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Intuitive Surgical Tour, March 26, 2015

April 6, 2015

Intuitive Surgical in Sunnyvale hosted a SME SV tour on March 26, 2015 with 30 engineers attending.  Everyone had a “hands-on” operating a surgical robot for training purposes!  The manufacturing was very impressive, completely paperless, and utilized lean principles throughout the plant.

Intuitive Surgical is global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. The Company’s da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to operate minimally invasive through a few small incisions or the belly button from a nearby ergonomic console.  The da Vinci System teatures a 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result of the technology, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.


2015 SVEC Banquet in Review

March 24, 2015

Several of our members attended the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) on Thursday, February 19 at the Double Tree San Jose Airport Hotel.  This was a great venue, with 250 engineers attending a well-planned rewards banquet.  Our SME Delegate, SVEC Elected Board Member is Guy Dellavecchia, was instrumental in setting the banquet.

The SVEC is an umbrella organization, nonprofit, with 19 professional engineering organizations working together to sponsor engineering education and student outreach. SME SV has been a member from the beginning.  We had a well-attended booth where we provided info upcoming events to students and engineers.

5 college $1000 scholarships were awarded to the following students:

  • Hayley Graves (Cabrillo College), Undergrad
  • Dimple Jethani (Mission San Jose), High school
  • Jose Alvarez (SJSU), Undergrad
  • Giovanni Zecchini (SJSU), Undergrad
  • Linh Do (SJSU), Undergrad

The keynote talk by Mark A. Pasquale, VP, Engineering & Technology, Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin gave us a great view of the space travel mission Orion EF-1 with the goal being to land a person on Mars.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees, who were honored contributions of science and technology developments, were Dr. Paul R. Gray, UC Berkeley Dept of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, President, San José State University

We highly recommend that SME SV members attend next years annual SVEC banquet!  Check out



SME’s Robotics event at FANUC

February 27, 2015

60 engineers attended the exciting SME Silicon Valley/North Bay Robotics event on February 26, 2015 at FANUC America’s Union City Facility.   The event included an excellent  presentation on the Company’s robotic line, lunch, and six robot demonstrations .

FANUC America offers a range of industry-leading products and services for robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation solutions. The Company is dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of North and South American manufacturers by creating opportunities to help them maximize their efficiency, reliability, quality, and profitability.



ANSYS 14.5 Release Party

November 10, 2012


Networking Opportunities Sept . 24-28

September 24, 2012


Some unique events this week along with the usual weekly stuff.
Monday, if you’re currently in ProMatch, Post-ProMatch or thinking about joining ProMatch, consider attending “Steve’s Drop In Coaching”, 1pm to 2:30 at Connect.
Tuesday morning there is Bio2Device at the Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, topic is “Global Regulatory Environment for Medical Devices” with Speaker Patrick Lee
Later on Tuesday, you can walk from the Council Chamber to Connect for ToastMatchers, 1pm.
Wednesday evening at Triple Ring in Newark, there is the monthly “ASQ Northern California Biomedical Discussion Group” topic is “Sampling Plans, with featured speaker John Zoric.

Thursday at 8am there might be Eco Green Group in Saratoga, or it might be their meeting is in the evening this week, they do that once per month.  At the time of this writing it their website has not been updated.
Later ( or long before ) in the same room ( or perhaps not ) , Csix meets at 10:15, speaker this time is John Hadley presenting “How to Use Storytelling to Get Hired”

Thursday night the MIT Club presents The Future of U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Technology, with speaker Tonio Buonassisi, MIT Professor
This will be at PARC in Palo Alto, pricey but in the past there have been excellent snack foods and wine.  Never been disappointed with this group.
However if I weren’t intent on the MIT event, I would certain attend this event instead, IEEE-CMPT presents “The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened Here” with speaker  Paul Wesling.  Register in advance and it’s five bucks for unemployed and students.  Buffet dinner, all  you can eat.  The bar there is so-so or better, reasonably priced.
Last week I put out some information which was incomplete or proved later to be incorrect.  Mike’s Sports Bar closed, so the SF Peninsula Medical Device Meetup moved to the Westin in Palo Alto.  Similarly, “Thirsty Third Thursday” was not in Mountain View but at Faultline in Sunnyvale.  If anyone went to the wrong place, well, that’s one I owe ya.
Guy D.


Reminder – Don’t miss PRG’s 2012 Symposium and BBQ

September 7, 2012

Don’t miss PRG’s 2012 Symposium and BBQ next Friday, September 14, from 8:15am – 1:30pm at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel.

The theme of this year’s event is “Discovery.” Join us to network with high technology professionals, learn about the latest trends, and meet PRG members in an informal setting while enjoying delicious food and music. We will be giving away a “Kindle Fire” as the top raffle prize. All attendees will receive a souvenir, made by PRG in the USA.

COMSOL Multiphysics workshops

September 7, 2012

We would like to invite you to attend one of our upcoming COMSOL workshops in the Bay Area and learn more about the new features in our latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics – Version 4.3!

For more information and registration, please use the links below:

Berkeley, CA (Sept. 12: 9:00am-12:00pm) – Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics

Berkeley, CA (Sept. 12: 1:00pm-4:00pm) – RF and Microwave Modeling

San Jose, CA (Sept. 26: 1:30pm-4:30pm) – Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics

All of the workshops offered include a hands-on training session, so please *bring a laptop* if you would like to participate.

Workshops are free of charge. However, seating is limited so advanced registration is recommended. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at 650-324-9935 or by email.

Best Regards,

Jan Wang COMSOL, Inc. 744 Cowper St. Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-324-9935
jan, over at

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