SEC meets at the High Sierra Grill, 521 Firestone Road -- off Hollister Avenue just west of Fairview.
See meal choices below. Please Reserve now, choose your meal, and pay now by credit card,
or attend without a reservation and pay at the door with cash or check.
(Please note the change -- All reservations must be paid by credit card or PayPal in advance.)

When Wednesday March 8, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST
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High Sierra Grill in Goleta 
521 Firestone Road
Goleta, CA 93111

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Cheryl Ebner 
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
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03-08-17 The Future of Microsurgery - The Digital Transformation 

Our March Presentation: For the last 10 years TrueVision has worked to transition surgeons away from the optics of their microscopes.  In 2017 we will be displacing the microscope itself!  Come to hear about (and see!) the new revolution in microsurgery – a fully digital surgical microscope, which will transform the way ophthalmology and neurosurgery are practiced.  Additional insights into the future of computer-assisted surgery will be presented along with a demonstration of the technology.

Our Speakers: Dr. Burton Tripathi, CTO and VP, TrueVision, Inc. Dr. Tripathi is responsible for managing all aspects of Product Development, Engineering, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at TrueVision Systems®, including hardware and software development, digital imaging, clinical applications, and generating the strategic product roadmap. Revolutionizing microsurgery, TrueVision is bringing high resolution, 3D, digital imaging to the optical microscope. By improving surgical precision, enabling new digital applications, and working towards better patient outcomes, Dr. Tripathi and his team at TrueVision Systems are changing the face of Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and other surgical disciplines.

Dr. Tripathi personally drove the development and introduction of the RC Toolset™ for refractive cataract surgical guidance (FDA Class 2). He led the product formulation, implementation, evaluation and roll-out for tools which address astigmatic correction during cataract surgery. Dr. Tripathi was also responsible for managing the clinical studies which have shown efficacy improvements of over 65%.

Dr. Tripathi received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the California Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering/Material Science and his B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.

Max Ramirez, Associate Director of Hardware Engineering, TrueVision, Inc.,  manages the hardware team which consists of opto-mechanical, electronics, firmware engineers, and engineering subcontractors. The image capture modules (ICMs) developed by the hardware team are key component of the TrueVision System enabling surgeons to adapt high resolution, 3D digital imaging to any surgical microscope. TrueVision is the world leader in 3D digital microsurgery providing a better way to teach future surgeons and most importantly achieve better outcomes for patients. He attended Santa Barbara City College and went on to earn his B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Santa Barbara, California.

Please reserve by the Monday before the meeting: A reservation allows SEC to provide the restaurant an accurate guarantee of meal amounts and results in faster service. When reserving, make a meal choice. Reservations must be paid in advance by credit card or PayPal. You can cancel 48 hours or more before the meeting. Remember you are always welcome as a walk-in member or guest without a reservation. Pay at the door by cash or check.

Meal Choices: All meals are the same price. Please choose one when you reserve, to provide a count for the restaurant. Pay when you reserve, or walk-in and pay at the door.

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich
  • Smoked Turkey-Bacon Sandwich
  • High Sierra Chicken-Apple-Pecan Salad
  • Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion
Drinks:  Diet soda, iced tea, lemonade and water are available.

This meeting is sponsored in part by
Community West Bank
Santa Barbara News-Press

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Plan now for upcoming SEC meetings:

April 12 - Science Fair winners and their projects
May 10: Dr. Patrick Daugherty,  President & CEO of Serimmune Inc., on disease-specific antibodies