IEEE Buenaventura
December 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local IEEE Events

∙  Dec 5: IEEE Start-Up Mixer – Roadmap to Success for Local Thinkers & TinkerersHub101
∙  Dec 13: Water, Sanitation, and Public Health Challenges in Ventura CountyCLU, Gilbert Room 253

Other IEEE Announcements

∙  It’s Time to Renew for 2018

Reports on Previous Events

∙  IEEE Buenaventura Receives STEM Champion Award

Sponsors and Job Opportunities

∙  Advanced Personnel ProfilesStaffing & Recruiting Since 1995
∙  Syntesis GlobalManagement Consulting

Local IEEE Events

December 5, 2017
Roadmap to Success for Local Thinkers & Tinkerers ─ An Evening with Jerry Knotts
Have an Idea? Let’s Talk ─ Join us at the next IEEE Start-Up Mixer

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

In August, Jerry Knotts, our own entrepreneurship guru held the first of a two session series. He will facilitate this final session of our 2017 season. This is the second Mini Workshop that focuses on our circle of engineers and entrepreneurs with product and service ideas. Thus far, we have two volunteers that will share their product/service concepts on December 5. Please attend and be ready to share and discuss your business concept or product ideas with Jerry and other thinkers & tinkerers. This is our last Buenaventura IEEE Entrepreneurship Mixer event. It should be a fun and informative evening with Jerry.

About the Facilitator/Speaker
Jerry Knotts personifies the idea of Advancing Technology for Humanity. Jerry served as a Colonel (retired) in the United States Air Force. He 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).

Jerry 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.


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

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Entrepreneurship Group

December 13, 2017
Water, Sanitation, and Public Health Challenges in Ventura County

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

This presentation will provide an overview of the infrastructure for water and sanitation in the eleven special district, managed and operated by Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Water and Sanitation department. With state of the art laboratory and operations systems, much of the network is monitored and operated remotely using a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. This allows efficiencies in staffing that are critical to the successful operation of infrastructure that supports the farthest reaches of Ventura County. However, this automation, coupled with the remote locations of the water and wastewater infrastructure can be a security challenge that needs to be addressed from a Public Safety perspective.

About the Speaker
Michaela Brown is the Director the Ventura County Public Works Agency Water and Sanitation Department. Prior to joining the County, she was the Director of Facilities Planning for the Navy base that supports the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Prior to her work with the Academy, Michaela served in various program and engineering management positions throughout the United States and abroad, including a 20-year career in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. She has more than 25 years of in-depth engineering experience along with detailed experience in consensus building, land-use, customer service, rate setting, and community outreach.

Michaela has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Civil Engineering with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M and a Master of International Policy and Practice from George Washington University.


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 details on other upcoming events

Other IEEE Announcements

It’s Time to Renew for 2018

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 2018.

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

Reports on Previous Events

IEEE Buenaventura Receives STEM Champion Award

IEEE Buenaventura Section was recognized by the Ventura County STEM Network (VC STEM) as a STEM Champion, based on our ongoing commitment and support of STEM learning in Ventura County. The award was presented at VC STEM’s STEMtastic event on October 17, 2017.

Accepting for Buenaventura Section was Doug Askegard, long-time IEEE volunteer and past Section Chair. Presenting the award was Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin.

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


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

Chip Layout
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Temporary position for chip layout work. The most suitable candidates will have over 10 years of experience in analog and mixed signal CMOS chip layout. Good knowledge of circuits is a plus.

This assignment for 3 to 5 months.

Contact Pat Jacobs – 805-579-0630

Mechanical Engineer
Second Sight (, Sylmar

Mechanical Engineer to work with the implant group.  New grad with a great GPA and MS degree will be considered.

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  

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