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IEEE Buenaventura
August 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local IEEE Events

•  Aug 1: Entrepreneur Pathway to Success - Hub101
•  Aug 17: Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn - CLU, Gilbert Room 253/254
•  Aug 29: Three M’s and Three F’s: Mathematics, Memory, Motion, FPGA’s, Functional Programming, & Frames - Skyworks, Lawrence Drive

Other IEEE Announcements

•  Call for Volunteers - IEEE Buenaventura Fall STEM Event
•  IEEE Buenaventura Recognized for Membership Retention

Reports from Previous Events

•  IEEE Buenaventura Summer Mixer and Awards Dinner

Sponsors and Job Opportunities

•  Advanced Personnel Profiles - Staffing & Recruiting Since 1995
•  Syntesis Global - Management Consulting
•  Ameriprise Financial - D. F. Rick Speidel, Financial Advisor

Local IEEE Events

August 1, 2017
Entrepreneur Pathway to Success

Pizza and Networking: 6:00 PM
Interactive Session: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Facilitator: Jerry Knotts
Free admission. Register at


This Mini Workshop is special because it will focus on our circle of engineers with product and service ideas. We invite you to attend and be ready to share and discuss your business concept or product ideas with Jerry and other thinkers. We are calling on Buenaventura IEEE Entrepreneurship Chapter friends and members to come out and participate in this one of a kind session with our own in-house extraordinaire “Entrepreneur-Engineer”. This session will be most relevant to aspiring engineers seeking to bring their ideas to fruition. It should be a fun and informative evening with Jerry.

About the Facilitator

Jerry Knotts has mentored many startup companies and  contributes his wisdom to a number of organizations including California Lutheran University (CLU).

Jerry personifies the idea of Advancing Technology for Humanity:
1. President, South Coast Youth Leadership Conference, Inc, Thousand Oaks.
2. President, helped create the Central Coast Venture Forum, now known as the California Coast Venture Forum (parent of the Clean Business Investment Summit).
3. He started four companies and mentored over 250 start-ups.
4. He serves as mentor for the LARTA Institute, the Southern California BioMedical Council (SoCALBIO).
5. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses Programs.
6. University of California Santa Barbara New Venture Program.
7. Member of the Blue Ocean Sciences, LLC.

In Jerry’s earlier career he served as a Colonel (retired) in the United States Air Force. Jerry holds a BSEE (Electrical Engineering) from Penn State and an MBA from Auburn University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, Senior Life Member, Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), National Institute of Professional Engineers (NSPE), California State Professional Engineers (CSPE) and Texas State Professional Engineers (TSPE).


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

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Entrepreneurship Group

August 17, 2017
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn

Pizza and Networking: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Trina Ray
Free admission. Register at


The international Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 and had a marathon 13-year 2-billion mile journey to the distant planet Saturn. The 23-foot tall, 14-foot wide, 6-ton spacecraft is the largest most sophisticated outer planet spacecraft ever built, and is in its thirteenth year of operation in orbit around the planet Saturn. Cassini-Huygens has been returning extraordinary data about the entire Saturn system: the spectacular rings; the numerous icy satellites with a variety of unique surface features; the giant planet itself; a huge magnetosphere teeming with particles that interact with the rings and moons; and the intriguing moon Titan, which is slightly larger than the planet Mercury, and whose hazy atmosphere is denser than that of Earth. This talk will be a quick overview of the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, with a summary of the top science returns of its first 13 years in orbit, but really focus on an exciting preview of the upcoming end of mission on September 15, 2017.

About the Speaker

Trina Ray is an astronomer at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she started her career with a bang - working on the Voyager Neptune Encounter in August of 1989. A few years ago she accepted the position of Cassini Science Planning and Sequencing Team Deputy, the team that coordinates all the science and uplinks the final sequences to Cassini, and has focused on the exciting end of mission planning. Trina received her Bachelor's degree in Physics from CSUN and her master's degree in Astronomy from San Diego State University. Trina has received numerous awards, including a NASA medal for Exceptional Service, and she is an active public speaker for NASA, invited to give many talks around the nation.


CLU - Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 2nd Floor, Room 253/254
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. Do not park in the faculty/staff/reserved lots.

Presented by:  IEEE Buenaventura Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Chapter

August 29, 2017
Three M’s and Three F’s: Mathematics, Memory, Motion, FPGA’s, Functional Programming, & Frames

Pizza and Networking: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Ray Duran
Free admission. No registration needed.


These are exciting times with rapid development of silicon technologies, application of new mathematics and new programming paradigms all arising and converging. This discussion touches lightly on these important topics and shows how they are interconnected through the application of motion frames (video).There is something here for anyone interested in our brave new digital world, where it came from and where it is going.

About the Speaker

Ray Duran, Principal FPGA Design Engineer at Extron Electronics, has over 25 years of engineering experience in the area of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), developing applications for real-time environments such as video and military based systems. Ray graduated with a BSEE degree from California State University Fresno in 1988 and masters in engineering from UCLA in 2014, with emphasis on digital signal processing.


Skyworks Solutions
649 Lawrence Drive
Newbury Park, CA  91320
(Not the main building; please use link to arrow that pinpoints building)

Presented by:  IEEE Buenaventura Electron Devices/Circuits and Systems Chapter

Web page
Flyer (PDF)

Other IEEE Announcements

Call for Volunteers - IEEE Buenaventura Fall STEM Event

The IEEE Buenaventura fall STEM event will be on Saturday, October 7 at La Reina Middle School & High School in Thousand Oaks. If you were involved in last year’s Players of the Light event, you know what a wonderful experience it was for the students, parents, and volunteers. If you were not involved, here is some background:

•  63 middle school students attended 9 workshops covered infrared photography, virtual reality, 3D imaging, wearables (gloves and clothing), solar energy, snap together electronics modules, ultraviolet light, and motion sensors.

•  We had a maximum of 12 students per workshop, and at least two mentors per workshop. Each student was able to get plenty of attention.

•  Parents attended a separate program on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

•  At the end of the day, each student workshop got to show what they learned in a “show and tell” in the auditorium.

•  La Reina graciously let us use their classrooms, auditorium/gym, and cafeteria. Each classroom is equipped with a desktop computer and projector, movable tables and chairs, and WiFi connectivity.

•  Lunch and materials are provided by IEEE.

•  Check out the 2016 photos and videos on our Facebook page.

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s event, please contact Deron Johnson <>.

IEEE Buenaventura Recognized for Membership Retention

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.

Reports from Previous Events

IEEE Buenaventura Summer Mixer and Awards Dinner

On July 19, IEEE Buenaventura Section honored several remarkable individuals and groups for their contribution to the community in the advancement of the learning or application of engineering, technology, science, and entrepreneurship. After presentation of the awards, the evening continued with a fun game of collaborative scientific creativity (photos).

IEEE Buenaventura Section expresses its sincere thanks to the Hub101 for its magnificent hospitality. Hub101 offers coworking, community, and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers (more photos).


Advanced Personnel Profiles
Staffing & Recruiting Since 1995

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

Document Control Specialist
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Responsible for general administration and maintenance of company documents and QA record per document control and quality records procedures including processing change requests, document control review and release of approved documents.  Responsible for coordinating training activities in EtQ.  May be required to perform inspection, compile and issue quality reports and assist in EtQ web administration.

Must have at least 5 years clerical/computer related experience or combination of education and industry experience.  At least 2 years Document Control experience in a regulated industry with at least one year EtQ or similar document control system.

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

Sr. Embedded Software Engineer
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Design and develop real time embedded applications for medical devices.  You will design and develop firmware for low power, battery powered medical devices consisting of a mixture of analog, digital and RF circuitry in highly integrated, low power embedded systems.

Must have 5+ years’ experience in development of real time embedded applications.  Design and development experience using the following: C, RT Linux, DSP/BIOS, RTOS, Hardware peripherals (I2C, SPI, Flash, DMA), device drivers, multi-core processors.  Low power real-time embedded programming.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Software Developer II
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Back and front-end software development utilizing current web technologies. Must have 3-5+ years of experience developing web applications with CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript.  Experience building web applications using Angular 2 and TypeScript and using server-side NodeJS and related framework  Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.

Strong proficiency with JavaScript.  Strong working knowledge of Angular 2, HTML5, REST/Websockets and inter-process communication.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Sr. Software Test Engineer
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Responsible for planning, developing, documenting and executing manual and automated verification and validation tests at the system, product and component levels.  5+ years’ experience as a software test engineer, preferably including medical devices.  Experience developing automated and manual tests and test plans at unit, integration and system test levels.  Experience working with the JavaScript MVC frameworks.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

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
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