June 7, 2017


Friday, June 9, 2017

IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (IEEE TEMS) has a special interest in supporting the needs of industry. We’re pioneering the first IEEE TEMS Industry Forum in conjunction with TEMSCON to bring industry leaders together to discuss the challenges they face. Join us to learn from speakers from Silicon Valley’s finest technology companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Fitbit, VMWare, Snap Inc, and many up and coming startups. Our program will focus on the challenges of developing your startup, managing the forefront of technology, and more.

Register at: https://temscon-industry-forum-2017.eventbrite.com

Special Note: Industry Forum attendees are invited to join any other talks (food and drink not included) that happen during TEMSCON on any day. They are also welcome to join the global TEMS planning meeting if they are interested in getting more involved. Details of these meetings will follow here.


Time Session Location Speakers
8:30AM Keynote #1 Sierra Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu, Faculty Director and Founder of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, UC Berkeley
Dr. Swee Lim, VP Engineering, LinkedIn
Dr. Stan Mansfield, Director, System Safety, Varian Oncology Systems
Dr. Robert Chapman Wood, Professor, San Jose State University
10:00AM Break
10:30AM The Challenges of Startups: Products, Funding, Venture Capital and Angels Coastal Kate Mercado, Software Engineer, Forward, Inc
Joseph Wei, Managing Director, Lab360 Hardware Incubator
Doug Kirkpatrick, General Partner, Inner Product Partners
Matt Price, Managing Director, Cyclotron Road
12:00PM Lunch
1:00PM Industry Forum Keynote #1 Coastal David Tennenhouse, Chief Research Officer, VMWare
2:00PM Managing at the Forefront of Technology Coastal John Collins, Program Manager, Snap Inc
Liang Xi Downey, Business Development Executive, IBM New Energy & Environment
John Treichler, President, Raytheon Applied Signal Technology Division
3:30PM Break
4:00PM Industry Forum Keynote #2 Coastal Whurley, Founder & CEO, Honest Dollar
5:00PM Break
5:30PM A Young Professionals’ Guide to Managing High Tech Coastal Daniel Francisco, Product Manager, Facebook
Matt Pillar, VP Engineering, Air Computing Inc
Damian Brown, Director Interactive Program Management, Fitbit
7:00PM Networking Event & Reception

Talk Descriptions

The Challenges of Startups: Products, Funding, Venture Capital and Angels

Entrepreneurs and start-up organizations have a unique series of leadership and management challenges. While excellent products and services are being created to serve a dynamic market, hiring, retaining and motivating technical staff poses special challenges. Start-ups depend on VC’s for both funding and the business acumen that they need to assure their success. This panel will explore the challenges leaders of start-ups have faced and the management resources VC’s provide.

Managing at the Forefront of Technology

Innovation and encouraging product disruption enable organizations to thrive in a technically dynamic environment. Mature organizations and large companies must foster an intrapreneurial culture to maintain a competitive edge and product vitality. This panel will focus on the challenges and motivations involved in managing emerging technologies within a larger company.

A Young Professionals’ Guide to Managing High Tech

What is involved in managing the development of technology and people in a highly charged environment? This panel will explore the dynamic roles managers play in day-to-day operations, challenges related to working with geographically and culturally diverse teams, and product commercialization.

Speaker Bios

  • Ikhlaq Sidhu is serial innovator with an industry background and the perspective of an academic. He teaches at the University of California Berkeley, where is he is the faculty director & founder of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research.
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  • Swee Lim is a Vice President of Data Infrastructure at LinkedIn, the largest professional social network. His team builds and operates LinkedIn’s backend graph, storage, stream, search, ranking, federation, and cluster management infrastructure. Prior to his current role, he led companywide efforts to rebuild LinkedIn’s services and processes to significantly improve scalability and availability. At Sun Microsystems. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Stan Mansfield is an atypical Silicon Valley engineer and his employer, Varian Medical Systems is equally so. Stan joined Varian as a Mechanical Engineer in 1978 fresh out of Cal Poly and quickly moved into Engineering Management, developing medical linear accelerators used to treat cancer. The unique combination of complex technologies, corporate culture and the underlying mission of helping save millions of lives, drove Stan. As the Oncology business grew, from under $50M to now about $3B, Stan continually reinvented himself, with leadership roles in Product Management, Intellectual Property and Patient Safety.

  • Robert Chapman Wood studies how leaders make successful innovation possible in large human systems. He teaches Strategic Management, Strategic Thinking, and Global Management at San Jose State University. Before coming to San Jose, Wood was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Business School. His research has appeared in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Industrial and Corporate Change, and Strategy and Leadership. Prior to his doctoral studies, Wood was a journalist for more than 20 years, writing for such publications as Forbes and the Financial Times of London. http://www.sjsu.edu/people/robert.wood/

  • Dr. Kate Mercado is an engineer for Forward, Inc, a startup in San Francisco that is transforming the delivery of primary care using pervasive and wearable sensors to inform machine intelligence about your health. Since graduating from MIT she has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles on advanced materials for sensing and high performance computing. She is a Senior Member of IEEE, current chair of the San Francisco Section chapter of the Computer Society, and has served as the Region 6 student activities coordinator.

  • Joseph Wei is the co-founder of Lab360 Hardware Incubator for hardware startups. Prior to Lab360, he founded SJW Consulting Inc., a technology and business strategy advisory firm for top global tech companies. Previously, he held executive positions at Inventec, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), NEC and DEC. He is a senior member of IEEE, board member of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. He is also an advisor to many startups, as well as a mentor to the Alchemist Accelerator, AngelHack HACKcelerator, and RoyseLaw AgTech Incubator.

  • Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick is a Managing Partner of InnerProduct Partners, a San Francisco based early stage investment firm and technology development management company that he co-founded. In connection with his role at IPP, he also serves as the CEO of three of IPP’s technology startups. Prior to IPP he was a Partner in Vantage Point Capital Partners, and prior to that he was a PM and Chief Scientist at DARPA.

  • David Tennenhouse is VMware’s Chief Research Officer. He leads research & innovation activities that are accelerating and extending VMware’s technology leadership. These include: formation of a new VMware research group; a portfolio of advanced development and incubation activities; joint research projects with VMware’s technology partners, customers and relevant startups; and the VMware academic program of engagements with university researchers. David also leads global technology strategy activities related to the public sector.
    David has a strong track record of driving innovation, both in academia and industry.  He joined VMware from Microsoft, where he was a Corporate Vice President and led their technology policy and environmental sustainability activities. David was previously a Partner at New Venture Partners, where he focused on the creation of spin-outs from corporate R&D teams. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Platform Strategy at Amazon and CEO of its A9.com subsidiary. Before Amazon/A9, David was Vice President and Director of Research at Intel Corporation where he pioneered an “open collaborative” approach to corporate research. This was, in part, based on his earlier work as DARPA’s Chief Scientist and Director of its Information Technology Office.
    At both DARPA and Intel, Dr. Tennenhouse was involved in the strategic planning and execution of programs related to a wide range of technologies, including distributed/cloud computing, networking, computer architecture, wireless communications, machine learning, search/data mining, image processing, robotics, MEMs, healthcare, and nano/bio-technology. As a faculty member at MIT, he led research on high-speed networking, active networks, software radio and telecommunications policy.
    David holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the FCC’s Technology Advisory Council.

  • John Collins is a Hardware Engineering Program Manager at Snap, Inc. in Los Angeles.  He previously worked at Microsoft in Silicon Valley developing the battery and camera technologies for HoloLens and in Seattle creating the storage systems for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  He also worked at Apple managing the development of the battery for the iPhone and iPad. He has trained thousands on the best practices necessary to create consumer electronics and has been an IEEE member since 2003.

  • Liang Xi Downey works for IBM as a Business Development Executive for IBM’s New Energy and Environment Global Industry. She promotes emerging solutions that leverage IOT, analytics and cognitive computing to better balance the distributed energy supply and demand, eliminate energy waste and reduce GHG emission. Her professional experience spans over 20 years in consulting, program management and emerging technology development across multiple industries. For 5 years at a renewable energy microgrid start up, she helped the company grow, from business strategy and partnership to licensing company’s IP.

  • John Treichler received his BA and MEE degrees from Rice University, Houston, TX in 1970 and his PhDEE from Stanford in 1977. He served as a line officer aboard destroyers in the US Navy from 1970 to 1974. In 1977 he joined ARGOSystems in Sunnyvale CA and then helped found Applied Signal Technology, Inc. in 1984 after serving for a year as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University. Applied Signal Technology, now a mission area within the Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business unit of Raytheon, Inc, designs and builds advanced signal processing equipment used by the United States government and its allies for foreign intelligence collection. For three years he was the president of the Raytheon Applied Signal Technology business unit and continues as the unit’s Chief Technical Officer. He was elected a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1991 and was awarded the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Technical Achievement Award in 2000. He serves as the president of the IEEE Foundation and in 2016 was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

  • Daniel Francisco is a Product Manager at Facebook working on the Search Product Experience. Over his 12 year career he has worked on a range of products including semiconductors, packaged software, consumer internet services, and SaaS software. Previously, Daniel was a PM at Microsoft working on remote filesystems, PM and Chief of Staff to the CEO at LinkedIn during the company’s growth from 200 to 6000+ employees, and Senior Director of Product Management at RelateIQ & Salesforce.com where he was responsible for Collaboration, Data Products & Infrastructure, Search and Systems.

  • Matt Pillar is VP of Engineering at Air Computing Inc., a Palo Alto based startup backed by Y Combinator. His company created the file sync and share solution AeroFS, and more recently, collaboration platform Amium. As the head of the engineering team, Matt’s responsibilities include overall product architecture, development, and hiring. Prior to Air Computing, Matt worked for Canadian firms Sandvine, COM DEV, and Nuvation as a software and electrical engineer. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, where his research focus was computer security and machine learning.

  • Damian Brown leads the Program Management Office at Fitbit. The mission of the Program Management Office is to connect Fitbit’s business and strategic direction with product development and execution. Damian uses the values and principles of Agile to achieve this mission, deliver high quality program management processes to execute planning initiatives and deliver valuable solutions to stakeholders. He also believes in creating a culture where Program Management is an equal partner in the Fitbit’s company organization and its team members are excited and proud to be a part of.

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