IEEE Buenaventura Receives STEM Champion Award

IEEE Buenaventura Section was recognized by the Ventura County STEM Network (VC STEM) as a STEM Champion, based on our ongoing commitment and support of STEM learning in Ventura County. The award was presented at VC STEM’s STEMtastic event on October 17, 2017.

Accepting for Buenaventura Section was Doug Askegard, long-time IEEE volunteer and past Section Chair. Presenting the award was Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin.

STEM Champion Award

Pictured: Doug Askegard, Jacqui Irwin

IEEE Buenaventura LMAG Receives Award

IEEE Buenaventura Life Member Affinity Group (LMAG) has received the IEEE Region 6 award for “Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Life Member Activities”. The award was presented to Jerry Knotts, Buenaventura LMAG Chair, at the fall meeting of the Region 6 Southern Area on October 28. Congratulations!

IEEE Buenaventura 2017 LMAG Award

Pictured (L to R): Keith Moore, R6 Director-Elect; John Kroon, R6 Life Member Coordinator; Jerry Knotts; Kathleen Kramer, R6 Director; Doug Askegard

IEEE Buenaventura Hosts “Girls Make Tech with Heart” STEM Event

On October 7, 2017 IEEE Buenaventura Section hosted “Girls Make Tech with Heart”. About 100 middle school girls participated in nine different workshops, learning about coding, electronics, imaging, light, robotics, solar energy, and virtual reality. Separate parent workshops discussed aging gracefully with technology, jobs of the future, and the young female brain.

Selected photos from the event are on our Facebook page. The event was funded by IEEE Foundation and IEEE-USA, and was held free of charge at La Reina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks.

Thank you to everyone who made the event a success!

Jennifer Ardy Mentor
Audrey Askegard Event Logistics
Doug Askegard Parents Program
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Cliff Brender La Reina H.S.
Noreen Camacho Mentor
Tom Campbell Mentor
Steve Case Mentor
Cristian Cismaru Mentor
Narda Fargotstein Mentor
Paul Fargotstein Mentor
Darrell Gooden Parents Program
Nathalie Gosset Parents Program
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Lyman Hays Mentor
Coco Huang Mentor
Rosalie Hughes Junior Mentor
Sherisse Hughes Mentor
Deron Johnson Event Logistics
Branka Jokanovic Mentor
Conilee Kirkpatrick Mentor
Stephanie Knotts Event Logistics
Rachel Lin Junior Mentor
Victor Lin Mentor
Depti Patel Mentor
Suraj Patel Mentor
Viswa Prapurna Ramireddy Mentor
Larry Ring Mentor
Bob Rumer Mentor
Daniel Salazar Mentor
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Gail Taylor-Smith Mentor
Mohammad Tehrani Mentor
Shahin Soltanieh Tehrani Mentor
Howard Turner Event Logistics
Celene Udasco Mentor
Laird Wilson La Reina H.S.

Hackathon by the Sea

Dec 1st-2nd, 2017.

Here’s your opportunity to get involved with a Ventura County Office of Education inaugural event. Hackathon by the Sea is a 21 hour coding event with over 200 high school participants from our Ventura County schools.

Interested in becoming a mentor?
Or maybe you own an IT company or you’re an IT professional in Ventura County looking to establish brand recognition with local customers?

Mentors work with students to help them create prototypes and turn their vision into reality. A good mentor can vastly improve a hacker’s experience and learning, and inspire them to pursue their dreams.

Sponsors receive local media exposure and become one of several early adopters in this first ever county-wide event.

Make a difference in young people’s lives and be part of this unique educational event.

Register at

For further details, please contact:
Rodrigo A. Cardenas
Industry Liaison –
Information Communication Technology, Education, Transportation
P: 805.437.8047 –

Looking for Companies to Support our Future Workforce

The Oxnard Union High School District has a robust Career Pathway program to prepare students to enter into the workforce.   As the Business Intermediary for the OUHSD, we are working on a Pathway to Internship for the Manufacturing, Engineering, Robotics, and Industrial Technology (MERIT) Academy at Rio Mesa High School and would like to invite you to participate in this initiative. 

The plan consists of a commitment on your part to provide one of each of the following once per year

Tour — open your facility for a group of students to see your operations.  This would be approximately a two hour time commitment.

Job Shadow — Provide the opportunity for a student to come into your business and shadow an employee for up to four hours.

Internship — consider a paid or unpaid internship for a junior or senior.

After you have had a chance to review the attached informational sheet about the MERIT academy, I would be happy to talk with you further about the impact you could make to the future workforce by participating in this Pathway to Internship.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.


Mary Anne Rooney, M.A. Ed.
Project Director, Ventura County Civic Alliance

Economic Development Delivered through Education

Girls Make Tech with Heart – IEEE Fall STEM Event

Girls Make Tech with Heart

Use science, technology, engineering and math to care for the people you love.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Event is free of charge. Capacity limited to 120 girls and 120 parents. Lunch will be provided.

Register today at

Girls in middle school (typically age 10 to 14) will become scientists and engineers for a day. The workshops will include experiments with imaging, virtual reality, sensors, bioengineering, or robotics.

Parents can attend a concurrent program with a mix of hands on experiences that can be duplicated at home and discover the future that awaits their daughters in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The parents program will conclude with a visit to the classrooms to see what the kids have learned.

Girls can participate without parents attending. All girls will be under the supervision of mentors.

This event is organized by the IEEE Buenaventura Section, with the gracious hospitality of La Reina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks.

Share ideas and build projects that improve the lives of your family and friends.


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Call for Volunteers

Webinar — Applying for Scholarships: Tips & Guidelines

September 7, 2017
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT

Presenter: Peter Mager, Vice Chair, IEEE Computer Society Membership and Geographic Activities Board
Free webinar. Register here

About this webinar
The IEEE Computer Society (CS) supports student members through scholarship opportunities. These scholarships encourage excellence, and foster academic achievements among computer science and engineering students. The Computer Society offers the following three awards:

  • Richard E. Merwin Scholarships—up to 36 scholarships of $1000 each; deadlines 30 September & 30 April
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society—four (4) US$1,000 awards; deadline 31 October
  • Lance Stafford Larson Paper Contest—two (2) US$500 awards; deadline 31 October

We’ll review the eligibility and submission requirement for each scholarship, and provide some helpful tips on how to tailor your application to suit the requirements.

About the presenter
Peter Mager is Vice Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Membership and Geographic Activities Board and Chair of its Awards and Recognition Committee. He was Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Boston Chapter for 6 years (from 2006 to 2012) and still runs its evening seminar series. He has served as a regional representative on various MGAB committees. In the distant past, Peter was Secretary-Treasurer of the ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) and Co-chair of two of its conferences POPL and PPEALS (a predecessor of PPOP).

He has worked as an employee or consultant for computer manufacturers (DG, DEC, Incoterm), language/environment developers (Intermetrics, Softech), and performance modeling and research consultants (BGS, Mitre). He also taught at the Metropolitan College of Boston University and at Northeastern University. Currently, he writes computer software and explores applications of computer science techniques to computational and synthetic biology.

IEEE Buenaventura Recognized for Membership Retention

201 Outstanding Section Membership Retention Performance
IEEE Buenaventura Section has been recognized for 2017 Outstanding Membership Retention Performance. “You are to be commended for continuing to grow IEEE membership in the Buenaventura Section”, said Takako Hashimoto, IEEE Membership Recruitment and Recovery Chair. The membership development goals were developed based on the section’s three year performance.

IEEE Orange County EMBS Chapter to Host Distinguished Lecturer Tom Jobe

DATE: Monday, 5th June, 2017

TIME: 6:30- 8:00 PM

LOCATION: EvoNexus, 5151 California Ave Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92617

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For more information, please visit:

TOPIC:  Biosensors and their Applications

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.

Light food will be provided.