Jan 11th, 2017

2016 Engineers Week Banquet

2016 Engineers Week Banquet, February 25, 2016
at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Santa Clara, CA

2016 Hall of Fame inductee
Mr. John Celli, President, SSL

     Press release of banquet by SSL at

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Michael Trela, Space Gold Rush
Head of Satellite Engineering, Google + Skybox Imaging

Often engineers working in the space industry look at the 1950s and 60s as the pinnacle of space exploration whether it is Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit around the Earth to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. However, if we look at the incredible set of accomplishments and investments in space activity over the last 10 years, one can clearly see we have entered a new Golden Era of spaceflight. The future of space exploration is not only bright but is much more sustainable than it has been in the past.

Skybox Imaging is a Google subsidiary providing commercial high-resolution Earth observation satellite imagery, high-definition video and analytics services

Education Awards

Victor Chan, Doughety Valley High School, San Ramon
     Wants to pursue Science
Elena (Laney) Sviatoslavsky, Sir Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo
     Wants to pursue Mechanical Engineering
Valeria Avila Guerrero, Contra Costa College
     Wants to pursue Mechanical Engineering
Thuy O, San Jose State University
     Wants to pursue Biomedical Engineering
Ariel Terao, Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek
     Wants to pursue Biomedical Engineering

2016 Banquet Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Kumar Malavalli, VKRM
Bronze Sponsor

Stellar Solutions
Blue Ribbon Sponsor

IEEE Oakland East Bay Chapter
Blue Ribbon Sponsor

Richard Elkus, Jr.
Blue Ribbon Sponsor

Ozen Engineering
Special Mention

Lockheed Martin
Special Mention

Special Mention

Michael G. Barnaba, Master of Ceremonies

A real estate professional since 2002, Michael G. Barnaba moved to the Bay Area in 1996 for a high tech job followed by three startups before the great implosion. He then entered financial services and later real estate. Michael is also an actor on film, TV and internet projects portraying medical and business professionals and the clients they serve. He is the recurring patriotic figure, “Uncle Sam” in the annual 4th of July Rose White and Blue Parade which he serves as a board member on the parade committee and a board member of The Alameda Business Association which founded the parade. Michael is a father of two and has one granddaughter.

Our volunteers from local schools and colleges:  

Chase Armer
Shubham Banthia
Pranay Bhandarkar
Skanda Narendra Bhargav
Abhishek BirjepatilTao-hsiang Chang
Priscilla Diep
Noel Fernandes
William Flores
Lia GianfortoneMohammad Haider
Velasquez Julian
Mara Leandro
Allan Lobo
Yen NguyenSam Ritzo
Elizabeth Sweeny
Brandon Vi
Arlin Wong
Kelly Zhao

Other volunteers:
Homayon Homayoni, Bill Sanders


A/V by Jeff Norris and Tom Tarter
Discover E by Lynn Guest
Education Awards by Kiran Gunnam
Hall of Fame chaired by Stanley Myers
HOF poster and banquet booklets by Tiffany Tsao
Reception ambiance music by Julia Steward
Photography by Amanda Bockoven
Videography by Thibaud Lopez Schneider

Banquet Committee

Paul Flowers, chair
Ed Aoki
Guy Dellavecchia
Laura Fechete
John Foggiato
Jack Jew

Ed Kaminski
Yllka Masada
Rajiv Mathur
Yashesh Shroff
Michael Wright