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April 30, 2008

Class: Technician-Level Amateur Radio License Instruction and Exam Session

by @ 11:52 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

K6SA and West Valley College
Instructors: from the Saratoga Amateur Radio Association (SARA)
Time: 8:00 AM â?? 4:00 PM Training Class; 4:00 PM â?? 5:00 PM Exam
Cost: $14
Place: West Valley College, Applied Arts and Sciences Room 37 (AAS-37), Saratoga
RSVP: use the Form on the website; limited to first 35 people

This is an accelerated class designed to provide you with the knowledge to pass the Technician Class amateur radio license exam at the end of the day. Upon successful completion of the exam (more…)

Mtg:Root Cause Analysis

by @ 9:01 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

SF Power Engineering Chapter
Speaker: Mr. Walter R. Bak, Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent (Failure Analysis Associates)
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM (includes light lunch)
Cost: Free for IEEE members, $5 for non-members
Place: Pacific Gas & Electric Office, 77 Beale St. Room 305, San Francisco
RSVP: by email by May 7 to Davis Erwin,, 510-874-2674

Root cause analysis provides an effective technique for identifying the causes of significant problems, for defining actions to prevent recurrence of these events, and to drive continuous improvement within an organization.? The technique is applicable (more…)

Jobs: Associate Electrical Engineers (East Bay Municipal Water District)

by @ 8:43 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

There are two permanent openings located in the Design Division of the Engineering and Construction Department and in the Support Services Division of the Wastewater Department. Both report to Senior Electrical Engineers. For these openings, (more…)

Job: Senior Electrical Engineer (in Napa Valley)

by @ 8:38 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

MK2 Engineering, Inc. has an excellent opportunity for an experienced electrical engineer to join our growing electrical team. Located in the world-famous Napa Valley, we are a consulting engineers firm specializing in (more…)

Mtg: Semiconductor Manufacturing and Test Trends

by @ 7:40 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ir. Erik H. Volkerink, Verigy Ltd.
Time: Registration at 11:30 AM, Buffet Lunch at 11:45 AM, Presentation at 12:15 PM
Cost: $15 for lunch
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, near Lawrence Expy), Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to Ed Aoki,

Dr. Volkerink reviews the semiconductor Cycle of Innovation and what it means to semiconductor test. Heâ??ll touch on advances in silicon technologies, reliability, (more…)

April 27, 2008

Mtg: Advancements in Noise Measurement

by @ 7:31 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SCV Instrumentation and Measurement Chapter
Speaker: Ken Wong, Agilent Technology
Time: Social/refreshments at 6:30, Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: none
Place: Board Room, Cogswell College, (1175 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to Brian Lee, Brian.Lee@IEEE.ORG


Noise measurements were developed since the beginning of telecommunication. ? The Y-factor method was introduced back in the 1930’s.? The cold source method was also mentioned at the same time. Noise parameters (more…)

April 26, 2008

Mtg: Enhancing Image Fidelity through Spatio-Spectral Design for Color Image Acquisition, Reconstruction, and Display

by @ 2:49 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SCV Signal Processing Chapter
Speaker: Keigo Hirakawa, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Harvard University, Department of Statistics
Time: Fast food and drinks at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for refreshments
Place: National Semiconductor, north end of Building E, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required


In the first part of the talk, we consider extending an image denoising problem to the problem of missing or incomplete pixel values — either due to mechanical designs or distortions.? (more…)

Mtg: Building the Foundation for Your Engineering Career

by @ 1:25 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

SCV GOLD – Grads of the Last Decade, with SCV-PACE
Speakers: Cynthia Shapiro (author of “What Does Somebody Have To Do To Get A Job Around Here?”); Irene Koehler – HR consultant (“First Thing Tomorrow”); Jonathan David (IEEE Region 6 Professional Activities Coordinator); Stephen P. McInerney (IEEE GOLD volunteer)
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: none (dinner is $17 for the full buffet, and books will be available for purchase)
Place: Grand Indian Buffet, 1214 Apollo Way, Suite# 404B, Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to Jonathan David,

? IEEE GOLD has assembled a panel of Experts to address issues commonly experienced in the early stages of your Career, from Working with PEOPLE to dealing with your first layoff, from Negotiating the Salary, (more…)

Mtg:Academic and Industrial Research: Using the IEEE’s XPLORE Database

by @ 7:59 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

OEB DeVry University Student Chapter
Speaker: Paul Wesling, CPMT Society Distinguished Lecturer & SF Bay Area Council Communications Director
Time: Social/Pizza at 4:00 PM; Presentation at 4:30 PM, Q&A at 5:30 PM
Cost: $5 donation for pizza (free, for students)
Place: DeVry University Room 101, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont
RSVP: not required; for additional information: Mostafa Mortezaie, (510) 574-1132

IEEE is the largest publisher of electrotechnology literature in the world, and most results in our fields are extensively reported there.? After a brief overview of IEEE’s journals (more…)

Mtg: Reliability Performance and Measures of Repairable Systems

by @ 7:57 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

SCV Reliability Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Wendai Wang, Applied Materials
Time: Refreshments at 6:30 PM, presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: HP Oak Room, Bldg 48 (Hwy 280 at Wolfe Rd), Cupertino
RSVP: not required

Many multi-component systems such as automobiles, computer servers, production & industrial equipment, appliances, engines, and power systems are generally repairable in service. ? It is also known that reliability performance metrics (more…)

Mtg: Graph Theoretical Methods for Network-level Connectivity Analysis of Brain Networks

by @ 7:56 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY April 29
SF Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Ashish Raj, Department of Radiology, UCSF
Time: Social at 6:00 PM, dinner at 7:00 PM, presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $15 for IEEE members, $25 for non-members, $10 for students
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 Embarcadero St., San Francisco
RSVP: by April 25th to Bob Giebeler,, 415-252-7214

Our presenter, Dr. Ashish Raj will discuss new advances in brain MRI that provide the ability to non-invasively probe the structural connectivity of the brain. ? This talk will describe several ways of obtaining the connectivity network of the human brain using MRI data. ? Networks from MRI structural (more…)

April 25, 2008

Mtg:The Year of Living Dangerously: Extraordinary Results for an Enterprise Agile Revolution (&) Globalization and Why it Works

by @ 8:49 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

SCV Technology Management Council
Speakers: Steve Greene and Chris Fry; Kevin Walsh
Time: Social at 6:00 PM, Pre-dinner Presentation at 6:30 PM, Dinner at 7:15 PM, Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE member, $30 non member ($5 more at door)
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave (near 101 and Lawrence Expy), Sunnyvale
RSVP: through the website

Many software organizations today ask “How do we make an agile transformation and what benefit will we get?” ? Should you transition your organization to agile all at once (more…)

Mtg:Risk Analysis as Decision Support, plus Directed Networking

by @ 8:20 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

SCV Technology Management Council
Speaker: Dr. Elisabeth Pate-Cornell, Professor and Chair, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Time: Social at 6:00 PM, Directed Networking at 6:30 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE member, $30 non member ($5 more at door)
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave (near 101 and Lawrence Expy), Sunnyvale
RSVP: through the website

Engineering risk analysis allows identifying the weak points in a complex system and taking pro-active risk management measures. Dr. M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell will describe (more…)

April 24, 2008

Mtg: An 802.11n 2×2 MIMO Radio in 0.13um CMOS (and) A Bluetooth v2.1 radio in 0.13um CMOS

by @ 2:34 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
Speakers: Dave Weber and Sotirios Limotyrakis, Atheros Communications, Inc
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


An 802.11n-draft-compliant 2×2 2-stream MIMO radio SoC incorporates two dual-band RF transceivers, analog baseband filters, data converters, (more…)

Mtg:Measuring Structural Resonances

by @ 2:09 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Doug Smith, Consultant
Time: Social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required


Measuring structural resonances in equipment can be a valuable aid to EMC troubleshooting. This talk builds on the original method of Scott Roleson of HP to today’s frequencies as well as (more…)

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