Young Professionals

Young Professionals Forum and Networking Event

Monday, 15 January 2018, 4:40pm - 6:40pm

Room: Grand Ballroom E-F

The IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of innovative members and volunteers. Members of this community are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their global network, connecting with peers locally and giving back to the community. At Radio Wireless Week 2018, the IEEE Young Professionals will host an interactive forum and networking event for professionals in microwaves with four panel speakers from industry and government research. The discussion will be focused on the growing trends in microwave technology (5g wireless technology, IoT and government research) and how microwave professionals and graduating students can position themselves to excel in the current job market. Each panel speaker will give a 10min presentation (40mins total) and then the panel will be open for interactive discussion and networking. The presentations will be focused on the growing technology trends at their respective organization and what qualifications they look for in hiring engineers. The interactive discussion will be an opportunity for the audience to field questions to the panel on the presented topics or other questions related to their companies. The panel session will be followed by food, drinks and opportunity for networking.

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The registration fees for the event is $70. Register before January 5, 2018 using the promo code “MTTSYoungProfessionals” to avail a $50 off.

Note: No registration required for the session if you are registered for Radio wireless week 2018

Organizer: James Do, University of California, Davis


Gerhard SchoenthalVirginia Diodes, Inc.

GerhardSchoenthal_0.jpgDr. Gerhard Schoenthal is the Director of Operations at Virginia Diodes, Inc. where he is responsible for operations and research and development of the semiconductor fabrication facility and operations of the standard products group and other elements of the company. He received his Bachelors of Science in Physics from the US Naval Academy in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Virginia in 2003 where his thesis was titled "Integrated Diode Circuits for Greater Than 1 THz". After graduating from the Naval Academy, Gerhard served on active duty in the US Navy for 5 years in various engineering officer positions. After receiving his doctoral work, he was a Senior Process Engineer at Intel PTD in 2003 and 2004. For the past decade and a half, he has served in many roles at Virginia Diodes, Inc., a world class mmWave and THz test and measurement company with thousands of systems in the field.


C.S. LamSkyworks Solutions

CSLam.jpgC.S. Lam received his PhD from Princeton University Solid Mechanics Program specializing in piezoelectric vibrations. Upon graduation and for the next ten years, Dr. Lam was a staff and manager in the Frequency Control Products Division of AT&T Bell Laboratories. Since then Dr. Lam held executive engineering, sales and marketing positions in timing, filtering and sensing  groups of Vectron International (now a division of Knowles), TXC Corporation, IDT, and Epson Electronics America.  Dr. Lam is now a senior director of Frequency Control Technologies in Skyworks Solutions.



Ken CooperCalifornia Institute of Technology

KenCooper_0.jpgDr. Ken Cooper received his PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Currently he is a senior RF/ Microwave engineer with the submillimeter wave advanced technology group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he has led an effort to develop terahertz imaging radars and transceiver arrays for national security applications. He is also active in applying mm/submm-wave molecular spectroscopy and radar techniques to problems in Earth and Planetary Science, including humidity-sounding inside upper-tropospheric clouds and the measurement of gas and ice in cometary jets.




Usama Zaghloul HeibaBroadcom Limited

UsamaZaghloulHeiba_0.jpgDr. Usama Zaghloul Heiba received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Material Science in 2011 from LAAS-CNRS in France. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania where his research work led to the first ever sub-1-volt piezoelectric NEMS relays with millivolt switching capability and the synthesis of the thinnest to date piezoelectric AlN films (10 nm) with very high quality. He also invented several nanoscale characterization techniques based on atomic force microscopy to study the charging phenomenon in thin dielectric films, the work which led to the discovery of a new stiction mechanism in electrostatic RF MEMS devices. Dr. Heiba is the recipient of the best PhD thesis award from the GEET doctoral school. In 2014, he joined the FBAR (Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator) group at Broadcom (formerly Avago Technologies) where he is currently an R&D manager. He and his team are developing the state-of-the-art FBAR technologies for the highly integrated RF front end modules in mobile handsets. His responsibilities include new product concept demonstration, process development and qualification, and product transfer to high volume manufacturing. He is involved in several programs related to the innovation and development of future generations of FBAR devices, filters, duplexers and multiplexers with improved linear, nonlinear and high power performance.