Wanted: Engineers

February 15, 2010 by · Comments Off on Wanted: Engineers
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Are you smarter than an 8th grader? You might be surprised at what budding scientists and engineers are cooking up today.

The 56th Annual Ventura County Schools Science Fair seeks volunteers to judge student projects. Because of an increase in technology projects, the judging corps needs people with hard sciences and technologies backgrounds, especially:

  • Chemistry
  • Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology, sponsored by HAAS® Engineering
  • Mathematics, Computer Science, and Electronics
  • Physics

Judging is a one-day event, 8am to 4pm Saturday April 14th, in Santa Rosa Hall at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Contact Vicky Brown, 805-437-1502, or John Tarkany to for info or to volunteer, or on the web:

I have registered. I hope to see you April 14th!


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“Physical Computing – Interaction Design and Systems Engineering”

February 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on “Physical Computing – Interaction Design and Systems Engineering”
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Wednesday, 10 March 2010: Carlyn Maw, a co-founder of CrashSpace, a Los Angeles Hackerspace, formerly an instructor and graduate of NYU ITP, presents an introduction to Physical Computing.

Location: Richter Auditorium, Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks (6:30-8:30pm)

Physical Computing is a hands-on multidisciplinary approach to interaction design and systems engineering. It is neither electrical engineering light nor advanced hobby electronics, but rather a holistic approach to invention and problem solving. Practitioners are frequently experts in their fields who want to harness the power of electronics within their own discipline. Examples include:
· A musician composing a symphonies based on data collected from sensors on the body.
· An occupational therapist working to develop a pressure vest for children with sensory modulation disorders.
· A scientist tracking monkeys.
· A fashion designer creating a dress that unfurls like a flower.

Physical Computing methodologies quickly grab the imagination of beginners by treating electronics and programing as tools which extend what the new-comer already knows rather than as complete separate realms of expertise. With an emphasis on learning by doing and rapid prototyping, Physical Computing provides a quick pay off for those just starting out and for experts making “sketches.”

Additionally, Physical Computing has become a way of life for the communities forming around it. People around the world are working to increase the accessibility of the making things way of life. Carlyn will provide an overview of the conceptual approaches, tools, people and communities that are contributing to Physical Computing today.

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“Ten Things about 10 Gigabit Ethernet”

February 4, 2010 by · Comments Off on “Ten Things about 10 Gigabit Ethernet”
Filed under: Communications, Computer, Events, Networks 

When product tester David Newman recently compared 10-gigabit data center switches from six leading vendors, he found that “switching” and “data center switching” are two very different things.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010, Newman will highlight some of these differences, including new IEEE mechanisms to converge storage and data networks; new features to support not only virtual servers but also virtual network devices; and new redundancy protocols to boost uptime. Of course, high performance remains a key requirement. Test results reveal some surprises when it comes to moving both unicast and multicast traffic.

About the Speaker

Network Test founder David Newman has more than 20 years’ experience with network design and performance benchmarking. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and an active participant in the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). Newman has conducted numerous tests of network infrastructure and security devices for equipment makers, large enterprises and trade publications such as Network World and Light Reading.

Newman is the author of RFCs 2647 and 3511, the IETF specifications for firewall performance testing, as well as RFC 4814 on the contents of test traffic. Prior to founding Network Test, Newman served for nearly 10 years as director of lab testing for Data Communications magazine. Newman is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and New York University

RSVP to Doug Askegard.

The talk is free and open to the public.  Location is ITT Force Protection Systems in Thousand Oaks; see directions and details:

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Student Memberships for 2010

February 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Student membership in the IEEE Computer Society is now only $40 for the full year. Now is the best time to get the most value from the membership.

Students members get

  • Access to Computer magazine
  • All 27 CS peer-reviewed periodicals with archives, a trove of articles for papers and research
  • Access to development software from Microsoft, including Visual Studio, Vista Business Edition, and Sharepoint Web Designer (see full list)
  • 600 titles from Safari® Books Online: O’Reilly Media, Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, more
  • Access to 3,000 courses from Element K® and prep for certification exams.

Visit www.computer.org/stuoffer today or the Computer Society home page to find out more.

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