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Posted 7/28/14

IEEE Utah Section "Discovery" Workshop


 
Discovering
           Automated Test
                Emerging Technologies
                     Internet of Things (IoT)
                           Entrepreneurship
                                                Workshops
 
Workshop Information: 
 
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
 
Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ieee-utah-section-metro-area-discovery-workshop-tickets-11464473549
 
POC:  Larry Kirkland, (WesTest Engineering),
          IEEE Utah Section Metro-Area Discovery Workshop Program Chair  
email: larryk@westest.com
 
Workshop Overview: 
 

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
 
 
Activity
 
Time
 
Track A
Sky Room A
 
Track A
Sky Room B
 
Track B
Room 312
 
Track C
Ballroom A
 
Mezzanine
 
 
 
Subs
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  
 
 
 
Exhibit Hall
Networking
 9:20am – 9:30am                                                  Break                                                                                                                                 
9:30am–10:20am Technology Integration, Innovative/
Emerging Techniques
National Instruments
RADAR Test
I have an idea, now what? How to Raise Thousands of Dollars for Your Project or Business
10:20am – 10:30am                                                Break
10:30am-11:20am
 
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
 
 
 
Subs
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  
 
 
 
Exhibit Hall
Networking
  1:30pm – 1:40pm                                                 Break
1:40pm – 2:30pm Discussion with authors “NI”
Discussion
Snakes On Data Commercialization of Innovative Products
   2:30pm – 2:40pm                                                Break
2:40pm – 3:30pm
 
Emerging Methods in Data Driven Diagnostics and Prognostics “NI”
Discussion
Case Studies/Panel Discussion What does it take to be an entrepreneur? What it’s like to join a start-up?
Panel Discussion
 
 
3:30pm – 5:00pm Mezzanine Networking - Workshops Ends
* This program is subject to change without notice
 
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.
Session:
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
Reference:
1. http://www.ni.com/company/programs/
Speaker Biographies;

Louis Hogge:  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.

 
Larry V. Kirkland 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
       etc.
 
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.
 
Dr. John W. Sheppard 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. 
 
R. Glenn Wright: 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 diagnosis.
 
 
Track B:  IoT/M2M
Track Chair, Chad Kidder (IMSAR/Curious System Solutions)
 
Session:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
 
Speaker Biographies:
 
Chad Kidder 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.
 
Douglas Datwyler 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.
 
Matt Harrison (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". 
 
  
Track C:  Entrepreneural/Start-Up Track –
Track Chair, Willow Toso (U of U)
 
Session:

1. 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.
2. How to Raise Thousands of Dollars for Your Project or Business - Bill Cherry (Utah Crowdfunding Association)
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. Commercialization of Innovative Products - 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.
 
Speaker Biographies:
 
Joel Grasmeyer 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. 
 
Bill Cherry 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.
 
Devin Thorpe 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).
 
Mary Cardon 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.
 
Dr. Ragula Bhaskar PhD Co-founded Ragula Systems Inc. in 1989 and serves as Chief Executive Officer and President. Dr. Bhaskar serves as the Chairman of Fatpipe Networks India Limited and has been its Managing Director since September 1, 2008. He is the co-inventor of router-clustering technology that provides highly redundant, reliable, and high-speed Internet/WAN access for mission critical applications for business. Prior to promoting FNIL, he enjoyed a career in academia as a research technologist in the engineering department at Pennsylvania State University and lateras an assistant and then tenured associate professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Utah. He is also the Chairman of the State of Utah, Governor’s Board of Economic Development. Dr. Bhaskar has been Executive Director of Fatpipe Networks India Limited since September 1, 2008.He serves as a Trustee and Member of the Public Policy Committee ofthe Utah Technology Council, the Industrial Advisory Board, the College of Engineering at the University of Utah, and is a member of the review panel for the State of Utah Centers of Excellence. Dr. Bhaskar has written over 30 articles, including 18 refereed articles on various subjects, and obtained six patents, with four more submitted. Dr. Bhaskar was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was profiled in a feature cover story in Connect Magazine as one of Utah’s most respected entrepreneurs, and acknowledged by the Utah Economic Development Board as one of 25 High Tech CEOs in Utah. He was selected by his peers as one of Utah’s Top 100 venture entrepreneurs three years in a row. Connect Magazine named Dr. Bhaskar as one of the TOP 25 people who influenced business in Utah for 2006, and 2007, and Utah Business magazine named him in the TOP 100 Most Influential People in Utah. In November of 2009, he was awarded the Outstanding Director Award by the Utah Business Magazine and was featured on the front cover of the magazine. Dr. Bhaskar has obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering, a dual M.S. in Engineering and Operations Research, and an M.S. in Business Administration (Honors) with specialization in Finance, all from the Pennsylvania State University.
 
Alex Lawrence: 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
 
SripriyaNaghavendran: 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. 
 
 
Acknowledgements
  • Pei-jung Tsai
    • IEEE Utah Section Chair 
  • Dan Christenson:
    • IEEE Northeast Region 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)  
  • The “PRESENTERS”

 
 
 

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