2003 Events:

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July 30, 2003: "The Characteristics of Truly Valuable Patents" by Kevin Roe, Patent Attorney and Electrical Engineer


Biography:Kevin has a PhD in electrical engineering from UC Davis (1986), and a M.S.E.E. from Stanford University (1978). Kevin worked at IBM, Sun Microsystems, and at Xerox PARC, before entering law school at Santa Clara University in 1995. Kevin also passed the U.S. Patent Bar Exam in 1995 before entering law school. Kevin is now an intellectual property attorney based in Campbell, with an emphasis on patents.

July 16, 2003: "IEEE-1588: Standard for a Precision Clock Synchronization Protocol for Networked Measurement and Control Systems" by John Eidson, Agilent Technologies

Abstract: The IEEE 1588 standard defines a protocol enabling the precise synchrocnization of clocks in the components of a networked, distributed measurement and control systems. The standard is applicable to local area networkds supporting multicast communications such as Ethernet and several specialized control networks. The standard specifically addresses the need of the test, measurement, motion control, and industrial automation communications for clock synchronization.
This talk outlines the major features of the standard, how it can be applied to the fields of test, measurement, motion control, and industrial automation, and the results of early prototype implementations.

Biography: John Eidson received his BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University in '58 and '60 and the PhD from Stanford in '64, all in electrical engineering. He worked at Varian Associates until leaving in 1972 to join Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and more recently Agilent Technologies Laboratories. He has worked in the ares of devides physics, analytic instrumentation, electron-beam lithography, and distributed electronic test and measurement systems. He was the editor for IEEE 1451.1 and the chair for IEEE 1588. He has authored 17 published papers and holds 18 US Patents.

June 18, 2003: "Career Workshop" by Minda Hannenberg, Informative People

Abstract: Minda has placed engineers in this area since 1983 and is a founder/owner of Informative People Inc, a technical placement agency. She places hardware, firmware, and software engineers in design, test, QA, manufacturing, and support/service with additional work in related areas such as sales, marketing, and production/materials.

Minda really enjoys working with technical folks and has a good steady record of placements even in this tough market. She will focus on some of the toughest issues faced by local jobseekers today and then open the floor for questions. Bring your pencil and paper, bring your employment questions, and get ready for a surprise or two.


May 27, 2003: "Fiber-Optic Sensors and Gyroscopes" by Robert Dahlgren, president of Silicon Valley Photonics Ltd.


Biography: Robert Dahlgren is president of Silicon Valley Photonics Ltd., a consultancy in advanced optical technology. He has been working in optical technology for more than 20 years, and was previously employed at Honeywell, Control Data, Sperry Aerospace, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Transcendata, and Fujikura Technology.

He has worked on diverse area of optical R&D and engineering, such as microlithography, metrology, passive fiber devices, sensors, avionics, communication transceivers, physics, nuclear testing, and data communications. He is the author of more than ten petents and numerous technical publications, and is a recipient of the IEEE "3rd Millenium" award.

He is active in several optical professional societies, and is the chairman-emeritus of the award-winning Santa Clara Valley chapter of the IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society. He received his MS degree from MIT in aeronautics/astronautics in 1993, his second MS degree from San Jose State University in physics in 2001, and his BSEE from the University of Minnesota in 1983.