIP). VAIP is built on modern AI capabilities and deployed at scale, empowering the delivery of better consumer experience and new services to Visa clients. 

 

He has extensive experience in developing large scale, low-latency multimedia applications and systems, cloud computing, networking, and systems management products and technologies.  Before joining Visa, he was the CTO and Cofounder of JamKazam, a social media and interactive platform that enables musicians to discover, connect, and play live and in-sync across the internet. 

Peter is a pioneer of the field of Cloud Video Gaming now being offered by Google, Microsoft, and Sony. He cofounded SpawnLabs, which led to the development of the technology for real-time video game streaming as a service. In 2008 SpawnLabs was awarded the Austin Tech Innovation award in Gaming. He also served as CTO of GameStop Cloud Gaming Division, after GameStop acquired SpawnLabs. Additionally, he worked at IBM Research modeling networks for use in supercomputers. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.


The Antikythera Mechanism

February 2020

Topic:

The Antikythera Mechanism

Abstract:

The Antikythera Mechanism -The Designing and Building of a LEGO Version including designing and 3D printing the needed custom LEGO compatible
gears.


The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient Greek Mechanical Computer, often called the first Computer. Designed and build around 205 to 60BC. It was found in 1901.

Speaker:
Kurt Baty


Email:
Speaker's Bio:

Kurt Baty is a Life Member of the IEEE, has 44 years' experience in the
electronics industry and has been, since 1988, an independent design consultant.
His client list includes many large companies: NCR, HP, Nortel, Synopsys,
Lucent and NEC. He has also worked with a number of startup companies
these include Stratus Computer, LANcity, Aware, 0-in, Argon Networks,
Cimaron Communications, Neteffect and Everspin Technologies.
He has worked on: 54 ASICs, list of patents, the first Cable Modem chips,
the first 100Mbit ethernet chip, the first core internet router chip,
and the first hardware transendental function IP(s).

Kurt lives with his wife of 42 years on their acreage on Lake Travis outside
of Austin, Texas.


Date & Time: Wednesday, February 26, 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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Seeing the Unseeable - Black Holes

January 2020

Topic:

Seeing the Unseeable - Black Holes

Abstract:

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.

Speaker:
Clyde Springen,
Email: springen@sbcglobal.net
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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Notice: See Below- This month's meeting is earlier due to Thanksgiving holidays.

Also note the Christmas holiday party on Dec. 5.



How ElecTrip is Electrifying City to City Travel in Texas

November 2019

Topic:

How ElecTrip is Electrifying City to City Travel in Texas

Abstract:

ElecTrip is solving for the 1000s of labor hours lost by frequent business travelers when traveling between cities located less than 4 hours apart by car. We offer door to door transportation in a private Tesla with Wi-Fi and laptop charging. Due to the lower operational expense of EVs, we can offer a no compromise service at a cost competitive price. Since our launch in March of 2018, we've serviced over 1000 clients-including Apple, Shell, and Deloitte. ElecTrip recently signed a contract with Shell, offering employees discounted rides in order to offset carbon emissions during city to city commutes, while also providing a safer option than the ones currently on the market.

Speaker:
Elliott Lee

Speaker's Bio:

Eliott Lee is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin studying Mechanical Engineering. He is involved with the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency on campus and has experience interning at Shell GameChanger, an early stage startup fund/program within Shell. Born and raised in Houston, with a passion for energy, tech, and startups. He serves as the COO for ElecTrip and works alongside Mandeep and the rest of the ElecTrip team.


Date & Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 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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Holiday Social and Networking Event:

Reservations: Please register here so that we know approximately how many are coming.  
Space is limited. Reservations are required. 
(First Come - First In). Last minute walk-ins and guests welcome.
Thurs., Dec 5, 2019, 5-7:30pm
Location: The Park at the Domain
11601 Domain Dr., #200
Austin, TX, 78758

Innovation for Sustainable Planet

October 2019

Topic:

Innovation for Sustainable Planet

Abstract:

There wouldn’t be a day go by without the news on global warming, plastic pollution and other environmental disturbing activities. We as a community at this juncture has a responsibility of to fix it to safeguard planet and our future generations. After a short presentation, let’s identify a few issues from our city and come up with innovative ideas to fix them. Let’s brainstorm and find out whether we can solve the problems as entrepreneurs does. Typical issues could be transportation, plastic pollution, textile pollution, water recycling and energy saving.

Speaker:
Prasad Jaladi


prasad@suraksha.us
suraksha

Speaker's Bio:

Prasad Jaladi is a social entrepreneurs and Chief Facilitator at Suraksha. He was President of Intelligent Enterprise Solutions, operated in social entrepreneurship model. He has international experience in multiple industries. With Masters in Organic Chemistry, he ventured into multiple disciplines. He built local and international partnerships to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. He worked with corporations, universities, government, private research institutions and hospitals offering software, consulting and training services. Prasad introduced SaaS for intelligence analytics on 35 technologies, end to end automation of intellectual property management and data mining in gene expression analysis. He supports application of AI, VR/AR, Blockchain, Chatbots and IoT. Prasad established and managed IT consulting business in Silicon Valley. He has experience in pharmaceutical industry as Managing Director, managed R&D, QA, QC, pilot and commercial manufacturing. He lead team to obtain US FDA approval. He works with international scientists, organizations for technology commercialization of products from natural and renewable resources.


Date & Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 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.