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18 May The Future of 3D

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Hybrid Virtual and Face-to-Face Meeting

Day & Time: 18 May 2022, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Speaker: Alex Porter of Mod Tech Labs Inc.

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.

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.

Location: Asian American Resource Center (AARC), 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX


20 April Product Safety Requirements in the US

Friday, April 8th, 2022

Joint R5 LMAG-CTS CTCN Meeting

Date/Time: 20 Apr 2022 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM Central Time

Speaker: Charles Goertz of TUV Rheinland

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 workplace 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.

Location: Asian American Resource Center (AARC), 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX AND virtual via Zoom


12 April Detecting Alzheimer’s With a Voice Sample

Friday, April 8th, 2022

Joint Meeting: Denver Section Affinity Group, LM, Pikes Peak Section Affinity Group, Denver Section Chapter, EMB18, and Central Texas Section Aff Group, LM (Austin)

Speaker: Henry O’Connell of Canary Speech

Abstract: Many of you probably read the article in the January issue of our IEEE Spectrum magazine that posed the intriguing question: “what if a quick voice sample, easily taken at a person’s home, could help identify a patient with Alzheimer’s?” The company featured in that article is Canary Speech. For this presentation, Henry O’Connell, the CEO and founder of Canary Speech, will speak to us about his company and the AI technology they use. Although the Spectrum article focused on Alzheimer’s Disease, their software has potential to detect other medical conditions and Henry will touch on those as well.

Date/Time: 12 Apr 2022 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Virtual Meeting: Join from the webinar link OR Join by the webinar number: Webinar number (access code): 2536 627 0924, Webinar password: qsVgEDZT235 (77843398 from phones)


15 March Moore’s Law – Bent not Broken

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

IEEE CTS Life Member and Consultants Network March 2022 Joint Meeting

Date: March 15, 2022

Time: 6-8 PM CST

Title:  Moore’s Law – Bent not Broken

Speaker: Dennis Ferguson


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 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.

Registration: (Connection information will be sent to those who register for the virtual event)

The recorded video of the meeting can be found at

Slides from meeting:

15 February 2022 Investment Market Outlook

Monday, January 31st, 2022

Central Texas Section LMAG-CTCN Joint Meeting

         Co-Hosts: Denver, Houston, and Lonestar LMAG

Date: Feb 15, 2022

Time: 6-8 PM

Topic: 2022 Investment Market Outlook

Speaker:  Jeff Krumpelman, CFA

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 on the CNBC and Bloomberg TV Network.

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

Abstract:  2021 has gone through a lot of changes. The Pandemic affected public health, the world economy, job market, and changed our life.

The quickly approved COVID-19 vaccines and the push for vaccination did improve 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 shortages, 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 the 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.


Please see link below for a recording of the 2022 Investment Outlook presentation.

Jan 18 $17B WAFER FAB!! Really?

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

Date: Jan 18, 2022

Time: 6-8 PM CST

Venue:  Virtual Zoom Meeting

Title:  17 billion Dollars!!! Really?


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


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!]


Video of Presentation:




Nov 16 Lunch and Texas Military Forces Museum Tour

Friday, November 12th, 2021


10:50 AM – 10:55AM  – Meet at front door of County Line on the Lake.

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM –  Join the group and table to sit down.

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM –  2022 Lif Member Officer Election

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM –   Lunch with pre-sekected menu

12: 50 PM  –  1: 15 PM  – Drive to Camp Mabry Maintainence Road Entrence.

1:30 PM    –   2:15 PM   – Guide Tour of Museum at Biulding 6.

2:20 PM –      3:00 PM    – Free time to explore more and/or leave Camp Mabry.


We have been conducting monthly virtual meetings since March 2020. We hope to find you doing well and staying healthy.  For a change, we would like to meet you at the County Line on the Lake BBQ Restaurant at 10:55 AM, buy you a light lunch and conduct our annual election for Year 2022 officers. Following the lunch that will end at 12:45 PM, we would like to invite you to join us for a tour of the Texas Military Force Museum at the Camp Mabry at 1:30 PM.

County Line on The Lake: 5204 FM 2222 Austin, TX 78731 off HWY 360 Tel:512-346-3664

Camp Mabry and Museum Location:  3308 W 35th St., Austin, TX 78703, Building 6, West of Mopac. for info and direction.

The 45,000-square foot Texas Military Forces Museum explores the history of the Lone Star State’s militia and volunteer forces from 1823 to 1903 when the Congress created the National Guard. From 1903 to the present the museum tells the story of the Texas Army and Air National Guard, as well as the Texas State Guard, in both peacetime and wartime. The museum displays dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, trucks, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, observation aircraft and towed artillery pieces.

Please note that A valid, unexpired form of identification with a picture must be presented to enter the post. The security guards might request to a search of the any vehicle coming on post.  (Mask is optional.)





Oct 19 Wireless Communications 2021: An Industry Update

Monday, October 4th, 2021

Date and Time

  • Date: 19 Oct 2021
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Speaker: Sarah LaSelva

Topic: Wireless Communications 2021: An Industry Update

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.


6:00 to 6:15 PM – Open for participants to enter and network.
6:15 to 6:30 PM – IEEE LM and CTCN Business meeting and to introduce speaker.
6:30 to 8:00 PM – Formal Program and Q&A.

Recorded video:

PDF of the presentation:

211019 Wireless Industry Update IEEE Austin Meeting


22 September Data Science and Smart Cities

Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Date: 22 Sep 2021, 06:01 PM to 08:00 PM

Speaker: Ted Lehr

Biography: 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, businesspartnerships 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.

Topic: Data Science for Smart City

Abstract: 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.

Recorded program:




Aug 17 – Unintended Consequences of Mega-Satellite Constellations on Observational Astronomy

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Title: Unintended Consequences of Mega-Satellite Constellations on Observational Astronomy

Speaker: Clyde Springen

Abstract: 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.

Bio: 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.

Date & Time: August 17, 6pm



Recorded Video: