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CIAN Student Retreat & Innovation to Market Workshop 2015

This year’s CIAN Student Retreat and Innovation to Market Workshop took place after the CIAN Annual Retreat. Two speakers were hosted to share their expertise on interview skills and entrepreneurship. Below, find George Kenney’s presentation and advice from Bri McWhorter on the “Top Five Interview Techniques.”

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george-kenneyGeorge Kenney
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Shepherd Ventures

A Managing Director and co-founder of Shepherd Ventures, George has a strong technical background combined with extensive Wall Street and financial industry experience. He has been a successful manager in rapid growth environments, turning around struggling operations and developing and mentoring high technology companies. George has invested in a broad range of technology companies. He also runs an Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp which prepares CEOs to raise money.

Before forming Shepherd Ventures, George was CTO and Partner at Nicholas-Applegate, a money management firm in San Diego, where he directed technology and operations to grow and sell the company. Prior to Nicholas-Applegate, George was CTO and Managing Director at Kidder Peabody in New York City, becoming an expert in Investment Risk Management. Previously he held top information technology positions at Swiss Bank, Salomon Brothers and the American Stock Exchange. As Director of Research for North American Philips and co-founder of Digital Measurements Corp., George obtained numerous US and foreign patents.

George holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, an MSEE from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he attended the Optic’s Program at London’s Imperial College and is a Graduate of Harvard University’s Industrial Management Program.  A noted technology futurist, George has been a keynote speaker at financial conferences on The Future of Technology. He has served as a Trustee for the San Diego Museum of Art and as pro-bono Chairman of the museum’s Investment Committee.  He has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small  Business Investment Companies and is currently  a board member of several technology companies.


TOP FIVE INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

by Bri McWhorter, CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate

1. BE MENTALLY PRESENT

Be here and now. It is the most important advice I can give. Miscommunications and missed opportunities occur far too often because people are distracted by their own thoughts and not focusing on what is happening in front of them. This is especially hard in an interview, when your body is filled with nerves and your mind is running through all the various ways this interview could play out. Instead of focusing on what could be, pay attention to what is.

2. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

The first thing to do before entering an interview is to change your mindset. Instead of saying to yourself, “Don’t mess up” or “Please pick me,” enter the room believing you are already on their team. You and the interviewer are already colleagues. You are entering the room to get to know each other better, to exchange ideas and to see if you can work together to build something great. You are not entering the room to be grilled or interrogated. This is a supportive atmosphere where you can have a conversation and explore new topics.

3. YOU ARE ALSO INTERVIEWING THEM

It is important to remember that you are also interviewing them. You need to figure out if this is a work environment that you can thrive in. The last thing you want to do is move your whole life around for this job and find out that this is not a place you feel you can spread your wings in. That is why an interview is a conversation. Go in excited to explore new possibilities. You are seeing if you can add to their team and if their team is the right fit for you.

4. GO WITH THE FLOW

The most common remark I hear when I help people prepare for interviews is that they are afraid of not knowing an answer to a question. It is impossible to predict and prepare for every possible situation and question. Instead, breathe and be excited about this experience. Fun is the antidote to fear. I have my clients engage in various improvisation exercises to remind them that the unplanned can be fun.

5. PREPARE

Even though you can’t prepare for everything, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare. Do your homework. Know the company you are interviewing for. What is their mission statement? What are they currently working on? Were any articles about them released lately? With the internet at your fingertips, you have a vast amount of resources to consult before entering an interview situation. You also need to know why you are the best fit for this job. If you don’t know why you are ideal for this position, how can you expect others to believe you are?

Prepare the answer these questions:

  • Why you?
  • What sets you apart from the rest of the competition?
  • Why this job?
  • Why this company?
  • What previous experiences will help you succeed in this new position?
  • What questions would you ask if you were interviewing someone for this job?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with this position?
  • What questions do you have for the interviewer?

 SUMMARY

  • Stay mentally and physically present.
  • Change your mindset about the interview. See it as an opportunity to exchange ideas.
  • You are also interviewing them. You want to see if this is the right fit for you. Be sure you can thrive.
  • Go with the flow. Have fun.
  • Prepare what you can.

bri-mcwhorterBri McWhorter
CEO and Founder
Activate to Captivate

Bri McWhorter is the CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate where she teaches communication techniques from an actor’s point of view. She specializes in Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Communications, Interview Techniques and is a Speech Coach. She is a Communications Consultant for UC Irvine. She teaches communication certificate programs on public speaking for graduate students and postdocs. She also works with faculty on upcoming presentations. She has a MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.  She is a private speech coach and conducts group communication workshops for various companies and universities. For more information on Bri, please visit www.activatetocaptivate.com.

CIAN LECTURE SERIES WEBINAR – Alexander Miles

Verdet Constant in Microstructured FePt Nanoparticles in PS-P2VP Copolymer Composite Films

Date:  Friday, August 21, 2015
Time:  11am-12pm Arizona Time / 2pm East Coast Time

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/373186709715434497

Or attend in person!
University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Room 447

Biography

Alexander Miles
Graduate Student
University of Arizona

Alexander Miles is a doctoral candidate in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona working with Dr. Robert Norwood.  His work has touched on optical materials, sensing, holography, photonics, solar energy collection, and thin film filters.  He is graduating in December 2015.

Abstract

Complex Faraday effect and magnetic permeability measurements on iron-platinum (FePt) nanoparticles embedded in a polystyrene-poly(2-vinyl)Pyridine(PS-P2VP) copolymer matrix are reported.  Possible applications include high performance biomagnetic field sensors and optical isolators.

2015 8-21 Alex Miles

CIAN LECTURE SERIES WEBINAR – Dr. Keren Bergman

Silicon Photonic Interconnection Networks in High Performance Data Centers

Date: December 12, 2014
Time: 11:00am Pacific Time (12pm AZT, 2pm ET, 1pm CT)

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Dr. Keren Bergman
Chair of Electrical Engineering
Columbia University

Keren Bergman is the Charles Batchelor Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University where she also directs the Lightwave Research Laboratory (http://lightwave.ee.columbia.edu/). She leads multiple research programs on optical interconnection networks for advanced computing systems, data centers, optical packet switched routers, and chip multiprocessor nanophotonic networks-on-chip. Dr. Bergman holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the OSA.

Abstract

As future data centers aim to realize scalable performance the challenge of energy efficient data movement rather than computation is paramount. Silicon photonics has emerged as perhaps the most promising technology to address these challenges by providing ultra-high bandwidth density communication capabilities that is essentially distance independent. Recent advances in chip-scale silicon photonic technologies have created the potential for developing optical interconnection networks that offer highly energy efficient communications and significantly improve computing performance-per-Watt. This talk will explore the design of silicon photonic interconnected architectures for data centers and their impact on the system level performance.

Please register for “SILICON PHOTONIC INTERCONNECTION NETWORKS IN HIGH PERFORMANCE DATA CENTERS” on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4100597092559435265

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register now!

2014 12-12 Keren Bergman Flyer

CIAN LECTURE SERIES WEBINAR – Dr. Shayan Mookherjea

Results from the CIAN-Sandia silicon photonic MPW chip: preliminary report

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Time: 1:30PM – 3:30PM Pacific Time

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Dr. Shayan Mookherjea
Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
UCSD

Shayan Mookherjea is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received the BS degree with honors from Caltech, the SM degree from MIT, and the PhD from Caltech in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Physics. His awards include: Wilts Prize, Hellman Faculty Fellow, NSF CAREER award, IEEE Senior Member, and OSA Fellow. The Micro/Nano-Photonics Group (http://mnp.ucsd.edu) started research in silicon photonics in 2008, with 5 PhD theses, 24 journal papers and 47 conference publications so far on these topics, and has active collaborations with several external industrial partners.

Abstract

In 2013, we created an opportunity for five university teams from CIAN [Cornell, Univ. of Arizona, UC Berkeley (2 groups) and UC San Diego] to collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories (Chris DeRose, Tony Lentine, Andrew Pomerene, Andrew Starbuck, Douglas Trotter) in a multi-project-wafer fabrication effort, to design, fabricate and measure optoelectronic silicon photonic components for data center and access networks.

In this talk, I will present some of the results from the first fabrication run, including passive and active waveguides and micro-resonators, thermo-optic tuned filters, variable optical attenuators, Ge detectors, and some examples of sub-system performance. Results from this first run will inform the design of improved components, alongside space for some new designs, in a second fabrication run proposed in the near future.

Please register for “Results from the CIAN-Sandia silicon photonic MPW chip: Preliminary Report” on Oct 10, 2014 1:30 PM PDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8835685697665753602

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2014 10-10 Shayan Mookherjea UCSD

CIAN Student Webinar Talk Series – Atiyah Ahsan, Columbia University

Advanced Optical Performance Monitoring for Next-Generation Dynamic Optical Networks

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 1:30pm Pacific Time

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Abstract

Ever-growing demand for speed and bandwidth and increasing energy consumption in today’s networks are driving the need for intelligent next-generation networking architectures that can overcome fundamental spectral and energy limitations. Metro-only internet traffic in particular is experiencing unprecedented growth and is projected to exceed long-haul traffic by 40% in 2017; current static peak capacity provisioned networks are ill-equipped to address such “bursty” traffic patterns. Dynamic optical networking, where bandwidth is allocated on-demand in the physical layer in response to changing traffic demands and network conditions, is a promising solution to address these challenges. Rapidly changing network configurations, however, cause unpredictable transmission impairments and result in network instability. Real-time awareness of the state of the physical layer is necessary for managing signal quality and reliability in a dynamic network and can be achieved through ubiquitous distribution of advanced optical performance monitors in a network.

Delay-line-interferometer (DLI) based optical-signal-to-noise (OSNR) monitor is a good candidate for ubiquitous monitoring as it is cost-effective and supports multiple advanced modulation formats. Its greatest drawback is that its measurements are modulation-format and bit-rate dependent, rendering it ineffective in future networks operating in a mixed line rate and modulation formats framework. In our recent work we demonstrated that by using pilot-tones, modulation-format and bit-rate awareness is realized in the monitor. Autonomous signal quality decisions, even in presence of modulation-dependent cross-talk, is achieved facilitating scalable cross-layer impairment aware routing.

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Biography

Atiyah Ahsan
Ph.D. Candidate
CIAN Graduate Student
Columbia University

Atiyah Ahsan received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (summa cum laude, thesis with highest honors) from Tufts University, Boston and the M.Sc. degree from Columbia University, New York in 2010 and 2012 respectively. From May 2012 to January 2013, she worked as a student collaborator on a project led by Dr. Daniel Kilper at Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Columbia University Lightwave Research Laboratory under the advisement of Professor Keren Bergman. Her research is focused on advanced optical performance monitoring techniques and cross-layer architectures for next-generation dynamic access and metro-networks.

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If you missed Atiyah Ahsan’s talk, see it below!

Perfect Pitch Competition – CIAN Accepting Entries!

Students

Participate in the Perfect Pitch competition for the chance to be awarded $5,000 for a 90 second “Elevator Pitch.” Submission should be made via email in the form of video recordings (cell phone videos with good quality are accepted). Please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions. Currently CIAN-funded students are eligible.

Faculty

Please encourage your students to participate in the Perfect Pitch competition to receive national recognition for your lab and work at the NSF Perfect Pitch competition in Arlington, VA. To email this blog post to your students see the bottom of this post, under “Share This:” and select “Email.”

Find out more about the guidelines and judging rubric.

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The Discovery Channel, 3D holographic display edition

This is a snapshot from the Discovery Channel video

A snapshot from the Discovery Channel video

Remember my earlier post on the blog about the visit from the Discovery Channel? The video featuring the 3D Display Lab aired this past week on the Daily Planet as part of their Future Tech special. You can watch the video on the Discovery Channel Website in the link below. The portion involving myself and Dr. Pierre Blanche starts three minutes into the clip.

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/#clip1063051

BENJAMIN CROMEY – UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Cropped Ben face

Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his Bachelors in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. As a member of the Optics Ambassadors and the Outreach Coordinator for the Student Optics Chapter, optics outreach is one of his passions. He participated in the 2012 IOU program with CIAN and has been working with 3D Holographic displays ever since.