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.

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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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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

REGISTRATION at this link

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.

2016 Industry Outreach Program

Hello IEEE Buenaventura Members,

The IEEE Buenaventura Section has started an industrial outreach program. For those who work in Ventura County, help us help you and your company.

IEEE Buenaventura Section is home to dozens and dozens of technology firms, large and small. Our goal is simply to introduce those leaders to the IEEE: what IEEE does, how it helps drive innovation and business, and how to use the organization to their advantage.

We have begun to meet individually with technology leaders, developers, and service companies that have IEEE engineers here in Ventura County. The industrial outreach program is not a solicitation. It is about what value IEEE in Ventura County brings and about the value you are to your company by being a member of the IEEE.

As part of the program, invited technology leaders may attend a breakfast sponsored by IEEE. The breakfast is planned for October 2016. The hosted event will be an opportunity meet potential vendors and clients, and acts as a great mixer for them.

We need your help to contact key leaders at your companies.  We are arranging brief introductory meetings with us to invite them to participate. Let us know who your company leaders are and how best we can reach them. We’ll do the rest.

Please send your leaderships’ contact information (phone, email) directly to Bridge Carney at .  All contact information is strictly confidential and will not be shared.

Thank you advance,

Bridge Carney, Past Chair, IEEE Buenaventura Section

Karl Geiger, Past Chair, IEEE Buenaventura Section

*** Our very brief message to your company leadership includes, but not limited, to…

  • IEEE is a non-profit professional organization with over 400,000 world-wide and nearly 800 active members in the Ventura County alone!
  • IEEE in Ventura County has been here for 50 years!
  • IEEE Member received significant discounts on society publications, conference registration, and other products.
  • IEEE has 39 specialty societies, which focus on specific technologies. Ventura County is an award winning section of IEEE, and presently has 9 active societies most of which meet monthly with presentations of interest keeping our members on top of the game! There are over 50 of these society meetings in Ventura County each year.
  • IEEE members bring special value to the companies in which they work!

May 19: Call for Volunteers: Speed Interviewing Workshop for Students

Rancho Campana High School

Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo will be having a Speed Interview day for their 10th grade students and need more engineers to do 5 minute interviews with students.  Let’s help their Engineering Academy students develop professional skills!

Sessions are 8:15 AM – 11:30 AM and 11:30 AM – 2:45 PM.

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If available, please sign up here:

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)

RSVP at this link  


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

RSVP at this link, or

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


2016-05-03 Entrepreneurship

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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Thousand Oaks Council on Aging




MAY 4, 2016, 1:20 PM – 2:00 PM.

1. Can be viewed live at
2. or on Television on Frontier (Verizon) Cable Channel 3
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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Talking points

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).