October 20, 2011

Speaker:  Dr. Terri S. Fiez

Title:  Solar Energy’s Bright Future: How Will Mixed-Signal Designers Play a Critical Role?


The global need for secure, sustainable and clean sources of energy has never been felt more keenly, as events around the world underscore daily. From oil spills around the Gulf of Mexico to carbon emissions driving fundamental changes to our worldwide climate, the costs of our petroleum-fed economy climb ever higher. The race to develop and mature alternative energy sources, however, is gaining speed, and among the many different kinds being explored, solar has a bright future. The idea of drawing energy from the sun isn’t exactly new, but scientific advances in recent years have dramatically increased its potential as part of the mix of energy sources destined to fuel the 21st century. New developments increasing the amounts of energy that can be captured by solar installations and turned into usable power are transforming the way that power providers think about sun-derived energy. Some of the most significant advances are a direct result of advancements by mixed-signal designers. In this talk, an overview of the solar industry, the markets, the technologies and how mixed-signal designers can contribute to making it a cost effective renewable energy resource.

Terri S. Fiez is Head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. From 2008 until mid 2009 she co-founded and served as CEO of Azuray Technologies, a startup developing smart panel electronics for solar photo-voltaics located in Portland, Oregon. Since returning to OSU in September 2009, she has taken on a leadership role for OSU’s Center for Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure (SENERGI). She has been very active professionally as a researcher in high performance analog signal processing integrated circuits and innovative engineering education approaches. She has served in numerous leadership roles within IEEE including ISSCC and CICC conference committees and associate and guest editorships. Dr. Fiez was previously awarded the NSF Young Investigator Award, the IEEE Solid-State Circuit Pre-doctoral Fellowship, and the 2006 IEEE Education Activities Board Innovative Education Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Prior to joining OSU in 1999, she was an assistant and associate professor at Washington State University from 1990-1999. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1990 from Oregon State University.


National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium
2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95051 Directions and NSC Map

Refreshments are provided at 6:00 PM and the talk typically begins at 6:30 PM.

Donations requested to partially cover food cost.

The talks are open to everyone, feel free to join us even if you are not an IEEE member yet.


Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Solid State Circuits Society


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