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Archive for May, 2020


Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Speaker: Phil Bautista of Bull Creek Data, Senior Consultant

Bio: Phil Bautista is a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator and officer with the Travis County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) organization. His focus is on enabling communication WHEN (not IF) Infrastructure crippling emergencies occur. With training and certification in Cyber Security, he also helps to advise and protect our Nation’s critical infrastructure in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security as a member of Infragard ( in Central Texas.

Phil earned a BSEE from DeVry Institute of Technology in 1982. He is a Senior ITSM Consultant, and is ITIL V3 Certified.



Abstract: At the recent IEEE Rising Stars Conference ( in Las Vegas, Nevada, Phil Bautista took over 100 undergraduate and graduate level Engineering students through a “Zombie Apocalypse” workshop. In it they were introduced to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) alphabet used in Emergency Communications (EMCOMM), radio operation, serial voice communications nets, and made their very first VHF/UHF radio contacts. Following the workshop an FCC licensing exam session was held and twice the expected number of people passed with their newly minted FCC Amateur Radio licenses. Walk with Phil through the workshop highlights and see the amazing results, what worked, what the bottlenecks were and what failed.

In addition, learn what happens on a weekly basis behind the scenes in Austin, Travis County, across the State of Texas and at our Nation’s Capital to prepare for loss of communication and handle a surge in transporting and managing patients across hospitals in emergencies to keep our Nation, State, County and City from being unable to communicate in the event of a failed infrastructure.


May 19 Virtual Meeting: Edison vs Tesla: When IP Ruled … Still Does

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Edwin De Angel of Invention Matters

Bio: Dr. De Angel is a seasoned inventor with more than 30 patents issued.  Dr. De Angel is the founder of Invention Matters, a company focused on IP licensing, patent infringement analysis,  patent valuation, prior art research and claim chart developing.  He has worked for several Fortune 500 technology firms, law firms and startups.  Dr. De Angel has more than 20 years of experience working for semiconductor and technology firms including Honeywell, Intel, Cirrus Logic, RFMicron, Freescale and Qualcomm.   During this time he led teams as Design Manager and VP of Engineering creating, developing and licensing intellectual property. Between 2005-2009 Dr. De Angel served as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Dr. De Angel has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.  He is a professional engineer (PE) licensed in the state of Texas and a certified licensing professional (CLP).  Dr. De Angel is a board member of Quantum interface and co-chair of the Licensing Executive Society Austin/Hill Country Chapter.


Address:Austin, Texas, United States


Title: Edison vs Tesla: When IP ruled … still does

Abstract: Tales of two of the greatest engineering minds.  From Edison vs. Tesla to Apple vs. Qualcomm. Why inventor technical breakthroughs fail to become successful businesses.  In a world where innovation is not confined by geographic boundaries intellectual property (IP) has become a game changer.  All patents are not created equal: good patents vs. bad patents. From engineer to subject matter expert.



Slides from Program: Edison vs. Tesla V2.3


Video of talk:

May 27 Virtual Meeting: New start-up idea and company to improve thermal ablation of tumors

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Ryan

Bio: Thomas Ryan has over 35 years’ experience in the medical device field, starting with 12 years in academics at Stanford Univ. and Dartmouth College. His career then entered the second phase with Medical Device development and commercialization, with large companies (Covidien, J&J, Smith and Nephew), as well as 5 start-ups. His focus was energy-based tissue treatment using microwaves, ultrasound, and RF for tumor ablation as well as energy-based devices (e.g. LigaSure, now $1B product) for surgery and clinical treatment. More recently he was CEO at a Boston-based start-up where he pitched to Venture Capitalists and Angel Groups for funding, met with the FDA, and laid the groundwork for commercialization including business plan, and market forecast, segueing into acquisition by a major player in the market.

He is an IEEE Fellow, has 48 US patents, and more than 110 book chapters and publications.


Abstract: Thermal ablation of tumors through the skin and into liver or kidney is in widespread use daily. A medical start-up created a novel gel that is injected next to the tumor that changes the dielectric properties such that microwaves or RF are more effectively absorbed and the ablation volume is markedly increased. This should lead to more effective treatment since often all of the tumor is not ablated with the treatment which could lead to regrowth of the cancer. The technology could also be used for cardiac ablation and other sites.

The talk will give a short tutorial on tumors, thermal ablation, and access to the tumor, including an animation. Following this introduction, then it will proceed to go over the market potential, and development and commercialization plans of the start-up. The audience will be the hypothetical Angel investors and will discuss afterward whether they would fund or not and their reasons for doing so. Angel investors invest their own money, so they scrutinize (in great detail) all the start-ups that pitch to them.