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October 17, 2007

Mtg: New CBC Seismic Requirements – seismic bracing, suspended distribution systems, floor mounted equipment

by @ 10:36 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY October 23
SF Industry Applications? Chapter
Speaker: Richard Lloyd, Mason Industries, Inc.
Time: Refreshments at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM; Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $20 (at the door)
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: preregister for drawing with Jack Lin,

This January the new IBC-based California Building Code will start to be enforced. The IBC seismic requirements are significantly different than the requirements that we were accustomed to (more…)

Mtg: Human-in-the-Loop Simulation at NASA Ames Research Center

by @ 10:33 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY October 23
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
Speaker: Kathleen Starmer, NASA Ames Research Center
Time: Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members, and $10 for non-members
Place: Hewlett Packard Oak Room, 19447 Pruneridge Avenue (Building 48), Cupertino
RSVP: not required

Simulation permits researchers to test concepts without having to use the actual system being examined. ? Such simulations can involve proposed new vehicle controls, improved operating procedures, novel vehicle design concepts, pilot training, or any number of other scenarios. ? Additionally, simulation allows (more…)

Position: Associate/Full Professor, UC-Santa Cruz

by @ 10:29 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

Applications due by January 1, 2008:
UC-Santa Cruz, Computer Engineering Department

The Computer Engineering Department invites applications for a tenured (Associate or Full Professor) position in Autonomous Systems. Potential areas of specialization include robotics, control, mechatronics, and assistive technology. The department is launching an initiative (more…)

October 14, 2007

Seminar: Trends in the Wireless World

by @ 9:00 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SATURDAY October 20
North America Taiwanese Engineers’ Association
Speakers: Sanjiv Parikh, Microsoft; Dr. Arthur Lin, NOKIA; Sophia Liu, Sagacity Networks; Charlie Oppenheimer, Digital Fountain; Katsuhiko Nakazawa, NEC America; Dilip Venkatachari, Google; Ben Choi, Storm Ventures; Dr. Chunder Wu, Advisor, Institute for Information Industry
Time: Registration at 8:30 AM; program from 9:15 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $30 ($20 for NATEA members), $15 for students (includes lunch, breaks; $10 more at the door)
Place: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel (plenty of parking)
RSVP: online registration at the web site

Wireless has grown to encompass WAN, LAN and PAN, with boundaries slowly fading away. This seminar provides forward-looking, diversified viewpoints (more…)

Mtg: All-Day Career Workshop 2007

by @ 8:57 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

FRIDAY October 19
SCV Professional Activites Committee for Engineers (PACE)
Speakers: Ed Perkins, Paul Kostek, Jean Eason, Russ Harrison
Time: Registration at 8:00 AM; sessions/networking/practice throughout day
Cost: Students/Unemployed $20; IEEE Members $30; Public $45 (includes lunch, breaks; $5 more at the door)
Place: Fairmont Hotel, San Jose
RSVP: by email to Jonathan David,

In todayâ??s increasingly outsourced world, engineers must take responsibility for managing their own careers. ? The alternative is being surprised and unprepared when economic pressures force a change in their employment situation.? We are lucky to have (more…)

Mtg: Five-Minute Fault Study: Calculating Short Circuit Current

by @ 8:56 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY October 18
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Gregg Boltz, Brown and Caldwell
Time: Social at 5:30 PM, Presentation at 6:15 PM, Dinner at 7:15 PM (followed by balance of talk)
Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members
Place: Marie Callender’s Restaurant, The Garden Room; 2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord
RSVP: by email to Gregg Boltz,, 925-210-2571

Mr. Boltz will discuss how to quickly calculate the short circuit (fault) current for various facilities using the MVA method. Discussion will include a brief history of the method and how it can be applied (more…)

Tour: PG&E 230 kV Substation

by @ 8:54 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY October 18
SF & OEB Power Engineering Chapters
Coordinator: Davis Erwin, PG&E
Time: First tour 9 AM – 11 AM; second tour 11 AM – 1 PM
Cost: none, but limited to 15 people for each tour (no lunch)
Place: Pacific Gas & Electric Substation within SF Financial District
RSVP: by email to Diep Nguyen,

Take the rare opportunity and learn from PG&E experts as they provide a tour into the fascinating world of the high voltage electrical substation.? See GIS switchgear, transformers, bus work, and protection relays (more…)

Mtg: A 2×2 MIMO Baseband for High-Throughput Wireless Local-Area Networking (802.11n)

by @ 8:51 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

THURSDAY October 18
SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
Speaker: Jason Trachewsky, Senior Technical Director, Broadcom
Time: Refreshments/networking at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: Donation requested to partially cover food cost
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: by email to

The new IEEE 802.11n draft introduces physical layer (PHY) and media access controller (MAC) layer improvements to enable transmission of two independent data streams of coded OFDM with constellations from BPSK to 64-QAM and code rates from 1/2 to 5/6 at average TCP throughputs 7 times greater (more…)

Mtg: Power and Cooling Optimization Techniques for High Density Data Centers

by @ 8:50 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY October 17
SCV Power Engineering & Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Dennis Shouldice, Global Account Manager, APC/MGE
Time: Dinner (optional) 6:00 PM, Presentation 7:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 IEEE members, $30.00 nonmembers, $10.00 students (no cost for talk)
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood, Sunnyvale
RSVP: to James Alvers,, (925) 730-3105

This presentation will outline challenges facing organizations that need to compress their IT loads through the use of dense IT servers. With the use of blade servers, high density data centers are using an unprecedented amount of power.? (more…)

Mtg: Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System (Video)

by @ 8:49 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY October 17
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: none (video supplied by Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale)
Time: Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford University (parking free after 4 PM)
RSVP: not required

Intuitive Surgical, in Sunnyvale, has developed a surgical system for assisting surgeons in performing complex, minimally-invasive procedures. ? The System provides the surgeon with a high-magnification, 3-dimensional view of the surgical site (more…)

Mtg: Networking for Consultants: Tips and Techniques

by @ 8:47 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY October 16
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley?
Speakers: T. Kim Parnell, Brian A. Berg
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

This meeting will address the art of networking, and will offer tips and techniques for consultants. Consultants often find face-to-face networking to be difficult, particularly in a room full of strangers. (more…)

Mtg: Recent Developments in Municipal Wireless Networks: The Industry at a Crossroads

by @ 8:46 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

TUESDAY October 16
SF Communications? Chapter
Speaker: Esme Vos, esq., Founder,
Time: complimentary buffet dinner at 6:30 PM, presentation following
Cost: none
Place: San Francisco State University, 835 Market Street, San Francisco
RSVP: Please sign up at , for our dinner count.

This presentation will discuss the latest developments in municipal wireless broadband
deployments. Ms. Vos will discuss the search for viable business models after EarthLink’s
decision to leave the market. (more…)

Mtg: Imaging Magnetic Surfaces with Atomic Resolution

by @ 8:44 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY October 16
SCV Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Matthias Bode, Argonne National Laboratory
Time: Cookies and drinks at 7:30 PM; Presentation at 8:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital (KOMAG), 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required

Fueled by the ever increasing data density in magnetic storage technology and the need for a better understanding of the physical properties of magnetic nanostructures, there exists a strong demand for high resolution, magnetically sensitive microscopy techniques. ? The technique with the highest available resolution (more…)

Class: RFIC Architecture and Design: 2-Evening Short Course

by @ 8:43 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

MONDAY & TUESDAY October 15, 16
SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
Speakers: Allen Podell, Podell Assoc; Julian Tham, SiPORT; Dr. Derek Shaffer, BECEEM; Dr. Narendra Rao, Maxim Integrated Products; Dr. Alireza Shirvani-Mahdavi, Marvell; and others
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM each evening
Cost: $90 for IEEE Members, $100 for non-Members
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: preregister by email to

Mtg: Cyber Security for the Electric Utility Industry

by @ 8:42 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

MONDAY October 15
SF Power Engineering? Chapter
Speaker: Joseph Weiss, Task Force Lead, information security impacts on IEEE standards
Time: Light lunch and Presentation, Noon – 1:00 PM
Cost: Free for IEEE members, $5 for non-members
Place: Pacific Gas & Electric Office, 245 Market Street, Room 1417, San Francisco
RSVP: Required for admittance; to Shirin Tabatabai,, 415-973-1474

Joseph Weiss will discuss the NERC Cyber Security Infrastructure requirement.? He will discuss the critical connection between digital control systems, such as SCADA, and Americaâ??s infrastructure and how to protect these systems from intentional or unintentional cyber incidents. (more…)

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