Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Technolink Snapshot February 2019

Special Congratulations  

Technolink would like to congratulate the Honorable Sheriff Don Barnes  as the new Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County, elected in November 2018. As  the 13th Sheriff-Coroner for Orange County, he leads the 4,000 sworn and professional men and women who serve in areas as diverse as Patrol Operations, Criminal and Special Investigations, the County’s Crime Lab and Courts, Coroner’s Office, as well as those who serve in Orange County’s five jails that collectively comprise one of the nation’s largest jail systems.
Sheriff Barnes began his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1989. Over the course of his career, Sheriff Barnes has held every rank in the Department, including three years as the agency’s chief operating officer in the position of Undersheriff. As Sheriff, Don Barnes is leading initiatives aimed at reducing the prevalence of drugs in our neighborhoods, enhancing school safety, mitigating the impacts of homelessness, and advocating for the restoration of accountability to our criminal justice system.
In addition to other boards and committees that serve Orange County’s more than 3.2 million residents, Sheriff Barnes serves as the Chair of the Information and Technology Committee for the California State Sheriffs’ Association, is Co-chair of the California Statewide Data Sharing Task Force, and Chair of the Integrated Law and Justice Agency of Orange County, a joint powers authority governing countywide law enforcement technology projects.

Insights from Members Shaping the Future  

Technolink supporter Wahid Nawabi, CEO of Aerovironment,  reports on an innovative new relationship with General Dynamics Land Systems. “We are working with General Dynamics to integrate small UAS and Switchblade Tactical Missile Systems into armored combat vehicles for new upcoming U.S. Army and Marine Corps acquisition programs. We are establishing a new paradigm for airpower in which armored vehicle commanders would possess their own aerial capabilities for reconnaissance and precision strike while stationary or on the move," says Nawabi. "Working together, our small UAS and Switchblade, for example, can deliver game-changing situational awareness and precision strike capabilities directly to the commander of an armored vehicle.”
Aerovironment has proposed its small UAS as a proven, rapid and effective solution to helping protect our nation’s borders while also protecting border patrol personnel and migrants from myriad hazards.  Serving as advance scouts, AeroVironment’s Puma, Raven and Wasp systems would serve as force multipliers for border patrol agents by surveying vast stretches of uninhabited land and highlighting moving objects for further investigation.  AeroVironment has also developed fully automated drone information solutions that can be operated from a tablet device, making it easier than ever to collect the information needed for customers to proceed with certainty.
Continued strength in its core small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) business, particularly in the growing international market, and robust customer demand for its innovative solutions, coupled with its strategy, support Aerovironment's long-term value creation goals. 
Technolink Advisory board member and Spring Visionary speaker, David Klugof P2S shares the following insights:
Over the past several years the Technology Revolution has spurred a plethora of new technologies. On the engineering side of the construction industry, there is a constant push to find ways to incorporate new technologies from other industries. From laser scanning to custom programing to augmented reality, many new technologies are used during the design process. These technologies both improve the accuracy of designs as well as reduce the time for design and construction. With today’s Technology Revolution there are limitless possibilities for improving. For more information on how we use these technologies, visit our site

Ross De Vol, member and advisor of Technolink now based in Arkansas,  recently authored, "How Do Research Universities Contribute to Regional Economies: Measuring the Impact of Research University Contributions to Regional Economies" for the Walton Family Foundation.
"Research," writes De Vol, "shouldn’t be confined to a library, a lab or a lecture hall. Because when it goes beyond the norms, it brings about opportunity.  In fact, when it comes to America’s research universities, across the Heartland and beyond, new data from the Walton Family Foundation show that when research universities and local and regional communities collaborate, the positive impacts on the workforce, tax base, startup activity and economy opportunity grow exponentially.
The Walton Family Foundation has released new research that outlines five key areas for collaboration, including operations; human capital; licensing and academic startup activity; business and economic engagement pathways; and enhancing quality of place through social capital building interactions with their communities.
If you have a research university in your community, explore ways to pursue greater collaboration. Look at ways to ensure the positive impacts can serve as a catalyst for economic growth and opportunity --  in the Heartland and beyond."
To read the research, click here

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Technolink Snapshot January 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

Another year is upon us. Over the last two decades, we have shared an outlook of promise for the future. This year, we find that many of our members are focusing on the optimism and abundance created through human capital and innovation. We have made this our theme for 2019.  The monthly Snapshot will highlight the many insights, advances and activities of our community members and the ways in which they impact business and society.

We are proud to share our Distinguished Speakers for the Spring 2019 Presidents' Club Forum on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, 11:30 a.m - 2:00p.m. at the Athenaeum Club at Caltech. To register for the Spring Forum, please contact info@fortedesigns.net.
Feyzi Fatehi, CEO, Corent Technology
Lt. General Larry James, Deputy Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
John Jaramillo, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development and Business Science, Saddleback College
Ken Karklin, Senior Vice President of Operations, AeroVironment
David Klug, Mechanical Engineer, P2S Inc
Kevin McDonald, COO and CISO, Alvaka Networks
Carrie Spiker,  Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

Ssusan Forte O'Neill
Editor and Co-founder, Technolink Association


Insights from Members Shaping the Future  

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Technolink member Lt. General Larry James informs us that on November 26th, 2018, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory made its eighth successful landing on Mars with its InSight Spacecraft.  JPL is the only organization that has successfully landed and operated on Mars.  The InSight Spacecraft will explore the interior of Mars, helping us to understand its core, composition and temperature and understand how Mars evolved so differently from the Earth.  The image above is the first selfie of the spacecraft on Mars.
To learn more about the mission,  click
Technolink member Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technologyinforms us that Corent Technology was recently named a "Most Disruptive Private Company of 2018" by Insights Success Magazine.  Corent's focus on excellence when it comes to the revolution of cloud computing has led to many successes and a growth of new partnerships. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot November 2018

Technolink member Kevin McDonald, Executive Vice President of Alvaka Networks, advises us all to stay on top of vulnerabilities in software. "If you own a computer, it is very likely you know something about patching or updating software," says Mr. McDonald. "This is different from upgrading, which usually means a developer of software has added new features or made significant changes to the application." Sometimes a weakness, or hole in software allows an attacker (malware or a hacker) to take action. These weaknesses are discovered either by an outsider or the developer of the software.
The patch is designed to modify the application in order to close the hole—otherwise known as a vulnerability—or to fix bugs and/or errors. Software vulnerability is a leading attack vector, and yet one of the simplest to secure. According to a recent study by Fortinet, 90% of attacks leveraged vulnerabilities that were known for three or more years, and 60% for 10 years. In Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, they reported 99.9% of exploited vulnerabilities were known for more than one year before an attack.
"It is essential to close these vulnerabilities at home, as well as in your business," Mr. McDonald continues. "Many individuals and organizations do a very poor job of keeping up on patching and, as a result, leaving themselves exposed. I can speak from experience, as we at Alvaka Networks patch thousands of servers and desktops for corporations every month. While the application of patches is straightforward, if delayed, done poorly, or without proper consideration of back-up, application corruption, post patch testing and other issues, serious damage and business interruption can occur." 
To learn more about Alvaka Networks, click here


John Jaramillo, Technolink member and Dean of Economic and Workforce Development & Business Science at Saddleback College, reports that students are gaining real world experience in developing tools and devices through a collaboration with Swift Engineering.  Their collaboration benefits e-NABLE, a group of volunteers from across the globe that use 3D printers to create free prosthetics.
The devices Saddleback students are making can be printed in a variety of materials, including durable nylon, ABS, PLA, and TPU. Students download files of the pre-designed hands and arms and then print the devices using the 3D printers in the Advanced Manufacturing Lab.
e-NABLE does not charge for the prosthetic devices it provides. Typically, a professionally made, muscle-actuated arm can cost up to $10,000, with much of the cost coming from the materials and parts alone.
This is a great opportunity for Saddleback College to collaborate with a leading motorsport, aviation and aerospace manufacturing company, Swift Engineering, in the design, manufacturing, and assembly of robotic prosthetic hands, for not only for the applied learning experience for students in STEM, but more importantly for the humanitarian purpose of improving the quality of life of the recipients of these robotic hands.” states Israel Dominguez, Director of Economic Workforce and Development at Saddleback. e-NABLE estimates it has delivered about 1,800 hands to children, with the devices holding up quite well to the activities of a typical child. Many have sent in videos of themselves using the hands to ride bikes, throw a ball with a dog, swim, and perform other activities.
Past students have completed a hand for both an 8-year-old boy who is missing a hand and most of the lower arm from his left side and for a 3-year-old boy with the same missing limb. Students are also working on their own design by integrating Arduino Uno technology with a sensor that detects electrical activity of muscles to control robotic hand movements of the device.
For additional information on Saddleback College Manufacturing and other Career Education Programs, please visit the Saddleback College web site:  www.saddleback.edu 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Technolink Quick Snap 2018

We are pleased to share that the Technolink Presidents' Club Fall Forum was featured in the San Bernardino Sun. A special congratulations to Technolink Principal Supporter  KVP International  for this spotlight on the incorporation of automation in the workplace.  To read the article, click below.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Technolink Snaphost October 2018

We are celebrating Manufacturing Month this October
by featuring insights from a couple of our members. 

This summer, Donn Silberman, Technical Services Manager for Starrett Kinemetric Engineering (SKE) in Laguna Hills, CA, successfully completed leading his second Starrett Technician Training Workshop.
While these workshops are currently targeted to be repeated and improved upon each year, SKE now has 22 trained technicians who are employed by SKE partners and work in concert with the SKE Factory Technicians. This new service business model parallels and works in conjunction with the Starrett Factory Sales Team (Product Specialists). Now both Factory Sales and Service Teams work closely with our Distributors’ Sales and Service Teams to build strong relationships with our end user customers.
Starrett Kinemetric Engineering designs, manufactures and sells Optical Comparators and Advanced Vision Metrology Systems for measuring dimensions of complex manufactured parts for industries across the globe. These include medical devices, aerospace, telecommunications, packaging and much more. Services include installing, calibrating and repairing these systems, as well as training end user customers to obtain the most productivity from these modern machines.

Training and educating staff, partners and end users is a key function of the SKE Technical Services Team. In addition to  traditional hands-on in person in the user’s lab or a specific training facility, Starrett now offers remote over the internet training and technical assistance where a trainer can access a student’s system (from anywhere in the world) and, together, they can go step-by-step through detailed instruction to get to the desired result of the specific technical application. This teaching model is being expanded with more innovations to come. To learn more, click 


CMTC announces Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 5! 
California manufacturers will open their doors with the aim to inspire our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.  For a full list of participants and events, click 

A Technolink supporter, CMTC
 is a non-profit organization that serves as a trusted advisor to manufacturers by providing solutions to grow both their businesses and the California economy.
“California’s Manufacturing Network”, formed and managed by California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC),  is a collaboration of more than 20 manufacturing-focused partners that augment CMTC’s services. The combined services are aimed at delivering a broad range of technical assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers (SMMs) in both urban and rural areas statewide.
The Network’s mission is to generate a positive financial impact for manufacturers and the California economy. The Network offers a variety of services including:
  • On site workforce training and/or center-based workforce training
  • Consulting and coaching to improve manufacturing costs and productivity
  • Growth services to drive new products, markets, and customers
  • Assistance with industry-specific challenges
The Network measures its performance from financial impacts realized and satisfaction ratings reported via client surveys conducted by a third party. The Network is an efficient way for CMTC to bring added capability and capacity to serve manufacturers statewide, especially in rural and underserved regions.
California’s Manufacturing Network is the “Go-To” organization supporting small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout California by generating significantly more financial impact for their clients and for the State of California.
CMTC is one of fifty-one Centers across the nation in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network which is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to develop and deploy technology, management and technical expertise for SMMs focused on improving their productivity and global competitiveness.  For more information, click 

photo courtesy CMTC blog