Being involved in the activities of the IEEE Central Texas Section, I want to promote the workshop that we are hosting next Friday, February 26. The “Innovators, Engineers & Entrepreneurs” workshop, a full day at the AT&T Conference Center on the south side of the University of Texas at Austin campus. This will be our capstone event for Engineers Week.
The workshop will feature some well known speakers – Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet; Donna Wilkins, founder of Charity Dynamics; and Devon Ryan, founder, LION Mobile – among others. Please take a look at the program and see if the presentations are of interest.
Workshop topics include:
- Power & Energy, Energy Storage, Photovoltaics, Water
- Internet of Things
- Privacy and Security
- Incorporating Legal Organization, Intellectual Property
- Robotics, 3-D Printing, Manufacturing Automation
If you are thinking of creating a start up, then this will be of great value. Among the presentations are:
- startup funding
- how to start a company
- working with legal teams
- dealing with security
The workshop is open to all interested parties. You can still register on-line or Friday at the door, though the cost jumps up to $125.
I finished writing the February edition of the Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog, a short time ago and have uploaded it to the Section web site. You can find it here and there are instructions at the very bottom on how you can subscribe if you are interested.
All of the various Chapter meetings currently scheduled for February are listed, as well as some of the other Tech events scheduled for the area.
With International Engineers Week coming up February 21-27, there are many activities planned for that time. A list of those I am aware of can be found here.
I came across this article today “What classes should you take to become an electrical engineer?“. I was surprised that so little had changed in the 40 years since I was an undergraduate Electrical Engineering student at the University of Houston. Certainly the programming languages have changed. All we had available was FORTRAN. The math classes and the fundamental theory classes are much the same though.
I applaud the statement in that article “a good rule of thumb when establishing one’s personal course of education is to take on abstract / theoretical classes at the beginning, and focus on the applicatory courses toward the latter half of the program; this, as opposed to taking numerous classes that specialize in discussing such things as specialized design solutions for today’s EE, which will most likely phase out over the next five to 10 years.”
Being an Electrical Engineer, as with most technical degrees, means that you have entered upon a life-long journey of learning. Technology does not stand still, nor can the EE simply stand upon what they learned while in college. That is one of the reasons that I am an active member in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers). The monthly periodicals, conferences and local Technical Society meetings provide an avenue for keeping up with advances in technology.
I feel fortunate to live in the IEEE Central Texas Section area as we have a dozen or more meetings each month that I can attend. These meetings are open to the public so any interested in technology and wanting to broaden their social network are welcome to attend. You will find IEEE groups active in most large cities around the world.
I finished putting together the January issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog, last night and published it.
As usual, it contains the scheduled technical meetings for the coming month for Central Texas. There is also a list of both IEEE and other upcoming conferences and meetings in the area.
Please note that you do not have to be an IEEE member to attend our meetings.