March 4: World Engineering Day – Join SVEC in Fostering Innovation and Sustainability!

To celebrate World Engineering Day, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) embraces the occasion to highlight the remarkable contributions of engineers towards sustainable development and innovation. This global observance on March 4th serves as a reminder of the pivotal role that engineering plays in advancing society, fostering technological advancements, and addressing environmental challenges. It’s a day for our community to share their achievements, engage in meaningful discussions, and participate in events that showcase engineering’s transformative power.

SVEC is proud to support Discover-E programs, which aim to inspire the next generation of engineers through mentorship, educational outreach, and hands-on activities. We encourage our members to become involved by sharing their experiences, volunteering for Discover-E events, and fostering an environment where young minds can discover the excitement and possibilities within the field of engineering. This engagement is crucial in nurturing a diverse and innovative future workforce equipped to solve the world’s pressing problems.

In recognition of World Engineering Day, we invite our members to visit the SVEC Discover-E sign-up page to find out how they can make a difference. Whether it’s through participating in community outreach, leading workshops, or simply sharing your story, every action contributes to a larger impact. For more information and to get involved, please visit our website at SVEC Discover-E Program:

Additionally, to learn more about World Engineering Day and access resources for planning and participating in events, we encourage our members to visit the official DiscoverE page dedicated to the day. This platform provides valuable information and tools for engineers and educators alike to celebrate engineering’s contributions and potential. Explore activities, educational resources, and ways to get involved at World Engineering Day – DiscoverE. Let’s unite in celebration of engineering’s ability to innovate for a better future.

Call for Nominations: 2025 Hall of Fame Nominations Open Until September 3, 2024!

Call for Nominations: 2025 Hall of Fame Nominations Open Until September 3, 2024!

Nominations Page:

The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) is now accepting nominations for the prestigious 2025 Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame (HoF) Award. This honor is given annually to exceptional engineers, technology leaders, and scientists within Silicon Valley who have made significant contributions both professionally and to the greater community.

Selection Criteria Inductees will be chosen based on:

  • Professional Achievement (50%): Demonstrating significant engineering or technical accomplishments, guidance in new and developing fields, and noteworthy contributions in design, manufacturing, production, or service through the use of engineering principles and applications.
  • Service To The Profession (30%): Significant contributions to one or more technical societies.
  • Service To The Community (20%): Significant community service activities or noteworthy advice to governmental committees.

Applications Nomination applications must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Typed, organized, and professional presentation.
  • Clearly labeled information using the requested headings.
  • Limit of 10 pages for responses and one page each for the three required reference letters (13-page total).
  • Submit the original and 10 copies of the application.
  • Applications should be reproducible on a standard black & white copier.
  • Do not include journal or magazine articles, company brochures, or similar materials.
  • Silicon Valley Engineering Council letterhead is not to be used.
  • Applications cannot be submitted by fax or email.
  • All applications must be signed and dated by the nominator(s).
  • Include all requested information (as listed on the website).

Deadline The deadline for submitting HoF applications is 5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 3, 2024.

Application Process For instructions on how to mail your applications to the SVEC Address, please email “HoF @”. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

Selection Process The Awards Committee will review only those applications that conform to the Application Standards and Requested Information. After reviewing the nominations, the Committee may select one or more nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame. Recipients are required to attend the Induction Ceremony during the Engineers Week Banquet in February 2025.

Each nomination application, if not selected, will be retained and reviewed for two additional years.

For more information on the nomination criteria and to download the application forms, visit the Silicon Valley Engineering Council website.

We look forward to your nominations and recognizing the exceptional contributions of our community’s engineering leaders. Celebrate these achievements and inspire future innovation by nominating a deserving individual for the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame 2025!

2024 Hall of Fame Inductees Announcement

Silicon Valley Engineering Council Announces

2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Dr. Andrea Goldsmith named 2024 Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Inductees by Silicon Valley Engineering Council, recognizing their transformative impact on engineering.


Silicon Valley Engineering Council
December 12, 2023, 10:00 AM PST


PALO ALTO, CA, December 12, 2023 — The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) is honored to announce Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Dr. Andrea Goldsmith as the distinguished 2024 inductees into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. Their induction, celebrated at the 33rd Annual SVEC Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, is a testament to their significant contributions and lasting impact on the fields of engineering and technology.

Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UC Berkeley, stands as a cornerstone in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA). His groundbreaking works have been vital in evolving the landscape of modern integrated circuits and cyber-physical systems. As a co-founder of Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys, Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been pivotal in transitioning chip design to an automated, high-efficiency process. His work, recognized by the IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, exemplifies unparalleled commitment to advancing technology.

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University and a former professor at Stanford, has propelled forward the realms of wireless communications and information theory. Her pioneering research has laid the foundation for modern wireless systems, enhancing global interconnectivity and technological integration. Dr. Goldsmith’s illustrious career is marked by roles as founder of Plume WiFi and Quantenna, alongside influential positions on the boards of Intel, Medtronic, and Crown Castle Inc. Her achievements have garnered her prestigious accolades, including the Marconi Prize and the IEEE Education Medal, celebrating her as a visionary in engineering.

The induction of Drs. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Goldsmith into the Hall of Fame is not only a celebration of their individual achievements but also an acknowledgment of their collaborative efforts to foster innovation and mentor the next generation of engineers. Their work exemplifies the core values of SVEC, which aims to promote engineering excellence and inspire future technological leaders.

About Us:
The Silicon Valley Engineering Council, since its inception in 1989, has dedicated itself to supporting the engineering community and advocating for technological advancement through education and outreach. Representing over 60,000 engineers, scientists, and technologists, SVEC remains committed to highlighting significant contributions to the field of engineering.

For more information on the achievements of the 2024 Hall of Fame inductees and upcoming SVEC initiatives, please visit SVEC’s website.

Contact Information:
Silicon Valley Engineering Council
Phone: +1 408-389-8870
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2024 Engineering Hall of Fame Inductees Biographical Information:

Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

For transformative contributions to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and development of design methodologies for modern Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Cyber Physical Systems.

Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli’s illustrious career spans the realm of complex system design, from integrated circuits to healthcare systems. His contributions in modeling, formal verification, synthesis, and methodology have been pivotal in transforming chip design from a handcrafted process to an automated industry powering today’s electronic devices. He is recognized as one of the founding fathers of EDA and a leader in the field of Cyber Physical Systems design methodology and tools.

Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been on the Faculty of the EECS Department, UC Berkeley since 1976. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Innovation of the Berkeley Haas School of Business and of the Berkeley Center for Western European Studies, and is a member of the Berkeley Roundtable of the International Economy. Since July 2019, he has served as Special Advisor to the Dean of Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley, for Entrepreneurship and as Chair of the Academic Advisors of the Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator. He is Honorary Professor at Politecnico di Torino.

Co-founder of Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys, Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is a respected figure in both academia and industry. His recognition includes the IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award. An IEEE and ACM Fellow, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Dr. Andrea Goldsmith

For pioneering advancements in Wireless Communications and Information Theory, and impactful leadership in academia and industry, shaping the landscape of modern wireless systems.

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, currently the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, is renowned for her work in wireless communications and information theory. She was previously the Stephen Harris Professor of Engineering at Stanford. Her research has significantly advanced interconnected systems and neuroscience. As a founder of Plume WiFi and Quantenna, and a board member of Intel, Medtronic and Crown Castle Inc, Dr. Goldsmith has bridged academia and industry. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Academy of Engineering, she is an IEEE Fellow and has received numerous awards, including the Marconi Prize, the IEEE Education Medal, the IEEE Sumner Technical Field Award, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. Dr. Goldsmith authored 4 influential books on wireless communications and holds 29 patents.

Prof. Goldsmith serves on the US President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as the founding Chair of the IEEE Board of Directors Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She previously served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and on the Board of Governors for both the IEEE Information Theory and Communications Societies. At Stanford she served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate and as a member of its Academic Council Advisory Board, Budget Group, Committee on Research, Planning and Policy Board, Commissions on Graduate and on Undergraduate Education, Faculty Women’s Forum Steering Committee, and Task Force on Women and Leadership.



Control Systems Engineer, PLC Development

Job Category Construction & Facilities
Location Fremont, California
Req. ID 205681
Job Type Full-time


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What to Expect

Tesla is seeking a highly motivated Controls Engineer to join our Plant Operations team supporting the Fremont Factory and multiple Tesla facilities in the Bay Area. The Fremont Plant Operations team creates and sustains the factory of the future by designing and building innovative enterprise-scale process & utility systems in support of cutting-edge manufacturing processes.

This role will work closely with other Engineering disciplines, design, construction, and their internal customers to provide controls engineering services in support of a diverse array of processes including manufacturing, HVAC, compressed air, process cooling water, water treatment, utilities (electrical, water, gas), and other unique projects supporting the company’s mission. The role will be hands-on and take responsible charge of fast-moving projects throughout the project lifecycle, including project conceptualization, design, engineering support during construction, commissioning, and control systems programming (PLC/SCADA).

The ideal candidate will have strong fundamental knowledge built from the ground-up. They will be capable of personally designing, procuring, constructing, programming and sustaining a wide variety of process automation systems. They will take pride in their work and ever-growing mastery of the field. Their decisions will be based on superior logical reasoning, breaking down difficult problems with excellent analytical skills, organizational ability, and attention to detail. Their ideal environment is one built on trust, where individuals are given a high-level of responsibility and innovative, high-quality work is encouraged and rewarded. They will look forward to learning an incredible amount on the job. They are an excellent cross-team communicator, with a knack for understanding, process, mechanical, and electrical systems as well as complex controls.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop PLC code and perform PLC configuration and validation
  • Program SCADA system integration including but not limited to data acquisition, alarming, HMI interfaces, API calls & SQL databases
  • Participate in initial equipment conceptual development and carefully balance design specifications, process control requirements, cost, quality and schedule.
  • Provide expert on-call support for system outages and failover incidents
  • Take responsible charge in developing formal construction documents, including:
    • Specifications (Instrumentation, Conductors, Sequence of Operations, I/O Lists, etc.)
    • Drawings (Plan View, Details, P&IDs, Network Diagrams, Schedules, etc.)
    • Code compliance and City permitting
  • Specify and procure major elements needed for construction, such as instrumentation and Control Panels.
    • Select and size electrical and electromechanical components such as valves, solenoids, circuit breakers, starters, and VFDs.
  • Develop technical memoranda, engineer’s opinion of probable costs, presentations, and other project documentation as required.
  • Provide engineering support during construction, including development of RFPs, review of proposals, submittals, RFIs, construction inspections and project close-out.
  • Provide commissioning and integration services on control systems, including instrumentation, PLC and SCADA programming.
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of Tesla’s global design & programming standards

What You’ll Bring

  • BS/MS in an Engineering field (Majors in: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Control Systems, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, etc.) or equivalent work experience
  • 2+ years of experience as a hands-on Controls Engineer conceptualizing, designing, commissioning, and programming process automation systems
  • Electrical or Control Systems Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred
  • Advanced proficiency in programming industrial process and manufacturing equipment:
  • PLCs (Siemens, Allen Bradley, Beckhoff)
  • SCADA/HMI Platforms (Ignition, Siemens Comfort Panel, AB Panelview)
  • Ability to program state machines, data acquisition, and PID control. Proven ability to design fault-tolerant systems with error handling and recovery.
  • Proficiency programming and tuning variable frequency drives
  • Configuration of controls networks including:
  • Ethernet communication (OPC-UA, Profinet, Modbus TCP/IP, DeviceNet, Ethernet/IP, Safety rated field bus networks)
  • Serial communication (Profibus, Modbus RTU, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, BACnet)
  • Proficiency selecting appropriate circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, remote I/O, VFD and instrumentation.
  • Experience transitioning products and processes from concept to production desired
  • Experience developing controls design documents covering a variety of processes including manufacturing, HVAC, compressed air, process cooling water, fluid dispense, life safety, water treatment, utilities (electrical, water, gas)
  • Proficiency creating detailed control, process, electrical, pneumatic and fluid schematics in 3D CAD packages such as Revit, AutoCAD, Bluebeam, & Visio.
  • Proficiency designing relay logic ladder diagrams.
  • Experience designing for hazardous areas and SIL-rated systems.
  • Proficiency designing control panels, including selection of appropriate motor control, overcurrent protective devices, wire and cable, instrumentation, enclosures, and PLC hardware.
  • Exposure to a wide variety of processes and application of instrumentation (level, flow, temperature, pressure, current, power meters, etc.).
  • Expert understanding and working knowledge of relevant codes and industry standards, with especially deep knowledge of NFPA 70 (NEC). Familiar with many industry standards including but not limited to UL 508A, ISA S5.1, ISA 101, ANSI/RIA 15.06, NFPA 70E, OSHA, CA Title 24.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills along with the ability to effectively communicate at the executive level.
  • Capability to work efficiently with engineers and technicians from other disciplines, as well as vendors and contractors.

Additional Skills:

  • Proficiency in relational database systems (MSSQL, MySQL)
  • Proficiency in programming languages (Python, Java, VB)
  • Experience programming Cartesian, SCARA and Articulated robots (Fanuc, Kuka, Motoman, Epson) is a plus
  • Experience with Vision systems (Cognex, Keyence, Fanuc) is a plus

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Expected Compensation

$88,000 – $276,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.


Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.

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