SVEC Engineers Week Banquet (2/15) with Tina Tsou, The Race to Neural-Class Networks, and honoring William Bill” Jennings and Randy Howard Katz, PhD

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:30 PM

The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) proudly presents its Silicon Valley Engineers Week Banquet on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The SVEC honors outstanding individuals for their contributions by welcoming them into its Hall of Fame. The banquet will also feature a distinguished keynote speaker and award several scholarships for academic excellence. The Hall of Fame ceremony recognizes local engineers for their outstanding professional achievements, both in engineering and technology -- and for significant contributions to the community. Tickets are $125 through 1/15 and $140 thereafter.  Full tables accommodate 10 diners.

Tickets available at:

5:30 PM    Reception and No-Host Bar
7:00 PM    Dinner with Friends

Keynote by Tina Tsou, Enterprise Architect, ARM

“The Race to Neural-Class Networks”

Two macro trends are converging to accelerate the emergence of a new era of computing:

  • the pervasive deployment of big data analytics fed by the Internet of Things, and
  • the availability of artificial intelligence manifested in neural-class networks.

In her keynote presentation Tina Tsou describes lays out key networking specifications for the human brain, then compares the specifications with the connectivity and performance capabilities of our current networking technology.  Tina concludes her brief presentation with key industry initiatives that underpin the on-going development of neural class networks.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

     William Bill Jennings,
       Vice President of Engineering, FarmX

     Randy Howard Katz, PhD,
      United Microelectronics Corp.
      Distinguished Professorship,
       University of California, Berkeley

Meal choices are:

  • Lemon Chicken, Saffron Vegetable Risotto, Baby Carrots, Sweet Roasted Pepper Coulis, Spinach Chips
  • Grilled Salmon, Olive Oil Whipped Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Ratatouille Ragu, Basil Chips
  • Saffron Vegetable Risotto Paella, Braised Artichokes, Crispy Basil Chips

Dinner includes a organic spinach salad with blackberries, orange supremes, feta, walnuts, cherry vinaigrette plus wine, coffee, and international teas. Dessert is hazelnut white chocolate mousse, nutella chocolate sauce.

No walk ins please.

Tickets can also be purchased by sending a check:

SVEC c/o Elise Engelhardt, Treasurer
349 Avenida Arboles
San Jose CA 95123

Download PDF banquet flyer here

Keynote Speaker Tina Tsou Bio:

Tina serves as an Enterprise Architect with ARM, a technical leadership position on the Enterprise Open Source Enablement team. In this highly visible role, Tina analyzes, designs, and implements dynamic strategies to establish first tier status for ARM architecture within open source communities and projects. As a thought leader, Tina forges and maintains strong partnerships with open source communities in support of multiple architectures, while prioritizing requirements for open source enablement in collaboration with Arm key stakeholders and relevant ecosystem partners.

Ms. Tsou previously excelled as the Digital Domain Expert for Connectivity at Philips Lighting, where she championed the company’s first NB-IoT solution. She was also employed by Huawei (both in China and the US) for over 16 years as a Technical Lead and Principal Engineer. She is the Project Technical Lead (PTL) of OPNFV Auto Project, and ONAP VNFSDK Project Manager. She also served as the Chair of Open Source SDN Breckenridge Working Group. She earned the distinction of being the first woman from a Chinese business enterprise to chair an IETF working group.

Tina holds over 100 patents and is a popular speaker at data center network technology events including the recent IoT World and trade shows.

Inductee Bios:

William Bill Jennings

If you use Windows on your PC, send traffic over the Internet, use a cell phone, navigate by GPS, or have your computer time set automatically, you benefit from innovations that William “Bill” Jennings helped invent, create, or led a team to bring these solutions to your world. Today 80% of Internet traffic depends on products that Bill conceived and led teams to build.
Bill has over thirty years of system development experience ranging from high volume consumer products, atomic clocks, and worldwide networking systems for major Enterprises and Service Providers.  Bill was an advisor for many privately held, and two public companies leading to acquisitions and/or public offerings.  He has led teams developing multi-billion dollar product lines from concept to volume installation.
At Cisco, Bill invented the first Network Processor that combined the processing capabilities of a microprocessor with the high speed communication required to process the data needed that makes the high speed internet a reality. With Bill’s ingenuity and innovation, we achieved the networking speeds we have today.  
Bill has seventeen design patents relating to CPU, Memory, Sensor, Networking, Agriculture, and Bus Architectures.  He is a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering honors graduate from Georgia Tech.
Today, at FarmX, Bill is bringing the same innovations to precision agriculture by developing patent pending solutions to collect soil and plant data in a very accurate and cost effective manner. This data is being used by machine learning algorithms that make commercial agriculture significantly more productive while conserving our natural resources.

Randy Howard Katz, PhD,

Randy Howard Katz received his undergraduate degree from Cornell (1976), and his M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees from Berkeley. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1983. Since 1996 he has been the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor. On January 1, 2018, he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Research at Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 350 refereed papers, book chapters, and books. He has supervised 57 M.S. theses and 46 Ph.D. dissertations. He has received four test-of-time and sixteen best paper awards. His recognitions include the Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Jim and Donna Gray Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the ASEE Terman Award, the IEEE Mulligan Education Medal, the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the IEEE Johnson Information Storage Award, the ACM Sigmobile Outstanding Contributor Award, the Outstanding Alumni Award of the Computer Science Division, the CRA Outstanding Service Award, and the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Decoration. In the late 1980s, with Berkeley colleagues, he developed Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID). At DARPA in 1993-1994, he established and connected the White House to the Internet. His current research interests are data analytics from distributed sensors and actuators and Smart Cities through Intelligent Energy/Buildings/Transportation Infrastructures.