Thursday, August 1, 2019

Technolink Snapshot August 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season. This is an exciting time to ponder space exploration -- past, present and future.  We are pleased to announce the distinguished award of Fellow for Lt. General Larry James, Deputy Director of JPL, from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  We also highlight this month JPL's exciting new investigations into space with quantum physics and the Cold Atom Laboratory. 

The stunning photo (above) was taken on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 20 by Technolink member, Susan Sanders, Esquire. It perfectly captures that unstoppable blend of the mind and technology with teamwork and creativity -- something we honor and  foster at Technolink.

Thank you for your continued support, engagement and inspiration that make our Technolink community so unique. If you haven't done so, please be sure to register for our Fall Forum on Tuesday, October 8th at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, as seating is limited. 

We look forward to welcoming you on the 8th and to continuing our conversations, 

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

Members Shaping the Future

We are pleased to announce that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected Technolink member Lt. Gen (Ret) Larry James, Deputy Director of JPL, as a Fellow in the Class of 2019. AIAA Fellows are "persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics, who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology thereof."  The AIAA honored the recipients recently at its Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in Washington and at a ceremony in Crystal City, Virginia.
The plaque presented to Larry James cites his "extraordinary contributions in military, intelligence, and civil space acquisition and operations fields across 40 years, including GPS, signals intelligence, and NASA missions." His recognition honors his military career, and his work for NASA/JPL. "The joy is in doing what you love and being part of something bigger than yourself," he said. "I'm very fortunate that I spent 35 years with the Department of Defense to help develop the nation's military space capabilities.  And since joining JPL in 2014, James is proud to be in a leadership position at a world-renowned facility where "we expand the frontiers of human knowledge by tackling the hard science questions every day." He noted the wide variety of projects--"ranging from building rovers for Mars to conducting quantum physics on the International Space Station with the Cold Atom Lab." 
JPL is probing the edges of fundamental physics with its Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) now operating on the International Space Station.  CAL will create ultra-cold quantum gases called Bose-Einstein Condensates where novel quantum phenomena can be examined.  The list of principal investigators includes three Nobel Prize winners.  To read more, click here

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Technolink Snapshot July 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

With the 4th of July on the horizon, we are reminded that this year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Please take a moment to give thanks to our military and public safety heroes for their honor and courage in defending our freedoms and democracy.

This month, we are thrilled to share that Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology, is a recipient of a CODiE Lifetime Achievement Award. And, Kevin McDonald, COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks, reports on the new cyberattacks that have crippled the city of Baltimore. 

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


Members Shaping the Future

Our sincere congratulations to Technolink member and CEO of Corent Technology, Feyzi Fatehi, for receiving the 2019 CODiE Lifetime Achievement Award.  Mr. Fatehi joins the ranks of fellow recipients such as Steve Wozniak, Jim Clark, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, Alan Kay, Bill Gates and more.  SIIA, who hosts the CODiE awards, is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. Corent is a global leader in cloud migration and SaaSification technologies. #DemocratizingSaaS

To learn more about Corent Technology, click here.
Kevin McDonald, Technolink member and COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks, writes in with an important reminder about the realities of cyber threats and the danger of unsecured systems, using the recent Baltimore Cyberattack as a warning to us all.

"News coverage about hackers infiltrating the city computer network in Baltimore Maryland has been plentiful. The attack halted normal business operations and critical services, cost the city millions and inconvenienced 10s of thousands of residents. Baltimore has fallen victim to a very serious threat to global commerce and individuals’ computers known as Ransomware. While there are many variations, in general, Ransomware makes victims’ data unrecoverable through strong encryption enabled by cyber criminals who then demand payment for the keys to unencrypt the data. The reality is that if Baltimore like 80% of breach victims had patched its computers, the attack would have failed.
"Baltimore is not entirely atypical of many Ransomware attacks against government and business entities. It is however atypical in some ways. The city is publicly claiming the attack was facilitated through the use of Eternal Blue, a cyber-weapon developed in secret by the American National Intelligence agency (NSA). The capability behind Eternal Blue was stolen from or leaked by an employee of the NSA and later released in April of 2017 by a group calling themselves Shadow Brokers. I wrote about these tools being released in 2017 and what we saw coming is here and not going anywhere soon. Please take the time to understand the impact of not securing your systems and help us push to get government and business to take this very real threat seriously. This is not credit card theft, or stolen pictures, it impacts the very systems we rely on to run our lives."

To learn more about Alvaka Networks, click here

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