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 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Technolink Fall 2018 Presidents' Forum Presentations

Thank you for joining us at the Technolink Presidents' Club Fall 2018 Forum.  We spent the day sharing friendly, thought-provoking conversations exploring the transformational shift in business and the workplace. 

We will come together again for our annual Spring Forum on Tuesday, March 26 at the Athenaeum Club at Caltech. 

Some of the forum presentations are included below for your viewing. 

Thank you for making Technolink such a rich and inspiring community!  May we continue to share the gift of kindness with all throughout this harvest and Thanksgiving season.

Mag Powell-Meeks
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Exploring the Transformational Shift in Business & the Workplace
Steve Gitlin
Aerovironment, Inc.
How to Leverage Technology Resources to Develop Value Proposition to Our Customers
Kent Peterson
P2S Inc.
Decarbonizing the Energy Grid"
Yaron Gamburg
International Affairs Specialist

Geopolitical Situation Briefing
Yaron Gamburg

Middle East Briefing
Terry O'Neill
The O'Neill Company
Global Economic Forecast"