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February 19, 2008

Mtg: Facilitated Networking, plus ‘Offshore’ Panel Discussion

by @ 4:52 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SCV Technical Management Council
Panelists: Richard Danielson, President of PlanV Software; Rakesh Gowda, Director of Software Development at QuinStreet; Steve Mezak, CEO of Accelerance; Dmytry Mykhaylov, software engineer; moderator Chris Sims, the Technical Management Institute
Time: Facilitated Networking at 6:30 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, Panel Discussion at 7:45 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE members, $30 for non-members ($5 extra if not preregistered)
Place: Ramada, 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, between Lawrence Expressway and Great America Parkway), Sunnyvale
RSVP: requested, on the website

Today’s engineering managers need to be able to manage projects where some, or even all, of the engineers are located offshore.? While the situation is becoming more common, the challenges and opportunities (more…)

Webcast: Long-Term Care Insurance: A Personal Risk Management Strategy

by @ 4:01 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

March 12th, 2008
11:00 AM Pacific Time (Duration: 1 hour)
Presenter: Steven M. Cain, Senior Vice President, MARSH Private Client Life Insurance Services
Organzer: IEEE SPECTRUM Magazine
Who should attend: Engineers/managers between the ages of 40 and 65
Cost: None
Advances in medical treatment and technology are extending our lives longer than ever before. Unfortunately, living longer does not guarantee your quality of life. As we age, there is a greater likelihood that an individual will experience some type of acute or chronic ailment (more…)

Mtg: Introduction to BlackBoard CE6: A Web-Based Learning Management System for Higher Education

by @ 3:31 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering

SCV Education Chapter
Speaker: Corey Gin, instructional developer for eCampus, a unit of International and Extended Studies at San Jose State University
Time: Dinner (no cost) at 6:30 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Silicon Valley Technical Institute, 1762 Technology Drive, Suite 227, San Jose
RSVP: not required

Corey Gin will provide an overview of how BlackBoard CE6 is used in a higher education environment. ? He will begin by describing the need for web-based tools/resources to support instruction, how CE6 serves his institution, and why access is important for a variety of learners. He will then (more…)

February 15, 2008

Mtg: Power Cable Ampacity

by @ 4:24 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY February 21
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Charles Cunha, P.E., Regional Power Systems Engineer, Square D
Time: No-host social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation continues at 8:00 PM
Cost: dinner is $20 for IEEE members; $25 for non-members
Place: Marie Callender’s Restaurant, The Garden Room; 2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord
RSVP: by February 20, to Gregg Boltz,, or telephone (925) 210-2571

Power cables are an absolute necessity in all power systems. Proper selection and application of power cables is critical to the reliable operation (more…)

Mtg: Area- and Energy-Efficient VLSI Architectures for Low-Density Parity-Check Decoders

by @ 4:22 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

THURSDAY February 21
SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
Speaker: Kiran Gunnam, LSI Corporation
Time: Refreshments at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: small donation for food
Place: National Semiconductor Building E, Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required


This talk, based on the speakerâ??s PhD research at Texas A&M University, presents several efficient decoder architectures for advanced error correction systems using low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes. ? Several structured properties (more…)

Mtg: Starting and Building a Winning Medtech Business

by @ 4:21 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY February 20
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: J. Casey McGlynn, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Time: No-host dinner at 6:15 PM, Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none, for presentation
Place: Optional Dinner, Stanford Hospital Cafeteria, 6:15pm (no reservations); talk at Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford Univ.
RSVP: not required

This talk will focus on starting and building a winning medtech business. Among other topics, it will address:

a… The Idea. How do you get your idea out of the university and into a company? What types of ideas are most fundable? What do you need to do to protect your idea, and what things can wait until after funding?
b… Funding. Is angel or venture capital the best way to go? How developed does the idea need to be in order to attract capital? What are some successful strategies for finding money? How should the investment be structured?
c… The Team. What members of the team are needed to get the enterprise started? Where do you go to find the right people?
d… Growing the Business. How do you go about building a winning culture? How do you make sure the enterprise is capital efficient? How should you manage you board?
e… Selling the Business. What are some successful strategies in selling your business? How should the deal be structured?

Mtg: Power System Harmonics Mitigation for IT, Industrial and Commercial Facilities

by @ 4:19 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY February 20
SCV Power Engineering & Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Ben Banerjee, Power Quality Sales Application Engineer, Square D Company
Time: Dinner 6:00 PM, Presentation 6:45 PM
Cost: $25.00 IEEE members, $30.00 nonmembers, $10.00 students
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood, Sunnyvale
RSVP: to James Alvers,, 925-463-7115


Harmonic load is a major source of stress and inefficiency in an electrical system. It causes damage, downtime and expense. Typical power distribution systems at IT, industrial and commercial facilities (more…)

Mtg: Wikipedia – Past, Present and Future

by @ 4:14 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software

TUESDAY February 19
SF Communications
Speaker: Phoebe Ayers, Librarian & Wikipedia Special-Projects Committee
Time: Complimentary pizza/salad/dessert dinner & talk at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
RSVP: by Feb 15th to Michael Butler, mjbsf@VERIZON.NET, 415-827-3680 (for food planning)

Phoebe Ayers will discuss the development and future of Wikipedia – a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project. (more…)

Mtg: New Horizons for Breast Radiotherapy

by @ 4:10 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 19
SF Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Catherine Park, M.D., UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology
Time: No-host bar at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $10 students, $15 members, $25 non-members
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 Embarcadero St., San Francisco
RSVP: by Feb 15th to Bob Giebeler,, 415-252-7214


Our presenter, Catherine Park, M.D. received her undergraduate degree in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, Medical Degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and residency training in Radiation Oncology at the (more…)

Mtg: Performance Limitations of Cu/low-k Interconnects and Possible Alternatives

by @ 4:09 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 19
SCV Nanotechnology Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Krishna Saraswat, Stanford University, Department of Electrical Engineering
Time: Registration & light lunch 11:30 AM, Presentation at noon
Cost: IEEE Members and Students $5, Non-Members $10
Place: National Semiconductor Bldg E-1 CMA Room. 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: through the website

For more than 30 years, the performance of silicon integrated circuits has improved at an astonishing rate. However, looking into the future the relentless scaling paradigm is threatened by fundamental limits including excessive power dissipation, insufficient communication bandwidth, and (more…)

Mtg: Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy: Battery Pack Systems

by @ 4:08 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering

TUESDAY February 19
OEB Power Engineering Chapter
Speaker: Bob Goebel, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Altair Nanotechnologies
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: $15 for members and students, $25 for non-members
Place: Scotts Seafood in Jack London Square, Oakland
RSVP: by email to Carole Pharr,


Altairnano is an innovator and supplier of advanced novel ceramic nanomaterials.? They have substantial experience in commercializing innovative, disruptive technologies.? The company has developed nanomaterials for the alternative energy, life sciences and (more…)

Mtg: Wireless Sensors and Control Networks: A Watershed Event (ZigBee)

by @ 4:06 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 19
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Bob Heile, ZigBee Alliance
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required


This talk will provide an overview of the alliance and its mission. It will address the basic functionality delivered by the standard, where it fits in the wireless arena, plus next steps for the 230-member strong ecosystem (more…)

Panel: Next-Generation Wireless Broadband – HSPA, LTE, WiMAX, Wifi 11n

by @ 4:04 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SCV Communications Chapter
Speakers: Dr. William C.Y. Lee, Treyspan; Rehan Jalil, Wichorus; Bruce Himebauch, Atheros
Time: Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E, Conference Room, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: by email to Lu Chang,

Dr. William Lee, Chairman, Treyspan, Inc.

Mtg: A New Perspective on Electronic Product Reliability: Prognostics and Health Management

by @ 2:02 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology and Reliability Chapters
Speaker: Prof. Michael Pecht, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), University of Maryland
Time: Dinner at 6:30 PM, Presentation (no cost) at 7:30 PM
Cost: $25 for dinner (if reserved by April 6)
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, between Lawrence Expressway and Great America Parkway), Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email with Janis Karklins,


Reliability is the ability of a product or system to perform as intended (i.e., without failure and within specified performance limits) for a specified time, in its life-cycle environment. It is now well known that the handbook electronics reliability prediction methods (Mil-Hdbk-217, 217-Plus, Bellcore/ Telcordia, PRISM, FIDES, SAE) are misleading (more…)

February 11, 2008

Mtg: A Roadmap for Reducing Data Center Energy Consumption

by @ 3:40 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY February 26
SF Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Brad Brindley, Emerson Network Power, Inc.
Time: Social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM; dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 ($10 for IEEE Student members)
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Jack Lin,, 415.551.4894


Data center energy consumption is being driven by the demand within almost every organization for greater computing capacity and increased IT centralization.? Our speaker will explore the top 10 energy saving opportunities that show reductions in energy consumption at the IT equipment level having the greatest impact on overall consumption (more…)

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