A Convergence of Disciplines and Technologies

We are seeing a change in the job market. Companies like Apple are hiring San Jose State’s geology graduates for jobs in geospatial information systems and psychology graduates to help define how Siri responds to mental health questions asked by its users. We are approaching an era where the lines between job title and discipline are blurred as merging technologies require a talent pool from various disciplines.

Join us for a discussion and debate of curriculum alignment and workforce needs in the 4th Industrial Revolution.


6:30 p.m. – Networking reception
7 p.m. – Program begins
SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union Theater

This event is FREE and open to all.
Parking will be complimentary at the SJSU campus. Use e-permit code 5911294 at any of the parking lot permit machines.


Sheryl Ehrman
Dean of the College of Engineering

Michael Kaufman
Dean of the College of Science

Michelle Zhou
Co-Founder and CEO of Juji, Inc.


Energy Requirements and Challenges for IoT Autonomous Intelligence at the Edge

San Jose State Invites you to a panel discussion. Join Jim Hogan, SJSU alum and semiconductor leader, in moderating the discussion on energy requirements and challenges in technology.

There is almost universal agreement that the world is experiencing significant climate change. What there isn’t agreement on is if humans are contributors to it and how much. However, many see that humans are contributing and are taking action to reduce our impact through regulation and technology. Please join our fourth installment of SJSU IR4, where together with our panel of experts, we’ll explore solutions to our increasing and often dangerous energy use. What does technology have to offer to stem the tide of global warming?

February 21, 2018
SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union Theater
6:30 p.m. – Networking receptioin
7 p.m. – Program begins



Garima Thockchom, Founder and CEO of Akasia. Thockchom is a high-tech engineering and marketing veteran with 19+ years of experience at VMware, Sun Microsystems, and NEC Electronics. She currently heads a hybrid cloud cost management start up, Akasia.

Prior to Akasia she was VP Marketing at Gale Technologies, a startup that she repositioned as a leading provider of infrastructure automation and cloud solutions. Gale was acquired by Dell. Formerly, Garima was the Group Manager of Partner Solutions Marketing at VMware and responsible for overseeing VMware’s partner solutions in the networking, management, high availability and security technology areas. At VMware Garima was instrumental in delivering key solutions with Cisco, HP Software, CA, Symantec, McAfee and 300+ technology partners of VMware. Prior to joining VMware, Garima was the Group Manager of Product Management for Sun Cluster and N1 product lines at Sun Microsystems where she oversaw the growth of the business from 25M to 70M by expanding the feature set of the 9+ products and by tapping into additional markets.

Thockchom holds a B.S. and M.S. in electronics and computer engineering from Bangalore University, India. She brings with her a unique combination of long term strategic vision combined with focused execution, along with a wide network of strong connections. Her areas of specialties are Infrastructure technology – high availability, management, virtualization, marketing automation.  Garima has been able to define technology to solve real-world business solutions. Thockchom was named a “2011 Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and has won many other accolades in the technology industry.

Vojin Zivojnovic is co-founder and CEO of AGGIOS. Prior to starting AGGIOS he was ARM’s vice president responsible for WW OEM and Foundry business development and sales. In 1997,Zivojnovic co-founded AXYS Design Automation (Irvine, CA), the pioneer in multicore system design methodology, and served as AXYS Design’s CEO until the acquisition by ARM in 2004. Prior to AXYS Design, he led simulation and modeling efforts at Rockwell Semiconductors. Zivojnovic received a PhD in computer science from Aachen University of Technology in Germany and has published more than 60 research papers in statistical signal processing, DSPs, design methodology and embedded software.

Vic Kulkarni is vice president and chief strategist, Office of CTO, Semiconductor Business Unit, ANSYS, San Jose. CA. Kulkarni is responsible for steering the business, technology and product strategy, along with the leadership team at Semiconductor Business Unit, connecting the dots from chip-package-system design software solutions with ANSYS multi-physics simulation technology, Big Data Elastic Compute Platform SeaScape and machine learning. These tools address challenges faced by several verticals, ranging from ADAS, Advanced Mobile, Data Centers, HealthCare, Industrial to Smart & Connected Cities. Prior to merging with Apache in 2009 and subsequently with ANSYS, Kulkarni was a co-founder, president and CEO of Sequence Design. He was named Entrepreneur of the Month by SiliconIndia magazine and secured Sequence a spot in Reed Electronics “50 Electronics Companies to Watch.” Global 101-IIT India’s Intellectual Treasures publication listed him as one of the thought leaders. Kulkarni has been featured in several publications worldwide and has participated in several industry forums and panels. He has held engineering and various senior management positions in a number of leading semiconductor and EDA companies in the Silicon Valley for more than 35 years. Kulkarni has a MSEE in solid state electronics from University of Cincinnati. In 2007, SJSU honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has a B. Tech in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.

Drew Wingard’s areas of expertise include semiconductor design, the architecture and integration of complex devices, interconnection network (NoC), memory system and power management. He received a BSEE from the University of Texas, Austin and an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has presented at 2017 Machine Learning Devcon in Santa Clara, the 2016 Design Automation Conference in Austin, Texas, the 2015 IP-SOC Embedded System Conference and Exhibition in Grenoble, France and the 2015 MemCon in Santa Clara. He has been to Tokyo, Japan, more than 50 times.