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Mar. 17, 2019 Blumbers

Admission Accomplished  

On March 12, 2019 in Boston, CNN reported Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts said that from 2011 through 2019 wealthy parents wanting to get their kids admitted to top universities allegedly paid William Rick Singer of Edge College & Career Network LLC (‘The Key’) to create false academic and athletic credentials and bribe college college staff. Parents allegedly paid between $200,000 and $6.5 million for this service. Boston FBI special agent in charge Joseph Bonavolonta called the operation Varsity Blues. The accused parents are CEO’s, investors, lawyers, and celebrities. The accused staff are athletic coaches and college exam administrators from Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, Wake Forest University and Yale University.   The charges include conspiracy, racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice, cheating on tests such as the SAT and ACT and even faking photographs. Lelling said “There will not be a separate admissions system for the wealthy. And there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.” As these wealthy parents will learn, it is better to go to a state university than a state prison. 

This is yet another example of income inequality getting so out of control that it is difficult for poor people to improve their lives through education. Many can barely afford college and are mired in student loan debt. A free college education for all would help everyone. That way an electrical engineer can compete against someone with a masters degree in tennis. Sometimes it is not the Ivy League surgeon who saves your life, it is the community college EMT.

Quite often I will run into Silicon Valley companies that want only candidates from top universities. Often the companies are disappointed with graduates who cannot perform. They are young, attractive, wealthy people. Most of these companies fail because they have no idea what life is like for billions of other people. When it comes to hiring from universities, hire the brain and not the brand.

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Nov. 28, 2012 SVEC Open House

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, in San Jose at the SEMI Global Headquarters, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) held its Annual Open House Event In Santa Clara. SVEC president Laura Fechete spoke about SVEC Educational Outreach Programs, Keeper of Flame Award and the next Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Inductees. These will be awarded on Friday, February 19, 2013 during the Engineers Week Banquet at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

The keynote speaker was Valery Miftakhov, Ph.D., Founder of Electric Motor Werks on “High Performance Vehicle Conversions.”

Jack Jew, SVEC Keeper of the Flame Committee Chair gave out the KOF award to Marie Cunniffe of Los Lomas High School. Kiran Gunnam officially kicked off our Call for Scholarships, due February 1, 2013.

Stan Myers, SVEC Hall of Fame Committee Chair announced the 2013 Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Inductees. They are Dr. Aart de Geus, co-founder of Synopsys, Professor Martin Hellman of Stanford University, Professor David A. Hodges, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley and Dr. David K. Lam, founder of Lam Research.

Laura Fechete attended this event.

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Sep. 12, 2012 The Human Document Project

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Palo Alto at Stanford University, Human Document Project held its annual meeting. The idea is to create a message that will be read by someone a million years from now. If you are reading this, it worked. Here is a list of the people who made it possible and the papers they presented.

Laura Welcher, Director of The Rosetta Project, The Long Now Foundation “A Million Year Document…for Whom?”

Tim D. White, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley “What Lasts, and Why:  The Paleoanthropological Perspective”

Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Stanford University “Reading & Writing Data in Biological Molecules”

Drew Endy, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University “Engineering messages within cells and organisms”

Michael Shanks, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Stanford University “What a potsherd may tell us: duration and the archaeology of human selfhood”

Michael Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, University of Kent “Earthsourcing: mass observation and the Human Document”

Andreas Manz, Professor Dr., Head of Research, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) “Ontology based introduction to reading, and silicon device for mega-year storage”

Miko Elwenspoek, Professor of Transducers Science and Technology, University of Twente “Robust high density data storage systems”

Leo Depuydt, Professor of Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University “Report to 1,002,012: The Structure of Rational Human Intelligence in 2012”

Jeroen de Vries, PhD Candidate, Transducers Science & Technology, University of Twente “Silicon-nitride data storage disk”

I’ll present my ideas later. It is always fun to get the last word.

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Apr. 27, 2012 Stanford Vietnamese-American Art

On Friday April 27, 2012 in Palo Alto, Stanford University presented “California And Beyond: Conversations with Vietnamese-American Artists, Filmmakers and Writers.” Professor in Arts, Humanities and Medicine Stephen Murphy-Shigemasu moderated panelists Bin Danh, Troung Tran and Trinh Mai. They talked about their art, the fluidity of identity and their moving across media, time and space.

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Feb. 24, 2012 SVEC Banquet

On February 24, 2012 in San Jose at the Doubletree, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) held its 2012 Silicon Valley Engineers Week. This year the keynote speaker is Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO of NETGEAR. His speech was “Everything connected to the Internet – how Silicon Valley engineers are only beginning to change the world.” The 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees were Dr. Joseph W. Goodman, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University; Dr. Sam D. Haddad of President of HTCS Consulting Services; and Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy CEO of OSIsoft. Also present were other Hall of Fame members Bill Adams, Robert Berry, Stan Myers, Bernard Widrow and Steve Wozniak. This years scholarship winners were Sayedshahin Ashrafzadeh, Laraine Chan, Sandeep Peddada, Romi Phadte, Priyanka Rao, Nishant Sanjay Pol, Elizabeth Seger and Alexandria Shearer. Congratulations to the SVEC members who made this evening possible.

Note:  Laraine Chan attended this event.

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Jan. 25, 2012 SVEC Scholarship Banquet Info

On January 25, 2012 in Sunnyvale at Ozen Engineering, SVEC Council quarterly full council meeting. The E-Week banquet on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. You can register at http://svecbanquet2012.eventbrite.com/

This year the keynote speaker will be Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO of NETGEAR. His speech will be “Everything connected to the Internet – how Silicon Valley engineers are only beginning to change the world”

The 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees will be Dr. Joseph W. Goodman, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University; Dr. Sam D. Haddad of President of HTCS Consulting Services; and Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy CEO of OSIsoft.

The link for students interested in the scholarship is : http://svec.org/scholarship-awards.html

Two distinguished members visited, SVEC Hall of Famer Dick Elkus and Forrest Williams, former city council member representing the Synopsys Science and Engineering Fair.  Also at tonight’s event was Dr. Brian Day, E/PO Lead for the LADEE mission and Citizen Science Lead at the NASA Lunar Science Institute. He gave his presentation on “Exploring the Lunar Environment.” Pretty cool!

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Jun. 24, 2011 SVLG Energy Summit

On Friday, June 24, 2011 in Palo Alto at Stanford University, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted the “2011 Silicon Valley Energy Summit.”

James Sweeney of Precourt Energy Efficiency Center moderated panelists Larry Goulder, Stanford’s Chair of Economics Department, Michael Gibbs, California EPA’s Deputy Secretary for Climate, and Michael Wara, Stanford’s Expert on Environmental Law and Policy. The topic was “California’s Carbon Policy – Implementing a California-specific or California and regional cap-and-trade.” Unless it is part of a larger system, it won’t mean much.

Shannon Fraser of the US Department of Commerce moderated panelists EPRI Fellow Clark Gellings, Drew Hanser of SRI International, and Lee Burrows of VantagePoint Capital Partners. The topic was “Smart Grid: Costs, Benefits, and Business Opportunities.” Since the market has not settled, there are still lots of opportunities.

Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner of DBL investors moderated panelists Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade for the US Dept of Commerce and Bill Watkins, CEO of Bridgelux. The topic was “Keeping California Competitive in Clean Tech.” California has a commanding lead because of Silicon Valley and long term state policy to develop clean tech.

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Mar. 25, 2011 SDF Next Wave Analytics

On March 25, 2011 in Palo Alto at Stanford University, SDForum held “Analytics – The Next Wave.”  Basically the huge amount of data will force us to rethink how we analyze it and make decisions.

The first panel discussion was on  “New Sources of Data and Usage.” John Fraser of Accenture moderated panelists Ralph Clark of ShotSpotter, Zia Yusuf of Streetline and  Ilen Zazueta-Hall of Enphase Energy. The morning fireside chat was with Tom Peck of Levi Strauss and Sanjay Poonen of SAP. The second panel discussion was on “New Deployment and Data Architecture Models.” Eileen Boerger of Agilis Solutions moderated panelists Scott Burke of Yahoo, Anant Jhingran of IBM and Oliver Ratzesberger of eBay. Exhibitors attending were Agilis, Cloudera, IBM, Karmasphere and SAP.

The afternoon fireside chat was with Simon Khalaf of Flurry and Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture Partners. The third panel discussion was on “The Investor Perspective.” Harold Yu of Orrick moderated panelists Asheem Chandna of Greylock Partners, Vispi Daver of Sierra Ventures and Lars Leckie of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Eric Peterson delivered the afternoon keynote on “Web Analytics Demystified.” The fourth panel discussion was on “Consumer Targeting.” Ted Shelton of Open-First moderated panelists Jim Dai of CalmSea, Phil Davis of RapLeaf, Josh McFarland of TellApart and Dennis Yu of BlitzLocal. Bill Schlough of the San Francisco Giants gave the closing keynote.

Note: Max Darby of BlitzLocal says that Dennis Yu is not affiliated with Webtrends.

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Oct. 26, 2010 SDF Future of Health Innovation

On October 26, 2010 in Palo Alto at Stanford University, SDForum and Innovation Center Denmark held a two day event called the “Future of Health Innovation.” The event covered the “health life cycle” and the new solutions optimizing a healthcare system for the individual. This ranged from promoting healthy living and preventing diseases to better managing and sharing of data between physician, hospital, pharmacy and patient. Done properly it can reduce costs and increase wellness.

Camilla Rygaard-Hjalsted of Innovation Center Denmark and Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum welcomed the attendees.

Erik Rasmussen of Monday Morning’s talked about “The Health Journey.” Bertel Haarder, Danish Minister of Interior and Health gave a keynote on ”Entering the Health Age – a Danish perspective.” Hal Wolf of Kaiser Permanente countered with his keynote “Entering the health age – a US perspective.” Erik Rasmussen then moderated a fireside chat with both Haarder and Wolf on ideas and visions in health innovation from two spearheading parts of the world called “Where do we go from here?”

Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum moderated panelists Lene Asholm of National Board of Health, Henning Bruun-Schmidt of IBM ACURE, Matthew Douglass of Practice Fusion and Adams Dudley of UCSF. The subject was “Electronic Medical Records.”

Drew L. Clark of IBM Venture Capital Group gave a keynote “Sustainability on a Smarter Planet: Smarter Hospitals from the Earth up.”

In the afternoon there was showcases of innovation in healthcare IT-systems with Patrick Hulsen of Daintel, Jan Waage of Medical Insight, Lene Grosen and Dr. Henrik Schroll of DAK-E.

Philip Korn of TriNet moderated panelists Anne DeGheest of Medstars Ventures, Dr. Louis Lange of Asset Management, Dan Munro of ipatient and Henrik Bjerregaard Jensen of MedCom. They discussed integrating and educating the IT systems for tomorrow.

Adam Bosworth of KEAS gave a keynote about “Taking health online.”

Jody Ranck of mHealth Alliance moderated panelists Henrik Bennetsen of KataLabs & Mette Terp Hoybye, Stanford, Torben Nielsen of myRegence.com, and Michael Nichols of HealthTap on “Best practices in online health care.”

Mette McCall of McCall Media moderated a fireside chat with the Nordic Chef, Claus Meyer, entrepreneur and co-owner of NOMA Restaurant and “Doctor Slim”, Arne Astrup, Human Nutrition Dept. Head, University of Copenhagen on the subject ”Eat right now! – a debate on how to promote health and healthy living through food.”

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Apr. 14, 2010 Stanford Robot Skeleton Army

With a nod to Craig Ferguson’s Robot Skeleton Army, here is an event for more recruits.

On April 14, 2010 In Palo Alto at Stanford University, the National Robotics Week organization exhibited everything from toys to industrial robots. I was most impressed by a Segway modified for the blind by Intellisight.org. Ryan Shaw of Intuitive Surgical demonstrated the skill and accuracy of it’s equipment to do less invasive medical procedures. Liam Pedersen of NASA Ames Research Center showed how robots are used in space exploration. Neato Robotics, Tom Low of SRI International and Keenan Wyrobeck of Willow Technology showed the dexterity of their machines.

If your really interested in seeing the next generation of technology, check put SDForum’s upcoming “Tech Titans of Tomorrow: Teens Plugged In 2010 Conference” on Friday, April 23rd from 8:45 AM – 4:45 AM at Microsoft in Mountain View at:


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Apr. 7, 2010 Stanford Electric Cars

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On April 7, 2010 in Palo Alto, Stanford University hosted the Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicle Showcase in Parking
Structure 2 (across from Y2E2). Major car companies like Daimler, Honda,  Toyota, VW were there as well as Pi Mobility, Tesla, and the AC Propulsion eBox from PG&E’s fleet. The Stanford Solar Car project team showed off the Apogee vehicle that raced in Australia. Electric vehicle expert Steve Schneider was on hand to answer questions.

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