Friday, June 7, 2019

Technolink Snapshot June 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

This month, we hear from Attorney Billy A. Robbins on the importance of securing intellectual property rights in a global economy; and from Steven Gitlin, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at  Aerovironment, who introduces us to their high altitude telecommunications satellite, HAWK30.  

Thank you for your continued support, engagement and inspiration that make our Technolink community so unique. We will gather again on October 8th, at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles.
We look forward to continuing our conversations,

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

In Conversation With...

We recently sat down with renowned lawyer Billy Robbins, Esq. of Karish & Bjorgum to discuss intellectual property rights.  Not only is it extremely important on a personal level to protect your idea, it’s important to remember that every invention is also part of something much bigger. Every patent granted to a United States citizen is one more signal of the strength of our country in the global economy.

Insights from Members Shaping the Future

AeroVironment's HAWK30
As many as 3.8 billion humans lack any kind of connectivity to telecommunications and web access.  AeroVironment is working to solve that.

The company recently announced it had completed assembly of the first High-Altitude pseudo-Satellite, or HAPS, aircraft as part of its design, development and demonstration program for HAPSMobile, its joint venture with Japanese telecom company SoftBank corp.  The HAWK30 is a 260-foot long pilotless wing with solar panels covering its upper surface.  Its ten electric motors are 100% powered by renewable solar energy, enabling it to circle over a designated location for months without landing.

The HAWK30 is designed to carry a commercial telecommunications payload to stratospheric altitudes of more than 60,000 feet above sea level and deliver mobile connectivity to users on the ground as well as to people and other vehicles in the air.  Each HAWK30 has the potential to cover a circular area on the earth’s surface measuring 200 kilometers (120 miles) in diameter.

AeroVironment has been developing solar HAPS technology for more than 30 years.  Its Helios solar HAPS, developed for NASA’s ERAST program, set the world altitude record for the highest flying propeller-driven airplane in level flight, reaching nearly 97,000 feet above sea level in 2001.  The company’s PathfinderPlus solar HAPS, also developed for the ERAST program, demonstrated stratospheric 3G mobile and High-Definition TV connectivity for the very first time.  PathfinderPlus now resides in the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy facility in Virginia.

HAPSMobile plans to initiate commercial operations by 2023, meaning that within a few years, AeroVironment’s technology could deliver connectivity throughout the world and help close the global digital divide.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Technolink Snapshot May 2019

A peaceful nation is something our Technolink members strive for through ground-breaking contributions, innovations and advancements, year after year. And, through unparalleled hard work, teamwork and commitment, we honor the sacrifice of those who have come before us. Many of our members and members of their families have and are actively serving in our military and in public safety. We are very grateful to all of you. On Memorial Day, we will take time to honor you and the many men and women who have sacrificed serving this great nation.

This month, we hear from Kevin Peterson about brain potential; Donn Silberman about the National Quantum Initiative recently signed into federal law; Brian Keith on the nation's newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; and from author and 20-year veteran, Edward Delon, who offers a few words of reflection on values ingrained and gained.

Please stop to observe the national moment of remembrance at 3:00pm local time on Memorial Day,  Monday, May, 27
Thank you for your continued support, engagement and inspiration that make our Technolink community so unique.

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

Insights from Members Shaping the Future

Kevin Peterson, President & CEO of P2S Inc. and a member of Technolink, shares insights on how best to manage our busy lives. P2S is an engineering firm with expertise in both infrastructure and vertical built environments. Peterson reveals best practices for brain function in "Moving Towards Your True Potential." "Think of your brain as a sprinter and not a marathon runner," he writes. Peterson addresses the benefits of diet, hydration and cholesterol and their impact on the brain's productivity.  To read more, click here.
Donn Silberman, Technolink member and Founding Director of the Optics Institute of Southern California has embarked on a new endeavor to learn and educate others about the new National Quantum Initiative (NQI) that was signed into federal law by President Trump with overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress in December 2018. 
The NQI will help bridge significant workforce gaps in the United States that exist between the leading quantum researchers and industrial product developers and catalyzing a new sector in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. The NQI establishes a framework that will:
•   Engage and produce a world-leading industrial quantum technology workforce;
•   Engineer, industrialize and automate quantum technology, including quantum computers, communications systems and sensors;
•    Provide access to emerging quantum computer and communications systems;
•    Develop conventional technology and intellectual property needed to support and enable quantum technology.

On June 12, Donn will host “Quantum Computing & The National Quantum Initiative” during the Annual Business Meeting of the Optical Society of Southern California, at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, with Dr. Sandy Irani, UC Irvine, and  Dr. Jonathan Habif, USC.   Dr. Irani conducts research  and teaches theoretical mathematics and related quantum computer programming and Dr. Habif conducts experimental research, builds and applies experimental applications with quantum computers. This event is open to the public and registration will be available in May.  For more information, and click on Donn’s Quantum Explorations.
Technolink member, Brian Keith, Protective Security Advisor for the Los Angeles District and for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), shares new facts with us from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Signed into law by President Trump in November 2018, CISA is a newly formed agency within the DHS, responsible for protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.
The CISA Act has also led to Organizational changes that are details on the fact sheet. For more information, click here.
We close with a few words of wisdom from long-time Technolink member and veteran Edward Delon, author of A Constitutional Democracy: Voices and Votes.

"I am an Army veteran who served more than 20 years in foreign countries and in many States.  My experiences interacting with people taught me so many lessons about life, humanity, responsibility and accountability.  Fortunately for me, my parents instilled many of those values through their moral compass.
They taught me to be respectful of others, listen to those who do not agree with you and be curious about why and how things work.  As a youngster, I did not always follow all of their advice, but curiosity about people and how things work stuck with me.

Curiosity has helped me to analyze and interpret why people support or oppose something, and their potential benefits or drawbacks.  Chapters on history, economics and world affairs are included in each of the four books that I have written about our Constitutional Republic.  My purpose was to stimulate readers’ critical thinking skills on the importance of an educated citizenry.

I regularly watch two TV programs, How It's Made and What History Forgot.  Both programs provide insight about world affairs and why advancements in technology have improved productivity and efficiency.  Cures for diseases, safety features in automobiles, the International Space Station and other technological advancements are examples of people who used their curiosity and education to make the world a better place to live in.

Respect for others, curiosity and education have served me well.  I hope they do the same for you."        -- Ed Delon

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Technolink Snapshot April 2019

Thank you for attending the Technolink Spring 2019 Presidents' Club Forum at the Athenaeum Club at Caltech. From technology, innovation and cybersecurity to leadership and the transfer of knowledge, we covered it all -- and what an inspiring and uplifting cross-generational gathering it was! As we learned, an innovation in one industry has the ability to influence change in unforeseen ways and positively impact humankind and the globe.

As we continue to look forward this April, we are sharing Terry O'Neill's slide presentation on the global economic outlook from the forum; some words on energy leverage from Lee Krevat of Krevat Energy Innovations; and Yaron Gamburg, International Affairs Specialist, provides insight on innovation in Israel.

Thank you for your continued support, engagement and inspiration that makes our Technolink community so unique.


Terry O'Neill, Founder of the Institute for the Study of Global Economics and Finance, shares his views for Q2. While things are slowing down due to strong headwinds and tighter global markets, there is still plenty of room for reasonable global growth in 2019 and 2020.  To view Mr. O'Neill's slideshow that focuses on the current positioning of three economies that account for half of the world output: China, the EU and the US, please click here.


A special congratulations to Kevin McDonald, COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks, for this highlight in the Pasadena Star News, following the Technolink Forum. To read Kevin Smith's article, "Cybersecurity industry will have 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021," click here


Insights from Members Shaping the Future  

Technolink member Lee Krevat left Sempra Energy last September to found and lead Krevat Energy Innovations (KEI), a consulting company dedicated to the world-wide challenge of keeping the earth's climate human friendly. Lee brings clean energy and clean transportation solutions successfully to market by strategizing, evangelizing, and connecting stakeholders.
Mr. Krevat, recently launched Climate Champions, a podcast focused on connecting people working to mitigate climate change. It is available on iTunes, Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify and Podbean. To listen, click here


Yaron Gamburg, Technolink member and International Affairs Specialist, speaks to optimism in Israel. Collaboration between academia and industry, encouraged by government, have led to the first Israeli-made spacecraft landing on the moon. They are the 4th nation in the world to do so, after the USSR, USA and China. To read more about innovation in Israel, click here


Friday, March 1, 2019

Technolink Snapshot March 2019

Insights from Members Shaping the Future  

Technolink Advisory Board member Heather Lord, Manager of Fleet Support Engineering & Analysis at Northrop Grumman, reports on the F-35 Lightning II Fifth-Generation Combat Aircraft.
The F-35 Lightning II is a stealthy, supersonic, multirole fighter designed to meet the requirements of the United States and allied defense forces worldwide for an affordable next generation fighter. Northrop Grumman is a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led industry team, responsible for production of the center fuselage, which forms a significant portion of the aircraft's internal weapons bay and internal fuel capacity. Northrop Grumman is also responsible for the Radar, DAS, Electronic Warfare, Communications, Navigation and Identification Subsystems, and one-third of the Mission Systems and Vehicle Systems.
F-35 Lightning II
With the President’s FY2020 US Defense budget scheduled to be released on March 12th , 2019, Northrop Grumman Corporation finds itself positioned well to help repair depleted readiness of the Air Force’s aging weapons systems for both the U.S. and our international allies. “If the Air Force does not accelerate its buy of F-35s, in the year 2030 half of its fighter fleet will still be non-stealthy planes. That could make victory over a China or Russia hard to achieve.” - Loren Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Lexington Institute, The Air Force needs to buy 80 to 100 F-35s each year to remain on plan.
For more information on F-35 Lightning II Capabilities and latest news, please  click here
Christopher McDonald, Technolink member and Vice President for Instruction at Irvine Valley Collegeoffers insights into the community college system in an exclusive Technolink article that highlights the need for industry partners in the college’s workforce development efforts.  Community colleges are eager to address growing concerns over the lack of qualified workers, as described by many in the business community. The California community colleges will receive more than $1 billion in additional resources over a five-year period to address the problem.  
Insiders, however, are faced with numerous challenges. First, the value of an associate degree or a community college certificate is determined by its relative ranking in the hierarchy of educational credentials in the labor market, as well as the supply of individuals with the requisite skills and higher education credentials. Second, career education programs are expensive to implement and typically have lower student enrollment patterns when compared to general education courses, as individuals respond to labor market incentives. Third, when thinking about the masses, many manufacturing- and technician-level jobs that pay a “living wage” have been automated or outsourced; job analytics tools and ongoing research indicate that organizations are, in fact, hiring individuals with four-year degrees to do work formerly done by individuals with some or no college experience.
Given that the community college system has resources to support workforce development including apprenticeship programs, we now need help with ideas that lead to partnerships with large segments of the business community. In short, we need help developing significantly increased opportunities for students to receive on-the-job training. 
To learn more about IVC’s economic and workforce development and career education efforts, please visit our Career Education webpage.   Read the full article here
Forensic Economist and Technolink member, Stephanie Rizzardi of Rizzardi Economics, reflects upon the ways in which technology has impacted the structure of entire industries and, along with it, the nature of her work:
Peter Drucker wrote decades ago about the advent of the “knowledge worker.” Over the course of thirty years, the implementation of technology in the workplace has diminished the number of cases I see  involving union manufacturing and labor-intensive work.  The number of knowledge workers in the workforce continues to grow. Generally, technology has had a positive impact on labor productivity and wages, however, some workers have seen their jobs eliminated and those without advanced educational attainment (less than some college) have been hurt the most.
Today’s Forensic Economist looks to the plaintiff’s demonstrated work history and earnings, and his status at the time of an incident to help construct a projection of future loss of earnings and benefits flowing from his employment.
The impact of technology has made one fact clear: continual self-improvement with technical skills keeps all of us moving forward.
To learn more about Rizzardi Economics, please visit:

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 Klug of 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 programming 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