1/27 Energy Storage - Technology, Policy, Applications and Investment

Time: Sat., Jan 27, 12:00pm - 16:00pm
Venue: Huawei office, 2330 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, CA

In mid-May, California broke a record on one day with 67% of its power being generated by renewable sources of electricity on the portion of the grid controlled by the CAISO. While this is a major achievement, sustaining this level of renewable power generation from a variety of sources is a challenge. Energy storage is now emerging as an essential electric utility resource to effectively enable higher penetration levels of variable renewable generation resources.  In California, in response to RPS mandates for increased renewable penetration, Assembly Bill 2514, in conjunction with CPUC rulings, has called for 1.3 GW of flexible energy storage to be incorporated into the energy mix by the three California IOUs during the next few years. CIE team up with two other organizations to present a seminar on Energy Storage. The four speakers will talk about energy storage from the viewpoint of policy maker, investor, researcher, and government project manager.

Host organizations:
North America Chinese Power Professional Association (NACPPA);
US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC);
Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE);
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


Jason Xu, Ph.D., Partner, Sycamore Venture; <PDF>

Haresh Kamath, Battery Storage Group Director, Electric Power Research Institute; <PDF>

Mike Gravely, Deputy Division Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission <PDF>


Date: January 27, 2018, Saturday


          12pm – 1pm: registration, lunch, & networking;

          1pm – 3pm: Talks from speakers;

          3pm – 4pm: Panel discussion;


Venue: Huawei, Building A, 2330 Central Expy, Santa Clara, CA 95050


Host organization:

North America Chinese Power Professional Association (NACPPA);

US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC);

Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE)

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies (IEEE)



Jason Xu, Ph.D., Sycamore Ventures North American venture partner, Sycamore Asia partner

 Talk Title: Energy storage – from investment perspective. Case study (Amber Kinetics)

Abstract: Amber Kinetics, a flywheel based energy storage start up, is one of the investment which Dr. Xu manages. Dr. Xu will use Amber Kinetics and his technology as a case study to talk about energy storage from investment perspective.

 Bio: Dr. Xu has 25 year management experience in business development, marketing/sales, manufacturing/operation, and product development both in US and China; in industries such as clean-tech & renewable energy, semiconductor, medical devices, wearable health devices and consumer products. Successful investment deals include Amber Kinectics Inc,Intraminds,and several others.  He is also a Senior advisor for UstarX, HNBC incubator, Makerehome, and Xian Jiaotong Incubator.  Dr.Xu graduated from Xian ChiaoTung University, a Ph.D degree in mechanical engineering from University of Minnesota. 

Haresh Kamath, Sr. Program Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Power Research Institute

 Talk Abstract: The deployment of grid-scale energy storage projects is rapidly accelerating, driven by improvements in technology, reductions in cost, and regulatory and policy incentives. In the near future, grid-scale storage is likely to find regular use for enhancing grid reliability and resiliency, as well as aiding in the integration of renewable energy technology.  The success of storage is dependent on the industry addressing some of the continuing gaps in storage implementation.  This presentation will focus on the methodologies for understanding and accounting for the benefits and costs of energy storage in specific applications.

 Bio: Haresh Kamath is Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), managing the Institute’s research into the development, assessment, and application of energy storage technologies for grid storage applications as well as the implementation and integration of storage, distributed generation, smart inverters, microgrids, and other distributed resources into the grid.

Kamath joined EPRI in 2002 as a project engineer in energy storage and distributed generation. He was an author for the first edition of the EPRI-DOE Handbook of Energy Storage and served on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association from 2005 to 2013.  After taking the role of Program Manager in 2011, Kamath took steps to create the EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a technical forum to facilitate the deployment and use of utility-scale energy storage systems.

Before joining EPRI, Kamath worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems as a product engineer responsible for spacecraft batteries. He also served as an applications engineering and business development manager at a startup energy storage company.

Kamath received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University.


Mike Gravely, Deputy Division Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division
California Energy Commission

 Bio: Mike Gravely is the Deputy Division Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division at the California Energy Commission.  The Division manages over $150 million annually in new energy related research and development projects.  His efforts support the energy research and development needs of the state in a variety of areas that include:  expanding energy efficiency and demand response, integrating renewables, evaluating new advanced generation systems, implementing the California Smart Grid, guiding energy related environmental research, assessing future energy storage needs, and demonstrating energy smart sustainable communities.

Prior to his current position, he was the Manager of the Energy Systems Research Office at the Energy Commission where he managed over $200 million in active energy related research and development projects in a variety of technical areas that include:  Smart Grid, Renewable Grid Integration, Microgrid implementation, Transmission, Distribution, Demand Response, Energy Storage, Distributed Energy Resources, Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), and Sustainable Communities.

Mike has over 30 years of engineering and integration experience in the energy, aerospace and communications fields.  Prior to the Energy Commission, Mike served in executive positions in the Federal Government and private industry including managing research, testing and fielding of distributed generation and energy storage systems for the Department of Defense, addressing the challenges of a start up energy storage company and overseeing a staffing and training company that specialized in serving the utility industry.  Mike Gravely has a BSEE from the Virginia Military Institute and an MSEE from California State University at Sacramento.

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2/3 我們的那時‧此刻:台灣電影七十年

Talk Title: “ 我們的那時‧此刻:台灣電影七十年”  

Date: February 3, 2018 (Sat.) 1:50 pm

Venue: Building 10 Auditorium, Cadence Design Systems, 2655  Seely Ave., San Jose

Registration: https://ciesf2018movie1.eventbrite.com

Building 10 在 Montague Expressway 及Cadence/E. Trimble 交界處

主講人:國立成功大學 夏祖焯教授

由「梁山伯與祝英台」、「筧橋英烈傳」到「不能沒有你」,到大陸片「八月」,這部2016年台灣影片「我們那時‧此刻」,片長二小時,金馬獎最佳導演楊力州製作, 桂綸鎂旁白,剪接多部金馬獎經典電影片段,訪談超過十人以上的金馬獎影帝、影后及導演如林青霞、李安、梁朝偉、章子怡、侯孝賢、馮小剛(大陸)。這是一部為紀念金馬獎50年拍攝的紀錄片,同時加入過去影響台灣的重大社會事件,用電影陪觀眾回溯時代痕跡,講述50年的台灣故事。看的不只是電影,也是我們的青春。各位一定有許多感觸及回憶,演完後請各位當場發表觀後感及互相討論。

演電影之前,夏教授將簡短介紹電影的發展,以及百年中國及台灣 (包括日據時期) 的電影發展。你一定會喜歡這次的節目。請邀請你的朋友來參加。請務必準時入場。

美洲中國工程師學會,美西玉山科技協會 ,北加州成大校友會

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1/24 Career transition to medical device

Talk Title: “ Career transition to medical device”  

Date: January 24, 2018 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

Registration: https://ciesf2018md1.eventbrite.com


This event hosted by CIE-SF and co-hosted with CASPA.

Medical device is a multi-disciplinary industry; it often requires a team of experts in medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering.  The challenge to successfully developing a medical device is to recruit experts in a multi-disciplinary team who can clearly communicate with each other.  Several advanced technologies enable the development of personalized or precision medicine, such as lab-on-chip, 3D printing, high resolution imaging, and artificial intelligence.  Medical device industry is highly regulated by FDA such that the product development process much more controlled when compared to either consumer or industrial products.  We will discuss advanced medical devices technologies and explore career opportunities for engineers.


Speaker: Yuping Chung

Yuping Chung (鍾俞平) is a high-tech business and management executive for 30+ years in medical devices, semiconductor, solid state storages, and enterprise software. Yuping is now a co-founder and SVP of Business Operations at Anitoa Systems, a molecular diagnostics medical device startup in Palo Alto, California.  Yuping is responsible for venture funding, new business development, strategic partnership, and sales management. In addition, Yuping also serves as executive advisor to several startups in medical devices, smart home solutions, robotics, and flash IC devices.

 Prior to Anitoa, Yuping was General Manager of Faraday Technology USA, a SoC/ASIC design service company publicly traded in Taiwan.  At Faraday, he manages new market expansion into medical devices, smart home, advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), and solid state storage devices (SSD).   Yuping has launched several pioneering products including high speed SerDes IPs, single chip SSDs, and high speed memories when working for Arasan Chip Systems, SST, sTEC, Marconix, Etron Technology, Mitsubishi USA (now Renesas), and IDT.

In addition to his professional career, Yuping is a member of the Board of Advisor of CASPA, a Silicon Valley non-profit semiconductor professional organization established in 1991 with 11 chapters in US, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  Yuping has been instrumental to increase the brand recognition of CASPA to the mainstream industry communities.

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Soft-Skill VI: Speak up for Yourself & Become a Master Presenter 2/10

Time: Sat., Feb. 10, 13:30pm - 16:00pm
Venue: Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus,  6024 Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose, CA ​

CIE-SF, Lingo Live, and Northeastern University will co-host this Soft-skill training course. 

Learn valuable communication skills from Lingo Live that you can use on the job right away. They’ll be part of our workshops on February 10th at Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus.


Self-Advocacy: Learn How to Speak up for Yourself

Speaking up for yourself is hard, especially at work. Lingo Live’s Self-Advocacy seminar will empower you with the confidence and skills to effectively articulate your needs and ideas. Join our workshops on February 10th at Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus.

Speaker: Kristin Vincenzo, Communication Coach, Lingo Live

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Become a Master Presenter
Speech is power. With it, you can motivate your team to act. In Lingo Live’s seminar, we will examine ways to deliver engaging and inspiring presentations. Join our workshops on February 10th at Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus.

Speaker: Tracey Gordon, Communication Coach, Lingo Live

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2/20 Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies

Talk Title: “ Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  

Date: February 20, 2018 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA



Talk Title: “Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  by Dr. William Kao


Talk Abstract:  Few commodities are hotter right now than bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, which has rocketed up to around $19,000 last week (Dec 18, 2017) from less than $1,000 since Jan. 1, 2017.

Bitcoin is a crypto currency and worldwide payment system.  It is the first decentralized digital currency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. The network is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly through the use of cryptography, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Currently, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment. Starting Dec 2017 , Coinucopia, a Sacramento-based startup, offers instant access to bitcoin at automated teller machines in northern California, in locations as varied as the South Bay’s Westfield Valley Fair mall, a Berkeley gas station and an Oakland liquor store.

 September 2017 was rocky for bitcoin in which the digital currency briefly plunged more than $2,000 as China cracked down on crypto currencies and J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a "fraud" that "won't end well."

Crypto currency is a medium of exchange like normal currencies such as USD, but designed for the purpose of exchanging digital information through a process made possible by certain principles of cryptography. Cryptography is used to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new coins. The first crypto currency to be created was Bitcoin back in 2009. Today there are hundreds of other crypto currencies, often referred to as Altcoins.

In this two hour presentation, the speaker will present the history, the technology, and the market of Bitcoin, Blockchain and crypto currencies in general.



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.


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