IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Santa Clara, CA, on 2829 September 2012.

Just Added: Job recruiters from some hot Silicon Valley companies will be on site!

The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only US$159 for members* and US$209 for non-members.

Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Below you will find the agenda and course description for each track. Attendees may choose one full-day track on each day of IEEE Smart Tech.

As a special incentive for non-members, if you choose to wait and join IEEE on site at the workshop, you will receive a US$50 credit toward your first-year membership dues in lieu of the member discount on your registration fee.

*Society affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

The Metro Area Workshop in Santa Clara is sponsored in part by:


Workshop Schedule

All times are PT.

Friday, 28 September

Saturday, 29 September


Three tracks run concurrently all day. Choose one:

  • Track 1: Embedded Software
    • Morning Session: iPhone Apps
    • Afternoon Session: Android and Embedded Linux
  • Track 2: Life Sciences
    • Morning Session: Biotechnology
    • Afternoon Session: Medical Devices
  • Track 3: Career Assistance
    • Morning Session: Career Strategy Workshop
    • Afternoon Session: Hirable for Life

Three tracks run concurrently all day. Choose one:

  • Track 1: Consulting and Patents
    • Morning Session: The Professional Consultant
    • Afternoon Session Part 1: Intellectual Property and Patents
    • Afternoon Session Part 2: Becoming a Patent Agent
  • Track 2: 21st Century Infrastructure
    • Morning Session: The Internet of Things
    • Afternoon Session: The Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Analytics
  • Track 3: Career Assistance
    • All Day: Networking and Job Seeking Skills
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Session Keynote Address: Steven Hetzler, IBM Fellow
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Track Session Track Session
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Track Session Track Session
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Track Session Track Session
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Track Session Track Session
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Jim Ready, Cadence Systems, followed by Evening Reception Workshop Series Ends at 5 p.m.


Embedded Software Track

Friday, 28 September

Part 1: The App Goldrush - Introduction to iPhone App Development

In the movie "The Graduate," Dustin Hoffman was told that the future was "plastics." If the movie were made today, the guy at the party would say "apps."

Dave Wilson has been selling apps in Apple's App Store since 2008, and it's the most fun he's ever had in computing. Attendees to this workshop will see why.

Participants will learn about the technology involved and the skills needed to develop iOS apps, as well as the business prospects for making money, and having fun, selling apps for mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Android. Prerequisites include some experience in computer programming and a desire to learn new things, including:

  • development tools, with a focus on Apple's free Xcode IDE;
  • objective-C and other object-oriented programming languages;
  • Apple's Cocoa Touch framework;
  • selling apps in an App Store.

Dave will demonstrate how to use Xcode to develop a functioning and somewhat useful app in less than an hour.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Dave Wilson, Ph.D., President of Personal Concepts, is an independent software consultant. He has taught iPhone App development classes, and has developed a number of native iPhone apps available through Apple's App Store. In addition to expertise in Objective-C and the iPhone SDK, Dave has used many other object-oriented languages including Java, C++, Object Pascal, Smalltalk-80 and Prograph. He has provided advanced programming training classes for Apple, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Xerox, Boeing and many other major firms. 

Part 2: Android and Embedded Linux - Open Source in Mobile and Embedded

Topics include:

  • Android app development: fundamentals, development tools, documentation, market considerations
  • Android platform development: history and basics, internals, building from scratch, customizing
  • Embedded Linux: fundamentals, basic techniques, tools, reference projects and pointers

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Karim Yaghmour is CEO of Opersys, a company specializing in Android and Embedded Linux training and development. He defines himself as part serial entrepreneur and part unrepentant geek. He is most widely known for his book Building Embedded Linux Systems, which has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and which has been translated into several languages. Karim pioneered the world of Linux tracing by introducing the Linux Trace Toolkit (LTT) in the late 1990s. He continued maintaining LTT until 2005, and his LTT efforts were supported by developers from several companies including IBM, HP, and Intel. Karim has presented and published as part of a number of peer-reviewed scientific conferences, magazines and online publications, including Usenix, the Linux Kernel Summit, the Ottawa Linux Symposium, Linux Journal, the O'Reilly Network, and the Real-Time Linux Workshop.

Life Sciences Track

Friday, 28 September

The biomedical industry represents the intersection of engineering, technology, and medicine. A culture of innovation, access to leading research universities and life science companies, and a skilled workforce are top factors that motivate companies to locate and expand operations in the state. The biomedical industry in California is one of the largest employers and provides numerous opportunities for engineers of a wide variety of skills and backgrounds. This Engineering for Life track will focus on the role of engineering in the Biotechnology and Medical Device Technology sectors.

Part 1: Engineering for Life - Biotechnology

Life sciences involve application of scientific and engineering advances of the biomedical community to develop commercial products. The challenges and opportunities for engineers involve translating biological and chemical requirements into engineering requirements. This session will provide an overview of the life sciences and biomedical industries, including the varied roles of engineering within the industry. The session will further focus on the role of imaging and sensing instrumentation for product development of life science companies.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the co-chairs:

Kendall R. Waters, Ph.D., is Manager of Intellectual Property and Advanced Technology at Silicon Valley Medical Instruments, Inc. (SVMI), a development-stage medical-device startup focused on catheter-based ultrasound imaging. He has over seven years of medical ultrasound-industry experience and over five years of research experience at national laboratories in the US and France. Kendall is currently Chair of the IEEE Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley (IEEE-CNSV) and is a member of the Medical Ultrasonics Technical Program Committee of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society.

John Bashkin, Ph.D., has 18 years of experience in technology, product, and business development for life sciences and medical devices. He is currently Vice President of Business Development for Zymera, a life sciences company, and serves on the Astia Life Sciences Committee. He has held senior business-development positions at SRI International, Artificial Muscle, Inc., and Triple Ring Technologies. While at SRI, John headed up business-development efforts for life science and medical-device technologies, led his own NIH-funded research programs and served on the IP Committee. John was also a senior researcher at Molecular Dynamics and Amersham and led Amersham’s development of the first high-throughput DNA sequencing system. He is a co-inventor on six issued U.S. patents and co-author of more than 20 publications.

About the instructors:

Mark Brinkerhoff, PE, is President of FusionDesign, Inc. He has developed a range of biotech devices and systems for numerous companies including BioRad, Agilent, Boston Scientific, Abbott, and Hansen Medical. Mark has obtained eight patents for mechanical devices and systems, and he has 30 years of product and production machine development experience.

Audrey Erbes, Ph.D., is a global life science business-development and marketing consultant, industry educator, organization leader, and public speaker. She originated several bioscience business-development and marketing courses at the UCB and UCSC Extensions. She has 25 years of managerial experience in the corporate biopharmaceutical industry, including at Kowa Research Institute, a biopharmaceutical licensing and investment firm. She was named the NCC American Women in Science "2006 Distinguished Professional" and the Professional Women's Healthcare Alliance (PWHA) "2006 Innovator of the Year."

Dr. Dennis Harris is Chief Scientific Officer and cofounder of IntegenX, a private venture-backed company whose products automate complicated laboratory workflows for life sciences research and human identification. He has spent the majority of his career developing and implementing business strategies for life science companies to maximize their R&D efforts and to enhance their ability to bring innovation to customers. He has initiated and led successful portfolio acquisitions and negotiated technology collaborations, and he has extensive background in DNA sequencing and laboratory automation systems.

Robert Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., is Vice President of R&D for Infectious Diseases at Cepheid in Sunnyvale, CA. He has been involved in molecular diagnostic test development for nearly two decades in both established and startup companies including Becton Dickinson, Third Wave Technologies, and Siemens. Bob has launched products that test for HIV, HCV, HPV, mycobacteria tuberculosis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. He has a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, and he is a co-inventor of 12 US patents.

Part 2: Engineering for Life - Medical Device Technology

Medical technologies are developed to improve the health and quality of life of patients. Examples of medical technologies range from orthopedic and cardiac implants to diagnostic imaging systems and devices to robot-assisted surgery technologies. This session will cover the challenges in developing medical technologies and corresponding opportunities available to engineers. Particular attention will be given to identification of clinical needs, engineering of diagnostic and therapeutic devices, and current trends in the industry.

In this session, Sam Waldbaum of Ekso Bionics will demonstrate his company’s robotic exoskeleton with which paraplegics who require wheelchairs are able to walk. This fascinating device was demonstrated at TEDMED 2011.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Todd Brinton, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Lecturer in Bioengineering at Stanford University. He is an attending interventional cardiologist at both Stanford University Medical Center and the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. He is also the fellowship director for the program in biodesign innovation and co-director of the graduate class in biodesign innovation. His responsibilities include coaching and mentorship of the innovation fellows and direction of the graduate course in biodesign innovation. Todd’s academic research focuses on the development of novel medical technologies and pre-clinical evaluation. He serves on the advisory board of a number of early-stage medical device companies where he focuses on clinical development and strategy.

Klaus W. Hambuechen is a partner with The Angels’ Forum (TAF), an investment, mentoring, and advisory Silicon Valley group. TAF serves startups in the Bay Area from the seed stage all the way through a meaningful exit. Klaus also serves as Consulting Professor in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine and as a Board Member of several life science and technology companies in the Bay Area. He has a diverse range of interests including disruptive technologies to enhance diagnostic and therapeutic performance in the fields of Life Science and Medical Devices. He mentors responsible leaders in the startup phase and coaches entrepreneurs in strategic decision making and partnering.

Doug Post is a leader in product development and strategic marketing, with a focus on directing large, complex medical device programs. His passions are innovation, understanding unmet customer needs and building and leading strong product-development teams. He is Director of Program Management at Boston Scientific’s Electrophysiology Division. Doug has spent 18 years in the medical device industry at Guidant, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific, as well as putting in time as a strategy consultant and working on device projects of his own.

Brian Wilfley, Ph.D., of Triple Ring Technologies, has over 20 years of experience leading development efforts for medical device and instrumentation companies. He has held senior scientific and engineering positions with Resonex, Inc., Park Scientific, Inc., Signature Bioscience, Inc., and NexRay, Inc. Combining a broad theoretical background with a highly developed experimental sense, Brian has experience across the full range of challenges encountered in developing complex measurement-based products. His experience ranges from magnetism to x-rays and includes a broad array of applications including biotech instrumentation, medical imaging, and optical inspection.

Sam Waldbaum is Senior Electrical Engineer at Ekso Bionics, a company that makes medical exoskeletons that allow paraplegics to walk again, and whose military and commercial robots augment soldiers’ and workers’ strength and endurance. Sam is passionate about finding simple and elegant solutions to tough challenges.

Career Assistance Track: Strategy Workshop and Hirable for Life

Friday, 28 September

Part 1: Career Strategy Workshop

Is your career strategy broken but you don’t know how to fix it? If so, then come to this attendee-driven workshop and get your most pressing questions answered.

Engineers’ pressing questions usually focus on how to be more effective with personal marketing material and actions (resumes, letters, business cards, and other collateral). They also often need to learn how to focus on the soft skills associated with a more effective job search: the hidden job market, networking, interviewing, and social interactions. The session will be flexible; career strategy is not limited to the job search itself.

Additional topics to be covered by Hamid Saadat and Tom Brouchoud are “Networking in Your Job Search” and “So How Does Someone Find a Job? Tips from the Other Side!” These will be followed by a panel discussion on “How Do Recruiters Screen Candidates? Do’s and Don’ts for Securing Your Next Career.”

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Kathy Potter is career consultant at NOVA/ProMatch in Sunnyvale, CA, where she provides career coaching, leads seminars and workshops, and provides outplacement and leadership consulting. She has been Career Center director at two universities. Kathy’s passion and skills lie in helping people obtain or create the work they want by focusing on specific steps and approaches. She is a UC Berkeley graduate with three master’s degrees, and she has served as adjunct faculty in several schools. Her own portfolio career is an important element of her success in helping others discover and achieve their career goals.

Hamid Saadat has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing operations with semiconductor and networking companies. He founded CSIX CONNECT, Silicon Valley’s largest nonprofit, all-volunteer-run professional networking organization. Hamid holds an M.A. in Physics from the University of Oregon and is currently Vice President of Operations at DirectNu Energy.

Tom Brouchoud manages a team of top-performing recruiters, coordinators, and support staff tasked to strategically identify and attract top talent for US and international positions across all of SanDisk's organizations. He is responsible for development, implementation, training, and management of SanDisk's Global staffing process, automating their Global Employee Referral and Internal Transfer programs, creating aggressive staffing performance metrics and achieving consistently improved results.

Part 2: Hirable for Life - Maintaining Globally Competitive Engineers and Scientists

Hirable for Life (H4L) is a half-day, instructor-led training class that teaches the specific actions that experienced engineers and scientists can take to maintain and enhance their global competitiveness. Those just starting out in their tech careers can benefit by learning how to put themselves on a proven path to maintaining their competitiveness throughout their careers.

Attendees will learn five keys to remain hirable in good economic times and in bad. They will learn the five actions to take to support these keys. Each action is described in detail, with examples. In-class exercises help to reinforce the concepts. The students will have the opportunity to create their own personalized action plan for transforming their current level of competitiveness.

More information, including sample video excerpts, is available at

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Chuck Sobey, Chief Scientist of ChannelScience, is an IEEE Senior member, author, instructor, and data-storage technology expert. He has over 20 years of experience in the business and technology of signal processing, detection, and coding. Chuck was invited to lay out the steps for maintaining one’s hirability for life in his keynote address to Carnegie Mellon University's 2010 graduating class of Electrical and Computer Engineering students, and he has expanded this address into his talk at this Metro Area Workshop. In partnership with KnowledgeTek, Inc., Chuck has taught technology classes to thousands of storage professionals. He authored one of the most widely cited resources in data recovery, "Recovering Unrecoverable Data," and presented the keynote address at DISKCON’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the hard disk drive. Chuck presented the paper "Maintaining Lifelong, Personal Global-Competitiveness" at the IEEE International Technology Management Conference in Dallas in June 2012.

Consulting and Patents Track

Saturday, 29 September

Part 1: The Professional Consultant

Do your consulting prospects and clients see you as a true professional? You have the technical expertise and you're ready to get to work. But it's not enough to be technically adeptor even tactically brilliant. In fact, how you are perceived by others (prospects, clients, decision makers, internal stakeholders) directly affects your ability to close and maintain profitable business.

In this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • learn the definition of functioning as a professional consultant and how it differs from operating as a contractor or hourly worker;
  • learn the ten qualities of a professional and take the buzzword out of terms like "team player";
  • do a self-assessment of where you operate relative to each quality;
  • see demonstrations of the ways professionals communicate, from the ineffective ways to the most effective;
  • learn verbal and non-verbal tools to communicate professionally and practice them hands-on.

Plus tips and tools to establish and maintain a solid business infrastructure for success as a professional consultant.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Christine Silver of Silver Business Solutions is a management consultant with a background in human resources and training. Her teaching and coaching expertise includes conflict resolution, leadership development, effective communication, team development, and interview and candidate selection. Christine’s experience as a one-on-one coach has helped managers in their performance-management efforts. She has a B.A. in Child Development and a certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of California - Santa Cruz. She trained with The Coaches Training Institute and graduated from their intensive ten-month leadership program.

Duane Strong of Strong Engineering, LLC, is a software consultant with over 20 years of hardware and software experience. He specializes in embedded systems ranging from high-end embedded Linux systems to small microcontroller-based products and has developed products in the avionics, telecommunications, medical, audio, consumer electronics, and graphics arenas. Duane is an IEEE Senior member and holds a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certification from the IEEE Computer Society. He is a board member of the IEEE Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley (IEEE-CNSV) and has served as a peer reviewer for IEEE Software magazine.

Part 2a: Intellectual Property

Be More Valuable Through Patents
This talk will introduce patents and other forms of Intellectual Property. Participants will learn why they are important and what they need to know about them. They can increase their marketability through knowledge of patents and understanding the importance of Intellectual Property (IP).

Participants can learn how to recognize and protect IP, particularly trade secrets and patents. IP protection is important in order to protect an engineer’s work product and to avoid conflicts with others, and employers value an engineer who understands and appreciates this. Participants can learn about what is in a patent and what can be patented. An overview of various corporate patent strategies will be presented, as will what happens if your company is accused of patent infringement.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Joel Williams of Embedded Linux Design Services has been a communications and embedded-systems consultant for over 20 years. His skills include Wi-Fi wireless protocols, network switches, and embedded Linux. Joel’s experience includes work at Bell Labs, contributions to standards organizations, and establishment of product-certification testing programs. He provides patent review and expert witness services in legal matters and holds several patents. Joel is an IEEE Senior member and has held several positions on the board of the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley (IEEE-CNSV).

Tal Lavian, Ph.D., of Patent Innovations Consulting, is a scientist, technologist, and educator, and he researches network communications, mobile wireless, and Internet technologies. He is a Berkeley CET Industry Fellow and a lecturer at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He served as DARPA's Principal Investigator for three data-communications projects, and he led a wireless research project. Tal is the inventor of over 60 patents, issued and pending, and is co-author of over 25 scientific publications, journal articles, and peer-reviewed papers. He is an IEEE Senior member and worked for 11 years at Nortel Research Labs, where he created and chaired Nortel Networks' EDN Patent Committee. (A Nortel patent portfolio recently sold for $4.5 billion.)

Part 2b: Re-Tooling Your Skills in Times of Major Economic Transitions: A Patent Agent's Tale
This talk will address the issue of using the skills of a highly technical individual to pursue a career in Intellectual Property (Patent) prosecution and transactions for a law firm. Basic requisites and steps will be detailed, with a brief review of the patent and intellectual-property laws and business trends in the US and the rest of the world. Elements of the personal experience by the speaker in a small and a large law firm will be used to stress the relevant points, including the all-important aspect of interpersonal quality challenges in an area of business normally alien to engineers and scientists but highly rewarding in terms of compensation and scope.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Ricardo Claps, Ph.D., is a patent agent at Haynes and Boone. He has extensive experience in technological areas including optics and spectroscopy, nonlinear optics and molecular physics, solid-state materials and devices, laser devices, fiber optics and telecommunication systems, optical imaging, medical devices, and biotechnology. Ricardo was Director of R&D at Neptec Optical Solutions and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at UCLA and Rice University. He has published more than 30 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the main inventor on several granted U.S. patents and patent applications.

21st Century Infrastructure Track

Saturday, 29 September

Part 1: The Internet-of-Things and the Coming of Web 3.0

Consumers increasingly want interoperability of their devices. They want to program their DVR via their mobile phone. They want their music available everywhere. They want their television to update social-networking sites. But how is all of this possible? And as devices become increasingly connected, what can those devices say about a person?

This presentation will discuss the imminent "Internet of Things" (IoT) and the opportunities that exist in making previously "dumb" devices intelligent. This includes the transition to newer networking technologies such as mesh networks and the inevitable wide-scale deployment of IPv6.

Where are the future jobs as the number of devices on the Internet continues to climb? How do we address the problems that arise from the massive sensor networks associated with the IoT?

Security, privacy, data warehousing, augmenting reality through the use of intelligent agents, and improving the human condition are all features of the IoT. Whether for better or worse, there's no stopping the coming of massive machine-to-machine communications that will help manage your daily life or control you utterly. The IoT represents a coming chaos of virtually unconstrained data collection but also the opportunity to create wisdom from data patterns that were previously unrecognized.

Come to this session to get a handle on the convergence of dozens of technologies into a new Internet paradigm known as the semantic Web or Web 3.0. See where you fit in the new future and how to capitalize on the important trends.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Mike Anderson of The PTR Group has over 30 years of experience in the computer field, including hardware and software design, manufacturability assessment, productization, and technology assessment. As chief engineer/scientist at SPARTA Inc., he provided rapid technical assessments and feasibility reports for the US intelligence community in areas including radio frequency transmissions, telephony, encryption, security, data compression, and satellite communications. He developed the courseware for a real-time, embedded-systems programming class, and he is a co-inventor of patented video data extraction techniques.

George Vanecek, Ph.D., is a senior principal researcher at FutureWei Technologies, Center of Innovation. He is currently researching Internet of Things solutions around sensor gateways and real-world perception and modeling, context awareness, and trust determination. George has extensive experience in designing and building software systems, applications, and service platforms. Prior to FutureWei, he was a solutions architect at Cordys and a chief scientist at AT&T Internet Platforms Organization. He founded several software startups and was Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University.

Chuck McManis started his career at Intel working on the 80186, one of Intel's first forays into "high-level" systems on a chip. Then at Sun he was one of the original members of the Java team, focused on security. Java was originally envisioned as an embedded environment for consumer devices using high-level SoC systems, then later as "active" content in a Web page. After Sun, he helped start Freegate, where he led the systems group and helped build one of the first commercially successful Internet "appliances." From there, he moved to Network Appliance, which had pioneered the notion of a network appliance as storage device. Following NetApp, he spent four years in Google's Engineering/Operations organization working on a variety of projects and then left for Blekko, where he is currently Vice President of Operations.

Richard Fetik, CISSP, is a recognized security expert and is CEO and Founder of Data Confidential, a security consultancy focusing on data confidentiality, system reliability, and reduced operating costs. He is an expert at designing security into the real world, including embedded systems and devices as well as traditional IT systems. Rich has broad product experience from design and development through market introduction and evangelism. He is also the inventor of a device-security model that includes the patented storage firewall and other technologies that change the game in information security. His model provides whitelist protection against spyware and other malware from writing themselves to a storage firewall-protected drive and even from executing from off of the protected drive. Rich has been driving security technologies for pervasive (ubiquitous) computing since 2001 and has been in infosec–related technologies, products, and markets since the early 1990s.

 Part 2: The Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Analytics

The internet has spawned an explosion in data. This Big Data is in the form of data sets that are difficult to store, manage, and analyze using traditional relational databases, which were tuned for Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and Online Analytical Processing (OLAP). Often heavily unstructured, this data can stream rapidly from websites, thus requiring an expensive hardware and software infrastructure.

In response to these daunting dynamics, a new breed of technologies, including Hadoop, Software-Defined Networking, and Solid State Caching, are leveraging new parallelized and virtualized models and are implementing new forms of security. In addition, innovations in the database field include the use of NoSQL for unstructured data.

This new infrastructure uses both specialized and commodity hardware to run open-source software and tools to capture and analyze these new data sets, thus providing dramatic price/performance improvements over traditional Database, Data Warehousing, and Business Intelligence Systems.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Anil Vasudeva is President and Chief Analyst of IMEX Research & Consulting, a research and advisory-services company providing industry guidance in emerging technology markets to IT-50 companies and startups. IMEX focuses on NextGen Data Center Infrastructures encompassing Servers, Storage, Networks and Data Management, Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Convergence technologies. Anil has held senior executive and operational positions in technology and marketing at Fujitsu, Amdahl, Memorex/Unisys, and multiple startups. He has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.

Robert Keahey is Founder and Principal Partner of SummaLogic LLC, a business and technology consultancy focusing on strategy, marketing, product development, and operational improvement. He is currently Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for LAYERZngn, a Software-Defined Networking and cloud-management provider. As Vice President of Industry Solutions and Chief Technology Officer at Cordys US, Inc., Robert directed the development of high-performance, highly scalable business process management system (BPMS) platforms. He also created technology roadmaps and developed global networking and Web hosting capabilities at Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Greg Lindahl is Chief Technology Officer at Blekko, an Internet search-engine startup for which he architected a database using NoSQL and crowdsourced metadata. He was Founder and Distinguished Engineer at PathScale, where he was the architect of the InfiniPath low-latency InfiniBand HCA as used to build tightly coupled supercomputing clusters. Greg worked on commodity Linux clusters at HPTi, including the 1999 Forecast Systems Lab system, which was the first time a Linux cluster won a conventional supercomputing procurement. He holds an M.A. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Math and Physics with highest honors from Brandeis University.

Radoslav Danilak, Ph.D., is cofounder and CEO of Skyera, Inc., a company that came out of stealth mode in August 2012 with its introduction of a new all-Flash enterprise solid-state storage system. Radoslav has architected state-of-the-art processing engines and is the inventor of over 80 filed and issued patents. Prior to Skyera, Radoslav was Founder and Chief Technology Officer of SandForce Inc., the first and currently only company that enabled MLC flash memory in enterprise storage. Radoslav was a senior chipset and graphics processor architect at NVIDIA and has held senior engineering and architect positions at Nishan Systems, Toshiba, Gizmo Technologies, and DanSoft. Radoslav earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Technical University of Kosice, Slovak Republic.

Saturday, 29 September

Part 1: IEEE-USA Career Resources

Presented by volunteer members of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee (ECSC), the goal of this workshop is to assist engineers and technology professionals in developing lifelong employability in a continuously changing career and employment environment by focusing on their own professional and career development. The workshop will provide information and tools that will help engineers and technology professionals with:

  • developing networking and job-seeking skills;
  • achieving career satisfaction;
  • improving the ability to take responsibility for personal career and professional development;
  • emphasizing that career and professional development involves both technical and non-technical areas;
  • learning how to make organizations more productive.

Specific topics that will be discussed in the workshop may include:

  • Managing your Career as a Business;
  • Career Strategy;
  • Networking;
  • Job Searching;
  • Resumes;
  • Interviewing;
  • Consulting;
  • Globalization and Your Career.

Throughout the Career Assistance track, the presenters will highlight the unique resources that IEEE makes available to help engineers and technology professionals manage their careers, including the wealth of online tools and the power of the IEEE network.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Peggy Hutcheson, Ph.D., is the founding partner of the Odyssey Group, a firm specializing in products and services for organizations and individuals to connect people to changing work roles. She was a founder of the IEEE’s Innovation Institute, and she is past chair of its Employment and Career Services group. Peggy is a speaker and author, having co-authored Helping Employees Manage Careers, published more than a dozen articles, presented a half-dozen invited webinars, and contributed to five books. Her contributions have been recognized with leadership awards from ASTD, IEEE-USA, and Georgia State University.

Edward L. Kirchner is the 2012 Chair of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services committee, on which he also represents IEEE Region 3. His engineering career spans nearly 30 years and includes technical and management positions at United Technologies Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and, presently, Harris Corporation. His current role is Senior Systems Engineer and Group Leader, and his present program position is as Project Engineer and Deputy Program Manager.

Part 2: Networking Skills

This track will consist of some lively presentations that will include “Engineering a Successful Job Search Plan – Whether You’re 40, 50, 60, or Better!”, “Networking is a Competency”, a highly interactive talk on “Speed Networking”, and “Re-THINK! The Brand Called 'YOU': Your Personal Branding Session.”

All the talks in this session will allow the attendees to easily interact with the speakers with the intent of meeting everyone’s needs.

About the instructors:

Camille Grabowski is a workplace expert with over 25 years of experience helping employers and job seekers maximize their relationships. Camille provides career-coaching services to experienced workers in the areas of career transition, career relaunch, job-search strategies, resume writing, interview preparation, and job-offer evaluation and negotiation. She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on these topics. She has been an executive with an international staffing and recruiting company. She spent 14 years in human resources in the legal industry. Camille has an MBA from the Leavey School of Business Administration at Santa Clara University.

Rebecca Kieler is a career-management consultant with a reputation for developing both insightful and practical strategies and tactics that enable clients to define and achieve their career goals. Whether the client wants to reach the next level, to find the next job or to uncover a new career direction, she helps them achieve tangible results. She is also an experienced speaker, facilitator, and trainer at for-profit, not-for-profit, and academic organizations. Her 30 years of experience has been at several leading international outplacement organizations as well as Roche Pharmaceutical, Alza, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Northop Grumman, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, University of California - Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Presidio School of Management SF, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Job Search Boot Camp.

John West Hadley is a popular speaker and author on career and career-search topics. In addition to editing (and writing for) the management and personal-development magazine The Stepping Stone, John writes his own monthly Career Tips Email newsletter for over 9,000 subscribers, each month bringing expert advice on marketing yourself for a career search and for accelerating your career growth.

Donna Fedor has coached and trained thousands of people with the commitment of inspiring and educating people to live their fullest potential. She is a master results coach, speaker, trainer, and recruiter and is certified in Performance Coaching, Hypnosis, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Donna is the President/CEO of Results Thinking Solutions and the founder of the Re-THINK! Job Search Program. She utilizes her background in accelerated learning to educate people on how to maximize their results in their job-search, career, business, and personal lives.

Friday Keynote Address: Jim Ready

Jim Ready, Keynote Speaker

Jim Ready, software entrepreneur and Chief Technology Advisor, Software & Embedded Systems for Cadence Systems, will deliver the keynote address Friday night.

The Challenge of the Intangible: Building Software for the Internet-of-Things

From medical devices to iPods to TVs and cars, the devices we use are brought to life via the software inside. Devices contain megabytes of code, representing many millions of lines of software source, with the next generation certain to contain even moreand with no end in sight. In this keynote talk, Jim Ready will tell the story of how the software community is adapting to the productivity challenge of keeping up with ever-more-powerful hardware by developing innovative approaches to efficient software development and re-use. Anyone developing software-intensive devices will benefit from seeing how these new approaches can dramatically increase their productivity.

As the cofounder of Ready Systems, Jim developed the world's first commercially viable real-time operating system (RTOS) product: the VRTX real-time kernel. He invented the category of embedded Linux commercialization in 1999 when he founded MontaVista Software, where he served as CEO and later Chief Technology Officer. He is called "arguably the one individual most responsible for establishing the embedded OS and tools market" by and "an iconic figure within the IT industry" by SD Times.

Saturday Keynote Address: Steven Hetzler

Dr. Steve Hetzler, IBM Fellow and renowned data-storage architect, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday morning.

The Future of Flash in the Storage Infrastructure

Originally designed for consumer applications, flash memory-based storage is now being deployed in IT storage systems. Solid-state disks (SSDs) are now used in everything from notebook PCs to high-end storage systems. It is broadly assumed that the improved performance of SSDs will accelerate their adoption and allow it to become a dominant storage medium. However, there are both technological and financial constraints that dictate how this process will proceed. Dr. Steve Hetzler will explore these constraints and will look at system designs that can exploit the benefits of solid-state storage while being consistent with its constraints.

Steve is an IBM Fellow. He manages IBM’s Storage Architecture Research group and has spent over 25 years in data-storage research and development. He is currently developing highly reliable storage-system architectures based on consumer-grade solid-state storage and using novel technologies for dealing with the Big Data explosion. Steve developed Chasm Analysis, a methodology for analyzing market potential for storage technologies using economic data, and he also initiated work on and named the iSCSI IP storage protocol. Steve is an inventor on 48 issued patents covering data-storage systems and architectures, optics, error correction coding, and power management.

Friday Luncheon Speaker: Rebecca Kieler

Networking Is a Competency!

Networking used to be just for job search. It is now considered a critical professional competency. From this talk, participants will learn:

• what networking is and isn’t;
• where you are in the networking process;
• six ways to expand your network;
• what a networking strategy is;
• three keys to maintain your network.
Participants will learn a new view of networking and a way to implement it.

Rebecca Kieler is a career-management consultant with a reputation for developing both insightful and practical strategies and tactics that enable clients to define and achieve their career goals. Whether the client wants to reach the next level, to find the next job, or to uncover a new career direction, she helps them achieve tangible results.

Rebecca is also an experienced speaker, facilitator, and trainer who has worked with for-profit, not-for-profit, and academic organizations. Her 30 years of experience include leading international outplacement organizations, Roche Pharmaceutical, Alza, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Northrop Grumman, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the University of California - Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Presidio School of Management SF, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Job Search Boot Camp. She has also written several e-books and career programs.

Saturday Luncheon Speaker: John West Hadley

John West Hadley, Friday Luncheon Speaker

How to Reinvigorate Your Career in Technology

John West Hadley helps job seekers who are frustrated with their search. He also works with professionals struggling to achieve new opportunities at their current employers.

After graduating from Stanford University, John worked in the financial-services industry for 25 years, in roles ranging from Product Manager to Chief Actuary. He then opened a successful systems consulting practice, which generated over $1.5 million in revenues. Nine years ago, he started his Career Search Counseling business and has helped hundreds of professionals land the jobs and pay they deserve.

John is a popular speaker and author on career and career-search topics. In addition to editing (and writing for) the management and personal-development magazine The Stepping Stone, John writes his own monthly Career Tips Email newsletter for over 9,000 subscribers, each month bringing expert advice on marketing yourself for a career search and for accelerating your career growth.

Friday Keynote Speaker Jim Ready, Software Entrepreneur, Embedded OS/Linux Pioneer and Chief Technology Advisor at Cadence Design Systems
Keynote speaker for Santa Clara MAW, Jim Ready
Saturday Keynote Speaker Steven Hetzler, IBM Fellow, renowned storage architect, and IBM's Manager of Storage Architecture Research including new Big Data initiatives
Steven Hetzler, Saturday Keynote Speaker