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Northern California Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Where: Michael's at Shoreline
2960 Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, California  94043
United States
Contact: Jack Jew

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February Chapter Meeting – Fellows Night Energy & Ethics:  How Choices Impinge on Materials, Society and the Environment
Speaker: Dr. Alex Cannara 
Wednesday, the 13th of Feb  we will be meeting at Michael’s at Shoreline  2960 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View 
5:30 pm Social/Networking…6:00 pm Dinner…6:30 pm Speakers Buffet Dinner Cost: ASM & SAMPE Members $30……Students $10……Guests $35 …..Talk only – Free – (but let us know so we can have chairs set up for you) Reservations: Contact Al Kwong at (408) 248-1916 or or Jack Jew at  
Physical realities of our inventions and energy sources over centuries reveal that we’ve long needed more attention to honest brokering of science and fact to citizens and leaders.  This talk covers the technologies and materials upon which we’ve built today’s society, especially with regard to energy sources, the natural resources and materials they depend upon, and the environmental effects of our related choices. 
The discussion will include critical materials* for energy and national-security needs.  The role of international economics sets limits on materials cost and availability for competing purposes.  Our choices for energy producing sources further raise social and environmental questions regarding their materials use and related pollution and recycling policies.  Our choices of energy sources thus raise ethical concerns beyond simply their ability to produce reliable power for society. 
* European Union Horizon 2020, and US Dept. of the Interior List of Critical Minerals 

Biography:  Alex Cannara graduated Magna cum Laude from Lehigh University in Electrical Engineering.  Received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Statistics from Stanford University,  Received a PhD in Math Methods in Educational Research from Stanford.  Alex also served as Adjunct Professor in Mathematics & Computer Sciences, Golden Gate Univ., San Jose (teaching statistics, computer programming & communications) as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of San Francisco.  Previously was Lecturer in Computer Science & Engineering, International Technological Univ. Santa Clara and taught undergraduate and graduate-level classes in networking.  Alex has a diverse collection of accomplishments that include (among many): he created the 3Wizard Council to advise 3Com management on technical strategy.  Managed the semi-annual 3Wizard technical conference for hundreds of customer engineers.  Contributor & speaker for the Thorium Energy Alliance 2010 through 2013 conferences…  and the mini documentary:   A more compete pair of related documentaries is now in recording.  Led a proposal that was rolled into the winning result of MIT’s CoLab contest …  

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