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February 16, 2009

Mtg: 300 kW Ground Screw PV Solar Tracking System Design-Build Project

by @ 3:25 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY March 11, 2009
OEB Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Darry Conklin, CEO, Renewable Technologies Inc.
Time: Social/Snacks/Drinks/Desert at 5:30 PM, Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cutler-Hammer, 20923 Cabot Blvd., Hayward
RSVP: by email to

Photovoltaic solar power systems that use tracking systems have been preferred by many entities with Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) because of their higher efficiency as compared to (more…)

Mtg: Silicon Valley Engineers Week Banquet

by @ 10:24 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY February 19, 2009
Silicon Valley Engineering Council
Honorees: Robert E. Berry, Chairman Emeritus, Space Systems Loral; Dr. Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang, Chancellor, UC-Merced; Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center; Dr. Jimmy Kazuhiro Omura, Technology Strategist, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Time: Reception at 5:00 PM; Dinner at 6:30 PM, Keynote, Engineering Hall of Fame ceremony
Cost: $85
Place: Doubletree Hotel, San Jose
RSVP: using the form on the SVEC website

Mtg: The Basics of Solar Electricity

by @ 10:23 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Optics/Displays

THURSDAY February 19, 2009
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Pete Shoemaker, Renewables Program Coordinator, PG&E Pacific Energy Center
Time: No-host social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM
Cost: $20 for IEEE members; $25 for non-members
Place: Marie Callender’s Restaurant – The Garden Room; 2090 Diamond Blvd (near the Concord Hilton Hotel), Concord
RSVP: by email to Gregg Boltz at, (925) 210-2571

Is solar electricity right for you?? Hear from Pete Shoemaker about current market-ready solar power technologies and the key steps necessary to own a solar electric (more…)

Mtg: Kimberlina Solar Thermal Power Plant Project

by @ 10:22 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY February 18, 2009
OEB Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Bill Conlon, Ph.D., Director of Power Engineering, Ausra, Inc
Time: Social/Snacks/Drinks/Desert at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:20 PM
Cost: none
Place: Siemens Energy and Automation Inc, 25821 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 300, Hayward
RSVP: by email to Diep Nguyen,, (510) 267-0441

Ausra, Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup, recently completed construction of the first Solar Thermal Power Plant in California in nearly 20 years.? The Kimberlina Solar Thermal Power Plant near (more…)

Mtg: State of the Heart: Development of the Levacor Ventricular Assist Device

by @ 10:21 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY February 18, 2009
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Phillip Miller, World Heart, Inc
Time: Optional Dinner, NEW LOCATION: Nexus Cafeteria in the Clark Center, 6:15 pm (no host, no reservations); Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Clark Center auditorium, Stanford University
RSVP: not required

World Heart is a pioneer in the development of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) â?? implantable pumps that take over the workload of the diseased heart of patients in end-stage heart (more…)

Mtg: Digital Relay Protection for Motors

by @ 10:19 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

TUESDAY February 17, 2009
SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Gregory B. Rauch, P.E., Matzinger-Keegan Inc. (MKI)
Time: Dinner at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: Dinner to be individually ordered per Coco’s dinner menu plus 20% gratuity. No cost for the presentation.
Place: Cocoâ??s Restaurant, 1206 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to James Alvers, (925) 463-7115

Microprocessor-based digital protective relays revolutionized power system protection with their introduction in the early 1980â??s.? The primary advantages of digital relays (more…)

Mtg: PCIe-Attached Solid State Storage – The New Memory Tier

by @ 10:17 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 17, 2009
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: David Flynn, CTO, Fusion-io
Time: Networking at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Fusion-io CTO David Flynn will present technical details about how flash memory-based storage systems work, as well as how PCI Express is being used as a much faster access (more…)

Mtg: Future Military Ground Vehicle Fleet: More-Electric Vehicles (and Tour of BAEâ??s Armored Vehicle Prototype Yard)

by @ 10:16 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 17, 2009
SCV Vehicular Technology Chapter
Speaker: Don Christian, BAE Systems
Time: Badge-in, pizza, networking at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM; Tour at 7:45 PM
Cost: Suggest $5 donation for pizza
Place: BAE Systems, 2890 DeLaCruz Ave, Santa Clara
RSVP: Limited to 40. Must RSVP with ID info (attendeeâ??s full name, country of citizenship & employer), preferably by Mon. February 2nd, to Keiko Costella,, 408-289-2688. For last minute attendees: to get badges the day of the meeting, US citizens must show a government issued ID. Non-US citizens must show their green card document (no other document will be accepted as a substitute).

Future ground, air, and sea vehicles will contain more electronics of all sorts including greater on-board generation capabilities.? This trend is already evident in commercial, personal, and military (more…)

Mtg: Cisco Academy Packet Tracer: A Communications Analysis Tool

by @ 10:15 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

TUESDAY February 17, 2009
SF Communications Chapter
Speaker: Dennis Frezzo, Cisco Systems
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: none (includes complimentary pizza/salad/desert dinner — please RSVP)
Place: California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave (use Golden Gate entrance), San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Tim Ryan,

The Cisco Networking Academy is a private-public partnership between Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility and approximately 8,000 high schools, community colleges, trade schools, (more…)

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