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SCV-PHOT - 9/1 | Mobile Holography - Manipulating Holograms in the Palm of Your Hands - Introducing the technology behind LEIA's holographic Development Kit scheduled for release in Q4 2015... (Dolby, Sunnyvale, 6 pm)

SCV-SPS - 9/3 | Optical Character Recognition for Most of the World's Languages - recorded information, visual rather than digital Unicode form, conversion to Unicode for use in the digital world ... (AMD, Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SCV-REL - 9/3 | Rethinking Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) - A better method takes into account economic loss - failure mode is given a rank score from 1 to 10, risk priority number, or RPN, Issues, deficiencies in classic FMEA... (Qualcomm, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SCV-TEMS and SCV-WIE - 9/3 | Women in Engineering in Management: Truth Talk - Panelists are IEEE WIE leaders: Susan Delafuente, Roxsana Hadjizadeh, Kimara Chin, and Suzette Pangrle ... (AMD, Commons Building, Sunnyvale, 6:00 pm)

SCV-EMC - 9/8 | Very-Near-Field Solutions to EMC Compliance Problems - Real World Case Study - insightful diagnostics, improve pre-compliance preparation, solve problems at a board level ... (CETECOM, Milpitas, 5:30 pm)

SCV-EDS - 9/8 | Tunnel FETs: A Comprehensive Model - gate-controlled channel potential, Ids-Vgs characteristics, MOSFET and a TFET ... (TI, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SCV-CPMT - 9/9 | Anisotropic Conductive Film (ACF) Interconnection Technology for Wearable Electronics Applications - flexible printed circuits (FPCs) substrates, COF (Chip On Flex)/ CIF (Chip In Flex), FOF (Flex On Flex) and FOF (Flex On Fabric) technologies ... (TI, Santa Clara, 5:45 pm)

SCV-COMSOC - 9/9 | 5G: Expectations and the Road Ahead - path to full 5G feature set network, optimized derivative LTE versions for various vertical markets ... (TI, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

SCV-PV - 9/9 |15 minutes could save you 15% or more on your solar installation: Optimizing PV system design to profit from impending utility rate changes - proposed Utility rate changes, type of customers/projects they would affect, solar installers could adapt their business ... (PARC, Palo Alto, 6:30 pm)

SCV-SSCS - 9/10 | CMOS Terahertz Integrated Circuits and Systems - 10 THz, potential system applications, imaging of concealed weapons, detection of defects, spectroscopy, breath analyses, high data rate wireless and wireline communication ... (Maxim, San Jose, 6 pm)

SCV-CNSV - 9/14 | Making Shakey, The World's First Mobile Intelligent Robot - how the project got launched, team approached this new world of robotics, consequences have been for current technology and for modern life ... (HP, Palo Alto, 7 pm)

SCV-NANO - 9/15 | Emerging Non-volatile Memory, enabled by Carbon Nano-materials - Frontier research, emerging nanoscale memory devices and architectures, RRAM, PCM, and STT-MRAM technologies ... (TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am)

SF-PES - 9/16 |Understanding the Electrical Arcing and the Arc-flash Hazard Study - theory of the electrical arcing and the accepted methods to calculate the arc-flash hazard, develop strategies to minimize burn injuries during an arc flash incident ...(PUC, SF, 11:30 am)

OEB-IAS - 9/17 | Fulfilling the need for energy and power measurements: Why meter? - seven key reasons for measuring and verifying energy usage, Identification of the energy-consuming loads ... (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)

SCV-APS - 9/17 | Design of Internal Device Antennas - design of internal device antennas ... (Electronic Cooling Solutions (ECS), Santa Clara, 7:00 pm)

SF-IAS - 9/22 | Medium Voltage Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) - medium voltage, higher ratings, smaller footprints, faster operating times, and increased safety, game changing ... (Sinbad’s Restaurant, San Francisco, 5:30 pm)

SCV-CPMT - 9/24 | Void formation during Soldering - decreasing joint sizes, fatigue and low drop test resistance, root causes ... (TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am)

SCV-CNSV - 9/30 | How Non-Volatile Memory Became the World's Most Valuable Semiconductor Storage - Floating gate, three important people in the history of NVM: Eli Harari, Stefan Lai and Jeff Katz, who played pivotal roles ... (Keypoint Credit Union, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

SCV-CSS - 10/7 | Theoretical and Experimental Outcomes of Closed-Loop Neuromuscular Control Methods to Yield Human Limb Motion - uncertain nonlinear musculoskeletal response to stimulation, NMES dosage (i.e., number of contractions, intensity of contractions) is limited by the onset of fatigue and poor muscle response during fatigue ... (Santa Clara University, 7:10 pm)

SCV-SPS - 10/15 | Gathering Light - prime lenses that provide an optical zoom, small mirrors allow reconfiguring the cameras to select.., architecture of this flexible computational camera ... (AMD, Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SCV-MTT - 10/17 | Short Course 2015 - RF and EMI/EMC: Instrumentation, Components and Practice - fundamentals of RF technology such as Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic theory, S-parameter methods, time and frequency domain measurement techniques, key components (amplifier, filter, and mixer) utilized in the RF and EMC ... (TBD, 8 am - 5 pm)

SF-PES - 10/21 | The Future of Energy: Smart Grid and Beyond - Fall Banquet, roadmap, Three key visionary concepts, solar PV, Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) integration ... (Jillian's at Metreon, SF, 6:30 pm)

OEB-IAS - 10/29 | Protection Fundamentals Seminar - understanding current transformers (CTs) and their applications, key building blocks for all power systems, failure modes ... (Double Tree, Pleasanton, 8:00 am)

SF-PES - 11/18 | How Do Power Cable Systems Fail? Debunking the Myths and Implementing the New Paradigm - Insight into empirical evidence and lessons learned, debunk some common theories and myths, new life-cycle paradigm ... (CPUC, SF, 11:30 am)

RockStarsofCyberSecurity Registration discount now available, but spaces are limited. $299 for nonmembers; or $229 for IEEE Computer Society members. Register now. This one-day symposium is unique in the quality and experience of the speakers it delivers: Cybercrime is no longer a matter of credit card breaches. Cybercriminals are now trying to take down countries as well as top companies. New threats like Ransomware and Espionageware are coming. Are you prepared? Let our Rock Stars of Cybersecurity show you what's coming, new ways to thwart these threats and how to prepare for the future.

Come to the premier, one-day event designed to give real, actionable solutions to these cybersecurity threats. This event brings together the leaders, the problem solvers and innovators. Learn from and collaborate with the experts at Rock Stars of Cybersecurity
October 27, 2015 at the Fairmont San Jose, 88 South 4th Street, 7th floor.
All SFBAC Members receive a deeply discounted registration rate of $229. Use Promo Code RS-GRID to take advantage.

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IEEE GHTC (global humanitarian technology conference) focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. This cross-disciplinary annual conference provides the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Seattle in October 2015.
GHTC is focused on bringing together people to address the critical issues for the benefit of the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations in the world. It is an opportunity for IEEE to work with NGOs to identify the most pressing needs.

Interactive special sessions that support in-field humanitarian efforts:
Open Data Kit Workshop - learn to collect data and build data services for many humanitarian efforts
Entrepreneurship and Education - engage in workshops with interactive dialogue on grass-roots business development and collaborative educational strategies for entrepreneurs and practitioners
Demonstrations and Exhibitions - see and experience new technologies in water and sanitation, energy, and communication and connectivity technologies

Besser logo The worldwide leader in RF and Wireless Training
Besser Associates - Upcoming Courses for Engineering Professionals
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:
-RF Design: Core Concepts: August 24 to 28, 2015 - Online, Web Classroom
-RF Fundamentals & Wireless System Techniques: September 10 to 11, 2015 - San Jose
-RF Design: Applied Techniques: September 14 to 18, 2015 - San Jose
-Applied Embedded Control Systems: September 14 to 18, 2015 - 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
-Design of CMOS Power Amplifiers - Web Classroom: Oct. 5 to 9, 2015 - Web Classroom
- Antennas & Propagation for Wireless Communications: Oct 12-Oct 15, 2015 - San Jose
- RF and High Speed PCB and EMI Design Fundamentals: Oct 15-Oct 16, 2015 - San Jose

For these and other classes, or customized/private courses at your facility, consult our Schedule or visit the website:

What is the best way to find a job and keep the one you have? Don't become technologically obsolete and maintain your network of colleagues! Stay up to date in your industry, and increase your network by attending the excellent conferences and courses listed below, as well as our chapter events. Also see lower ads for more information on these topics:

Hot Interconnects 23: A Symposium on High Performance Interconnects , August 26-28, 2015, Oracle Santa Clara
Interdrone , September 9-11, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada
Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems, October 1-2, 2015, Berkeley
IEEE GHTC , October 8-11, Seattle, WA
EPEPS 2015 , October 25-28, San Jose
Rock Stars of Cybersecurity , October 27, 2015, San Jose
Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers November 8-11, Pacific Grove
Rock Stars of Tech Startups , November 10, 2015, San Francisco

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

Besser Associates - RF and Wireless Training
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes
Ozen Engineering, Inc. - ANSYS training

Sonoma State University, Department of Engineering Teaching positions


24th Conference on EPEPS 2015 Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging and Systems, October 25-28, Double Tree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose

EPEPS is the premier international conference on advanced and emerging issues in electrical modeling, analysis and design of electronic interconnections, packages and systems. It also focuses on new methodologies and design techniques for evaluating and ensuring signal, power and thermal integrity in high-speed designs.

Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird Discounts. Early Bird Registration is available until September 30, 2015.

You've launched an innovative startup and gotten others to invest in it, but you're burning through capital fast. How do you make the leap to light speed and become the next "big tech thing" before you run out of money or get eaten by the competition? Or how can you get someone to acquire your startup to help bring it to fruition?
Rock Stars of Tech Startups Rock Stars of Tech Startups is your Roadmap to Success.
Hear case studies where successful tech startup executives will give you clear advice and warnings. Plus, the experts who helped those startups succeed will be talking about how to find the right talent, platform, and how to manage risks. What's more, M&A leaders from Google, Intuit and Oracle will tell you what they're looking for. Don't miss this chance for direct advice and consultation.

Be in San Francisco on November 10, 2015, at the Village in San Francisco. All SFBAC Members receive a deeply discounted registration rate of $229.  Use Promo Code RS-GRID to take advantage.

Asilomar The Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers is a yearly Conference held on the Asilomar Grounds in Pacific Grove from November 8 - 11. It provides a forum for presenting recent and novel work in various areas of theoretical and applied signal processing. General areas of interest to the forum include:
* Architecture and Implementation * Array Signal Processing * Biomedical Signal & Image Processing * Communication Systems * MIMO Communications & Signal Processing * Networks * Signal Processing & Adaptive Systems * Speech, Image & Video Processing

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 3D Digital Modeling with Blender Starts Tuesday, September 15
Security Informatics Starts Friday, September 18
ASIC Physical Design, Advanced Starts Friday, September 18
Linux, Introduction Starts Saturday, September 19
Digital Logic Design Using Verilog Starts Saturday, September 19
IO Concepts and Protocols: PCI Express, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel Starts Wednesday, September 23
Wireless and Mobile Communications, Introduction Starts Wednesday, September 23
Perl Programming, Comprehensive Starts Thursday, September 24
The Internet of Things: System Design and Prototyping Starts Tuesday, October 1
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Berkeley The Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems
is convening at U.C. Berkeley on October 1 to 2, 2015. Researchers will gather to share breakthrough improvements in energy efficiency for information processing systems, with the goal for the attendees to gain an integrated perspective of the challenges and advances in this domain of technology through sessions that cover the entire food chain, from devices to systems. Register now - Discounts available until September 3.

Jeffrey Hawkins, Co-Founder, Palm Computing and Handspring
Robert Colwell, Former Director, DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office
Other Speakers include: Suman Datta, Penn State U., D. Scott Holmes, IARPA, Ali Javey, UC Berkeley, Pedram Khalili, UCLA, Subhasish Mitra, Stanford U., Dharmendra Modha, IBM, Peter De Dobbelaere, Luxtera Inc., Enrico Sangiorgi, U of Bologna, Shinichi Takagi, U. of Tokyo, Michael Watts, MIT, Ming C. Wu, UC Berkeley, Jun-Bo Yoon, KAIST, Jimmy Zhu, Carnegie Mellon U., 12 Contributed Talks, 3 panels, and Poster Session with 20+ presenters

Learn about the radical reduction in power consumption in these areas:
- Ultra Low Voltage Nanoelectronics
- Milli-Volt Nanomechanical Logic
- Ultra-Low Energy Spintronics
- Optical Chip Scale Interconnects
- Low Voltage CMOS Circuits and Architectures
- Energy Efficient Computing Systems

Early reservation is now open until September 3. IEEE registration discounted to $225 before September 3rd, $250 after September 3rd.

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Ozen Image Ozen Engineering, Inc., an expert Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions provider and an ANSYS distributor, offers customers best-in-class computer aided engineering consulting, training, and technical support with ANSYS software products.
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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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
Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems, October, Berkeley
EPEPS , October, San Jose
Rock Stars of Cybersecurity October, San Jose
IEEE GHTC October, Seattle, WA
Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers November, Pacific Grove
Rock Stars of Tech Startups November, San Francisco
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