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SCV-WIE and Women at Intel - 12/3 - is being moved to January - TBD | Developing Successful Career Relationships: Leveraging Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsorship

SCV-TEMS - 12/3 | Latest Research on Using Agile in a Hardware Project - many of the Agile techniques pioneered for software development apply, with some modification, to hardware development, translate the role of the Scrum Master ... (AMD, Sunnyvale, 6:00 pm)

SCV-REL - 12/3 | Designed to Fail? Exploring Product Reliability Using JMP Pro - Uncovering vulnerable components inside a system and accurately making predictions on both individual components and complete systems, design alternatives into quantitative decisions ... (Qualcomm, Santa Clara, 6:00 pm)

SCV-CPMT - 12/8 | Packaging Materials Market Trends, Issues and Opportunities - transitions in the materials consumed in packaging, impacted the dynamics of the materials supply chain, Mobile electronics, Packaging subcontractors have emerged as key partners ... (TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am)

SCV-EMC - 12/8 | Go Big or Go Home: The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable and the Birth of Electrical Engineering - span the Atlantic in the 1850s with a telegraph cable, amplifiers would not exist for another half-century, volt, ohm and ampere were formally defined shortly thereafter and the profession of electrical engineering was born ... (CETECOM, Milpitas, 5:30 pm)

SCV-SPS - 12/9 | Ph.D. Elevator Pitch to Professionals - Autonomous Driving, Computational Cameras, Scalable Speech Coding from Stanford, UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University - up-to-date on the latest hot topics and technical contributions in Signal Processing, panel of students will explain their Ph.D. contributions ... (AMD Commons, Sunnyvale, 6:00 pm)

SCV-CNSV - 12/10 | Enabling Smart Robots with Low-Power Computer Vision - neural networks, GPU-accelerated vision and voice recognition systems, enabling massive speedups on parallel hardware, Jetson developer board ... (Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, 7:00 pm)

SV-HIST - 12/10 | High-Power Microwave Tube Development at Stanford, and the Linear Accelerator - theory and practice of microwave tubes developed locally during and after WW II, resulting in small linear accelerators, and eventually into the 2-mile-long Stanford Linear Accelerator ... (Keypoint Credit Union, Santa Clara, 6:00 pm)

SCV-MTT - 12/10 | A Synthesis-Based Approach to Quickly and Easily Design an RF Power Amplifier -you're probably carrying several high frequency Power Amplifiers with you right now, the performance of these circuits directly impacts the entire system that they are a part of, simple design methodology ... (National Instruments, Santa Clara, 6:00 pm)

SCV-SPS - 12/15 | Quantization Noise - additive white noise having zero mean and mean square of 1/12 q-square, where q is the quantum step size, simple model, uniform quantization, extended to apply to non uniform quantization, floating point quantization ... (AMD Commons, Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SF-NANO - 12/15 | Nanosys: Quantum Dot Pioneers - quantum dots, the first wholly-nanoscale active device with widespread commercial application and mass production, vivid flat panel screens ... (TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am)

SCV-MEMS - 12/15 | MEMS revolution in Atomic Sensing - from Tiny Atomic Clocks to Ultra-sensitive Magnetometry - integration magnetic field imaging systems that can revolutionize diverse areas from geomagnetism and biomagnetism to security and remote sensing ... (TI, Santa Clara, 6:00 pm)

This event is being moved from December 3rd to January - date TBD
SCV-WIE and Women at Intel - 1/?| Developing Successful Career Relationships: Leveraging Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsorship - define the nuances, identify when to best utilize them for particular growth opportunities, create a relationship circle ... (Intel, Santa Clara, 5:30 pm)

SCV-CAS - 1/11/2016 | Physical Foundations of Green Communications Systems - designed for optimum efficiency in the presence of all communication throughput requirements, significant energy savings, fundamental physics of total energy efficiency ... (QualComm, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

OEB-SPS- 1/13/2016 | The Dark Side of Imaging: Emerging Methods in Photon-Limited Image Reconstruction - reconstruction of spatially, spectrally, and temporally distributed phenomena from photon-limited data ... (CASIS, Livermore, 12:00 noon)

SF-PES - 1/20/2016 | Managing Distributed Energy Resources on the Grid - "Smart" inverters, advanced features enabled, critical to utilities adopting solar power, research and development collaborations SolarCity is doing ... (CPUC, SF, 11:30 am)

OEB-IAS- 1/21/2016 | Becoming a Forensic Consultant: Your Next Career - seasoned experts of FEWA who relayed their experience with how to successfully launch a forensic consulting business or jumpstart an existing one ... (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)

OEB-IAS- 2/17/2016 | Fire-Resistive Cables Suitable for Hydrocarbon Pool Fires and Remote Operated Shutoff Valves in Pipelines - rationale, design criteria, development and evaluation test protocol for flexible circuit integrity cables, even when the cable is exposed to a 1093°C (2000°F) hydrocarbon fire environment ... (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)

SF-PES - 2/17/2016 | Power Quality Impacts and Mitigation of Distributed Solar Power - variety of PV equipment that may be interconnected to a distribution circuit, power quality impacts from different levels of PV penetration ... (CPUC, SF, 11:30 am)

SCV-SF-OEB - 3/14/2016 | Pi Day - Apple, pumpin, blueberry, rhubarb, peach, pecan, Albert Einstein's birthday ... (everywhere, all day)

SCV-REL - 3/17/2016 | 5th Annual IEEE International Reliability Innovations Conference - share innovative concepts, design, methodologies, tools and applications to address challenges in reliability, technical sessions, workshops, seminars & panel sessions ... Call for papers through January 15, 2016 (Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, 8:00 am)

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We offer ANSYS Software, consulting services, and training/technical support on how to use ANSYS for topics including (but not limited to):
- Linear/Nonlinear Structural FEA, Thermal, Thermal-Stress, Fracture and Fatigue, Solder Joint Reliability, Electromigration, MEMS Multiphysics, Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Structure Interaction, Electronics Cooling, Acoustics, Low/High Frequency Electromagnetics (including Antenna Design), Biomechanics and Stent/Implant Modeling, Impact/Drop/Crash, Design Optimization, Cloud Computing, and more.
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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.

InteliTek Need quick-turn high-precision product design, procedural development, and fabrication of parts, anything from high tech missile systems to small scale-consumer products, without compromising your existing production lines? InteliTek can design and manufacture parts involving very complex geometry, up to 40"L x 20"W x 45"H and can meet tolerances verified to ISO standards of up to .0005". Applications include medical, infrared, military, wafer fabrication, to a diverse range of other applications. Please see InteliTek, and contact Mark Shier,, Hamid Bahier,, Tel 1-805-685-6300, Cell 1-805-390-3688, or Sandra Winkler at, and mention the E-Grid ad.
AnDevCon, December 1-3, 2015, Santa Clara
SDI Summit December 1-3, 2015, Santa Clara Convention Center
IEEE-ITherm May 31 - June 3, 2016, Las Vegas

Plan your conference year out in advance! See the complete list of conferences for the year at the bottom of this newsletter.

UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes
Ozen Engineering, Inc. - ANSYS training

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AnDevCon AnDevCon, December 1-3 in Santa Clara, is the technical conference for software developers building or selling Android apps. It will offer one day of intensive tutorials, followed by two days of technical classes. More than 1,000 software developers, engineers and entrepreneurs will attend AnDevCon and choose from 70+ classes. Visit more than 35 exhibitors!
Keynote speakers:
Romain Guy was until recently the tech lead on the Android 2D rendering pipeline and UI toolkit. He worked on Android from 1.0 to 4.4 and loves helping application developers optimize their applications.
Chet Haase is the lead of the Android UI Toolkit team at Google and works on animation, graphics, UI widgets, and anything else that helps create better Android user interfaces.
Mike Roberts, senior director of Global Product Marketing for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., will keynote on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10:00 am on "The Developer Journey Into the Internet of Things."
Receive a $200 discount off the prevailing rate of the 3 day pass by inserting the code IEEE when prompted at

SDI How does one meet the challenges of Cloud Computing, Big Data/Analytics, Mobility, and Social Media, which means handling far more data and storage, many more users, and far more applications? The Software-Defined Infrastructure Summit is the only event completely focused on this newly emerging and fast-growing market.

SDI 2015 provides full coverage of Software-Defined Storage, Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDCs), Orchestration and Automation. Hear keynotes from industry leaders Microsoft, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, Intel, and Cisco. Attend full day pre-conference seminars on Open Stack, Ceph, and Software Defined Storage, and Plenaries on SDI in 2025, SDI Futures, and VC perspectives.

SDI 2015 is the place for IT planners, systems managers and software developers in customer sites - and the product and marketing planners in the IT industry - to learn what they need to know about software-defined infrastructure. The conference is December 1-3, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Online prices and free passes are available through November 27. Use event code "SPGP" when registering for a discount on the conference.

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

Info Session for Embedded Systems and VLSI Engineering Programs Starts Tuesday, January 05
Info Session for Software Development Programs Starts Wednesday, January 06
Info Session for Information Technology and Database and Data Analytics Starts Thursday, January 07
Embedded Linux Design and Programming Starts Thursday, January 14
Linux Systems Programming Starts Thursday, January 14
Linux Device Drivers Starts Friday, January 15
System Verilog for ASIC and FPGA Design Starts Friday, January 15
C Programming, Advanced Starts Saturday, January 16
Digital Design with FPGA Starts Saturday, January 16
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SIA Logo School Science Presenters Wanted for AVS Science in Action Volunteer to support science education in local schools! Are you a Bay Area professional with a science or engineering background? You can give interactive science presentations based on pressure, gas behavior, and vacuum technology to elementary, middle, and high school students. This is your chance to have a little fun, and to amaze and inspire a new generation of students using equipment that the schools don't have.
If you're willing to make two or more school visits per school year (a few hours each), we will train you and provide the organization, equipment, and supplies. Contact us at or!

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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* Antenna and Propagation * Circuits & Systems * Computer Software * Consultant's Network * Communications * Consumer Electronics * Control Systems * Components, IC Packaging, and Manufacturing Technologies (CPMT) * Engineering In Medicine & Biology * Electromagnetic Compatibility * Instrumentation & Measurement * Magnetics * MEMS & Sensors * Microwave Theory & Techniques * Nanotechnology * Photonics * PhotoVoltaics * Power & Energy & Industry Applications * Product Safety Engineering * Reliability * Robotics & Automation *Signal Processing * Solid State Circuits * Women In Engineering * Life Members

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Conference Round Up
International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) February, San Francisco
Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference and Exhibition February, Monterey
REAL 2015 - Where the Sensor meets the Maker February, San Francisco
Int'l Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) March, Santa Clara
Internet of Things (IoT) Summit March, Santa Clara
CIE/USA-SF EPMC Workshop March, San Jose
WearablesTechCon March, Santa Clara
Semi-Therm March, San Jose
IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Signal Integrity (SI) Symposium March, Santa Clara
IEEE One-Day Event: Rock Stars of 3D Printing March, San Jose
4th Annual IEEE Int'l Reliability Innovations Conference March, Sunnyvale
Optical Network & Communication Conference (OFC'15) March, Los Angeles
IEEE One-Day Event: Startup Rock Stars March, San Francisco
SNIA Data Storage Innovation Conference April, Santa Clara
IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) April, Vancouver, Canada
Ethernet Technology Summit April, Santa Clara Convention Center
International Reliability Physics Symposium April, Monterey
DevelopOps April, Mountain View
IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (2015 WIE ILC) April, San Jose
CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications May, San Jose Convention Center
The WITI Summit May, San Jose
Workshop on Civic Technology and Smart Cities, June, San Francisco
Sensors Expo & Conference, June, Long Beach Convention Center
Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: The Race is On! , June, Stanford University
In-Memory Computing Summit 2015 June, San Francisco
Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems (InterPACK), July, San Francisco
Robotics as a Business, July, San Mateo
SusTech 2015 / 3rd IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability July-Aug, Ogden, Utah
Flash Memory Summit, August, Santa Clara Convention Center
Hot Chips 27-A Symposium on High-Performance Chips , August, Cupertino
Hot Interconnects 23: A Symposium on High Performance Interconnects August, Santa Clara
Interdrone September, Las Vegas, Nevada
RoboBusiness September, San Jose
Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems, October, Berkeley
IEEE SIIT 2015 (Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology), October, Sunnyvale
EPEPS , October, San Jose
Rock Stars of Cybersecurity October, San Jose
IEEE GHTC October, Seattle, WA
Podcar City Conference (PCC9), November, Mountain View, California
Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers November, Pacific Grove
Rock Stars of Tech Startups November, San Francisco
AnDevCon, December, Santa Clara
SDI Summit December, Santa Clara Convention Center
IEEE-ITherm May - June
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