IEEE CTS Life Members Austin Monthly Meeting, Wednesday, February 24, 2016: "Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers"


The Austin Life Members' Group promotes the development of members through professional and social networking,addressing topics of interest to Life Members, including volunteer activities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section. Website:  

IEEE CTCN and Life Members-Austin joint meeting, Wednesday, February 24, 2015: "Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers"

Biography: John Purvis earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1973 and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. He has worked at TRW, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, IBM and HostGator. He has also served on the Computer Sciences faculty at St. Edward's University.

John has been the author or co-author of over 60 articles, papers or technical presentations. His professional experience spans system engineering, programming, product management, college lecturer and Unix/Linux system management.

He has been a member of IEEE for 48 years and an active volunteer with the Central Texas Section since 2000. He served as IEEE Central Texas Section Chair for 2004-5, as Austin IEEE Computer Society Chapter Chair 2008-9 and is currently on the IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee.

John has also served nearly 10 years on the board of Discover Engineering and on the Board, and is currently Vice President, of the Capital Macintosh User's Group (CapMac).


Abstract: Each year Discover Engineering ( ) recruits engineers as role models from the local engineering community to encourage the children of Central Texas to pursue technology careers. Discover Engineering has been active in STEM outreach in the greater Austin area for over a decade. We look for a diverse group of engineers to visit classrooms and lead hands-on activities that demonstrate teamwork and logical processes while discussing their jobs and their enthusiasm for engineering.  John Purvis will tell us more about the Discover Engineering story, and lead us in a hands-on activity like the ones conducted during school visits.

$5.00 minimum cost for the restaurant.  Supper is optional at extra cost.  Reservations are not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.


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  • 2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
  • Austin, Texas
  • United States 78727
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  • Tom Grim, Chairman, Life Members Austin

  • Starts 22 January 2016 08:35 PM
  • Ends 24 February 2016 06:00 PM
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John Purvis of IEEE Central Texas Section


Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers


Address:Texas, United States

John Purvis of IEEE Central Texas Section


Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers



Address:Texas, United States


6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking

6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program

The Austin Life Members Group meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the life members meet on the third Tuesday  each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m., followed by presentations from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by experts in topics of interest to IEEE Life Members.