Clean Tech September Seminar

 
Dear members and friends, 

Welcome all to the Fall 2012 Clean Technology Seminar Series: 

       Date: September 11, 2012 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (registration starts at 6:30pm) 
       Venue: ITRI Int'l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA
       Admission: Free ( light dinner for early arrivals) 

Dr. Wen C. Wang, PE , President of Multech Engineering Consultants, Inc. and adjunct faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering D epartment at San Jose State University, will give us the first talk " Sustainability of Water Resources Development" . Second talk " Applications of Biomimicry to Clean Technology" by Dr. William Kao, the founder and President of CARES ( Chinese American Renewable Energy Society), currently, a Clean Technology consultant for the China Government. 

Don't miss out networking and exchanging your views with other attendees. MAKE it a GREAT evening! 
Cheers! 

CleanTech Group of CIE/USA-SF (formerly CARES) 


Talk Title: "Sustainability of Water Resources Development" by Dr. Wen C. Wang, PE 
Abstract: Water is essential for daily human consumption and social and economic developments. However, it can also cause flooding resulting in losses of human lives and properties. As availability of water varies seasonally and geographically, water resources engineering plays an important role in developing structural facilities for effective water utilization and flood control, such as dams, canals, channel improvements, etc. Those facilities, although providing many human benefits, often cause long-term environmental and ecological degradations. Water resources development continued to evolve over the entire human history. The development as a whole has rapidly accelerated in both scale and pace since the end of World War II due to advances in modern construction technology and machinery. And so are the resulting social, environmental, and ecological impacts. Since 1980s, the call for mitigation actions has gathered momentum and the United Nations has adopted the sustainable development policy promoting the principle that a present development should not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In his presentation, Dr. Wang will discuss benefits and impacts of various water resources developments and strategies of achieving sustainability. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Wang specializes in water resources engineering. He has extensive professional experience in hydrology, hydraulics, sedimentation, drainage, flood control, watershed management, and reservoir desilting. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. He has published five books on various topics of water resources engineering. 

Dr. Wang is President of Multech Engineering Consultants, Inc. He also serves as an adjunct faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at San Jose State University. He provides consulting services in the U.S., Taiwan, and China. 

Talk Title: "Applications of Biomimicry to Clean Technology" by Dr. William Kao 
Abstract: Biomimicry is a new discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problem. One can think of it as "innovation inspired by nature". 
After 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures have become fossils, and lifeforms that are still surrounding us have a secret to their survival. The conscious emulation of life's genius is a survival strategy for the human race, a path to a sustainable future. The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home (earth) that is ours, but not ours alone. Recently many new biomimicry methods have been applied in clean technology: to solar and wind energy, as well as to green construction and green transportation-high speed rail. In this interesting talk Dr. Kao will share with us these biomimetic methods and their new applications. 

Speaker Bio: 
Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for 30 years holding senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems. 
Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers and holds seven software and IC patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided circuit 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 UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension, and at the Silicon Valley Technical Institute in San Jose. 

Dr. Kao is the founder and President of CARES (Chinese American Renewable Energy Society), now The Clean Technology Group of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) USA-SF, where he is currently a Board Member. 

Dr. Kao currently serves as an advisor and consultant for several local Clean Tech firms, and is a Clean Technology consultant for the China Government where he taught courses to officials on "Low Carbon Economy", and consults for them in the areas of Solar Energy, Energy Storage, Smart Grid and Green Cities. He also consults for the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology where he was invited to give seminars on Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency at major universities, government research institutions and local industry. He consults for the Malaysian Government on Major Emerging Technologies for their transition from a Manufacturing-based towards a Knowledge-based Economy. 


Organizer: CleanTech Group of CIE/USA-SF (formerly CARES) 
Chinese American Renewable Energy Society (CARES) founded in 2009 in Silicon Valley by a small group of professionals who shared their common interests in alternative sources of clean energy, energy efficiency, and global environmental sustainability, is to promote renewable energy and clean technology to Chinese American communities by providing a common platform, services, activities and education. Now CARES has merged with the Chinese Institute of Engineers USA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter to become the CleanTech Group of CIE/USA-SF. 



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Dear members and friends, 

On Wednesday Sept 19, the initial segment of California's ambitious $68 billion high speed rail project won the approval of the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, clearing the way for construction to begin in 2013. Federal authorities approved a 65-mile section of track through the state's central agricultural heartland, from Merced to Fresno, after environmental and engineering reviews were completed. 

California's bullet train network, expected to take decades to complete, would eventually connect Sacramento and San Francisco to Los Angeles, with stops along the 800-mile system. Backers of the project hailed the decision as historic for the development of the first high-speed train project in the nation and the start of construction in the central San Joaquin Valley. California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed an initial funding bill for the train project in July that cleared the way for construction of 130 miles of track. Brown says a bullet train network will boost job creation and provide an alternative to car and plane travel in the country's most populous state. 

Critics, however, say California can ill afford the $68 billion project that farmers' unions regard as an "imminent threat" to some of the most agriculturally productive land in the United States. 

Critics worry that funding for the project will eventually run dry before the rail network can be completed, leaving California with a "train to nowhere" in its agrarian midsection. 

Cost estimates for the project, the most ambitious public works endeavor to date in California, have ballooned to $68 billion from $45 billion previously. 

To give everyone a first hand report, as well as to educate everyone on high speed rail technology, we have invited two experts: Dr. Tom Tsai and Dr. Lester Lee to give us a Clean Technology Seminar titled: 


       Global High Speed Rail, with focus on CA 
       Date: October 15, 2012 (Monday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (registration starts at 6:30pm) 
       Venue: ITRI Int'l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 
       Admission: Free


This seminar will begin with a brief history of the development of High Speed Ground Transport (HSGT), of which High-speed-Rail(HSR) is just one part of it. The other concepts developed earlier including the German and Japanese magnetic levitated vehicles, the US track levitated research vehicle suspended on a cushion of air, and the US linear induction motor research vehicle that was the fastest wheel-on-rail vehicle in the world in 1974 at a speed of 256 mph. Together with a short description of the development of high-speed rail systems in the world will be a description of those attempts of HSR in the United States, including the current program in California. Major technical issues or concerns such as safety and regulations facing the HSR project in California will be discussed. Current status, financial and political issues in California HSR will also be addressed. 

Please join us and learn more about this fascinating Clean Tech topic. The seminar will also provide an environment for proactive dialogue on this subject. Don't miss out networking and exchanging your views with other participants. MAKE it a GREAT evening! 

Cheers! 

CleanTech Group of CIE/USA-SF (formerly CARES) 


Speaker Bio: Dr. Tom Tsai 
Tom received his BS, MS in mechanical engineering from Taiwan Cheng Kung University, and his PhD in ME from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 1969. His professional career covered a broad range of industry and government programs. In the area of rail structures, he managed several national research and development programs at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation from 1977 to 1982. He managed several test programs for high-speed trains including the German ICE, the Swedish X-2000 and the Spanish Talgo train sets. He was among the technical experts who develop the first ever federal safety standards for passenger rail equipment in USA in 1999.
Beginning as a member of the first official US railroad delegation to China in 1980, he helped transfer various railroad technologies, first in heavy haul freight trains, then high-speed trains, to China over the years until his retirement in 2006. He is a life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 
He won many service achievement awards from the Departments of Transportation and Defense. 
He has published over 75 technical papers on structural dynamics and organized and chaired many international technical conferences.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Lester Lee 
Dr. Lester H. Lee is one of the old timers in Silicon Valley. He came to America 50 years ago after finishing high school in China. He is a graduate of Univ. of Illinois and settled in Silicon Valley after getting his Ph. D from Stanford.
He is currently president of Recortec, Inc. a company he started 30 years ago. Recortec is now the oldest Chinese owned hi-tech company in Silicon Valley. 
Dr. Lee is the founder and past president of a number of prominent Chinese hi-tech organizations such as CIE, Chinese Institute of Engineers, AAMA, Asian American Manufacturers Association, and MJ, Monte-Jade Technology Association. He has also been extremely active in the Chinese community. He and his wife Helen have been major supporters of all Chinese political candidates in America. He himself is the first ever Chinese appointed to the Board of Regents, the governing body of the 9 campus University of California. 
Back in year 2000, he also founded and served as the first chairperson of Northern California Chinese for Peaceful Unification (CPU-NC).

Organizer: CleanTech Group of CIE/USA-SF (formerly CARES) 

Chinese American Renewable Energy Society (CARES) founded in 2009 in Silicon Valley by a small group of professionals who shared their common interests in alternative sources of clean energy, energy efficiency, and global environmental sustainability, is to promote renewable energy and clean technology to Chinese American communities by providing a common platform, services, activities and education. Now CARES has merged with the Chinese Institute of Engineers USA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter to become the CleanTech Group of CIE/USA-SF. 


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