Speakers 2018

Andrew Pike (Buoy Labs)

Andrew Pike is a Senior Data Scientist at Buoy Labs, a Santa Cruz-based startup that has developed the Buoy smart water meter. Buoy measures the amount of water flowing into a household and uses machine learning to categorize water usage and detect leaks. Previously, he spent the better part of a decade as a Hydrologist with NOAA Fisheries (and UCSC) where he developed computer models to better manage California's freshwater resources. Andrew holds a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sumayyah Emeh- Edu (Embedded Consulting)

Sumayyah Emeh-Edu is the founder and Principal Strategist at Embedded Consulting. She has over 15 years professional experience leading various initiatives within higher education and corporate sectors, focused primarily on diversity and professional development. In that time, she has successfully organized Tech Inclusion and The Better Man Conference, as well as managed engagement programs with clients such as Kaiser Permanente, PG&E, Asana and Oracle.

Hailing from organizations such as Change Catalyst, Keller Center for Corporate Learning and Laureate Education, Sumayyah understands systemic inequities throughout the education-workforce pipeline. This insight was an impetus to commit her career to challenge the status quo for inclusion.

Sumayyah founded The Ally Movement in November 2016 to provide a tools for those with privilege to take action. She is also a Board Member for Techtonica, an apprenticeship program for women to gain programming skills. Professional affiliations include the following: ATD Golden Gate Chapter, National Diversity Council, and Women’s Global Leadership Initiative.

Jeewika Ranaweera (Oracle)

Jeewika Ranaweera is a principal hardware engineer at Oracle. She received her Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering from ISPJAE in Havana, Cuba; and her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

She is a member of the Oracle Corporation Semiconductor Engineering team that develops high-speed microprocessors with emphasis on product performance. Jeewika has also been involved in foundry technology development, FinFet technology, innovative Design for Manufacturability (DFM) solutions, and implementing layout effect validation methods to enhance yield.
Jeewika is an IEEE Senior Member, an ABET program evaluator for IEEE; is a judge for local and international science fairs; is active in IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE); and Oracle Women Leadership. She has authored and co-authored many papers published in technical journals, or presented at international conferences. Jeewika holds four U.S. Patents.

She was recently featured on ABET Spotlight, UofT Magazine and authored an eBook about her engineering journey for IEEE WIE to inspire others to follow STEM careers. She also illustrated the 1st children’s book published by IEEE. She was a speaker at the Grace Hopper Conference last year on “High Performance Computing and Engineering track” and contributed to the development of the next generation of women in technology. She was a panelist at the 2017 IEEE Women in Computing Summit’s Innovation Panel on “How to stay ahead of the curve in technology”.

Tom Wesselman (Plantronics)

Tom Wesselman is the Senior Director, Software Group at Plantronics. His focus is connecting the capabilities of Plantronics products to the world around them. This starts with defining and building the data and services provided by Plantronics’ wearable technology, and then by working with partners and developers to integrate those capabilities into the applications people use. Prior to Plantronics, Wesselman held senior engineering roles at Cisco, where he led a variety of UC engineering programs including the development of the company’s first UC client.

Aviv Elor (Google Daydream)

Aviv Elor is an undergraduate student researcher in the Computer Engineering and Computational Media departments at University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the creation and application of new assistive technologies to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities, which ranges everywhere from virtual reality to autonomous systems.

Aviv is the acting Google Daydream Innovator representative for UCSC. He will be presenting on Daydream Impact. Daydream Impact is a new online education and equipment loan program geared towards NGOs, schools. “Helping creators use VR and AR to improve reality by providing guidance, tools and inspiration.”

Chris Frost (Cruzio)

I'm an Infrastructure geek with a background in Construction and ISP Operations.

Adam Millard-Ball

Dr. Adam Millard-Ball is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at UCSC. An economist and a transportation planner, his work leverages geospatial tools to analyze the potential of urban transportation solutions to tackle global climate change and local environmental challenges. His current research uses the crowdsourced OpenStreetMap to understand patterns of global sprawl, and large-scale GPS datasets to study how cruising for parking exacerbates urban congestion and pollution. At UCSC, he teaches courses on environmental policy, ecological economics, green cities, and transportation planning. Dr. Millard-Ball was formerly a Principal Transportation Planner with NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates in San Francisco and New York, and taught at McGill University before coming to UCSC. He holds an MA from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from Stanford University. For more information, see people.ucsc.edu/~adammb/.