Event Details

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

Cornell O.C. Business Luncheon at the Center Club:
The Drones and Robots of Star Wars – How close are we in real life?

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Will drones and robotics be like those found in Star Wars? Join us for lunch and find out!

After graduating from Cornell Engineering in 1982, Everette Phillips was one of three people at a start up robotics business and helped pioneer the use and advancement of robotics over a 20 year period.  Everette will give an overview of how the fields of robotics and mechatronics have progressed, where they are now and likely near future scenarios of how robotics and mechatronics will impact our lives.

The technology behind robotics and drones is called ” mechatronics”, which is the integration of technologies from the disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  What are robotics and drones and what separates from the remote controlled toys?
The discussion will review:
• how this integration occurs
• how advances in technologies are already blurring the boundary of day to day technology and Science Fiction.
• what has happened recently to bring about robotics that help care for the elderly or that perform surgery or secure boarder or deliver packages – although robots and drones are evolving into such different applications and uses – their core technologies are the same

11:30 AM Luncheon will begin promptly
12:00 PM Presentation/Q&A
1:30 PM   Luncheon will end promptly
Cost: $40 members,
$45 non-members,
includes valet parking at Center Club.
Location: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive – Garden Level, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Tel. (714) 662-3414.
Parking Information: Valet Parking at Center Club is included.
Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caaoc-business-luncheon-the-drones-robots-of-star-wars-how-close-are-we-tickets-25331632595

Event Contact: Gaye Tomlinson, MBA ’05, CAAOC Business Lunches and Breakfasts, gak23@cornell.edu, 714-742-2948.
Everette Phillips studied Bioengeering at Cornell University, a degree with four components – Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Life Sciences.  The integrated approach was perfect for a career in mechatronics and robotics. In 1990, Everette also received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson school. Everette was recognized in 1997 by Robotics World Magazine for his contributions to the development of the Light Assembly Robotics Systems sector of the industry. A decade ago, Everette sold the Seiko robotics business to Epson where it continues to thrive to this day. He then cofounded a contract manufacturing and supply chain business called Global Manufacturing Network.  Everette is active in the Cornell alumni community and serves on the board of CAAOC, Entrepreneurship at Cornell and on the University Council.