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May 18, 2009

Mtg: Amplifying Our Voices: How Engineers Can Influence Politicians and Why We Would Want To

by @ 9:21 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY May 21, 2009
SCV Professional Activites Committee for Engineers (PACE)
Speaker: Russell Harrison, IEEE-USA’s Senior Legislative Representative – Grassroots Affairs
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Multipurpose Room, Bldg 3, KLA-Tencor, 3 Technology Blvd, Milpitas
RSVP: not required

Mtg: Clock and Data Recovery in High-Speed Wireline Communications

by @ 9:20 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Semiconductors

THURSDAY May 21, 2009
SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
Speaker: Nikola Nedovic, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
Time: Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

This presentation reviews the basics of clock and data recovery circuits in high speed transceivers for optical communications, with focus on top-down design strategy from practical (more…)

Mtg: Shaft Grounding – Sustainable Motors in VFD Applications

by @ 9:19 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY May 21, 2009
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Adam Willwerth, Electro Static Technology
Time: Social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation continues at 8:00 PM
Cost: $20 for IEEE members; $25 for non-members
Place: Marie Callender’s Restaurant – The Garden Room, 2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord
RSVP: by May 20 by email to Gregg Boltz,, (925) 210-2571

With the rising cost of energy, the use of variable frequency drives (VFDs) is growing at an increasing rate, especially in “Green” building design and manufacturing.? While VFDs provide (more…)

Mtg: The Promise of Solar Concentrators

by @ 9:18 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY May 20, 2009
SCV Power & Energy, and Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Steve Horn, CTO & Cofounder, SolFocus
Time: Dinner at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00PM
Cost: $25.00 IEEE members, $30.00 nonmembers, $10.00 students (no cost for presentation)
Place: Cocoâ??s Restaurant, 1206 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to : James Alvers,, (925) 463-7115

By concentrating sunlight onto a small area of high-efficiency solar cell material, concentrator systems dramatically reduce the amount of expensive and often supply-constrained solar (more…)

Mtg: Problems Of The Existing Electrical Grid and the Features of a Modern Grid Architecture

by @ 9:17 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY May 20, 2009
OEB Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Jerry Ramie, ARC Technical Resources, Inc.
Time: Social at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: $5
Place: Siemens Energy and Automation Inc, Ste. 300, 25821 Industrial Blvd., Hayward
RSVP: by email to

The existing power grid is aging, overloaded, unstable and incapable of meeting the power quality needs of an Information Economy.? This fast-moving overview of the modern grid, and renewable energy’s place in it, details the problems of the existing grid and the (more…)

Mtg: How the CyberKnife Utilizes Robotics and Image Guidance to Annihilate Cancer

by @ 9:17 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY May 20, 2009
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Michael Saracen, consultant
Time: Optional dinner at Nexus Cafeteria in the Clark Center, 6:15 pm (no host, no reservations); Presentation at Room M-114 at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford
RSVP: not required

Robots are commonplace in many industries today demonstrating the benefits reliability, precision and accuracy have to offer.? Medicine is entering a new age where it is starting to (more…)

Mtg: Storing Your Life: Consumer Digital Storage

by @ 9:16 am. Filed under Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY May 20, 2009
OEB DeVry University Student Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cost: none (refreshments served)
Place: Room 106, DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Cir, Fremont
RSVP: not required

Mtg: Cloud Computing Paradigms: MapReduce, Hadoop, Cascading

by @ 9:15 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY May 19, 2009
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Chris K. Wensel, Scale Unlimited
Time: Networking and snacks at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Cloud computing promises to make a significant impact on engineering computing paradigms and application design in a number of important arenas. Amazons Elastic Compute Cloud and (more…)

Symposium: Nanotechnology – Enabling Energy-Efficient Electronics

by @ 9:14 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering

TUESDAY May 19, 2009
SCV Nanotechnology, with Electron Devices, Photonics, Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapters
Speakers: from Intel, IBM, Stanford, HP Labs, KTH, LBNL
Time: Registration at 8:00 AM; presentations from 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: (includes lunch) IEEE Members $65, Non-Members $79, fulltime Students $40 thru May 15 (add $15 at the door)
Place: National Semiconductor, Bldg E-1 CMA Room, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: Using DoubleKnot registration page, by May 15

Webinar: Physical Verification: The Road Ahead

by @ 9:13 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

TUESDAY May 19, 2009
Speaker: Michael White, Sr. Physical Verification Product Marketing Manager, Mentor Graphics
Time: Presentation 11:00 AM – Noon
Cost: none
Place: On the Web (also available on a delayed basis)
RSVP: from SPECTRUM website

Mtg: Advanced MEMs-based Displays for Portable Applications

by @ 9:12 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

MONDAY May 18, 2009
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Alan Lewis, Sr. Dir., Engineering, QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies
Time: Fast food and drinks at 6:30 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for food
Place: Cadence Design Systems, Building 5, 655 Seely Avenue, San Jose
RSVP: not required

This talk will focus on mirasolâ?¢ display technology for battery-operated portable devices such as cell phones, GPS systems, MP3 players, PDAs etc.? The key display requirements for (more…)

Conf: Frontiers in Biomedical Devices

by @ 6:51 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

4th Annual ASME
Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
— June 8-9, 2009 ? ? — Hyatt Regency, Irvine ? ? — Sessions, Exhibits
This conference and exhibition brings together leading authorities in the commercial and academic arenas of advanced bioengineering for devices and sensors. It is organized to provide a forum where participants involved in the development of the next generation of biomedical devices will meet and share their expertise, establish collaborations, and discuss solutions to the challenges facing the industry today.
Technical Tracks: ? -Cardiovascular ? – Orthopedics ? – Medical/Legal Issues ? – Advanced Technology ? – Diabetes ? – Stem Cell ? – Posters
More information:

SCU Summer Open University

by @ 6:49 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

Santa Clara University Graduate School of Engineering:
SCU Summer Open University
— One 10-weeek session ? ? — Two 5-week sessions
Have you ever wanted to continue your education in engineering while you continued working? Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering offers graduate degree and non-degree programs to both full-time students and working professionals. Simplified registration for the Summer Open University. Graduate-level instruction. Up to 12 units may be transferred to a graduate-degree program.
Early-morning classes: ? – Linear Algebra ? – Speech Coding ? – Applied Math ? – Intro to Systems Engineering (and more)
Evening classes: ? – Web Architecture & Protocols ? – IC Fab Processes ? – Advanced RFIC Design ? – Logic Design Using HDL ? – Nanoelectronics ? – Low Power Designs of VLSI Circuits (and more)
Saturday classes: ? – Wireless Mobile Networks ? – Design of SOCs ? – Law, Technology, IP
For more information, visit, ? or contact Olivia Jenq,

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