CIE Annual Conference

 37th Annual Conference

Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

CIE-SF 37th Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA. The CIE-SF Annual Conference is a major Chinese-American engineering community event in the Bay Area. It consists of technical seminar sessions in the afternoon and a banquet dinner with keynote speech in the evening. The seminars usually draw about 300 participants from all branches of engineering and the dinner about 400 attendees. The theme of the 37th Annual Conference is Innovation. Prof. Chenming Hu, recipient of 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, will give a keynote speech in the dinner. The afternoon session is FREE but need registration for seats. The title of the afternoon session is 'We are Makers!'. We got 7 speakers and 5 of them have been a founder or co-founder of a company. Afternoon Speakers info click here.


1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043


Call for Scholarship, Entrepreneur Award, and Humanity & Technology Award Nomination 




CIE is the oldest and most prestigious Chinese-American engineers association in the U.S. It was founded in 1917 in New York by a group of Chinese engineers and engineering students then studying and training in the U.S. Among the elders of this organization was Yale-educated Zhan Tian-You, who led the design and building of Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railroad in 1905. This railroad was the first railroad in China that was completely built by a Chinese engineering team. The CIE/USA – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CIE/USA-SF) was established in 1979 and Dr. Ta-Lin Hsu served as the founding president.  CIE/USA-SF is a non-profit and non-political organization serving engineers and students in San Francisco Bay Area enginnering community.  The missions of CIE/USA-SF are to promote technological advancement, networking, and communicating among engineers and scientists, and to promote well-being of engineering community. 

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CIE Emerging Technologies Group seminar 1/26

Innovation: What, Why, and How   by Dr. William Kao


Date: Jan 26, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)
Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA
Talk Abstract:
Today, we need innovators more than any time before. Every organization and business is feeling the impact of globalization, migration, technological and knowledge revolutions, and climate change issues.
Even though efficiency is essential for business success, in the long run, it cannot sustain business growth. Studies have confirmed that all businesses want to be more innovative.
Management expert Peter Drucker said that if an established organization, is not able to innovate, it faces decline and extinction.
So what is Innovation?   Innovation may be defined as exploiting new ideas leading to the creation of a new product, process or service. It is not just the invention of a new idea that is important, but it is actually “bringing it to market”, putting into practice and exploiting it in a manner that leads to new products, services or systems that add value or improve quality. Innovation also means exploiting new technology and employing out-of-the-box thinking to generate new value and to bring about significant changes in society. It possibly involves technological transformation and management restructuring.
In this seminar the speaker will cover:

•      What is Innovation? Difference with Creativity, Invention

•       Why: Drivers and Conditions for Innovation, why is important
•       Types of Innovation
•       The Innovation Process ( the steps) , Innovation Matrix, Funnel, and Pyramid
•       Skills for Effective Innovators
        Lessons about Innovation
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 on semiconductor design in IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight US 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.  He is a consultant for several Clean Tech and VC companies in Silicon Valley, and a Clean Technology consultant for the Chinese Government, for the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, and for the Malaysian Government on new Emerging Technologies.
Between  2009-2015 Dr. Kao has authored and presented more than  50 talks, seminars, and short courses on the subjects of Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, and other Emerging Technologies such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Robotics, Internet of Things, Smart Cities  and 3D Printing.
Aside from technology Dr. Kao also frequently lectures on interdisciplinary education, soft skills, green MBA, and Chinese traditional philosophy (Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Sun Tzu).