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SCV-CE - 5/26 | Making Better Pixels - three key aspects of next generation consumer imaging, higher dynamic range and wider color gamut to generate better pixels... (NVIDIA, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

SF-IAS - 5/26 | Selecting Correctly Jacketed Cable For The Project) - cable codes, how to apply, samples for on-hand demonstration, Power, Low Voltage and Fiber optics... (Sinbad’s, SF, 5:30 pm)

SCV-MAG - 5/26 | Excitation and Detection of Magnetization Dynamics in Insulators by Spin Hall Effects - propagation of spin-wave modes in micro-structured YIG stripes, bilayers of YIG/Pt, spin-mixing conductance... (Western Digital, San Jose, 6:30 pm)

SCV-PES-IAS - 5/27 | The Making of SunEdison - transformation from MEMC to today’s SunEdison ... (PARC, Palo Alto, 6:30 pm)

SCV-PSES - 5/27 | Safety and Safety Standards Applied to Electric Vehicle Charging - Electric Vehicle charging and people directly interfacing with the electric vehicle infrastructure... (SIEMIC, Milpitas, 6:30 pm)

SCV SSCS - 5/28 | The Return of Neuro-Inspired Computing - Why Now? - Computational paradigms, interaction between neuroscience and information technology may lead to an exciting future ... (Maxim, San Jose, 6 pm)

SF-PES, SFSU, SF-IAS - 5/29 | Measurement, Safety, and Protection Workshop - Motor and Transformer Protection, Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation using Bus Protection Schemes, and Micro- synchrophasors.... (SFSU, The Annex 1, 8 am to 5 pm)

SV-HIST - 6/1 | EDA's pivotal role in development of fabless semiconductor industry - how EDA helped transform the semiconductor industry into the fabless semiconductor mode ... (Keypoint Credit Union, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SCV-SPS - 6/3 | Computational Imaging: From Photons to Photos - Computational imaging, changing the rules of image capture, clever algorithms, dedicated hardware architectures ... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SCV-VTS - 6/3 | How Deep Learning will Enable Self-Driving Cars - algorithms for teaching machines to understand images, speech and video, "hierarchical representation" to get smarter... (nVidia, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

TEMS - 6/4 | LinkedIn and the Technical Manager - powerful tool, professional career, attract potential employees ... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6 pm)

SCV-EDS - 6/8 | Recent Progress in Physics and Technology of Oxide Based Resistive Switching Memory - "resistance change" phenomena, future potential of nonvolatile resistive switching ... (TI, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SCV-CS - 6/9 | Assembling Data and Predictive Analytics to Hiring and Team Assembly - Big Data Analytics, Management, Human Resources ... (Cadence, San Jose, 6:30 pm)

SCV-IMS - 6/9-11 | VNA Tools-Uncertainty Calculator Workshop - Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs), metrological traceability, error correction algorithms, ISO-GUM ... (Anritsu Company, Morgan Hill, 8:00 am)

SCV-CNSV - 6/11 | Annual CNSV Dinner Meeting: The Fairchild Patent Notebooks - Curating the Founding Documents of Silicon Valley - Fairchild Patent Notebook highlights, incl. Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, a unique insight into the work and life of each author... (Turmeric Restaurant, Sunnyvale, 6:00 pm)

OEB-MAG - 6/15 | Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy: from ultralow power spintronics to cancer therapy - Thin magnetic films, magnetization easy axis, applications of PMA materials ... (Berkeley, 2 pm)

SF-NANO - 6/16 | An introduction to the 3D Subnanometer Compositionally Sensitive Technique of Atom Probe Tomography - Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP), semiconductor applications, advantages for yield and data quality ... (TI, Santa Clara, 12 noon)

SCV-EMBS - 6/17 | The GutCheck - an "EKG for the gut" - Up to 20% of the population suffers.., "functional" disorders, electrical signals from the smooth muscles, understanding of GI disorders and enable improved therapies... (Stanford Medical, room M-114, 7:30 pm)

SF-PES - 6/17 | Community MicroGrids - achieves higher penetrations of renewable energy with greater reliability and resilience... (CPUC, San Francisco, 11:30 am)

SCV-IAS-PES - 6/17 | Large-Scale Microgrids Design and Deployment - design and deployment of large Microgrids, future of the electric grid reliability, importance of integrating .... (Biltmore, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

OEB-IAS, SCV IAS-PES, SF PES - 6/18 | Large-Scale Microgrids Design and Deployment - design and deployment of large Microgrids, future of the electric grid reliability, integration.... (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)

SCV-WIE - 6/18 | IoT Data over Transport Networks Connecting NFV Cloud - Transporting data, IoT devices,fixed and Mobile transport networks to the Cloud ... (Ericsson Cafe, San Jose, 6 pm)

SCV-SSCS - 6/18 | Monolithic Phased Arrays: Radio Frequency to Optical - commercial products including automotive radars, high speed wireless transceivers, projection, imaging, communications, and ranging ... (Maxim, San Jose, 6 pm)

SCV-APS - 6/25 | Two Novel Approaches to Antenna Pattern Synthesis - matrix-based method, set of element currents for a chosen array geometry, pole-residue model for an array whose element locations (the poles) and currents (the residues) are developed from samples of the specified pattern ... (Electronic Cooling Solutions (ECS), Santa Clara, 7 pm)

OEB-IAS - 7/16 | An Electrical Reliability Metric for Preventive Maintenance: Mean Time between Failure plus Finds - finds are leading indicators to equipment failures, measures PM effectiveness, optimizes PM intervals.... (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)

Region 6 is hosting a Career and Talent Expo June 1-30, 2015. This unique event will link IEEE members to companies looking for individuals with our members' skills and talents.
This virtual event, free for all IEEE members ($125.00 for non-members), will provide participants the opportunity to match not only their technical experience but also their personal skills, with companies with appropriate jobs to fill. A personal skills assessment tool is being provided to all Expos attendees, at no charge, to assist in the corporate interviewing and job benchmarking process. See for more information.

ASME InterPACK 2015 Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems to be held on July 6-9, 2015 at The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Focus of InterPACK: * Advanced Packaging * Electro-Thermal-Mechanical Issues in Packaging (Multi-Physics) * Materials and Processes * MEMS and MEMS Packaging * Manufacturing and Test * Modeling and Simulation * Nanotechnology and NEMS * Photonics and Optics * Reliability * Thermal Management * Emerging Technologies * plus Panels, Workshops, Tech Updates, Tutorials.
Save, through June 1st. Visit the website:

UPCOMING CLASSES for Working Engineers
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes
Conveniently located at 2505 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara, near the Great America Parkway / Bowers Ave exit off Hwy 101. Browse the full course listing at

Introduction to Web Programming: JavaScript and PHP Starts Thursday, June 18
Advanced Verification with SystemVerilog OOP Testbench Starts Thursday, June 18
Python for Programmers Starts Friday, June 19
C Programming, Advanced Starts Saturday, June 20
Design Overview of High Efficiency Switch-mode Power Supply Starts Saturday, June 20
C++ Programming, Comprehensive Starts Saturday, June 20
Computer, Network and Internet Security Fundamentals Starts Saturday, June 20
Linux Based Web Application Development - Apache, MySQL, PHP Starts Saturday, June 20
Logic Synthesis, Introduction Starts Saturday, June 20
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The Electronic Materials Symposium
is an inter-disciplinary conference that presents a broad spectrum of expert views on problems at the intersection of electronic materials and devices. The one-day symposium seeks to inform participants about challenges that excite today's materials scientists through a series of invited talks by experts in their respective fields.

The 43rd Annual Northern California Electronic Materials Symposium, which is co-sponsored with IEEE MBSS, will be held at Keysight Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara on Friday, May 22, 2015. The program features presentations on advanced electronic materials processing techniques and devices, and analytical techniques by outstanding speakers who have made significant contributions to their respective fields. Registration will begin at 8:00 am.

The following speakers will present. Please see the program for more details.
Dr. Bryan Jackson, IBM: Neuromorphic Computing
Prof. Subhasish Mitra, Stanford University: Nanoelectronics
Prof. Tony Heinz, Columbia University/Stanford University: 2D electronic materials
Dr. Bryce Meredig, Citrine Informatics: Materials Informatics
Krishna Parat, Intel: Advanced Memory Technology
Prof. Gerd Ceder, Massachusets Institute of Technology: Materials Informatics
Prof. Roger Falcone, University of California, Berkeley: Advanced Characterization
Lunch speaker: Dr. Milton Chang, Incubic

Join the Computer History Museum - Half Price for IEEE Members! []
The present rate for IEEE members to become a member of the Computer History Museum is 50% off the regular price. This applies to either the single, family or senior member rate. This special pricing is for IEEE members world-wide, negotiated by your Santa Clara Valley Section. Discounted family membership is $75; General membership is $37.50; for seniors/military, it's $30.
Register online at your current membership number available, to get the discount), or call the CHM at 650-810-1010 during the day.

Volunteer Opportunity! Enhance STEM Education! STEM logo Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science (TOPS) of the Santa Clara Valley is looking for scientists and engineers who are willing to partner with science teachers to enhance the science curriculums of grades K-8 in the Santa Clara Valley. It’s a program that promotes in-depth relationships of a volunteer with a science teacher and his/her class on a weekly basis to amplify labs and class sessions with the scientists’ real-world experience.
Here’s a chance to make a real difference to students in aiming their education at a career in science or engineering. To find out more, go to

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CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications, May 10-15, San Jose Convention Center
Medical Device Trends - Robotics & Accelerated Product Development conference , May 21, Santa Clara Convention Center
Electronic Materials Symposium May 22, 2015, Keysight Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara
Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit, May 31-June 2, DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose
Workshop on Civic Technology and Smart Cities, June 8th, San Francisco
Sensors Expo & Conference, June 9-11, 2015, Long Beach Convention Center Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: The Race is On! , June 16 - 17, 2015, at Stanford University
Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems (InterPACK), July 6-9, 2015, The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Rock Stars of Cybersecurity October 27, 2015, San Jose
Rock Stars of Tech Startups November 10, 2015, The Village, San Francisco

Asilomar Conference, before May 1st; conference is November 8-11, Pacific Grove
Workshop on Civic Technology and Smart Cities, before May 8th; conference is June 8th, San Francisco
Besser Associates - RF and Wireless Training
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes
Ozen Engineering, Inc. - ANSYS training

Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit -- May 31-June 2 -- DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose

The WITI Summit is the annual gathering of tech-savvy women, held in the heart of Silicon Valley. Executive women, entrepreneurs, and technology thought leaders from around the world converge to collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges; explore new business opportunities that underscore how technology is powering change; and build and expand strong connections in a welcoming networking environment of women committed to helping each other succeed.

Use code WOMEN for $200 discount off the prevailing cost of a 3-day pass. Visit

There is an all-star lineup of speakers and participants. The KEYNOTE SPEAKERS include
Patricia Arquette, Actor, Humanitarian, Co-Founder of GiveLove
"Emboldening Women To Believe They Have A Purpose"
Linda Bernardi, Chief Innovation Officer, Cloud And IoT, IBM
"Disruption, Innovation, IoT, and Women: Disrupt to Succeed!"
Tiffani Bova, Vice President And Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
"Reimagine IT: The Digital Dragon is Upon Us!"
Sandy Carter, General Manager/Cloud Ecosystem & Developers, And Social Business Evangelist, IBM
"Geek Girls are Chic: Five Career Hacks"
Wendy Wallbridge, President / Executive Coach, On Your Mark
"Spiraling Up for the WITI Summit!"

Receive a free "sample" of what WITI is all about and network with 800 top executives by receiving a FREE expo pass which includes 2 free breakout sessions. Contact Carl Berndtson at

Sensors Expo & Conference, celebrating 30 years!
Sensing Technologies Driving Tomorrow's Solutions
June 9-11, 2015, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

sensors The market for sensors and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. With the convergence of MEMS, Wireless, Wearables and the Internet of Things, the sales of sensors in the U.S. alone are expected to climb to nearly $15 billion in 2016. With this growth, the importance of education and access to the latest technologies is critical. For 30 years, Sensors Expo & Conference has established itself as the nation's leading event focusing exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems. Join us at the industry's premier gathering to find the solutions for your present challenges while exploring sensing technologies that are driving tomorrow's solutions.

Please visit IEEE MEMBER DISCOUNT: Register with code IEEE100 for a Free Expo Pass or $100 off Gold and Main Passes.

Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: The Race is On! June 16 - 17, 2015, at Stanford University

ETIA-2015-LogoA The convergence of connectivity, bandwidth, and technology improvements is rapidly expanding entertainment distribution over the web to the living room, mobile, and beyond. Often scoffed at as an inferior entertainment platform, the web is now poised to leapfrog traditional distribution mechanisms, because of the rapid pace of innovation and ability to upgrade with a software download. The concept of this conference is to explore the "old", the "new", and the "future" in the context of the technology requirements for delivering a compelling entertainment experience over the web. Is traditional media in danger of being overrun? Find out by joining us for this 2 day event on the beautiful Stanford campus where technical, creative, and ecosystem experts will explore how the Internet is changing entertainment and provide context to help understand technology and application trends. A must attend for engineers, creatives, and researchers focused on future of entertainment over the Internet. For more information, visit

The worldwide leader in RF and Wireless Training
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Headquartered in Mountain View since 1985, we have delivered theory with hands-on practical training to professionals working with analog, RF, wireless, digital, and networking technologies -- to over 45,000 people. Get more information on these upcoming local courses:
- GaN Power Amplifiers: June 2-4, Web Classroom, WebEx
-EMC/Shielding/Grounding Techniques for Chip & PCB Layout: June 22 to 26, 2015, Online, Web Classroom
- RF Technology Certification: June 22 to Nov 23, Web Classroom, WebEx
August, 2015
- RF Design: Core Concepts: August 24 to 28, Web Classroom, WebEx
- RF Design: Applied Techniques: Sep 14-Sep 18, San Jose
- Applied Embedded Control Systems: September 14 to 18, San Jose
- RF Power Amplifier Techniques - featuring GaN plus Si & GaAs semiconductors: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2015 - San Jose
-The Radio Modem: RF Transceiver From Antenna to Bits and Back: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2015 - San Jose
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