Events: FPGAs, student skills at IMTS, micro-, nano sensor technologies

Three upcoming events include field-programmable gate arrays, a student gathering at IMTS to help increase interest in machine tool technologies, and an all-day micro and nano-technology session, among others, at Sensors Expo. Events will be held...


San Jose, CA, McLean, VA, and Rosemont, IL Three upcoming events include a first-time Summit on field-programmable gate arrays, a National Institute for Metalworking Skills student summit at IMTS to help increase interest in machine tool technologies, and an all-day micro and nano-technology session at Sensors Expo.
The First Annual FPGA Summit , at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose, CA, on Dec. 10-11, 2008, will address the use of FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays), semiconductor devices containing logic elements and interconnects. The latest FPGAs contain many thousands of logic elements plus such components as memories, serial interfaces, and even full-fledged processors.
Half-day tutorials, panel discussions, keynotes, paper sessions, workshops, and special sessions comprise the program. A call for presentations has been issued. Topics include design best practices; low-power design; military/defense applications; DSP applications; reconfigurable computing; high-performance computing; EDA tools; on-board processors; verification and validation; processor replacement; security; interfaces; and consumer applications.
The proposal, to be submitted no later than August 1, 2008, should be one page, consisting of:
(1) Title (not more than 5 or 6 words)
(2) Abstract
(3) Short biography of the presenter, plus contact information (job title, address, telephone, email)
(4) Brief description of the presenter’s organization
Acceptance will be made by Sept. 4, 2008. Submit proposals to Dr. Lance A. Leventhal, program chairperson, Conference ConCepts,
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International Manufacturing Technology Show 2008 , McCormick Place, Chicago,
September 8–13, 2008, will convene The

NIMS Student Summit

and combine an interactive Career Development Center with a self-guided tour of the technology and manufacturing exhibition. Admission to


for educators and their students is free; field trips are encouraged for students from middle school through high school and vocational college levels.
Sponsored by the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the event’s main goal is to generate interest and incite enthusiasm in young people for precision manufacturing through contact with industry professionals and state-of-the-art technology.
The NIMS Student Summit will feature student-friendly exhibitors. Students will have the ability to interact with IMTS exhibitor personnel, ask questions about career opportunities and the skill sets required for entrance into the precision manufacturing industry.
Career Development Center (CDC) is the focal point of the Summit. Students will experience an event orientation during which they will learn how their IMTS experiences will relate to future career opportunities in the industry, and they will hear from successful, young professionals in the industry. The CDC will feature interactive exhibits from colleges and universities, companies and company human resource representatives, and industry associations. Graduating high school and college students may bring resumes to CDC to drop-off for participating companies to review for entry-level job openings
MEMS/Nanotechnology among sessions at Sensors Expo 2008 :

Sensors Expo Chicago

, an exhibition and technical conference at the Donald E. Stephens Conference Center in Rosemont, IL, will be held June 9-11, 2008. New sessions in the conference program include green sensing technologies and applications, machine health and predictive maintenance, and transportation infrastructure monitoring. Keynote speaker is an MIT roboticist.
Three all day sessions on Monday, June 9, are digital data acquisition and analysis; energy harvesting for sensor applications; and Nanotechnology, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Microsystems Technologies (MST), and Micromachines.
Roger Grace, president of

Roger Grace Associates

, a high-technology marketing consulting firm specializing in Micro and Nanotechnology commercialization has organized and will chair the MEMS session. More than 20 experts from North America and Europe will address commercialization issues, current research and development activities, and applications. Grace will present Barriers to the Commercialization of Micro and Nanotechnology.
The session includes a panel discussion with the theme “The Successful Transitioning of MEMS/Nano Products from the Lab to the Fab.” An industry-sponsored cocktail party reception will conclude the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry and university leaders who are driving MEMS and Nanotechnology research, design, development, and commercialization, Grace says.
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