FIRST Robotics – Newbury Park High School Robotics Team

April 28, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Computer, Events, Robotics 

Team Photo 2014On Wednesday, 14 May 2014, the Newbury Park High School Robotics Club returns to discuss their recent participation in the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Abstract

FIRST is the largest national robotics competitions of its kind at the high school level.  Students have only six weeks to design, build, program, and test a robot to perform against a field of competitors.  The game, the rules and the robot specifications are different every year.  This year, the game was Aerial Assist.  Aerial Assist is played by two competing alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2.5 minute match.

In this competition, students get to:
Work alongside mentors who volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.
Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware.
Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments.
Earn a chance to compete in the World Championship.
Qualify for over $19 million in college scholarships.

We will hear a short presentation in the lecture hall, followed (weather permitting) by an extended demonstration and Q&A outside.  This is an excellent opportunity to get kids interested in science and engineering.

Meeting Info

Registration:  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Please register to attend.  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/25985

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center
California Lutheran University
60 West Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://www.ieee-bv-cs.org/meetings/

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Follow Your Heart in Your Career: The Perspective from a Transformational Engineer

March 27, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Computer, Events, Professional Development, Robotics and Automation 

On Wednesday, 9 April 2014, David Collins will discuss “Follow Your Heart in Your Career: The Perspective from a Transformational Engineer”.  This is a joint meeting of the Buenaventura chapters IEEE Robotics and Automation/Industry Applications, and IEEE Computer Society.

Abstract

Society’s problems have become multidisciplinary in nature.  In our journey to solve them, we have discovered other disciplines that hold  part of the solution that we need to implement.  Exposure to new fields of knowledge leads us to branches in our career paths.  There is the safe path and there is the path that leads to who knows where.  There is a linear solution and a non-linear solution to which path to choose.  David Collins has been at these crossroads inviting him to take new roads with unknown destinations. This journey led David to become a transformational engineer, an emerging discipline of engineering that leading universities have added to their curriculum.  David Collins will show that there is no “correct” path.  The lesson he has learned is to allow yourself to follow your heart to build your future.

About the Speaker

David Collins, EE, IEEE Life Senior Member has advanced the art of engineering over 45 years in several technical disciplines including aircraft and space systems, amusement ride mechatronics and robotics, industrial automation systems, optical systems, alternative energy systems and computers to name a few.  Mr. Collins is a recognized translational engineer, technical innovator, and skilled project manager in advanced tactical systems development and POC testing, ECM systems development and flight test, decoy and deception systems development, space flight controller system design, spacecraft sensor system design, advanced color HUD camera system development, fail-to-safe sensor applications, airborne and shipboard test management, medium power laser systems development, laser-based sensor system evaluation, air-vehicle health monitoring sensor investigation, motion simulator systems development, application of theory of constraints for system optimization, and specifications and standards compliance analysis.  David Collins is Principal of TEAM IX, a firm established to provide design, development, commissioning, operational and maintenance training for a number of world-wide clients.  David Collins is a Senior Member and a Life Member of IEEE. TEAM IX also provides independent, forensic assessment and expert testimony in amusement ride related matters.

Meeting Info

Registration:  Please contact Doug Askegard <dougaskegard@ieee.org> if you would like to attend.

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation:  7:00 PM

Location: Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

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Information Security and Patient Privacy in the Biopharma Industry

March 13, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Computer, Events, Security 

On Wednesday, 26 March 2014, Spencer Mott will discuss Information Security and Patient Privacy in the Biopharma Industry.  This is a joint meeting of the Buenaventura chapters of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE Computer Society.

Abstract

Spencer Mott, Chief Information Security Officer at Amgen will provide a stimulating presentation on information security, patient privacy, and the Biopharma Industry.

About the Speaker

Spencer Mott is Amgen’s Chief Information Security Officer, and Vice President, Information Systems.  Prior to Amgen, Spencer spent six years at Electronic Arts, fifteen years in the Metropolitan Police (London, U.K.), and five years in media and copyright protection for a major film copyright trade association.

Meeting Info

Registration:  No registration is required for this event.  Since this is a joint EMBS/Computer meeting, instead of our usual pizza, we will be offering an optional sit-down buffet-style dinner at 6 PM for $10.

Dinner (optional, $10):  6:00 PM
Hot topics of interest:  6:45 PM
Main presentation:  7:00 PM

Location: Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center, California Lutheran University

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

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Finding a Job in Engineering

November 27, 2013 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Computer, Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Events, Professional Development 

Join us for a panel discussion on finding a job in Biotech and Computer Science.  Speakers from industry and academia will help you to prepare for your job search.

Speakers:  Pat Jacobs, Craig Reinhart, Bob Rumer, Vineet Sarin

Wednesday, 11 December 2013, 7:00 PM
California Lutheran University – Richter Hall, Ahmanson Science Building
Co-sponsored by the IEEE Buenaventura Section Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Visit http://embs.ieee-bv-cs.org/Events/Next_Event/2013-12-11FindingaJobinBi.html for more information.

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Writing Software for Consumers and Employers using LiveCode

October 28, 2013 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Computer, Events, Software Development 

On Wednesday, 13 November 2013, Bill Vlahos will discuss Writing Software for Consumers and Employers using LiveCode.

Abstract

Many jobs in the IT field can be greatly enhanced if you know how to write software or scripting. LiveCode is a 4th generation rapid application development environment that works on Macintosh, Windows, and Linux; and can build executable applications for Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iPhones, iPads, and Android.  LiveCode syntax is very English-like and easy to understand, yet it can make very powerful and fast compiled applications.  Bill Vlahos will talk about writing software using LiveCode, and how that can benefit you.

About the Speaker

Bill Vlahos has most recently been IT Manager and Network Manager at AeroVironment for 10 years, and in various IT positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 13 years before that.  He has written the commercial consumer software application InfoWallet, the LiveCode IDE Task List plugin IcTaskList, and many in-house applications using the LiveCode software development platform.

Meeting Info

Registration:  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Please register to attend.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/21635

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location: Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center, California Lutheran University

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://www.ieee-bv-cs.org/meetings/

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