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Archive for May, 2021

June 15 – Classic Car Restoration – System Approach

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

IEEE CTS LM-CTCN Jun 15, 2021 Meeting.

Topic: Classic Car Restoration – System Approach

Date: June 15, 2021

Time: 6-8 PM CST

Venue: Virtual meeting with Zoom

Abstract:  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.

Bio: 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 680X 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 few years and then joined Cadence in 2000 as consultant for computer modeling and verification. He then joined Verilab, another design tools co. In 2005. Terry retired in 2010 from the chip related industry.  He was awarded10 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.

May 18 – Battery Energy Storage Technology – The Nexus of ALL Energy.

Sunday, May 9th, 2021
Description: 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 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, Chief Technology Officer, Voltabox of Texas, Inc.
Thomas Ortman is the Chief Technology Officer for Voltabox of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Voltabox AG, a publicly traded, multi-national 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. Voltabox also provides BESS to stationary applications. Mr. Ortman served as CEO of Voltabox of Texas, Inc. from July 2018-July 2019.
Prior to Voltabox, 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, Voltabox is a natural segue. Mr. Ortman is a mechanical engineer and an expert in product design and development.
Thomas Ortman is also active in the following; 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 (State) Emerging Technology Fund (TETF); Member, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Clean Energy Council (GACC CEC).
Date: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
Time: 6:00pm
6:00 to 6:15 PM – Enter the virtual meeting room and chat with your friends.
6:20 PM and on — Please mute audio and turn off video. Meeting will start. Use chat box to ask questions.