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Networking Events This Week

From: user 5.
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2013 6:14 PM
Did not find anything going on today, Monday.  Also Bio2Device meets Tuesday night this week, not Tuesday morning.  So the first event this week I see is the SETI talk, at noon.
( I’ll hold out for a pm SETI event )
At 1pm there is ToastMatchers at Connect in Sunnyvale, a conflict this week with the FMC Retiree’s lunch. ( Not certain this moment which I will attend...the Retiree's Lunch has sometimes sent the wrong message )
Tuesday night, as mentioned, Bio2Device will meet at Wilson Sonsoni in Palo Alto, the presentation this time will be “Biotech Today: An Investor’s Perspective” with speaker Anand Mehra, MD.  They get $25 for walk-ins.
In an unfortunate conflict, there is also this INCOSE meeting at Carnegie Mellon at Moffett Field, nice venue, BTW:
“Beating Swords into Stethoscopes”, with Speakers  Rollie Olson and Channy Laux

5:30 pm   Social Half-Hour and Snack
6:00 - 7:00 pm   Presentation
Place:  Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley Campus, Moffett Field, Building 23, Room 211
( I'm inclined to choose the INCOSE meeting since one of the presenters is on my LI )
 Wednesday this week there is another very unfortunate overlap of two events.  The first IEEE SCV Photovoltaic event of the year will be in the evening at PARC, titled  “The New World of Solar 2.0” with speaker Brad Mattson, a pioneer in my view.
Most unfortunately AIAA is meeting that same night at Michael’s at Shoreline.  Topic is “Aerodynamics and Debris Transport for the Space Shuttle Launch Vehicle”
( If you’re going to the PV event, please let me know as that might sway my decision )
Thursday morning at 8am EcoGreenGroup meets in Saratoga, looks like it might not be bad, topic is “Go Solar & Drive Electric” the website is below:
Later at the same venue, Csix will meet at 10:15.  Presentation this time is “Career Transitions: From Corporate to Equity & Ownership” with presenter Diane Pleuss. ( Think I’ve heard her before, it’s mostly about franchises )
Thursday evening I did not find any meetings, owing likely to the fact it is Valentine’s Day.
Friday Post ProMatch meets at the Campbell EDD at 9:30am.
Although this is the third Saturday coming up, the electric car club is apparently not meeting:
So it’s an opportunity to hit CAM again this month, in Mountain View, 9:30am. Presentation topic will be “Why Don't I Have a Job Yet?” with speaker Win Sheffield.
Last week was unusual in that I attended 8 events, perhaps a personal best.  Could have easily made it 9 events but I skipped Csix on Thursday for no good reason and I had little to show for that time after all.
Tuesday was maybe the longest day, I started with Bio2Device at 8:30am in Sunnyvale, it was an excellent presentation related to macular degeneration.  Then no time to waste as I needed to be in Hayward for the Inland Metals tour.  This was an amazing shop building a wide variety of items, huge frames for the Tesla car, cell phone antennas like you see on towers and buildings, big sheet metal cylinders for Bloom, many other companies represented.  Big turnout, unfortunately no photos allowed.  Next I drove to Fremont for an event I’d only learned of Monday evening, the Silicon Valley Open Source Automotive Group, killed time at the Fremont library till the meeting was starting at Mentor Graphics.  Huge turnout at this one, pics of the presentation slides are here:
Wednesday morning, had some difficulty finding the Csix Semiconductor SIG, then was surprised to see more than a few familiar faces.
Wednesday evening was the epic drive to Berkeley for the AWS meeting.  Really a great event despite the drive, forgot somehow to take photos of each slide, and the deck is not available.  The presentation was about cutting a ship in half and adding a 30 foot section.  Met a couple guys including the presenter from “Bay Ship and Yacht” and one more PG&E guy.
Thursday evening big turnout for Medtech Frontiers at Triple Ring, the presentation was about IBM’s “Watson” computer.  There was also a huge amount of food and quite a variety.
Food here, I especially liked the goat cheese, salsa, guacamole and chips:
Presentation here:
Since I was at Triple Ring I was not at EcoGreenGroup, but a friend of this message reported: “This was an excellent presentation.  Dr. Ghosh is an expert on home energy efficiency.  His talk included electric cars.  I saw Glen Sander.”  So at least three got out of the house last Thursday.
( Also am waiting for a report from anyone who was at the joint CPMT / Reliability meeting last week. )
Monday’s and Friday events were by invitation, so not part of “NETW”, Friday’s event quite by surprise included a brief tour of Mercedes’ research facility in Palo Alto … a guy there recognized me from that “Open Source” event earlier in the week and we spoke for a while.  Those kinds of connections, meeting the same people at different events, I’ve found to be especially valuable.
Big events NEXT week will be the SVEC Banquet, IEEE PES, ASQ, ASME, and some others.
Guy D.

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