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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


Reshoring Initiative – Cost Justification Models – Hosted by California Metals Coalition – signup at

August 29, 2012

What tools do you use to educate your customers on the costs of offshored vs. domestically sourced work? Attend the this seminar and workshop (Oakland, CA) and arm yourself with tangible information and real-world tested resources.

The seminar’s presenter is Harry Moser, President and founder of the Reshoring Initiative. Moser is the former president of a domestic manufacturing company and his Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) program helped earn him entry into Industry Week’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Reshoring Seminar

September 25, 2012

Holiday Inn and Suites

77 Hegenberger Rd

Oakland, CA

$75/person (before Sept 18)    $125/person (after Sept 18)

Signup at under the reshoring tab.


Upcoming Fall 2012 Events

August 13, 2012

SME SV – Upcoming Fall 2012 Events  – Register Early!


Tuesday, August 28 – Lean Manufacturing Seminar by Manex Consulting. Learn how you can easily and rapidly apply Lean principles to transform your organization and immediately see the financial impact. To register, go to:


Friday , September 14 – Product Realization Group (PRG) Annual Symposium & Barbeque. This year’s theme is discovery.  We are fortunate to have Micah Bongberg, President & CEO of Annuvia present the keynote, and Eric Savitz, SF Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine to moderate the technical session about “Agile Product Realization”. To register, use the $5 discount code – PBQ012-SME – for SME members and go to:


Thursday, September 20 – Peridot Corporation Tour. Peridot specializes in precision manufacturing in medical components, miniature and micro-miniature components, and general product prototypes and fabrications.

To Register, go to:


Tuesday October 2nd, SME Chapter 39 (SEATTLE CHAPTER) will be offering the Certified Manufacturing Technologist  Prep Course  and the Certified Manufacturing Engineer Prep Course.   This is offered online and free for SME members.

Instructions for registration and ordering  Prep Kit (Text and Workbook) are described in the registration link. Please get this done by September 21st to secure your spot and to receive your textbooks in time for the first class.   There is a cost for the materials and the exam but the training is free. FREE for SME Members or SME Student Members.(enter code SME39 when ordering tickets on EventBrite)

Registration link:

The Course will be held at Edmonds Community College on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for 5 consecutive weeks, finalizing with an in class exam on Saturday, November 3rd, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.  Upon request, you can attend the class remotely. We can provide you with a webex (view instructor presentation live over the internet) and teleconference number so you can attend at a location of your convenience.

If you have questions and wish to attend remotely, please contact Chapter 39 (SEATTLE CHAPTER): – Dolores Lystad – Seattle Chapter Chair at 425-293-1134.


Friday, October 5 – National Manufacturing Day (NEW). Stay tuned for a special SME tour!

Manufacturing is a crucial part of the national economy,” said Buckley Brinkman, executive director and CEO of the WMEP. “It drives value creation, innovation and employment throughout the country, and we want to show our communities the opportunities available in manufacturing today.

Manufacturing day is sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the U.S. Commerce Department’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Wisconsin MEP (WMEP) and Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC). MEP is part of DOC’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. ”


For more information:

SME Website:

SME Blog:


Synchornize Our New Google Calendars with Your Desktop!

July 29, 2012

Having a Google Calendar to embed on our web site makes it much easier for members to follow chapter events. And because it stands alone as its own calendar, it won’t interfere with your own personal events, appearing as its own color and vanishing if you remove the synchronization.

It’s even better if this feature syncs up with the calendar you use at work or at home.I’ve done this for a while now, and you don’t realize how awesome it is until you have it.

If you have an Android phone, Google Calendar is probably your default anyway. But for your computer, iPhone, or Windows phone, you’ll need to take extra steps. Fortunately, they’re pretty simple. We have tutorials for each below…

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