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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Technolink Fall 2017 Presidents' Forum Presentations

Thought-provoking presentations from the Technolink Fall 2017 Presidents' Forum are posted here for your viewing. To view the presentations, click on the image to the left. Please be patient as they load. Thank you for making Technolink such a rich and inspiring community!

And, a special thanks to Pasadena Star News for their feature of David Eads' presentation from our forum. Read the full article, here

Tom Soderstrom
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Creating the Future Through Innovative Usage of Data Technology
Donn Silbermann
Next Generation of STEAM- Science, Robotics, Optics & Photonics Apprentice Programs
Terry O'Neill
The O'Neill Company
Global Economic Outlook: 2017"
David Eads
Pasadena Tournament of the Roses 

Bringing an Historic 130-year-old Organization into the Next Generation of Technology
Wahid Nawabi

Commercial Information Solution (CIS) - Case Studies

Friday, September 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot September 2017

Snapshot News from Technolink Members


When you think of Alvaka Networks’ Advanced Network Management and Cyber Security firm led by CEO and President Oli Thordarson, you might imagine a room lined with large computer screens beaming systems health monitoring and alerting information. You can picture highly intelligent people solving computer problems for companies and individuals around the globe. The image of these super pros preventing systems failures, recovering down networks and helping frustrated computer users is totally understandable. Those Alvaka professionals might be defending network, rescuing IT hostages or even hunting cyber bad guys.  Well, if you are imagining this, you would be 100% right. Oli Thordarson has been successfully leading his company in doing just that for the past 34 years.

Now, imagine that former engineer turned technology business leader is a race car driver and a really good one at that? Imagine that during racing season he travels the country pulling behind him his winning car known as Alvaka Networks’ Thorvette! Once he arrives with his pit crew, and gets all set up, he walks the miles long track to understand its nuances? Now ready to compete, he climbs into the wrapped fiberglass hull of a Z06 Corvette and wins nationally sanctioned races going at speeds of 150 plus miles an hour? Oli is currently racing towards locking in the Trans Am Western States TA3 title at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX in November, to repeat his TT2 title with NASA at Thunderhill in October, and throw down his best effort in September at the SCCA Runoffs at Indy.If you want to drive your car on a race track, click here for the Alvaka sponsored Speed and Feed. 


Ron Williams, CEO of Talon Companies, advises businesses and homeowners  to prepare for a rise in crime due to recent changes in California laws.  In May 2011, AB-109 was passed, realigning the California prison count by sentencing certain felony offenders to county jail rather than state prison and virtually eliminating parole supervision. County jails, already overcrowded, began releasing “low level offenders” in order to accommodate the misguided directive.In November 2014 as the shock waves from AB-109 were still reverberating, voters in California passed Proposition 47, a ballot measure to reclassify many drug and property felonies as misdemeanors.
The horrible result of these laws has been an unprecedented increase in crime. In Los Angeles through August 2015, violent crime increased 20% for the same period in 2014. Property crime was up 11% and shooting victims was up by 27%. In San Francisco, violent crime was up 13%, and property crime was up 22%. Crime statistics all across California rose significantly.
So, what are businesses and home owners to do in order to combat these predators that now roam our streets undeterred by threat of arrest and going to jail? Talon Shield recommends for a security risk vulnerability assessment to be completed to assess the protective measures that should be implemented to detect and deter criminals from targeting your business or home.  Once the risk assessment is completed, they also suggest install ing electronic cameras to control access and egress points for both businesses and homes. Install a robust alarm system with motion detectors and window break sensors. Also, lighting in parking lots is mandatory as well as intrusion lighting to discourage criminals from operating in the dark.
We always advise people to be prepared and observant of their surroundings.  For more ways you can be better prepared at home or at your business to prevent against potential crime, visit:


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot August 2017

Snapshot News from Technolink Members


Donn Silberman, Founding Director of the Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) and OpticsAge, a leader in the promotion of math, science, and engineering education through the use of optics and related technologies and phenomena, announces their newest educational ventures: GoSpectro USA and eLas Americas.  GoSpectro is a simple device that turns any smartphone into a light spectrometer. You can measure, save and export light spectra...on the go!  Laser educational kits sold under the eLas banner are in use in many colleges and universities around the country and world to provide students with hands-on experience with assembling the components of a laser and measuring many of their scientific properties.  The very popular Helium Neon and Nd:YAG laser kits are in use at our local Irvine Valley College's Laser Technology program. 

The OISC is very active in developing The Next Generation of STEAM - Optics & Robotic Education - Apprentice Programs and works with many students.  One current example is their mentoring of Emily (above) in her pursuit of learning about using advanced optical technologies on a small drone for agricultural health monitoring.  You can hear more about these programs during the Technolink Association's Presidents' Club Fall Forum.
To learn more about OISC, click here


Congratulations to Tod Burnett who will be joining Brandman University, Irvine, as Executive Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Special Projects.  Mr. Burnett is a leader in developing partnerships and creating successful pathways for community college students to continue their education.  He spent the last nine years as president of Saddleback College, one of the nation’s preeminent community colleges with more than 40,000 students annually. He successfully led numerous initiatives enhancing instruction and academics, student support services, campus operations, college advancement, and community partnerships.  Mr. Burnett leaves Saddleback with a strong legacy of unprecedented achievements, including substantial gains in transfers, degree and certificate completions, career pathways, disadvantaged and underserved student support, financial aid and scholarships, veterans services, K-12 and business partnerships, economic and workforce development, infrastructure, and external resource development.
To learn more about Brandman University, click 


Congratulations to Kent and Kevin Peterson of P2S on receiving the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce distinguished award Destination Tomorrow. The award recognizes P2S for its engineering contribution to city.  The chamber also welcomed Kent Peterson as their new Chair of the Board.
To learn more, about P2S, click 



Closing in September, now is your chance to experience a unique partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Huntington Library.  The outdoor installation is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who worked in collaboration with composer Shane Myrbeck and architect Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA to produce an innovative “soundscape” experience representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites.” Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound interprets one of the satellites’ missions. 

To learn more about the Orbit Pavillion, watch the video below, and click here.