Stories of Our Industries in the past 100 Years

Join us to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the CIE/USA, CIE-SF has found four great speakers to share their stories and experiences of the industry in the past few decades. These speakers are the retired TSMC COO & EVP, Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義); IBM Fellow, Ronald Fagin; VP of Lockheed Martin, Iris Bombelyn; and former Dean of Engineering at Cal State Los Angeles, Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍). They will share many stories from semiconductor, computer science, aviation, and civil engineering industries, respectively.

Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義): Silicon IC Technology Innovations and Challenges

Ronald Fagin: Applying theory to practice (and practice to theory)

Iris Fujiura Bombelyn: Innovations in Aerospace over the Last 100 Years

Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍): Civil Engineering Contributions & Responsibilities

All their stories and experiences will be presented in English. You do not need to be an engineer to enjoy these stories, and we encourage you to bring your children. The speakers will share you amazing discoveries, inventions, and creations that humans have accomplished in the past 100 years. Hope to see you there.

Thanks to our sponsors, we will do a raffle to give away several Amazon gift cards to audiences. The biggest price is $50 and a CHT Global G4 WiFi Hotspot worth $159.

Time:  3/11/2017  1:00PM (Sat.)


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1401 North Shoreline Boulevard

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Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義)

Retired TSMC COO & EVP



Ronald Fagin

IBM Fellow



Iris Fujiura Bombelyn

VP of Protected Communications, Lockheed Martin



Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍)

Former Dean of Engineering at Cal State Los Angeles

Former Provost/Academic Vice President of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston



Stories of the Semiconductor:

Shang-Yi Chiang (蔣尚義)

Shang-Yi Chiang’s insight and expertise have transformed Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) from a technology follower to a driving force. Under Dr. Chiang’s direction, TSMC’s R&D organization grew from 148 people to 5,500 and has set milestones in semiconductor technology scaling at nodes from 0.25 microns all the way down to 28 nanometers. An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of Business Week magazine’s Star of Asia award (2001). Mr. Chiang is the retired COO and EVP of TSMC.


Stories of the Computer Science: Applying theory to practice (and practice to theory)

Ronald Fagin

Ronald Fagin is an IBM Fellow at IBM Research – Almaden. IBM Fellow is IBM's highest technical honor. There are currently around 90 active IBM Fellows (out of around 400,000 IBM employees worldwide), and there have been only around 250 IBM Fellows in the over 50-year history of the program.  Fagin received his B.A. in mathematics from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). He has co-authored four papers that won Best Paper Awards and three papers that won Test-of-time Awards, all in major conferences.  He was named Docteur Honoris Causa by the University of Paris. He won the IEEE Technical Achievement Award, IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award (the highest award of the IEEE Computer Society), and ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award (a lifetime achievement award in databases). He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Stories of the Aviation:

Iris Fujiura Bombelyn

Iris Bombelyn is vice president of Protected Communications at Lockheed Martin, responsible for strategic development of assured, protected communications systems, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program. As the AEHF program manager, she leads the team delivering protected, assured strategic communications for the government.
Previously, she was the vice president of Narrowband Communications, including the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). As the MUOS program manager, she led the team delivering secure comms on the move for the military user. The system comprises 5 satellites, 4 ground stations, 2 satellite control facilities and software for the IP-based, prioritized access system management and control.
Bombelyn has also led the Space Systems Manufacturing team to provide complex manufacturing for space programs, with a focus on driving metrics to improve delivery of defect-free, affordable products with agile production cycles.

Iris has an extensive background in launch vehicles, starting as a member of the Titan launch team at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Later, Iris dedicated much of her time at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, during a nine-year stint as Launch Operations manager and program director for International Launch Services, providing launch services for commercial satellite customers.
Iris holds a BSE from Washington State University and a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Iris received a Silicon Valley YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry award in 2010, and in 2012, she was Asian American Executive of the year, and recognized by her Alma Mater, Washington State University with an Alumni Achievement Award. In 2013, she was awarded the Women of Color STEM Career Achievement Award. Iris is on the technical Advisory Board of the Harold Frank Scholars.  Iris speaks Russian and Japanese, and holds a black belt in ju-jitsu. She is a strong supporter of diversity and is on the Steering Committee for the Corporate Professional Asian American Network.


Stories of the civil engineering:

Kuei-wu Tsai (蔡桂伍)

Dr. Kuei-wu Tsai was the department chairman of civil engineering and associate dean of engineering at San Jose State University, dean of engineering, computer science and technology at California State University, Los Angeles, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.  He has received many national and local awards, including Outstanding Professor of San Jose State University in 1992, and the 1993 James M. Robbins National Outstanding  Teaching Award, the highest honor conferred by Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Dr. Tsai graduated from National Taiwan University with a B.S.  Degree in Civil Engineering in 1962.  Came to the United States with $200 in his pocket in 1963, he received M.S.E. (1965), M.A. (1965), and Ph.D. (1967) Degrees, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering, from Princeton University.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Tsai has been active in geotechnical engineering practice.  His projects include power plants, refinery facilities, oil and water tanks, steel mill, sewage treatment plants, low- and high-rise buildings, bridges, highways, subways, waterfront structures, large scale land reclamation and development, dams and other earth structures, both in the United States and overseas.

He believes in paying back to the society, and has been an active leader in many national and local professional and community service organizations.