IEEE Buenaventura
October 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local IEEE Events

•  Oct 3: Ventura County Energize California ProgramHub101
•  Oct 7: Girls Make Tech with Heart – IEEE Buenaventura Fall STEM EventLa Reina
•  Oct 11: NASA Swarmathon: Taking Swarm Robotics To MarsCLU, Gilbert Room 253
•  Oct 24: MIMO Radar: Fundamentals, Sparse Sensing and its Application in Autonomous Driving (Part II)Skyworks, Lawrence Drive
•  Oct 26: Detector Electronics for NASA's Next Generation Space Telescopes JWST and WFIRSTHub101

Other IEEE Announcements

•  IEEE Buenaventura Section Recognized by the Ventura County STEM Network

Other Local Happenings

•  Looking for Companies to Support our Future WorkforceOxnard Union High School District
•  Hackathon by the Sea SponsorshipVentura County Office of Education

Sponsors and Job Opportunities

•  Advanced Personnel ProfilesStaffing & Recruiting Since 1995
•  Syntesis GlobalManagement Consulting
•  Ameriprise FinancialD. F. Rick Speidel, Financial Advisor

Local IEEE Events

October 3, 2017
Ventura County Energize California Program

Pizza and Networking: 6:00 PM
Interactive Session: 6:30 PM
Facilitator: Kelly Ferguson
Free admission. Register at


LACI – What We Do – We convene and engage the energy industry:

· Serve as Southern California’s information hub for industry information, connections, and news.

· Curate, host, and promote industry events across the region.

· Collaborate with partners to identify regional energy needs, pilot new technologies, and funnel energy innovation into Southern California, including underserved communities.

· Stimulate and support entrepreneurship and economic development by facilitating collaboration, investment, and networking.

About the Speaker

Kelly Ferguson is the Director of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Energize California Program, an initiative of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). She works to accelerate clean energy development by convening and connecting the energy industry, and by supporting energy entrepreneurs and startups access the business and technical resources they need to bring new technology to market.

Prior to LACI, Kelly worked with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians as their Environmental Director where she engaged with diverse stakeholders and jurisdictions to enhance the tribe’s capacity to protect its natural resources. She was also an elected advocate for the 30-federally recognized tribes in Southern California to the U.S. EPA to strengthen Tribal environmental and public health programs and address regional resource needs.

A native Santa Barbaran, Kelly received her Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB’s Bren School and GPMP from the Technology Management Program.


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

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Entrepreneurship Group

October 7, 2017
Girls Make Tech with Heart – IEEE Buenaventura Fall STEM Event

Use science, technology, engineering and math to care for the people you love.
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Event is free of charge. Capacity limited to 120 girls and 120 parents. Lunch will be provided.
Registration required:

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.Full!

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).

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.


La Reina High School and Middle School
106 West Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Flyer (PDF)

October 11, 2017
NASA Swarmathon: Taking Swarm Robotics To Mars

Pizza and Networking: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Jason T. Isaacs
Free admission. Register at


The next phase of the NASA Mars Exploration Program involves sending a spacecraft to Mars and returning it safely to Earth. The first passengers on such a mission will not be human astronauts but Mars rovers instead. The success of this mission requires theses rovers to locate and retrieve local resources on Mars. This process is referred to as In-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Technologies are needed to allow a large group of autonomous rovers to find and collect materials such as ice which can be converted into hydrogen fuel to power the return journey. Toward this long term goal NASA through a cooperative agreement between the NASA Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) and the University of New Mexico in partnership with the NASA KSC Swamp Works has developed a national competition called the Swarmathon where teams of students develop foraging and collection algorithms for a swarm of rovers. In this seminar I will discuss the CSU Channel Islands participation in the NASA Swarmathon Competition and our approach to addressing these challenging problems.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jason T. Isaacs received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Joăo Hespanha.

He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1999. Upon graduation he spent the next six years working as a motion control development engineer for Lexmark International Incorporated focusing on the paper feeding systems of inkjet printers. He spent a summer as a research intern in the Sensor Fusion group at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD, USA, in 2008. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in March 2012, he continued at UCSB as a postdoctoral scholar where he led a three year applied research project sponsored through the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.

Dr. Isaacs is currently an assistant professor of Computer Science at California State University, Channel Islands. His research interests include multiagent control systems, UAV path planning, localization and mapping, and sensor networks. His teaching interests include control systems, linear systems, and robotics with a specific interest in introducing feedback control and mobile robotics to early undergraduate and high school students to stimulate their interest in these subjects.


CLU – Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 2nd Floor, Room 253
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 Computer Society Chapter

October 24, 2017
MIMO Radar: Fundamentals, Sparse Sensing and its Application in Autonomous Driving (Part II)

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

Radar not only has found widespread application in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) but also is one of the key technologies to enable environmental perception in autonomous driving. Compared with LiDAR and camera, radar technology provides reliable measurements of range, velocity and angle information of obstacles surrounding vehicle in all kinds of weather conditions. Unlike the traditional phased-array radar system which transmits via its antenna array a single waveform with different phase shift, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar can transmit multiple waveforms that may be chosen freely. As compared to traditional radar system with the same number of transmit and receive antennas, MIMO radar achieves significantly improved spatial resolution by exploiting waveform diversity. Due to its advantages, MIMO radar technology has been widely used in designing millimeter-wave radar sensors for ADAS and self-driving cars.

The Part I talk will focus on the fundamentals of MIMO radar as well as novel MIMO radar approaches with the emerging sparse sensing techniques. This talk will cover the radar basics, MIMO radar architecture and waveform design, sparse sensing methods in MIMO radar including compressive sensing (CS) based MIMO radar as well as novel MIMO radar approach using matrix completion (MC).

The Part II talk (October) will focus on the role of radar in autonomous driving and various aspects of automotive radar signal processing techniques. This talk will cover the radar system requirements and architecture for autonomous driving, principles of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar, high resolution angle finding methods, “smart” radar sensors with machine learning, as well as unique problems associated with automotive radars for autonomous driving such as pedestrian detection.

About the Speaker
Dr. Shunqiao Sun received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Jan. 2016. He is currently with the radar core team of Delphi Electronics & Safety, Agoura Hills, CA, where he is working on advanced radar signal processing and machine learning algorithms for self-driving cars. In the past, he held internships at Cisco Systems and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL). His research interests lie at the interface of statistical and sparse signal processing with mathematical optimizations, MIMO radar, machine learning, and smart sensing in complex environments. Dr. Sun is winner of the 2016 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award for his thesis “MIMO Radars with Sparse Sensing”.


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 ED/CAS, ComSoc, and AESS Chapters

Flyer (PDF)

October 26, 2017
Detector Electronics for NASA's Next Generation Space Telescopes JWST and WFIRST

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


To continue the success story of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA together with international partners has been building the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), with a scheduled launch date of October 2018. More recently, NASA has started the development of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) to specifically examine the phenomenon of dark energy. Both telescopes will observe the universe in the infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum, utilizing specialized detector technology and instrumentation. The presentation will provide an overview of the telescopes and the associated science, followed by a discussion of the design challenges and customized solutions to the problem of detecting the faint light of distant galaxies. Low-temperature electronics including CMOS -based image sensor readouts and low power ASICs have been instrumental in achieving the noise and sensitivity performance requirements of the on-board cameras and spectrographs.

About the Speaker

Dr. Markus Loose is President and Chief Scientist at Markury Scientific, Inc. He received his Diploma degree in Physics and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from University of Heidelberg, Germany. He has held scientific and management positions at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, and at Teledyne Imaging Sensors in Camarillo, California. Dr. Loose has over 20 years of experience in the field of image sensor technology for both scientific and commercial applications. He has developed several new types of CMOS imaging sensors including high dynamic range logarithmic camera chips and high definition video sensors. He has also designed the HAWAII-2RG readout integrated circuit and the SIDECAR ASIC, both key components for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and for many ground-based observatories. Most recently, Dr. Loose has been working on developing a new control ASIC and improved detectors for the WFIRST telescope.


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

Presented by:  IEEE Buenaventura Photonics Society Chapter

Flyer (PDF)

Other IEEE Announcements

IEEE Buenaventura Section Recognized by the Ventura County STEM Network

IEEE Buenaventura Section has been nominated and selected by members of the Ventura County STEM Network’s Steering Committee to receive recognition as a STEM Champion, based on the organization’s ongoing commitment and support of STEM learning in Ventura County.

The organization’s name will be added to a perpetual list of Ventura County STEM Champions, both individual and corporate/organizational, on the VC STEM Network's website. IEEE Buenaventura Section will also be honored at the annual celebration of STEM learning - STEMtastic! held from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA. In addition to this recognition, twelve programs will receive the 2017 Golden Gear Award for excellence in STEM Learning.

See the event registration site for more information.

Other Local Happenings

Looking for Companies to Support our Future Workforce
Oxnard Union High School District

The Oxnard Union High School District has a robust Career Pathway program to prepare students to enter into the workforce.   As the Business Intermediary for the OUHSD, we are working on a Pathway to Internship for the Manufacturing, Engineering, Robotics, and Industrial Technology (MERIT) Academy at Rio Mesa High School and would like to invite you to participate in this initiative. 

The plan consists of a commitment on your part to provide one of each of the following once per year

Tour — open your facility for a group of students to see your operations.  This would be approximately a two hour time commitment.

Job Shadow — Provide the opportunity for a student to come into your business and shadow an employee for up to four hours.

Internship — consider a paid or unpaid internship for a junior or senior.

After you have had a chance to review the attached informational sheet about the MERIT academy, I would be happy to talk with you further about the impact you could make to the future workforce by participating in this Pathway to Internship.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.


Mary Anne Rooney, M.A. Ed.
Project Director, Ventura County Civic Alliance

Economic Development Delivered through Education

Hackathon by the Sea Sponsorship
Ventura County Office of Education

Ventura County Office of Education is looking for IT/Computer professionals to participate as mentors, volunteers or as judges at the 21-hour Hackathon by the Sea event, Friday, December 1 through Saturday December 2.  Additionally, VCOE invites IEEE members’ companies to become a sponsor of the Hackathon by the Sea event. IEEE members interested in hearing more about sponsorship can contact Rodrigo Cardenas <> or Darrell Gooden <> to discuss which opportunity best suits their needs.

Nearly 200 Ventura County high school students will participate in this 21-hour Hackathon by the Sea , as teams of 2-4 students will team up to develop a project prototype. Adult mentors with backgrounds in technology will assist students in the process of defining and executing their projects.

Although you may already be familiar with hackathons, a hackathon is a coding event in which teams “hack” together to create an awesome project like a game, website, or app. Hackathons are a great way to learn more about coding, meet new people, and most importantly build something cool!

Hackathon by the Sea is a full, 21-hour hackathon! The event formally kicks off at 7:30 PM December 1st, with hacking starting at 8:30 PM. Teams then have about 21 hours to work on their hacks. See the flyer for sponsors or flyer for participants for more information.


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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

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Westlake Village, CA 91361-5863
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