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January 24, 2011

Mtg: Get Ready! Plug-In Electric Vehicles are Coming — and You’re at Ground Zero!

by @ 12:48 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power
 

TUESDAY January 25, 2011
SF Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Gary H. Fox, PE., General Electric Company
Time: Social at 5:30 PM; Meeting at 6:00 PM; Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $30 (at door); $10 for 5 reserved IEEE student members
Place: Sinbad’s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Frank Sylvester, fsylvester@sfwater.org, 415.554.1578
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/1101-sf-ias.pdf

January 21, 2011

Mtg: Solid-State and Spinning Discs in Evolving Internet Landscapes: Semiconductor, SSD and HDD Forecast Scenarios

by @ 7:28 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY February 22, 2011
SCV Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: John Monroe, Gartner Inc
Time: Cookies, Conversation & Pizza at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/mag

As has often happened in recent years in the wake of new SSD announcements, many analysts tend to stare right through the thicket of explosive need for cost-effective HDD storage capacity in a (more…)

Mtg: Renewable Energies — PV Solar Cogeneration

by @ 7:11 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays
 

WEDNESDAY February 23, 2011
OEB Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Ratson Morad, COO & VP of research & development, Cogenra Solar
Time: Social/Snacks/Drinks/Desert at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:10 PM
Cost: none
Place: EATON Cutler-Hammer, 20923 Cabot Blvd., Hayward
RSVP: Required, by email, to Henry Chan, Henry@edesignc.com
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/1102-oeb-pes.pdf

Despite recent advances, standard photovoltaic (PV) technology only captures roughly 15-20 percent of the sunâ??s energy, allowing the remaining 80 percent to dissipate in the form of wasted heat.? Tapping (more…)

Mtg: Solid State Lighting for Industrial Locations

by @ 6:48 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

THURSDAY February 17, 2011
OEB Industry Applications Chapter?
Speaker: Ken McFarland, Crouse Hinds
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: Please respond by February 11 to Gregg Boltz gboltz@brwncald.com, telephone: (925) 210-2571
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/1102-oeb-ias.pdf

Talk Outline:
Lighting Definitions
Trends in LED Technology … (more…)

Mtg: Cruise Ship Fire – Lessons Learned

by @ 6:26 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY January 25, 2011
SCV Product Safety Engineering Chapter
Speaker: Thomas P. Shefchick, PE
Time: Optional dinner at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none for presentation
Place: El Torito Restaurant for optional dinner; then Applied Materials, Bowers Café, 3090 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/1101-scv-pses.pdf

Mtg: Addressing System Control Complexity with Multi-Physics Modeling and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulation

by @ 9:52 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY February 24, 2011
SCV Control Systems Chapter
Speaker: Christoph Wimmer, National Instruments
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; complimentary buffet lunch served at noon
Cost: none; sponsored by National Instruments and Maplesoft
Place: Sunnyvale Grand Hotel, 865 West El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/css

The IEEE Control Systems Society is pleased to offer this workshop about Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulation.? Experts from industry will discuss the theory and practice of HIL simulation and (more…)

Mtg: Adaptive Inverse Control (Part 2)

by @ 9:37 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY February 1, 2011
SCV Control Systems Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Bernard Widrow, Stanford University
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from the website
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/css

Adaptive inverse control, a novel method of self-correcting system dynamics uses feed forward control to optimize plant performance.? Unlike conventional control methods, adaptive inverse control uses (more…)

Mtg: Recent Developments in Hard Disk Drive Reliability Engineering

by @ 9:14 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

THURSDAY March 3, 2011
SCV Reliability Chapter
Speaker: Bernhard Hiller, Ph.D., Advanced Reliability Engineering, Western Digital Corp
Time: Networking and snacks at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Hewlett-Packard Building 48, Oak Room, 19111 Pruneridge Ave, Cupertino
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/rl

Inexpensive, reliable storage provided by hard disk drives (HDD) fuels many aspects of modern life such as the internet, mobile computing and home entertainment.? This talk will start with an educational (more…)

Mtg: Best of RAMS 2011 (Reliability and Maintainability Symposium)

by @ 9:03 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

THURSDAY February 3, 2011
SCV Reliability Chapter
Speakers: RAMS attendees
Time: Networking and snacks at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Hewlett-Packard Building 48, Oak Room, 19111 Pruneridge Ave, Cupertino
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/rl

The Reliability and Maintainability Symposium has a wide scope of presentations.? ? Each year, the RAMS attendees are asked to present a summary of the two or three best talks.

January 19, 2011

Mtg: CPU Dominance in the 2010s: x86 or ARM?

by @ 9:48 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software
 

TUESDAY February 1, 2011
OEB Computer Chapter
(plus Open Forum Discussion & Chapter planning)

Speaker: Moderated by Jonathan Emery of LLNL Time: Networking (and Optional Food/Beverage Ordering) at 6:00 PM; Open Forum at 6:30 PM
Cost: none (except for food)
Place: Emil Villa’s Hickory Pit & Grill, 3064 Pacific Ave, Livermore
RSVP: not required
Web: www.e-grid.net/calendar.html

For several decades, the Intel x86 CPU architecture and Windows Operating System (aka â??WinTel???) have dominated the commodity computing landscape.? However, in the last few years explosive growth in the smartphone and mobile (more…)

January 18, 2011

Mtg: Grounding Application for Space Systems

by @ 7:44 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY February 8, 2011
SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Bill Imes, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin
Time: Networking/light dinner at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: fee for dinner/drinks; complimentary tea/coffee/snacks
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/emc

Grounding considerations result in interaction of power and signal applications in major aerospace systems.? This talk discusses the theoretical and practical basis for how to design aerospace ground systems (including test systems) that maximize probability of success.
Fundamental concepts of stray voltage generation, impedance, current flow path control vs frequency, stray magnetic field limitation, safety, electrostatic discharge prevention (via grounding), and primary and secondary power grounding approaches will be presented.? Handling of grounding and reference systems for both analog and digital applications in system will be addressed.? Power boundary and isolation techniques (and how to achieve them), and prevention, limitation of common mode concerns will be discussed.

Mtg: TOPS: A Program to Increase Elementary (K-8) Student Science Achievement with Retired Scientists and Engineers

by @ 7:19 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY March 8, 2011
OEB Life Members Chapter
Speaker: Art Krakowsky, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (retired)
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $15, includes buffet dinner
Place: Willow Tree Restaurant, 6513 Regional St, Dublin
RSVP: from website
Web: www.ieee4life.org

TOPS (Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science) is an outreach program using volunteers (the â??Partners???) for (1) assisting teachers in grades K-8 with preparation and delivery of science and engineering lessons in the classroom, (2) (more…)

Mtg: Architecting the Internet-Of-Things

by @ 5:24 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY February 15, 2011
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speakers: George Schnurle and Michael Weseloh, GEOTiQ
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.CaliforniaConsultants.org

While the current job market is hopefully improving, last year found many talented and motivated people looking for opportunities.? This talk will describe how one group of people came together, found an opportunity with a low cost of (more…)

January 17, 2011

Mtg: Websites, Blogs and Social Media for Engineers

by @ 5:39 am. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt
 

FRIDAY January 21, 2011
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Patrick Schwerdtfeger, author
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: $35 for members, $45 for non-members
Place: as a webinar, or on-site at Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from the website
Web: ieeecnsv012111.eventbee.com

Mtg: Automated Behavioral Modeling: A Quantum Jump in Mixed-Signal Design Verification Technologies

by @ 5:38 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY January 20, 2011
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Richard Shi, University of Washington
Time: Networking/light dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for food
Place: QualComm Santa Clara, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/cas

Verification is becoming the number-one bottleneck in mixed-signal systems-on-chip (SoC) design.? This talk introduces a new design and verification methodology based on the automated generation of high-level behavioral models from a SPICE (more…)

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