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March 3, 2021, 8:00 am, Eliminate Batteries With Indoor Light & Supercaps, Webinar
Self-rechargeable devices; micro energy harvesting from ambient sources; IOT devices.

March 30-31, 2021, Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference , Virtual Event
Technological responses to public health emergencies.

April 7-9, 2021, 22nd International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED'21), Virtual Event
Manufacturing, design and EDA.

May 3-6, 2021, Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) 2021, New York
ASMC is the leading international technical conference for exploring solutions to improve the collective microelectronics manufacturing expertise. ASMC provides an unparalleled platform for semiconductor professionals to network and learn the latest in the practical application of advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies.

June 1 - July 4, 2021, Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), Virtual Event
Premier international event which showcases cutting-edge technology in packaging, components and microelectronic systems science, technology and education, in an environment of cooperation and technical exchange.

June 22-24, 2021, WITI Global Summit, Virtual Event
Premier global event for women in technology and features the Hall Of Fame awards. Build and expand strong connections in a welcoming environment to foster women's success in all technology related fields and organizations. 4,000+ attendees from 6 continents.

October 10-14, 2021, Save the date for the 13th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Vancouver, Canada
The world's leading technical conference and exhibition for electrical and electromechanical energy conversion research and innovation.

December 5-9, 2021, 58th Design Automation Conference (DAC), San Francisco
Design and automation of electronic circuits and systems.


SCU Engineering: Leading the way to a sustainable future.
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Santa Clara University's School of Engineering has several programs that address humanitarian themes, such as the projects run through Engineers Without Borders and the Frugal Innovation Hub. A new Robotic Systems Laboratory initiative focuses on the use of advanced technologies to address acute humanitarian needs associated with natural and man-made disasters, pandemics, refugee migrations, and the aftermath of regional conflicts.

Maker Lab
One of SCU's Maker Lab's first projects involved manufacturing key parts of medical face shields for local hospitals. Partners in this effort included a local community maker group, MakerNexus, which assembled the shields, and the Valley Medical Center Foundation, which sanitized and distributed shields to local hospitals. In ten weeks we were able to deliver over 13,000 face shield components.

To obtain more information on SCU's School of Engineering, please contact Stacey Tinker, Director of Admissions, at or call 408-554-4313.


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Science Fair season is coming up. For over 35 years, the IEEE has provided both prizes and judges for local fairs and we need your help once again. These fairs provide an opportunity for students from middle schools and high schools to show their projects and hear comments from professionals like you. Projects range from the simple to the sophisticated, but behind every project is a student who is anxious to find out what you think about it. As a judge you will interact with students and help them understand what they did right and how they could do better next time.

This year we will be supporting three science fairs:

Monterey,; Monday, March 8, Noon
Santa Clara,; Thursday, March 11 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz,; Saturday, March 13, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
San Mateo,; Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Even if you can only help for a few hours the students will appreciate it. No previous experience or specialized knowledge is necessary; only patience and common sense. For 2021 all local science fairs will be virtual, so you can help out from the safety and comfort of your own home. If you are interested in helping out at one of these fairs, or sponsoring a prize, please call Charlie Neuhauser at (408) 245-0085 (W) or E-mail him at


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3/4, 12:00 pm, SFBA EPS, Holistic Understanding of Thermo-Mechanical Challenges from Package to System to Maximize Silicon Performance, Virtual Event
Mechanical integrity, thermal, packaging, materials behavior, costs.

3/4, 7:00 pm, SCV TEMS, Real Teams Win: What Smart Leaders Need to know Now About Achieving Peak Performance, Virtual Event
Strategy, economics, neuroscience, organizational development, literature, psychology and mythology to define an environment that is collaborative, creative, agile, supple, non-oppositional, and courageous.

3/8, 6:30 pm, SCV PACE, Leveraging IEEE to Promote Your Career, Virtual Event
IEEE can be your professional family that helps you develop yourself, stay current and productive, and also provide ways to help others.

3/9, 7:00 pm, SCV CNSV, Trade Secrets – The Invisible IP, Webinar
Introduction to Trade Secrets, management strategies and ways to ensure that your secrets are being protected.

3/10, 12:00 pm, SCV YP, Introduction to VC Financings: How to Conduct Your Series Seed/A Financing, Virtual Event
What VCs are looking for in a startup; What makes a good investor and how to find them; How to avoid pre-round mistakes; Common pitfalls when raising venture capital.

3/10, 4:00 pm, SCV SUST, Ocean Energy – Opportunities and Challenges, Virtual Event
Carbon-free power from ocean waves worldwide, ebb and flow of ocean waves to supply 20-30% of global energy demand in upcoming decades, CalWave's proprietary wave energy converter.

3/11, 10:00 am, SCV SSIT, IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecture: Working in the Smart City, Virtual Event
Relationship between space, technology, and the workplace; power relations embedded in these overlapping physical and cyberspaces constrain our behavior; what novel ethical and equity concerns arise in the emerging smart city.

3/14, all day, Pi Day
Albert Einstein's Birthday; pumpkin, apple, peach, blueberry, cherry. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.

3/16, 6:00 pm, SCV MAG, Controlling and Exploiting Chirality in Magnetic Thin Films, Webinar
Next generation of magnetic memory and computing schemes; underlying interactions that give rise to chiral magnetism and discuss some of the surprising systems where chirality is emerging.

3/17, 6:30 pm, SCV MTT, Microwave Imaging in Security — Two Decades of Innovation, Virtual Event
Microwave signals can safely penetrate clothing and reveal concealed threats, no health risks or side effects; evolution of Microwave Security Imaging over the last two decades and the latest advances in the field.

3/18, 11:50 am, SFBA EPS, Additively-Printed Multilayer Flexible Substrates with Z-axis interconnects, Webex
Layer, process factors, performance.

3/25, 11:00 am, SFBAC PELS SCV COMSOC, Wireless Power Transfer through MRC; From Theory to Implementation, Virtual Event
Fundamental constraints (physical, regulatory) to be considered when developing a commercial product; solutions to deliver viable applications from a manufacturability and cost standpoint; challenges and key design trade-offs.

3/25, 12:00 pm. SCV CTSoc, Medical Devices by UroDev and IntelliFlow for People with Disabilities, Virtual Event
Bladder mgmt system for adult males with Urinary Retention to empty their bladder using a wireless remote controller; Habit Camera, the first digital skin inspection tool for people with limited mobility, diabetes, and other skin conditions. $0-10

4/15, 12:00 pm, SFBA EPS SUST, Sustainable Electronics – From Dumped e-Waste to a Circular Economy: What is Needed?, Webex
Legislation, EU targets, recycling steps, applied ecodesign, carbon neutrality, case studies.

4/20, 1:30 pm, SVTHC, Hubble Telescope Spacecraft, Virtual Event
First of NASA's great observatories in space; presentation will focus on the Lockheed portion of the Hubble; three retired Lockheed employees will share their experiences in this webinar.

4/22, 12:00 pm, SFBA EPS,Packaging and Interconnect Technologies for Cryogenic and Quantum Systems, Webex
Thin-film, multi-conductor, flexible, superconducting cables, low insertion loss.

5/6, 12:00 pm, SFBA EPS, Results of Low-Temperature Polyimide Processing for Interconnect RDL in Next-Generation 3D Advanced IC Backend Applications, Webex
Faster cure, lower temperatures, vacuum, thermal stability, properties.

Oakland East Bay Section

3/18, 6:00 pm, OEB IAS, Intelligent Circuit Breakers, Webex
A history of the MCCB; Understanding Overcurrent and Overloads; Review of Overcurrent Protective Devices; Review of Time /Current Curves; Applicable Codes and Standards; Electronic Circuit Breaker Technologies

San Francisco Section

3/4, 6:00 pm, SF PES, Past, Present, and Potential Future California Adoption Methodologies for Renewable Energy Resources, Virtual Event
Power flow (load and fault); interconnect smaller generators at low penetration levels; transition from large central station power plants to distributed renewable power at minimal costs to the ratepayers/taxpayers.

IEEE San Francisco Section is excited to announce the new Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group. Join the group and take advantage of technical and professional activities empowering Women in Engineering. If you're interested, please contact the Group Founder at


Following is the slate of candidates for the office of 2022 IEEE President-Elect, listed in alphabetical order:
Francis B. Grosz (Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
Saifur Rahman (Nominated by Petition)
S.K. Ramesh (Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Petition available for signatures to become an IEEE President-Elect:
Thomas Coughlin
Other petitions available for signatures
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