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March 9th, 2014

Welcome to the Home of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Women in Engineering!

October 4th, 2014

Debugging the Gender Gap:
Changing the Face of Technology

Join our Panel Discussion with a Scholar, a Film Producer, and an Engineering Director

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:00 PM 

WIE-SpeakersNote new location on Stanford Campus!

Venue: Stauffer Auditorium, Herbert Hoover Memorial Bldg.
434 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA  

Panelists: Robin Hauser ReynoldsVivek WadhwaJocelyn Goldfein; Moderator: Brian Berg 

Food and Drink: $5/IEEE and $8/non-IEEE members  

Map and Directions to 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford University

The Stauffer Auditorium is located on the courtyard level of the Hoover Memorial Bldg., which is next to Hoover Tower. Free parking is shown by the green “P” boxes east of the Hoover bldgs. on Galvez St. and Serra St. in this map

Sponsored by: IEEE SCV Women in Engineering
Co-Sponsored by: IEEE CNSV
Co-Sponsored by: Stanford’s IEEE WiE Student Branch

Registration: Click here to register for this event!

Event starts: 6pm; Panel Discussion: 6:45-8:15pm.

The dearth of female and minority computer science engineers is a timely and relevant topic. Understanding the dynamics at work here is a big part of being able to rectify the gender, ethnicity and economic disparities.

This special program will introduce CODE, a documentary film about debugging the gender gap and bridging the digital divide. It will also address the questions:

  • Why does the gender gap and digital divide in tech continue to grow?
  • What will society gain from having a more diverse group programming the products upon which we so heavily depend?

CODE director Robin Hauser Reynolds, author Vivek Wadhwa and Angel Investor/Ex-Facebook Engineering Director Jocelyn Goldfein will engage in an interactive discussion, and we hope that you will engage them as well.

The Indiegogo campaign for the eye-opening CODE documentary film surpassed its funding goal. However, you may still make a tax-deductible donation to help insure the completion of this documentary film.

About the Speakers

Filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds of Finish Line Features, LLC brings a longstanding history of creativity and photographic production to her innovation as Director/Producer of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, her second documentary film. Her first documentary, award-winning Running for Jim, follows high school running coach Jim Tracy and the impact of his battle with ALS on his championship teams.

Vivek Wadhwa is a Fellow at Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University. He is author of “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”—which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology - which documents the struggles and triumphs of women. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012. In 2013, TIME Magazine listed him as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.

Ex-Facebook Engineering Director Jocelyn Goldfein is a freelance angel investor, startup advisor, and industry spokesperson. At Facebook, she led new product development for News Feed and Photos before taking point on executing Facebook’s pivot to native mobile app development. Before Facebook, she was an early VMware engineer who helped drive its hypergrowth into an industry titan, as well as being a co-founder of another startup. Jocelyn studied Computer Science at Stanford University.

IEEE-CNSV Director and IEEE Women in Engineering volunteer Brian Berg will moderate this discussion.

September 17th, 2014

Prof. Radha Basu

Speaking on:

The Impact of Frugal Innovation on Emerging Markets through Social Enterprises


Date: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Time: 6:30 – 9 PM

SpeakerProf. Radha Basu, Director of the Frugal Innovation Lab at Santa Clara University

VenueSanta Clara UniversityFrugal Innovation Lab
Frugal Innovation Lab is on the bottom floor of the Bannan Engineering Lab building

Map to: Santa Clara Univ. Frugal Innovation Lab with parking   

CostDonation basis: Thanks to Promex Industries in Santa Clara. In support of Innovation, they are providing the pizza for tonight’s event so that proceeds can go to future Humanitarian Technology projects.

Donation Basis, Suggestion: IEEE Members:$8; non-IEEE Members: $10; Retired Members & Students: $5


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Talk Summary: Prof. Basu will speak about Frugal Innovation Lab’s mission to develop accessible, affordable, adaptable, and appropriate technologies, products and solutions for emerging markets.

About the Speaker: Prof. Radha Basu   - Radha  has over 30 years experience in executive management. She is widely recognized as a leading woman entrepreneur in technology companies and as a pioneer in the Indian software business.

Radha held the position of Chairman & CEO of SupportSoft, a Nasdaq-listed company, from July 1999 to May 2006. She led the company through initial and secondary public offerings in 2000 and 2003, and built it into a worldwide market leader in support automation software. SupportSoft’s customers include General Electric, Cisco Systems, Bank of America, Comcast, British Telecom, BellSouth, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, IBM and Bharti Telecom. SupportSoft is today considered a leader in the activation of consumer broadband offerings.

Prior to SupportSoft, Radha spent 20 years at Hewlett Packard with her most recent position being Senior General Manager of the Electronic Business Software Organization, which she grew to a global $1.5 billion business.

Radha joined HP in 1978 as an R&D engineer in HP Laboratories, working in the field of ultrasound imaging. In 1983 she moved to Germany as European Sales & Marketing Manager of diagnostic medical products. In 1985 she set up HP’s Sales and R&D operations in India, including the India Software Operation, where she served as Managing Director. In 1989 Radha returned to the US to become General Manager of HP’s International Software Organization with responsibility for eight offshore software centers around the world. Radha has had significant impact on two groups during her career. First is the Indian software industry. In the mid-1980s she set up HP’s software center in Bangalore and the HP-TCS joint venture in Chennai. While today many high-tech companies have software subsidiaries or development groups in India, the HP India software operation with its first satellite data link was truly ground-breaking. Radha has also had strong influence on women in technology as a whole. In addition to blazing a trail for other women executives, she makes an effort to mentor young girls in science and woman professionals in the technology industry.

Radha was born and raised in Chennai. She holds a bachelors degree in Electronics & Communications from the University of Madras, a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Management program.

Radha has won numerous awards including Excelsior Leadership, Top25 Women of the Web, CEO of the Year 2000, Leader of the Millennium, and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Upside Magazine and Economic Times. She has featured as a guest speaker at Wharton School, MIT Sloan School, Stanford Business School, Santa Clara University, and the Forbes Executive Summit. She is currently serving as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Simmons School of Management and on the boards of Interplast, MIT Global Climate Change Consortium, Center for Science Technology and Society and C.E.O. Women.

After retiring as CEO of SupportSoft, Radha and her husband Dipak created a global social enterprise, the Anudip Foundation. The goal of Anudip is to generate livelihoods for the unemployed and marginalized poor of India through rural centers for development of entrepreneurs and their empowerment with access to markets and capital. It is now a well established social enterprise in economic empowerment of youth and women.

Need to drive:

How about Caltrain? Santa Clara Station is right there!



September 4th, 2014
Date and Time: Thur, Sept. 4, 6pm
Talk Topic: Build Your Influence to Get Things Done
Speaker: Lucy Freedman
Sponsor: IEEE Technology Management Council (TMC) SCV Chapter
Location: RAMADA Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale, CA
To sign up, or for more details, see:

As a technical leader in a complex organization, you depend on a lot of people to get the crucial things done.  A huge part of your success comes from your ability to influence others, both within your team and across departments and disciplines.

Even if you have solid grounding in management and interpersonal skills (and how many engineering degrees provided that?), the demands for these skills are escalating.

In addition, many of our hidden assumptions are up for question.  We need to grow our conscious competence at leading collaborative conversations.

We’ll explore contrasting sets of assumptions and their effects by trying them on and observing what happens. You will gain key pointers on managing real-world situations and building positive influence.

The speaker, Lucy Freedman, is the author of Smart Work: The Syntax Guide to Influence (2012). Her company, Syntax for Change (, helps technical organizations make sense of the human side of change so they can turn current challenges into breakthroughs in business growth.  Her client list includes Intel, H-P, Agilent, Cisco, Sun, and Tokyo Electron, among other technical, scientific, financial, and government organizations.  Lucy recently organized a web-based Master Class for Change Agents in the Workplace, “Cultivating Change.” She delights in helping clients achieve observable results.

August 9th, 2014



Partnering to bring you Intel’s 2014 Professional Development Series
Intel, in partnership with local diversity organizations, is proud to bring you
Intel’s Professional Development Series (iPDS) – Santa Clara event.
iPDS is focused on providing professional development workshops to
professional / experienced members of our local partner organizations.


Space is limited  


Date:        Saturday, August 9th
Time:        8:00am – 2:30pm
Location:  Intel Corporation

SC12 Campus
3600 Juliette Lane
Santa Clara, CA  95054


  • 8:00am -  9:00am   Registration / Networking / Continental  Breakfast
  • 9:00am -  9:30am   Intel Welcome
  • 9:30am -  10:30am Workshop #1 MakingMe1st

Presented by Raj Kapur – President Center for Project Management

The makingme1st philosophy is rooted in the belief that individually and organizationally we can put ourselves in a position to succeed, and it begins with a healthy approach to placing ourselves first.

  •  10:30am – 1:00pm Networking Fair
    • Intel Product Demonstration
    • Learn about Intel
    • Learn about our partner organizations
  •  11:00am -12noon  Workshop #2 – Creating & Managing the Brand of YOU

Presented by Rosie “the Closer” Zepeda – CEO, Compelling Conversations

Our philosophy for affecting successful human potential starts with authentic human connection, with yourself first and with your audience.   Effective communication starts with an awareness that we are all connected and your messages have an energetic effect on other human beings. Consistency in this output of messages and the energy behind it allows others to be attracted to you.

  • 12noon – 1:00pm    Lunch / Networking (lunch provided)
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm  Workshop #3 – How to Achieve Maximum Influence with Limited Authority

Presented by Raj Kapur – President Center for Project Management

This session introduces you to the skills necessary to employ  these interpersonal and leadership skills putting you in a position to manage the often complex relationship dynamics  and politics of the workplace

  •  2:00pm – 2:30pm  Closing Comments


Dress code:  Business Casual


April 10th, 2014

Disaster Response Communications: What Works & What Doesn’t. Are you ready?


Date and Time: Thursday April 10, 2014 at 6-8pm

Registration, Pizza, Cookies & Drinks, Networking: 6-6:45 pmCatherine_Nelson  Presentation: 6:45-7:45 pm

SpeakerCatherine Blackadar Nelson of Intel and GHTC

VenueSanta Clara UniversityFrugal Innovation Lab
Frugal Innovation Lab is on the bottom floor of the Bannan  Engineering Lab building
Map to: Santa Clara Univ. Frugal Innovation Lab with parking

Sponsor: IEEE SCV Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT)
Co-Sponsor: IEEE-SCV-WiE

Cost: $12 for IEEE members, $15 for Public, $5 for students, retirees, and unemployed


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Talk Summary:  Learn about deploying mission critical networks for humanitarian and disaster response communications. The presentation will cover current challenges with disaster communications. It will showcase the different types of technologies used from networks, to radio, voice, video and  social media as well as best practices and pitfalls. There will be real case examples from Haiti, Katrina, Sandy and others. The presentation will also cover factors beyond technology that need to be addressed in order to be effective.

About the Speaker: Catherine Blackadar Nelson is an expert in security, Internet technologies, and communications and is currently a Sr. Security Researcher at Intel.  She is also an advisor to multiple organizations, including the UN, USAID and FEMA providing guidance in Cyber security, disaster and remote communications. In addition, Catherine is involved in the development of the Rapid Technology Assessment Team Initiative launched out of the US Naval Post Graduate School, which provides communications assessments in disasters to the humanitarian community.  Her past experience includes being instrumental in building the Cisco TacOps Disaster Response Team which specialized in disaster/mobile communications, and technology solutions for austere environments. In her career, she has over 20 years’ experience in disaster response and has been involved in responses to Hurricane Katrina, the Haitian earthquake, and the Japan 2011 earthquake/tsunami.

Believing in giving back, she is the current Chair of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference – which specializes in bringing together technologists from all over the world to share best practices. She is a member of the Anita Borg Institute’s NetHope Women’s TechConnect Mentor program.

Contact information: | twitter:@CathBNelson

Need to drive -Parking garage is next to the Bannan Engineering Buildings:

How about Caltrain? Santa Clara Station is right there!



March 27th, 2014

Directions in Device Packaging for Mobile Applications


Jan VardamanDate and Time: Thursday March. 27, 2013 at 11:30am – 1:00pm

Registration: 11:30AM

Buffet Lunch: 11:45 AM -12:15 PM ($15 if RSVP by Mar. 25th, $5 for students or unemployed, additional $5 for walk-in)

Presentation: 12:15 PM (Presentation only is free)

Venue: Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara

Speaker: E. Jan Vardaman


Co-Sponsors: IEEE-SCV-WiE;

Registration  CPMT – Vardaman

Talk Summary:  Mobile Devices are driving the unit volume growth in semiconductor packaging today. Growth in wafer-level packages (WLPs) continues to be driven by the strong preference for small form factor, low profile packages. A variety of pin counts and die sizes are also found in watches, MP3 players, digital cameras, laptops and tablets.

Emerging areas such as wearable electronics will require low-cost and small form factor packages. Fan-out WLPs (FO-WLPs) are receiving increased interest for more than just single-die packages and are emerging as a new potential format for System-in-Package (SiP).

This presentation examines application trends for packages, trends in pin count, die size, and ball pitch, and discusses the challenges for today’s package designer.

About the Speaker: E. Jan Vardaman is president and founder of TechSearch International, Inc., which has provided licensing and consulting services in semiconductor packaging since 1987. She is the editor of Surface Mount Technology: Recent Japanese Developments, co-author of How to Make IC Packages (published in Japanese by Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun), a columnist with Circuits Assembly Magazine, and the author of numerous publications on emerging trends in semiconductor packaging and assembly.

Jan served on the NSF-sponsored World Technology Evaluation Center study team involved in investigating electronics manufacturing in Asia and on the U.S. mission to study manufacturing in China. She is a member of IEEE-CPMT, IMAPS, SMTA, and SEMI. She was elected to two terms on the IEEE CPMT Board of Governors.

Jan received her B.A. in Economics and Business from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1979 and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. Before founding TechSearch International, she served on the corporate staff of Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), the electronics industry’s first pre-competitive research consortium.

February 27th, 2014

Probing Interfacial Contact via MEMS-based Micro-instrumentation

Prof. Roya MaboudianDate: Thursday Feb. 27, 2014
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Venue: Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara
Speaker: Prof. Roya Maboudian, UCB



Talk Summary:  Understanding the mechanisms underlying the interactions that occur when two surfaces are brought together, separated, or rubbed against each other is fundamentally important to many basic and applied problems. In this presentation, I will discuss the impact of these interactions in the burgeoning field of micro- and nano-electromechanical systems. I will also present the unique opportunities provided by the MEMS processing techniques to interrogate surfaces on a length scale not easily accessible by other techniques, namely in the mesoscopic length scale. With this view, I will introduce a number of MEMS-based microinstruments that we have developed to study these interactions, and some of the insights we have gained using them about the nature of surface interactions involved in M/NEMS.

About the Speaker: Roya Maboudian is professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, associate director of the Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS), and faculty affiliate of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Prof. Maboudian’s research interest is in the surface and materials science and engineering of micro/nanosystems. The main research activities in her group currently include investigation of the tribological issues in micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS) and surface interactions in microfluidic environments; silicon carbide-based sensors for harsh environment applications; nanowire- and graphene-based sensors and energy technologies; development of electrochemical processes for low-cost thin-film photovoltaics; and biologically inspired materials design. Prof. Maboudian is the recipient of several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, NSF Young Investigator award, and the Beckman Young Investigator award. She is currently serving as editor to the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS), as associate editor to IEEE/SPIE Journal on Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS (JM3), and as advisory board member to ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (AMI).

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February 6th, 2014

How to Grow Stronger Through Rapid Changes in Technology

Stanford University logoDate/Time: Thursday February 6th, 2014, 6:00pm-8:15pm
Cost: Free
Place: Stanford University
Paul Allen Ct. For Integr Sys Annex (04-055)
330 Serra Mall (CIS-X auditorium)

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Questions: Susan Delafuente (


You are invited to attend the IEEE Women in Engineering Executive Fireside Chat. In order for women to become authentic leaders in the rapidly changing world of technology today, they need the ability to communicate effectively, to make meaningful connections and to identify a course of action to maximize their performance.

Speaker/Panelist #1 Biography:

Rox Roxsana Hadjizadeh is an IEEE Sr. Member, IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section (SCV) WIE co-founder, 2006-2012 SCV WIE Chair, and the 2013 /2014 SCV WIE Sr. Advisor. In 2009, she served as IEEE SCV Section Chair and also as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chair of the SCV Section. She is an IEEE Spectrum Media Group advisor and has included Tesla Motors and Cisco Systems in a number of IEEE events from 2007 thru 2011. Roxsana holds a BSEE and MSEE degrees and is currently IoTBU New Product Program Manager focusing on new Hardware and Software security products at Cisco Systems. Her past professional experience includes:  Senior Staff Engineer, Manager and Director at various Silicon Valley companies including GENUS Inc., PRIAM, Network Computing Devices, WinCom Systems, Quantum 3D and Tesla Motors. Roxsana is a member of Cisco’s iWise (Inspiring Women through Information Sharing and Experiences), WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), Connected Women, and Women in Technology. Roxsana loves giving back to society, is an active member in many charity events such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching), and March of Dimes for babies and she is also leading a team of university students for SVIJ (Silicon Valley Innovation Jam) events at Cisco.

Speaker/Panelist #2 Biography:

Ingrid_GavshonIngrid Gavshon works with clients in the United States, the Middle East, Mongolia, Russia and South Africa. She believes coaching allows clients to create a shared thinking environment to effectively achieve their personal and professional goals, by identifying their strengths, recognizing obstacles to success and, as a team, helps the coached fulfill their potential . Ingrid is an Executive Coach and a member of the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute Leadership and Communications team. She is an award-winning filmmaker who has made a number of documentary films including  13 films about Nelson Mandela. Ingrid is a co-facilitator of the Peterson Caterpillar Brand Ambassador Program and is a guest faculty member at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley EWMBA, UCLA, UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education. Gavshon’s clients include:  Adobe, Cisco Systems, Cypress Semiconductors, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Qualcomm, Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) Abu Dhabi, Peterson Caterpillar, the RL Consulting Group in the USA and KC Alternative Health Services in the UK.

Speaker/Panelist #3 Biography:

Joanne OleckoJoanne Olecko is a Sr. Field Clinical Engineer at Boston Scientific Neuromodulation and a IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section (SCV) WIE co-founder. She holds degrees in BSc. Electrical Engineering and MSc Biomedical Engineering (Neroengineering Track). Joanne is a biomedical engineer with a passion for neurology and signals, working in the field of neuromodulation. She provides engineering and clinical research support for medical devices that stimulate the central nervous system. She specializes in Neuroengineering, DSP (Digital Signal Processing); sales/field engineering training and support; clinical research; technical marketing: and electronics system architecture.


Speaker/Panelist #4 Biography:

Kimara ChinKimara Chin is a Materials Engineering Manager at Trimble Navigation and a IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section (SCV) WIE co-founder. She holds degrees in BSc – Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and MBA – Technology Management. Kimara held past positions as a Manager of the CAD/PCB Layout and Mechanical CAD department, Manager of the Component Engineering department, Sr. Engineer, and Hardware Engineer. Kimara pioneered EU RoHS implementation and is currently in a special project which in

January 7th, 2014

HTML5: Programming the Compute Continuum


Tuesday, January 07, 2014 7:00 PM

Agilent Technologies, Inc. – Aristotle Room, Bldg. 5 
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051

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HTML5 is emerging as a compelling programming platform by providing rich OS-like features, high developer productivity and cross-platform reach. We are at an inflection point today, where the performance and feature advances in HTML5 technologies, combined with increasing device and OS fragmentation, are fueling the adoption of the web as a platform of choice across the compute continuum.

This talk will provide a high-level technical primer of client-side web technologies that serve as the foundation for HTML5.

About the Speaker: Heidi Pan is a Staff Engineer in the Technology Pathfinding and Innovation team in Intel’s Software and Services Group. She has been investigating and prototyping mobile and web developer technologies since September 2010.
Heidi currently leads an HTML5 runtime performance pathfinding project. She received her PhD in Computer Science from MIT for her research on parallel programming models.

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