IEEE Buenaventura
May 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local IEEE Events

•  May 2: Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Shark Fishing - Hub101
•  May 18: Aerial Image Sensing and Applications - CLU, Gilbert Room 254
•  May 25: Advanced Detection Technologies and Artificial Intelligence Benefit the Biopharmaceutical Industry - Hub101

Other IEEE Announcements

•  May 10: 2017 Light Science Workshop - UC Santa Barbara
•  Become an IEEE Member Now and Save 50%

Other Local Happenings

•  Engineering Innovation - Introduction to Engineering Class for High School Students

Reports from Previous Events

•  Photos and Videos from Local IEEE Events

Sponsors and Job Opportunities

•  Advanced Personnel Profiles - Staffing & Recruiting Since 1995
•  Engility Corporation - Engineered to Make a Difference
•  Avalon Staffing - Direct Placement, Engineers and Manufacturing Operations
•  Syntesis Global - Management Consulting
•  Ameriprise Financial - D. F. Rick Speidel, Financial Advisor

Local IEEE Events

May 2, 2017
Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Shark Fishing
6:00 PM

This month the IEEE Buenaventura Entrepreneurship Group will be joining forces with our Hub101 host! Come out and support Hub101 Entrepreneur Speaker(s) on Tuesday May 2, 2017.

Agenda: The evening will begin with networking at 6 PM, the main speaker will go on at 6:45, and the event will conclude by 8 PM.
Speaker: Alec Avedissian
There is no charge, but registration is required as seating is limited.
Register at

Admit it. You've fantasized about appearing on Shark Tank to pitch the next great startup idea. In your fantasy, you wow the sharks with your business acumen, use your world-class negotiating skills to get them fighting with each other over the privilege of investing, then close the deal. Hugs and high fives ensue, as all of the sharks show their appreciation for the best pitch ever!

If only it were that easy.

This past March, Conejo Valley startup Rareform had the opportunity to pitch to the Sharks for real, landing an investment from Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary himself!

For the May 2 Entrepreneur Speaker Series, Rareform founder and CEO Alec Avedissian will relive that moment, answer questions, and reflect upon the experience. Please join us.


Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship
31416 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Presented by: Hub101 and IEEE Buenaventura Section

May 18, 2017
Aerial Image Sensing and Applications

Pizza and Networking: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Sherisse Hughes
Meetings are free and open to the public. Please register at


Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based sensing applications are evolving rapidly for use in a variety of applications. Advantages of UAVs include small size, low weight, slow flight speed, extended range, extreme altitude, and extreme endurance. UAVs offer data from a unique vantage point for users who need to monitor large areas of land with high spatial resolution. UAVs transport a multitude of sensors such as cameras, GPS and hyperspectral imagers to map the state of the world over a broad spectrum of frequencies. Sensing and analyzing data from the world in different frequencies facilitates more precise understanding of the state of these systems. It allows the recipients of this information to make better decisions since they have a high level, multi-faceted view of large areas. Industries that employ the use of aerial imagery include agriculture, oil and gas, forestry, metrology and more.

Sherisse Hughes will talk about aerial imaging platforms, the variety of sensors that are utilized and the different techniques used to process aerial images and provide analytical data about the surveyed area.

About the Speaker

Sherisse Hughes founded Swift Analytics, an agricultural start-up  which utilizes UAS (drones) and manned aircraft for remote sensing applications. Sherisse and her team have developed numerous applications for airborne LIDAR, traditional photogrammetric imagery, and spectral analysis.

Sherisse has more than 20 years of experience as an engineer and entrepreneur over a wide variety of disciplines, including, program management, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, aerospace engineering and chemical engineering.

Sherisse is an active member of the engineering community and volunteers not only for IEEE, but also the Society of Women Engineers(SWE) and the Society of Mechanical Engineers (SME).

Sherisse earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and is a certified Systems Engineer from the Steven’s Institute.


CLU - Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 2nd Floor, Room 254
(Enter via west lobby)
California Lutheran University
130 Overton Court
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking: Free parking is available in the lot east of the Gilbert building. Additional free parking is available in the lot on the southwest corner of Olsen and Mountclef (map). Do not park in the faculty/staff/reserved lots.

Presented By: IEEE Buenaventura Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society

Flyer (PDF)

May 25, 2017
Advanced Detection Technologies and Artificial Intelligence Benefit the Biopharmaceutical Industry

Pizza and Networking: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Speakers: Peter Grandsard and Joe McGivern
Meetings are free and open to the public. Please register at


Discovery and development of human therapeutics is a very complex, decades-long process with many iterative workflows where inputs and outputs need to be carefully orchestrated in locations across the world. From research to commercialization of a single therapeutic, thousands of decisions must be made with great urgency. As decisions are data-driven, the assays and analyses generating the required information must demonstrate increasingly high-throughput with great-sensitivity and be highly accurate & predictive. Growing socio-economic pressures on the biopharmaceutical industry as well as our emerging true understanding of human biology/health drive the increasing urgency. A company like Amgen therefore invests in the application of established detection technologies (such as surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, electrophysiology, and microscope-based imaging of proteins, cells & whole-organisms) and in the development & implementation of newer technologies (such as graphene-based electronic sensors) for the characterization of molecules and molecular interactions.  Furthermore, we believe that relevant novel detection technologies can complement and be made more powerful by in-silico information generating methodologies e.g., first-principle-based predictive modeling and artificial intelligence (AI). In this meeting, we will discuss the application of existing & novel detection technologies in drug discovery & development and will present insights on why we believe we need to employ both analytical & computational approaches to enhance decision-making. Finally, we look forward to Q&A and debate.

About the Speaker

Dr. Peter Grandsard is currently an Executive Director of Research at Amgen responsible for the characterization of pre-clinical-stage therapeutic candidates.  Since joining Amgen in 1996, he has had a variety of roles and responsibilities.   Trained as a chemical engineer (BE/ME) and as an analytical chemist (Ph.D.), he started as a scientist designing and implementing new laboratory automation and instrumentation, in what was then a new group named R&AT (Research & Automation Technologies).  Later he led that team of engineers, physicists, biologists, and chemists, to increase therapeutics discovery and development efficiency, or to enable new activities.  In 2008, Peter started leading another diverse organization (DAS, Discovery Analytical Sciences) whose task it is to analyze therapeutic candidates and reagents, biologics or synthetics alike, in order to understand their structures, their physical-chemical properties, and their protein target binding properties.

Dr. Joe McGivern is Director of the Bioassay & Profiling group at Amgen in Thousand Oaks-California. His group develops in vitro biochemical, biophysical & cell-based assays to enable high-throughput screening as well as mechanistic studies and detailed characterization of novel small & large molecule drug candidates & tool compounds. Prior to joining Amgen in 2000, Joe held research scientist positions at Roche, Palo Alto-California & Syntex, Edinburgh-Scotland. He obtained his PhD in physiology from the School of Medicine at Queen's University, Belfast-Northern Ireland under the mentorship of Dr Norman Scholfield.


Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship
31416 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Presented by:  IEEE Buenaventura Photonics Society Chapter

Flyer (PDF)

Other IEEE Announcements

May 10, 2017
2017 Light Science Workshop
UC Santa Barbara - IEEE Photonics Society Student Chapter

Attend the 2017 Light Science Workshop for a day of talks and presentations about the cutting edge in photonics research and career opportunities in this blossoming industry. The event will feature a keynote speaker, technical and non-technical presentations, Q&A panels, a job fair and a poster session.

The presentations will have two tracks: Technical and non-technical. The Technical Track will feature lectures on cutting-edge research in the area from varying fields that use and manipulate light. The Non-Technical Track will focus on careers in the industry and professional development.

The event is free for those affiliated with a university or college. Otherwise, general admission to the event is $20.

Visit the event web page for more information

Flyer (PDF)

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Other Local Happenings

Engineering Innovation
Introduction to Engineering Class for High School Students

Do you know a high school student who might be interested in engineering? If so, tell them about Engineering Innovation!

This summer, CLU is pleased to offer an introduction to engineering class for high school students developed and offered nationally by Johns Hopkins University. Engineering Innovation is an exciting college-level summer program for motivated high school students with an interest in, or curiosity about, engineering.  Students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn Johns Hopkins University credit.

Completion of this course can be a real advantage when applying to college!

•  More Information: See the Engineering Innovation web site|
•  Credits: Students who earn an A or B grade in the course receive 3 credits from Johns Hopkins University
•  Course Dates: June 26 - July 21 (July 4th off)
•  Time: Monday - Friday; 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
•  Tuition/Fees: $55 Application Fee, $2500 Tuition (Limited need-based financial assistance is available.)
•  Accepting applications now. Rolling admissions until the class has 18 students, so apply today!

Presented By: California Lutheran University and Johns Hopkins University

Reports from Previous Events

Photos and Videos from Local IEEE Events

SBIR and More: Government Resources – The Missed Opportunity for Funding Innovation
On March 30, 2017, Dr. Terrisa Duenas gave a fascinating talk to ASME and IEEE entitled “SBIR and More: Government Resources – The Missed Opportunity for Funding Innovation”. (photos)

High School Teams from Ventura County Show Their Robots
At the April 12, 2017 Computer Society chapter meeting, students from Newbury Park High School and ACE Charter School showed the robots they entered in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Thank you to the teams for a great demonstration! (video)


Advanced Personnel Profiles
Staffing & Recruiting Since 1995

Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Broad based quality assurance position requiring 3-5 years medical device experience.  Will provide support in the design, development, manufacture and servicing of implantable medical device.  Will conduct or facilitate internal quality system audits.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

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. Regulatory Specialist
Bioness (, Valencia

Must have 5+ years of experience in medical device industry.  Working with minimal supervision, manage complex projects/products, including responsibility for the content, assembly, pre-final review, and filing of major medical device applications (e.g., IDEs, PMAs, 510(k)s) submitted to the FDA and foreign regulatory agencies.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Software Engineer – Research
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Develops and supports software for the Clinical and Scientific Research department (i.e., psychophysics experiment scripts, clinical and analysis software applications) primarily in MATLAB and JAVA.  Experience developing MATLAB GUI applications and Swing based Java stand-alone applications.

Must have Bachelor's degree in Engineering from four-year college or university and 0-3 years related experience and/or training.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Dr. Nick Talbot and Dr. Arup Roy, both senior scientists at Second Sight (, have written a helpful and informative career guide. They have given us permission to share the article, which is available here:
Active implantable medical devices: How to guide your career!

Engility Corporation
Engineered to Make a Difference

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

Featured jobs at Pt. Mugu, CA are:

#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

#25642 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.

#23417 RF Engineer – Supporting Next Generation Jammer technology for NAVAIR. 5-8 years of experience in RF system design, preferably in high-power, UHF/VHF systems; antennas, transmitters, receivers, amplifiers

#24560 - Engineering - RF/Microwave Design. Strong knowledge and understanding of RF and/or system design at high frequencies

#26039 – ELINT Analyst to support Sensor Engineering/Database efforts. Needs existing Secret clearance.

#22969 – Senior Electronics Design Engineer with RF skills.

Featured jobs at Ridgecrest/China Lake, CA:

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

#22316 – Navigation Systems Engineer – will work on F/S-18 A-F design and functional operation of hardware, software and aircraft interfaces.

#23069 Engineer Scientist IV- Signals Processing – will support Modeling and Simulation. Linux OS,  C++ or Java, UML.

#24091 – RF Engineer – Radar and Radar Waveforms. Possess technical capabilities in the Advanced RF Signal Processing and RF Data Collection business areas, including for mono- and bi-static radar systems, assorted radar operating modes and UAS-based applications of RF technology

Also: Please enquire about RADAR work available in Virginia and Anti-Tamper and Systems Engineering opportunities at PAX River, MD if interested in relocating to the east coast.

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

Avalon Staffing
Direct Placement, Engineers and Manufacturing Operations

All Positions are Direct Hire.
Los Angeles Area, Ventura County Openings:

•  Regulatory Compliance Engineer (BSEE, BSME, Medical)
•  Test Engineer (Board level, EE, Med Device)
•  Director of Procurement (Medical/Industrial)
•  Senior Controls Engineer (ME, PLC, Medical/Industrial)
•  Senior Product Development Engineer (Medical, Industrial, ME)
•  Process Engineer (Chem Eng, ME, automation)
•  Process Engineering Manager (Petrochem/Chemical)
•  Maintenance/Reliability Engineering Manager (Petrochem/Chemical)
•  Environmental Manager (Petro/Chemical)
•  Purchasing Manager (Aviation/Aerospace/Industrial)
•  VP Continuous Improvement (Aviation/Aerospace/Industrial)
•  VP Sales and Marketing (Aviation/Aerospace/Industrial)
•  Mechanical Engineer III (Aviation)
•  Desktop Support (phone only)

Call Avalon Staffing, 805.367.3260 for further detail, or email your resume (in total confidence) to:

Syntesis Global
Management Consulting

Syntesis Global introduces the “New Standard” for Creating a Culture of Excellence in Leadership Development, Organizational Dynamics, Career Transitions and Outplacement Services: Syntesis Global™. With over thirty years of business experience, Syntesis Global™ offers state-of-the-art Performance Consulting through Executive Coaching, Change Management, Team Building, Organizational and Career Management services. Contact Rick Hernandez, President and CEO at

Ameriprise Financial

D. F. Rick Speidel, Financial Advisor
Managing Director
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
3027 Townsgate Rd Suite 200
Westlake Village, CA 91361-5863
O: 805.367.9015|F: 805.277.5156
Toll Free: 866.301.0449
CA Insurance License #0A01366

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