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February 22, 2019 SF IAS Electrical Engineering POWER SYSTEMS One-Day Seminar, Pleasanton
Power and lighting management; medium voltage power system design; lead-acid batteries, Arc Flash calculations, and MV controls and drives.

Saturday February 23, 2019, 2019 Engineers Week Banquet, San Jose
The SVEC honors outstanding individuals for their contributions by welcoming them into its Hall of Fame. The banquet will also feature a distinguished keynote speaker and award several scholarships for academic excellence.

March 6-7, 2019, ISQED 2019, Santa Clara
Quality Electronics Design; manufacturing, design and EDA.

April 5, 2019, 3rd ASSIC2019 (Automotive Semiconductor Safety Innovation Conference 2019), Santa Clara
Automotive Flash & SSD Device, IoT & Autonomous Vehicle, SEU Impact & Mitigation, Latest EDA Offerings for Functional Safety, and ISO 26262 Standard & its Implication. Email Su Jin Han at for more information.

May 6-8, 2019, ISPCE 2019, San Jose
Worker and innovators - product safety and compliance engineering.

June 11-13, 2019, WITI Summit, San Jose
Premier global event for women, and men, in technology. Develop skills to secure your success in your profession and life. 2,000+ attendees from six continents. Link to 2018 event here, and will be updated to the 2019 event when available.


To learn the latest trends in electronic design & automation and semiconductor technologies, attend the
20th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED 2019)
. This premier interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary Electronic Design conference bridges the gap among Electronic/Semiconductor ecosystem members providing electronic design tools, integrated circuit technologies, semiconductor technology, package assembly, and test to achieve total design quality. The conference covers:

  * Security                     Keynote: Adversarial attacks
  * IoT                              on Security and Privacy of
  * Machine Learning     Machine Learning Systems
  * Electronic Design

ISQED 2019 will be held on March 6-7, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. For more information, see ISQED 2019. Quality spoken here.


MEAD Education: Advanced Engineering Courses 2019. Courses include:

* Advanced Analog IC Design
* High-Performance Data Converters
* SERDES Design for Wireline and Optical Communications

The course covers all relevant aspects in an intensive manner. The material is updated every time the course is offered, to keep it current.
Held at the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus, Baskin School of Engineering, from March 25 to 29, 2019. MEAD Education

IoTSurvey Northeastern University offers the MS in Information Systems program with Blockchain Technology Specialization. It offers the opportunity to take a socio-technical approach to software engineering, while also investing in major career growth opportunities in one of the technology industry's newest and most compelling innovations. This represents a new area on how complex systems of networks of mediated businesses and entities will be designed and built. Click here to learn more.

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* MS degree in Power Systems and Sustainable Energy.
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Students interested in the MS degree must satisfy the standard admissions criteria, an undergraduate degree in a field of engineering (physics degrees will also be considered), GRE scores and (for international students) demonstrated proficiency in English. Both TOEFL and IELTS scores are acceptable for this purpose.

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Attend the Electrical Engineering POWER SYSTEMS One-Day Seminar and you will receive an education in lighting, medium voltage, lead-acid batteries, Arc Flash calculations, and MV controls and drives.

* Designing Secure Systems for Power and Lighting Management * Medium Voltage Power System Design
* MV Switchgear Control Power Battery Selection and Sizing
* NFPA 70E / IEEE 1584: Significant Changes

This one-day seminar will be held on February 22 in Pleasanton. Please register HERE.


Each one of us looks at the same situation from a different perspective. A diverse workforce with an opportunity to voice their opinions and insights will allow for more opportunities to think outside the box to dream up new products, enhance a product's features, or identify a problem which is obvious to one person, but invisible to a homogeneous workforce. See this movie trailer which offers some highlights of contributions made by minorities, in addition to the Hidden Figures. See A Place at the Table

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Materials Chemist/Engineer with deep experience in Academic and Industrial Materials R&D with over 5 years experience. Familiar with material characterization equipment such as SEM, TGA, FTIR, PXRD, etc. Expertise in synthesis of Metal-Organic Framework. Failure analysis on QFN, QFP. Looking for opportunities in process engineering, semiconductor manufacturing, chemical engineering, failure analysis. Benny Hsieh

Hardware Design Engineer with 6 yrs experience in embedded systems, ASIC design and sensor/semiconductor microfabrication. Experienced in product design flow in multiple domains: digital logic, MEMS, microfluidics; seeking R&D/engineering position Vidhya Balaji

Process development, manufacturing, or supply chain management in the semiconductor industry (at SME or IDM) or adjacent / similar industry. Lary James

Mechanical Engineer with almost 2 years of Rapid Prototyping, Engineering Documentation (GD&T), and Device Development at a medical device / nanotechnology startup (Nano Precision Medical); seeking Entry Level Engineering Position (Mechanical, NPI, Automation, Process Development, Manufacturing). John Tatka

Available immediately, a people-oriented, Engineering Director/Silicon Architect with over 30 tapeouts of IC Design experience that have shipped over a Billion units. Complete product lifecycle, from initial conception through design, verification, fabrication & testing.; Rafael J. Betancourt;

Masters in both chemical engineering and materials engineering with specialty in polymer chemistry. Over 5 years laboratory experience in materials synthesis, characterization, formulation, and coating. Seeking Materials/Chemical/Polymer Engineer opportunities. Bo Yuan

Scientist expert in nanomaterials synthesis and characterization; active materials (printable electrocatalysts and colloidal nanoparticles) for electrochemical devices; biosensors for biomedical systems; analytical methods for process and product characterization. Experience working in start-up environment and familiar with regulatory requirements. Seeking opportunities in Research/Engineering. Elaheh Farjami, PhD

Over 5 yrs experience in design/processing of biomaterials and handling of mammalian stem cells. Expert in biochemical assay/optical characterization; seeking research/engineering position. Dr. Varshini Vishwanath

Data-driven, result-oriented Product Marketing Manager with expertise in technical marketing (sensors, scientific instrumentation), strong scientific background and customer-oriented service support is ready to re-enter the workforce, Nataliya Starostina

Successful wafer fab mgr, fabless program mgr, technical & process engineering mgr, technical sales & customer relations, SBIR reviewer, start-up experience, seeking challenges in consulting, management, & engineering, Glenn Friedman

Materials scientist with 15+ years experience in the commercialization of nanomaterials; experience includes materials synthesis, characterization, formulation, and coating; Seeking opportunities in R&D, and/or management. Roland Lee, PhD

Experienced materials scientist with expertise in device processing, micro-fabrication techniques, materials characterization and device applications of nanomaterials; carbon based nanomaterials and their hybrid systems; seeking R&D and materials engineering position in any location, Vasuda Bhatia, PhD

Expert in thin film and materials development, device fabrication, with rich experiences on product launch and transfer. Seeking R&D or product related position, Dr. Xiaofeng Yao Harman

Principle Structure Analysis Engineer, Dr. Rachel A. Zhao, with 15+ year experience finite element analysis with strong mechanics research and teaching experience in nonlinear static and dynamic analysis including impact, vibration and fatigue analysis for vehicles, spacecraft, electronics packages, PCB, solder joints etc.

Developer & Cloud DevOPS w/ 11 years Unix/Linux, 6 years Colloidal & Surface Chemistry, developing prototype MESH drone swam for pollution/bacteria & virus monitoring, Joschka-Joseph Anderso,

Can help on modern cybersecurity, virtualized networking/information fabric slices and 5g along with smart utilization of AI/ML technologies: Director/cto level engineering architect and development exec with 25+ yrs of expertise. TK Lala,

IC packaging technologist with 30 years of package process development and product line management experience. Knowledge of packaging process design rules, package architecture, pricing and supply chain. Looking for consulting, or full time position in package development or business development. Hamid Eslampour;


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MS in Information Systems program with Blockchain Technology Specialization: socio-technical approach to software engineering. See ad below left.

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1/22, 6:00 pm, SCV EDS, Novel Technologies for Artificial Intelligence: Prospects and Challenges,Texas Instruments Conference Center 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Building E, Santa Clara,
Recent progress in hardware acceleration of AI algorithms, supporting fast calculation; speed, power consumption, and software training. Free, includes pizza.

1/24, 11:30 am SFBA EPS, System Assembly using a Microchip Printer, Texas Instruments, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Building E, Santa Clara
Chiplets, electrostatic assembly, sort, transport, roll-based, planarization, interconnect, HI. $5 to $10

1/24, 6:30 pm, SCV CE, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society 2019 CES Download, NVIDIA, 2800 Scott Blvd., Building E, Santa Clara
New, weird, and unusual things seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January. Free to $10.

1/24, 6:30 pm, SFBA PELS, Prognostics and Health Monitoring in Li-ion Batteries and Capacitors using Physics based Modeling Approach, Texas Instruments, Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Blvd., Santa Clara
Physics-based modeling approach to predict battery life, especially important for autonomous electric vehicles. Free to $5.

1/31, 6 pm, SCV CAS, Vehicle Re-identification for Smart Cities: A New Baseline Using Triplet Embedding, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, Main Auditorium in Building 6, 198 Champion Court, San Jose
Re-identify vehicles across cameras; deep embedding losses applied to vehicle re-identification. Free to $5.

2/5, 6:15 pm. SCV EMC. How To Create a Successful Connected Vehicle, Siemic, 775 Montague Expressway, Milpitas
Two Common PCB Layout Errors that Cause Automotive Products to Fail to Meet EMC Requirements AND EMC and Wireless Test and Measurement: Challenges and Solutions for Connected Vehicles. Free; dinner provided. Questions: Janet O’Neil, email

2/7, 11:30 am, SFBA EPS, Advanced Packaging: A Perspective on 2D and 3D Architectures, SEMI World Hdqtrs, 673 South Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas
Heterogeneous integration, drivers, evolution, density, options, developments needed, scaling. $5 to $10.

2/7, 6:00 pm, SFBA TEMS, Making Sense of Complexity - Decision Making in a VUCA World, National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara
$12 to $20

2/12, 7:00 pm, SCV CNSV, Urban Aerial Ridesharing with eVTOLs, SEMI, 673 S Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas
Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing vehicles (eVTOLs); battery technology, guidance systems; noise issue abatement for urban electric aerial transport. Not the Jetson's, however. Free, includes food.

2/12, 6:30 pm , SCV MAG, Monodisperse Magnetic Nanoparticles: Chemical Synthesis and Potential Applications, Western Digital, 1710 Automation Pkwy, San Jose
Magnetic nanostructures are of great importance for magnetic data storage, magnetic energy storage and electrochemical energy conversion applications. Free.

2/21-22, SFBA EPS EDS PHOT, IEEE Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap Symposium (HIRS), SEMI, 673 S Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas
Day 1: Introduction to HIR v1.0: - Release of HIR version 1.0: How to Download and Use the Roadmap. Day 2: TWG Breakout Sessions for HIR v2.0 - Working Group Caucus & Cross-Group meetings. $25 to $50

3/7, 6:00 pm SFBA TEMS, Managing Frugal Innovation, National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara
Fee: $12 IEEE members, $15 non-members (Early Birds); At the Door: $20

3/13, 11:30 pm, SFBA EPS, Visualizing the Packaging Roadmap, SEMI World Hdqtrs, 673 South Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas
28nm lowest economic end of Moore's Law; product-based integrated solution roadmap; Heterogeneous Integration for High Performance Computing Applications and the packaging solutions this will drive. $5 to $10.

4/4, 6:00 pm SFBA TEMS, Part 2: The 60 Minute Harvard MBA for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs , National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara
Fee: $12 IEEE members, $15 non-members (Early Birds); At the Door: $20

5/2, 6:00 pm SFBA TEMS, The Director Coach: An Approach to Filling the Younger CEO's "Training Gap", National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara
CEO age drop, less time to learn; need for a coach. Fee: $12 IEEE members, $15 non-members (Early Birds); At the Door: $20

6/6, 6:00 pm SFBA TEMS, How to Save a Program or Project that is Failing and Make a Good One the Best It Can Be, National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara
75% of new projects fail; evaluate big programs in trouble and lead them to success. Fee: $12 IEEE members, $15 non-members (Early Birds); At the Door: $20

6/22, 11:00 am, SCV APS, The Origins of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio, Plug and Play Center, 440 N. Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale
Early 20th century, tech development, new management practices, where innovation happens today. Free, donations accepted.

Oakland East Bay Section

1/19/2019, 5:30 pm OEB IAS, Devising Your Emergency Power Strategy, Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill
Reliable and scalable emergency power; opportunities and challenges associated with providing E-Power systems. $15 to $30.

2/21, 5:30 pm, OEB IAS, Enabling Electrical Safety with Prevention Through Design (PtD), Considering IEEE 1584, NFPA 70E & More in System Design, Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
Electrical hazards, areas for further improvement exist, different standards and laws with the US relate and support each other. $15 to $30.

San Francisco Section

2/22, 8:00 am SF IAS, Electrical Engineering POWER SYSTEMS One-Day Seminar, 7050 Johnson Dr, Pleasanton
Power and Lighting Management; Medium Voltage Power System Design; MV Switchgear Control Power Battery; NFPA 70E / IEEE 1584; MV VFDs. $225


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