Soft Skill Training III: Jumping off a cliff with confidence - how to make career transitions 6/27

According to a January 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median tenure of US workers with their current employer was 4.2 years. It is very well known the median tenure is even shorter here in Silicon Valley. We may not only change employers a number of times, but we may even deviate away from our core occupation to endeavor in new ventures. How does one make such a daunting transition with confidence? Our guest speaker will share his career makeover experiences of how he transitioned from an engineer occupation at a hardware company to business development at a software company. This interesting and inspirational topic is part of the Soft Skill Training series hosted by CIE-SF this year.

Time:  6/27/2017  6:30PM (Tue.)

Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

Registration: https://ciesf2017softskill3.eventbrite.com/

Speaker: Francis Chow


Francis is the Sr. Director of Business Operations and Chief of Staff of the Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware. He has been at VMware for about a year. Previously he spent almost 20 years in the Semiconductor industry at Altera (acquired by Intel) and Texas Instruments. He started his career as an engineer, got promoted to a design manager, transitioned his career to a business role, and took on various marketing and sales leadership roles before becoming a Vice President and General Manager of a $1B business. He has delivered speeches and presented a number of papers in key conferences, most recently at IEEE 5G Summit and previously at IEEE ISSCC and IEEE GLOBECOM. He has a number of ITU standard contributions for DSL and has 7 issued US patents. Francis holds an MBA and an MSEE from University of California at Berkeley, and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Facing a Digital Disruption, Leading the Digital Transformation 5/16

Date: May 16, 2017 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facing-a-digital-disruption-leading-the-digital-transformation-tickets-34154930316

Talk Abstract:

Consider recent news like many Sears, Kmart, JC Penney, Macy closing their shopping mall stores, and the impact Uber and Airbnb are having on the taxi and hotel business.

Digital Disruptions are daily presenting significant threats and opportunities to many businesses. Industries currently facing digital disruptions include Automobile Manufacturing, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Security, Telecommunications, traditional Professional Services, Accounting & Finance, Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Education, Energy, Governments, Manufacturing, Transportation, etc…

The impact and breadth of digital disruptions require companies to embrace a world of rapid changes, the ability to innovate faster, the agility to execute multiple strategies concurrently, the development of the right leadership capabilities, and adoption of new workforce skills and corporate cultures to support a Digital Transformation.

In this talk the speaker will first present issues and impacts of digital disruption, defining  a digital strategy, followed by steps on  how to successfully carry out and implement a digital transformation.

 

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 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. 

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

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies. In the past five years  he has given over 50 talks and seminars on  various emerging technology topics such as Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, AR/VR, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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Virtual Reality Experiences For Sports – The Fundamentals and the Opportunities 5/17 (with Demo)

The Intel True VR platform delivers the most immersive VR experiences with live and video on-demand content viewing as well as in-game highlights to bring in-stadium experiences to life for fans from any location. In this talk, Dr. Jayaram will describe the end-to-end solution and will talk about some of the building blocks. This completely new viewing experience has been deployed at prestigious sporting events such as the NCAA March Madness Championship. Dr. Jayaram will have a VR headset on site before and after the talk for the audience to view the content.

Time:  5/17/2017  6:30PM (Wed.)

Venue: Imagination Technologies Cafeteria Room, 3201 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA

To register,visit

http://cie2017vr1.eventbrite.com

Speaker: Uma Jayaram, Managing Director, Intel True VR

Dr. Uma Jayaram is the Managing Director of Engineering for Intel True VR, a live-event virtual reality platform that is part of the Intel Sports Group. Previously, she was the Co-Founder and COO of VOKE VR. The company was acquired by Intel in November 2016.

A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Jayaram has been on the founding teams of three technology companies. In addition to being a co-founder of VOKE, Dr. Jayaram was a co-founder of Integrated Engineering Solutions, a company providing customized engineering software solutions. She also co-founded Translation Technologies, a company that provides feature-based translations between CAD systems.

Dr. Jayaram has deep expertise and global recognition in virtual reality, artificial intelligence and engineering applications. She has published and lectured extensively on these topics. She was an Associate Professor at Washington State University and was the Associate Director of the Virtual Reality Lab at Washington State University,

One of the first women to receive an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, Uma has also been inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for her contributions to virtual reality and engineering as well as earning a “Lifetime Achievement” award by the International Society of Agile Manufacturing (ISAM).

 

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2017 Clean Technology: Recent Trends, New Developments

Date: April 12, 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 Abstract: In this seminar Dr. Kao will cover the most recent Clean Technology trends and the newest developments in all clean technology areas including:
1.    Top 10 Renewable Energy Trends
2.    Ten Green Building Megatrends 2017- 2020
3.    Latest developments in solar and wind energy.
4.    Marine Energy : Wave Energy Prize Competition winners, technologies
5.    Smart Grid Status, Challenges, Penetration
6.    Energy Storage: batteries (lithium ion, Mg ion, H), molten salt
7.    Use of drones in clean tech
8.    Electric Vehicles: Tesla Model 3 (BEV), Toyota Mirai (fuel cell car )
 
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 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. Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.
He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies. In the past five years  he has given over 50 talks and seminars on  various emerging technology topics such as Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, AR/VR, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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