IEEE Buenaventura
November 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local IEEE Events

•  Nov 9: Engineering the “Fountain of Youth” – IEEE Buenaventura Dinner and Expert Panel EventHub101
•  Nov 15: The Role of Product Development Process in the Future Value of MedicinesCLU, Gilbert Room 253
•  Nov 28: MIMO Radar: Fundamentals, Sparse Sensing and its Application in Autonomous Driving (Part II)Skyworks, Lawrence Drive

Other IEEE Announcements

•  IEEE Rising Stars Conference - Las Vegas, NV
•  Join IEEE Now and Get Membership Benefits through the End of 2018

Other Local Happenings

•  Hackathon by the SeaVentura County Office of Education

Reports on Previous Events

•  Girls Make Tech with Heart
•  IEEE Buenaventura LMAG Receives Award

Sponsors and Job Opportunities

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

Local IEEE Events

November 9, 2017
IEEE Buenaventura Dinner and Expert Panel Event
Engineering the “Fountain of Youth”
A Technical, Scientific, and Entrepreneurial Perspective on Human Longevity
6:30 PM

Online Tickets: $10 for IEEE member and for one accompanying guest, $10 for students, and $20 for general public.
$30 at the door.
Register at

The concluding mixer of 2017 is our IEEE Fall Dinner and Panel Event with five remarkable scientists who will engage in a friendly conversation about human longevity and the possibilities for engineering the “Fountain of Youth.” Our guest panelists are:
Bradford Gibson, Ph.D., Director of the Attribute Discovery Sciences at Amgen - formerly Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging;
Peter Grandsard, Ph.D., Executive Director of Research at Amgen;
Steven Hawkins, Ph.D., Professor of Exercise Science and researcher on human aging at the California Lutheran University;
Larry Ring, Principal Engineer at Amgen;
Dhruvajyoti Roy, Ph.D., molecular and diagnostic scientist and IEEE Senior Member.

Their impressive biographies are provided in the event flyer.


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

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Section

November 15, 2017
The Role of Product Development Process in the Future Value of Medicines

Dinner (optional): Available at 6:00 PM for $12, payable at the door.
Presentation (free): 7:00 PM
Speaker: Michael Reilly
Free admission to presentation. Register at

Biomedical startups are very different than tech startups since they attempt to develop a solution for unmet medical needs 10-15 years in the future. Likewise, the cost of new drug development is now estimated at $2.6 billion with a success rate of only 5% for drugs making it to the clinic. How can we get improved therapies to market at a lower risk and cost?

This presentation provides insight into how entrepreneurs, big companies, and investors, improve the clinical and financial value of drugs in their pipelines. By anticipating future changes in clinical practice and competitive choices, developers of new products clinically test potential features of a product that may provide meaningful differentiation for patients and payers. These choices also provide ways to improve returns and reduce risk during the long and expensive clinical development path. Whether the product is a pharmaceutical, device, or diagnostic, thoughtful product development can greatly improve the chance that useful new products make it to the market.

About the Speaker
Michael Reilly is the CEO and Co-Founder of Excelse Bio, a privately held company developing high concentration biotechnology medicines. He continues to serve as VP of Business Development at Integrity Bio, a biotechnology formulation services firm affiliated with Excelse Bio.

Michael has 30 years of international leadership experience in marketing, business development, strategy, and finance at Amgen, Baxter, Sanofi, Sterling Drug, and Eastman Kodak. Previous startups include Attentive Therapeutics where he co-invented a new medication for ADHD which has recently completed a successful controlled clinical trial. Previously, Michael was Head of Strategy and member of the Senior Management Team at Baxter BioScience. He was the commercial lead for Amgen's acquisition of Immunex and its drug Enbrel, the largest in biotech history at $16B. As Global Commercial Leader at Amgen, he led denosumab (PROLIA, XGEVA) and several other Product Strategy Teams for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease and Cancer.

Michael earned a Master's degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.


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 Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Chapter

Visit the EMBS chapter web site for other upcoming events

November 28, 2017
MIMO Radar: Fundamentals, Sparse Sensing and its Application in Autonomous Driving (Part II)

Pizza and Refreshments: 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 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)

Other IEEE Announcements

January 6 - 8, 2018
IEEE Rising Stars Conference
Las Vegas, NV

* Early Bird Rate Ends November 25 *

For its fourth year, the IEEE Rising Stars is coming to the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, 6-8 January 2018! The IEEE Rising Stars Conference has quickly become one of the most well attended IEEE events held in the Western Hemisphere. With a program focused on professional development, Rising Stars is the place to be for students, young professionals, professionals, and industry leaders.

What is IEEE Rising Stars?

The Rising Stars is a unique and exciting event that connects students and young professionals with the larger industrial community. The program includes a career expo, a variety of career-based and social media competitions, lots of technical-innovation, many professional-development presentations, a cyber security competition and so much more.

Why Attend IEEE Rising Stars?

In addition to the stellar speaker line-up, there is something for everyone who attends this conference: new relationships, new ideas, new friends, and new experiences – the list goes on and on. The one-of-a-kind corporate mixer is the event to attend – attendees can speak face-to-face with many of the speakers and get their résumés reviewed at the same time.

For Students & Young Professionals:

•  Network with leading IEEE student and young professional volunteers
•  Meet and interact with global company leaders
•  Participate in pitch competition
•  Learn how to market yourself
•  Enhance your résumé

For Professionals & Industry Leaders

•  Network with the engineers and leaders of tomorrow
•  Meet and interact with other global company leaders, students, and young professionals
•  Participate in pitch competition
•  Share your experiences and help someone on their journey
•  VIP-access to all attendees’ résumés

Want to Attend Rising Stars?

Register for the 2018 Rising Stars conference now and receive the $50 early bird discount until 11/25/2017.

Join IEEE Now and Get Membership Benefits through the End of 2018

When you join IEEE, you:

•  Join a community of over 425,000 technology and engineering professionals united by a common desire to continuously learn, interact, collaborate, and innovate
•  Get the resources and opportunities you need to keep on top of changes in technology
•  Engage with peers in your technical field of interest with Society membership
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•  Network with other professionals in your local area or within a specific technical interest
•  Mentor the next generation of engineers and technologists

and so much more.

There is no better time to discover all that IEEE memberships have to offer. Join now and get membership benefits through December 2018.

Other Local Happenings

December 1 - 2, 2017
Hackathon by the Sea
Ventura County Office of Education

Here’s your opportunity to get involved with a Ventura County Office of Education inaugural event. Hackathon by the Sea is a 21 hour coding event with over 200 high school participants from our Ventura County schools.

Interested in becoming a mentor?
Or maybe you own an IT company or you’re an IT professional in Ventura County looking to establish brand recognition with local customers?

Mentors work with students to help them create prototypes and turn their vision into reality. A good mentor can vastly improve a hacker’s experience and learning, and inspire them to pursue their dreams.

Sponsors receive local media exposure and become one of several early adopters in this first ever county-wide event.

Make a difference in young people’s lives and be part of this unique educational event.

Register at

For further details, please contact:
Rodrigo A. Cardenas
Industry Liaison –
Information Communication Technology, Education, Transportation

Flyer for sponsors (PDF)
Flyer for participants (PDF)

Reports on Previous Events

Girls Make Tech with Heart
IEEE Buenaventura Fall Stem Event

On October 7, 2017 IEEE Buenaventura Section hosted “Girls Make Tech with Heart”. About 100 middle school girls participated in nine different workshops, learning about coding, electronics, imaging, light, robotics, solar energy, and virtual reality. Separate parent workshops discussed aging gracefully with technology, jobs of the future, and the young female brain.

Selected photos from the event are on our Facebook page. The event was funded by IEEE Foundation and IEEE-USA, and was held free of charge at La Reina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the event a success!

IEEE Buenaventura LMAG Receives Award

IEEE Buenaventura Life Member Affinity Group (LMAG) has received the IEEE Region 6 award for “Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Life Member Activities”. The award was presented to Jerry Knotts, Buenaventura LMAG Chair, at the fall meeting of the Region 6 Southern Area on October 28. Congratulations!

Please see the post on our web site for a photo from the event.


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