Past Meetings/Webinars

Satellites and Education Conference XXX 🗓

Bringing educators, government, and industry together in support of teachers and students in STEM fields

Satellite Educators Association

Meeting Dates: July 27 – 29, 2017

Location: CSU LA

Cost: Conference $65; Awards Banquet $40


The Satellite Educators Association, Inc. (SEA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1989 and now headquartered in Pasadena, California. SEA is a professional organization of educators and those who want to enhance the education environment to excite students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through space-based technology. SEA envisions the world’s finest educators supporting STEM learning for pre-kindergarten to post-graduate students using real-world applications involving satellite technology and satellite-based remote-sensing data. Primary activities include the annual Satellites & Education Conferences bringing educators, government, and industry together in support of teachers and students; Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events (the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Program), an international K-12 environmental research collaborative; the online SEA Newseltter; and More Lessons from the Sky, our online, standards-based lesson plan library for K-12.

On-Board Energy Storage and Other Technological Solutions for Catenary-Free Light Trains and Trams 🗓

— (IEEE Transportation Electrification) – regenerative braking, third-rail technologies, accumulation …

Webinar Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Prof. Pablo Arboleya, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Oviedo
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: URL for Webinar

Summary: Nowadays, the use of energy storage combined with the regenerative braking systems of the trains can already be considered a conventional solution in railway systems. Such is the case that some manufacturers are using these kinds of on-board accumulation systems to avoid the use of overhead line equipment and to reduce the visual impact — offering catenary-free solutions. There exist other solutions for creating catenary-free systems, such as the ones based in third-rail technologies (standard, controlled or inductive), but none of them are a good option for recovering the regenerated braking energy. In this webinar we will skim through all of these technologies, describing their main features, drawbacks and benefits in terms of costs, operation, safety, reliability and efficiency.

Pablo Arboleya received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. (with distinction) degrees from the University of Oviedo, Gijon, Spain, in 2001 and 2005, respectively, both in electrical engineering. Currently, he works as an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Oviedo (with tenure since 2010). He is head of the LEMUR research group team in charge of developing railway simulators and is managing editor of the International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems published by Elsevier. Presently, his main research interests are focused on the static and dynamic modelling and operation techniques for distribution systems and Smart grids and railway traction networks. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

IEEE Smart Energy: Overview, Communications Interfaces 🗓

— IEEE 2030.5, adoption, resources, international use cases, implementation guide, panel …

Presented by the IEEE Smart Grid Committee and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), attendees will receive an overview of IEEE 2030.5—IEEE Adoption of Smart Energy Profile 2.0 Application Protocol Standard and gain access to resources for further understanding and developing IEEE 2030.5™ communications interfaces. The panel will also discuss US and international use cases of IEEE 2030.5 including “IEEE 2030.5 Common California Rule 21 Implementation Guide for Smart Inverters,” also known as CSIP and South Korea’s, adoption of IEEE 2030.5.

Webinar Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Mike Bourton, Kitu Systems; Steve Kang, QualityLogic; James Mater, GridWise Architecture; Robby Simpson, GE Grid Solutions; Rudi Schubert, IEEE Standards Association
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

About the Speakers:

Mike Bourton co-founded Kitu Systems originally as Grid2Home Inc. leveraging more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
Mike has extensive experience working with early stage and established telecom companies, developing their strategic plans, business models, product and marketing plans and guiding them through their life cycle. His functional involvements have spanned general management, design and development, marketing, corporate and strategic marketing and planning, market development and product line management, corporate alliance and business development.
Prior to co-founding Kitu Systems, Mike was Director of New Business Development for Texas Instruments in the Home Networking. He also served as vice president and general manager for Agilent Technologies where he was responsible for the design and manufacture of telecommunication testing and service assurance equipment and was vice president and general manager for Acterna Corporation, the largest provider of communications test solutions for telecommunications and cable network operators. While at Acterna, Mike was responsible for the design and marketing of test equipment for the field access network, from voice, DSL to high speed optical. He began his management career in the UK at Telspec and then IPM, providers of communications systems. At IPM he was general manager of Europe and Asia responsible for the development of payphone equipment and marketing in Asia.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Engineering from Plymouth University, UK. He is US citizen.

Steve Kang directs the development of all QualityLogic test products including those for Smart Grid, Imaging and Fax/Telecom industries. Steve has a long history in directing and managing engineering organizations. Prior to joining QualityLogic, he was a consultant at AHT, Inc., where he managed and developed on-going consulting projects with client companies. Before that, he was a manager at both Sun Microsystems and Xerox Corporation. In both cases, he developed technical strategy, and managed engineering groups and the development of sophisticated software applications. Earlier in his career, Steve was also VP of Engineering at both Colorbus and AHT, Inc. Steve holds an MS in Computer Science from USC and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School.

James Mater is one of the leading experts on smart grid standards interoperability and the maturity of products based on standards. He leads his company’s smart grid business and has given dozens of talks and papers on interoperability in the smart grid, including a DistribuTech UU course on Interoperability. He was an original member of the SGIP Test and Certification Committee (TCC); is a member of the GridWise Architecture; contributes to the development and operation of numerous industry Interoperability Test and Certification Authorities (ITCA); and is Past Chair of Smart Grid Northwest. He does training and lectures on OpenADR and IEEE 2030.5 and organized 2 Symposiums on IEEE 2030.5 and a workshop on DER Communications Standards co-sponsored by EPRI and OpenADR. James holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College, Portland, OR and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Robby Simpson, PhD, is a System Architect for GE Grid Solutions, where he guides the architectures for GE smart grid systems. Accordingly, Robby divides his time between designing and evaluating GE Grid Solutions’ architectures with particular attention to scalability, security, and interoperability and standards bodies’ activities.
Robby has been engaged in the smart grid industry for a number of years, particularly in the areas of AMI, metering, demand response, and home area networking, and has been heavily involved in accelerating standards for smart grid interoperability. Robby is active in IEEE (he is Vice Chair of the IEEE-SA CAG and Vice Chair of IEEE 2030.5), ANSI, IEC, IETF, SGIP (he is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chair of OpenFMB), and the ZigBee Alliance. Through these efforts, he not only helps to accelerate standards development, but also ensures the adoption of those standards within GE and the market as a whole.
Robby received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University and his M.S.E.C.E. and Ph.D. (Electrical and Computer Engineering) degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where he focused on Internet measurements, large-scale simulation, network protocols, and information security. Prior to focusing on smart grid, Robby worked on satellite communications at MIT’s Lincoln Labs.
Robby has published several refereed conference and journal papers on topics ranging from network measurements, network security, and network simulation to superconductor behavior. Robby has also received numerous awards for his academic and industry efforts and is an Eagle Scout (and still believes it to be worth mentioning all these years later).
In his spare time, Robby enjoys horseback riding, playing table tennis, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, focusing on incubation of emerging technology standards and the productive implementation of IEEE standards to accelerate technology adoption. He leads the IEEE Industry Connections program, operating consensus building interest groups across a portfolio of topics including augmented reality, ethics for autonomous systems, internet of things, big data, 3D body processing, artificial intelligence, digital identity, smart cities, next generation vehicle technologies and many others. Before joining the IEEE, Rudi was a principal engineer for EnerNex, providing technical expertise on technology standards and testing programs to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for their Smart Grid initiatives. He also spent nearly 20 years in progressively expanding leadership roles with Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) establishing technical criteria and implementation methodologies that become a mandated compliance and certification standard used by US telecom carriers for technology deployment.
Rudi has a 25+ year record of leading, developing and implementing industry standards and testing programs, assuring expectations for functional performance, compatibility, product robustness and safety are achieved. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Excimer Laser: A Novel and Alternative Patterning Solution for Advanced Packaging 🗓

— integrates via and RDL traces in one patterning process step

Meeting Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Habib Hichri, Ph.D. of SUSS MicroTec Photonic Systems Inc.

Location: Broadcom Bldg 2
Cost: none

RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools

The continuous trend in miniaturization, increasing performance and mobility of electronic devices drives not only the requirements of the chip itself, but also its package type. The current integration processes encompassing photolithography may be reaching their capability limits for providing cost effective and innovative package designs to meet the market’s most stringent requirements. In addition, there are significant challenges in these legacy processes that manufacturers will need to overcome.

In support of this technology trend and to address the current photolithography process integration challenges, we introduce excimer laser ablation as a direct patterning process that uses proven industrialized excimer laser sources to emit high-energy pulses at short wavelengths to remove materials. The combination of a high-power excimer laser source, large-field laser mask, and precision projection optics enables the accurate replication and placement of fine resolution circuit patterns without the need for any wet-processing. In addition, with excimer laser patterning technology the industry gains a much wider choice of dielectric materials (photo and non-photo) to help achieve further reductions in manufacturing costs as well as enhancements in chip or package performance.

In this presentation, we will address the capabilities of this novel alternative patterning solution in achieving different customer needs from dielectric ablation, metal spallation and seed layer removal. We will also propose a new process that uses excimer laser ablation to integrate via and RDL traces in one patterning process step, followed by seed layer deposition, plating and planarization processes. We will explain in detail the new proposed integration flow and further demonstrate its technical robustness and commercial advantages. We will also cover the capability of excimer laser ablation to extend the current material portfolio to non-photo materials and highlight its commercial benefits as compared to the current lithography based process of record (POR).

Bio: Habib Hichri joined SUSS MicroTec on October 2013 as Engineering Applications Director in Corona CA, USA. Before joining SUSS MicroTec, Habib spend about 12 years with IBM Semiconductors Research and Development Center in East Fishkil, NY where he worked as lead process integration engineer for microprocessor (IBM), games and communications chips. He later was promoted to management position within IBM on process development in lithography and Dry Reactive Ion Etch in the front end of line area for microprocessor fabrication. Habib holds over 32 U.S. patents and authored over 25 publications and presentations. Habib received Master and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Claude Bernard University at Lyon, France and an MBA degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

2017 IEEE 30th Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF) 🗓

— current theories of security, the formal models that provide a context for those theories, and techniques for verifying security.

— IEEE Computer Society
Meeting Dates: August 21 – 25, 2017

Location: UC Santa Barbara

RSVP: At CSF Details

The Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF) is an annual conference for researchers in computer security, to examine current theories of security, the formal models that provide a context for those theories, and techniques for verifying security.

2017 IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (SECON Workshops) 🗓

— the latest in wireless networks, mobile systems and the Internet of Things.

— IEEE Communications Society
Meeting Dates: June 12 – 14, 2017

Location: San Diego – The DoubleTree Mission Valley

The 14th annual IEEE SECON conference will provide a unique forum to exchange innovative research ideas, recent results, and share experiences among researchers and practitioners in wireless networks, mobile systems and the Internet of Things. The focus of IEEE SECON is novel communication technologies and emerging applications and services, involving mobile sensing and communication, and ubiquitous and pervasive computing.

Sixth Annual Mars Rover & LA/OC Professional Society Expo! 🗓

— Amazing Curiosity Engineering & Science Results & Data To-Date. Also an LA/OC-Area-Wide STEM Outreach, so Jr High, High School & College Kids Most Welcome!!!

— IEEE & INCOSE Los Angeles
Meeting Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Speaker: Charles Baker, NASA-JPL Curiosity Mission Engineer
Location: S-Café at Northrop-Grumman, Redondo Beach
(South of Marine Ave @ Simon Ramo Drive (@ Dead End))
COST: FREE (Parking & Admission)!

RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Eventbrite
MISSION: “Curiosity” is Latest & Largest Mars Rover (a “Mini-Cooper” on Six Wheels!) carrying Advanced Science Experiments!
•Amazing Curiosity Engineering & Science Results & Data To-Date
•Curiosity Landing Site Scale Model, Hardware & Mock-ups
• FREE Bottled Water & Healthy Snacks
• Exhibit Tables from Several LA & OC Professional Societies
(Planetary Society, IEEE, INCOSE, AIAA, SWE, IET, AFCEA,
OCVitalLink, FSEA, IET, SAE, OSSC & SWE, among others!)
*Closing Q&A & FREE Raffle (“Space-Related”) Prizes!

This is also an LA/OC-Area-Wide Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Outreach, so Jr High, High School & College Kids Most Welcome!!!

Bio: Charles Baker received his M.E. degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado in 2002. In December 2006, he joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, CA where he works as a Flight Project Systems Engineer and Flight Operations Engineer for the Mars Exploration Program Office and Earth Science Mission Office. He has supported multiple flight projects and concept studies such as the Mars Science Orbiter, Mars Sample Return, Earth Climate Study missions such as SMAP, DESDynI and SWOT. He also served as the Cruise Mission Planning Lead and Surface Flight Rules Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) during its Launch, Cruise, Approach, and Surface operations. MSL successfully delivered the Curiosity Rover to Mars on August 2012. Chuck subsequently served as a Flight Operations Engineer for the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission which is an Earth Climate Study mission planned for launch in 2014.

Chuck currently serves as supervisor for the Instrument Technology for Special Applications Group
within the Instrument Systems Implementation and Concepts Section at JPL.

Biosensors and their Applications 🗓

— how biosensors have become part of our everyday lives

— IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)
Meeting Date: Monday June 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Tom Jobe, Chief Operating Officer , SensiQ Technologies. IEEE Distinguished Speaker
Location: Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Eventbrite
The talk will focus on the role of biosensors; a brief history followed by examples of how biosensors have become part of our everyday lives and how we will become integrated with them more and more in the future.
Bio: Tom Jobe is Chief Operating Officer – SensiQ Technologies, President and CoFounder – BioInSpire
He holds BS and MS Engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University. He spent 10 years in the energy business as an instrument developer and 15 years as a developer and manager of medical diagnostic instruments with Organon Teknika & BioMerieux, where he led the development of microbiology, coagulation, and nucleic acid diagnostics instrumentation. As Chief Operating Officer of SensiQ Technologies of Oklahoma City for the past 12 years, he has directed the R&D and Manufacturing operations for the company’s life sciences instrumentation and commercialization efforts. BioInspire provides marketing and commercialization services for Life Science companies as well job placement services for scientists and engineers.

Cha For Tea – IEEE Young Professionals Meet for Boba 🗓

— free Boba, board games and a casual atmosphere

OC IEEE Young Professionals –

Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Dinner can be bought at any of the restaurants in UTC
Location: Cha For Tea, 4187 Campus Dr. M173, Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: Just show up

Summary: OC IEEE Young Professionals is hosting our monthly Boba Night at Cha for Tea! Come join us for free Boba, board games and a casual atmosphere!

Analog/Mixed-Signal Design in FinFET 🗓

— Young Professionals & Students career coaching session after the talk

— IEEE San Diego Section
Meeting Date: Wednesday May 31, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Alvin Loke of Qualcomm
Location: San Diego
Cost: Free to IEEE, Qualcomm and students with ID; all others $5 cash only at the door.
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Continued consumer demand for mobile ICs has propelled CMOS scaling to arrive at the finFET with foundry offerings starting at 16/14 nm. The compact 3-D structure of the finFET offers superior short-channel control that achieves digital power reduction and adequate device performance. As SoC technology remains dictated by logic and SRAM scaling needs, designers of analog/mixed-signal subsystems must adapt to new design constraints. We attempt to summarize the challenges and considerations faced when porting analog/mixed-signal designs to finFET. At 16/14 nm, designers must also cope with many accumulated implications of earlier scaling innovations leading to the finFET.

In addition, the IEEE San Diego Young Professionals Section is offering a Young Professionals & Students career coaching session after the talk and a Q&A

Bio: Alvin Loke received a B.A.Sc. in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia, and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford. He worked on CMOS process integration for several years at HP Labs and on assignment at Chartered Semiconductor. Since 2001, he has been designing circuits for a variety of wireline links and addressing next-generation CMOS analog/mixed-signal concerns at Agilent and Advanced Micro Devices in Fort Collins, CO, and most recently at Qualcomm in San Diego, CA. He has authored several dozen publications and holds 19 US patents. Alvin has served as Technical Program Committee member of CICC, IEEE Chapter Chair, Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Industrial Advisory Board member at Colorado State University, and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.