Lightning Presentation in Austin October 29, 2012 Mon 3pm

October 29, 2012  Mon 3pm – Lightning presentation in Austin -Nevada Lightning Lab and Myth-busters presentation explores the unusual ability of natural lightning to ‘cheat’ classical physics… throwing arcs kilometres in length with less than a tenth of the voltage gradient required to produce normal laboratory arc discharges.  Although researchers don’t fully understand how lightning performs this trick, new theories and a few tantalizing experimental results suggest that relativistic effects [and possibly the presence of antimatter] can greatly enhance lightning formation at physical scales beyond about 60 meters in length.

Presenter will be Greg E. Leyh is the principal engineer for the Lightning Foundry, a research facility for exploring the large-scale physics of atmospheric electricity.  He designed the Electrum Project, a 38ft high kinetic lightning sculpture currently operating in New Zealand.

Presentation will be at the 3M Innovation Center, Hill Country Room.  AUSTIN TX

There is not a charge for the meeting but please send an RSVP to Ray Bowman at with name, company, & phone for security badges and room planning.


2012 Texas ESD Association Board of Directors

Ray Bowman  – President / Webmaster
Ginger Hansel,  Dangelmayer Associates L.L.C.  – V.P. Education
Jason Jowers, Velocity Electronics – V.P. Membership
David Swenson, Affinity Static Control Consulting, LLC – Treasurer / National Liaison
Gary Sutorius, Stanley Consultants – Secretary
Frank Rodriguez,  3M Corp., – Member at Large
Jeff Salisbury, FLEXTRONICS, Member at Large

Fred Bahrenburg, Dell Inc., Member at Large

Bob Renker, Temple College/Retired TI – Board Advisor

Gilbert Koss,  Retired 3M – Board Advisor

Tech Forum & Expo – September 26

The Free Event for Central Texas Electronics Industry Professionals

Tech Forum & Expo

When:  Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Where: Norris Conference Center   Anderson Lane & Burnet Road, Austin, TX

Info & Register at:


30+ Supplier Exhibits!  <>  Four Technical Presentations!

Free Lunch!  <>  Refreshments!

Door Prizes!  <>  Professional Networking!

Presented by the Central Texas Electronics Association

2012-03-14 Meeting: “Effectiveness of FDA 510(k) Clearance Process”

Wednesday – March 14, 2012

Luminex Corporation
12112 Technology Blvd
Austin, Texas 78727
Luminex Map
Auditorium Building
6:00 – 6:30 PM  –  Networking Time
6:30 – 7:30 PM  –  Main Speaker Presentation
7:30 – 7:45 PM  –  Announcements
7:45 – 8:00 PM  –  Door Prizes
TOPIC:  Effectiveness of FDA 510(k) Clearance Process
Mr. Oliver Meek, Vice President, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Luminex Corporation will provide an executive review of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics (IOM) 2011 report on the public health effectiveness of the FDA 510(k) clearance process at 35 years.

Excerpts from IOM Report:
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) has recommended that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) replace its current 510(k) program for Class II medical device reviews with a new process that does not rely on substantial equivalence for clearance decisions.

In its report, the IOM concluded from its investigation that the 510(k) process cannot properly determine safety and effectiveness of Class II devices as long as the program’s key criterion for clearance is based on Substantial Equivalence to one or more predicate devices. Furthermore, insufficient available data make it impossible to determine whether the 510(k) process supports or hinders product innovation, according to the IOM.

Mr. Meek joined Luminex Corporation in February 2000, and was appointed Vice President, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs in July of 2006. He formerly served as Vice President of Manufacturing. During the 17 years prior to joining Luminex, Mr. Meek was employed at Abbott Laboratories. While at Abbott, he held various management positions in the area of Technical Product Development, Reagent and Instrument Manufacturing and Quality. Prior to joining Abbott Laboratories, he was the Technical Liaison for AMF Biological and Diagnostics Company. Mr. Meek graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1979 with a B.A. degree in Biology and is a Certified Quality Engineer

Malcolm Baldrige Program: Message from Program Director Harry Hertz

November 22, 2011
Today, we join Commerce Secretary John Bryson who, on behalf of President Barack Obama, proudly announced the four recipients of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s premier award for performance excellence.
The 2011 Baldrige Award recipients are:
• Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
• Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Mich.
• Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, Ind.
• Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska
These innovative organizations are committed to serving their employees, customers, and patients and to making the United States a better place to live and work.

You can access the press release detailing these role model organizations on our Baldrige Performance Excellence Program Website. You can also learn about our 24th Annual Quest for Excellence conference, which will feature the best practices of the 2011 recipients and other featured speakers. And you can read our blog, scan the profiles of the many past Award recipients, and access other valuable resources.

We thank our 2011 Examiners and Judges for their contributions to the Award process and the many other stakeholders who continue to support our mission to improve the performance and competitiveness of U.S organizations. Without you, this achievement and the success of the Baldrige program would not be possible.

For more information about the recipients and the Baldrige Award, you may contact the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at 301-975-2036 or

2011-12-14: Holiday Dinner Meeting

Come to Cannoli Joe’s for ASQ Austin’s 2011 Holiday Dinner!

This is a great opportunity to network with your fellow Quality professionals from around the Austin area. Cost is $10.00 per plate all-you-can-eat. Make your reservations through the ‘Add to Cart’ button below.

4715 U.S. Highway 290 West
Austin, TX 78745
Click for Directions

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Networking Time
6:30 – 6:45 pm – Announcements
6:45 – 7:45 pm – Dinner
7:45 – 8:00 pm – Door Prizes

2011-10-19 October Education Event: Lean Six Sigma: One Practitioner’s Perspective

Wednesday October 19th 6:30-8:00pm

TITLE: Lean Six Sigma: One Practitioner’s Perspective

The list of quality improvement methods is long and growing as seen from the increasing number of books and articles published. Various improvement methods have been embraced by numerous manufacturing industries. Many other types of organizations such as non-profits, health care, and government including the military are also utilizing them. This talk will focus primarily on Six Sigma and Lean and will provide overviews to these popular methodologies, describe a successful corporate deployment along with examples, and offer some musings on future directions including careers.

REGISTRATION: This event is free!  Register early as space is limited. Register Here.

LOCATION: ACC Highland Business Center, Room 410  MAP
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, Texas 78752

Allan C. Howard has been involved with quality improvement for most of his career. Since 2000 he has served as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt at three large, multi-national companies training and consulting on a wide variety of projects including manufacturing, supply chain, market/sell, and research & development. He is a senior member and Certified Quality Engineer, American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Quality Inspector – AMAT – Austin, TX

Job Description:

Perform incoming material quality inspections using various metrology equipment.  This would include CMM equipment and programming, calipers, micrometers, height gages, surface profilometers, gage pins, etc.  Also perform packaging specification inspections, communicate with engineering and manufacturing on specific issues, lifting of material up to 50 lbs, and data input based on results.  NOTE:  This is a temporary position with an 18 month maximum timeframe with potential for full-time position.


Minimum 5 years using metrology equipment listed in job description.  AS technical degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing based on Y14.5M.  Microsoft office knowledge.  Ability to work unsupervised.  ASQ certification a plus.

Contact Information:

Send resume and salary requirements to

Software Engineer in Test – EA – Austin, TX

Software Engineer in Test: EA was founded 25 years ago by individuals with a deep passion for making games. Many things have changed over the years as the gaming industry—and the company—has expanded immensely, but we are still driven by the same passion for developing, publishing, and distributing the world’s best games. Our history has been one of great success, and our future looks even brighter. Gaming has come a long way from Pac-Man & Space Invaders to modern EA Favourites like Burnout, Battlefield, Mercenaries, Dead Space, Spore, FIFA, Madden, Need for Speed and the world’s most successful game franchise, The Sims. Fuelled by our talented staff at locations right across the Globe we are united in our passion to continue shaping the future of interactive entertainment. Together we can make a difference.

The Software Engineer in Test writes and maintains a suite of test applications that ensure timely and bug-free releases of the EA online commerce platform. This online platform provides a robust set of shared user and e-commerce related services used by all of EA’s titles. This role is integrated within a small development team to design and implement automated functional and load tests for back-end system APIs. In an agile SCRUM development process, Software Engineers in Test develop automated tests in parallel with all API additions and enhancements, and plays a key role in qualifying our progress, stability, and release readiness. The person in this role will play a key role in requirements analysis, defending API standards, writing automated integration tests, writing and executing load tests, and communicating failures to engineering.

Job responsibilities
– Interacts with Engineers in Test and application developers to implement automation systems, primarily written in Java under TestNG and custom proprietary frameworks
– Attends and contributes to elaboration meetings, writes test plans and holds reviews, hosts and contributes to peer test code reviews
– With some guidance, able to extend existing test automation frameworks
– Maintains the integrity of complex engineering features within a continuous build and continuous test system
– Works closely with development teams to improve the software development and testing process
– Supports the build and deployment of code to the test environments and diagnoses problems from client and server logs
– Elevates significant issues to leads / manager
– Foresees issues and provides proactive solutions to closure
– Develops, documents and communicates test process improvements on a multiple project basis
– With some guidance, helps determine test priorities
– Ensures robustness of the system and approves components and projects for launch

Required skills
– Clear understanding of automation testing as it relates to client server systems and APIs
– Unit test writing with Java (jUnit or testNG).
– Knowledge of Perforce (or comparable source code control), Eclipse (or comparable IDE), SQL, XML, UNIX/Linux, TCP/IP, and client/server systems
– Junior to mid-level programming skills in Java. Solid OO background.
– Familiarity with common internet technologies and adaptability to new technologies
– Knowledge of relational databases and ability to run SQL queries and verify data entry

Desirable skills
– GUI automation programming with Selenium
– Networking and OS level performance diagnosis
– Bash shell scripting
– Strong Linux skills and familiarity with Internet security and networking configurations

– 3 years experience on multiple projects from requirements to release in either a development or test development role
– Unit test development experience
– Automated integration test development experience
– Experience with web GUI automation tools such as QTPro/Winrunner/Selenium
– Experience with load testing tools and methodologies (jMeter)
– Experience creating full life cycle test plans, templates, and strategies
– Previous Game industry experience desirable

– Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering
REQ. #: 41004

Contact: Brent Rogers