Thursday, June 28, 2018

Technolink Snapshot July 2018

Happy 4th of July

It's that time again for baseball games, picnics, and barbecues with family and friends. Over the next few days, I encourage all of us to take a few moments to reflect upon the many great American liberties and freedoms we have today in this great nation because of the selfless sacrifices of our military and public safety heroes of yesterday and today.  
May everyone have a safe and wonderful summer!

Snapshot News 

At this special time of year, we are reminded of the many sacrifices and stories of courage of great heroes. In a recent correspondence with Technolink member Colonel Chris Richie, USMC, instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, he shared his concept of the "Invisible Medal." 
After 26 years of active duty service, he offers reflection on the true value of servant leadership. Less about performance, mission or profit, it has everything to do with people, relationships and unlocking the full potential in everyone. To learn more, please take a moment and listen to Colonel Richie's recent interview with Ken D. Foster for the Voices of Courage podcast. Listen now >> 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot June 2018


Larry D. James of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announces the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) Follow-On Mission which extends the innovative measurements of the GRACE Mission which ended in September. Among its innovations, GRACE has monitored the loss of ice mass from Earth's ice sheets, improved understanding of the processes responsible for sea level rise and ocean circulation, provided insights into where global groundwater resources may be shrinking or growing and where dry soils are contributing to drought, and monitored changes in the solid Earth.  The Follow-On Mission satellite now orbiting the earth is collecting very precise gravity measurements that allow for the monitoring of data such as the aquifer depletion in California.  


Congratulations to Blake Stephens, Architecture and Drafting Technology Department Chair at Saddleback College, who was recently named the 2017-2018 Faculty Member of the Year in honor of his contribution to the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transition Services Program. As Architecture and Drafting Technology Department Chair at Saddleback College, Blake Stephens manages 17 faculty members and class schedules for architecture, drafting technology, construction inspection and rapid digital manufacturing courses.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day  

Celebrate the liberty and freedoms
of our great nation.

Take a moment to give thanks
to our military and public safety heroes
for their honor and courage
in defending our democracy.
And, take a moment to thank their families.

Thank you for your continued support of
the Technolink Association.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot May 2018

Snapshot News from Technolink Members 

Technolink Supporting Member AeroVironment is the leading supplier of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, to the United States Department of Defense and to more than 40 allies, and a leader in testing and charging systems for electric vehicle development and operation.

On March 6, the Company announced its largest-ever international contract for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  The
$44.5 million contract with the government of a nation in the Middle East reflects strong international demand for the Company’s family of hand-launched UAS, including the Puma AE system with its Mantis i45 sensor suite.  AeroVironment’s small UAS, equipped with advanced sensors, can be carried by troops and deployed within 5 minutes to stream live video from the sky to their operators from up to 10 kilometers away.  The company also delivers its tube-launched Switchblade® Tactical Missile Systems to the U.S. Army to help soldiers protect themselves from enemy attacks in a more precise manner than ever before.

AeroVironment recently began selling its
Quantix hybrid drone and Decision Support System (DSS) to help farmers gain an information advantage in their continuous battle against weather, pests and other uncertainties that can affect their crops.  The Company also announced recently that it had entered into a joint venture with SoftBank Corp. to develop and demonstrate solar-powered High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) that could one-day deliver broadband connectivity from the stratosphere to customers across the globe.

In its Efficient Energy business, nine global automakers have selected AeroVironment’s
electric vehicle charging systems as the preferred solutions for their plug-in electric vehicles.  The company’s newest EV charging systems conform to European and Chinese safety standards to support drivers around the world as they switch to cleaner, more efficient electric mobility solutions.

AeroVironment’s people strive to deliver the actionable intelligence customers need to proceed with certainty.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Technolink Snapshot April 2018

Snapshot News from Technolink Members 

In response to the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Technolink member Ron Williams of Talon Companies shares some thoughts on safety in the face of senseless, dysfunctional human behavior. Talon, which provides training programs in "Targeted Violence Prevention and Active Threat Response," teaches individuals how to recognize behavior warning signs, intervene using a variety of deterrence techniques, and react to an active threat situation. According to Williams, people need to be trained to observe, listen and pick up on behaviors that indicate a propensity for violence. Proper training prepares the individual to respond in a traumatic attack situation. 
Talon is also affiliated with Leatherback Gear, a bullet resistant backpack patented and designed by First Responders, that is saving lives. To learn more about it, click here
To learn more about Talon Companies, click here.


Congratulations to Technolink long-time member and supporter, Ross DeVol on his appointment as a Walton Fellow. He will be focusing his research on building economic ecosystems in Northwest Arkansas and the American heartland for the Walton Family Foundation, a family-led foundation that tackles tough social and environmental problems with urgency and a long-term approach to create access to opportunity for people and communities. 

Please take a moment to read Ross DeVol's recent essay: "Incentivize Entrepreneurial Behaviors at Universities– Especially in the Heartland."


Please join me in welcoming  Dr. Michael Yassa to Technolink. Dr. Yassa is Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Neurology, and Psychiatry at UC Irvine. He is currently UCI Chancellor’s Fellow and Director of the globally renowned Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.
The UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) is internationally recognized. CNLM faculty use state-of-the-art approaches integrating cellular/molecular, systems and cognitive neuroscience to investigate learning and memory. Their research programs have direct impact on education, technology, and brain health.
The CNLM is hosting the 2018 International Conference on Learning and Memory, a 5-day conference that will take place April 18-22, 2018 at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. This conference will feature 500 presentations including talks and symposia by the worlds foremost experts in learning and memory and  panels on the future of neuroscience, open science and open access publishing and neuroscience and education. More information can be found at