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06.06.19 - CALIT2 Advisory Board meets at UC Irvine

G.P Li, CALIT2, UCI director, presents an annual progress report
to advisory board members


The CALIT2 Advisory Board met on June 3 and 4 at CALIT2 UC Irvine for its semi-annual meeting. The 16-person board holds one meeting each January by teleconference. A second meeting, held at mid-year, alternates between the UC San Diego and UC Irvine CALIT2 facilities.

On the first night of the two-day meeting, board members were joined by deans and senior administrators from UCI for a tour of CALIT2 Irvine. The group visited two recently opened labs in the building: the Data Engineering ThinkTank and the TEMPR facility. The 3,000-square-foot ThinkTank is a high-performance computer lab and is the first site to offer 40G connection speed between two UC campuses (UCI and UCSD), allowing for unprecedented opportunities in the development of AI and machine learning exploration and research. The TEMPR Lab is a state-of-the-art facility for characterization of soft materials.

All three CALIT2 directors were on hand, including UCI division director G.P. Li, CALIT2 founding director Larry Smarr, and UCSD division director Ramesh Rao. The directors work closely to promote an integrated research and communications approach across the institute, building on UCSD's and UCI's complementary disciplinary strengths, technical professionals, and industry and community partners.

On the second day of the meeting, the directors shared progress reports followed by discussion. The meeting also focused on discussions on the future direction for CALIT2, and sustainability and business models.

(Left) CALIT2 division directors along with advisory board members met at CALIT2 UCI, June 3 and 4
(Right) CALIT2 Advisory Board members get a first look at the Data Engineering ThinkTank,
CALIT2's state-of-the-art, high-performance computer lab

The CALIT2 Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished members of academia, industry, government, and public policy with expertise relevant to CALIT’2s mission, guides institute strategic thinking, planning, and communications.
Current board members in attendance included:
Mark Anderson, chief executive officer, Strategic News Service
Peter G. Preuss, immediate past chair, UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees
David Schramm, president and chief executive officer, Maxwell Technologies
Drew Senyei, managing director of Enterprise Partners
Julie Meier Wright, Strategic Advisor Public Policy; Sr Fellow, CA Council on Science & Technology; Sr Fellow, US Council on Competitiveness
Anne Peterson
, research professor at the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan
Stanton Rowe, former chief scientific officer and corporate vice president at Edwards Lifesciences
Greg Brandeau, former CTO, The Walt Disney Studios
Raouf Y. Halim, chief executive officer, Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
Linda A. Hill, professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School