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IEEE Buenaventura
January 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local IEEE Events

•  Jan 24 - High-Capacity Communications Using Multiplexing of Multiple Orbital-Angular-Momentum Beams
•  Jan 25 - Bi-specific T-cell Engagers (BiTEs) in Cancer Treatment

Other IEEE Announcements

•  It’s time to renew for 2017

Other Announcements

•  Call for Volunteers: Oak Park USD - VEX Robotics Tournament

Sponsors and Job Opportunities

•  Advanced Personnel Profiles
•  Engility Corporation
•  Avalon Staffing
•  Syntesis Global
•  Ameriprise Financial

Local IEEE Events

January 24, 2017
High-Capacity Communications Using Multiplexing of Multiple Orbital-Angular-Momentum Beams

Pizza and Networking: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Presenter: Alan Willner
Meetings are free and open to the public. Please register at


Communications has historically experienced capacity growth by multiplexing many channels, and space-division-multiplexing (SDM) may be the domain for further exploitation. SDM can encompass: (a) multiple parallel non-overlapping spatial channels, and (b) multiple spatially overlapping “orthogonal” modes to achieve mode-division-multiplexing (MDM). Key advantages of modal orthogonality are the ability to efficiently (de)multiplex independent data streams and co-propagate them, all with little inherent crosstalk.

An MDM approach using orbital angular momentum (OAM) has emerged as a potential method to efficiently multiplex many spatially over-lapping data-carrying beams.  Each OAM beam possesses a uniquely “twisting” phasefront, such that all beams are orthogonal.  OAM beams have azimuthal phase dependence that corresponds to the number of 2π phase changes across the wavefront. Using this method, both the system’s capacity and spectral efficiency can be significantly increased.

This presentation will highlight: (1) free-space high-capacity transmission of multiple OAM modes on each of many different optical wavelengths or microwave beams, (2) Tbit/s data transmission of multiple optical OAM modes over vortex fiber, and (3) mitigation of atmospheric turbulence effects by adaptive optics and signal processing.

About the Speaker

Prof. Alan Willner received the B.A. (1982) in Physics from Yeshiva University and the Ph.D. (1988) in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. He was a Postdoctoral Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore, and he is currently the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chaired Professor in Engineering at the Univ. of Southern California. He is also a member of the U.S. Army Science Board.

Prof. Willner has received the following honors: Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, International Fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House, IEEE Eric Sumner Award, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Packard Foundation Fellowship, IET JJ Thomson Medal, NSF Young Investigator Award, Fulbright Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship, OSA Paul Forman Engineering Excellence Award, IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, SPIE President's Award, IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award, OSA Robert Hopkins Leadership Award, 2014 IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award, 2001 Eddy Paper Award from Pennwell Publications for the Best Contributed Technical Article, and Armstrong Foundation Memorial Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, OSA and SPIE.

Prof. Willner's activities have included: Co-Chair of the U.S. National Academies Committee on the Optics and Photonics Study, President of the OSA, President of the IEEE Photonics Society, Editor-in-Chief of OSA Optics Letters, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Chair of the IEEE TAB Ethics Committee, General Co-Chair of CLEO, Program Co-Chair of the OSA Annual Meeting, and General Chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting.

Prof. Willner has >1100 publications, including 1 book, 6 edited books, 30 U.S. patents, 24 keynotes/plenaries, and 20 book chapters. His research is in various optical technologies, including: communications, signal processing, networks, and fiber optics.


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January 25, 2017
Bi-specific T-cell Engagers (BiTEs) in Cancer Treatment

Dinner (optional): Available at 6:00 PM for $10, payable at the door.
Presentation (free): 7:00 PM
Presenter: Carl Kolvenbach
Free admission to presentation. No registration required.


Bispecific T-cell engagers (BiTEs) are innovative engineered bispecific monoclonal antibody constructs intended for the treatment of cancer. These molecules enhance the patient’s immune response to tumors by engaging T cells with tumor cells.  BiTEs have been engineered to differ both structurally and mechanistically from monoclonal antibodies.  Structurally, they are constructed of two single-chain variable fragments (scFv) connected by a flexible linker (the business end of an antibody).  Mechanistically, one scFv binds to a T-cell-specific molecule, and the second scFv binds to a tumor-associated antigen (equivalent to two different full length antibodies).  The BiTE links a T cell to a tumor cell, ultimately stimulating T-cell activation.  The result is tumor cell death. BiTEs have been developed for a variety of both hematological and solid tumors. Several BiTEs are currently in clinical trials.

About the Speaker

Carl Kolvenbach is a senior scientist in the Attribute Sciences group in Process Development at Amgen, Inc. He has been working at Amgen for 28 years. He first started in the protein chemistry group where he worked for 8 years purifying and characterizing proteins expressed in various expression systems. He worked a total of 11 years in the protein formulation group where he functioned as a formulation team lead formulating mAbs for first in human clinical trials and more recently, he has been in the Attribute Sciences group functioning as an Attribute Sciences Team Lead where he works with a team to develop analytical assays, and works on authoring IND documents for filing with regulatory agencies. He has published in a number of peer reviewed journals including Journal of Protein Chemistry, Journal of Peptide Research, International Journal of Peptide and Protein Research, and Biotechnology and Applications in Biochemistry. Carl obtained his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and is mid-way through the MBA program at California Lutheran University.


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130 Overton Court
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

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Presented by:  IEEE Buenaventura Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Chapter

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Other IEEE Announcements

It’s time to renew for 2017

There are many benefits associated with IEEE membership: career and professional development tools, discounts on products and services, the award-winning Spectrum magazine, reduced conference registration fees, multiple opportunities to network with the leaders of the field, access to top technical information, an increasing number of continuing education courses, and more.

You can renew your annual membership at .  If you have already renewed, we thank you for your support, and look forward to being your professional partner in 2017.

Please note that if you have retired or become unemployed, IEEE can help by discounting your annual membership dues 50%. For more information, please visit .

Other Announcements

Call for Volunteers: Oak Park USD - VEX Robotics Tournament

Oak Park Unified School District is looking for award judges for our VEX robotics event on February 4th from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. No prior experience required. We will train you and feed you a made from scratch breakfast and lunch.

Debbie Hammill, Judge Advisor

See their web site for details


Advanced Personnel Profiles
Job Opportunities

Enterprise Application Engineer
Second Sight (, Sylmar

This is a critical position for Second Sight responsible for establishing and maintaining enterprise-level software applications that directly support key business processes. Core activities include identification, installation, configuration, qualification, maintenance, administration, and training of these software systems.

Should have project management experience implementing systems such as MRP or ERP.  Must have Linux experience.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Sr. Firmware Engineer
Alfred Mann Foundation (, Valencia

Designs, develops, and tests embedded software systems. Graduate degree with a passion for Firmware Engineering and 5+ years experience as a technical contributor.  Experience in the medical industry (or other highly regulated industry) is a plus.

•  Fluent in C and C++
•  Experience with assembly and Python desired
•  Experience with design of fault-tolerant systems
•  Demonstrated competency with at least one embedded microprocessors toolchains such as: Code Composer Studio, GNU toolchain, IAR cross-compiler.|
•  Demonstrated competency with various RTOS such as uC/OS, uClinux, eCos, QNX, etc.
•  Experience using logic analyzers, oscilloscopes and writing automation code to control these instruments

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Director, Regulatory Affairs
Alfred Mann Foundation (, Valencia

This is a key role in developing and implementing global regulatory strategies for Class II / III medical devices.  You will be the subject matter expert developing strategy for US and OUS clinical and pre-clinical trials.  Requires hands-on knowledge to prepare submissions and have a proven track records of success.  Must have 5-10 years experience with IDEs, PMAs, HDEs and 510(k)s.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Principal Software Engineer
Well-funded Start-up – Valencia, CA

They are searching for a Principal Software Engineer with OOC/OOP, and C# or C++ experience.  Responsible for specification, design, development, documentation and verification of software.  15 years experience with 7 years medical device experience preferred.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Engility Corporation
Job Opportunities

Engility seeks Engineers, Software Professionals and Technicians to support multiple programs in Southern, CA.

Featured jobs at Pt. Mugu, CA are:

#22970 Engineer/Scientist IV (Journeyman Engineer, Electronics) – Will design, build and test both analog and digital electronics, including RF Circuitry. Must be able to obtain a security clearance and hold a 4 year degree in Engineering. 6+ years experience designing electronics are required.

#22875 Senior Sensor Engineer – Electronic Warfare. BA/BS and 14+ years of related experience. Top Secret clearance. Electronic Warfare engineering experience in Navy Specific role, to include, but not limited to, any of the following: ALQ-99, ALQ-217, ASQ-239, ALR-66.

#22425 Lead Senior Software Engineer. MS/MA from an accredited college or university in an applicable Engineering, Mathematics, or Business discipline. A minimum of ten (10) years of Software Engineering experience with Navy Weapon/Combat Systems and associated equipment.

#23727 Senior Software Engineer – Experience building GUIs using MS Visual Studio. The selected applicant will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. US Citizenship is required to meet this obligation

#24451 Modeling and Simulation Software Engineer – will need to be able to obtain a clearance and have 3+ years of experience with GUIs in Visual Studio.Net. RTOS experience is also required.  Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.

Featured jobs at Ridgecrest/China Lake, CA:

#21299 – RF Engineer in support of RADAR systems for Navy manned and unmanned RF Sensor Systems.

For more information about these jobs, please visit our website or contact

Avalon Staffing
Job Opportunities

Visit our website for current openings or call our office to see if we can be of immediate service: 805.367.3260 and/or send a resume to

Our current openings include:
•  Human Resources Manager, Aerospace Company, Valencia, CA
•  Human Resources Generalist, Supplement Manufacturer, Valencia, CA
•  Service Technician, Lighting and Entertainment Company, Chatsworth, CA
•  Facilitates Manager, Manufacturing Company, Torrance, CA
•  2nd Shift Bilingual Production Supervisor, Manufacturing Company, Torrance, CA
•  Purchasing Manager, Aerospace Company, Burbank, CA
•  Bilingual Quality Engineer, Aerospace Company, Burbank, CA
•  Account Executive, Business Performance Company, Westlake Village, CA
•  Continuous Improvement Engineer, Aerospace Company, Valencia, CA
•  Automation Engineer, Aerospace Company, Wichita, KS
•  Energy Storage Start-Up Company, Edison, NJ: Systems Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers

Syntesis Global

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Ameriprise Financial

D. F. Rick Speidel, Financial Advisor
Managing Director
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
3027 Townsgate Rd Suite 200
Westlake Village, CA 91361-5863
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