- Bridge Carney, Chair
- Albert Wolfkiel, Vice Chair
- Zak Cohen, Treasurer
- Karl Geiger, Secretary
- Christian Ziegler, PACE, Awards, Membership
- Ross Kocen, Events and Conferences
- Doug Askegard, Historian
- Steve Johnson, Past Chair
Bridge has been in marketing and/or sales assignments in a number of leading technology companies located the Conejo area including Xircom (now a division of Intel), Absolute Analysis, Intel, QualityLogic, and Terrosa Technologies. For several years, while at Peerless Systems (now Kyocera-Mita) in El Segundo, he sold embedded controller solutions for Peerless Systems and worked extensively in Japan with technology teams for copier/printer based providers such as Ricoh and Minolta.
Currently Bridge working with local entrepreneurial companies providing technology-to-market messaging strategy and marketing/sales development. He is also Chair of the IEEE BV Power and Energy Society Chapter, which he started up in 2011.
Bridge is an avid model builder and historian. Bridge’s most recent project is a scratch-built model of the PT-157, which was the boat that rescued JFK and the crew of the PT-109. The build process is fully documented in his book PT-157: a scale model builder’s notebook. He has interviewed the surviving officers and crew of the PT-157′s and written FIRST-UP: Chronicles of the PT-157. Both are at www.PT-157.com.
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Albert has held a civil service position with the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme for the last 20 years. Activities have included in-service support: lifecycle analysis, requirements, direct fleet support; systems engineering; network engineering; and Information Assurance / Security Engineering. He has taught part time at Oxnard and Moorpark Community colleges for the last 10 years. Classes have included CompTIA A+ & S+, CWNA (Wireless), Cisco CCNA & CCNP, and electronics.
Albert has been a member of IEEE since joining in college, is currently a senior member, and has held leadership positions including: Section Secretary, Treasurer, LA Council Representative, Vice Chair, & Chair and Section representative to the Engineers Week Committee including positions of Scholarships, Secretary, & Chair. Albert received a BSEE from Washington State University. He holds a CA PE EE license.
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Zak has been in the data and telecommunications industry for fifty years. He served ten years in the United States Navy, honorably discharged as a Chief Electronics Technician (E-7). He worked for Pacific Telephone (now AT&T) for fifteen years in many capacities, including Network Design Engineer and Central Office Equipment Engineer. During this time he led several huge cutovers of telephone company central office switching equipment from step and crossbar switches to ESS. He worked for several other companies in various management positions and was a senior manager in the consulting firm of Ernst & Young. Zak then started his own consulting firm, Briarwood Associates in 1985. He has been involved in training, auditing, engineering or project management for most of the Fortune 500 Industries. He is involved in pre-publication peer review of technical articles and books.
Zak has a B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Northridge. Zak’s previous experience with IEEE includes Region 6 Membership Development Chair 2009, Regional Representitive A&A Committee 2011, Buenaventura Section Awards Chair 2005-06; Section Secretary 2007-8; Section Treasurer 2009-Present; Section Membership Development Chair 2008-Present; Communications Society Chapter Founding Vice Chair 2005-06. Zak is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.
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Karl has played a very active role in IEEE activities since 2008. In various roles as Buenaventura Section Computer Society Chapter Officer, he reorganized the Section’s Computer Chapter with Craig Reinhart, Deron Johnson, and Don Thomas. He was elected Section Chair for 2011-2012, and IEEE Los Angeles Council Chair 2012-.
Karl currently is Systems Architect at Integrated Clinical Solutions, Inc., a start-up that makes a cloud-hosted CTMS and EDC suite. He recently worked as VP of Business Systems at CURE Pharmaceutical, Inc., a start-up pharma manufacturer in Oxnard, CA, and was Principal and Founder at Convergent Informatics, Inc. Karl retired from Amgen, Inc., in 2007, where his last role was Director of Enterprise Information Systems Architecture. Prior to Amgen, his career at the University of Southern California’s Engineering Computer Lab and University Computing Services comprised multiple roles in systems and network management, library and information systems, and academic software development.
Karl graduated cum laude BA, Classics, from USC and holds an MSCS from CLU. He has an active outreach to local colleges and Ventura County schools, is a science and history buff, and gourmet cook. An IEEE Senior Member, he also belongs to ACM, and the AAAS.
Christian has managed sales programs at small, medium, and large multi-national organizations such as General Electric, Honeywell, Leeds & Northrup, Rochester Instruments, Alstom T&D and AREVA T&D. His career has focused on sales management, marketing management, and product marketing with a foundation in sales support, sales engineering and account management.
Most effective with the marketing of instrumentation and automation solutions to engineers in various industries, but most notably in electric utility Smart Grid markets. He has been an IEEE member since a undergraduate at Newark College of Engineering and past chair of ISA of the Delaware Valley Chapter in Pennsylvania.
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Ross has been a member of the Computer and Communications Societies for over ten years. He has planned and coordinated Section Fall and social events since 2011.
Ross is the owner of First on Scene, serving public and private emergency medicine and fire/disaster response communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. See more information and Ross’s bio at LinkedIn.
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Doug has served as a volunteer leader in the IEEE for over 15 years beginning in the mid-1990′s in a 1,500 member ComSoc/VTC Chapter in suburban Dallas, TX rising to Vice Chair before moving to California. Doug continued his leadership roles serving as BV Programs and Awards Chair 2010-2011, Chair of BV Section in 2004-2005 organizing the first of several Senior Member promotion clinics, founding the BV Section ComSoc Chapter in 2005 (Chapter Chair for 3 years), Vice Chair of the IEEE Los Angeles Council, then as Region 6 Southern Area Chair in 2007-2008, continuing as Awards Chair for Southern Area, and now Region 6 PACE Chair for 2011. Plus he continued his participation and leadership roles with BV Section and his ComSoc Chapter throughout these years, and also served as a board member of The CTC (Convergence Technology Council) since 2004.
Doug has been a Program Manager with ITT-Force Protection Systems where he oversaw development and production of communication systems. Prior to ITT he held program management positions with LuminentOIC in Chatsworth and Phasebridge in Pasadena, a product manager for Ericsson and then for several startup companies developing telecommunication systems and break-through sub-system technologies. Previous to these non-technical roles, Doug was a development engineer and engineering manager in computer, controls, and telecommunication systems companies.
Doug holds a BSEE degree from the University of Minnesota, and nearly finished an MBA degree from St. Thomas University before being transferred to Dallas. Doug enjoys classical music and the performing arts, as well as the works of Impressionist artists.
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Karl Geiger, Past Chair (2011-2012)
Past Officers, 2009-2010
(IEEE Senior Member, BV Section Chair 2009-2010, EMBS Chapter Chair 2007-2008, EMBS Administrative Committee Member 2009-2011) is a Senior Manager in Information Systems at Amgen, where he has worked in the Systems Informatics (applied mathematics) group and other areas since 2003.
Steve has been active in medical device and other instrumentation product development for most of his professional career, after a start at Bell Telephone Laboratories after graduate school. He founded an internet service provider company in the Midwest; it is still in existence as a regional ISP today. Steve has three patents, in signal acquisition, rule-based expert systems, and the use of the signals and rules in a diagnostic system. Steve is the co-author of the well-regarded Buenaventura EMBS chapter’s Middle School Outreach program.
Momin Quddus, Vice Chair
Jerry Knotts, Secretary
Zachary Cohen, Treasurer