CIE-SF 2018 Annual Conference Afternoon Program

Time: Saturday, March 24, 13:00pm - 17:30pm
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Registration: https://ciesf2018ac.eventbrite.com

Engineers and Their Careers in a Changing World

The afternoon session's theme is about engineers and their careers in the changing world. Speakers can talk about their own career stories, the industries they are in, the rapidly changing technologies, the companies they work for, future trends, and anchor on the point of required technical and leadership skills that are necessary for today’s engineers.

  • Executives from public companies talk about corporate ladder, and what are the high level positions they are hiring, and how to get to those positions. May analyze a few hiring examples.
  • Startup stars talk about why they choose the career path and how they hire/establish a RD team, comparing with established corporations
  • Incubator/Accelerator talk about who are those founders in Silicon Valley (demographic, portfolio examples), and startup areas, team member’s role and how engineers grow, from technology know-how to business and finance know-how
  • HR/Talent acquisition expert from Global companies talk about the current hunt for local talents

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm

Registration

1:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Opening Remarks

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

 

Titan Gu, Theravance Biopharma

Vamsi Boppana, Xilinx

Siwei Shen, lyft

Shawn Flynn, TechCode

 

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Break

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

 

HR presentation (15 min): Tom Zhang

HR Panel (1 hour): Moderator Tom Zhang

Panelist: Claire (Baidu), Ping Hsu (SJSU), more to come…

 

6:00 pm to 9:00pm

Evening Dinner Banquet, with Keynote by Victor Peng, Xilinx

Title: Career in Pharmaceutical R&D that Make a Difference

Speaker: Dr. Titan Gu, Vice President, Analytical Development and Quality Control, Technical Operations, Theravance Biopharma

Biotech and pharmaceutical industry is the other crown jewel of bay area and Silicon Valley, with robust growths projected for biotech in the bay area. A brief overview of drug discovery and development process will be provided, along with the current trends in biotech and pharm world. This presentation will also illustrate career paths in biotech and pharmaceutical industry using personal experiences, and discuss the type of engineers that are highly desired in biotech & pharmaceutical industry, especially in the highly regulated cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) environment.  Some personal advises will be offered on how to prosper in a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industry, and on the interview tricks.

 

Title: Adaptable Architectures: The Why and How?

Speaker: Dr. Vamsi Boppana, Corporate Vice President, Silicon and Systems Development, Xilinx

An explosion in the generation, movement and analysis of data is creating fundamental shifts and opportunities in the semiconductor industry today. Data, as they say, is the new oil. Traditional, general purpose, architectures are unable to scale to service these next generation demands. Custom Silicon products, while offering viable technology, are increasingly becoming unviable due to economic reasons… the expense associated with building such products is increasing exponentially and becoming prohibitive for most applications. Adaptable architectures, such as FPGAs and Programmable SoCs, offer an excellent alternative by providing some of the benefits of custom silicon products without the prohibitive expense associated with building them. This talk provides insights into why adaptable architectures are needed and how they are solving critical problems. Finally, we will explore how this changing landscape is presenting significant learning and growth opportunities to the engineering community.

 

Title: TBD

Speaker: Siwei Shen, lyft

 

Title: Engineers are Always Learning

Speaker: Shawn Flynn, Senior Business Development Manager, Techcode

Team member’s role and how engineers grow, from technology know-how to business and finance know-how:  a look at my personal journey, and the journey of the individuals of two of the companies held in Techcode, (an international incubator chain.)  One is Cocoon Cam, the only smart baby monitor that offers both breathing monitoring and HD video in one device. Learn what drove a boy genius who entered college at age eleven to want to join this team and a Founder with a newborn baby, with a great job at Tesla, to want to quit to form his own company. Also, the story of the founders of Tribe.show and how one went from Academia to the startup life and another has been a serial entrepreneur since her can remember.  What drives engineers to keep changing their roles and moving forward as nothing is constant in the world of Engineering. 

 

 

Title: Find the Turning Point in Your Career

Speaker: Dr. Tom Zhang, HR/Talent Acquisition in Silicon Valley

 

HR Panel Title: TBD

Panel Moderator: Dr. Tom Zhang

Panelist:

Claire Yang (Head of HR, Baidu USA)

Dr. Ping Hsu (Professor, San Jose State University)

 

 

Speaker Photos

 

Dr. Titan Gu, VP, Theravance Biopharma

 

 

Dr. Vamsi Boppana, Corporate VP, Xilinx

 

 

 

Siwei Shen, Director, Lyft

 

 

 

Shawn Flynn, Sr. Manager, TechCode

 

 

 

Dr. Tom Zhang, HR/Talent Acquisition in Silicon Valley

 

 

Panelist photos

Dr. Ping Hsu, Professor of SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY

 

Claire Yang, Head of HR at Baidu USA

 

 

 

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CIE-SF 2018 Annual Conference Dinner Banquet

Time: Saturday, March 24, 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Registration: https://ciesf2018acdb.eventbrite.com

 

Keynote Speaker: Victor Peng, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xilinx

Victor Peng is President and Chief Executive Officer of Xilinx. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Xilinx. Peng has over 30 years of experience defining and bringing to market leadership FPGAs, All Programmable SoCs, GPUs, high performance microprocessors and chip sets, and microprocessor IP products.

In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Peng managed Global Sales, Product & Vertical Marketing, Product Development, and Global Operations & Quality. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President & General Manager of Products at Xilinx, and led the definition, development, and product marketing of the company’s portfolio of products and differentiated technologies – resulting in three consecutive generations of core product leadership and significant industry breakouts in integration and programming.

Before joining Xilinx, Peng served as Corporate Vice President of the graphics products group (GPG) silicon engineering with AMD, where he also served as a key leader for AMD's central silicon engineering team supporting graphics, console game products, CPU chipset and consumer business units. Prior to that, Peng held executive and engineering leadership roles at TZero Technologies, MIPS Technologies, SGI and Digital Equipment Corp.

Peng earned a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He holds four U.S. patents.

 

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Silicon Valley Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient:

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fortinet

A seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie started his first network security company SIS in 1993, designing software firewalls while studying at Stanford University. In 1996, he realized the performance limitations of software firewalls running on PCs/servers, and as a result started NetScreen. As founder, president, and CEO, he led the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high-performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion.
In 2000, after recognizing that firewalls and VPNs alone could not stop content and application network attacks such as viruses, intrusions, spam, and malicious web content, Ken founded Fortinet. Fortinet first pioneered the concept of Unified Threat Management (UTM), which unified these functions into single, highly functional appliances. With the rise of IoT, cloud, and mobility, Fortinet is now leading the way in evolving to the next generation of cybersecurity with its holistic Security Fabric vision and portfolio of solutions, which secure the entire attack service from IoT to the cloud and from user to data.  Fortinet completed its IPO (NASDAQ: FTNT) in 2009, which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as "IPO of the Year."
Ken earned an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a state-registered Professional Engineer. He also represents Fortinet as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyber Threat Alliance.

 

Silicon Valley Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient:

Eric S. Yuan, Founder and CEO of Zoom.us

Eric S. Yuan founded Zoom in 2011. Prior to starting Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, Eric was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration. In 2017, Eric was added to the Business Insider list of the 52 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech. Eric is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

 

 

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2/20 Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies

Talk Title: “ Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  

Date: February 20, 2018 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

Registrationhttps://ciesf2018blockchain.eventbrite.com

 

Talk Title: “Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  by Dr. William Kao

 

Talk Abstract:  Few commodities are hotter right now than bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, which has rocketed up to around $19,000 last week (Dec 18, 2017) from less than $1,000 since Jan. 1, 2017.

Bitcoin is a crypto currency and worldwide payment system.  It is the first decentralized digital currency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. The network is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly through the use of cryptography, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Currently, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment. Starting Dec 2017 , Coinucopia, a Sacramento-based startup, offers instant access to bitcoin at automated teller machines in northern California, in locations as varied as the South Bay’s Westfield Valley Fair mall, a Berkeley gas station and an Oakland liquor store.

 September 2017 was rocky for bitcoin in which the digital currency briefly plunged more than $2,000 as China cracked down on crypto currencies and J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a "fraud" that "won't end well."

Crypto currency is a medium of exchange like normal currencies such as USD, but designed for the purpose of exchanging digital information through a process made possible by certain principles of cryptography. Cryptography is used to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new coins. The first crypto currency to be created was Bitcoin back in 2009. Today there are hundreds of other crypto currencies, often referred to as Altcoins.

In this two hour presentation, the speaker will present the history, the technology, and the market of Bitcoin, Blockchain and crypto currencies in general.

 

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.  

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

 

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E4E Program (Engineers for Engineers)

 

This program provides Engineers an opportunity to practice public speaking and formal presentation.


(1) This program align with our soft skill training program.
(2) The applicant will make a 5 minutes presentation. We prefer it is a power point presentation or a computer operated presentation.
(3) It should include the greeting, the reason of the present and the main body of the present.
(4) Please select the contents which interest most of the engineers. It could be a skill, a tool, features of a tool, a website, etc.
(5) The present will be taken place at the beginning of some of our events.
(6) Applicant needs to apply for the program and CIE-SF will review the application.
(7) CIE-SF may provide coaching.
(8) CIE-SF will video record the present and put on youtube to let more engineers can be benefited from it.
(9) After you sing up the form, CIE-SF will contact you for next step.

 

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