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August 13, 2008

Mtg: Wireless Backhaul Trends: Future Role of Wireless, Fiber Optics, and Copper Wire

by @ 2:54 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY October 8, 2008
SCV Communications? Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Wells, Founder and Principal Partner, AJIS LLC
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: none (donation to cover pizza)
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E, Conference Room, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Wireless operators are seeing continuous strain on their backhaul networks. ? 50 million new mobile subscribers are added worldwide every month. ? Data usage is exploding. ? Future 4G technologies will require base station (more…)

Mtg: Location-Based Services: From Promise to Reality

by @ 2:43 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY September 10, 2008
SCV Communications Chapter
Speaker: Ravi Jain, manager for mobile engineering, Google, & IEEE Fellow
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: Donation to cover pizza
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E, Conference Room, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

IEEE Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects (HotI)

by @ 2:33 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

IEEE Computer Society:
IEEE Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects (HotI) [more]
– August 26-28, 2008 – Stanford University
– Tutorials Aug. 26 – Sessions Aug 27-28
– Register by August 13 for best rates!
Join us for our 16th year of an information-packed three-day Symposium about the latest in High Performance Interconnects, addressing the Networking and Supercomputing families. HotI brings together architects and designers of high performance chips, software, and systems at the University and global business levels. Presentations focus on the latest technological developments of the leading engineers and researchers in the field.
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Mtg: A Private Tour of AT&T Park – Home of the San Francisco Giants

by @ 2:31 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY August 14, 2008
SF Power & Energy Chapter, with GOLD (Grads of Last Decade)
Time: 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM
Cost: $5
Place: Gather at Giants Dugout Store at AT&T Park along 3rd St. (BART: Embarcadero & Montgomery)
RSVP: by email to Frank Oppong,

Please come and join the Power & Energy Society and Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) as we take an exclusive â??behind-the-scenes??? tour of what many consider the best Ballpark in the nation.? Come see areas of the park where only players (more…)

Webinar: Engineering the Art of Negotiation (no cost)

by @ 2:30 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

MONDAY September 8, 2008
Organized by IEEE-USA Career Center
Speaker: John Shulman, internationally recognized negotiation expert, Alignor
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PDT)
Cost: none (includes complimentary book, Engineering the Art of Negotiation: Part 1 â?? How to Handle Your Boss)
Place: online
RSVP: See website

Tired of hidden agendas, dealing with difficult people, or politics derailing projects? ? Learn a process-driven approach to negotiation and persuasion that you can use to keep projects on track and keep difficult people in check. ? (more…)

August 8, 2008

Mtg: Target Characterization Using Time Reversal Symmetry of Wave Propagation

by @ 11:13 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

TUESDAY September 16, 2008
SCV Antennas and Propagation Chapter
Speaker: Dr. David H. Chambers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Time: Pizza and sodas at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cogswell Polytechnical College (Boardroom), 1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale
RSVP: not required

The fact that wave propagation looks the same whether time is going forward or backward has been known theoretically since the formulation of wave theory. Only recently, however, have array technology and computers been developed (more…)

August 6, 2008

Mtg: The Evolution of MEMS Packaging – Chicken or Egg

by @ 4:59 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

THURSDAY October 23, 2008
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Paul Eugene (Gene) Burk, Jr., consultant to MEMS companies
Time: Registration at 11:30 AM, Buffet lunch at 11:45 AM, Presentation at 12:15 PM
Cost: $15 if reserved by Oct. 20; $20 after & at door
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road at Lawrence Expressway), Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to Ed Aoki,

The first devices using what are now called MEMS technologies were sensors developed to overcome deficiencies in component performance and cost due to the silicon chip-package interface. ? The need to consider (more…)

August 1, 2008

Mtg: Addressing Global Warming with Solar Energy

by @ 9:53 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY August 6, 2008
SF Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Bob Stuart, Senior Director of Transmission, BrightSource Energy
Time: 5:00 PM Networking & Cash Bar; 6:00 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Presentation
Cost: IEEE members $30, Non-members $40
Place: Sens Restaurant, Embarcadero Center 4, Promenade Level, San Francisco (validated parking)
RSVP: Anupama Pandey,, 415-369-1096

In a recent press release, the California Air Resources Board charted a course to reduce California‘s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent over the next 12 years. ? The draft plan proposes that utilities produce a third of their energy (more…)

Mtg: Cognitive Memory: Pattern Recognition and Adaptive Control

by @ 9:52 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY August 6, 2008
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Bernard Widrow, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Carnegie-Mellon West campus, Moffet Field:
RSVP: not required

Regarding the workings of the human mind, memory and pattern recognition seem to be intertwined. ? You generally do not have one without the other.? Taking inspiration from life experience, a new form of computer memory has been devised. (more…)

Mtg: Photonic Crystal Devices (LEOS Distinguished Lecture)

by @ 9:51 am. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY August 5, 2008
SCV Lasers and ElectroOptics Chapter
Speaker: Prof. John O’Brien, University of Southern California
Time: Networking and Pizza Social at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: please use the “RSVP” button on the web page to reserve

Two-dimensional photonic crystal devices take advantage of our ability to pattern the dielectric, through nanofabrication techniques, on a scale that is shorter than the optical wavelength at which the device operates. ? Patterning on this length scale (more…)

Mtg: Stochastic Nature in Magnetization Reversal of 2D Ferromagnets at Barkhausen Criticality

by @ 9:50 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

MONDAY August 4, 2008
OEB Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: Sung-Chul Shin, Professor and Director, Department of Physics and Center for Nanospinics of Spintronic Materials, KAIST, Korea
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab, bldg 6-2202
RSVP: Please respond by email with name, company, to Peter Fischer by July 28

The question as to whether magnetization reversal processes in ferromagnetic materials are deterministic or stochastic is both fundamentally interesting and technologically important. ? We have investigated magnetization reversal processes (more…)

Mtg: Walking on Hot Coals: Understanding your Pre-disposition Toward Conflict Situations

by @ 9:49 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

THURSDAY September 4, 2008
SCV Technology Management Council
Speaker: Helena Dublisky, Omega Coaching
Time: Pre-dinner Networking at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation: at 7:45 PM
Cost: $25 (IEEE member), $30 (non member) cash or check at the door ($5 more, without reservation)
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: See website

This presentation will help people to understand their own pre-disposition to conflict situations, and to identify their own â??automatic behaviors??? toward conflict situations, to learn about the life cycle of conflict (and the functional and dysfunctional behaviors (more…)

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