CIE-SF 2018 Annual Conference Afternoon Program

Time: Saturday, March 24, 13:00pm - 17:30pm
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara

Engineers and Their Careers in a Changing World

The afternoon session's theme is about engineers and their careers in the changing world. Speakers can talk about their own career stories, the industries they are in, the rapidly changing technologies, the companies they work for, future trends, and anchor on the point of required technical and leadership skills that are necessary for today’s engineers.

  • Executives from public companies talk about corporate ladder, and what are the high level positions they are hiring, and how to get to those positions. May analyze a few hiring examples.
  • Startup stars talk about why they choose the career path and how they hire/establish a RD team, comparing with established corporations
  • Incubator/Accelerator talk about who are those founders in Silicon Valley (demographic, portfolio examples), and startup areas, team member’s role and how engineers grow, from technology know-how to business and finance know-how
  • HR/Talent acquisition expert from Global companies talk about the current hunt for local talents

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm


1:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Opening Remarks

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm


Titan Gu, Theravance Biopharma

Vamsi Boppana, Xilinx

Siwei Shen, lyft

Shawn Flynn, TechCode


3:30 pm to 3:45 pm


3:45 pm to 5:00 pm


HR presentation (15 min): Tom Zhang

HR Panel (1 hour): Moderator Tom Zhang

Panelist: Claire (Baidu), Ping Hsu (SJSU), more to come…


6:00 pm to 9:00pm

Evening Dinner Banquet, with Keynote by Victor Peng, Xilinx

Title: Career in Pharmaceutical R&D that Make a Difference

Speaker: Dr. Titan Gu, Vice President, Analytical Development and Quality Control, Technical Operations, Theravance Biopharma

Biotech and pharmaceutical industry is the other crown jewel of bay area and Silicon Valley, with robust growths projected for biotech in the bay area. A brief overview of drug discovery and development process will be provided, along with the current trends in biotech and pharm world. This presentation will also illustrate career paths in biotech and pharmaceutical industry using personal experiences, and discuss the type of engineers that are highly desired in biotech & pharmaceutical industry, especially in the highly regulated cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) environment.  Some personal advises will be offered on how to prosper in a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industry, and on the interview tricks.


Title: Adaptable Architectures: The Why and How?

Speaker: Dr. Vamsi Boppana, Corporate Vice President, Silicon and Systems Development, Xilinx

An explosion in the generation, movement and analysis of data is creating fundamental shifts and opportunities in the semiconductor industry today. Data, as they say, is the new oil. Traditional, general purpose, architectures are unable to scale to service these next generation demands. Custom Silicon products, while offering viable technology, are increasingly becoming unviable due to economic reasons… the expense associated with building such products is increasing exponentially and becoming prohibitive for most applications. Adaptable architectures, such as FPGAs and Programmable SoCs, offer an excellent alternative by providing some of the benefits of custom silicon products without the prohibitive expense associated with building them. This talk provides insights into why adaptable architectures are needed and how they are solving critical problems. Finally, we will explore how this changing landscape is presenting significant learning and growth opportunities to the engineering community.


Title: TBD

Speaker: Siwei Shen, lyft


Title: Engineers are Always Learning

Speaker: Shawn Flynn, Senior Business Development Manager, Techcode

Team member’s role and how engineers grow, from technology know-how to business and finance know-how:  a look at my personal journey, and the journey of the individuals of two of the companies held in Techcode, (an international incubator chain.)  One is Cocoon Cam, the only smart baby monitor that offers both breathing monitoring and HD video in one device. Learn what drove a boy genius who entered college at age eleven to want to join this team and a Founder with a newborn baby, with a great job at Tesla, to want to quit to form his own company. Also, the story of the founders of and how one went from Academia to the startup life and another has been a serial entrepreneur since her can remember.  What drives engineers to keep changing their roles and moving forward as nothing is constant in the world of Engineering. 



Title: Find the Turning Point in Your Career

Speaker: Dr. Tom Zhang, HR/Talent Acquisition in Silicon Valley


HR Panel Title: TBD

Panel Moderator: Dr. Tom Zhang


Claire Yang (Head of HR, Baidu USA)

Dr. Ping Hsu (Professor, San Jose State University)



Speaker Photos


Dr. Titan Gu, VP, Theravance Biopharma



Dr. Vamsi Boppana, Corporate VP, Xilinx




Siwei Shen, Director, Lyft




Shawn Flynn, Sr. Manager, TechCode




Dr. Tom Zhang, HR/Talent Acquisition in Silicon Valley



Panelist photos

Dr. Ping Hsu, Professor of SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY


Claire Yang, Head of HR at Baidu USA




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CIE-SF 2018 Annual Conference Dinner Banquet

Time: Saturday, March 24, 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara


Keynote Speaker: Victor Peng, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xilinx

Victor Peng is President and Chief Executive Officer of Xilinx. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Xilinx. Peng has over 30 years of experience defining and bringing to market leadership FPGAs, All Programmable SoCs, GPUs, high performance microprocessors and chip sets, and microprocessor IP products.

In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Peng managed Global Sales, Product & Vertical Marketing, Product Development, and Global Operations & Quality. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President & General Manager of Products at Xilinx, and led the definition, development, and product marketing of the company’s portfolio of products and differentiated technologies – resulting in three consecutive generations of core product leadership and significant industry breakouts in integration and programming.

Before joining Xilinx, Peng served as Corporate Vice President of the graphics products group (GPG) silicon engineering with AMD, where he also served as a key leader for AMD's central silicon engineering team supporting graphics, console game products, CPU chipset and consumer business units. Prior to that, Peng held executive and engineering leadership roles at TZero Technologies, MIPS Technologies, SGI and Digital Equipment Corp.

Peng earned a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He holds four U.S. patents.



Silicon Valley Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient:

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fortinet

A seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie started his first network security company SIS in 1993, designing software firewalls while studying at Stanford University. In 1996, he realized the performance limitations of software firewalls running on PCs/servers, and as a result started NetScreen. As founder, president, and CEO, he led the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high-performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion.
In 2000, after recognizing that firewalls and VPNs alone could not stop content and application network attacks such as viruses, intrusions, spam, and malicious web content, Ken founded Fortinet. Fortinet first pioneered the concept of Unified Threat Management (UTM), which unified these functions into single, highly functional appliances. With the rise of IoT, cloud, and mobility, Fortinet is now leading the way in evolving to the next generation of cybersecurity with its holistic Security Fabric vision and portfolio of solutions, which secure the entire attack service from IoT to the cloud and from user to data.  Fortinet completed its IPO (NASDAQ: FTNT) in 2009, which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as "IPO of the Year."
Ken earned an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a state-registered Professional Engineer. He also represents Fortinet as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyber Threat Alliance.


Silicon Valley Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient:

Eric S. Yuan, Founder and CEO of

Eric S. Yuan founded Zoom in 2011. Prior to starting Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, Eric was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration. In 2017, Eric was added to the Business Insider list of the 52 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech. Eric is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.



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2017年3月11日美洲中国工程师学会(简称中工会)旧金山分会在Computer History Musuem举办了第38界年会、暨中工会创建100周年旧金山分会的庆祝活动。年会分为下午的科技论坛及颁奖晚宴两个部分。


下午的科技论坛以百年来的工程故事为主题,首先请来了原台积电执行副总蒋尚义先生讲述半导体的发展历程以及目前面临的各种挑战和机遇,半导体是信息化的基础,经过了半个世纪的发展,从厘米级到微米级,再到纳米级,给人类生活带来了翻天覆地的变化。接着由IBM Fellow Ronald Fagin给我们讲述了电脑科技发展的故事,从第一台计算机的诞生到现在的云计算,从机器语言到智能语言,目前的计算机已经能够部分代替人类的脑力劳动,可以说电脑的引入彻底改变了人们的生活方式。我们还请来洛克希德马丁副总Iris Bombelyn采用图文并茂以及视频的形式给我们生动地描述了美国近代航天科技的发展历程,最后,前Cal State LA工学院院长以及CIESF前会长蔡桂伍诉说了建筑与土木工程的发展以及近况。近300人参加的这次论坛,还有不少观众热情很高,站着听完了所有的报告。

300人出席的晚宴更加精彩,我们请来了Unisourse CEO 王岚作为晚宴主持。首先由中工会旧金山分会会长刘亚洲博士致辞,并介绍2017年新任会长马思平先生。之后前会长方玉山博士及旧金山分会创会会长徐大麟博士分别讲述了中工会的百年史及旧金山分会的创建。


这次中工会百年庆祝活动的一个特别活动是表彰14位硅谷杰出工程师。他们分别是:Acorn Campus创始人朱伟人,BroadVision创始人及CEO陈丕宏,Integrated Device Technology的Worldwide Operations副总陈钧亚,UC Berkeley教授胡正明,Acorn Campus Ventures联合创始人龚行宪,Lam Research创始人和前CEO林杰屏,TransLink Capital高级管理总监李广益,Spring Creek Investments创始人沙正治,Capella Microsystems主席和CEO施振强,Oak Technology创始人和前主席臧大化,Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp创始人和前CEO王宁国,Atmel联合创始人和执行副主席吴聪庆,Fortinet创始人和CEO谢青,Juniper Networks 前执行副总颜维伦。

美洲中工会还邀请到惠普前中国区主席、前3COM CEO毛渝南先生作为晚宴的主讲嘉宾,毛先生诙谐生动的演讲让会场掀起了高潮。

美洲中工会还将杰出企业家奖颁发给丹华资本的CEO斯坦福教授张首晟先生,新兴企业家奖颁发给Zentera System的CEO李兆兴博士,2017年度科技人文奖颁发给郑洪院士和吴江博士。

之后由毛渝南先生作为颁奖嘉宾,为2017年的优秀高中生进行颁奖。美洲中工会一直以来重视优秀人才的培养,为了鼓励和奖励优秀的高中生,特别设置了优秀高中生奖项,在历届美洲中国工程师学会旧金山分会高中生奖学金获奖者中,不乏之后顺利考取Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Harvard等著名高校的优秀高中生,今年一共有七位高中生获得了该奖项。


在欢快的音乐中,美洲中工会旧金山分会2017年年会圆满落下了帷幕。在此,美洲中工会诚挚地感谢所有的活动赞助厂商、媒体以及个人,还要感谢所有的与会嘉宾以及来帮忙的志愿者,有了你们的参与和支持,今年的年会 才会如此精彩纷呈,惊喜不断。


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CIE-SF 2017 Annual Conference Dinner Banquet- Celebrate 100 Years of CIE/USA

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of CIE/USA, CIE-SF has arranged a great dinner program for our Annual Conference. There will be a delightful gala banquet in the evening featuring a keynote speech, presentation of awards, such as scholarships, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Technology and Humanity Award, and entertainment.

Yu-Lang (Robert) Mao will be the keynote speaker at the dinner. Mr. Mao was the CEO of 3Com from 2008 to 2010. During his time as CEO, Mr. Mao led 3Com to be a part of the S&P 500 companies. He also served as the Chairman of HP China from 2013 to October 2016.

Many other industry leaders of the Silicon Valley will be at attendance at this event.

Video clips of the CIE-SF 2016 Annual Conference can be found in a link shown below:  2016AC_Videos

In addition, we have a great afternoon session which is available free of charge for audiences. A link for the schedule of the afternoon program can be found below:


Time:  3/11/2017  5:30PM (Sat.)


Computer History Museum

1401 North Shoreline Boulevard

Mountain View, CA 94043

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Dinner Ticket Reservation:


Dinner Keynote Speaker: <Video>

Mr. Robert YL Mao

Former HP China Region Chairman

Former CEO of 3Com

Robert Mao has actively participated in the US, China, Taiwan, Asia and Europe technology markets for the last 40 years.

Bob is currently a senior advisor to a premier China based equity fund and an independent board director for one US listed pressure exchange company and one Taiwan listed automotive company respectively. He also participates in the strategic direction of private companies based in Taiwan serving US and Asia markets.

Bob was most recently, 2013-2016, the HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise China Region Chairman. Prior to that Bob served as the global CEO for 3Com, an S&P 500 company at the time, and oversaw the sale of 3Com to HP in 2010. Bob served as the Greater China regional president for Canada’s Nortel Networks and France’s Alcatel-Lucent respectively in the 1990s and 2000s. In the 1970s and 1980s Bob ran a telecom industrial unit in Taiwan for ITT and later for Alcatel serving Asia and worldwide markets. In the 1960s and early 1970s Bob worked at technology companies on the US east coast. Over the years Bob had served as independent board directors for public companies based in the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

Bob is a graduate of Cornell University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in metallurgical engineering and material science respectively. He also has an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.



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CIE-SF 2017 Annual Conference Afternoon Session- Celebrate 100 Years of CIE/USA

Stories of Our Industries in the past 100 Years

Join us to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the CIE/USA, CIE-SF has found four great speakers to share their stories and experiences of the industry in the past few decades. These speakers are the retired TSMC COO & EVP, Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義); IBM Fellow, Ronald Fagin; VP of Lockheed Martin, Iris Bombelyn; and former Dean of Engineering at Cal State Los Angeles, Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍). They will share many stories from semiconductor, computer science, aviation, and civil engineering industries, respectively.

Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義): Silicon IC Technology Innovations and Challenges

Ronald Fagin: Applying theory to practice (and practice to theory)

Iris Fujiura Bombelyn: Innovations in Aerospace over the Last 100 Years

Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍): Civil Engineering Contributions & Responsibilities

All their stories and experiences will be presented in English. You do not need to be an engineer to enjoy these stories, and we encourage you to bring your children. The speakers will share you amazing discoveries, inventions, and creations that humans have accomplished in the past 100 years. Hope to see you there.

Thanks to our sponsors, we will do a raffle to give away several Amazon gift cards to audiences. The biggest price is $50 and a CHT Global G4 WiFi Hotspot worth $159.

Time:  3/11/2017  1:00PM (Sat.)


Computer History Museum

1401 North Shoreline Boulevard

Mountain View, CA 94043

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You may also want to check our dinner program:



Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義)

Retired TSMC COO & EVP



Ronald Fagin

IBM Fellow



Iris Fujiura Bombelyn

VP of Protected Communications, Lockheed Martin



Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍)

Former Dean of Engineering at Cal State Los Angeles

Former Provost/Academic Vice President of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston



Stories of the Semiconductor:

Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義)

Shang-Yi Chiang’s insight and expertise have transformed Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) from a technology follower to a driving force. Under Dr. Chiang’s direction, TSMC’s R&D organization grew from 148 people to 5,500 and has set milestones in semiconductor technology scaling at nodes from 0.25 microns all the way down to 28 nanometers. An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of Business Week magazine’s Star of Asia award (2001). Mr. Chiang is the retired COO and EVP of TSMC.


Stories of the Computer Science: Applying theory to practice (and practice to theory)

Ronald Fagin

Ronald Fagin is an IBM Fellow at IBM Research – Almaden. IBM Fellow is IBM's highest technical honor. There are currently around 90 active IBM Fellows (out of around 400,000 IBM employees worldwide), and there have been only around 250 IBM Fellows in the over 50-year history of the program.  Fagin received his B.A. in mathematics from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). He has co-authored four papers that won Best Paper Awards and three papers that won Test-of-time Awards, all in major conferences.  He was named Docteur Honoris Causa by the University of Paris. He won the IEEE Technical Achievement Award, IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award (the highest award of the IEEE Computer Society), and ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award (a lifetime achievement award in databases). He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Stories of the Aviation:

Iris Fujiura Bombelyn

Iris Bombelyn is vice president of Protected Communications at Lockheed Martin, responsible for strategic development of assured, protected communications systems, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program. As the AEHF program manager, she leads the team delivering protected, assured strategic communications for the government.
Previously, she was the vice president of Narrowband Communications, including the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). As the MUOS program manager, she led the team delivering secure comms on the move for the military user. The system comprises 5 satellites, 4 ground stations, 2 satellite control facilities and software for the IP-based, prioritized access system management and control.
Bombelyn has also led the Space Systems Manufacturing team to provide complex manufacturing for space programs, with a focus on driving metrics to improve delivery of defect-free, affordable products with agile production cycles.

Iris has an extensive background in launch vehicles, starting as a member of the Titan launch team at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Later, Iris dedicated much of her time at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, during a nine-year stint as Launch Operations manager and program director for International Launch Services, providing launch services for commercial satellite customers.
Iris holds a BSE from Washington State University and a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Iris received a Silicon Valley YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry award in 2010, and in 2012, she was Asian American Executive of the year, and recognized by her Alma Mater, Washington State University with an Alumni Achievement Award. In 2013, she was awarded the Women of Color STEM Career Achievement Award. Iris is on the technical Advisory Board of the Harold Frank Scholars.  Iris speaks Russian and Japanese, and holds a black belt in ju-jitsu. She is a strong supporter of diversity and is on the Steering Committee for the Corporate Professional Asian American Network.


Stories of the civil engineering:

Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍)

Dr. Kuei-wu Tsai was the department chairman of civil engineering and associate dean of engineering at San Jose State University, dean of engineering, computer science and technology at California State University, Los Angeles, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.  He has received many national and local awards, including Outstanding Professor of San Jose State University in 1992, and the 1993 James M. Robbins National Outstanding  Teaching Award, the highest honor conferred by Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Dr. Tsai graduated from National Taiwan University with a B.S.  Degree in Civil Engineering in 1962.  Came to the United States with $200 in his pocket in 1963, he received M.S.E. (1965), M.A. (1965), and Ph.D. (1967) Degrees, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering, from Princeton University.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Tsai has been active in geotechnical engineering practice.  His projects include power plants, refinery facilities, oil and water tanks, steel mill, sewage treatment plants, low- and high-rise buildings, bridges, highways, subways, waterfront structures, large scale land reclamation and development, dams and other earth structures, both in the United States and overseas.

He believes in paying back to the society, and has been an active leader in many national and local professional and community service organizations.

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