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February 4, 2014

SF-PES: What is Reactive Power? An Introduction and Refresher

by @ 5:05 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

FRIDAY February 28, 2014
SF Power & Energy Chapter
– relationship, control, power factor, mitigation, examples …
Speaker: Charles Mee, PE, Senior Utilities Electrical Engineer, Office of Ratepayer Advocates, California Public Utilities Commission
Time: Lunch (catered by Old Jerusalem Restaurant) at 11:30 AM; Presentation at noon
Cost: $5 IEEE members, $10 Non-members (no charge for presentation only)
Place: California Public Utilities Commission, Courtyard Room, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
RSVP: by February 26 to Sean Ely,, 415-973-7192

This presentation will first discuss the concept of resistance, inductance, and capacitance and the associated real power, reactive power, and apparent power and the relationship between reactive power with voltage control and power factors (more…)


Mtg: San Mateo-Hayward Bridge: Challenges and Lessons Learned in 15kV Substation Replacement Project

by @ 4:18 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY May 15, 2014
OEB Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapters
– switchgear, location, access, SCADA, backup power …
Speaker: Diep Nguyen, DTN Engineers Inc.
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: $25 for IEEE members, $30 for non-members, $15 for student and retired members
Place: Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
RSVP: by May 12 to Michael Nakamura, (925) 330-6595

The San Mateoâ??Hayward Bridge is one of four critical bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It was built in 1929, and was the longest bridge in the world at that time.  It links San Francisco peninsula with the East Bay, boasting a 7-mile length with (more…)


Mtg: SmartGrid Interoperability and Security

by @ 2:17 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY February 19, 2014
SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
– standards, intermittent sources, storage, challenges …
Speaker: Sara Biyabani, Systems Performance Architect, Intel Corp.
Time: Dinner and Networking at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $30 IEEE members, $40 non-members ($5 more at-door)
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: by 2/18, from website

In this talk Sara will give an overview of the IEEE 2030 SmartGrid Interoperability Series of Standards. With the growth of renewable energy sources such as Solar and Wind, which tend to be intermittent, Electrical Storage becomes (more…)


Webinar: Image Sensors for Mobile Devices: Next-Generation Pixel Technology

by @ 11:40 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 11, 2014
– file system, capacities, data compression, enhancements …
Speakers: Jungchak Ahn, VP, image sensor product development, Samsung Electronics; Marty Agan, Director of Engineering, System LSI business, Samsung Semiconductor Inc.
Time: 11:00 AM (PST)
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: from website

Image sensor technology advancements in smartphone and tablet cameras have made taking quality pictures and video easier than ever for consumers.  The performance of a smartphone cameraâ??s image sensor has improved by more than 4 times in the past six years.  Recent pixel technology breakthroughs, such as (more…)


Mtg: FBAR and FMOS Technology from a MEMS Perspective

by @ 9:57 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY February 26, 2014
SCV MEMS and Sensors Chapter
– filters, duplexers, high-Q, functionality (+ 2 short talks) …
Speaker: Dr Stephen Gilbert, Senior MTS, Avago
Time: Networking and pizza at 7:30 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $5 donation for food
Place: Qualcomm Cafe @ Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Short talks: “Reliability of MEMS In Display Application” and “Advanced Metal Eutectic Bonding for High Volume MEMS Packaging”

Today, millions of FBAR (Film Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonator) Filters and Duplexers are sold into cell phones every year. The filters are hermetically sealed within an all-silicon, chip-scale package which is formed using a wafer-scale bonding process. This package has been used for the past 10 years with no (more…)


Mtg: Service-Oriented Robotic Architecture for Space Robotics

by @ 9:24 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

THURSDAY March 27, 2014
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
– complexity, middleware, autonomy, interactions, control …
Speaker: Dr. Lorenzo Fluckiger, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley and NASA Ames Research Center
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, Room 118, Moffett Field, Mountain View
RSVP: not required

Advanced software development tools and practices are necessary to cope efficiently with the complexity of the software powering any modern robotics system.  This need is amplified for robots designed for the exploration of uncharted environments since the tasks involved require (more…)


Mtg: Optics for Wearable See-Through Displays

by @ 9:02 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY February 11, 2014
SCV Photonics Chapter
– Google Glass, HUDs, holographic optics, architectures …
Speaker: Bernard Kress, Proto-Optics group, the Google Glass Team
Time: Networking and Light Dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Intel SC-12 Auditorium, 3600 Juliette Lane, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Head-Up Displays (HUD), Helmet- or Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) as well as gun sights have been extensively investigated during the past decades for military applications by various defense contractors. While the first see through HMD optical combiners have been based on (more…)


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