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May 2, 2019, Half-Day Seminar about Open Source Libraries and Their Risk, Computer History Museum, Mountain View
Mitigate the risks in open source software; new trends in security; how they are increasing risk; keep up with vulnerabilities.

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.


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Have you ever considered the risks of open source software? Attend the Half-Day Seminar about Open Source Libraries and Their Risk, on Thursday, May 2, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

* What developers can do to mitigate the risks in open source software
* The new trends in open source library security
* Exactly why and how open source libraries are increasing risk
* How to keep up with vulnerabilities in open source projects, while keeping the bad guys out
* Best practices for incorporating open-source software in SDL process

FREE Admission | Lunch Will Be Served | Approved for 3 hour PDH credit!


The WITI Summit, held on June 9-11 in San Jose, joins executives, entrepreneurs, and technology thought leaders from around the world, which convenes to foster women's success in all technology related fields and organizations. More than 1,800 attendees are expected from four continents.

Leadership and Coaching                  Innovation and Technology
* How to build a personal brand                  * Autonomous Cars
    & thought leadership with Linkedin         * AI and Machine Learning
* Strategies to get on boards                         * IoT
* Thought leadership for all                          * Digital Health
* Lead with compassion: Find your              * AR/VR
    own leadership style                                  * BtoB Marketing
* Leading diverse teams                                * Voice Technology
* Building your leadership                             * Big Data Analytics
* Coaching Circles                        * Cloud computing and Enterprise software

Use code partner2019 for $200 discount off the prevailing cost of a 3-day pass. Men are also welcome!


                Engineering with a Mission
          Leading the way to a sustainable future.

   The Santa Clara University Graduate Engineering offers a program which explores the social, environmental, and economic impact of emerging energy technologies:
* MS degree in Power Systems and Sustainable Energy.
* Certificate programs in Renewable Energy
and Frugal Innovation

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.

To obtain more information, please contact Stacey Tinker at or call 408-554-4313. Mention this ad and your application fee will be waived.

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.

Northeastern University * 6024 Silver Creek Valley Road, San Jose *

MEAD Education: Advanced Engineering Courses 2019.

Courses include:

* Advanced Analog IC Design
* 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


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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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 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

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;

Senior Engineer / Manager with BSME & MBA, former entrepreneur with electro mechanical expertise seeking contract work with options for outside sub-contract services in Contract Manufacturing / QA Engineer with start up or established firms. Familiar with ISO Stds etc. Also have a wide array of expertise across technical marketing as well as offshore sub-contract mechanical engineering design services. Sri Seelin,, 408-307-9086


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Engineering chapters, societies, and affinity groups in the SF Bay Area

* Antenna and Propagation Society (APS) * Blockchain (BC) * Circuits & Systems Society (CASS)* Computer Society (CS)* Consultant's Network Affinity Group (CNSV) * Communications Society (ComSoc) * Consumer Electronics (CE) * Control Systems Society (CSS) * Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) * Electronic Packaging Society (EPS) * Engineering In Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) * Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS)* Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) * Industry Applications Society (IAS) * Instrumentation & Measurement Society (IMS) * Life Members Affinity Group (LMAG)* Magnetics Society (MAG) * MEMS & Sensors Council (MEMS) * Microwave Theory & Techniques (MTT) * Nanotechnology Council(NANO) * Nuclear & Plasma Sciences (NUE) * Power Electronics Society (PELS) * Photonics (PHOT) * PhotoVoltaics (PV)* Power & Energy Society (PES) & Industry Applications Society (IAS) * Product Safety Engineering (PSE) * Reliability (REL) * Robotics & Automation (RAS) * Signal Processing Society (SPS) * Solid State Circuits Society (SSCS) * Women In Engineering Affinity Group (WIE) * Young Professionals Affinity Group (YP)


Northeastern University, Silicon Valley IoTSurvey
MS in Information Systems program with Blockchain Technology Specialization: socio-technical approach to software engineering. See ad below left.

MEAD Education
Advanced Engineering Courses on the Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, from March 25 to 29, 2019. See ad below left.

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Santa Clara University Graduate EngineeringSCU
MS in Sustainable Energy, and certificates in Renewable Energy or Frugal Innovation. See ad below left.


Ozen Engineering ANSYS software sales, support, training, and consulting. See ad below left.

Senior member elevation meeting to take place on April 8th, 6 pm, at Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute, 1762 Technology Drive #228, San Jose. Bring three hard copes of your resume, and we will provide IEEE members to review your status and become your references for your senior upgrade. The meeting will take place between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided at this free event.
Enjoy the perks of being a Senior in Santa Clara County! For more information, please see ieee-senior-member. Register with Kris Verma, who can be reached at

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Blockchain Group Be part of the new Blockchain Group, the latest disruptive technology many are talking about. If interested, please notify Ramesh Ramadoss at

3/27, 7:00 pm, SCV BLOCK, IBM - Intro to Blockchain and Hyperledger - a Hands-on Workshop Part 1, ActionSpot, 453 West San Carlos Street, San Jose
Security and cryptographic functions, to coding Smart Contracts and deploying your application on your laptop and in the IBM Cloud. Free.

3/28, 6:30 pm, SCV CES, Persistent Memory In Consumer Electronics, Nvidia Building E, 2800 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara
New types of persistent memory that could replace today's volatile memory and dramatically impact consumer devices and the services that support them. Free.

4/2, 11:30 am, SFBA NANO, Nanoscale Holograms, EAG Laboratories, 810 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale
In-flight holography, use nanoclusters as reference X-ray scatterers in order to encode relative phase information into diffraction patterns of a virus. Job Seeker Assistance at this event. $4 to $6.

4/4, 1:00 pm, SCV CIS CS, State of AI and ML-Spring 2019, SC12 Auditorium, 3600 Juliette Ln, Santa Clara
AI Accelerators, Self-Driving and Face Processing. We feature five thought leaders from Computing, Autonomous systems and Computer Vision.

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

4/9, 6:00 pm, SFBA EDS, Using New Physics of Nonlinear Electronics for Analog Computing, Texas Instruments Conference Center 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Building E, Santa Clara
Brain-like neuromorphic computing, which cannot be efficiently achieved using any traditional transistor-based circuits; memristors and neuristors. Free, pizza provided.

4/9, 6:30 pm, SCV MAG, New Kind of Magnetism - The Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction, Western Digital, 1710 Automation Pkwy, San Jose
Orthogonal alignment; exotic magnetic configurations characterized by a chiral winding texture of the internal magnetization; skyrmions and domain walls; magnetic imaging techniques (Kerr microscopy and Lorentz TEM).

4/9, 7:00 pm), SCV CNSV, The Role of The Expert Witness: A Panel Discussion, SEMI, 673 S Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas
The role of a technical expert witness in high-stakes IP disputes will be the subject of a panel discussion with seven CNSV members. Free.

4/10, 11:30 am, SFBA EPS, High Density D2W DBI Hybrid Bonding for 2.5D/3D Applications, SEMI World Hdqtrs, 673 South Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas
Chip-stacking, microbumps, issues, new process, low cost, sensors, MEMS, computing. $5 to $10 for lunch; presentation at noon free.

4/10, 6:30 pm, SCV ComSoc, Digital Predistortion of Broadband Amplifiers for Cable Access, Texas Instruments, Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Blvd., Santa Clara
DPD for cable access is quite different from the DPD technique commonly used in wireless base stations. There are interesting issues, such as the Giga Hertz bandwidth and the BER performance. Free, refreshments are $5.

4/11, 6:00 pm, SCV CASS SSCS ComSoc, Enabling Wireless Autonomous Systems Using 5G, QualComm Santa Clara, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
Self-driving vehicles, industrial robots, drones; significant challenges in meeting the reliability, latency and scalability requirements; technologies that advance 5G/5G+ wireless networks. Free; $3-$5 donation for food.

4/17, 6:00 pm, SCV PSES, Design for Safety per Industry's newest Hazard Based Standard, Intertek, 1365 Adams Court, Menlo Park
Industry's Newest Hazard Based Standard (HSBE); How to Perform Gap Analysis to Convert Existing Certification for Consumer Electronic Products from IEC/UL/CSA 60950-1 to HSBE Standard IEC/UL/CSA 62368-1. Free.

4/17, 6:00 pm, SCV PES, Energetic Value of Solar PV, Google, SB65 Border to Border Conference Room US-MTV-SB65, 1365 Shorebird Way, Mountain View
Recent uptick of fires, storms, and other disasters has begun to shine a light on the economic importance of resilience for building owners; endure days or months without power in the wake of their respective disasters. $15 to $25.

4/25, 6:00 pm, SCV CS CIS, Managing Modern Databases, 4040 George Sellon Circle, Santa Clara
Terraform based orchestration, ways to deploy microservices on a Kubernetes cluster and whip up some python/java apps quickly in the Oracle cloud. Free.

4/25, 6:00 pm, SCV CASS SSCS MEMS, Flexible Radios and Flexible Networks, QualComm Santa Clara, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
adding flexibility and building reconfigurable hardware; build lower power and less costly consumer systems that can adapt across protocols and networks and work under changing device technologies. Free; $3-$5 donation for food.

5/1, 6:45 pm, SCV CS, The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened Here, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 14103 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga
Early 20th century, angel investments, tech development, new management practices, where innovation happens today. Free.

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

5/9, 6:15 pm, SCV REL, Reliability and Aging of Organic-Inorganic Hybrids with Unique Mechanical and Thermal Properties, Qualcomm, Inc., 3165 Kifer Road, Building-B Cafeteria, Santa Clara
"molecular bridging" mechanism; individual confined polymer chains are stretched and pulled out of the matrix pores behind an advancing crack tip; Controlling the interaction; Incorporating heat-resistant polyimides. Free.

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

6/13, 6:00 pm, SCV HIST, Challenger Shuttle Disaster: Recovery of Data From Damaged Tapes, KeyPoint Credit Union 2805 Bowers Ave (just off Central Expressway), Santa Clara
Tapes immersed in 100 feet of salt water. Speaker Dr. Ric Bradshaw led the team that recovered the data.

Oakland East Bay Section

3/30, 9:30 am, OEB YP, Waster Water Treatment Plant Tour, DSRSD, 7051 Dublin Blvd, Dublin
Join with us in understanding the waste water treatment process and uncover the possible career path related to various engineering discipline including Medium Voltage Power Distribution, Process Control System, Control System Programing, Plant Operations. Free.

4/18, 5:30 pm, OEB IAS, Smart Buildings, Fundamentals, History, State of the Art, Zio Fraedo's 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
Which building infrastructure systems could be made "smart" and which might benefit from advanced technology, where it all started, how it has progressed over time and where it stands today. $15 to $30.

5/16, 5:30 pm, OEB IAS, Application Considerations for the New IEEE 1584-2018 Arc-Flash Model, Zio Fraedo's, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
Effects of both horizontal and vertical conductor orientations; arc current variation and enclosure size effects on the incident energy; power system analysis software. $15 to $30.

San Francisco Section

4/23, 5:30 pm, SF IAS, Fault Protection For EV Charging Stations, San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton St., San Francisco
Look inside an EV charging station, review the protection technology, and discus how to assure a safe EV charger installation. $25.


EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) Expo was held on February 18th for SJSU and SCU students to showcase their projects and was specifically designed to help the local Silicon Valley community. For information on their projects and photos, please see EPICS.pdf

The Tech Museum of Innovation encourages prospective engineers by presenting a "challenge" to teams of students in Grades 4-12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem. Their challenge: Design and build a hovercraft that can navigate different terrains. Judges are needed on March 30 and 31 to interview the teams, review their lab notebooks and evaluate the performance of the devices. For more information, see

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Project Open NanoCarbon - Monthly meetups/opensci journal club to research, build and deploy open hardware to rapidly solidify gigatonnes of carbon from atmospheric CO2.

Advise & mentor underrepresented young adult entrepreneurs. Flexible time commitment. Business and technology experienced professionals browse details, and apply to join at

IEEE Helps Out at the Synopsys Science and Technology Championship (14 March 2019)

The Santa Clara Valley Section of the IEEE sent ten local IEEE members to help judge projects at the Synopsys Science and Technology Challenge. The science fair was held at the San Jose Convention center on March 14th. This is the 59th year that this Silicon Valley event has been held, and our IEEE section has participated in this event continuously for over 30 years.

IEEE volunteers evaluated over 400 projects in categories that included electrical, mechanical, software and biomedical engineering. From these projects we selected 12 projects that demonstrated an excellent understanding of the use of electrical and electronic principles. In addition to evaluating projects our volunteers spent several hours talking with students about their projects and encouraging them to continue their technology and scientific studies.

The IEEE judges this year were: Keith Gudger, Ken Doniger, Srinivas Vennapureddy, Geetha Vuppal, Scott Wakefield, Edward Miller, Wes Ramirez, George Rossmann, Lee Tavrow and Charlie Neuhauser. In addition, to the Santa Clara fair, many of these IEEE judges also assisted at the San Mateo and Santa Cruz science fairs. Local science fairs are held during February and March. If you would like to join us next year, please send a note to Charlie Neuhauser at

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