CIE/SF High School Student Scholarship Award 2017


The Chinese Institute of Engineers San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CIE/USA-SF) is now accepting applications for the Scholastic and Special Achievement Award. The scholarship award winners will be announced and awards (US$200 and CIE certificate) at the CIE/USA-SF Annual Conference held at Computer History Museum on March 11th, 2017.

Following a long-standing tradition of pursuing excellence, CIE/USA-SF has established this award program to encourage and recognize its members outstanding high school students. Selection criteria will be based on a balanced achievement of applicants' outstanding academic accomplishments, participation in extracurricular activities and involvement in community service. Each award winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and a check of two hundred dollars and shall attend the CIE/SF Annual Conference.

All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  1. A CIE/USA-SF member's children
  2. Currently a Junior or Senior (11th or 12th grade) in high school 
  3. Has never received the award from the CIE/SF Chapter before

All applicants must submit the following documents in softcopies

  1. A completed application form (download template).
  2. A passport type personal photo (to be published in the CIE/USA-SF 2017 annual conference proceedings) 
  3. A high school Transcript
  4. A personal essay (no more than 300 words) which includes information such as:  honor and awards received, offices of student organizations held, extracurricular activities, community service involved, volunteer work experience, etc.
  5. An information page (use the template on next page)
  6. (For Non-CIE/SF member only) A completed CIE/SF membership application form (download) or online from HERE and annual membership fee.    

The deadline for the application is February 1st, 2017. 

For 12th grade student, please send in your application ASAP for possible early decision. 

Contact Person: Patrick Lam 

Application material please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2017 Technology Predictions and Forecast

Date: Jan 18, 2017 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)
Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

Talk Title: “2017 Technology Predictions”  by Dr. William Kao

Talk Abstract:  It is the beginning of the year 2017. What is the technology forecast for the year?

What are the technology trends that will dominate, and what are some of the technology predictions for 2017?

In this two hour seminar talk, Dr. William Kao will report on what the tech industry is predicting for 2017. He will cover what major firms and institutions such as Gartner, Forbes, Forrester Research, Computer World, Time Magazine are saying about this year: trends, facts and figures,  some predictions, projections and prognostications.

Some of the technologies covered include: AR/VR, AI and machine learning, Big Data, IoT, Intelligent machines, drones, self driven cars, EVs, 3D printing, etc.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension. 

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.


San Jose Polytechnic University New 2017 Short Courses Program

Host: San Jose Polytechnic University
Location: 1631 N. First Street., San Jose, CA 95112
Time: 2:00-4:00PM 
Date: Jan 14, 2017
Registration and refreshments will start at 1:30PM.

Speaker: Dr. William Kao

Seminar Description:
A series of technical, business and soft skills courses will be offered at San Jose Polytechnic University starting in Spring 2017 .
In order to give potential students a better idea about the contents of each course as well as an opportunity to ask questions there will be a free one hour seminar presentation covering the following 7 courses:

1. Emerging Technologies I
Sensors, IoT, Big Data, Smart Cities
2. Emerging Technologies II
Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles
3. Emerging Technologies III
3D Printing 
4. Soft Skills: Interpersonal, Leadership
5. Innovation: What, who, why, how
6. Business Sustainability Concepts: Profit, People, Planet
7. Business Strategies Course for managers, and executives (based on Sun Tzu’s Art of War and 36 stratagems)
Each short course will be 3 hours long.
1:30 - 2:00 pm: Check-in, Refreshments, Networking
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Presentation on Short Course Program
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Q&A , Advance registration