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IEEE Life Member 2019 Texas Technical Tour


Information & Registration link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/178799
Tour Dates: 9 October to 19 October 2019
Website: http://sites.ieee.org/ieee-tx-technical-tour

Our IEEE Texas Technical tour is almost complete and as you note the early registration date of May 1st has past. However, we still have a few open slots for a few more travelers.


Texas is the home to a number of centers of technical excellence of national importance, as well as several key IEEE historical awards including Milestones celebrating technological breakthroughs or turning points. These will form the basis for a number of technology-oriented visits throughout Texas.

The Tour, limited to 50 guests, is scheduled for mid Oct 2019 and will consist of a 10-day bus tour of significant technical sites in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas. Cultural and historical sites will also be included along with many social events with local IEEE members. Spouses are welcome.

The Tour starts with guests checking in at the Hilton Plaza/Medical Center Hotel on the evening of 9 Oct 2019. A come & go reception will commence that evening to welcome guests to Texas. The next morning, there will be a welcoming breakfast before heading out to our first days events, starting at the NASA Johnson Manned Spacecraft Center. See Program Highlights below for the full schedule.

The “Come and Go” welcoming reception will begin at 4 pm CST on 9 October at the Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center and close at 8 pm so that guests can get a good nights sleep.


  • Houston, TX – 3 Nights, Houston Hilton Plaza/Medical Center
  • NASA (Space Center Houston plus various space labs on Johnson Space Center)
    Kemah Boardwalk & Dinner
    Univ of Houston – Discovery of High Temperature Superconductivity (IEEE Milestone)
    Rice University – High Performance Computing, to include Buckyballs, FlatCam, OpenStax & Space
    San Antonio – 3 Nights, Hilton Palacia del Rio on the River Walk
  • High Hill (painted Church) – Schulenburg, TX<
    Alamo & Missions World Heritage Sites
    Free night on the San Antonio RiverWalk
    Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT), private tour
    Southwest Research Institute (Robotics, Autonomous vehicles, New Horizons Award, Radio Direction finding)
    Dinner on San Antonio RiverWalk Barge, an unique experience
    Austin – 2 Nights, Doubletreee by Hilton, North Central
  • UT Computing Center/Micro Grid
    Dell Technologies & National Instruments
    Austin Famous BBQ
    Waco – Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
  • Dallas – 2 Nights, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Dallas PPark Central
  • Texas Instruments IEEE milestones
    First Semiconductor Integrated Circuit (IC), 1958
    Digital Signal Processing IC for Speech Generation, 1978
    16-bit Monolithic DAC, 1981
    Museums of science & technology, Cultural & Historical Sites

The Tour is essentially all inclusive: We cover all meals (except the free night in San Antonio), all hotel rooms, entrance fees to events, receptions, and bus transportation. The cost per person is $3,300. Final payments are due by 1 July 2019. See the Registration tab on our website for all the financial details. This tour is not limited to only IEEE Life Members or IEEE Members but is open to all guests of IEEE as well.

The IEEE Life Member Technical Tours have been a great success as well as lots of fun. Our Tour will mirror the previous IEEE Life Member tours of the past that included: The Panama Canal, England/Scotland, Japan, Canada & Europe. You will meet a lot of diverse IEEE members and their spouses and develop some relationships that may last the rest of your life.

Feel free to contact me for any special questions.

Scott Atkinson
Life Member Coordinator, IEEE Region 5 & Life Member Committee – Activity Coordinator

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