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2015
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
November - 2015 Failure Analysis Investigations: Lecture + Facility Tour Dr. Steven J. Murray
September - 2015 Regulatory requirements for South/Central America Mark Maynard
May - 2015 Safety and Safety Standards Applied to Electric Vehicle Charging Gary Eldridge
April - 2015 To be, or not to be... a medical device? Go-to-market strategies for Wearable Tech Anura S. Fernando
March - 2015 IP Ratings and Test Methods N/A
February - 2015 Tesla Reliability Challenges and Opportunities Dr. Jiliang Zhang

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Date November 18th, 2015
Program Title Failure Analysis Investigations: Lecture + Facility Tour
Program Synopsis Something is broken and we need to find out why. This lecture outlines the process of performing a failure analysis investigation. What types of information do we focus on, what do we want to hold off on until we know more? The categories of relevant information for the analysis will be covered, as well as when and how to use them in your investigation to uncover what went wrong.
Speaker Dr. Steven J. Murray
Speaker Biography Dr. Steven J. Murray is a Principal Engineer in Exponent’s Electrical and Semiconductor practice. His areas of expertise include failure analysis of electrical and mechanical systems, metallurgy, and the mechanical and electrical properties of materials. Dr. Murray also specializes in the areas of shape memory alloys, magnetism and magnetic materials. Dr. Murray provides electrical and mechanical materials consulting services to a variety of industries. Engineering systems investigated include appliances, computers and consumer electronics, biomedical devices and medical electronics, pipelines, cranes, plumbing, heat exchangers, and large electrical generators and motors. These investigations have involved understanding and analysis of complex electrical and electronic systems, fracture and fractography, risk assessment, environmental effects, electrical and magnetic modeling, and materials defects. Dr. Murray has also conducted multiple investigations related to potential product recalls.

Dr. Murray held an appointment as a Consulting Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University where he taught the course Techniques of Failure Analysis. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Murray was employed as a Senior Engineer at the Midé Technology Corporation, where he worked on developing smart material systems involving conventional and magnetic shape memory alloys as well as piezoelectric materials.

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Date September 30th, 2015
Program Title Regulatory requirements for South/Central America
Program Synopsis An overview of the regulatory compliance requirements for the countries to the south of the United States, including Mexico and key market countries in Central America and South America. Criteria covered includes Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC), Product Safety, and Telecom/Wireless, as applicable for each country.
Speaker Mark Maynard
Speaker Biography Mark Maynard is a director of Marketing and Business Development at SIEMIC, one of the leading world-class third-party compliance testing labs, product certification and international approval bodies (TCB/FCB/CB/NB/CAB/RCB), with global locations in the US and Asia. At SIEMIC, he directs business development, brand development, website, social media, special engineering projects, and negotiate with regulatory standards committees, professional societies, and government agencies for regulatory affairs, compliance testing, and Information Technology Equipment (ITE) and Wireless/Telecom certifications. He is also on the Board of Directors for the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society and Board of Directors for the Telecommunication Certification Body Council (TCBC).
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Date May 27th, 2015
Program Title Safety and Safety Standards Applied to Electric Vehicle Charging
Program Synopsis Electric Vehicles are here to stay. Instead of wondering whether they will have an impact, things are rapidly changing to accommodate the technology: Environmental changes, challenges to grid management, existing transportation and fueling paradigms, energy storage technologies, and communications. We will discuss safety and safety standards applied to Electric Vehicle charging and people directly interfacing with the vehicles, connectors, cables, etc. that comprise the electric vehicle infrastructure. Gary will provide a quick overview of the applicable standards and a few highlights of the requirements. Just for a little fun, Gary will provide some 'then' and 'now' snapshots and compare the EV landscape today with the way it looked almost 6 years ago when he made a similar presentation.
Speaker Gary Eldridge
Speaker Biography Gary Eldridge graduated from Sacramento State University with a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After working at Underwriters Laboratories in Santa Clara for 7 years, he spent 2 years at Hewlett Packard developing their first home computing products marketed to consumers. He then spent a couple years in the high speed networking industry before moving on to Apple where he spent 5-1/2 years working on product safety and forensic engineering. For the last 6 years Gary has been the Regulatory Compliance Manager for ChargePoint Inc., the leader in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, also known as electric vehicle charging stations. In his spare time he enjoys ultra running, mountain biking, motorcycling, tree climbing, and other outdoor activities.
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Date April 22nd, 2015
Program Title To be, or not to be... a medical device? Go-to-market strategies for Wearable Tech
Program Synopsis Many manufacturers of WT products which were initially introduced into the consumer product market see value in bringing their products into the medical device realm to support the patient benefits of “connected healthcare” and the Medical IoT. Manufacturers making this transition will encounter technical and regulatory challenges ranging from issues such as demonstrating that the performance characteristics of their equipment are suitable for medical applications, to issues of addressing Regulatory Science during pre-market clearance or approval. Other manufacturers may choose to keep their products in “non-medical device” markets. They may still need to consider other aspects of regulation such as OSHA, CPSC, FTC, FCC, etc., in the U.S., as well as EU Directives or other countries’ laws. The gamut of topics to be discussed range from: how to think about designing your product; addressing cybersecurity when the product is in a highly networked environment; dealing with infrastructure such as mobile computing platforms and IT infrastructure that is not within the control of the product developer; etc... We will discuss these and other topics of interest to those manufacturers wishing to make the transition into the medical market, and we will try to provide helpful suggestions for those who wish to steer away from medical device regulations.
Speaker Anura S. Fernando
Speaker Biography He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, Biology/Chemistry, and Software Engineering. Anura has over 17 years of experience at UL with safety critical software and control systems certification and has also conducted research across multiple application domains – industrial automation, alternative energy, medical, hazardous locations, appliances, optical radiation, nanotechnology, battery technologies, etc. He has been involved in the development of Safety Science and generated publications in Predictive Modeling and Risk Analysis, Cybersecurity, Systems of Systems, Software, Health IT, Apps, and Medical Device safety. Anura has been engaged in projects with numerous Fortune 500 companies, DoD, DoE, DHS, FDA, FCC, ONC, NASA, and several U.S. National Laboratories. He has contributed to the development of several standards involving software and Functional Safety as a member in IEC, ISO, ASME committees and served as an IECEE Expert Task Force member. Anura currently has global responsibility for medical device software certification at UL and serves as UL’s technical lead for the development of the AAMI/UL 2800 family of eHealth standards for interoperable medical device interface safety. He has served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee FDA Safety and Innovation Act WG, FDA Medical Device Interoperability Coordinating Council, Medical Device Interoperability Safety Working Group, NIH QMDI Program Advisory Committee, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and the International Council on Systems Engineering, along with IEC and ISO where he is involved with a number of interoperability-related committees.
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Date March 25th, 2015
Program Title IP Ratings and Test Methods
Program Synopsis Round table discussion - learn about what IP ratings are and tips to pass IEC 60529.
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Date February 5th, 2015
Program Title Tesla Reliability Challenges and Opportunities
Program Synopsis There are serious challenges to Tesla vehicle reliability in term of required reliability, short product development cycle, complexity of the product, number of suppliers, etc. In addition, there are tremendous opportunities at Tesla in terms of reliability emphasis, business model uniqueness, data/statistics driven culture, technology and process innovation etc. Tesla’s goal is to build up a unique reliability program that takes the advantages of both traditional automotive reliability and high tech reliability. This presentation focuses on Tesla unique automotive OEM reliability program development. Our innovative approaches in reliability goal setting and allocation, prior knowledge utilization, distributional usage based accelerated reliability test design, field reliability evaluation, etc. Future directions in Tesla reliability program will also be discussed.
Speaker Dr. Jiliang Zhang
Speaker Biography Dr. Jiliang Zhang is a Staff Reliability Engineer at Tesla Motors. He has more than 15 years of reliability and quality professional experience in printer, consumer electronics, and automotive industries. Dr. Zhang’s experience includes reliability program development, reliability test design, test and field data analysis as well as Design-for-Reliability. He has worked for Hewlett-Packard Co. and Amazon Kindle Hardware in product reliability and product quality. He received his Ph. D. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Arizona, which he attended from 1995 to 1999. He received his B.S. in 1983 and M.S in 1986 in Heat Energy Engineering, both from Hauzhong University of Science and Technology, China.
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2014
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
December - 2014 Export Opportunities and Resources for U.S. Companies Shannon Fraser
November - 2014 Laser Illuminated Projector Systems Update: Technology, Safety & Regulation Pete Lude
October - 2014 Consumer Product Field Failures - An Engineering Approach Karen Rayment
September - 2014 How to Choose Circuit Protection Solutions that Deliver Safety and Reliability Pete Pytlik
June - 2014 IEC 62133 2nd Edition Certification Utilizing UN 38.3 Transport Test Reports & Taiwan's In-Country BSMI Testing Ibrahim Jilani
April - 2014 Changes to the California Electrical Code John Taecker
March - 2014 Solar 101: What's Driving America's Solar Boom? Mark Bachman
February - 2014 Fuses for Supplementary Protection: Safety versus Reliability Jim Krepelka & John McBain
January - 2014 International Compliance: Asia Regulatory Changes and Challenges for 2014 Michael Cassidy

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Date December 16th, 2014
Program Title Export Opportunities and Resources for U.S. Companies
Program Synopsis Shannon Fraser will discuss how The Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce helps U.S. firms attain their international business development goals through export counseling, B2B and B2G meeting arrangements, trade missions, and advocacy services. Around the world, 1,400 Commercial Service officers in our overseas U.S. Embassies and Consulates, as well as our domestic U.S. Commercial Service offices and U.S. Export Assistance Centers, collaborate with U.S. companies to expand their international business interests.
Speaker Shannon Fraser
Speaker Biography Shannon Fraser serves as an International Business Development Specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service office in Silicon Valley, where her sectors of specialization include smart grid and clean energy. In partnership with Foreign Commercial Service officers at the Embassies and Consulates worldwide, Shannon works with Silicon Valley-based companies to expand their exports to overseas markets, thereby spurring economic growth, job creation, and innovation for small-and-medium enterprises based in the Silicon Valley region.
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Date November 18th, 2014
Program Title Laser Illuminated Projector Systems Update: Technology, Safety & Regulation
Program Synopsis Laser Illuminated Projector (LIP) technology has made tremendous advancements in the past several years. LIP systems are entering the market in all size projectors, from small, personal units to large, theater size systems. Safety standards are being written based on laser and radiological health experts extensively testing these systems to understand and apply risk methodologies. Pete Lude, founder of LIPA (Laser Illuminated Projector Association) and vice president of RealD, joins us with details on the technology and current status of international safety standards.
Speaker Pete Lude
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Date October 21st, 2014
Program Title Consumer Product Field Failures - An Engineering Approach
Program Synopsis Field failures are a good source of engineering data if rigor and discipline are applied to the failure analysis process for returned products. The problem with gathering good data from field returns is twofold. First, it is difficult to approach each returned, failed unit with exactly the same discipline, and with the same engineering approach, for most companies. Second, and sometimes most frustrating for Engineering, customer service departments typically processes returns and complaints after speaking directly with customers. While they are excellent and compassionate with customers, this team may not be linked directly to the engineers who design products in their company.

The complaints and details of field failures also come through Customer Service, and may get routed back to engineering, but may be emotional rather than technical. A good, consistent analysis process must be employed by Engineering, and then the information from the analysis must be fed back into future design endeavours.

If field failures are ever to count as a valuable Engineering resource, and as an additional design cycle data source, Engineering must be able to harvest data from returned products in an orderly manner.

AIM: This conversation with the audience will highlight some of the practical steps Engineering can take to close the loop on “first concept”, through development, through post-manufacturing failure analysis for consumer products. With a strong internal process, and with awareness of the surrounding issues with field returns, failures in the field can make an Engineering team stronger and more organized during design and testing phases of product development.

Speaker Karen Rayment
Speaker Biography Karen Rayment's areas of expertise include Field Engineering and on-site inspections, electronics product engineering studies. She teaches short courses on technical business management topics, and in her areas of technical expertise, including embedded systems and data communication hardware engineering, regulatory compliance program management, and global export program administration including classification of products.

She is a Licensed Professional Engineer and client-facing technical consultant and strategist, experienced in assessing regulatory and legal compliance requirements, safety, localization, and functional compliance for global consumer products. She has managed multi-disciplinary, international technical teams - successfully managing cradle-to-grave products for a variety of industries and global markets.

Karen has also been responsible for litigation project support as an expert witness, which has included research on product regulatory compliance work, toy incidents, consumer electronics design and failure analysis projects, and home products failure analysis and reporting.

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Date September 16th, 2014
Program Title How to Choose Circuit Protection Solutions that Deliver Safety and Reliability
Program Synopsis The safety and reliability of electrical/electronic devices depends on protecting their power systems from over-current events. Circuit protection products such as fuses and positive temperature coefficient (PTC) devices are used to protect wires and connectors from being damaged by excess current flow caused by an over-current or a short circuit. In the case of fuses, they protect devices by melting and opening a circuit—thereby isolating the subsystem from the main system.

Fuses must be applied at or below their specified voltage rating, which differs between AC and DC current. Selecting the appropriate fuse involves choosing the appropriate melting integral. Start-up currents and transient load conditions are also important in fuse selection. UL/CSA and IEC standards for over-current protective devices mandate a wide range of time-current characteristics.

AC power lines also need to be protected against over-voltage transient surges caused by the operation of neighboring electrical equipments and lightning strikes—especially in outdoor environments. These indirect strikes can be characterized with specific waveforms that often contain large amounts of energy in excess of 1000A2s.

Speaker Pete Pytlik
Speaker Biography Pete Pytlik joined Littelfuse in 1999 as Electronics Design Engineer supporting R&D teams and manufacturing across all business units. Pete has been involved with circuit protection new product development, test and measurement, materials research and process development since joining Littelfuse and remains involved in protection product R&D and applications. Pete is presently a Senior Field Application Engineer and NA Applications Lab Manager and travels extensively promoting new circuit protection solutions to customers.
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Date June 17th, 2014
Program Title IEC 62133 end Edition Certification Utilizing UN 38.3 Transport Test Reports & Taiwan's In-Country BSMI Testing
Program Synopsis The purpose of this topic is to highlight the requirements to certify to IEC 62133 2nd edition, published December 2012 and the requirement it has that Lithium Cell and Pack require a UN 38.3 Test Report as part of the certification criteria. Clear documentation of UN 38.3 Testing is needed for a certification request to IEC 62133 2nd edition. In addition, mandatory requirements for Taiwan have come into effect on May 1st, 2014 that require certifying to BSMI standards.
Speaker Ibrahim Jilani
Speaker Biography Ibrahim Jilani is the North America Program Manager for Consumer Technology - Batteries at UL and coordinates North America client work globally. He is responsible for the evaluations and certifications for the regional UL battery engineering team that relate to consumer technology battery safety and performance. Ibrahim has been with UL for 9 years, a certified Lean Sigma Black Belt, holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is based out of UL’s Headquarters in Northbrook, IL USA.
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Date April 22nd, 2014
Program Title Changes to the California Electrical Code
Program Synopsis An overview of the significant changes to the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), which is the basis for the 2013 California Electrical Code (CEC). Changes include service definitions, labeling requirements for available fault currents, fine stranded conductor terminations, grounding electrode requirements, reorganization of Article 310, health care facilities, and three new NEC articles. The 2013 CEC is effective as of January 1, 2014.
Speaker John Taecker
Speaker Biography John Taecker, P.E. has worked for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. for 28 years. He has a BS in Mechanical. Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a California Registered Professional Engineer in Safety Engineering. He has served on various building, mechanical, and plumbing code development committees, and actively participates in all levels of the code development process for ICC and IAPMO. He is a nationally recognized speaker on electrical, building, mechanical, and plumbing products and installations.
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Date March 18th, 2014
Program Title Solar 101: What's Driving America's Solar Boom?
Program Synopsis America is in the middle of a solar energy boom. More than two-thirds of America's residential and commercial distributed solar power has been installed since January 2011. And by 2015, the country's distributed PV market is expected to jump by more than 200 percent. What is driving this exploding growth in solar energy? What are the major trends in the residential and commercial spaces, and what are the economic incentives for business and home owners? In a future with millions of distributed rooftop power generators, what are the operational and safety concerns that may arise?
Speaker Mark Bachman
Speaker Biography Mark Bachman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a background in international development. He has worked on health and education projects in rural India, helped develop a bay area-wide solar schools initiative, and he is currently an energy consultant for SolarCity’s residential energy program.
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Date February 18th, 2014
Program Title Fuses for Supplementary Protection: Safety versus Reliability
Program Synopsis Fuses for Supplementary Protection: Safety Versus Reliability is a topic that should not exist! After all, we want both safety and reliability, not one or the other. Product safety and reliability both focus on how and why items fail, perhaps more than on how they work, but fuses have the paradoxical characteristic that they are working when they fail. Unfortunately, fuses occasionally may fail to work as expected. This case study explores the relationship that exists between some fuses and fuseholders with an emphasis on failure mechanisms that are not always obvious from reading specifications.
Speaker Jim Krepelka & John McBain
Speaker Biography Jim Krepelka is part of the Life Science and Chemical Analysis Division at the Santa Clara Site of Agilent Technologies. For the last 15 years, he has coordinated both reliability test and environmental test activities for diverse products such as mass spectrometers, genetic array scanners, and laboratory robotics. Before his Reliability Engineering role, he spent 6 years in R&D for mass spectroscopy at Hewlett Packard preceded by 5 years in Manufacturing Engineering for spectrophotometry and bio-reagent products at HP. He received his BSEE degree from San Jose State University and a BS in Aviation Management from the University of Southern Illinois. He is a senior member of the ASQ and an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), as well as a member of the IEEE.

John McBain started having fun with product safety at Underwriters Labs, working on products ranging from office and data processing equipment to electrical conduit and snap switches. After 4 years at UL, John moved to Qume and then Hewlett Packard. During the 1990’s John helped grow the Product Safety Technical Committee (now the PSES) and circulation of the Product Safety Newsletter, as well as earning degrees at San Jose State University (MS Engineering and MBA) to augment his B.Sc. in physics/math from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In the last decade John has looked at product safety in semiconductor equipment (KLA-Tencor), military vehicles (BAE Systems) and test and measurement equipment (Agilent Technologies). He is a senior member of the IEEE.

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Date January 21st, 2014
Program Title International Compliance: Asia Regulatory Changes and Challenges for 2014
Program Synopsis Michael Cassidy will lead a discussion on safety regulations in several Asian countries. We will also touch on some wireless regulations.
Speaker Michael Cassidy
Speaker Biography Michael Cassidy is the owner of MC Global Access LLC, which provides international certifications and consulting services for electronic and wireless device manufacturers. Michael previously worked for TUV Rheinland and Intertek's market access groups. He has obtained product safety and wireless certifications in dozens of countries. MC Global Access LLC is based in Mountain View. Michael is also a wireless compliance consultant for Emergo Group, a medical device consulting firm.
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2013
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
December - 2013 An Evening with the Candidate Ro Khanna
October - 2013 Supply Chain Resiliency Bindiya Vakil, CEO, Resilinc
September - 2013 September Meeting - Business Meeting N/A
June - 2013 Update on IEC 62368-1, AV/ITE Legacy Standards & Related Topics Tom Burke, Principal Engineer - ICT/High Tech
May - 2013 Tour of SIEMIC Test Labs N/A
April - 2013 Writer's Workshop Doug Nix
March - 2013 China CCC Certifications, Do's and Dont's Leslie Bai
February - 2013 Robotics and Safety - Can Robots be Safe N/A
January - 2013 What You Need to Know about Energy Efficiency and Energy Policy Tom Juliano

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Date December 4, 2013
Program Title An Evening with the Candidate
Program Synopsis Evening with the Candidate – Ro will begin with some opening remarks related to his background and what we are doing in the PSES as well as the SCV area. Following that we will have an open Q/Q with Ro to discuss areas of interest to our members and the Society.
Speaker Ro Khanna
Speaker Biography Ro Khanna is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he managed a 102 satellite offices. In 2012 he wrote Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future. Recently featured in the Metro Silicon Valley and called a "rising star in the Democratic Party" Ro is currently an attorney at Wilson Sosini Goodrich & Rosati as well as an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara Law School.
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Date October 22, 2013
Program Title Supply Chain Resiliency
Program Synopsis Years of globalization, lean adoption, and extensive outsourcing have resulted in supply chains that are complex, global, fragile and highly dependent on sub-tier suppliers. The session will discuss supply chain resiliency concepts and approaches including: risk quantification and measurement; global multi-tier supply chain mapping for parts-level insights; identification of single points of failure and global hotspots; supply chain event monitoring, and risk mitigation tactics. Industry examples will be provided during the session.
Speaker Bindiya Vakil, CEO, Resilinc
Speaker Biography Bindiya Vakil is CEO and founder of Resilinc and is a recognized thought leader in the area of supply chain risk management. She has been a practitioner in high-tech supply chain management with companies including Flextronics, Cisco and Broadcom. Ms. Vakil has a master’s degree in supply chain management from MIT and her research focus has been on risk quantification and product resiliency. Ms. Vakil’s concept of “Design for Resiliency” is being widely adopted as a best practice in the industry. Ms. Vakil was named a Top Female Supply Chain Executive in 2013 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
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Date September 24, 2013
Program Title September Meeting - Business Meeting
Program Synopsis Preliminary Agenda:

Welcome/Introductions

Election Planning – Note: Election to be held at October Meeting

Introduction of current candidates:

  • Mark Maynard
  • Aziz Orumbaev
  • Jean Zhou
  • Azim Karimi

We also encourage others interested to step forward – please feel free to volunteer prior to or at the meeting!

2014 Symposium Planning and SCV Chapter Involvement

  • General Volunteer Support
  • Committee Leads
  • Special SCV Sponsored Activities
  • Keynote Speakers

2013 – 2014 SCV Chapter Activities Planning

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Date June 25, 2013
Program Title Update on IEC 62368-1, AV/ITE Legacy Standards & Related Topics
Program Synopsis As follow-on to his June 2012 presentation to the Chapter, Tom Burke will provide an update on the current status of IEC 62368-1, including updates on Edition No. 2 publication, overview of the type of changes between Editions 1 & 2, and current information on likely adoption and transition scenarios, including North America and Europe. Tom also will be giving the status of the legacy standards, IEC 60950-1 (ITE) and IEC 60065 (AV) since new (and final) versions of these standards are being issued too. There will be adequate time allocated for Q&A and audience perspectives on the pending transition.
Speaker Tom Burke, Principal Engineer - ICT/High Tech
Speaker Biography Tom, past Chair of the Chapter, is one of UL’s Principal Engineers for the high technology industry sector, serving as a technical liaison to the ITE/HT Industry. He has served this technical leadership role for close to 20 years. Tom also represents UL on the following committees:
  • U.S. ANSI National Committee (TAG) for IEC TC108;
  • IEC TC108 – U.S. Delegate;
  • NFPA Technical Committee for Protection of Information Technology Equipment, NFPA 75;
  • Engineering Task Force No. 2 (OFF) - IECEE Committee of Testing Laboratories (CTL), Technical Advisor to the Convenor.
Tom is a:
  • Licensed Electrical Engineer (P.E.);
  • NARTE Certified Product Safety Engineer;
  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer; and
  • NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

Tom also has been designated a Distinguished Member of UL’s Technical Staff.

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Date May 28, 2013
Program Title Tour of SIEMIC Test Labs
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Tour of SIEMIC Test Labs

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Speaker Biography MEETING ACTIVITIES:

Chapter Business

  • Call for Chapter Officer Nominees – please be prepared to submit names of candidates – it is a great way to get involved – all positions, Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are open – we will discuss and answer questions
  • 2013 and 2014 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE) – note the 2014 ISPCE will be in San Jose and we will be hosts!

Siemic Anniversary

  • Let’s join our friends at SIEMIC in their newly renovated facility to help them celebrated their 10th Anniversary in business. Free gift bags from SIEMIC for all that attend this meeting!
  • Brief presentation from some of the Staff at SIEMIC as well as a tour of their newly expanded facility.
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Date April 23, 2013
Program Title Writer's Workshop
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Writer’s Workshop – get prepared for the 2013 and 2014 ISPCE – submit a winning paper!!!

Speaker Doug Nix, A.Sc.T.
Speaker Biography Doug Nix, A.Sc.T. is Managing Director at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. (http://www.complianceinsight.ca) in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

His background spans more than 25 years of engineering technology experience including product testing, industrial control system design and machinery safety.

Doug specializes in risk assessment methods and process for industrial machinery. He has been teaching risk assessment principles and processes since 1997, using a variety methods.

Since graduating from Sheridan College in 1985, Doug has worked for a number of Canadian companies in the electrical products and automation systems industries including GFC/Hammond Manufacturing, GFC Power, and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. in Cambridge, Ontario.

Doug is a certified member of OACETT since 1991.

Doug is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) since 1991
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) since 2004
  • Product Safety Engineering Society since 2004
  • Canadian Standards Association since 2007
  • Standards Council of Canada, Canadian Advisory Committee to ISO TC 199, Safety of Machinery

Doug serves on a number of CSA and ISO Technical Committees related to his work.

Doug produces a blog and podcast called Machinery Safety 101, exploring a wide variety of machinery safety related topics. http://www.machinerysafety101.com

For more information, please see Doug’s profile on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dougnix. Follow Compliance InSight Consulting on Twitter @machinerysafety, http://twitter.com/machinerysafety.

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Date March 26, 2013
Program Title China CCC Certifications, Do's and Dont's
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In 2012, China became the world's largest trading nation, with the total value of that nation's exports and imports at $3.87 trillion (US), surpassing those of the United States at $3.82 trillion (US). Market Access always comes with the cost of regulatory approvals. Most Western compliance professionals are very familiar with North American and European regulations, as that information is very accessible. However, those that are contemplating obtaining approvals to access China market will face some distinct culture obstacles, which require preparation. In addition to issues of language, distance, and unfamiliar customs, laws and regulations will also confront any company embarking on this venture. The limited information available for non-natives who can’t read or speak the local languages results in making the regulatory process even more complicated.

This presentation is intended not only to introduce the China certification system, but also to discuss on the pitfalls and challenges foreign companies will face in their pursuit of China certifications. The presentation will focus on the CCC Mark certifications, the new National (GB) Standards, and interpretation of the implementation rules. Also, common mistakes that applicants for CCC mark certifications make during the process will be highlighted, bringing audience insights into the key aspects of CCC implementation rules, in order to navigate a successful CCC certification process.

Speaker Leslie Bai
Speaker Biography Leslie Bai is the President & CEO of SIEMIC Testing and Certifications, a third party compliance testing and certification facility headquartered in Milpitas, California. He has over 20 years of experience on International Regulatory Compliance and Product Certifications in both government agencies, including China MII, as well as major IT companies. He is NARTE (National Association of Radio and Telecom Engineering) Certified EMC Engineer.
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Date February 11, 2013
Program Title Robotics and Safety - Can Robots be Safe
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Schedule:
1:00 PM - Gathering, Networking, Hosted Lunch
1:45 PM - Keynote/Business Meeting - Elya Joffe - IEEE PSES President
2:30 PM - Robotics Safety Standards/Requirements/Case Studies - John McBain and Jon Derickson
3:45 PM - Break
4:00 PM - Robot Demo and Safety Discussion - Monta Vista High School Robotics Team
5:00 PM - Closing
6:00 PM - Tour of Bellarmine High School Robotics Lab at NASA/Ames (Note: Limited Tour - This is limited to 10 people and IEEE PSES members will get first priority. You will need to be a US Citizen and provide your full name and IEEE Membership number.)

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Date January 22, 2013
Program Title What You Need to Know about Energy Efficiency and Energy Policy
Program Synopsis Energy consumption and efficiency of consumer electronics continue to evolve with advances in technology and product features. Based upon industry leadership, government oversight and concerned stakeholders, nearly all high-tech end-product manufacturers are developing more energy efficient products and many are striving to meet increasingly stringent ENERGY STAR specifications. Additionally, global energy efficiency policies are rapidly developing, where updates, enhancements and addition to such regulations continually are being developed, as well.

Furthermore, awareness around global energy consumption continues to increase. Coupled with worldwide IT spending growth and cloud services adoption and enablement, there is a strong demand for manufacturers to deliver better, faster, and more efficient ways to store, process, and serve data to their customers. Measurement solutions are becoming available to help IT organizations measure and manage computer energy use and improve hardware utilization through data centers.

Governments, third party agencies such as UL, consultants and manufacturers are actively collaborating in the development of energy efficiency initiatives that support continued innovation, customer choice and enhanced product functionality. In addition to creating new programs and addressing technical regulations in this highly volatile space, policy harmonization approaches that benefit the global marketplace for the consumer electronics industry is as equally as important to all stakeholders involved.

Throughout this presentation, we will take a look into the specific regulations and policies that confront manufactures today, the developments into policy harmonization and look into a Data Center Infrastructure and Energy Management software products for large enterprises, government agencies and managed service providers that provide intelligence and analytics to CIOs, IT directors and facility managers to optimize capacity, service levels and power consumption within and across data centers.

Speaker Tom Juliano
Speaker Biography Tom Juliano is a degreed electrical engineer and Business Development Manager at Underwriters Laboratories, Melville, NY. Tom possesses nearly 15 years of experience in applied practice in safety engineering. Also, he has been involved in the energy efficiency development and strategies within UL since the end of 2010, which coincides with of the implementation of third-party testing requirements mandated by governmental policies. An IEEE member, Tom serves as an active stakeholder in many standard development activities around energy efficiency programs, including ANSI, the Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR, Natural Resources Canada and the California Energy Commission.
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2012
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
November - 2012 PV Tech Center Overview and Tour Chris Paxton
October - 2012 New Conflict Minerals Reporting Rule for Manufacturers with Any Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum or Gold in their Products Rick Row
September - 2012 IEC 61010-1 3rd Edition - Major Changes from 2nd Edition Jeff Eirich, Staff Engineer, UL LLC
June - 2012 IEC 62368-1: The Path Forward Towards Full Global Implementation... Thomas M. Burke, PE
May - 2012 Sustainability Standards and Metrics Mr. Tom Redick, Esq.
March - 2012 RF Exposure Evaluation of Wireless Technologies Mike Heckrotte
February - 2012 Connected Health Safety - Regulatory and Industry Challenge Geetha Rao, Ph.D. & Marta Zanchi, Ph.D.
January - 2012 World-Wide Product Regulations and your International Vacation plans - What do they have in common? Ken Kapur

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Date November 27, 2012
Program Title PV Tech Center Overview and Tour
Program Synopsis Chris will provide an overview of the facility and what they do with Q/A followed by a tour of the facility. The PV Tech Center is near the UL San Jose Office on Trimble where we normally meet – instead of turning left at Junction, turn right at the street before, Zanker as you are coming from Honba Sushi.
Speaker Chris Paxton
Speaker Biography Chris has been working at UL for 21 years. Started out in the Follow-Up Services Department (VN handler/reviewer and team leader), transferred to Industrial Control Equipment/Power/Components/Energy Conformity Assessment Services section as an Engineering Group Leader in 1999, then started up the PV Lab in 2008. Graduated from Santa Clara University with a BSME. Hobbies – Giants Baseball and road cycling.
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Date October 23, 2012
Program Title New Conflict Minerals Reporting Rule for Manufacturers with Any Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum or Gold in their Products
Program Synopsis Does your company, be it domestic or foreign, big or small, report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)? Does any product you manufacture, or contract to have manufactured, have even the smallest amount of tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold (the so-called “conflict minerals”) added—as most electronic products do? On August 22, 2012 the SEC ruled that most such companies will be required to report on whether or not the metals they use come from specific sources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries. Your first report on calendar year 2013 must be submitted by May 31, 2014. Collecting all the data you need from your supply chain may be an onerous and lengthy procedure, and some reports will require third-party auditing, so time is short. And if your company is in the supply chain of a reporting company, then your customers will be coming to you soon for the data they need. This presentation will explain the details of the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Final Rule and how it will affect your company.
Speaker Rick Row
Speaker Biography Rick Row is a consultant who has followed the evolution of the conflict minerals rule since it was mandated by Congress in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in July, 2010. He spent five years in the EHS Division at SEMI, the global industry association, where he supported EHS professionals in the semiconductor equipment industry in their response to environmental regulations such as the European Union’s WEEE and RoHS directives, and “China RoHS”. He also worked in the global mining industry in a range of technical and managerial roles for over 20 years. Rick holds a BE in chemical engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an MBA in international business from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
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Date September 25, 2012
Program Title IEC 61010-1 3rd Edition - Major Changes from 2nd Edition
Program Synopsis In June 2010, the IEC published the Third Edition of IEC 61010-1, Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control and Lab Use, Part 1 – General Requirements. This discussion will review the major changes from IEC 61010-1 2nd Edition to IEC 61010-1 3rd Edition. Included will be the following:
  • Scope and Structure
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Markings and Documentation
  • Risk of Electric Shock
  • Mechanical Hazards
  • Temperatures
  • Risk Assessment
  • Test and Measurement Circuits and Equipment
  • Standards Publication Information

The main objectives of this interactive discussion will be to help facilitate knowledge-sharing on the new edition of the standard. Questions, perspectives and feedback are encouraged!

Speaker Jeff Eirich, Staff Engineer, UL LLC
Speaker Biography No Bio Available
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Date June 26, 2012
Program Title IEC 62368-1: The Path Forward Towards Full Global Implementation...
Program Synopsis In January 2010 a new international product safety standard was published, IEC 62368-1, Audio/video, information & communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements. On February 17, 2012, an SCC- & ANSI-approved bi-national version (CSA/UL 62368-1) of the same standard was published in Canada and the U.S. Eventually this Standard will replace the existing product safety standards for audio/video equipment (IEC 60065) and information technology equipment (IEC 60950-1). What makes IEC 62368-1 different from other product safety standards is the hazard-based safety engineering (HBSE) methodology that was used to develop it, and the associated HB process that is involved applying it, resulting in a more technology-independent, performance-oriented standard than the legacy standards it will replace. In this discussion we will not be concentrating on a review of technical content of the Standard itself, but will concentrate on associated implementation considerations as we begin moving towards global implementation, such as:
  • What is the Standard, and What is it Not?
  • What are the benefits of the Standard?
  • What is the status of Edition No. 2, and how will it co-exist with the pending new next Editions/Amendments of IEC 60065 & IEC 60950-1?
  • What is the status of the IECEE CB Scheme and the availability to receive CB Reports and Certificates?
  • When will the Standard likely be required for safety certification of AV, IT & CT Equipment, both in North America and Globally?
  • How will the Standard accommodate Components and the Supply Chain?
  • Will the Standard be incorporated in the Regulatory structure, including reference in the NEC and use in the OSHA NRTL program?
  • What is UL’s Product Category Structure for the new Standard?
  • How can manufacturers begin to prepare today for the Standard’s eventual full implementation?

The main objectives of this interactive discussion will be to help facilitate knowledge-sharing on the Standard and alleviate high tech manufacturers’ concerns with it. Therefore, questions, perspectives and feedback are encouraged!

Speaker Thomas M. Burke, PE
Speaker Biography Tom is one of UL LLC’s Principal Engineers for the high technology industry sector, and has been involved in this role for close to twenty years. Tom is a licensed electrical engineer (PE) in the state of California; NARTE Certified Product Safety Engineer; ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE); and NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). He also represents UL on the following committees: ANSI National Committee for IEC TC108, including U.S. delegate to IEC TC108; and NFPA 75, Technical Committee for Protection of Information Technology Equipment. Tom is a Senior Member of both the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and also is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Tom also is past Chair of the SCV Chapter of the IEEE PSES.
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Date May 22, 2012
Program Title Sustainability Standards and Metrics
Program Synopsis What exactly does "sustainability" mean to you, the builder of new machinery? What kind of carbon footprint is your equipment leaving and will it be allowed in the future? What is happening now to change the way machinery must be built? What standards do you absolutely HAVE to know before your design another machine? What are your risks for not keeping updated on international regulations, laws and standards, and will metrics demonstrating savings on regulatory penalties, lost markets and other costs help educate management on the need to design equipment with an eye on future risks? Will metrics help companies manage long-term risks and stay in business indefinitely? If your customers or competitors are already implementing the newest standards, how can you ensure you company is not left behind?
Speaker Mr. Tom Redick, Esq.
Speaker Biography Mr. Redick is the principal attorney in Global Environmental Ethics Counsel, a solo law practice based in St. Louis, MO. He assists clients in the high-technology and agricultural biotechnology industry sectors with issues relating to sustainability standards, regulatory approval, liability avoidance and compliance with complex regulatory frameworks including the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Before establishing a solo practice in 2005, Mr.Redick was a partner with Gallop, Johnson & Neuman L.C. in St. Louis,Missouri. He served as the 40th President of the Council for Agricultural Science & Technology and is the author of several books and book chapters on agricultural biotechnology and liability prevention, and co-author with Lewis Bass of West’s Products Liability: Design and Manufacturing Defects.
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Date March 27, 2012
Program Title RF Exposure Evaluation of Wireless Technologies
Program Synopsis Radio frequency energy must be radiated from transmitters for these devices to perform their intended function. Such energy has the potential of causing harm to persons, therefore regulatory agencies have established maximum limits to protect public health. As transmitter power increases, more separation must be maintained between the transmitting antenna and nearby persons. Broadcast transmitters (tens of thousands of kW) are preferably located on mountain tops for the best coverage and such remote sites readily enable large separation distances. Consumer devices such as cell phones (about 1 W) and Bluetooth earpieces (about 10 mW) are worn on belt clips and/or held to one’s head. This presentation will provide an introduction to RF exposure standards and test methodologies.

Mike's discussion will ensure you feel up to date on all the latest standards applicable to RF and have a total understanding of all the safety measures necessary.

Speaker Mike Heckrotte
Speaker Biography Mike Heckrotte is currently the Director of Engineering, UL CCS and N.A. WiSE Engineering Manager, UL Verification Services (Wireless, Interoperability, payment Security, EMC). In this capacity, Mike stays abreast of new technologies, develops test facilities and procedures, trains staff, serves on standards committees and provides consultation to customers seeking EMC and wireless regulatory and conformance approval for their products.

Mike earned his BS Engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College in 1976. Upon graduation he began working on microwave spectrum analyzers and network analyzers at Hewlett-Packard. Since 1985 he has held various positions in the field of EMC engineering. Prior to joining CCS in 2001 he was the proprietor of an independent antenna calibration and EMC consulting business.

In 2006 CCS changed from operating four Open Area Test Sites in Morgan Hill to multiple anechoic and semi-anechoic chambers in Fremont. Mike designed, and managed construction of, the Fremont EMC and Wireless Test Laboratory. CCS was acquired by Underwriters Laboratories in 2010.

He likes to tell the story of getting an Amateur Radio License as a freshman in high school, building his own equipment and causing interference on the TV next door, then paying penance ever since by working as an EMC engineer. Mike’s standards committee work has included the RESNA Standards Subcommittee on Wheelchairs (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America), past chair of the ANSI/RESNA Powered Wheelchair EMC Working Group, and the ISO TC 173/SC1 Wheelchair Standards Committee.

He is currently active with Wireless Gigabit Association (WiGig) Standards Committees, the WirelessHD standard, The Wireless Association (CTIA) Certification Program Working Group (CWPG), ANSI C63.10 American National Standard for Testing Unlicensed Wireless Devices, ANSI C63.26 American National Standard for Testing Licensed Wireless Devices, and the ITAC-R 5 GHz Project Team (a group of FCC, NTIA, DOD, FAA and Industry representatives developing and refining DFS regulations and test methods).

Mike is a long-standing member of the IEEE, having served as Vice Chair of the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Member of Steering Committee for the 1996 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility. He is also a past Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chairman of Santa Clara Valley Chapter of IEEE EMC Society.

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Date February 28, 2012
Program Title Connected Health Safety - Regulatory and Industry Challenge
Program Synopsis Professional healthcare delivery is increasingly reliant on IT-networks that incorporate wired, wireless, or otherwise connected medical devices. Separate from that, consumer technologies such as home-use diagnostics connected to cell phones are increasingly being used in healthcare application. As these two trends converge, assuring patient safety and effectiveness is a significant challenge in the resulting wide-ranging, networked systems with complex inter-dependencies and multiple subsystem owners. While the FDA regulates devices, the IT networks themselves are largely unregulated. As these networks have added capabilities for real-time data exchange and remote monitoring, they have increasing impact on patient safety, clinical effectiveness, continuous availability of care, and security of both the networks and the medical devices. Drs. Geetha Rao and Marta Zanchi will discuss FDA activity in this area and the complementary efforts of the Connected Health Safety Initiative (CHSI), a non-profit industry coalition which aims to develop a framework for collaborative management of safety, clinical effectiveness, and data security risks in connected healthcare systems.
Speaker Geetha Rao, Ph.D. & Marta Zanchi, Ph.D.
Speaker Biography Geetha Rao, Ph.D. - VP Corp. Dev., Triple Ring Technologies & Co-chair, Connected Health Safety Initiative Dr. Geetha Rao co-chairs the Connected Health Safety Initiative. She is Vice President of Corporate Development at Triple Ring Technologies, an innovator in medical, aerospace, and security technologies and CEO of Springborne Life Sciences providing advisory services to start-ups and entrepreneur support organizations. Previously, she was Chief Corporate Development Officer at Molecular Image, Inc., a personalized medicine diagnostic company and President and CEO of Norgren Systems, a biotechnology/drug discovery automation company. Dr. Rao is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, holds a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she was a Sloan Fellow.

Marta Zanchi, Ph.D. - Principal Consultant, Medinnovo & Co-chair, Connected Health Safety Initiative Dr. Marta Zanchi co-chairs the Connected Health Safety Initiative. She is Principal Consultant and owner at Medinnovo, a medical innovation consulting company with focus on developing regulatory, marketing, and business strategies for early-stage companies and medical technology innovators, especially in Mobile Health. Previously she worked with the business development team at LitePoint, a privately-held wireless technology company located in Silicon Valley. At Stanford University, where she graduated with a PhD in electrical engineering, Marta was a research assistant with the Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Laboratory, where she developed radiofrequency devices and systems for medical imaging. She was also a Medical Device Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration and Sr. Researcher with Northwestern and Stanford University on a comprehensive analysis and industry survey of the 510(k) regulatory process.

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Date January 24, 2012
Program Title World-Wide Product Regulations and your International Vacation plans – What do they have in common?
Program Synopsis During this talk, we will take a trip around the world, touching upon famous destinations that you may want to visit for a family vacation. However, the focus of this talk will be on specific product regulations that a business would have to deal with shipping to those locations. Starting with our local area you will hear about electrical safety standards, then we will expand out to California for the Green Chemistry Initiative then we will cover USA NRTL and FDA requirements.

Traveling to Europe we will talk about CE Marking as the passport to entry and then review the latest changes in European Safety & Environmental Directives. We will be covering the trends for enforcement at customs on product certification (e.g. China, Korea, France) and the impact of signing the CE Declaration of Conformity. You will hear about new & emerging requirements in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the BRIC countries as the world becomes a flatter place.

This will be an interesting, lively, and interactive presentation as we cover some specific safety, environmental, and chemical regulatory updates, best practices and what may impact you. Safe travels!

Speaker Ken Kapur
Speaker Biography Ken Kapur is an expert is regulatory compliance and has been working with product regulations for over 20 years. His experience includes working with Agilent, KLA-Tencor, Seagate, AMD, AT&T and a number of other technology companies in Silicon Valley and the semiconductor industry. Ken has an Engineering background and started his work in the area of product safety with Underwriters Laboratories (UL). He has expanded is expertise to all applicable EHS requirements including the environmental and chemical regulations. Ken has been invited to speak at a number of world-wide industry organizations on current topics including WEEE, EU RoHS, China RoHS and Product Stewardship. Ken continues to track emerging world-wide regulations as they pertain to new product development and is especially focused on design for compliance programs. Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific.
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2011
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
November - 2011 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Machinery Directive John McBain
October - 2011 Environmental Safety : An Update on Regulatory Requirements around the World Mike Kirschner
September - 2011 IEEE PSES Social and Planning Meeting to collect topics of interest N/A
August - 2011 Serious and Amusing Quality Problems with Electric Power Around the World Alex McEachern
May - 2011 Understanding Six Sigma's FMEA to Prevent Catastrophic Failures (i.e. San Bruno Pipeline Explosion, Japan's Nuclear Reactor Meltdowns). Dr. Anthony Tarantino
April - 2011 IEC 61730/UL 1703 - Safety Standards for Crystalline and Thin-film PV Modules Regan Arndt
March - 2011 Railroad Tour - Sponsored by South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS) N/A
February - 2011 Industrial Machinery Safety and Safety Program Development Joseph Barsky

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Date November 29, 2011
Program Title How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Machinery Directive
Program Synopsis The European Machinery Directive (MD) has been in force for many years, and even the latest version (2006/42/EC) has been effective since December 2009. Unfortunately, the revision that was supposed to clarify the applicability of the MD to equipment previously evaluated under the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) still has some surprises, apparent contradictions and pitfalls. The first step is to decide whether or not the Machinery Directive applies to your product. And then … time to do the required risk assessment, evaluate the product by Standards that give “presumption of conformity” or perhaps by Annex 1 of the MD, make sure control system elements are included, draw up a Declaration of Conformity (or maybe a Declaration of Incorporation) and apply the CE Marking (and some other information). But wait! Do you have a “system of machines” shipping to Europe that may include third-party equipment? … No, you can’t go back to the LVD!
Speaker John McBain
Speaker Biography John McBain has been enjoying product safety evaluation since he started working at Underwriters Laboratories in 1980, before CE Marking or the current version of the Machinery Directive existed. After four years at UL, working on products from office and data processing equipment (remember UL114 and UL478?) to electrical conduit and snap switches, John moved to Qume and then Hewlett Packard.
During the 1990’s the Product Safety Technical Committee (now the PSES) and the print version of the Product Safety Newsletter took a lot of his time, as well as earning degrees at San Jose State University (MS Engineering and MBA). John’s undergraduate degree was a B.Sc. in physics and math from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
In the last decade John has looked at product safety in semiconductor equipment (KLA-Tencor), military vehicles (BAE Systems) and test and measurement equipment (Agilent Technologies). Most recently at Agilent, the Machinery Directive has been a major focus, since Agilent also makes Laboratory Automation equipment.
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Date October 25, 2011
Program Title Environmental Safety : An Update on Regulatory Requirements around the World
Program Synopsis What started in Europe with RoHS and WEEE continues to expand and mutate across the world. We'll cover some of the changes in the "recast" of RoHS that just came in to force as well as REACH and its effect on other countries' chemical policy. We'll also discuss other regulations from countries and locales like Vietnam, India, China, South America, California and elsewhere. Finally, the talk will cover how this relates to product safety and why manufacturers need to invest in this area as they have others.
Speaker Mike Kirschner
Speaker Biography Mike Kirschner has over 25 years of extensive cross-functional experience in all phases of the product lifecycle, from conception through production and end-of-life at both electronics OEMs and semiconductor manufacturers. He has been President and Managing Partner of Design Chain Associates, LLC since its inception in 2001 and is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and impact of environmental regulation on electronic products, and is a highly sought after speaker and author.

Mike contributed two chapters to the "Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook", published by Wiley in 2008 and is featured in the critically acclaimed book "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power".

Prior to founding DCA Mike held Engineering and Engineering Management positions at Compaq, Tandem, Intel, and Intergraph, as well as at several start-ups in Component Engineering, Reliability, Quality Assurance, Software Development, and Product Design roles. Mike received his BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester , MA and is a member of the IEEE, ASTM F40, and the IEEE-1680.x (EPEAT) development teams. He is an advisor to the University of California Berkeley Extension's Green Chemistry program, and in 2009 was appointed to the California Department of Toxic Substance Control's Green Ribbon Science Panel. Mike is also Associate Director of the Green Science Policy Institute.

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Date September 27, 2011
Program Title IEEE PSES Social and Planning Meeting to collect topics of interest
Program Synopsis For the September meeting, IEEE PSES will be holding a social: pizza and sodas will be provided. During the meeting we will discuss possible ideas for next year’s schedule, get input from members on areas of interest related to safety and compliance and identify speakers you would like to have present. We will also use this time to discuss some of the benefits of PSES membership and take the time to understand the concerns of our members. Also, if there are any ideas for tours or other fun activities, let us know. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Date August 23, 2011
Program Title Serious and Amusing Quality Problems with Electric Power Around the World
Program Synopsis Alex McEachern roams the world solving interesting power quality problems: Monkeys climbing on transformers, bamboo conduit being used as a ground path and voltage sags –always voltage sags – sometimes caused by really diligent janitors. Tonight he will give a light-hearted presentation, with photos from around the world, of mostly power-related problems. On a technical level, he will show some surprising real-time power recordings, including the complete Fukushima nuclear disaster (as seen through an outlet in a Tokyo office building).
Speaker Alex McEachern
Speaker Biography Alex McEachern is well known for his cheerful, thought-provoking speeches, and he regularly speaks at national and international conferences on electric power quality. He is the president of Power Standards Lab in California, the founder of BMI, the former president of both BMI and Electrotek, and the author of everything from the Electric Power Measurements chapter of the Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering to the industry-standard Handbook of Power Signatures. Active in drafting and approving international power standards, Alex is the chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC77A Working Group 9, which sets the standard for power quality instruments. He also participates in the drafting of the voltage dip immunity standards, IEC 61000-4-11 and IEC 61000-4-34. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, former Chairman of IEEE 1159.1, a co-author of IEEE 519 and IEEE 1459, and a voting member of the IEEE Standards Coordination Committee on Power Quality.

Among all his accomplishments, McEachern is proudest of the fact that companies that he has created have been responsible for over 2,400 man-years of employment. He is a reasonably inventive fellow, with 29 U.S. patents awarded so far.

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Date May 24, 2011
Program Title Understanding Six Sigma's FMEA to Prevent Catastrphic Failures (i.e. San Bruno Pipeline Explosion, Japan's Nuclear Reactor Meltdowns)
Program Synopsis Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a very popular approach and systematic method created by quality engineers in the Defense department over 60 years ago. It has been successfully applied in a wide variety of disciplines and industries to:
  • Recognize, evaluate, and prioritize potential failures and their effects
  • Identify actions which could eliminate or reduce the chance of potential failure occurring
  • Generate a living document that can be used to anticipate and prevent failures from occurring

Why use an FMEA?

Improves the quality, reliability, and safety of products and processes in a proactive manner.

  • Helps to increase customer satisfaction, by proactively addressing failures that keep us from meeting critical customer requirements in processes or products
  • Reduces product development timing and cost
  • Documents and tracks actions taken to reduce risk; Prioritize areas of focus

The recent PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno, the Nuclear Power Plant meltdowns in Japan, and Toyota's product failures are some of the more recent and spectacular examples in which a robust FMEA could have been used to prevent or at least mitigate catastrophic operational risk failures.

Join Tony for a highly interactive session in which he will demonstrate the value of FMEA and show how you can apply it to the tough problems you face in design, safety, reliability, cost reduction, and customer satisfaction.

Speaker Dr. Anthony Tarantino
Speaker Biography Dr. Anthony Tarantino has 30 years of experience in process optimization, and financial risk management in consulting and industry. Currently he splits his time between teaching risk management in Santa Clara University’s MBA program, writing professional business texts for Wiley and Sons, and senior-level consulting focused on operational risk and process improvement for Cisco System's Six Sigma plus Center of Excellence. His achievements include leading successful projects in enterprise risk management, along with process improvement and re-engineering in the United States, Europe, and Asia for IBM and KPMG/BearingPoint. He has championed Lean and applied Six Sigma as a master black belt in high tech manufacturing.

Link to his John Wiley & Sons books

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Date April 26, 2011
Program Title IEC 61730/UL 1703 - Safety Standards for Crystalline and Thin-film PV Modules
Program Synopsis This presentation will initially describe the basic function and composition of the Photovoltaic cell and module in relation to its electrical characteristics during solar irradiance and temperature, including a brief overview of PV systems.

From there, the presentation continues to describe the testing requirements for photovoltaic (PV) modules in order to provide safe electrical and mechanical operation during their expected lifetime. Specific topics are provided to assess the the prevention of electrical shock, fire hazards, and some personal injury due to mechanical and environmental stresses in accordance with IEC 61730 and UL 1703 safety standards that are used for certification.

Speaker Regan Arndt
Speaker Biography Regan Arndt graduated from Electronics Engineering in 1994 from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Canada. He has over 18 years of testing and certification experience in the areas of Photovoltaics, ITE, Telecom, and Laboratory equipment. He joined TUV SUD America in 2004 as the Senior Engineer for the Product Safety Division in San Diego and went on to become the Account Executive and Business Development Manager for the Southwestern United States. Currently, he is the Manager and CB Technical Certifier for for the Photovoltaics Division of TUV SUD America based in Fremont, California. He is also a member of the Factory Inspection Committee of working group 2.

Regan's experience includes positions as an evening instructor at SAIT for Product Safety Design and Regulatory Compliance for post secondary university students, Area Manager for TUV Rheinland and a Public Speaker for the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society. He also conducts specializd training for TUV SUD employees and various technical seminars to their customers. He has written several white papers and published numerous magazine articles in the areas of Photovoltaics, Product Safety Design, Factory Inspections and NRTL compliance. regan obtained formal training for Photovoltaic Design and testing at the Beijing Chinese Academy of Sciences Renewable Energy Department.

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Date March 23, 2011
Program Title Railroad Tour - Sponsored by South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS)
Program Synopsis The South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS) welcomes the IEEE PSES and Reliability special interest groups for a tour of our historical landmark in Santa Clara. The Santa Clara Depot was the oldest continuously operating depot west of the Mississippi River until the Joint Powers Board closed the ticket office in May 1997. Originally built in 1863, the Santa Clara Depot has served the community through many decades helping foster prosperity in Santa Clara and the immediate area. The SBHRS currently operates a museum in the building in exchange for maintaining the structure. The museum includes the main depot with the research library and artifact displays, the speeder shed, the interlocking control tower, the OWR&N business car, and the scale operating displays. The building is available for business meetings and birthday parties. Funds from these events help to pay for the continuous restoration activities. We also give tours to schools, scouting programs, and many other organizations. You can find more information at www.sbhrs.org
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Date February 22, 2011
Program Title Industrial Machinery Safety and Safety Program Development
Program Synopsis
  • What is an AHJ?
  • What are their Duties and Responsibilities?
  • Who regulates the safety of machinery?
  • How does LBI certify a machine?
  • What exactly is a field label?
  • What proves code compliance?
  • What does a typical machine inspection consist of?
  • What are the consequences of unchecked machinery?
  • How does the Fire Department come into play?
  • Why do a Hazard Analysis?
  • What Safety Programs must be in place in our facility?
Speaker Joseph Barsky
Speaker Biography Joseph Barsky has Over 27 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene, safety and environmental science with a career at IBM, Apple Computer, LSI Logic, Applied Materials, Lam Research, MMC/Seagate, DNAX, Cardiovascular Therapeutics, and many others. BA in Ecology from Rutgers College in New Jersey and a double major in Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety from The University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.
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2010
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
December - 2010 EMC/EMI Issues in Biomedical Research Dr. Ji Chen
October - 2010 Overview and Updates on IEC 62368-1 - the new Standard for Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communications Technology Equipment Kevin Ravo
September - 2010 What’s in your electronic product, where does it come from, and why should a Product Safety Engineer be concerned? Rick Row
June - 2010 Safety of Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Gary Eldridge
May - 2010 EU RoHS Changes - What you need to know Revati Pradhan-Kasmalkar
April - 2010 How to Avoid Being the Next Toyota Ken Kapur led discussion panel
March - 2010 IEC 60204-33 and Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Mark Krauss
February - 2010 Medical Compliance Management fort he Global Market David McBrayer, P.E.
January - 2010 Codes, Standards and Listings - Who requires what, and why John Taecker

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Date December 14, 2010
Program Title EMC/EMI Issues in Biomedical Research
Program Synopsis The interactions between electromagnetic signals and biomedical systems lead to safety considerations for medical devices and patients. In this talk, we will present some recent investigations on the EMC/EMI issues related to these scenarios. In particular, we will discuss 1) safety evaluation for pregnant woman under walk-through metal detector, 2) thermal and temperature evaluation of pregnant woman models under MRI RF coil, 3) effects of implantable devices within human subject models under MRI coils, and 4) the interactions between vehicular mounted antenna and bystanders with implantable medical devices.
Speaker Dr. Ji Chen
Speaker Biography Dr. Ji Chen received the Bachelor's degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China, the Master's degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998, all in electrical engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX. Prior to joining the University of Houston, from 1998 to 2001, he was a Staff Engineer with Motorola Personal Communication Research Laboratories, Chicago, IL. Dr. Chen has received outstanding teaching award and outstanding junior faculty research award from College of Engineering at University of Houston. He is also the recipient of ORISE fellowship in 2007. His research group also received the best student paper award at IEEE EMC Symposium 2005 and the best paper award from IEEE APMC conference in 2008.
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Date October 26, 2010
Program Title Overview and Updates on IEC 62368-1 - the new Standard for Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communications Technology Equipment
Program Synopsis Discussion on IEC 62368-1
  • Brief background on the standard
  • Principles of HBSE
  • General safety principles of IEC 62368-1
  • Brief overview of basic concepts - hazard basis - three block model - approach to using the standard, at the design level - ability to allow new technology
  • Brief overview of current status, CENELEC vote and what to expect next from the IEC and other countries
  • Brief overview of NA version of the standard and what to expect
  • Open Q&A
Speaker Kevin Ravo
Speaker Biography Kevin Ravo has been with UL over 30 years in various roles of engineering and management and is currently responsible for the coordination of technology and regulation issues related to the Global High Technology Business Group that is responsible for services to the information technology equipment, consumer electronics, telecommunications, battery and printed circuit board industries. Kevin is focused on evaluating new business opportunities, implementing new programs, and developing and nurturing relationships with other organizations in an effort to keep UL services up-to-date in this highly charged market. Kevin has also been involved in various domestic and international standards development related activities and currently is the Chair of the Technical Harmonization Committee for North America that is developing a proposed harmonized standard to IEC 62368-1.

Kevin is a member of the International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Inc. (IEEE), the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He’s also a registered Professional Engineer in California for electrical engineering and a Registered NARTE Safety Engineer. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis and has completed the Berkeley Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date September 28, 2010
Program Title What’s in your electronic product, where does it come from, and why should a Product Safety Engineer be concerned?
Program Synopsis Three trends make mineral sourcing an issue of potentially compelling interest to product safety engineers. First, many more minerals are used today in manufacturing electronics than just a couple of decades ago. For example, Intel estimates that, whereas computer chips contained 11 mineral-derived elements in the 1980s, potentially up to 60 elements will be used in coming years. Second, the downstream manufacturer is being held increasingly accountable for the traceability and regulation of materials in his product. Such traceability has commonly been non-existent for many complex electronic products. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law on July 21, 2010, will require U.S. public companies to disclosure the use of “conflict minerals,” such as tantalum from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in manufacturing their products; and over 60 percent of tantalum used in the U.S. is used in capacitors. This law imposes a social responsibility on manufacturers, and adds to a growing international pattern of laws and regulations with environmental and public health and safety objectives. Finally, concern is growing in some quarters about the availability, pricing, and sourcing of minerals (some of which are difficult to replace in certain electronic applications) as global demand rises, the grade of mineral deposits decline over time, and competitors such as China threaten to “lock-up” supplies of rare earth minerals. Because earlier material concerns have risen through the need to comply with EHS regulations such as the RoHS, WEEE, and REACH directives in the European Union, product safety engineers are as well placed as any professionals in the electronics industry to take on a key company-wide coordinating role to help their companies and industry remain profitable and resilient in the face of these trends.
Speaker Rick Row
Speaker Biography Rick Row is currently consulting on energy efficiency and low-carbon energy generation and use, and on compliance with environmental regulations. From 2007 to 2009, he was the Executive Director of Sustainable Silicon Valley, a non-profit that partners with businesses, governments, and other non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley to create a more sustainable future. Partners pledge to SSV to set their own CO2 reduction targets, report annually to SSV on their performance against their targets, and collaborate with SSV to share their CO2 reduction success stories publicly.

For the previous five years, he managed Global Care, an environmental, health and safety (EHS) initiative, in the EHS Division at SEMI, a global industry association for companies providing equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors and related technologies. He also worked with EHS professionals in the industry to guide the industry’s response to environmental regulations such as the European Union’s WEEE and RoHS directives, and China’s “China RoHS”.

Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date June 22, 2010
Program Title Safety of Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment
Program Synopsis The bold new world of electric vehicles is upon us. You have probably seen advertisements by now for a generation of all-electric vehicles coming to a showroom near you soon. SAE J 1772 will be the configuration for virtually all production electric vehicles allowing North American EV drivers to plug into any manufacturer's EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) and charge in a standards based environment. But what about the safety of electric vehicle charging systems? In North America, EVSE is subjected to requirements from the NEC, and UL standards. There are also IEC standards for electric vehicle chargers, but the connectors in Europe and the rest of the world have not been agreed upon. Find out what it takes to get an electric vehicle charging station certified and into the market place. You will learn what a 'CCID', '2nd neutral ground', 'level 2', and other mysteries of the EVSE world.
Speaker Gary Eldridge
Speaker Biography Gary Eldridge graduated from Sacramento State University with a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Gary worked for Underwriters Laboratories from 1990 to 1997, and worked 2 years at Hewlett Packard. Gary also worked in the network industry for 2 years at Riverstone Networks before joining Apple Inc. where he worked for 5 years. In April 2009 Gary joined start-up Coulomb Technologies. Gary has worked in safety, EMC, forensic engineering and fire investigation.
Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date May 25, 2010
Program Title EU RoHS Changes - What you need to know
Program Synopsis The overhaul of EU RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive for EEE has been in the works since December 2008. This recast can lead to some significant changes to existing scope, product categories, exemptions, definitions as well as additional substance restrictions and compliance requirements. The talk will provide an update on the latest changes and debate process for the RoHS recast proposals and what you can do now to impact these.
Speaker Revati Pradhan-Kasmalkar
Speaker Biography Revati Pradhan-Kasmalkar (Principal Consultant, Tantra Consulting) is an independent environmental subject matter expert, currently involved in regulatory compliance and advocacy efforts on environmental regulations such as European RoHS, WEEE, REACH as well as US GHG reporting and TSCA revisions. She holds a dual Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and General Engineering with EHS specialization. She has worked earlier in the semiconductor EHS area as a technical specialist for exhaust gas abatement products.
Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date April 27, 2010
Program Title How to Avoid Being the Next Toyota
Program Synopsis An exploratory discussion on what companies can do to avoid being the next Toyota (NOT a root cause analysis). Will discuss the vulnerability of any high profile company having a major issue such as this. Even when Toyota fixes this particular issue, there is still something more fundamental they need to address to see that this type of thing doesn't happen again.
Speaker Ken Kapur led discussion panel
Speaker Biography Ken Kapur (KLA-Tencor), Vice-Chair of Product Safety Engineering Society will lead the panel discussion. Speakers on the panel will include Eugene Heil (Lewis Bass Intl.), Mike Silverman (Ops A la Carte LLC) and Fred Schenkelberg (Ops A La Carte LLC).
Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date March 23, 2010
Program Title IEC 60204-33 and Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment
Program Synopsis The validation of Semiconductor Fabrication Equipment product safety compliance has historically been mapped against generic National and International electrical standards. With the December 2009 publication of IEC 60204-33 a Semiconductor Fabrication Equipment Specific International standard now exists and it is predictable that it will soon become a harmonized standard under the Machinery Directive. In this discussion, the implications of a Type C standard for Semiconductor Fabrication Equipment will be covered as will similarities and differences between IEC-60204-33 and IEC 60204-1. The standards roots in SEMI S22 will also be discussed.
Speaker Mark Krauss
Speaker Biography Mark Krauss, CLSO, is Principal Consultant for Environmental, Health and Safety Services, LLC, and has held this position focusing specifically on Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment for over 13 years. He is a graduate of the USAF Leadership Academy and has been active in various roles and responsibilities for Semiconductor Equipment safety for over 30 years. Mark has served on numerous SEMI Environmental, Health and Safety Committees and continues to participate with their International Compliance and Regulatory Committee.
Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date February 23, 2010
Program Title Medical Compliance Management for the Global Market
Program Synopsis IEC 60601-1:2005 has been adopted by a number of countries and certification bodies. What does it mean to the product safety practitioner? Medical Device product safety can be a daunting concept, but when considered in an organized manner, it can be managed effectively. This presentation will provide an overview of what is considered in Medical Device product safety certification to the new Standard, for compliance in a multi-country market.
Speaker David McBrayer, P.E.
Speaker Biography David has over 25 years of professional experience in Product Safety test and certification. Mr. McBrayer became involved when the requirements of each destination country had to be incorporated into a design specification and then harmonized such that the product could be built and marketed with minimal customization for each country. David has experience in telecommunications, ITE and Radiation therapy Medical Devices destined to the North American, European, China and rest-of-world markets. He pursued these efforts at ROLM, IBM and Siemens. Currently, Mr. McBrayer is a Project Engineer at Intertek ETL-Semko. He is a member of the EMC and Product Safety Engineering Societies. David is also a licensed Amateur Extra radio operator and a Certified Radiation Safety Officer.
Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date January 26, 2010
Program Title Codes, Standards and Listings - Who requires what, and why
Program Synopsis There are many installation codes and product testing standards that apply to products. How can you determine what codes and standards effect your product? What reliable resources are available? Does the installation code influence the testing standard, or does the standard influence the code? How are codes and standards developed, and are there any opportunities to provide input? What products are required to be Listed? Why are the products required to be Listed? Learn who requires products to be certified by a third-party agency, what requirements are used, how a product is certified, and where information about certifications can be found.

Discussion will include both the safety requirements, but also the new requirements under development for sustainable ("green") buildings and energy efficiency.

Speaker John Taecker
Speaker Biography John Taecker, P.E. has worked for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. for 25 years. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a California Registered Professional Engineer in Safety Engineering. He has served on various building, mechanical, and plumbing code development committees, and actively participates in all levels of the code development process for ICC and IAPMO. He is a nationally recognized speaker on electrical, building, mechanical, and plumbing products and installations.
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2009
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
November - 2009 Solar Energy - Let the sun shine in Sudhakar Wasnik
September - 2009 Hazard Tracking System - Purpose, Design & Implementation Jon Derickson
June - 2009 International Trade Issues for Engineers Deep SenGupta
April - 2009 Are you ready to ship your products to Mexico & South America? Bill Holz
March - 2009 The Compliance of "Green Power" Products Rob Holt
January - 2009 Why be concerned with Substances of Very High Concern Ken Kapur & Revati Pradhan-Kasmalkar

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Date November 17, 2009
Program Title Solar Energy - Let the sun shine in
Program Synopsis Solar energy represents both the cleanest energy available and a never-ending supply of energy, as long as we have access to the sun. The complexities lie in harnessing this energy and effectively utilizing it. We will explore the discrete components of a solar power plant - the solar cell, the collector, the transformation to AC power and to the distribution to the power grid. We will explore this system and it’s components from a risk and mitigation perspective and how the respective standards support this approach.
Speaker Sudhakar Wasnik
Speaker Biography Sudhakar Wasnik has been a solar energy enthusiast since working, first hand, at a solar power plant. He has also served as a compliance engineer, having extensive experience in product safety, EMI/EMC, ESD and reliability engineering.

Mr. Wasnik’s experience includes a broad range of industries including consumer electronics, medical devices, industrial products and solar energy systems. He has also demonstrated his skill in the practical application of the standards covering this wide range industries.

Mr. Wasnik has an MS EE from George Washington University and a B. Tech in Electronics and Communications from NITK, India.

Presentation Materials Slide Presentation
Date September 22, 2009
Program Title Hazard Tracking System - Purpose, Design & Implementation
Program Synopsis Product safety standards are moving towards using “Hazard Based Safety Engineering” principles, instead of prescriptive constructions. For that approach to be feasible, hazards and controls must be identified and tracked. In fact, requirements for a hazard database already exist in some military standards. This presentation will describe a possible approach to designing and implementing a hazard tracking database. The need for clear and complete information that is readily available, and the expected use and outcomes of such a system will be discussed.

If you already have put together a similar database for your organization or projects, you will want to see this systems-based approach to hazard tracking and risk evaluation. If you have not, it is even more important to attend.

Speaker Jon Derickson
Speaker Biography Jon Derickson is Product Safety Manager at BAE Systems, leading a team of engineers responsible for system safety of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and other tracked and wheeled vehicle programs within the US Combat Systems Line of Business. His other responsibilities include identifying, assessing and/or developing product safety technologies, tools, techniques, and/or processes for implementation within BAE.

Jon planned and executed system safety and design for environment programs for segments of the US Army’s Future Combat System (FCS). The FCS is a highly complex integration of advanced sensor technologies with a family of manned and unmanned vehicle systems. Specific concerns included an armed robotic vehicle and manned ground vehicles with a medical treatment platform planning to use remote surgery systems.

Jon has an MS in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University and a BS from Cal Poly. He has won several awards, including the Presidents Achievement Award from the International System Safety Society and an award from BAE Systems related to development of hazardous voltage safety policies, procedures and training. He is a member of the System Safety Society and the Society of Automotive Engineers, a PE in Safety and Certified Safety Professional.

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Date June 23, 2009
Program Title International Trade Issues for Engineers
Program Synopsis Does your work involve the import or export of goods? International trade rules are different around the world.

Learn how to avoid delays to your supply chain, overpayment of customs duties, and avoidable penalties.

Other topics covered in this presentation will include:

What about the shipment of engineering samples that are not yet certified?

What types of exports are controlled by the US Government?

How to determine if your products or technology need an export license?

Understanding the “Deemed Export rules” that affect foreign engineers?

How to ensure compliance with US Export administration regulations?

Speaker Deep SenGupta
Speaker Biography Deep is the Senior Manager of the “Trade & Customs Advisory Services (TCAS)” group at FedEx. Deep has been with this group since its inception in early 2002 and is based out of San Francisco. He has provided assistance to numerous companies with their import & export compliance programs, both within the U.S as well as on a world-wide basis.

Prior to co-founding the TCAS group within FedEx, Deep was a Manager with KPMG’s Asia Pacific Tax practice from 1997. In that capacity he has advised several Fortune 500 clients on the international trade and legal implications of their South-Asian operations. Deep also helped establish KPMG’s International Trade & Customs practice in India.

Deep obtained his Bachelors of Law in India, his Masters in Law (Taxation) from the University of Washington - School of Law and executive education on International Trade policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Deep has been appointed by the U.S Secretary of Commerce to the District Export Council of Northern California.

Presentation Materials For a copy of the presentation, please contact Deep SenGupta at csengupta@fedex.com
Date April 30, 2009
Program Title Are you ready to ship your products to Mexico & South America?
Program Synopsis

In this economy you can not afford to leave any markets untapped! In this presentation you will discover what you need to be able to ship your products to Mexico and further south. You will learn which products are regulated, what the certification process is, and the how and where to test your products to gain access to these critical markets. Also covered will be required product labeling and other regulatory requirements.

Speaker Bill Holz
Speaker Biography Bill has been with TUV Rheinland of North America since August 2008 where he is member of the International Approvals Group. Prior to that Bill was employed by Intertek where he founded and managed the Global Market Access Programs. His entry into the laboratory business was in 1993 as General Manager and VP of Marketing & Sales for Detecon Inc. (now TUV Telecom), and established the first US test laboratory able to perform telecom testing to the European harmonized standards. Before entering the laboratory sector Bill was employed by NCR/AT&T were he was responsible for International telecom approvals. He has been in the electronics/telecom industry for over 30 years and participated in many industry organizations including serving as a representative to the ETSI General Assembly on behalf of NCR Netherlands. Bill has a BA in International Marketing.
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Date March 24, 2009
Program Title The Compliance of "Green Power" Products
Program Synopsis

This presentation will provide an overview of the standards and regulations impacting products in the Solar Power Supply Chain such as inverters, optimizers, controllers and servo-motors,. This talk will highlight current and developing requirements in North America, Europe and Internationally.

In addition to product safety, these emerging requirements also address the interoperability and efficiency of the generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of green energy. Communication, control and data management will also be covered.

Speaker Rob Holt
Speaker Biography Rob Holt has been a part of the Silicon Valley engineering community for over 20 years. His work has focused on the fulfillment of both the regulatory and certification needs of Bay Area manufactures. Rob has served at C&C Labs, Elliott Labs, UL, MET Labs and most recently as Regional Sales Manager at TUV Rheinland.
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Date January 27, 2009
Program Title Why be concerned with Substances of Very High Concern?
Program Synopsis

This presentation will provide an overview of the regulations and address the impact to article users and producers. The European Chemicals Agency published the first set of material restrictions on October 28, 2008. These new restrictions have triggered requirements for fifteen substances identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC’s).

A practical approach will be taken to review, understand and address the new regulations. Various questions will be answered, including: Where do you find SVHC’s in electronic equipment? What are the obligations for article producers selling to the EU? How is industry addressing these new requirements?

Speaker Ken Kapur & Revati Pradhan-Kasmalkar
Speaker Biography Ken Kapur is an international expert in regulatory compliance and has been working with product regulations for over 20 years, most recently as Corporate Compliance Manager for KLA-Tencor.

Mr. Kapur has worked with Seagate, AMD and AT&T, having started in product safety with Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Ken established the RoHS discussion group on Yahoo groups in 2004 and has become a leading environmental compliance expert. Ken has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of the Pacific.

Revati Pradhan-Kasmalkar has worked in the semiconductor EHS area as a technical specialist for gas abatement products with BOC Edwards. She has also worked on the design of process and safety training simulators for petroleum refineries in India.

Revati has Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University and is pursuing a second Master’s degree in Engineering at San Jose State University.

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2008
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
December - 2008 Halogen Free Electronics Dan Donahoe & Michelle Poliskie
November - 2008 Short Circuit Current Rating - an Alternative Approach Edward Karl
October - 2008 Nanomaterials: Naughty or Nice? Dr. Fionna S. Mowat, Ph.D.
September - 2008 Heretical Views of Product Safety Orthodoxy Richard Nute
June - 2008 Sustainability - What It Means to Product Safety Engineers & Why They Should Care Sanjay Baliga
May - 2008 "Leading Indicators" for More Effective Life Testing Arthur Zingher & Mike Silverman
April - 2008 The Integration of Automation & Safety - Safety PLC's John Hunt
March - 2008 Future of Product Safety Rich Pescatore
February - 2008 Telecomm Topics 2 Peter Tarver
January - 2008 Medical Device Regulations - from Design to Certification Frank Eng

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Date December 10, 2008
Program Title Halogen-Free Electronics
Program Synopsis

Our talk will briefly explain why the environmental community has promoted the removal of halogens, what basic legislation is proposed and how industry standards are addressing the intersection of regulation and technology. We will discuss: the functional value-added with the introduction of halogens in electronics, where halogens are located within electronic assemblies and how the halogens chemically provide these functions. Finally, we will discuss the trade-offs of either removing or limiting their use in electronic assemblies.

Speaker Dan Donahoe & Michelle Poliskie
Speaker Biography Dan Donahoe works in Exponent's Electrical and Semiconductors practice. Dan has 30 years of experience related to electronics integration and reliability. Dan is the 2007- 2008 Chair of the IEEE CPMT Santa Clara Valley Chapter and also serves as an Associate Editor for the Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology, on the steering committee for the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and the board for SVEC. He holds a PhD from the University of Maryland, MBA from Santa Clara University, BS and MS from the University of Illinois. He is a PE in California and Arizona and is a Certified Reliability Engineer.

Michelle Poliskie works at a Silicon Valley start-up. There she specializes in process design and material selection of plastics and elastomers. She is a former lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where she taught polymer synthesis, commercial formulations and characterization techniques used to solve problems related to the identification of chemical compatibility and degradation pathways. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Polymers from MIT and dual bachelors degrees in chemistry and economics from Grinnell College.

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Date November 18, 2008
Program Title Short Circuit Current Rating - an Alternative Approach
Program Synopsis

The 2005 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) had a new marking requirement for industrial machinery control panels: add short circuit current rating (SCCR) to the equipment nameplate. What does SCCR mean and how do you determine it? The NEC noted, “UL 508A-2001, Supplement SB, is an example of an approved method.”

Since local authorities have started enforcing the SCCR marking requirement, the shortcomings of the UL 508A method and the absence of any alternative “approved” method are becoming more apparent.

This presentation looks at SCCR, touching on why it's required and the UL 508A method of evaluating it, and focuses on the new SEMI method as an alternative approach. If you still are a bit confused about SCCR, you need to hear this talk.

Speaker Edward Karl
Speaker Biography Edward Karl presently works as Safety Technical Staff at Applied Materials. He actively monitors safety standards for Applied Materials and participates in standards writing activities, recently leading a successful effort to add to SEMI standards a method of evaluating SCCR. His more than two decades of experience in electrical compliance engineering ranges from SEMI and UL Safety Standards through NFPA 79 (Industrial Machinery) requirements and Hazard Alert Labeling.

Before joining Applied Materials, Mr. Karl was at Underwriters Labs and later at Intertek Testing Services (then ETL), where he started their SEMI S2 assessment program. Perhaps less well known is that he has a parallel career as a reserve police officer with the City of Santa Clara, involved primarily with enforcement of various California codes, such as the California Health and Safety Codes. Mr. Karl is a graduate of Santa Clara University.

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Date October 28, 2008
Program Title Nanomaterials: Naughty or Nice?
Program Synopsis This presentation about nanomaterial health and safety issues emphasizes how to proactively engineer safety into products and reduce potential exposures and health risk.

Nanomaterials contain extremely small-scale (<100 nm) particles that generate unique properties. Beneficial applications of nanomaterials already have appeared in fields such as medicine and environmental remediation, and nano-scale materials have been used in the semiconductor industry for years. Nanomaterials research is active at academic institutions, industry and regulatory agencies.

Environmental health and safety, exposure and toxicity concerns about nanoparticles include their ability to become airborne because of their small size and to cross biological membranes and barriers. Even relatively inert substances may become more reactive, and thus toxic, because of small particle size and high total surface area, but toxicity cannot simply be predicted by size alone. Many factors help to determine exposure and relative toxicity, including chemical composition, particle shape, structure, and surface properties or coatings - as well as aggregation potential, surface charges, dosimetry, degree of containment, and susceptibility to wear.

Speaker Fionna S. Mowat, Ph.D.
Speaker Biography Dr. Fionna S. Mowat is a Principal Scientist for Exposure Assessment and Dose Reconstruction in Exponent's Health Sciences Group. She assesses exposure to various chemicals, mineral fibers, and nanoparticles in occupational settings and potential exposures from use (and misuse) of consumer products. Dr. Mowat has been involved in the design, conduct, and publication of tests to simulate historical exposures to products manufactured and used before industrial hygiene data were available.

Dr. Mowat has reviewed products, such as personal care items, that contain mixed metal oxides. She presented a risk assessment framework for assessing exposures to nanomaterials in consumer products. Dr. Mowat also has reviewed the use of nanomaterials in environmental applications, such as groundwater clean up, and has published abstracts about environmental consequences.

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Date September 23, 2008
Program Title Heretical Views of Product Safety Orthodoxy
Program Synopsis Product safety standards can be considered the dogma or orthodoxy of product safety. Conventional wisdom about product safety derives from this orthodoxy. This presentation compares electrical engineering concepts with product safety orthodoxy and conventional wisdom. In these examples, the engineering concepts bring forth questions as to the validity of some traditional product safety concepts.
Speaker Richard Nute
Speaker Biography Richard Nute has worked in the field of product safety since 1973, mainly at Tektronix and Hewlett Packard. Mr. Nute has also worked as a manufacturing engineer, R&D engineer and engineering manager.

He has contributed to the development of both national and international standards. He is currently a member of ECMA TC-12, the US TAG to IEC TC-108, and IEC TC-108, working on the hazard-based safety standard, IEC 62368. Mr. Nute is the co-author and an instructor of "Hazard-Based Safety Engineering," a Hewlett-Packard Company proprietary course in product safety.

Mr. Nute has conducted original research in product safety and published "Dynamic Aspects of Body Impedance," appearing in Electrical Shock Safety Criteria, Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Electrical Shock Safety Criteria, edited by J.E. Bridges, Pergamon Press. He is co-holder of a patent for a ground isolation monitor.

Other publications include "Technically Speaking", a regular column of the Product Safety Newsletter. Some of these articles have been re-published in national and international magazines and most are available online at:
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pses/newsletters.html. Mr. Nute twice has been an invited speaker to UL’s annual Professional Engineers’ recognition program. He is recipient of the Michael J. DeMartini award for education in the field of product safety and is both a Senior Member and a Life Member of the IEEE.

Mr. Nute holds a Bachelor of Physical Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Presentation Materials Slides
Date June 24, 2008
Program Title Sustainability - What it Means to Product Safety Engineers & Why They Should Care
Program Synopsis Unless you’ve been asleep for the past year, you're probably aware of the intense global focus on sustainability. For everything from renewable energy to global warming, sustainability is the theme of the day. But is it just a buzz word that will be gone next year, replaced with something new? Or should we really take notice?

This presentation will help to define and explain sustainability, including why it's important to the world, to business, and to the product safety engineer.

Speaker Sanjay Baliga
Speaker Biography Sanjay Baliga currently is a Senior Manager in the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Division of SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) in San Jose. He is responsible for many EHS and sustainability activities at SEMI, such as co-coordinating the Global Care program, providing regulatory and compliance assistance to member companies, supporting the EHS International Compliance and Regulatory Committee (ICRC) and running other SEMI regional office programs.

Before coming to SEMI, Baliga was an independent consultant providing regulatory, scientific, and technical consulting services to a wide variety of chemical industry companies, trade associations and research councils. He has more than 15 years of professional experience addressing issues at the interface of science, engineering, management and policy, using his expertise in environmental risk management and sustainability. Baliga has degrees from schools in Palo Alto, Ann Arbor and New Haven.

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Date May 27, 2008
Program Title "Leading Indicators" for More Effective Life Testing
Program Synopsis The recent grounding of flights by American Airlines shows that operational maintenance and potential equipment failures are a serious “real-world” safety concern. Safety standards for power tools also look at failure modes. One way to anticipate field failures is to run life tests. This presentation describes a new approach to life testing, using "Leading Indicators", that can help overcome common challenges and constraints, such as:
  • Too few specimens and too little time available for life testing.
  • Life testing results too late to improve product development.
  • Maintenance based on the average status of a population of similar
Speaker Arthur Zingher & Mike Silverman
Speaker Biography Arthur Zingher, Senior Reliability Consultant at Ops a la Carte, has over 25 years experience in physics and reliability. Arthur holds 33 issued patents with 19 more pending. Arthur was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, focused on HW Research. He was also a Staff Member at IBM Research, Yorktown NY, focused mainly on HW. Arthur holds a Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in Physics & Math from Columbia.

Mike Silverman, Managing Partner at Ops a la Carte, has over 20 years experience in reliability engineering, management, training and improvement. Mike has tested over 300 products and consulted for over 200 companies in a variety of industries, including medical, telecommunications, networking, semiconductor equipment and consumer electronics. He has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a Certified Reliability Engineer through ASQ. Mike is a member of many professional societies and currently the IEEE Reliability Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter Chair.

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Date April 22, 2008
Program Title The Integration of Automation and Safety - Safety PLC's
Program Synopsis Safety standards traditionally have separated equipment function and safety, trusting hardware and mechanical safety features over software and electronic.

Technical advances in automation hardware and software and new and revised safety standards are driving the market for intelligent and programmable safety solutions. This new generation of solutions is designed to be more effective in preventing accidents, less costly to implement, easier to adapt, and more reliable than existing hard wired systems.

Effective implementation of new safety solutions for both specific machines and plant wide solutions now is possible. Learn how safety standards are affecting manufacturers, and how the integration of Automation and Safety solutions help companies comply with these standards while significantly reducing ownership costs.

Speaker John Hunt
Speaker Biography John Hunt has been with Siemens for 10 years, the last 3 years working with the “Safety Integrated” team covering 3 regions, including California. “Safety Integrated” products fall into four general categories: switching device and fail-safe optical sensors; fail-safe and high availability controllers; integrated safety functions in drive technology; and safety packages for machine tools.

John's previous positions at Siemens have been as an Application Engineer, Software Specialist, and Regional Business Development Manager. Prior to Siemens John spent nearly twenty years in the Automation Industry working for various System Integrators covering a variety of industries.

Presentation Materials Slides (PDF)
Date March 25, 2008
Program Title The Future of Product Safety
Program Synopsis They said it couldn't be done - a safety standard built on the foundation of Hazard-Based Safety Engineering. But Rich Pescatore now is leading the international effort to create just such a hazard-based safety standard. It will be known as IEC 62368, and its scope will be the Safety of Information and Communication Technology Equipment and Audio / Video Equipment.

Mr. Pescatore will review the basis, the scope and the goals of this new standard. He will share his insight into the challenges being overcome to make this standard both accurate and useful, and he will describe the work being done to ensure it will be functional within the IECEE CB Scheme.

Speaker Rich Pescatore
Speaker Biography Rich Pescatore has over 35 years of experience in the fields of Product Safety and Regulations and presently serves as Hewlett-Packard's Global Product Safety Standards Development and Certification Manager. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society, Vice Chairman (and past Chairman) of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) Technical Regulations Committee, Head of the US Delegation to the IECEE Certification Management Committee, and Head of the US Delegation to IEC TC 108 and Convener of the corresponding Working Group developing IEC 62368.

Mr. Pescatore was the recipient of the Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal for his demonstrated leadership in the development and promotion of national and international standards. He has been awarded the "IEC 1906 Award" for "his major contribution in the promotion of the IECEE CB Scheme." Mr. Pescatore has a BSEE from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He is a Registered Electrical Engineer in the State of California.

Presentation Materials Slides (PDF)
Date February 26, 2008
Program Title Telecomm Topics 2 - Unique Testing for Products Containing TNV Circuits
Program Synopsis “Telecomm Topics 1” in June 2007 started with the basic question – “What is TNV?” – and went on from there. Tonight’s “advanced” topics include:
  • TNV Limits
  • TNV effects on Touch Current and Earth Leakage Current
  • Reliable Earthing
  • Electrical Separation
  • Power Cross
  • Acoustic Pressure
  • RFT Circuits (if time allows)
Speaker Peter Tarver
Speaker Biography Peter took his new BSEE from CSU Fresno to Underwriters Laboratories in 1984. He obtained his Professional Engineer License in 1987. By 1989 Peter was the Designated Engineer at UL’s Santa Clara office for all telephone and related equipment product categories.

In 1994 Peter joined Northern Telecom (now called Nortel Networks). He worked primarily on their flagship enterprise level PBX product and ancillary equipment, as well as voice messaging and call server equipment. Peter moved to Sanmina-SCI Corporation, a contract manufacturing company, in 2000, where he provides product safety consulting, testing and agency liaison services.

Peter is a member of the CSA/UL Bi-National Working Group for 60950-1; UL Standards Technical Panel 60950, Information Technology and Telecommunication Equipment; Telecommunication Industry Association Technical Committee on Environmental and Safety Considerations, TR41.7 and various subcommittees. He was recently elected to the BOD of the IEEE PSES.

Presentation Materials Coming Soon!
Date January 22, 2008
Program Title Medical Device Regulations - from Design to Certification
Program Synopsis FDA and CDRH reports are just the culmination of a long sequence of events, so this presentation is intended both for regulatory personnel and for device development engineers.

Engineers design & develop products that are as safe and effective as possible, but also must comply with regulations and industry standards. Some of their considerations are Human Factors Engineering, Risk Analysis and Management, Materials Technology, Manufacturing Procedures, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.

Regulatory personnel provide the bridge between design and certification and must be able to “speak both languages”. Their concerns include compliance with Standards and Regulatory Requirements, considering the Device User (skill/education & worst case environmental conditions), biocompatibility (Clinical Evaluations, etc.), potential re-use of Single-Use Devices and anticipating “device design improvements” and limitations on such improvements.

This presentation provides insight and guidance on the FDA regulations you may need to observe in the development, manufacture and marketing of medical devices intended for human use. The principles described also may be useful in meeting regulatory requirements for non-medical products.

Speaker Frank Eng
Speaker Biography Frank is an investigator with 35 years of experience in the Food & Drug Administration.  He is a Medical Device Specialist and an Electro-Optics Specialist.  His primary job is to inspect manufacturers of medical devices and laser products for conformance with FDA's Quality System Regulations and Laser Product Performance Standard.  He is also a member of FDA’s Foreign Inspection Cadre, and has conducted foreign inspections almost every year since 1982
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2007
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
December - 2007 Radiated and Conducted Emission Debug Dr. Keith Hardin
November - 2007 Switch Safety Ian McDonald
September - 2007 Laser Safety Requirements Thomas Lieb
June - 2007 Telecomm Topics - FAQs (and answers) Peter Tarver
May - 2007 Computer History Museum - Special Tour N/A
April - 2007 Product Safety Requirements for Taiwan Leslie Bai
March - 2007 Safety Certification for Leadfree Flexible and Rigid-Flex PCBs Crystal Vanderpan
February - 2007 Hazardous Locations - Sometimes you don't want to have a blast! Mike Harris
January - 2007 The impact to industry of China RoHS Ken Kapur

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Date December 11, 2007
Program Title Radiated and Conducted Emission Debug Techniques
Program Synopsis Radiated and conducted emissions contain spectral and time domain information that can be very helpful in determining the sources of the emissions and possible countermeasures for information technology products. This presentation will discuss a number of methods to help analyze these emissions, show steps to move from the macro scale to the near field, and possible circuit changes to reduce the emissions. The desire is to move from a trial and error solution method to one that is more deterministic when possible.
Speaker Dr. Keith Hardin
Speaker Biography Dr. Keith Hardin is currently a Senior Technical Staff Member and Technical Team Leader in the EMC Department of Lexmark International, Inc. in Lexington, Kentucky. In this role, Keith is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of Lexmark's EMC product development and test activities. Keith received his M.Eng. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He holds fourteen US patents in the field of Spread Spectrum Clock Generation and other areas of EMC.
Presentation Materials Coming Soon!
Date November 27, 2007
Program Title Switch Safety - It's a Snap (or is it?)
Program Synopsis One of the most basic electrical components is the switch. All it has to do is open and close, right? What could be so difficult or interesting about that? When you realize that everything from computers to circuit breakers depends on opening and closing switches, you may reconsider! November’s presentation is “back to the basics”: what switches really have to do and how we make sure they can do it safely. The speaker will consider various types of switches, when and where they should be used, applicable standards and tests, and also touch on some of the issues that can arise if switches are not given the serious consideration they deserve. Come and find out about what turns on almost every piece of electrical equipment in the world. It might turn you on, too!
Speaker Ian McDonald
Speaker Biography Ian McDonald has spent the last 10 years at Underwriters Laboratories working with the industrial group. For the last 4 years he has been the Principal Engineer for Switches and Appliance Controls, recently designing new lab test equipment. He serves as the North American technical representative to the IEC working committee 23j for 61058- 1 (Standard for Appliance Switches) and a member of the ASTM F01.18 working group for membrane switches. Most recently he has been involved in the harmonization efforts between the legacy North American switch standards and IEC 61058-1 standard. Before completing his BSEE at CSU Fresno, Ian had a 1 ½ year stint at NASA’s Thermal lab at Dryden Flight Research Center. So… perhaps switch safety is rocket science?!
Presentation Materials Slides (PDF)
Date September 25, 2007
Program Title Laser Safety Requirements for Products and Users in a Manufacturing Environment
Program Synopsis During the last few decades safety control measures and guidelines for lasers have been developed and implemented in the US as well as other countries worldwide. Unfortunately, communication and education about these requirements have not kept pace with the proliferation of lasers and laser systems into virtually every industry. This presentation provides an outline of these requirements and a basic understanding of general means and methods of compliance.
Speaker Thomas Lieb
Speaker Biography Thomas Lieb, President of the engineering consulting firm L*A*I since 1988, has managed comprehensive R&D projects, guided integration of laser optical systems, developed management and laser safety training programs, taught undergrad courses in Laser Technology and continues as L*A*I's principal consultant. Previous management positions at major laser companies include General Manager of a Business Unit, Manager - International Marketing, Manager of Quality and Reliability, and Regulatory Affairs Officer (at a medical-surgical laser company). Mr. Lieb is a Certified Laser Safety Officer and regularly consults with Test Houses and Notified Bodies for the laser portion of CE Mark certification. He is part of BALSO (Bay Area Laser Safety Officers), a member of the ANSI Z136 Accredited Standards Committee and Chair of the Z136 Subcommittee on Lasers in Manufacturing. Current positions include Chair of IEC/TC 76 WG 10, Secretary of IEC/TC 76 WG 7, Secretary to ISO/TC 172/SC 9 WG 5, and delegate to numerous other bodies. Besides contributing to Standards such as ISO's Safety Standard for Machines Using Lasers in Material Processing, Mr. Lieb has authored a variety of technical papers and articles on lasers for trade publications. He participated in the compilation of the LIA (Laser Institute of America) guidebook for Best LSO Practices and contributed to the textbook Laser Materials Processing. Thomas Lieb holds a BS/BA in Business from the University of Redlands.
Presentation Materials Slides (PDF)
Date June 26, 2007
Program Title Telecomm Topics - FAQs (and answers)
Program Synopsis Tonight’s speaker starts with the basics – “What is TNV?” – but doesn’t stop there. Topics include:
How do I know if my interface is TNV-x?
What’s so hazardous about that?
What about Power over Ethernet (PoE)?
What level of insulation do I need?
What’s this I hear about Nordic countries?
What special tests do I need to perform?
Does having a TNV circuit in my product affect otherwise required tests?
Can I get around any of that?
Introduction to Remote Power Feeding (if time allows).
Speaker Peter Tarver
Speaker Biography Peter took his new BSEE from CSU Fresno to Underwriters Laboratories in 1984. He obtained his Professional Engineer License in 1987. By 1989 Peter was the Designated Engineer at UL’s Santa Clara office for all telephone and related equipment product categories. In 1994 Peter joined Northern Telecom (now called Nortel Networks). He worked primarily on their flagship enterprise level PBX product and ancillary equipment, as well as voice messaging and call server equipment. Peter moved to Sanmina-SCI Corporation, a contract manufacturing company, in 2000, where he provides product safety consulting, testing and agency liaison services. Peter is a member of IEEE PSES; CSA/UL Bi-National Working Group for 60950-1; UL Standards Technical Panel 60950, Information Technology and Telecommunication Equipment; Telecommunication Industry Association Technical Committee on Environmental and Safety Considerations, TR41.7 and various subcommittees.
Presentation Materials Slides (PDF)
Date May 22, 2007
Program Title Computer History Museum - Special Tour
Program Synopsis The IEEE PSES SVC chapter has arranged a special guided tour of the Computer History Museum. Today’s computers are ubiquitous and generally very safe. Taking a look at the historical record can tell us how that has changed – for the better. It also may throw light on the reasons for some of the ITE safety requirements we encounter and deal with today.

The mission of the Computer History Museum is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. As such, the Museum plays a unique role in the history of the computing revolution and its worldwide impact on the human experience.

Established in 1996, the Computer History Museum is a public benefit organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history. It is home to one of the largest collections of computing artifacts in the world, a collection comprising over 13,000 objects, 20,000 images, 5,000 moving images, 4,000 linear feet of cataloged documentation and 5,000 titles or several hundred gigabytes of software.

In addition to tours of its extensive collection -- including pre-computing objects, software, hardware and underlying technology, graphics systems, networking, Internet, and computing precursor systems -- the Museum's first phase programs include public lectures, seminars, workshops, and artifact restoration and other volunteer-led projects.
Speaker N/A
Speaker Biography N/A
Presentation Materials Computer History Museum
Date April 24, 2007
Program Title Product Safety Requirements for Taiwan
Program Synopsis In addition to the well-known EMC requirements, safety requirements have become mandatory for information technology equipment (ITE) that is imported into Taiwan. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan requires these products to meet both safety (CNS 14336) and EMC (CNS 13438) standards to obtain the Bureau of Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) certification.

This presentation covers a number of Product Safety requirements for Taiwan which have undergone substantial changes recently. Import inspections are being strengthened and market surveillance has been implemented. Documentation requirements for BSMI submittals have also changed significantly. For example, critical components such as internal power supplies now must have certificates. Declarations of Conformity no longer are sufficient for such components.

The procedures and new documentation requirements for BSMI safety certification submittals are discussed in this presentation. The new Voluntary Product Certification scheme (VPC) in Taiwan also is covered.
Speaker Leslie Bai
Speaker Biography Leslie Bai is the President & CEO of SIEMIC Testing and Certifications, a third party compliance testing and certification facility headquartered in Milpitas, California. He has over 20 years of experience on International Regulatory Compliance and Product Certifications in both government agencies, including China MII, as well as major IT companies. He is NARTE (National Association of Radio and Telecom Engineering) Certified EMC Engineer.
Presentation Materials Slides (PDF)
Date March 27, 2007
Program Title Safety Certification for Leadfree Flexible and Rigid-Flex PCBs
Program Synopsis Many OEMs are turning to flexible circuit solutions as products become more sophisticated and exotic. Flexible circuits using polyimide materials are smaller, lighter and exhibit better signal integrity than traditional materials. Changing to RoHS-compliant leadfree solder increases processing temperatures, and flexible circuits resist extreme temperatures and offer better heat dissipation than rigid boards. When designing a flex circuit, the designer must factor in all the parameters that will have an impact on the circuit. In addition, designers need to consider safety issues such as flammability and the maximum operating temperature of the board in the end product. Many of the flexible circuit design considerations are the same as used for safety certification. The presentation will discuss the material, process, and certification parameters to consider when moving to Flexible and Rigid-Flex PCBs.
Speaker Crystal Vanderpan
Speaker Biography Crystal Vanderpan is the Principal Engineer of Printed Circuit Technologies at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), an independent, not-for-profit, product-safety testing and certification organization. Crystal received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from UC Davis.
Presentation Materials Slides (PDF)
Date February 27, 2007
Program Title Hazardous Locations - Sometimes you don't want to have a blast!
Program Synopsis You don’t need the speaker’s 40 years of Compliance and QA experience in electrical, electronic, and electromechanical manufacturing to know that product safety is affected by the operating environment. What happens to product safety when the operating location is considered hazardous? Tonight’s presentation will focus on hazardous location enclosures. The speaker will discuss the need for such devices and methods of evaluating them.
Speaker Mike Harris
Speaker Biography After earning an electronics degree from North Carolina, Mike became a QA Engineer with C.P. Clare, a maker of electromechanical relays and stepping switches. He then learned about compliance at Square D, a maker of industrial controls. There Mike built and operated a hydrogen-air explosion testing facility where UL witnessed certification tests. As QC Manager at Bell Aerospace in Buffalo, Mike was involved with developments from hybrid microcircuits to satellite steering motors, navigation gyros and gravity gradiometers, as well as aircushion vehicles big enough to carry large trucks. Mike moved to California to be VP Product Safety at Electro Service in San Mateo, then started Teccom Co, a product safety consultancy. After time as a Compliance Engineer at Elo TouchSystems, Mike is back in Product Safety consulting. He started Compliance Department Co. in June 2006.
Presentation Materials Reference information about explosion protection can be found at: http://www.rstahl.com/Exprotection/
Date January 23, 2007
Program Title The impact to industry of China RoHS
Program Synopsis This presentation will review the goals of China RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) requirements. The presentation will explain the two phases of China RoHS implementation and provide guidance on the implementation of labeling and hazardous material content declarations. The process of the catalog also will be discussed, since the RoHS 6 substances must be completely removed from products listed in the catalog. Some of the key controversial areas of implementation also are discussed including: Scope of EIP (Electronic Information Products), Spare parts, second-hand equipment and enforcement. Finally references will be provided for getting further information.

On February 28, 2006, China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII) promulgated the long-awaited "Management Methods for Controlling Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products Regulation" ("China RoHS"). "China RoHS" provides a broad regulatory framework for substance restrictions, pre-market certifications, labeling and information disclosure requirements affecting a broad range of products, parts and components defined as "electronic information products" ("EIP").

The extremely broad scope of products captured under the "EIP" definition underscores the potential that the entire electronics industry will be directly and immediately affected by "China RoHS" compliance obligations. The China RoHS regulations will require that products shipping to China from March 1, 2007 be compliant. This includes defining the Environment-Friendly Use Period (EFUP) and the applicable labeling on products and packaging. Also, the hazardous material content of a product shall be identified and documented.

Manufacturers should understand if their products include the RoHS 6 substances (Pb, Hg, Cd, CRVI, PBB, PBDE) and provide the required documentation with each product shipping to China as of March 1, 2007. The exact level of detail regarding the collection and reporting of this content is to be determined by each company
Speaker Ken Kapur
Speaker Biography Ken Kapur has worked with product regulations for over 20 years, starting at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and moving to KLA-Tencor, Seagate, AMD, AT&T and other high-tech companies, mainly in the semiconductor industry. His responsibilities as KLA-Tencor Corporate Compliance Manager include Environmental Health & Safety. Ken established the RoHS discussion group on Yahoo groups (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/RoHS/) in 2004 and has become a leading RoHS expert. He has spoken at several worldwide industry organizations on environmental topics including WEEE, EU RoHS, China RoHS and Product Stewardship. Ken has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of the Pacific.
Presentation Materials China RoHS Presentation


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2006
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
December - 2006 Incorporate RoHS and WEEE into production designs Michael Kirschner
November - 2006 Why the CB Scheme and Hazard-Based Standards are incompatible Rick Buck
September - 2006 Factory Inspections - How to stay compliant! Regan Arndt
June - 2006 Planning Session for the IEEE PSES SCV Chapter IEEE
May - 2006 Wiring Devices - "Know how to use them or they will bite you!" John Herschbach
April - 2006 Aviation Safety - "Product Safety Considerations for Commercial, Military Aircraft and Military Rescue Boats" Gilbert Walter
March - 2006 Burning Down the House? Gary Eldridge
February - 2006 Arc Lamps - The Light Fantastic Orin Laney
January - 2006 What Santa Has to Think About Steve Leitner

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Date December 12, 2006
Program Title Incorporate RoHS and WEEE into production designs
Program Synopsis The presentation will cover a review of current and future electronic product-focused environmental regulations then step back and put it in to a higher level, strategic perspective. Today industry is reactive and it is costing us enormous sums of money and little corporate, or in many cases environmental, return. How can engineers view and incorporate these requirements in to product designs and how can managers incorporate them in to a strategic approach to product definition and development? The presentation will discuss how this might be approached as well as what industry activity is necessary to support it.
Speaker Mike Kirschner
Speaker Biography Mike Kirschner has 25 years of extensive cross-functional experience in all phases of the product lifecycle, from conception through production and end-of-life at both Electronics OEMs and semiconductor suppliers. He has been President and Managing Partner of Design Chain Associates, LLC since its inception in 2001 and is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and impact of environmental regulation on electronic products, and is a highly sought after speaker and author. Prior to this he held Engineering and Engineering Management positions at Compaq, Tandem, Intel, and Intergraph, as well as at several start-ups in Component Engineering, Quality Assurance, Software Development, and Product Design roles. Prior to founding Design Chain Associates, Mike held the position of Component Engineering Manager at Compaq's Tandem Division. Mike received his BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. Mike is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Magazine, a CMP publication
Presentation Materials Slides
Date November 28, 2006
Program Title Why the CB Scheme and Hazard-Based Standards are incompatible
Program Synopsis Tonight’s presentation explores why the widely used CB Scheme approach to product safety compliance and the new Hazard-Based standards approach are not compatible. The goals of the two approaches are in many ways complete opposites. For example, one relies on engineering judgment of a specific product; the other takes a prescribed approach to general product categories. Both schemes have their place, but come with conflicting technical, economical, and political goals. As the Hazard-Based standards approach comes into use, manufacturers will need to make a choice between the two methods. Come and find out why!
Speaker Rick Buck
Speaker Biography Rick Buck has worked in the field of product safety for over 20 years, including 3 years at UL and 2 years at TUV Rheinland. Obtaining compliance certification for hundreds of products in dozens of product categories has given Rick the essential background to address tonight’s topic. He has held senior management positions and currently is a Senior Consultant at Safety Engineering Laboratory. Rick also was a founding member of the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) predecessor and was treasurer for several years.
Presentation Materials Slides
Date September 26, 2006
Program Title Factory Inspections - How to stay compliant!
Program Synopsis
    Join us for a comprehensive overview of factory inspections and the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) inspection process. This presentation discusses how to prepare for an inspection and examines precautions manufacturers can take to avoid noncompliance and loss of certification. Topics include:
    1. OSHA Requirements - Inspections & Follow-up Audits
    2. Goods Inward Inspection
    3. Production Line Inspection and Routine Testing
    4. Calibration of Safety Test and Measuring Equipment
    5. Changes to Certified Products
    6. And more!
Speaker Regan Arndt
Speaker Biography Regan Arndt holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering and was involved in R&D and Regulatory matters with Nortel Networks since the early 1990's. He joined TUV Rheinland in 2000 as Senior Engineer and eventually became the Western Regional Manager for Canada. Regan now works with TUV America in San Diego as the Account Executive for the Product Safety Division. Because of his broad knowledge of the manufacturing sector and of the NRTL regime, Regan is well versed on strategies for manufacturers and designers to use to ensure proper safety design and continuing compliance.
Presentation Materials None
Date June 27, 2006
Program Title Planning Session for the IEEE PSES SCV Chapter
Program Synopsis
  1. Programs (Bob Warren) – Let’s set up the schedule for the September 2006 to June 2007 meetings. Some topics and speakers already are penciled in, but we need to fill the calendar with exciting and useful events that interest the local product safety engineering community – that means YOU!
  2. Communications (Gary Eldridge) - We have a chapter website. We have a local distribution list. How do we contact everyone in the Bay Area interested in product safety?
  3. Finance (Mark Montrose) – How can we enhance our revenues to enable us hold bigger and better events? Bring your entrepreneurial spirit and let’s get rolling.
  4. Membership (John McBain) – Members make everything else possible – and they’re the reason we exist. What can we do to attract new participants to our group?
Speaker Bob Warren, Gary Eldridge, Mark Montrose, and John McBain
Speaker Biography N/A
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Date May 23, 2006
Program Title Wiring Devices - "Know how to use them or they will bite you!"
Program Synopsis One of the most common, and potentially one of the most dangerous electrical products is covered in this presentation. The speaker addresses cord sets and both detachable and nondetachable power supply cords for use with appliances. Historical development, safety aspects for usage today, and design criteria are all discussed in a comprehensive talk.
Speaker John Herschbach
Speaker Biography John Herschbach has over 35 years experience in the field of Product Safety with Underwriters Laboratories. Although he has worked in more than 100 different product categories from data processing equipment to power supplies, he is "the" expert in cord sets, power supply cords and wiring devices. John also is the "Christmas in the Park" Vice President.
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Date April 25, 2006
Program Title Aviation Safety - "Product Safety Considerations for Commercial, Military Aircraft and Military Rescue Boats"
Program Synopsis Aviation technology has made great strides in the last century. More people fly farther and faster now than ever before. The need for safely transporting people and equipment is a high priority for aircraft designers, pilots and passengers. This talk will take a practical look at aviation design and safety issues.
Speaker Gilbert Walter
Speaker Biography Gilbert Walter has 30 years experience in the field of Product Safety – from UL (Northbrook) to Lockheed Missile and Space, to Engineering Lead on the DSRV Rescue Sub. Mr. Walter attended Bowling Green State and Ohio State Universities. He is a registered PE in Product Safety and holds a Management Certification from Lockheed Co.
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Date March 28, 2006
Program Title Burning Down the House
Program Synopsis The Candle Flame Ignition Proposal. Can your product contribute to death and injuries in a house fire? You’ve built your product so it won’t start a fire, but is that enough? Proposed External Candle Flame Ignition requirements call for products to resist becoming the primary fuel in an externally caused fire. Will these requirements impact your product? Tonight’s speaker discusses the proposal and its possible consequences.
Speaker Gary Eldridge
Speaker Biography Gary Eldridge has been tinkering with electronics since an early age and started building Heathkits at age 10. He soon discovered that electrical components could burn, smoke, or explode under the right conditions of abuse, so becoming a product safety engineer made sense. Gary graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He worked at UL Santa Clara for 7 years and later at Hewlett Packard and Riverstone Networks. He has been at Apple Computer for the last 2 years. Gary is a registered PE in California and has NARTE certification as a Safety Engineer.
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Date February 28, 2006
Program Title Arc Lamps - The Light Fantastic
Program Synopsis Arc lamps are one of the most interesting light sources available on the planet. Often, nothing else will do for applications that require a highly efficient and intense output. Bulb sizes range from tens of watts to greater than 30KW. Arc lamp applications range from automobile headlamps to theater projection systems. However, unlike most other light sources, arc lamps involve high voltage starting pulses, ultraviolet emissions, explosion risk, and other hazards. This talk will take a practical look at the design and safety issues. Examples of several product designs will be included.
Speaker Orin Laney
Speaker Biography Orin Laney has been designing electronic circuits since he first built a crystal radio at age 12. A graduate of the University of Maryland, his career has included everything from power conversion to microwave rate serial bit streams. He is currently the owner (and sole employee) of Atwood Research in Mountain View, CA. Credentials include California PE registration and NARTE certification as an EMC engineer. He may be reached at olaney@juno.com.
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Date January 24, 2006
Program Title What Santa Has to Think About
Program Synopsis In his presentation to the PSES Steve will discuss the relatively unique challenges associated with working in the field of toy safety and regulations. Warning labels are not very useful if the user has not yet learned to read. If your products may ever encounter children, do you know what considerations to make? Compliance engineers in other businesses may learn they have it easier than they thought!
Speaker Steve Leitner
Speaker Biography Steve Leitner is a Product Compliance Engineer at LeapFrog, a company that develops and markets technology-based educational toys. His previous 23 years experience in quality, regulatory, EMC and safety compliance engineering at Hewlett-Packard spanned from test instruments to ITE, high-speed network printers to large servers, and business PCs to Central Office telecommunications equipment. Steve's compliance engineering roots extend back to a five-year stint with Underwriters Laboratories in Santa Clara. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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2005
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
November - 2005 Lithium Ion Batteries: Assessment and Failure Investigation Celina Mikolajczak and Jan Stewart
October - 2005 A Framework for Thinking Ethically about Product Safety James Balassone
September - 2005 Changes in What We Know about Circuit  Protection:  Is it a Circuit Breaker or Not? Ashley Harkness
June - 2005 Working Planning Session for the IEEE PSES SCV Chapter N/A
May - 2005 Laser Safety Kenneth L. Barat
April - 2005 Product Liability Lewis Bass
February - 2005 Effective Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) Dr. Hong S. Liu, Quanta Laboratories
January - 2005 Gateway to a New Thinking in Energy Management - Ultracapacitors Bobby Maher, Maxwell Technologies

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Date November 15, 2005
Program Title Lithium Ion Batteries: Assessment and Failure Investigation
Program Synopsis Part 1: (J. Swart) Company specific safety evaluation for a product should be based on the product's design, as well as the intended use and foreseeable abuse. The speaker discusses the philosophy of safety evaluation and the development of design and application specific evaluation criteria.

Part 2: (C. Mikolajczak) Batteries failures may result in electrical malfunction, thermal damage, case rupture, or combustion. Should modifications be made to battery components or manufacturing processes? Does the failure warrant a product recall? A systematic approach can identify failure causes and develop corrective actions.
Speaker Celina Mikolajczak and Jan Swart
Speaker Biography Ms. Celina Mikolajczak is a Managing Engineer in Exponent's Thermal Sciences practice. She specializes in the thermal sciences, particularly the areas of heat transfer, fire propagation, smoldering, pyrolysis, metal ignition and burning, and fire suppression and has conducted studies on the specific fire hazards related to batteries. Prior to joining Exponent, Ms. Mikolajczak was a Research Assistant at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of Princeton University and a Field Engineer with Schlumberger Well Services in Louisiana.

Mr. Jan Swart is a Senior Managing Engineer in Exponent's Electrical Engineering practice. He consults on conventional, hybrid, and electrically powered vehicles, power electronics systems, new chemistry battery specifications, safety evaluation protocol development for cells, battery packs, chargers, and power supplies and investigates electrical failures and electrically induced fires. Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Swart was a Lecturer at Richtek College in South Africa and held positions at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and Cape Technikon and M. Price and Associates in South Africa.
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Date October 25, 2005
Program Title A Framework for Thinking Ethically about Product Safety
Program Synopsis What is your role as a Product Safety Engineer? Don't be surprised if tonight's speaker poses that question in this interactive session. Ethics are standards of behavior that tell us how human beings (and product safety engineers) ought to act in the many situations in which they find themselves. When your boss says, "Don't worry about it", should you be worried? The presentation will challenge us to look at product safety in an ethics framework.
Speaker James Balassone
Speaker Biography As Executive-in-Residence at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, Jim Balassone manages the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership, which brings scholars and businesspeople together to address key ethical issues and undertake research. Balassone brings an extensive background in sales, marketing, and business development to his work with the Center. He has been an executive with several start-up companies, was executive vice president for marketing and then sales at Hitachi Data Systems, and held a broad range of positions at IBM. Balassone has served in several volunteer alumni fundraising roles for his alma mater, Princeton University. He also earned an MBA in finance from New York University.
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Date September 27, 2005
Program Title Changes in What We Know about Circuit  Protection:  Is it a Circuit Breaker or Not?
Program Synopsis Mr. Harkness' talk is entitled "Changes in What We Know about Circuit Protection: Is it a Circuit Breaker or Not?"

On assignment in Japan, Mr. Harkness was presented with what looked like a circuit breaker, but was not listed as such. He had to determine whether it was acceptable and under what circumstances? What followed was an extensive "What are You Protecting and Why?" discussion with the manufacturer. Surprisingly, the answers have been altered by changes in new products, requirements, and system capabilities. This discussion will clarify several issues regarding Circuit Protection changes.
Speaker Ashley Harkness
Speaker Biography Ashley Harkness comes to us from, eti Conformity Services, a division of Electrical Reliability Services (formerly Electro-Test, Incorporated) of San Ramon, California.  eti Conformity Services is the largest independent testing company in the United States servicing the commercial and industrial electrical market.
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Date June 21, 2005
Program Title Working Planning Session for the IEEE PSES SCV Chapter
Program Synopsis
  • Set up schedule for the September 2005 to June 2006 meetings -- Some topics and speaker are already set, but we need to fill the calendar with exciting and useful events that interest the local product safety engineering community.
  • Planning for future changes to the chapter organization -- New officers and volunteers will be needed in the coming year. We need to share the load planning meetings and securing speakers. What else may need a new approach?
  • Other activities for our chapter -- We traditionally sponsor judges and prizes at the annual Science Fair. What other types of local activities can we do or sponsor that would interest members and attract new participants to our group?
  • Enhance our revenues -- We have very limited funding from the IEEE, so to hold more interesting events we need more sources of funding. Otherwise we will be limited in what we can do or sponsor.
Speaker N/A
Speaker Biography N/A
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Date May 24, 2005
Program Title What James Bond should have known about laser safety
Program Synopsis High power lasers can be a serious safety hazard! This presentation is a review of several recent laser safety accidents within the Department of Energy community. Each case had consequences to the facility as well as to the people involved. What could have prevented each incident? Can we change our laser safety culture now in spite of the opposing forces?
Speaker Kenneth L. Barat
Speaker Biography Ken Barat has been the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) for the National Ignition Facility Directorate since 2002. He was formerly LSO at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab from 1992-2002. Ken participates in several ANSI committees related to lasers including ANSI Z136. He is a Fellow of the Laser Institute of America and won the Jim Rockwell award for laser safety leadership in 2005. As well as being a founder of the Bay Area Laser Safety Officers Society, Ken speaks at national and international meetings and is an instructor and published author on the subject of laser safety.
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  March 2005 Photonics Spectra Article by Ken Barat (PDF)
  August 2005 LSO Workshop (PDF)
 

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Date April 28, 2005
Program Title Product Liability
Program Synopsis We are fortunate to have Mr. Lewis Bass speaking on a topic that underlies much of what we do as Product Safety Engineers -- Product Liability. He previously has addressed our group on that topic with a very interesting and useful presentation. The usual question and answer session may stretch a bit again, since attendees tend to devise a number of “hypothetical situations” relating to the topic of liability.
Speaker Lewis Bass
Speaker Biography Lewis Bass, P.E., holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and a JD in Law, as well as being a registered professional safety engineer. He has taught Safety Science for the University of Southern California Institute of Safety and Systems Management and hazard analysis and liability prevention for the University of Wisconsin - Madison and UCLA.

Mr. Bass is the author of "Products Liability: Design and Manufacturing Defects, 2nd Edition", has published numerous papers and is a frequent speaker on safety law and product liability at professional seminars and conferences. Mr. Bass is a member of the American Society for Quality, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, Semiconductor Safety Association and the American Bar Association.
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Date February 22, 2005
Program Title Effective Environmental Stress Screening (ESS)
Program Synopsis Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) is a powerful tool to precipitate weakness in product design, components, and manufacturing processes. ESS (sometimes called HALT & HASS) can help companies limit the risk of product recall, meet government/commercial requirements to ruggedize their products and reduce the chance of safety defects. This presentation will describe the ESS process and how to effectively apply it to your products.
Speaker Dr. Hong S. Liu, Quanta Laboratories
Speaker Biography Dr. Liu is the founder and president of Quanta Laboratories since 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. Dr. Liu has over 30 years experience in environmental testing, as well as extensive experience in research, development and testing of mechanical and electronic devices, and theoretical and experimental stress analysis. He is a writer/contributor to Test Magazine and has developed 3 patents in environmental testing. Dr. Liu also has taught engineering courses at the University of California at Berkeley and engineering and business courses at San Jose State University.
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Date January 18, 2005
Program Title Gateway to a New Thinking in Energy Management-Ultracapacitors
Program Synopsis Ultracapacitors are the heart of a high power energy storage system that is finding its way into many applications as a battery replacement. The underlying technology is over 100 years old, but new discoveries in material and processes have combined to bring the cost down. This presentation will look into the ultracapacitor technology, current applications and future opportunities. Find out what's "ultra" about ultracapacitors!
Speaker Bobby Maher, Maxwell Technologies
Speaker Biography Bobby Maher has worked at Maxwell Technologies for 7 years, currently as Director of Technical Sales for the Boostcap product. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego and also posseses an MBA. Before his employment at Maxwell Technologies, Bobby was employed as an engineer with Cubic Corp in San Diego.
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2004
Month/Year Program Title Speaker
December - 2004 Holiday Networking Social and EMC Topic Dave Seabury, ETS Lindgren
November - 2004 National Electrical Code 2005 Code Changes Chuck Mello, UL
October - 2004 Getting Medical Products to the EU is not all about Product Safety Amanda Pack, UL
September - 2004 Central Office Power & Ground Requirements and Design Solutions Marko Radojicic, Nokia

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Date December 14, 2004
Program Title Holiday Networking Social and EMC Topic
Program Synopsis See IEEE SCV EMC Website for more information.
Speaker Dave Seabury, ETS Lindgren
Speaker Biography See IEEE SCV EMC Website for more information.
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Date November 17, 2004
Program Title National Electrical Code 2005 Code Changes
Program Synopsis The National Electrical Code is a constantly evolving document updated every three years. The 2005 edition of the NEC was adopted by NFPA in July 2004 and the first printing was shipped in mid September. Changes for usability,alignment with international code styles, restructuring of articles and relocations were not as extensive as in 1999 and 2002. However, over 3300 proposals for changes and over 4400 comments on the panel actions were submitted and reviewed during the proposal stage, so there are new articles and other significant changes. One example is the new Article 409 for Industrial Control Panels, which will have inspectors inspecting ICPs in cases when the assembly has no recognized third party Listing or Field Evaluation mark. Tonight’s presentation will introduce to you selected changes from the 2005 NEC and allow you some time for questions and discussion.
Speaker Chuck Mello, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Speaker Biography Chuck Mello received a BS degree from Oregon State University in 1972 with co-majors in Electrical Power Technology and Naval Science. He worked for Electro-Test, Inc. from 1977 until 1996, as a Field Engineer, Senior Field Engineer, Operations Supervisor, Area Manager, and Director of Training and Standards. During that time he started the ETI operations in Portland, Oregon. In 1996 Chuck assumed a new corporate position at ETI as Manager Conformity Assessment overseeing two NRTL laboratories, field evaluations, SEMI evaluations and CE operations on a corporate wide basis. Underwriters Laboratories hired Chuck in January 2004, as their Program Manager for Field Evaluations. He is tasked with bringing together the various entities within UL doing field evaluations to provide rapid response and consistent operations for the North American region. Chuck has been a principal member of the NEC Code Making Panel 5 since 1996. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the NEC, grounding and bonding, high voltage power systems, and electrical safety.
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Date October 26, 2004
Program Title Getting Medical Products to the EU is not all about Product Safety
Program Synopsis The speaker takes a look at the requirements of the Medical Device Directive (MDD). How are the requirements different from other directives such as the LVD? The presentation discusses the documentation required to get yourmedical product into the EU and some of the many aspects called “safety” -- not just a Product Safety report. The topic includes Notified Bodies, their roles in getting medical products to the EU, and why they are not all the same.Finally, the speaker looks at the role that ISO 13485 plays for Medical Devices in market access to the EU.
Speaker Amanda Pack, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Speaker Biography Amanda Pack is the Primary Technical Contact for Medical Device Conformity Assessment Services at Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Santa Clara office, assisting manufacturers in the global certification requirements for Medical andIn-vitro Diagnostic devices. Currently, she is an ISO 13485, CDMCAS, MDD and IVDD accredited auditor, a Technical File assessor and also an FDA 510(k) Third Party Reviewer. She speaks as a lead presenter at UL’sTechnical Seminars pertaining to IEC 60601-1 and ISO 13485. She previously assisted UL with the design, development, and product safety of medical, laboratory and in-vitro diagnostic equipment. She was UL Santa Clara'sDesignated Engineer for UL 60601-1/IEC 60601-1 working with other UL offices to establish a uniform application of the Standard. Ms. Pack received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of California, Davis, with a specialization in Biomedical/Biotechnical Engineering.
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Date September 28, 2004
Program Title Central Office Power & Ground Requirements and Design Solutions
Program Synopsis This presentation emphasizes product safety, but covers a lot of ground, both literally and figuratively. First the speaker takes a close look at bonding and grounding, from definitions to regional implementations, and then he moves on to power considerations for different powering architectures. After excitement with power fault scenarios, the stage is set to consider specific NEBS and ILEC requirements. Add in references, acronyms and a question and answer session, and you have a very full and satisfying evening.
Speaker Marko Radojicic, Nokia
Speaker Biography Marko has the background and expertise to explore his subject in almost any direction. Starting with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, he worked ten years at Nortel, then spent some time with a startup company. Along the way, he became an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer, a NARTE Certified Product Safety Engineer and a member of the IEEE. He has been a speaker at Reliability, EMC and NEBS Symposia. Presently, he is the Supervisor for Quality and Reliability Engineering at Nokia.
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