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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