Silicon Happy Valley 2018


What: Silicon Happy Valley (SHV) is an award-winning forum sponsored by the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Alumni Society to bring together the EECS community to network, exchange ideas, learn about emerging trends and technologies, and promote and reinforce our industry partners’ interest in Penn State engineering.

Each year Penn State alumni, students, faculty, staff, and industry partners meet to discuss key topics in our chosen professions. In 2016 the Penn State Alumni Association presented the EECS alumni society with its prestigious Professional Development Award for this innovative annual conference series.

When: Silicon Happy Valley 2018 will be held Friday, October 12th from 8 am - 4 pm at the Hetzel Union Building.

The conference is followed by Penn State's homecoming weekend offering a great combination of business

and pleasure for attendees!!

Cognitive Technologies - Exploring Intelligent Systems and their Future Potential

Topics including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Data Science, Autonomous Systems, and Neuromorphic Computing fall within the 2018 Theme of Cognitive technologies!! A wide array of presentations and panels will allow attendees to explore these rapidly advancing trends and consider their implications in areas such as travel, health, security, socializing, and building our world! If you are interested in these technologies and want to learn what is happening at Penn State with them, hear about industry partners making great strides in these areas, and connect with students, alumni, and staff to further your knowledge and network, SHV2018 is the event for you!


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Sign up to Attend!!

Registration is open for Silicon Happy Valley 2018 for Alumni, Faculty/Staff, and Students. Attendance is free for students and faculty/staff and only $40 for Alumni including all meals, breaks, and events. Questions one the event and registration can be directed to Brad Sileo ( the overall chair for SHV2018.

​​​              * Note: Registration redirects to CVent, a 3rd party site

​Want to Present?

The Call for Presentations for Silicon Happy Valley 2018 is open through June 1, 2018. We will consider presentations for all members of the community interested in sharing expertise and experience related to our theme. If you have questions about presenting, feel free to contact Julia Erdley (, the SHV2018 Technical Program Chair. 

Silicon Happy Valley would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Want to join them? Click the button below for information on sponsorship packages!