Wednesday, January 21, 2009

IEEE GOLD Sponsored Webinars for 2009

For GOLD and student members

Helping engineers get through the business landscape, work together increating new products and contribute in a business or commercial role iswhat this series of three webinars is offering. Each session will bescheduled for one hour and is offered at no charge. Our speaker, ArunGopalakrishnan,, is a Market Manager for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. The sessions are outlined below with the first two session dates confirmed.

Seminar 1: Saturday, 24 January 2009, 8:00am Eastern
Topic: "Navigating a globalized, turbulent business landscape – whatengineers need to know"
Concepts covered in this session will include:
* Cost of Capital and how this drives business decision making
* New Product Portfolios and how projects get selected and killed
* Global competition and shortening product life cycles
* Drivers of outsourcing in support services, manufacturing facilities andeven research and development

Registration is open for the first session scheduled for Saturday, 24January 2009 at 8:00am Eastern for one hour. Please register at

Seminar 2: Saturday, 28 February 2009, 8:00am Eastern
Topic: "How engineers and marketers work together to create new productsin innovative companies"
Concepts covered in this session will include:
* Best-in-class new product development processes
* Identifying true unmet customer needs with high value potential
* How to foster cross-functional collaboration between technical andmarketing processionals
* Examples of successful product launches and critical success factors

Seminar 3: Saturday, March 2009, 8:00am Eastern. Topic:
"Career change: how engineers can contribute in abusiness/commercial role for a technology company"
Session will explorehow people with engineering experience who also develop business skills canplay key roles in technology companies where a combination of technical andcommercial skills can be very effective.

Biography: Arun Gopalakrishnan has worked for the DuPont Company as aMarket Manager in Wilmington, Delaware since July 2006. Arun's first roleat DuPont was providing marketing consulting to startup businesses withinthe company. He moved to his current role in DuPont's PerformanceElastomers division in August 2007, where he sets the global strategy anddrives revenue growth in the Energy, Oil & Gas business segment. Arun'sareas of specialty include innovation processes, business development, andpricing and profitability management.

Any questions send to For more information on each webinar topic, dates and details, visit

Thursday, January 15, 2009

GOLD and WIE Newsletters

IEEE GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) publishes a quarterly newsletter which contains articles, events, resources and more specifically designed for young professionals transitioning from student life to the professional world:

IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering) promotes the interests and careers of women scientists and engineers. Its latest newsletter is at:

IEEE 2009 Class of Fellows

Below is a list of the 2009 IEEE Fellows from "my" schools - the complete list can be found at

"The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession....[conferred] upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest."

Columbia University
Keren Bergman -for contributions to development of optical interconnection and transport networks

Steven Mark Nowick - for contributions to asynchronous and mixed-timing integrated circuits and systems

University of California, Los Angeles
Panagiotis D. Christofides - for contributions to analysis and control of nonlinear and distributed parameter processes

Alan Yuille -for contributions to computer and biological vision, medical image processing and computational theories of cognition

Texas A & M University
Aniruddha Datta - for contributions to control techniques in cancer genomics

Scott L. Miller - for contributions to the theory of spread spectrum communications

California Institute of Technology
Michelle Effros - for contributions to source and network coding

Simon H. Yueh
Pasadena, CA, 91109, U.S.A.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
William Freeman - for contributions to computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning

Franz Kärtner - for contributions to ultrafast optics

Joel Schindall - for leadership in satellite communication and surveillance systems

University of Michigan
Farnam Jahanian - for contributions to dependability and security of network systems

Mahta Moghaddam - for contributions to forward and inverse scattering techniques for radar remote sensing

Anna G. Stefanopoulou - for contributions to control of energy conversion systems

Dawn Marie Tilbury - for leadership in networked and logic control systems

Dartmouth College
David F. Kotz - for contributions to parallel and distributed systems and wireless networks

Stanford University
Gregory T.A. Kovacs - for contributions to fabrication and use of biosensors for medical, environmental and space applications

Shan Xiang Wang - for contributions to magnetic materials and device

University of California at San Diego
Mohan Manubhai Trivedi - For contributions to intelligent transportation systems

Dean Tullsen - for contributions to the architecture of multithreaded and high-performance processors

University of California, Berkeley
David N.C. Tse - for contributions to wireless communications

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lightspeed Venure Partners Summer Grant Program 2009

Time's a-wastin' for this novel opportunity I discovered through a Stanford listserv post:

~Interested in getting paid to work fulltime on your startup this summer?
~Looking for free office space on Sand Hill Rd and access to a venture capital firm and its portfolio executives?
~Don’t want to give up any equity in your company?
~Lightspeed is now accepting applications for its 2009 Summer Grant Program.
For the third consecutive year, Lightspeed Venture Partners is offering grants for undergraduate and graduate students studying engineering and computer science who are interested in exploring an entrepreneurial opportunity over the summer of 2009 in the technology or alternative energy fields.
1. Up to 20 individual grants will be awarded.
2. Each team member will receive $10,000 and each team will receive $5,000 for discretionary use.
3. All teams will be considered for a $500,000 seed investment from Lightspeed upon conclusion of the summer grant program
4. Students will be provided office space at Lightspeed’s office complex at 2200 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA in from June through September.
5. Grant winners are required to work full time on their startup project for minimum 10 weeks between June 1 & Sept 30.
6. Lightspeed will organize weekly seminars from portfolio company executives and functional experts including: attorneys, CFO’s, PR specialists and recruiters.
7. There are two, independent submission deadlines. Winners announced 3 weeks after each deadline.
· Each team must include at least one student (graduate or undergraduate in Engineering or
Computer Science) who was a student in the 2008-2009 academic school year
· Only team members committed to working full time in the Menlo Park office for 10-12 weeks in the
summer of 2008 are eligible to receive the grants
· Groups of 1 to 4 people may submit proposals as a team
· Provide entrepreneurial students with the opportunity to spend the summer building their startup.
· Create an environment where students can:
§ Devote 100% to your startup idea and work closely with their team members
§ Interact with entrepreneurially-minded peers
§ Receive frequent guidance from the professionals at Lightspeed and experienced executives.
· Application information can be found at
· Applications are submitted by email to
· Send questions to Linus Chung at
· Grant winners are under no obligation to Lightspeed
· Lightspeed does not take equity as part of the program
· Round 1 submissions are due January 16, 2009, winners announced by February 6, 2009.
· Round 2 submissions are due April 3, 2009, winners announced April 20, 2009.