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Archive for 2020

January 19 – What’s the Deep Reality beneath Quantum Computing?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Date/Time: Jan 19, 2021 6-8 PM CST

Speaker:    Doug Matzke, Ph.D.

Title:           What’s the Deep Reality beneath Quantum Computing?

Abstract: 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 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.

Bio: 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.


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November 17 – The COVID Pandemic’s Impact on Tech Jobs – Consulting & Full-Time

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

This is a joint meeting with IEEE Central Texas Consultant’s Network and Life Member Affinity Group.

Abstract: 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.  After experiencing two other significant external impacts on the labor sector in recent years, 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 directly employed colleagues?  What does the data tell us about which 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, Founder of Triple Crown Consulting, LLC

David Smith 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, to focus on the candidate first.  Since its 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.  While 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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October 20 – The Saga of Semiconductor Memories – 50 Years

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Joint Meeting with IEEE Central Texas Consultant’s Network


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.


Dr. Betty Prince, Memory Strategies International


Speaker’s Bio:

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 the 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 the 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 a doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling.

Date & Time:

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


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September 15 – Future of Travel

Monday, August 31st, 2020

CTS LIFE MEMBER And CTCN Sep 15 Joint Meeting – Future of Travel

Title: Future of Travel

Speaker: Gina Murgatroyd

Abstract: 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 Bio: 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 the personal touch and local service to help plan your next spectacular vacation.


August 18 Texas A&M University Engineering Academies: A New Pathway to a Premier Engineering Degree

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Abstract: 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, Austin Community College
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.
Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
Time: Presentation starts at 6:00 pm.  Enter the meeting anytime after 5:45 pm.
Location: WebEx
Cost: None
Reservations: Please RSVP using the vTools link You will be emailed connection instructions prior to the meeting.
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June 24 – Joint Meeting with Consultant’s Network – ENERGIZE YOUR MINDSET: 8 TIPS FOR MOVING ON FROM THE COVID-19 ALLIGATOR PIT

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

This will be a WebEx Virtual meeting



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!”

Date/Time: June 24 6:30-7:45 PM


June 16 – JOINT MEETING with Consultant’s Network – SO, YOU WANNA REWIRE YOUR HOUSE, HUH?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

This will be a WebEx Virtual meeting


Speaker: James Mercier

Abstract: 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. James will not try to make you electricians, but he 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 his recommendation on how to use GFCI receptacles effectively, and how to troubleshoot GFCI problems as well as other common problems.

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



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Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Speaker: Phil Bautista of Bull Creek Data, Senior Consultant

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 ( 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.



Abstract: At the recent IEEE Rising Stars Conference ( in Las Vegas, Nevada, Phil Bautista 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 Phil 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.


May 19 Virtual Meeting: Edison vs Tesla: When IP Ruled … Still Does

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Edwin De Angel of Invention Matters

Bio: Dr. 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 developing.  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 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.


Address:Austin, Texas, United States


Title: Edison vs Tesla: When IP ruled … still does

Abstract: Tales of two of the greatest 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. From engineer to subject matter expert.



Slides from Program: Edison vs. Tesla V2.3


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May 27 Virtual Meeting: New start-up idea and company to improve thermal ablation of tumors

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Ryan

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.


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.