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Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          

This presentation will tell the story of how an unusual material system is now the backbone of the solid state lighting industry, which has changed the display industry and has now penetrated about 40% of the conventional (i.e., incandescent, fluorescent, discharge) lighting market.

Eli Harari
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm          

This discussion will be a unique gathering of engineers who played pivotal roles in the evolution of Non-Volatile Memory, a technology that is a key enabler of mobile computing for a majority of the world's population.

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          

The talk will describe the making of Shakey, the world’s first mobile intelligent robot. The work was done at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) from 1966-1972.

David A. Laws , Computer History Museum
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm          

The process of curating the Fairchild Patent Notebooks will be discussed, including a description of the scope of the collection and a presentation of the highlights from some of the most interesting volumes. These have been described as the Founding Documents of Silicon Valley.

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm            

John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO Satellite Office. John will discuss a number of topics of importance to inventors and innovators in our high tech hub, including the impact of the new Menlo Park Satellite Office and impact of the PTAB.

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Traditional spacecraft have been very expensive for a number of reasons, including their requirement for highly customized, niche radios. However, the field of inexpensive yet sophisticated commercial space missions is growing rapidly: smallsats and nanosats are no longer just university projects.

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          

An Expert Witness typically plays many roles, including that of a businessperson, consultant, tech guru, technical writer and showman. It is a very demanding job that is not suited to probably most engineers. In this talk, you get some ideas on how to get started as an expert, and how to market your services.

Early SIG Meetings (Special Interest Groups) :

Data: The New Oil — Producing Value for the Oil & Gas Industry


Jonathan Sweet , Law Offices of Jonathan Sweet
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm          

Learn about the important areas from a top legal expert in the field: Jonathan J. Sweet, Esq.

Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          

This talk will cover recent trends in Cloud Services, and will presents tools, tips and best practices for managing communications, tasks, projects and client information in a small business. You may not be taking full advantage of the power of your hand-held device.

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is the culmination of advances on several fronts, and is probably the most significant area of development in radio systems today. This talkwill introduce the concepts of (1) oversampling and undersampling as it applies to SDR, (2) correctly driving and implementing an A/D converter, and (3) the firmware and software portions of SDR. A comparison with state-of-the art conventional analog circuitry will be presented, along with a live demonstration of SDR.

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