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.