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