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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 - 7:00 pm

A panel of four CNSV members will explain how they market their consulting businesses. Each has an approach unique amongst the group. Come and discover something that may work for your own consulting business.


Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008 - 7:00 pm          

The best way to get paid is to have a clear "collections-friendly" contract by which you and your client have shared expectations. If payment issues do arise, you may need to file a lawsuit. However, mediation or arbitration can provide a satisfactory resolution.


Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008 - 7:00 pm          

Consulting contracts are an important but often overlooked aspect of consulting work. This presentation will be like a cooking class for consultants who want to cook up their own contracts, as well as to better understand how to review and modify clients' contracts.


Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 - 7:00 pm          

We all face the same core challenges whether we are a consultant, an engineer or a manager in a corporate environment. We would all like to be able to communicate so effectively with our customers or colleagues that we are able to influence them to our way of thinking. In this talk, Steven Cerri will give you his perspective on how to achieve this goal.


Tuesday, Sep 16, 2008 - 7:00 pm

MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems), sometimes called Microsystems Technology (MST), encompasses the manufacturing technologies that enable the fabrication of micro-scale sensors and actuators. This talk will provide an introduction to MEMS, an overview of how MEMS products are made, and a review of current and future applications of this exciting technology.


Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 - 6:30 pm          
Location: I Restaurant 

IEEE-CNSV member Tom Coughlin will talk about writing his recently-published book Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 7:00 pm          

Ron Laurie will present an overview of the new patent monetization ecosystem, and will highlight the areas in which domain expert support is needed. He will also discuss the effect of the current legal and economic environments on the growth and adaptation of the various business models, and how the exploding market for IP has created opportunities for technical and patent experts.


Tuesday, Apr 8, 2008 - 7:00 pm          

Flow cytometry is a technique for classifying and sorting blood cells. This presentation will discuss the embedded system design of the flow cytometers that are becoming increasingly important as tools for biological research and clinical diagnostics, particularly for the therapeutic monitoring of cancer, AIDS (measurement of CD4 T-Cells) and leukemia in patients.


Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 - 7:00 pm          

Consultants need to quickly understand previous technical developments associated with a proposed client project. A full literature search can reveal details unknown to the client and lead to better recommendations and solutions. This presentation will demonstrate how to use the IEEE's on-line database of journal and conference papers.


Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 - 7:00 pm          

This talk will provide an overview of the ZigBee Alliance and its mission. It will address the basic functionality delivered by the standard, where it fits in the wireless arena, plus next steps for the 230 member strong ecosystem of companies creating applications for use in home, commercial and industrial markets.


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