R6 Southern Area: “The Future is on the S-Curve” – Los Angeles on May 3
I was honored to participate in my fifth Region 6 area meeting this year, led by R6 Southern Area Chair, Doug Askegard and hosted by UCLA. At five area meetings, I have now completed the circuit of the Western USA Region.
I have to give this meeting the public relations nod, as they did an impressive press release IEEE Region 6 Southern Area Meeting Gathers IEEE Student … and had several good cameras in play taking photos. May 3 was not even over before the story of our day were released in photos under the title “Happy Group”
The keynote, given by futurist Nathalie Gosset, was a revelation to me. She was able to demonstrate how she applies the S-Curve approach to identifying and targeting major trends in technology. While her tips about where to target the curve were important, I was particularly taken with her ideas about the ubiquitousness of such trends and her confidence in our ability to learn to strategically identify these.
It was delightful to meet Judith Love Cohen and her artist/illustrator husband, David Katz. Ms. Cohen, successful aerospace engineer with BSEE (’57) and MSEE (’62) from USC, was being awarded by IEEE-USA for her series of books You Could Be a Woman… that started with You Could Be a Woman Engineer and their successful efforts proselytizing engineering through a Girl Scout merit badge in Aero Engineering.