Thursday, March 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot March 2018


Technolink members Jim Watson and Gregg Profozich announced that CMTC, California’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center, hosted a quarterly summit for MEP staff embedded in the Manufacturing USA Institutes. The event was held last month at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California Irvine and was sponsored by the MEP National Network. Calit2 is a Technology Demonstration Center for the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII).
The summit was attended by key personnel from the MEP National Network and personnel from the 10 MEP Centers across the country, UCI professors, UCI staff and other invited guests.
The summit provided a forum for collaboration on the transfer of 
Institute developed technologies to Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers (SMMs) such as additive manufacturing, advanced robotics and SMART technologies have fundamentally changed how we think about design, fabrication and support in manufacturing. The challenge for MEP Centers is in the development approaches that engage SMMs in the adoption of these process and machine technologies that will increase productivity and competitiveness.
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Technolink member Michel Schnaas, VP of Business Development and Strategy at  KVP International, shares how the company addresses growth through the use of technology.  For more than 50 years, KVP International has been the leading manufacturer of recovery pet collars (also known as the "Elizabethan Collar" or "Cone of Shame") in the USA. Up until a decade ago, the company fulfilled orders with a manual press on a built-to-order basis.
Today, KVP manufactures over 4 million collars per year in a variety of shapes and price points in its Chino, CA facilities. Such growth has only been possible through the proactive adoption of new technologies in manufacturing and data analytics that enable proper decision-making through capacity, efficiency, and profitability measures. Manufacturing at KVP has evolved from one manual press that would yield just over 150 units per hour to three automatic cutting presses that yield over 2000 units per hour.

Today, KVP's product line consists of over 3,000 SKUs in a variety of product categories. As part of KVP's operational strategy, KVP has set off on a steadfast path of automation and proactive use of analytics to make business decisions. 
"Product" sits at the heart of our business. It is what we manufacture, store, and sell to our customers. Before we can even ship our products, they must go through many steps along the value chain. Leveraging technology to improve and track all these steps has become an integral part of the business model and a great opportunity for KVP. 
To read the full article, click here.
To learn more about KVP, click here.


Technolink member Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology announces that Jim DuBois, former Microsoft Chief Information Officer, has joined the Corent team. Corent Technology is the emerging leader in Cloud Migration and SaaS enablement technologies. In addition, Corent SurPaaS automatically migrates and Cloud-enables any software application as fully instrumented SaaS for efficient delivery ‘as a Service,’ saving years and millions of dollars worth of manual design and programming effort.  SurPaaS was named the most Innovative Cloud Service and was recognized by the Gartner Group for its innovative approach for rapid delivery of conventional software as fully instrumented SaaS (Software as a Service). Corent was recently awarded a patent for its consequential invention of “Software Defined SaaS®” platform.
To learn more, click here.

Technolink member Frank Quiambao was featured on Fox11's  Good Day LA on Friday Feb 2, 2018. Frank is the Director of the National Education Safety and Security Institute (NESSI) at UCLA's Fielding School of Public  Health.  He was interviewed after the recent shooting at Salvador Castro Middle School and discussed reducing violence in our nation's schools.
NESSI Description: Utilizing an all hazards, comprehensive, integrative and whole of community approach, the National Education Safety and Security Institute, NESSI, aims to maximize and increase public health through violence and harm prevention, response and recovery in all segments of the educational system, including:  preK-12, colleges and universities, vocational institutions, private schools, as well as faith based institutions.  NESSI uses a multi-disciplinary approach to preventing school violence and harm through instruction, operational response, policy and research.


Technolink member Michael T. Losquadro announces his new role as  Senior Advisor – Campus Advancement for the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor.
As the Senior Advisor – Campus Advancement, Michael provides strategic counsel to the 23 campus Presidents and Vice Presidents of Advancement to assist them in building successful advancement programs.  He conducts campus capacity studies, organizational assessments and program evaluations.  He also assists the campuses in preparing for and launching fund raising campaigns, establishing philanthropic foundations, and training and orienting new foundation board members.
Michael previously served as the Associate Vice President, Development & Campaign Operations for California State University, Long Beach and the Chief Operating Officer for the CSULB 49er Foundation, as well as the Executive Director of Development at the University of California, Irvine. Michael is a proud Titan, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Operations Management at California State University, Fullerton. Michael also serves as a Reserve Lieutenant in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue Reserve Unit. 

The UCI Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute announces an Election Hacking Conference on March 13, 2018.  For more information and to purchase tickets online, click below. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Technolink Snapshot February 2018

Snapshot News from Technolink Members 

Technolink member Lt. General Larry James shares the following announcement:  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is preparing to launch its next Mars mission in May 2018.  The mission is called InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) and will explore and understand the interior of Mars.  The spacecraft, pictured below, contains three extremely sensitive seismometers to measure motion of the planets deep interior, as well as a heat probe that will penetrate 6 meters beneath the Martian surface to measure the core temperature of the planet.  The spacecraft will be launched from Vandenberg AFB CA, marking an historic first as the first interplanetary mission ever to launch from the West Coast.  For more details, click here.


Congratulations to Technolink Advisory Board Members James Del Monaco and Wes McKean for their new posts as Associate Principals  at P2S Engineering.  Pictured left and second to left below, they are joined by Travis Taylor, Mike Shen and David Howard who were also named Associate Principals of the firm. As leaders in sustainability, design, project management and commissioning, they embody dedication to their clients and commitment to high quality service that are the ethos of P2S.


Congratulations to Technolink member Dr. Jeff Reed who was recently appointed to UC Irvine's Advanced Power and Energy Program as chief scientist for renewable fuels and energy storage. In his new role, Reed will lead and expand an existing foundation of research and market outreach in both renewable fuels and energy storage, working in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students and anchor research staff. Prior to joining UC Irvine, Dr. Reed led a variety of programs, including research, development and demonstration; energy efficiency emerging technology; venture investment; and the low-emission vehicle program, and was responsible for long-range technology forecasting and strategic planning at SoCalGas and San Diego Gas and Electric (both Sempra Energy utilities). To read more, click here

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Technolink Snapshot January 2018

Please join us for Technolink Association's Spring Presidents' Club Forum on March 20, 2018.  We are proud to announce the launch of a new "Open Forum Assembly" addressing this year's conversational theme, "Exploring the Transformational Shift in Business and the Workplace." We look forward to seeing you at the historic Athenaeum Club at Caltech.

To view the invitation, please click here

This forum is open to Technolink Association members by invitation only. 
Please contact us if you are interested in attending this forum. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot November 2017

Snapshot News from Technolink Members 

Technolink member Gilles Gravelle announces the publication of So What? Answering a Donor’s Toughest Question.
While donors still care about outcomes in terms of numerical scale, they now want to know the stories behind the numbers. Social and faith-based nonprofits are being challenged to show their results in terms of transformational change in people, situations, communities and the environment.
In this brief book he simplifies a complex topic for nonprofit leaders who don’t have the budget, time or ability to become subject matter experts. The book launches nonprofits on a simple path to collecting the impact stories that validate their organization’s methods. It finishes with donor messaging guidelines to help communicate impact in ways that resonates most with them. 

So What? Answering a Donor’s Toughest Questionpublished by, Lake Forest CA, is available on Amazon in print and Kindle edition. 


Jim Watson of CMTC Manufacturing shares some tips on how to be more effective in manufacturing.  CMTC believes in SMART Manufacturing: a “fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs.”  Find out why SMART Manufacturing is the Fourth Industrial Revolution and why it's important to your business. Read more>> 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot October 2017

Snapshot News from Technolink Members

General Larry D James of the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) shares exciting news about the Cassini Spacecraft. Many of you will remember its launch in 1997 from Cape Canaveral.  On September 15, after more than 20 years of discovery and 13 years of gathering extensive data about the giant planet, Saturn,  it was time for Cassini to take its "final plunge."  Watch the video by clicking below.


Kent and Kevin Peterson of P2S Engineering reveal the first ever Net Zero Energy building at California State University, Long Beach. P2S, in partnership with ZGF Architects, MHP Structural Engineers, PSOMAS and Vantage Technology, announces The College of Continuing and Professional Education, offering 35,000 additional square feet of classrooms and a conference center, to be completed in fall 2018. A Net Zero Energy Building produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. The building's orientation and window placement maximize daylighting and minimize electric lighting during the day. The windows also allow for natural ventilation to the spaces and, combined with the use of ceiling fans, minimize HVAC energy costs. Water conservation strategies like smart fixtures, aerators, and storm water capture, minimize water use. These elements – along with rooftop solar panels - combine to achieve energy neutrality. 

Feyzi Fatehi of Corent Technology shares a glimpse into the next wave of software: cloud computing. Working with Amazon Web Services, Corent offers a diverse set of applications and a platform for end-to-end migration. Click on the image below to watch the video.


Bryan Cunningham invites Technolink members to the next Participants Meeting of the Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute (CPRI) on October 11, 2017, from 10am to 1pm, at the UCI Continuing Education Building's first floor conference facility. Please RSVP, and/or provide any agenda suggestions, to Bryan at (303) 349-4870 or


Brian Keith of the Department of Homeland Security reminds us that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident. Take a look at themes for each week in October plus toolkits and resources, here.

A special thanks to Pasadena Star News for their feature of David Eads' presentation from our Fall forum. Red the full article here