IEEE Buenaventura
February 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local Events

  Feb 6: Developing a New Ventura County Entrepreneurial-Eco SystemHUB101
  Feb 15: Big Safari: US Air Force Fast Intervention ProgramNew Location – CLU, Overton Hall
  Feb 21: The State of CybersecurityNew Location – La Reina High School
  Feb 23: National Engineers Week BanquetCSUCI, Grand Salon
  Feb 28: Understanding Signal Transduction Pathways Controlling Cellular GrowthCLU, Gilbert Room 253

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Local IEEE Events

February 6, 2018
Developing a New Ventura County Entrepreneurial-Eco System

Pizza and Networking: 6:00 PM
Presentation: 6:30 PM
Speaker: Martin Shum
Free admission. Register at

STARTUPS Ventura County, a Camarillo Chamber initiative has set up a new co-work space. The co-work space supports the winners of Startups Ventura County (“SVC”) ( and is up and running.  Four emerging companies have already set up shop there.  Hopefully, there will be many more to come. A ribbon cutting party, attended by many local dignitaries, was held on January 11, 2018.

The IEEE community has much to offer to these new startup companies. Come out to hear refreshing point of view on how we can all contributing to the growing Ventura County Entrepreneurial-Eco System. Why has Ventura County falling out of the top 10 counties in California for entrepreneurs in the new States Entrepreneur Index by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? Join in the discussion and discovery session. What will bring us back to the being one of California’s top performing Entrepreneurial-Eco System Counties.

There are all sorts of ideas about how to organize an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Scholars Jorge Guzman and Scott Stern suggest a focus on the quality of entrepreneurial activity in a region rather than the mere quantity. Come meet other aspiring engineers and entrepreneurs in an engaging discussion designed to ignite the reemergence of the Startup meme in Ventura County! Our facilitator of the discussion, Martin Shum will kick things off. Martin will share his vision on how obtaining a new level of cooperation between intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs and engineers in tackling problems, inefficiencies and game changers is unprecedented at this time. Come find out how to benefit and contribute to the emerging Ventura County Entrepreneurial-Eco System. Be or meet a valued advisor, mentor, subject matter experts and potential business partners.

About the Speaker
Martin Shum is a retired engineer/entrepreneur, now business consultant and Board Member of the Camarillo Chambers of Commerce. Martin Shum has compiled, with contributions from a number of attorneys fluent in startup speak, a series of videos covering topics such as intellectual property, advisory board, corporate formation, incentive stock option plan, board of directors and venture capital deal terms. These videos are available on YouTube in a playlist called “Learn to be an On the Grid Entrepreneur”. Take advantage of spending face-time time with Martin and learn all you can in person! Martin has launched several startup companies that eventually went public. Martin is championing the startup efforts in Ventura County. He and Gary Cushing, CEO of Camarillo Chamber, are the organizers of Startups Ventura County (previously known as Startup Weekend Ventura County).

Startup Eco-system: The creation of a comprehensive startup eco-system for Ventura County is a joint effort between the public sector (Ventura County Government, City of Camarillo, Ventura County Healthcare Agency, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner and Ventura County Medical Center), the private sector (Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, Semtech Corporation, Limoneira, Meissner Filtration Products, Bonipak, Z Power, Applied Wireless, Zebra technologies, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Advanced Motion Control and Camarillo Chamber of Commerce) and the local learning institutions (UCSB, CSUN, CSUCI, Cal Poly and Cal Lutheran).

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

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Entrepreneurship Group

February 15, 2018
Big Safari: US Air Force Fast Intervention Program

New Location: CLU - Overton Hall (see below)
Pizza and Networking:
6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Jerry Knotts
Free admission. Register at

For more than 50 years, Big Safari aircraft have performed dangerous and essential missions to collect intelligence, conduct surveillance and reconnaissance, and engage in special operations missions around the globe in the interest of national security. Big Safari represents a system designed for fast intervention that focuses on providing quick access to resources, efficient contracting engagements with suppliers and streamlined processes and distribution methods. Key personnel are trained for most efficient interventions. Jerry Knotts served 24 years in the US Air Force (USAF) and was a team member of the USAF Big Safari Program.

About the Speaker
Colonel Jerry E. Knotts (Ret.) was fourteen years in the Big Safari special reconnaissance program at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas; E-Systems in Greenville, Texas; and Lockheed Aircraft Services in Ontario, California. Jerry was responsible for creating and flight testing a number of specially configured aircraft, including the Combat Sent, Combat Talon, Cobra Ball, Rivet Joint and many others. During 1968, he completed 112 missions over North Vietnam in an F-105 Wild Weasel.

Jerry retired from the Air Force with 24 years of service. His last assignment was as commander of the Washington Area Contracting Center at Andrews Air Force Base. He was responsible for Air Force procurement throughout the Nation's Capital, and a region from the Azores to Saint Louis, His responsibilities included the White House and the Presidential VIP aircraft fleet that included the aircraft now in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Hanger.

For his outstanding service to our nation, Jerry received the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

For his remarkable public service, Jerry has received numerous awards. In 1996 he was honored by the Conejo Valley Historical Society. That same year, Jerry and his wife, Mary, both received the William E. Hamm Award from the California Lutheran University Community Leaders Club. Jerry also has been honored for his community service by having a seat designated in his name in the Thousand Oaks Civic Center Forum Theater. He previously received the Outstanding Service Award and the Silver Patrick Henry Medal from the Military Order of the World Wars.

Since retirement from the USAF, Jerry Knotts has been a serial entrepreneur, coach, angel investor and has worked with numerous entrepreneurs for over 30 years. Over this period of time, he started five companies and mentored over 400 start-ups.

Currently, Jerry is President, California Coast Venture Forum, Inc.(, parent of the Clean Business Investment Summit and Chairman, Entrepreneurs Without Borders. He serves as mentor/screener for SoCalBio and the LARTA Institute wherein he supports DARPA, NSF, and the NIH-CAP (National Institute of Health - Commercialization Assistance Program). As treasurer, Youth Enrichment Foundation, Alexandria, VA, he supports 28 Youth Leadership Conferences throughout the country. He is also Executive Secretary, Society of Wild Weasels and board member/Treasurer of the Air Warrior Courage Foundation (AWCF) / Wounded Warriors Emergency Support Fund that supports wounded warriors in areas not covered by government programs.

He is a member, Dean's Board of Advisors, California Lutheran University (CLU) School of Management, a mentor with CLU, UCLA, UCSF, Auburn, Penn State, CSUCI and UCSB Entrepreneur programs and a panel member for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses Program at LACC and LBCC. His previous executive positions included Vice-President/General Manager, Government Electronics Division, California Microwave Inc. (CMI), Woodland Hills, CA; and Vice-President, American Nucleonics Corporation (ANC), Westlake Village, CA. These two companies provided specialized airborne electronic reconnaissance systems.

Jerry holds a BSEE (Electrical Engineering) from The Pennsylvania State University; 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 Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); Chairman, IEEE Buenaventura Life Member Affinity Group, and past Secretary, IEEE Buenaventura Section. Jerry is a pilot, licensed Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Amateur Radio operator (K3ZZO) and life member of the Texas, California, and National Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a life member of both the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (River Rats) and the Society of Wild Weasels.

New Location
CLU - Overton Hall

California Lutheran University
3163 Regent Avenue
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Parking: Visitors may park on CLU streets after 7 PM without a permit. Before 7 PM, we recommend that you park in the G1 visitor lot on the southwest corner of Olsen and Mountclef, and walk to Overton Hall. Do not park in the faculty/staff/reserved lots.

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Chapter

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February 21, 2018
The State of Cybersecurity

New Location: La Reina High School (see below)
Pizza and Networking:
6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Don Thomas
Free admission. Register at

The state of cyber security is changing.

Security Professionals who are responsible for cybersecurity in an organization must grasp new cybersecurity threats and assess how they affect overall security posture and business in general.

Enterprises are under an endless stream of cyberattacks. The sophistication of attacks are evolving, and the number of attacks are not expected to decrease. The latest technology not only brings new opportunities but also increases the potential scope of attacks.

Breaches are expected to get worse.

The weaponization of exploits are happening within weeks after a major disclosure.  Even if no exploit code is presented, the adversaries are only delayed for a sort time.

This talk will go over the breaches within the last year, the current trend, what we can expect to see in the near future; along with some recommendations.

About the Speaker
Don Thomas, CISSP, CISA is a Cyber Security Professional that has been involved in cyber security for over 35 years, building networks, gathering intelligence and architecting solutions to protect enterprises.   Mr. Thomas guided Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Mattel, Disney, EarthLink and Lockheed in architecting and implementing secure solutions for their enterprises.

Mr. Thomas has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the California State University Northridge and Engineering Management certification from CalTech.  He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Global Information Assurance Incident Handler (GIAC/GCIH).

Mr. Thomas is also involved with several technical societies that advance technology, IEEE Computer Society, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and more.  He is also Director for the security track for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), educating users on the latest advancements with open source security solutions that can help small business drive down their cost with implementing cost effective security using open source solutions.

New Location
La Reina High School, Cafeteria

106 W Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Computer Society Chapter

February 23, 2018
National Engineers Week Banquet
Presented by National Engineers Week Committee for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties

Registration and Social Hour: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Dinner Buffet: 6:40 PM - 7:15 PM
Program: 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Purchase tickets at

The 45th Annual National Engineers Week Awards Banquet ( acknowledges the contributions of the many engineering professionals in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. This year’s event will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018, hosted by California State University Channel Islands in the Grand Salon on campus (1 University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012). Each year the local engineering organizations gather to celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments, award scholarships to local area students, and honor local leaders within the engineering and scientific community. This event is open to the public and banquet tickets are $75 per person.

The local 2018 National Engineers Week program is excited to return to CSU Channel Islands, with Dr. Michael Soltys as Master of Ceremonies and a special welcome by County Supervisor Kelly Long. Key-note speaker is Dr. Adam Steltzner, Ph.D. NASA Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Steltzner led the team responsible for the Curiosity rover’s successful landing on Mars. He’s also the author of the book “The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High-Stakes Innovation.” When started as bass-playing rocker in the San Francisco Bay area who was intrigued by the movement of the constellation Orion on his trips back and forth to gigs.

Steltzner’s interest in space exploration didn’t manifest until he was an adult, but he went on to make a big impact in the field. He was involved with a number of projects, including Galileo, which studied Jupiter and its moons, Cassini for a Saturn mission, and several Mars-related projects like Pathfinder, Spirit and Opportunity. Steltzner’s biggest claim to fame is with Curiosity. On August 5, 2012, Curiosity landed on Mars, where the rover continues to roam. Last year, Steltzner was named to the National Academy of Engineering. It’s a massive recognition for someone in his field and it came as a result of landmark work on Curiosity. Steltzner led the team that handled the rover’s Entry, Descent, Landing (EDL) system, a nine-year challenge that remained a nail-biter until the moment the Curiosity touched down on Mars.

The banquet is an opportunity to socialize, network, recognize the excellent work of local engineers, both as individuals and as project teams, enjoy an interesting engineering and technology presentation by a guest speaker, and present scholarships to outstanding local college students. These activities are all made possible by generous contributions of time and resources from engineering societies in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and from local businesses that depend on and appreciate the value of the engineering profession. We invite you to join us again this year!

Visit the NEWC-VSB web site for more information

February 28, 2017
Understanding Signal Transduction Pathways Controlling Cellular Growth

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

Cancer cells are notorious for uncontrolled growth and invasiveness. Within the human cell, proteins "talk" to each other and practice checks and balances to ensure that communication is tightly regulated. This signal network encompasses thousands of proteins which form a network and lead to the establishment of signal transduction pathways. Growth becomes deregulated if these pathways are over-active or suppressed. A slight change at the DNA level could lead to a change in the protein levels or activity which will directly impact signaling and consequently lead to aberrant growth. Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind growth regulation is a major issue in the design of suitable targeted therapies which could be utilized to either curtail the spread of the cancer or stop growth altogether.

About the Speaker
Dr. Nitika Parmar received her PhD in Molecular Biology from UCLA and subsequently completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship at UCLA after which she was appointed as an Assistant Project Scientist. Her prior education was received in India where she did her BS (Honors) in Biophysics followed by an MS in Biotechnology and MTech in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Nitika’s fields of interest include molecular biology, genetic engineering, and DNA recombinant technology. Her research focuses on understanding signal transduction pathways controlling cellular growth (normal and cancer) as well as studying protein damage in response to aging. She has utilized various organisms such as bacteria, worms and plants as well as Drosophila and mammalian cell lines to address her research.

She enjoys the excitement of research but tremendously enjoys teaching and interacting with students as well. She feels that molecular biology has no limits and that its benefits can be tapped with an unending potential- the only requirement being a sense of intense motivation and enthusiasm!

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

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