IEEE Buenaventura
December 2016 Newsletter

In This Issue

Local IEEE Events

•  Dec 14 - Advances in Implantable Medical Devices - CLU, Gilbert Room 253

Other IEEE Announcements

•  Jan 2-4 - IEEE Rising Stars Conference in Las Vegas
•  Congratulations to Loyalty Pin Recipients
•  It’s time to renew for 2017

Other Announcements

•  EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
•  Thank You to FIRST Lego League Tournament Volunteers

Reports from Previous Events

•  Beam Me Up! IEEE Buenaventura Section Celebration Dinner

Sponsors and Job Opportunities

•  Advanced Personnel Profiles
•  Engility Corporation
•  Avalon Staffing
•  Syntesis Global
•  Ameriprise Financial

Local IEEE Events

December 14, 2016
Advances in Implantable Medical Devices

Dinner (optional): Available at 6:00 PM for $10, payable at the door.
Presentation (free): 7:00 PM
Presenter: Varaz Shahmirian
Free admission to presentation. No registration required.

About the Speaker

Varaz Shahmirian, Ph.D is the Director, Engineering & Technology, of the UCLA Extension.  He has extensive experience in design and development of active implantable devices, medical device product development, systems engineering, technical leadership, and project management.  He holds nine patents in medical device technologies.  Dr. Shahmirian received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, and his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.


CLU - Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 2nd Floor, Room 253
(Enter via west lobby)
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 (map). Do not park in the faculty/staff/reserved lots.

Presented by:  IEEE Buenaventura Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Chapter

Visit the EMBS web site for more information

Other IEEE Announcements

January 2 - 4, 2017
IEEE Rising Stars Conference
Las Vegas, NV

January’s Rising Stars Conference in Las Vegas to Emphasize Technical Innovation & Professional Development for Engineers

The third-annual IEEE Rising Stars Conference, 2-4 January at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is designed for engineering students and young professionals looking to network with their peers and learn from seasoned veterans. It will feature two tracks, one on technical innovation and one on professional development.

A sampling of topics includes:

•  The Power of Storytelling in Leadership
•  Communicating & Networking in a Virtual World
•  Creating & Marketing Your Personal Brand
•  High Performance & Virtual Reality
•  Entrepreneurship & Start-ups
•  Internet of Things, New Technologies & Smart Cities

“We think the dual nature of the conference -- emerging technology and professional development -- will have maximum benefit for our younger members,” IEEE Region 6 Director Kathleen Kramer said. “Both areas are key to a successful career in engineering.”

Job seekers and employers can find each other at Rising Stars. Plenty of networking time is available during breaks and at the young professionals’ meetup and mixers. The program also features a resume review session and video pitch competition. The video contest includes four prizes totaling $1,500.

The conference will begin Monday Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. with welcoming remarks by Kramer, Conference Chair Pei-Jung Tsai and 2017 IEEE-USA President Karen Pedersen.

If you’ve got more time to stay in Las Vegas, Rising Stars will be followed by:

•  Consumer Electronics Show, 5-8 January
•  IEEE Computing & Communication Workshop & Conference, 9-11 January

Rising Stars is the premier event for students and young professionals in IEEE Region 6 (Western United States).

IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of nearly 200,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Congratulations to Loyalty Pin Recipients

IEEE Member Loyalty Pins are designed to thank and recognize individuals for their IEEE membership. The lapel pins recognize members at 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 10, and 5 years as an IEEE member. The following IEEE Buenaventura members received loyalty pins in 2016:

Douglas Askegard, J Beckett, David Collins, Ronald Dallas, Michael Diamond, Lyman Hays, Peter Heins, Gary Hughes, Jerry Knotts, S Leong, Karl Martersteck, Bimal Mathur, Robert Mitchell, Ronald Pogorzelski, Richard Walton, John Baprawski, W Carter, Tai-Tseng Chu, Francis Cipolla, Christopher Dimond, Ramez Gerges, Gary Hawisher, Marc Hornbeek, Weiheng Chang, Rudy De Bruyn, Thomas Deboisblanc, Dennis Horwitz, Richard Killion, Danilo Llanes, Depti Patel, Eric Peterson, Darius Rahbar, Emilio Sovero, David Standley, Timothy Troske, Wai-Mao Yu, Harry Jabagchourian, Laurence Lipstone, Stephen Case, David Chaney, Harry Croner, David Delgadillo, Nathalie Gosset, Niranjan Kanaglekar, Benjamin Kuo, Victor Lin, Richard Poore, James Schultz, Albert Wolfkiel, John Wright, Deborah Kirby, Jagmohan Bajaj, Mark Fisher, Karl Geiger, Wesley Holser, William Hsu, Atul Joshi, Andre Metzger, Patrick Stevens, Don Thomas, Rengarajan Sudharsanan, Patrick Anglum, Steve Blanchard, Peter Brillhart, Roy Clark, Reza Firoozabadi, Jongchan Kang, Ross Kocen, O-Mun Kwon, Wencheng Li, Momin Quddus, Hampapu Ramapriyan, Robert Rumer, Yuriy Shlepnev, Yahia Tachwali, Mohammad Tehrani, Michael Torres, Neale Keane, Raj Shori, Ron Blaine, Hardik Shah, Joel Wong.

It’s time to renew for 2017

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 2017.

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

Other Announcements

EnCorps STEM Teachers Program

As members of IEEE, you are skilled in finding innovative solutions to propel society forward. Please join us in providing more than 20,000 students with unique, industry-based mentorship to enhance their economic and professional opportunities. EnCorps STEM Teachers Program trains and supports STEM experts as they give back in underresourced classrooms throughout California. The volunteer tutoring and early teaching exploration within our Fellowship allow participants to determine whether full-time math or science teaching could be an encore career. EnCorps provides high touch professional development to all Fellows, whether they remain committed as volunteers or choose to pursue a full career transition.

Serving high need communities since 2007, EnCorps addresses the pervasive and complex issues of STEM literacy, workforce development, and effective teacher preparation. EnCorps STEM Teachers represent the nation's top STEM experts: they have been employed an average of 17 years as a STEM professional, and 83% have earned either a Masters or PhD in a STEM subject.

Apply now for consideration into our 2017 cohort at , connect with Bethany Orozco, Los Angeles Program Director at or find out more at our EnCorps 101 webinar:

Bethany Orozco, Greater Los Angeles Program & Recruitment Director, EnCorps STEM Teachers Program

See the informational flyer for more details

Thank You to FIRST Lego League Tournament Volunteers

Thank you to the IEEE members who volunteered at the FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament on Saturday, November 19, at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks.  The volunteers provided significant assistance in running this 24-team tournament with 160 students, 80 volunteers, and 150 guests.  The fun event was a great success and raised $1200 for La Reina's robotics team.

Thanks for the phenomenal job!

– Bob Rumer, Tournament Host

Reports from Previous Events

•  On November 10, IEEE Buenaventura hosted Beam Me Up! Science and Sci-Fi Merged. This was a memorable evening with 5 JPL NASA Space Scientists and honoring longtime IEEE members. (photos)


Advanced Personnel Profiles
Job Opportunities

Enterprise Application Engineer
Second Sight (, Sylmar

This is a critical position for Second Sight responsible for establishing and maintaining enterprise-level software applications that directly support key business processes. Core activities include identification, installation, configuration, qualification, maintenance, administration, and training of these software systems.

Should have project management experience implementing systems such as MRP or ERP.  Must have Linux experience.

Contact Pat Jacobs -- 805-579-0630

Principal Electronics Engineer

Searching for an electrical engineer with a broad range of responsibilities and skills.  Must be hands-on, have active implantable medical device experience, ability to work independently and skilled with very low power digital and analog circuits.

Contact Pat Jacobs -- 805-579-0630

Sr. Firmware Engineer
Alfred Mann Foundation (, Valencia

Designs, develops, and tests embedded software systems. Graduate degree with a passion for Firmware Engineering and 5+ years experience as a technical contributor.  Experience in the medical industry (or other highly regulated industry) is a plus.

•  Fluent in C and C++
•  Experience with assembly and Python desired
•  Experience with design of fault-tolerant systems
•  Demonstrated competency with at least one embedded microprocessors toolchains such as: Code Composer Studio, GNU toolchain, IAR cross-compiler.
•  Demonstrated competency with various RTOS such as uC/OS, uClinux, eCos, QNX, etc.
•  Experience using logic analyzers, oscilloscopes and writing automation code to control these instruments

Contact Pat Jacobs -- 805-579-0630

Engility Corporation
Job Opportunities

Engility seeks Engineers, Software Professionals and Technicians to support multiple programs in Southern, CA.

Featured jobs at Pt. Mugu, CA are:

#22970 Engineer/Scientist IV (Journeyman Engineer, Electronics) – Will design, build and test both analog and digital electronics, including RF Circuitry. Must be able to obtain a security clearance and hold a 4 year degree in Engineering. 6+ years experience designing electronics are required.

#22875 Senior Sensor Engineer – Electronic Warfare. BA/BS and 14+ years of related experience. Top Secret clearance. Electronic Warfare engineering experience in Navy Specific role, to include, but not limited to, any of the following: ALQ-99, ALQ-217, ASQ-239, ALR-66.

#22425 Lead Senior Software Engineer. MS/MA from an accredited college or university in an applicable Engineering, Mathematics, or Business discipline. A minimum of ten (10) years of Software Engineering experience with Navy Weapon/Combat Systems and associated equipment.

#23727 Senior Software Engineer – Experience building GUIs using MS Visual Studio. The selected applicant will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. US Citizenship is required to meet this obligation

#24451 Modeling and Simulation Software Engineer – will need to be able to obtain a clearance and have 3+ years of experience with GUIs in Visual Studio.Net. RTOS experience is also required.  Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.

Featured jobs at Ridgecrest/China Lake, CA:

#21299 – RF Engineer in support of RADAR systems for Navy manned and unmanned RF Sensor Systems.

For more information about these jobs, please visit our website or contact

Avalon Staffing
Job Opportunities

Visit our website for current openings or call our office to see if we can be of immediate service: 805.367.3260 and/or send a resume to

Our current openings include:
•  Production Supervisor - Torrance
•  Director of Product Engineering (EE/ME) -  Camarillo
•  Design/Project Engineer/Aviation -  Burbank
•  Bilingual Quality Engineer/Aviation - Burbank
•  Sr. Biz Dev/Aviation - Burbank
•  Mechanical Assembly/Repair/Entertainment - Chatsworth
•  Sr. Mfg Engineer - Valencia
•  Project Manager/Semiconductor - Santa Barbara
•  Project Engineer/Aviation - Pacoima

Also: We are working on a large project for an Energy Storage Start-Up in New Jersey. Roles are diverse and include:
Dir of R&D, Dir of Engineering, Customer facing Electrical Engineers, Quality Engineering Manager, Test Engineer, Quality Engineer (Upstate NY).  Call our office for details.

Syntesis Global

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

Ameriprise Financial

D. F. Rick Speidel, Financial Advisor
Managing Director
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
3027 Townsgate Rd Suite 200
Westlake Village, CA 91361-5863
O: 805.367.9015|F: 805.277.5156
Toll Free: 866.301.0449
CA Insurance License #0A01366

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