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

March 27, 2014 by · Comments Off on Follow Your Heart in Your Career: The Perspective from a Transformational Engineer
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.


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 <> 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.    Send article as PDF   

FIRST Robotics, High Velocity Engineering Training for High School

April 30, 2012 by · Comments Off on FIRST Robotics, High Velocity Engineering Training for High School
Filed under: Computer, Robotics, Robotics and Automation 

The Newbury Park High School Pantherbotics team recently competed in the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. This is a unique competitive engineering challenge wherein students are given 6 weeks to design, build, program, test and debug a robot to play a prescribed game against other robots.

Pantherbotics - Newbury Park HS FIRST Robotics Team 2012

This year the game involved collecting and shooting basketballs into regulation size hoops as well as balancing with other robots on unstable bridges. Students from the team will discuss their experience including the project management process as well as technical details of the robot they developed.

Critical design issues were:

  • the mechanical design and its relation to the physics of basketball;
  • the electrical system including power management and a distributed control system;
  • control and driver interface;
  • a vision system providing real time video as well as image processing;
  • and data extraction for targeting.


    6:30pm networking, refreshments; 7pm presentation and demonstration

Meeting Location and Parking:


FIRST Robotics Competition

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Conejo Robotics at the 2011 FRC

March 30, 2011 by · Comments Off on Conejo Robotics at the 2011 FRC
Filed under: Computer, Robotics, Robotics and Automation 

The Conejo Robotics Club discusses their entry and the results in the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition Wednesday evening, April 13th. Charles Seabury and high school students from Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake High in the Conejo Robotics Club will be on hand to show off and discuss their entry for this year’s competition.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges high-school teams to design, build, and compete, all in under six weeks. The 2011 competition, Logomotion, requires robots to coordinate and to work separately in order to build a sign made of inflated tubes:

QR code for this shortlinkThis meeting is free and open to the public. Suggested ages: 8+.

Please register to attend as we would like to have an accurate headcount for refreshments. IEEE membership not required to register or attend.

Meeting location and information at the above link or see our meetings info page.

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Conejo Robotics Club to Compete

February 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on Conejo Robotics Club to Compete
Filed under: Events, Robotics, Robotics and Automation 

Michael Weingarden, a Newbury Park High School algebra teacher, led the Conejo Robotics Club to the title of best rookie team in the 2007 FIRST Robotics Competition. That year they took 11th place in regional competition and fourth place out of 80 teams at the national level.

Chuck Seabury, IEEE BV Section Engineer of the Year 2010, advises the team.  The team plans to discuss results and show their machine at the upcoming April Computer Society meeting.

FIRST Robotics Competition

See the full article in the Ventura Country Star online and view the photo gallery of the work in progress.

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FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition

September 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Events, Robotics, Robotics and Automation 

FIRST Lego League Logo

Come join us for a fun and crazy day of robotics featuring 9-14 years old students from local schools in their first competition of the year. It should be noisy! See them make robots accomplish amazing feats having a Biomedical Engineering theme. Just stop by and see what’s going on!

We are seeking volunteers to help during all or part of the day with various tasks from registration, setup, coordination, judging and refereeing. No experience with robotics is necessary! We will train you.

  • Where:
      Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
      California Lutheran University
      60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks
  • When:
      9am-4pm, Sunday, 31 Oct 2010
  • Contact:
  • Competition Flyer
    If you are also interested in being a mentor to a robotics team at a local elementary or middle school, please contact Bob Rumer (above). Mentoring involves attending practices and maybe team tournaments. Times would vary for each team as would your duties. You may be helping the students on hardware, software, or their research in Engineering.
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