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IEEE Utah Section "Discovery" Workshop
Internet of Things (IoT)
DATE: Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Time: 7am – 5pm
Place: Weber State University,
Shepherd Union Bldg. Ballroom A.
COST: Early Bird – Now until 15 Sept. 2014:
IEEE Student – $35
IEEE Member – $40,
Non IEEE Member – $50
16 September – 11 October, 2014:
IEEE Student – $40,
IEEE Member – $50,
Non IEEE Member – $65
POC: Larry Kirkland, (WesTest Engineering),
IEEE Utah Section Metro-Area Discovery Workshop Program Chair
|Automated Test – Track A|
|Automatic Test Equipment, Software, Data Driven Diagnostic & Prognostics, Techniques & Technologies, Strategies & Solutions, Serious Considerations.
Discussion of real world experiences.
State-of-the-Art instrumentation will be used to show how critical test and diagnostics are performed.
Testing considerations discussed.
Techniques will be demonstrated and discussed.
Supporting and user information.
|Internet of Things (IoT)/M2M – Track B|
|The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest topics for a connected world. This track is aimed at helping the attendee to understand what it takes to make a "Thing," what they are capable of, the trade-offs involved and what it takes to bring one to market. Specific consideration will be given on how to power devices and get data from them. Attendees are encouraged to have a "thing" in mind when they come.|
|Entrepreneurship – Track C|
|You will be instructed by local entrepreneurs and experts on how to procure funding from small garage projects to large scale innovative technical startups as well as receive general advice on being an entrepreneur or an engineer within a startup.
|Emerging Technologies – all Tracks|
|New and emerging technologies will be discussed with demonstrations.
Test and diagnosis evolving technologies.
Emerging Technologies in data analysis to predict failures,
Techniques and sensor improvement or integration are emphasized.
Emerging techniques, ideas, innovations, methods, and technologies.
|IEEE Utah Section Metro-Area “DISCOVERY” Workshops*|
|Registration||7:00am – 8:00am||Mezzanine
|Opening||8:00am – 8:20 am||Opening Remarks – Ballroom A
Sky Room A
Sky Room B
|8:30am – 9:20am||Real World ATE things||National Instruments
Long term support for ATE Systems
|What is this IoT you speak of?||How To Succeed as a Solo Entrepreneur||
|9:20am – 9:30am Break|
|9:30am–10:20am||Technology Integration, Innovative/
|I have an idea, now what?||How to Raise Thousands of Dollars for Your Project or Business|
|10:20am – 10:30am Break|
||New Methodologies and Strategies for Non-Contact Testing||National Instruments
Mobile Device Testing
|Wireless Connectivity||Investment Crowdfunding for Tech Entrepreneurs|
|Lunch||11:20am -12:30pm||Lunch on your own – Mezzanine Networking|
|12:40pm–1:30pm||Reliability Performance MeasurementRecurrent Event Analysis||National Instruments
Practical Guide to building an ATE system
|Perpetually Powered Things||Equity free dollars and how Utah’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center can help||
|1:30pm – 1:40pm Break|
|1:40pm – 2:30pm||Discussion with authors||“NI”
|Snakes On Data||Ideas to Entrepreneurship, A long Road|
|2:30pm – 2:40pm Break|
|2:40pm – 3:30pm
||Emerging Methods in Data Driven Diagnostics and Prognostics||“NI”
|Case Studies/Panel Discussion||What does it take to be an entrepreneur? What it’s like to join a start-up?
||3:30pm – 5:00pm||Mezzanine Networking - Workshops Ends|
The agenda is:
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Check-In (WSU Shepherd Union Bldg. Mezzanine)
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM - Opening (WSU Shepherd Union Bldg. Ballroom A)
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM - Workshops
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM - Break
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM - Workshops
10:20 AM - 10:30 AM - Break
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM - Workshops
11:20 AM - 12:40 PM - Lunch on your own
12:40 PM - 1:30 PM - Workshops
1:30 PM - 1:40 PM - Break
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM - Workshops
2:30 PM - 2:40 PM - Break
2:40 PM - 3:30 PM - Workshops
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Networking (Mezzanine)
Track A: Automated Test -
Track Chair, Larry V. Kirkland (WesTest Engineering)
This track offers cutting-edge technologies and emerging technologies in both hardware and software applications associated with the Automated Test and Diagnostics World.
1.Real World ATE things – Larry V. Kirkland will discuss High Performance ATE Design Factors, ATE Proven Test Executive Features, Test Program Set Development Aspects, Interface Test Adapter Design Elements, F3 Failures, Rehost Considerations, Probing Situations, No-Fault Found (NFF’s), Major Weaknesses, etc.
2.ATE Non-standard Technology Integration, Innovative/Emerging Testing Techniques – Glenn Wright, Larry V. Kirkland will discuss techniques to integrate non-standard or emerging test technologies into Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) and an ATE Test Program.
3.New Methodologies and Strategies for Non-Contact Testing – Glenn Wright will discuss developments in recent years that provide new capabilities to interface with and test electronic systems and components. Many of the techniques discussed take advantage of circuit behavior and characteristics that have traditionally been the target of initiatives to eliminate perceived design flaws and weaknesses that can compromise system performance and security. The approach followed takes advantage of the data content and intelligence present within these “undesirable” characteristics to explore new frontiers in test and diagnosis for electronic equipment. The results can overcome existing limitations on interface connectivity and test strategy development to expand test capability and solve problems that have plagued the industry for decades.
4.Reliability Performance Measurement: Recurrent Event Analysis – Louis Hogge (USAF): This is a presentation of statistical techniques for measurement and analysis of the reliability of fielded repairable systems, which are very different than nonrepairables. Reliability can be analyzed in four context areas: reliability prediction of nonrepairable and repairable items and reliability measurement of nonrepairable and repairable items. This presentation is focused on the latter, measurement of repairable items. An algorithmic process for effective measurement of reliability of fielded repairable USAF systems, based on recurrent event analysis, is demonstrated using a non-parametric approach on maintenance data. The approach provides a new capability that can identify even short term changes in system Rate of Occurrence of Failure (ROCOF) which can identify daily or hourly trends across the fleet subsystems and identify specific items in the fleet that deviate from the baseline (good or poor performers).
5.Discussions with Authors – Track A authors will discuss technologies and answer questions.
6.Emerging Methods in Data Driven Diagnostics and Prognostics - Dr. John W. Sheppard: High cannot duplicate and retest OK rates continue to plague the avionics test and maintenance communities of both the commercial airlines and the military. In addition to improving the overall testability of avionics systems, one area where CNDs and RTOKs can be reduced is through more robust diagnostics. Overall equipment availability can be improved with improved prognostics, even though utilizing so-called “condition-based maintenance” strategies can complicate assessing CND, RTOK, and associated logistics requirements. We do not mean to suggest that we have solutions to these latter problems; however, improvements in algorithms for so-called probabilistic graphical models are demonstrating tremendous potential to improve diagnostics and to provide new capabilities in predicting future failures. During this talk, we will provide a gentle introduction to diagnostic and prognostic methods based on probabilistic graphical models. We will also describe how the IEEE is standardizing these models and interfaces to reasoners using these models. Finally, we will discuss one implementation of these standards for a prognostic application—the Standards-based Analysis Platform for Predictive Health and Integrated Reasoning Environment (SAPPHIRE)—as an example demonstrating that the future of data driven diagnostics and prognostics has arrived. Note that some background in probability will be helpful for this talk but is not required.
7-12.National Instruments (NI) – Bryan Heslop and NI engineers will present and demonstrate Long term support for ATE Systems, RADAR Test, Mobile Device Testing, Practical Guide to building an ATE system, etc.
“National Instruments’ mission is to accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. NI does this by equipping engineers with tools to make smarter, more advanced systems by simplifying development and increasing efficiency. These technologies can help them address the world’s most pressing challenges, from developing better medical diagnostic and treatment tools to finding new sources of renewable energy. NI’s mission extends to the future generation of engineers and scientists as well, through efforts to inspire and prepare the next-generation of innovations through hands-on experiences with real-world engineering tools.”1
“Each year, 35,000 companies use NI tools to push the boundaries of what is possible.” 1
“The work of NI customers today will lead to breakthroughs that will change the world we will live in years from now. To support this work, NI invests in lead user programs, student design competitions, and grant funding for critical areas.” 1
“More than 8,000 educational institutions rely on NI products to provide students with a unique approach to learning engineering concepts.” 1
Track B: IoT/M2M –
Track Chair, Chad Kidder (IMSAR/Curious System Solutions)
- What is this IoT you speak of? - Chad Kidder (IMSAR/Curious System Solutions)
Everybody wants a piece of the Internet of Things (IoT). Intel does, Google does, Uncle Vinny does, but what is it? This presentation will focus on the vision of what the IoT is, how it is different, or not, from M2M, and why you should care.
- I have an idea, now what? - Chad Kidder (IMSAR/Curious System Solutions)
Want to stake your claim in the IoT/M2M world? You've got your idea, but what does it take to get to a real product? This presentation will look at both design and business considerations involved with making profitable devices and services in the IoT and M2M ecosystem. This talk pares well with the entrepreneurial track and will help people develop depth to their vision and business plans in and around the IoT and M2M ecosystem.
- Wireless Connectivity – Douglas Datwyler (Digi)
Can you estimate wireless connectivity? Yes, the calculations are well documented. But, the numbers may lie... This presentation will discuss the design decisions, trade-offs, and gotchas involved when building a wireless link.
- Perpetually Powered Things - Chad Kidder (IMSAR/Curious System Solutions)
There are many places we would love to have sensors. What happens when you have to change the battery? This presentation will discuss design strategies to minimize power usage in your devices. It will also discuss different ways to “harvest” power for your devices.
- Snakes On Data - Python for Storage, Analysis, and Visualization - Matt Harrison (Metasnake)
Python is one of the top tools for data scientists. How does Python handle your needs for storing, analyzing, and visualization? It is now the most popular languages among introductory CS courses. It is a top tool for data scientists, and is broadly used in companies large and small. This presentation will show a breadth of tools to convince you that Python is more than just a glue and automation language. It can be used to implement end-to-end systems for data. In particular this presentation will discuss options for storage of data, analysis, and visualization in Python.
- Case Studies/Panel Discussion
This last presentation will discuss several, varied products, some of which have been around for a while, that typify what is possible with the IoT and M2M. Following the prepared cases, the panel will open up to questions from the audience.
Track C: Entrepreneural/Start-Up Track –
Track Chair, Willow Toso (U of U)
- How to Succeed as a Solo Entrepreneur - Joel Grasmeyer (Indie App Developer) In this talk, it will bel shown how to use techniques like bootstrapping, outsourcing, and lean startup to succeed as a solo entrepreneur. Joel will illustrate these points with stories based on his own experience as an indie app developer over the last 10 years.
98% of bank loans applied for are denied, but there are various ways to fund your business idea. This talk will discuss what crowdfunding is, the advantages of crowdfunding for small business owners, seven reasons why campaigns fail, five secrets of successful crowdfunding campaigns and most importantly, Mr. Cherry will walk you through how to create a campaign step by step.
3.Investment Crowdfunding for Tech Entrepreneurs - Devin Thorpe (Your Mark on the World)
Investment Crowdfunding authorized by the JOBS Act combined with social media and the reach of the Internet makes it easier than ever before for entrepreneurs to raise money for their startups. This workshop will provide participants with actionable, easy-to-implement tips for successful fundraising. Crowdfunding expert Devin Thorpe will help you prepare to roll out your crowdfunding campaign.
4.Equity free dollars and how Utah’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center can help – Mary Cardon (USTAR SBIR/STTR Assistance Program (SSAP))
Equity free dollars to assist small businesses in their technology research and development efforts are available through the federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), is here to help Utah’s companies navigate the SBIR-STTR waters and win these funds through the SBIR-STTR Assistance Center (SSAC). Come hear how your company can benefit from the grants and the help of the SSAC who boasts a win rate double that of the national average.
5.Ideas to Entrepreneurship, A Long Road - Dr. Ragula Bhaskar (Fatpipe Networks)
6.What’s it like to be an entrepreneur? What’s it like to work for a start/up? Panel Discussion – Alex Lawrence & Sripryia Raghavendran & others
Entrepreneurs and engineers experienced working at start-ups answer your questions.
- Pei-jung Tsai:
- IEEE Utah Section Chair
- Dan Christenson:
- IEEE Region 6 North East Area Chair / PACE Chair
- Jennifer Hershman:
- IEEE Utah Section Vice Chair
- Jeff Cold:
- IEEE Utah Section Secretary
- Chad Kidder:
- IEEE Utah Section Treasurer
- Larry V. Kirkland:
- IEEE Utah Section Metro-Area Discovery Workshop Program Chair
- Dr. Kirk Hagen:
- WSU Department of Engineering Chair - Workshop Sponsor
- Track A Chair: (Automated Test):
- Larry V. Kirkland (WesTest Engineering)
- Track B Chair: (IoT/M2M):
- Chad Kidder (IMSAR/Curious System Solutions)
- Track C Chair: (Entrepreneurship):
- Willow Toso (U of U
Bhaskar, Dr. Ragula: Dr. Ragula Bhaskar is President and CEO of FatPipe Networks, the inventor of patented (10) technology that provides highly redundant, reliable, and high-speed Internet/WAN access for mission critical applications for business.
Prior to co-founding FatPipe Networks, Dr. Bhaskar was a tenured Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Utah.
He served as Chairman of the Living Planet Aquarium, and is currently a Board Member. He served as the Chairman of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for the State of Utah from 2007 till 2011. He was also Co-Chairman of the Review Committee of Utah State’s Boards and Commissions for the Huntsman Gubernatorial Transition Team; a Trustee and member of the Public Policy Committee of the Utah Information Tech Association, and a member of the review panel for the State of Utah Centers of Excellence. He is a Member of the Industrial Advisory Committee, College of Engineering at the University of Utah, and a reviewer for the State of Utah Technology Commercialization and Innovation program.
Dr. Bhaskar is a recipient of several honors and awards for academic achievements; is a member of Mensa, and a former member and Chapter President of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. He was the youngest member of an Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on labor related technology issues and was one of the youngest President-elect of the Coal division of the Society of Mining Engineers (SME), and held chairmanships of many related committees.
Dr. Bhaskar has written over 30 articles, including 18 refereed articles, on various subjects including the behavior of fine particles, distributed database design, fractals and WAN technology and engineering Dr. Bhaskar and FatPipe CTO, Sanchaita Datta, secured ten patents on FatPipe’s technology. Dr. Bhaskar also owns another patent on fine particle suppression systems.
Dr. Bhaskar was awarded the Outstanding Director Award from Utah Business magazine for his work as Chairman of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He was also profiled in a feature cover story in Connect Magazine as one of Utah’s most respected entrepreneurs, and was the recipient of the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Outstanding Business Owner award. He has been a two-time recipient of Connect Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award, “25 People Who Most Influenced Business in Utah,” in 2006 and 2007, and profiled by the Utah Economic Development Board as one of top 25 High Tech CEOs in Utah. He has also been a four time recipient of vSpring Capital’s annual v/100 award from 2004 - 2007, a listing of the Top 100 entrepreneurs in Utah, and was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Dr. Bhaskar obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering, a dual M.S. in Engineering and Operations Research, and an M.S. in Business Administration with specialization in Finance, all from the Pennsylvania State University between 1981 and 1987.
Cardon, Mary: Mary leads the USTAR SBIR/STTR Assistance Program (SSAP), located at and operating in partnership with the Salt Lake Community College Miller Resource Center in Sandy, Utah. The center works with Utah’s technology companies exclusively on SBIR/STTR grants and currently has a better than 25% success rate for grants they assist with.
Mary brings nearly three decades of management experience to the center, coming most recently from GE Money where she led the proposal writer team. While there, GE Money won the GSA travel and procurement award in 2007 as well as many multi-million dollar state and private sector programs. Prior to joining GE, Mary worked in management and communications, with over 20 years in newspapers and small business in Idaho, California and Utah. Her experience includes project management, training, writing, marketing and sales. She is active in the community, volunteering with organizations improving the lives of women, children and the under-represented.
Cherry, Bill: Bill is Founder and CEO of the Utah Crowdfunding Association www.UtahCrowdfunding.org. He is an authority on crowdfunding and has worked with many clients advising them on their crowdfunding campaigns, and gives many seminars on the “How To’s of crowdfunding. 98% of all business loans are denied. Crowdfunding solves that problem.
Mr. Cherry is also President of Internet Coaching USA, www.InternetCoachingUSA.com where he teaches students how to start an Internet business without buying products to sell, storing products, or shipping products to customers. He has coached over 800 people to start an Internet business, and was awarded The Entrepreneurship Coach of the Year four years in a row by a national mentoring company. Mr. Cherry currently has three successful Internet businesses and is developing another.
Mr. Cherry has an MBA, and taught several years at Brigham Young University. He has been a Director of Marketing for several companies, and developed his own products from concept to roll out. Mr. Cherry is a volunteer business coach for SCORE.
Christenson, Dan W.: Dan is the Director of Engineering of the 748th Supply Chain Management Group, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Through its five Squadrons, Mr. Christenson leads 100 engineers, executes an Air Force Supply Chain Planning and Execution budget of $1.2B and maintains 23,900 spare parts for 34 unique weapon systems including Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, 19 Space & Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence systems, most of the Air Force weapon system’s landing gear, wheels, brakes and secondary power systems and weapon system specific structural and avionics systems for the F-16, A-10, T-38 and other mature and proven aircraft systems. The group is assigned to the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
Mr. Christenson began his Air Force career as an electronic design engineer in the hardware development section at Ogden Air Logistics Center, Utah, in 1992. In 1995, Mr. Christenson was promoted to section chief of the Automatic Test Equipment and Weapons Systems Interface Engineering Section at Hill. In that role, in addition to his role as supervisor, he continued to act as a systems design engineer for major projects and worked BRAC workload relocation issues for Sacramento and San Antonio Air Logistics centers. He served in that role for five years. In 1999 he was transferred to the Administrative Branch of the Software Division as Branch Chief. In that role he served as the division’s senior administrative officer. In 2001, Mr. Christenson was promoted to Branch Chief for the Weapon Systems Software Engineering Branch, Maintenance Directorate, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Ogden, UT, specializing in Automatic Test Equipment development and maintenance. In 2004, Mr. Christenson was promoted to Chief of the Avionics / Electronics Systems Division at Hill Air Force Base responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of Hill’s technical policies and processes for Electronics and Avionics products. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as Division Chief for the Force Development Division, Engineering Directorate, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of force development policies and processes to insure development of the scientific and engineering expertise in the ALC’s more than 1000 science and engineering professionals. Dan is an IEEE Senior Member.
Mr. Christenson’s major AWARDS AND HONORS:
General Lester L. Lyles Award, Air Force Material Command
Chief Engineer of the Year, Air Force Global Logistics Center
Senior Civilian Engineer of the Year, Ogden Air Logistics Center
Utah Engineer of the Year, Utah Engineers Council
Outstanding Engineer of the Year, IEEE Utah Section
Phi Kappa Phi
Eta Kappa Nu
Outstanding First Line Supervisor, Federal Managers Association, Ogden Air Logistics Center
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Exemplary Civilian Service Award
Civilian Achievement Award
Arthur S. Flemming Award
Mr. Christenson’s education:
1977 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
1982 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1995 Master of Science in Computer Science, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
2006 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
Datwyler, Douglas: Douglas received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah. He has held a Professional Engineer license in Utah since 2003 and an IEEE Wireless Communications Professional certificate since 2010. He has an Amateur Extra class license and a General Radio Telephone Operator License plus a RADAR endorsement.
Douglas has worked at many local companies in an electronics engineering role and is currently employed by Digi International. In his role at Digi, he has designed XBee Series 1 (802.15.4), XBee Series 2 (Zigbee), XBee Series 8 (868 MHz), and was part of the design team for the most recent radio modem product. He also has experience in global regulations for radio product.
Grasmeyer, Joel: Joel is a real estate investor, engineer, and entrepreneur who started PropertyTracker.com in 2004 to create user-friendly, yet powerful tools for real estate analysis. In 2008, he created Property Evaluator for the iPhone. In 2010 he launched RealEstateTools.com to market a variety of real estate investment analysis apps. In 2012, he launched the Construction Cost Estimator app to help contractors quickly estimate construction costs using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Harrison, Matt: Matt (Metasnake) specializes in training, analysis, and minimum viable product development. He has over 14 years of Python experience across the domains of search, build management and testing, business intelligence, and storage. He has taught hundreds how to program in Python at PyCON, Scale, OSCON, and other conferences and user groups.
He occasionally tweets useful Python related information at @__mharrison__, and has written the best-selling series, "Treading on Python".
Hershman, Jennifer: Jennifer Hershman has had a career with the United States Air Force for over fourteen years with time spent at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex (ALC) and the Warner Robins ALC. Throughout her tenure with the federal government, she has had the opportunity to work on various programs including the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system and the MC-130 Combat Talon II. She has assisted with acquisition strategies, emergency management execution and sustainment, Operational Flight Program (OFP) development and maintenance, organic database enhancements, as well as process improvement initiatives to include the implementation of various core process areas encompassed in the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) framework.
Hogge, Louis: Louis is a Squadron Lead Engineer at Hill-AFB Utah (USAF) April 1997 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah The Squadron supports the Supply Chain Management function for US Air Force aircraft. Louis is responsible for staffing, policy, processes, budgeting, and technical project execution for/of ~50 electrical, mechanical, and aerospace engineers. He has an MSE in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BSEE form the University of Utah.
Kidder, Chad: Chad received his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and a senior member of the IEEE. He worked for Raytheon Corp. for several years designing and building radar components. Chad helped stand up and run the Radar Innovations Lab at the University of Oklahoma where he helped faculty and students design and build atmospheric sensors, including weather radar. He has also worked for Marshall Radio Telemetry designing and building battery powered telemetry systems for birds of prey and dogs. He currently works for IMSAR, LLC in Springville, Utah designing electronically scanned antenna (ESA) arrays and consults at Curious System Solutions, LLC.
Kirkland, Larry V.: Larry is the Business Development Manager for WesTest Engineering. Previously, he was a Senior Electronic Engineer (Subject Matter Expert – Technical Lead) at the USAF Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC), Hill AFB Utah retiring after ~42 years of service. Mr. Kirkland has over 48 years experience (been there, done that) with the United States Air Force and Industry in Test/Diagnosis and ATE. Larry is a Senior Member of IEEE. Mr. Kirkland has abundant papers published at Test, Software Technology and AI conferences. He has been published on numerous occasions in IEEE Engineering Magazines.
Mr. Kirkland has received the following awards:
IEEE Award of Merit Professional Achievement Award (2012),
IEEE Professional Achievement Award (2011),
IEEE Award of Merit – Technical Achievement (2011),
IEEE Scholarship Chair (2011),
IEEE AUTOTESTCON Outstanding Organization Technical Program Chair (2008),
USAF AFMC EN – Letter of Commendation for superior performance (2001),
USAF AFMC Senior Engineer of the year award (2000),
IEEE ATE Future Concepts Award (1994),
IEEE Walter E. Peterson Award for new technology (1992),
IEEE Using Neural Networks on ATE Award (1990),
USAF AFLC Engineer of the year award (1989),
USAF OO-ALC Programmer of the year award (1988),
THE WHITE HOUSE – President Jimmy Carter – Jan 1981
Recognition for efficient government operations,
USAF OO-ALC Suggestor of the year award (1978),
THE WHITE HOUSE – President Gerald R. Ford – Feb 1976 –
Recognition for improving operations
Mr. Kirkland holds an U.S. Patent for new development in test/diagnosis techniques. He holds a B.S. degree from Weber State University. His graduate work is from Utah State University and the University of Phoenix.
Lawrence, Alex: Alex Lawrence spent his first 20 years in business as a self made entrepreneur that started, led and sold multiple companies with over $100 million in sales and over 1,000 employees. These ventures were built across various industries including software, consumer Internet, commercial real estate, venture capital and franchising. Alex rose over $25MM in capital and had one company reach #34 on the Inc. 500 list. Three years ago Alex left the world of entrepreneurship to join Weber State full-time as Vice Provost and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the business school. Alex works on a number or projects at Weber State including Startup Ogden (an exciting project that is part of the new Weber State Downtown building), the Utah Center for Applied Innovation and Design (UCAID), USTAR, WSURF and more. Alex is completing a PhD in Business at Oklahoma State University and teaches entrepreneurship at Weber State. You can also see Alex each Tuesday on KSL Channel 5 as their weekly technology expert. He has 73,000 Twitter followers.
Raghavendran, Sripriya: Sripriya Raghavendran is Manager of the Business and Technology Development Engineering Team at University of Utah Technology Commercialization Office who has experience working both for large established engineering firms and start-ups.
Sheppard, Dr. John W.: John is a Professor and RightNow Technologies Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Montana State University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at The Johns Hopkins University. He holds a BS in computer science from Southern Methodist University and both the MS and PhD in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, Dr. Sheppard was elected as an IEEE Fellow "for contributions to system-level diagnosis and prognosis." Prior to entering academia, he worked for 20 years at ARINC Incorporated in Annapolis, MD, where he achieved the highest technical grade of Fellow. Dr. Sheppard, performs research in Bayesian modeling (dynamic Bayesian networks and continuous-time Bayesian networks), evolutionary algorithms, and data mining of temporal test and maintenance event data. He is active in the IEEE Standards Association where he currently serves as IEEE Computer Society liaison to the Standards Coordinating Committee 20 (SCC20) on Test and Diagnosis of Electronic Systems and chair of the Diagnostic and Maintenance Control (DMC) subcommittee of SCC20.
Thorpe, Devin: Devin thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of third largest company on the 2009 Inc. 500 list—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream. More recently, Devin completed his latest book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, Financing Your Mark On The World.
Now, as an author, advisor and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good, writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good. He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, emcee, and trainer.
As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions.
Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship.
Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.
Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).
Toso, Willow: As an electronics engineer for the University of Utah, Willow facilitates university research through design, fabrication, repair and maintenance of research instrumentation from chip selection to lab-ready deliverables for laboratories campus wide, including custom low noise analog amplifiers, RF generators, balanced RF signal splitters, high voltage power supplies, and instrument interface programming. She enjoys engaging with students to help them understand electronics and the systems they work with. Willow has five years work experience in the field of engineering, including work for the Air Force as well as General Electric, and holds an MSEE from Colorado State University.
Tsia, Peijung: Peijung received her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Utah. She works as a system engineer at L3 Communication. She has been involved with various communications systems, such as satellite communications and line-of-sight for airborne, ground and shipboards systems. She supports software/ hardware design and development, system integration and qualification and also helps with manufacturability and production. She loves hand-on and troubleshoot problems.
Wright, R. Glenn: Mr. Wright has 36 years experience in sensor-based systems in a wide range of applications including electronics test, communications, navigation and medicine. Much of his work has been in the aviation and maritime industries. He holds a BSEE from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, MSCS from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and PhD (candidate) from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. Mr. Wright is President of GMA Industries, Inc., where, since 1990 he has performed research in various methods for analyzing the failure modes of electronic systems and developing new technologies for diagnosing failures. This includes the use of electromagnetic emission analysis for non-contact testing and fault diagn