Sep 6: How Arrow Electronics Supports Local Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Presented by Sunny Trinh, Regional Vice President, Arrow Electronics

Sep 6, 2016, 6:00 pm Pizza, 6:15 pm talk
Open to IEEE members and the general public
Event free of charge


HUB 101, Westlake Village Entrepreneurship Center
31416 Agoura Road, room #107C,
Westlake Village, California 91361

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Considered a revolutionary thinker in nurturing an environment that boosts an innovator’s ability to succeed and stretch its cash flow, Arrow Electronics, a global manufacturer of electronic devices, starts with the premise that a startup gains greater momentum and protects the consumption of its funds if
it focuses on its core competency and it outsources the rest of the design to an expert partner.  Arrow has created an ecosystem where it is able to provide companies with everything from engineering support, to full turnkey manufacturing, supply chain and logistics management, alternative financing, product disposition and recycling. Spend an evening with us to hear how Arrow has helped a number of startups become hugely successful and how you can take advantage of these resources to increase your chances of succeeding.

2016-09-06 Sunny TrinhSunny Trinh, Regional Vice President, Arrow Electronics, will explain the initiatives his company has pursued to foster a supportive and successful entrepreneurship community. Sunny will share great stories of entrepreneurs who worked with Arrow and some of his own involvement that changed people’s lives. Sunny Trinh has worked for Arrow Electronics since 1997. Sunny has a BSET and a Master in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA from CLU.

Aug 17: Amgen – Working with External Innovators – Syed Kazmi

Wed August 17, 2016
6:30 pm Pizza, 7 pm Talk

California Lutheran University, Swenson 101
141 Faculty Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

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Roughly 50 percent of Amgen’s late-stage pipeline comes from external innovation. The Amgen’s Business Development team plays a critical role in expanding the company's growth by identifying outside ideas with strong commercial potential  that target Amgen’s mission to cure serious illnesses.

The talk will be presented by Mr. Syed Kazmi, Executive Director of Transactions, Amgen Business Development. The Business Development Team interfaces with external innovators, fund early stage work through Amgen Ventures, and integrates new partners and concepts into the Amgen overall strategy.

Aug 10: How to Create the Best Team for Your Startup by Darrell Gooden

Wed August 10, 2016
6:30 pm Pizza, 7 pm Talk

California Lutheran University, Ahmanson Science Center, Richter Lecture Hall, ASC 100, 3260 Pioneer Avenue, Thousand Oaks, CA

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Even startups that manage to raise millions in seed funding can crash before they establish themselves as a viable organization if they hire the wrong team. There is an art to select the right skills and the individuals who have the most appropriate experience to support the growth the burgeoning company to success. Our speaker will discuss the attributes required on a startup team, the signs that the synergy is working or failing and the art to evolve the team as the company is growing.

Biography: Dr. Darrell Gooden has previously held positions as Transformation Manager and Strategic Planner with the US Navy. He has over 15 years of experience as a certified Spiral Dynamics Integral practitioner and is a founding member along with Dr. Don Beck of the Center for Human Emergence. He is on the faculty of the Adizes Graduate School (AGS). He is also a Certified Adizes Associate and has presented the Adizes Methodology at conferences and seminars that includes the World Future Society and Beijing’s Conference on Human Capital Strategy. Darrell has also presented on topics such as Innovation and Lean Six Sigma in different countries around the world. He leads seminars and consults as an expert in organizational change management. Dr. Gooden’s focus over the last 20 years has been in the areas of cultural transformation and technology management.

Darrell Gooden has a PhD in Organization Transformation from the Adizes Graduate School, a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Redlands, CA.

Oct 27: Exploring the high redshift universe with MOSFIRE

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Exploring the high redshift universe with MOSFIRE

A unique infrared multi-object spectrograph for the world’s largest telescope

By Ian McLean, Ph.D.

Oct 27, 2017
6:30 pm (pizza and networking), 7 pm talk

California State University Channel Islands
One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012, Del Norte Hall, Room 1500

Meetings are free and open to the public (free parking set up for visitors near the presentation room)

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2016-10-27 Mosfire InstrumentOn April 4, 2012 a new in2016-10-27 Universe Imagestrument obtained “first light” on the Keck 1 10-m telescope at the W. M. Keck
 Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Known as MOSFIRE, for Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration, this much-anticipated machine provides an enormous boost in efficiency and sensitivity for infrared studies of very faint objects, especially when those objects have a high density on the sky, such as extremely distant galaxies. MOSFIRE was designed and developed by a team involving UCLA, Caltech, UC Santa Cruz, the Keck Observatory, and several industrial partners. What makes this large vacuum-cryogenic infrared spectrograph (and camera) unique is the ability to select up to 46 individual objects in a field of view of about 6 x 6 minutes of arc on the sky, and then record the near-infrared spectrum (1-2.5 microns, resolving power R~3500) of all 46 objects simultaneously. When a new field is selected, a robotic mechanism inside the cryogenic instrument reconfigures the distribution of slits in the focal plane in about five minutes. Dr. McLean will describe how MOSFIRE works, and explain some of the technical challenges that were overcome. He will also illustrate MOSFIRE’s performance with key results from four years of on-sky use, especially how this unique instrument has revolutionized our understanding of the evolution of galaxy formation 10 billion years ago in the early universe.

2016-10-27 Ian McLean Ian McLean, Ph.D. is Professor and Director, Infrared Laboratory for Astrophysics, Dept. Physics & Astronomy at UCLA. He is an Associate Director of the University of California Observatories. He served as Vice Chair for Astronomy at UCLA from 2009-2015, and was co-chair of the Keck Science Steering Committee from 2003-2007. He is the author of “Electronic Imaging in Astronomy,” published by Springer (2nd edition, 2008). Professor McLean was the Principle Investigator for two of the four infrared instruments at the Keck Observatory (NIRSPEC: 1999, and MOSFIRE: 2012).

May 26: Integrated Photonics

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Integrated Photonics
By John Bowers, Ph.D.,

May 26, 2016
6:30 pm (pizza and networking), 7 pm talk

California State University Channel Islands
One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012, Del Norte Hall, Room 1500

Meetings are free and open to the public

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2016-05-26 Silicon Photonics image smallPhotonics has transformed our experience with the Internet through low-cost, high-bandwidth fiber optic transmission. The next level of evolution, integrated optics or “silicon photonics” combines electrical and optical components on the same silicon-based substrates that are used in the fabrication of a semiconductor chip. Lasers, photodetectors, beam splitters, isolators, filters, prisms, modulators and optical switches can be designed into the same microchip.

Optical switches have the potential to reduce the energy required to switch data by factor of 10,000. Silicon photonics have the potential to reduce the energy require to transmit data on and off chips by a factor of ten or more. A recent collaboration between UCSB and Intel led to the development of hybrid silicon lasers, which resulted in a prototype, a 50 Gbps high-speed optical data link, which was integrated onto silicon.

2016-05-26 John Bowers smallJOHN E. BOWERS, Ph.D is a world-leading researcher in the areas of silicon photonics, optoelectronics, energy efficiency and the development of novel low power optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks. Dr. Bowers holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology, and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB. Dr. Bowers received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the OSA Holonyak Prize, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has published eight book chapters, 450 journal papers, 700 conference papers and has received 52 patents. He and coworkers received the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.

May 3: Entrepreneurship Series – The Engineer to Entrepreneur


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California Lutheran University, Westlake Village Entrepreneurship Center

31416 Agoura Road, room #107B, Westlake Village, California 91361

Tues May 3, 2016, 6:30 pm Pizza, 7:00 pm talk

Registration at this site

$5 for members, $15 nonmembers, $35 at the door

Workshop description

 The road to responding to our entrepreneurial inner calling starts with a well thought out preparation and the development of a roadmap marked with clear milestones. This workshop lays out the fundamentals of launching a successful startup and steps to prepare. In this presentation, Jerry Knotts, President/CEO of the California Coast Venture Forum and President of J.E. Knotts & Associates, will set the background and knowledge foundation that will be helpful to fully benefit from the 2016 IEEE Entrepreneurship speaker series. 


Jerry Knotts is the President/CEO of the California Coast Venture Forum and President of J.E. Knotts & Associates. He has more than 30 years successful experience in small, medium and large sized defense and aerospace low and hi-technology companies. He served as Vice-President/General Manager, Defense Electronics Div, California Microwave and Vice-President, American Nucleonics Corporation. He serves as a member of the Board of Counselors, California Lutheran University School of Business; a member of the SoCalBio Investor Conference Company/Company Screening Board; and a mentor for the LARTA Institute. Jerry has notable achievements in general business management, strategic planning, and business development. As a consultant. He serves on numerous Corporation Boards and provides strategic and financial planning services to small and medium sized companies. His academic background includes a BSEE (Electrical Engineering) from Penn State University; an MBA from Auburn; and graduate of the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and Air War College. Jerry is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer.

May 4: Technology in our Future – an Ally in Graceful Aging

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MAY 4, 2016, 1:20 PM – 2:00 PM.

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3. or In person at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Board Room (across the sidewalk from the box office), 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA  91362.  Arrive by 1 PM. Free parking in parking structure.

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Technology can help us attenuate the effects of the aging of our body and mind. Smart capabilities enter our home to make our living experience in senior years safer and more comfortable. Most of all, wireless connectivity enable senior citizens to enter a new life of learning, of growing and continue to bring great contributions to society.


Nathalie Gosset, BSEE, MS, MBA is the Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Buenaventura Section. Ms. Gosset has been on the cutting edge of technologies all her career.  She is a sought out public speaker on matters pertaining to emerging technologies and their impact on our life. She has been studying recent science discoveries about the aging of the brain and slow down of the body. This has open her eyes to the power of technology to enable baby boomers to age gracefully. Ms. Gosset is the 2015 recipient of the Regional Leadership Award from IEEE- USA, the 2009 IEEE Engineer of the Year from the Buenaventura Section. She received the 2007 Career Service Global Award from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society for creating 50 chapters worldwide to bring together doctors and engineers to facilitate humanitarian solutions. Nathalie holds a BSEE from ISEP (1985, Paris, France); MS in Telecommunications (1986, Boulder, CO); MBA (1990, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN).

Apr 20: Cognitive Radio and Software Defined Radio

Cognitive Radio and Software Defined Radio …. A Gentle Introduction

By Yahia Tachwali, PhD

Wed April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Pizza 6:30 pm, talk 7 pm

California Lutheran University, Swenson Building, Room 101

Meetings are free and open to the public

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Smart phones … are they smart enough?!! Not really. There is actually an increasing demand for improving the efficiency of wireless systems. Current wireless systems suffer severe radio spectrum underutilization due to a number of problematic issues, including wasteful static spectrum allocations; fixed radio functionalities and architectures; and limited cooperation between network nodes.  Significant research efforts aim to find alternative solutions to improve spectrum utilization. Cognitive radio based on software defined radio technology is considered one novel approach for solving those problems. Cognitive radio (CR) refers to an adaptive radio capable of changing operation parameters—frequency, modulation, power, and bandwidth, depending on the radio environment, user communication experience, and geo-location. Software Defined Radio (SDR) refers to the implementation platform for cognitive radio. These platforms are based on highly configurable architectures to support flexible radio functionality needed for cognitive radio. In essence, SDR is considered the enabling technology for CR.

This Tutorial provides a gentle introduction to cognitive radio and software radio world. It presents the fundamental building components of cognitive radios and present current solutions for software radio platforms. It sheds the lights also on how to seek more information about those subjects.

Yahia TachwaliYahia Tachwali, Ph.D. is a Research and Development Engineer at Keysight Technologies. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in the Broadband Wireless Networking Lab under the supervision of Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. His doctoral research focused on building cognitive radios in small form factor platforms and investigated the use of compressive sensing techniques to perform efficient spectrum sensing operations. He has authored more than 20 journal articles and conference papers in the field of signal processing for cognitive radio applications. His research interests are: cognitive radio networks, the design and implementation of DSP algorithms on software radio platforms, spectrum sensing, machine learning, reconfigurable wireless systems, and compressive sensing techniques.

Apr 21 – Einstein for Everyone

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Einstein for Everyone

Robert Piccioni, Ph.D

April 21, 2016

6:30 pm (pizza and networking), 7 pm talk

La Reina High School and Middle School, Cafeteria

106 West Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

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Hardly anyone has failed more often or faced more rejection than Einstein. How did he overcome these challenges to become the most famous scientist in history? What were his discoveries and how do they impact our lives every day? If you want to hear in plain English what his theories meant and witness the most elegant and simple way to describe E=mc2, join us for this talk.

PiccioniRobert Piccioni was one of the students of Richard Feynman at Caltech, one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century, and became over the years a good family friend. He has studied and done research with numerous Nobel Laureates. His life mission is to present real science to real people in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy.

Dr. Piccioni’s presentation topics span the range of modern physics & cosmology. The material presented is not “dumbed down”. Rather it has been carefully translated into plain English from the original physics/math jargon. Our speaker was guest lecturer on a National Geographic/Lindblad cruise. He has given invited talks at Harvard, Caltech, UCLA, and Stanford University, and is presently giving an eight-week course on Einstein’s theories at the Osher Institute, an adult education program, at California State University at Channel Islands and UCLA. Dr. Piccioni is currently a script advisor in the development of a major feature film about Albert Einstein.  He is the author of Everyone’s Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe and A World Without Einstien 

Dr. Piccioni was born with physics in his blood. His father, Dr. Oreste Piccioni, was a famous high energy physicist who studied under Enrico Fermi, and won the prestigious Matteucci Medal, which for 140 years has been awarded to many of the world’s leading scientists for their fundamental contribution in the progress of science. – i.e. Thomas Edison, Marie & Pierre Currie, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and Enrico Fermi, among others.


La Reina High School, 106 W. Janss  Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Parking at the high school is free of charge. Please follow the IEEE signs from the main entrance to the cafeteria.

Pizza/networking starts at 6:30 pm, Talk starts at 7:00 pm

Directions from Ventura:

  • Take the Ventura Freeway 101 South.
  • Take exit 45 for Lynn Rd.
  • Turn left onto Lynn Rd.
  • Turn right onto W Janss Rd.
  • La Reina High School will be on the right.
Directions from Los Angeles:

  • Take the Ventura Freeway 101 North.
  • Take exit 45 for Lynn Road.
  • Turn right onto Lynn Rd.
  • Turn right onto W Janss Rd.
  • La Reina High School will be on the right.
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Mar 17 – The Kepler Mission: Discovering Earth-sized planets in the Milky Way

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At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, the Aerospace Chapter presents Tracy Drain of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The meeting will take place in Room 109 at La Reina High School, 106 West Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 91360.

keplerHave you ever wondered whether the Earth is unique? Whether there might be other Earth-sized planets in our Galaxy? And whether any of those might be in the “Goldilocks Zone” – the right distance from their parent star so that water could be liquid on the surface? Scientists have wondered about these questions for decades… and NASA’s Kepler Mission was designed, built and launched to answer them.

Kepler has been amazingly successful since it began its search in 2009; come find out about the engineering challenges of the mission and the great variety of planets that have been discovered in your galactic neighborhood!

Astronomers started to be able to detect small changes in stellar emission in the early 1990’s that indicated the presence of planets around other solar systems. These planets, called ‘exoplanets” have fueled the excitement of the aerospace community for the past 10 years because it opens our thoughts to questions about the possible existence of other worlds, like or unlike our own. A number of planets with masses near that of Earth have been detected.

The speaker will go over the technology that is used to detect exoplanets and other solar systems, and discuss some of the recent discoveries from NASA. (more background information)Tracy Drain Star Trek

Tracy Drain is a Flight Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Tracy was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where she graduated from Waggener High School in 1993. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. While at U of K, she interned at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She went on to receive her MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May of 2000.

In her 15 years at JPL, she has participated in the development and operation of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter(MRO), Kepler (searching for new Exoplanets) and Juno (slated to arrive at Jupiter in July 2016). MRO is still orbiting Mars and returning valuable science data about the red planet; it also serves as a communications relay for the rovers currently exploring Mars. Tracy left MRO in the fall of 2007 to join the Kepler project, which was preparing for a March 2009 launch and a mission of hunting for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars in our Milky Way galaxy. In May 2009, Tracy joined the Juno project on the Project Systems and Flight Systems Engineering teams. Juno is currently in the Cruise Phase (on its way to a 2016 arrival in orbit around Jupiter).  After arrival, Juno will study the giant planet’s gravity and magnetic fields and learn about its structure. That knowledge will help scientists learn more details about the early history of our solar system.

Tracy is currently the Deputy Chief Engineer for the Juno mission.

Tracy became interested in space as a child, and her love of Math, Physics and anything related to Space led her to pursue a career as an engineer at NASA. In her free time, she can most often be found curled up with a good book (her other favorite way to explore new worlds).

See driving directions and detailed directions to the meeting room in the Announcement.