Workshops & Panels

Overview of Structured Problem-Solving

Tuesday, September 8
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT


Mark Sneeringer, SigMax-NH LLC

Biography: Mark Sneeringer is a Continuous Improvement leader with over 37 years of industrial experience and deep expertise in Six Sigma, Lean, Change Management and Program Management.  He has led improvement efforts for businesses ranging from consumer lifestyle products, to large household appliances, to complex medical devices.  Mark holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from MIT and has achieved advanced certifications in Six Sigma, Lean and Reliability.  In recent years, he has helped several medical device companies improve cost, time to market, and product quality via training and coaching.

Abstract: Everyone faces problems.  Some have known solutions and the right way to deal with those is to simply implement that remedy. Other problems require determining what needs to be done and how to execute the solution.  That is where a structured Problem-Solving method is critical to quickly and effectively fixing the issue.  This session will describe a multi-step process that is proven to yield good results.  It starts with defining the problem unambiguously, runs through root cause analysis and solution selection, and ends with preventive actions that ensure the problem does not recur.  The steps and some of the activities/tools used will be described.  The approach is applicable in just about any setting:  research, manufacturing, sales and marketing, etc. and training can be done in one to two days.

Ally Training Workshop

Wednesday, September 9
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM PDT


Valerie Aurora, Frame Shift Consulting

Want to take concrete action to fight injustice, but not sure what to do? The Ally Skills Workshop teaches simple everyday techniques you can use to make your workplace and community more fair and just. In this workshop, you will learn how to recognize when you have the most power and influence—when you can best act as an ally—and how to take effective action to make your workplace and community better.

Facilitator and Ally Skills Workshop lead creator Valerie Aurora brings more than a decade of experience in the tech industry and more than twenty years in the area of diversity and inclusion. Valerie has taught ally skills for more than 8 years, co-founded and led a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture, and worked as a software engineer for Intel, IBM, and Red Hat.

More about the workshop

The Ally Skills Workshop is a highly interactive discussion-oriented workshop. It starts with a 30 minute introduction on the basics of ally skills and inclusive, respectful, productive discussions. Then participants split up into groups of 4-6 people to discuss specific real-world scenarios in which an ally could take action. After a 5-8 minute group discussion, each group reports out what they discussed and any questions they have, with guidance from the facilitators. We will take a short break every hour.

Note: If you miss the first 30 minutes of the workshop, you cannot participate in the workshop. You are welcome to leave and/or return at any time after the first 30 minutes, and to eat at any point during the workshop. Participation in discussion groups is voluntary. You will receive video conference instructions two days before the workshop.

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*There is a limited capacity. You will receive an email if you are selected. 

Resume Building Workshop

Thursday, September 10
1:00 PM PDT - 2:00 PM PDT


Abhay Patil, GE Healthcare

Frederic Cegla, Imperial College London

Jason Weigold, MEMSTAFF

Lynn Ewart-Paine, Naval Underseas Warfare Center

Meaghan O'Reilly, Sunnybrook Research Institute - University of Toronto

Attention all job seekers, Young Professionals and students! Submit your resume for feedback from Ultrasonics Professors and Industry Members!

This live panel discussion, Q&A and feedback session will follow on from our UFFC Seminar on “How to Create an Effective Resume”. Our panel members, five from industry and academia, will review submitted resumes and give general comments on all submissions. The workshop will then move into breakout rooms for smaller group feedback sessions. Finally, an open Q&A session will conclude the workshop. Learn from job advertisers what you need to include in your resume to get that elusive interview!

Registration is full - thank you for joining. Find our UFFC Seminar and registration link below:

Watch Resume Video 

Grant Application Workshop

Thursday, September 10
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

Speakers & Schedule

1:30 – 1:35 pm 
Introduction: Zhen Xu, University of Michigan

1:35 – 1:55 pm 
Houston Baker, Ph.D. 
Program Director
Imaging Technology Development Branch, Cancer Imaging Program
National Cancer Institute
National Institute of Health (NIH)

1:55 – 2:15 pm
Ruyan Guo, Ph.D. 

Program Director, EPMD
ENG/ECCS, National Science Foundation (NSF)

2:15 – 2:35 pm 
Lynne Elmore, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Translational Cancer Research
American Cancer Society

2:35 – 2:55 pm 
Matt Eames, Ph.D. 

Director of Extramural Research
Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Abstract: At this workshop, Program directors from the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), American Cancer Society, and Focused Ultrasound Foundation will give an update of their institutions and currently funded work as well as provide guidance on the funding opportunities and application process. Each speaker will give a 15-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.

Ultrasound Industry Perspectives: Career Development in Industry

Thursday, September 10
11:30 AM PDT - 12:30 PM PDT

Do you want to work in industry? Do you have a personalized career development plan? What are your strengths and career aspirations? Would you like to learn more about what it would be like to work in industry at a different stage of your career? You are welcome to join us in this interactive and inspiring panel discussion. We have five distinguished industry leaders to share their experience and offer guidance. 


Clyde Oakley
Samir Gupta, Qualcomm
Sophia Shi, Samsung
Holly Lay, Fujifilm VisualSonics
Aqsa Patel, GE Global Research

Moderator: Jessica Liu Strohmann, Qualcomm

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How to Startup: From a MEMS Entrepreneur and Investor perspective

Wednesday, September 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT


Dr Mary Ann Maher, CEO SoftMEMS
Dr Mike Pinelis, CEO Microtech Ventures

Moderator: Dr Gerry Harvey, Founder OnScale