Thursday, February 6, 2020

Technolink Snapshot February 2020

Dear Technolink Community,

Happy February! Let's celebrate all of the great things that are happening in our community with many more advancements to share ahead. 2020 is going to be an exciting year with the theme, "Creating a Legacy for the Future." Our snapshots will feature efforts by Technolink members who are demonstrating that initiative in all they do.
Please enjoy hearing from this month's insightful contributors: Lt. General Larry James of JPL, Kevin McDonald of Alvaka Networks, and Jim Watson of CMTC.
We encourage you to think about the legacy that you are creating.
With heartfelt appreciation,

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

Members Shaping the Future

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena not only explores our solar system and its planets, but examines the smallest components in our universe with fundamental physics experiments.  "One of our recent missions is the Cold Atom Lab (CAL) currently flying on the International Space Station (ISS)," reports Lt. General Larry James, Technolink member and Deputy Director of JPL. "CAL is utilizing laser cooling to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the ISS.  CAL will produce clouds of ultra-cooled atoms called Bose-Einstein condensates. Chilled to a fraction of a degree above absolute zero --  even colder than the average temperature of deep space -- the atoms in a BEC demonstrate quantum characteristics at relatively large size scales, allowing researchers to explore this strange domain."  There are three Nobel Prize winning Principal Investigators directing this experiment.  For more details, please click here
"The sheer numbers and damage from Ransomware are no longer something you can avoid," writes Technolink member Kevin McDonald, COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks. "If you don’t already know someone with a ransomware horror story, it is very likely that you soon will. Ransomware is growing and most often strikes when you are least able to defend against it." Read Kevin McDonald's important article about ransomware and how to protect against it now. Click here
Technolink member Jim Watson, CEO and President of CMTC, just wrapped up a successful series of 2019 events to provide relevant information to small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout California about technology integration. As part of its Made in California Program, CMTC teamed up with the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) around the state to host a series of innovative Technology Showcase and Access to Capital Seminars for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers (SMMs). CMTC is partnering with the SBDC California network to foster the deployment of technology that will improve the productivity and global competitiveness of SMMs. The seminars were a perfect blend of technology followed by financing options organized to inspire incorporation of technology into a business. For a listing of the 30 manufacturing conferences in 2020, visit CMTC.