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February 2020 PDM - Blockchain Technology with Jennifer Williams

February 20, 2020
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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University of Portland - Bauccio Hall
5000 N Willamette Blvd

Listen to Jennifer Williams discuss how blockchain could add value to use cases in the agriculture supply chain and cold chain.  

  • She will tell a story about real-time visibility with an example of a distributed sensor technology equipped with blockchain in a real world field demo in collaboration with a pacific northwest blueberry distributor
  • Jennifer will share what she sees as activity worldwide in distributed ledger technologies
  • Share updates on research looking at this from a sustainable development perspective


One key take-away is the review of the Blueberry distributor implementation of Blockchain.

We have a second presenter, Laura Rumbel from who led the Intel side of the Blueberry field demo and talk more about the applications.

Jennifer M. Williams Bio:

  • Earned B.S. (2011) and M.S. (2014) in electrical engineering from University of North Texas, USA and pursuing Ph.D. (exp. 2020) in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University, USA
  • Firmware Engineer / Software Development Engineer at Intel since 2016, and prior Fellow (2012-2015) of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program focusing on sensor systems with broader impacts
  • My “day job” and PhD research includes embedded and connected systems, with great consideration of the diverse use-cases and opportunities to challenge technology in today’s world – like studying how sensor networks and blockchain adds value to the agricultural supply chain and more


Laura Rumbel Bio:

Laura Rumbel is a Research Scientist and the Director of the Consumer Experience Enabling Program at Intel for the Internet of Things Group.  Laura has over twenty years of Design Research and Product Development experience focused on understanding how people relate to, think about and interact with technology.

  • Built and led numerous product design research teams with a broad range of skills that intersect business, experience and technology strategies.
  • Design and deliver scalable, secure and contextual technology solutions that increase connectivity and optimize autonomy.
  • Years of experience developing consumer and B2B SW and HW solutions from the ground-up and re-imagining existing products used by people around the world.


This event awards 2 Continuing Education (CE) credits.

Agenda for Professional Development Meetings are as follows:

5:45 PM - 6:25 PM:  Check-in, Network, Socialize, Small Hors d'oeuvres
6:25 PM - 7:00 PM:  Dinner, Network, Socialize
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM:  Chapter News, Special Thanks, Speaker Intro
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM:  Speaker of the Evening
8:00 PM - 8:10 PM:  Speaker Q&A
8:10 PM - 8:20 PM:  Surveys, Closing, Network, Socialize


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Ticket Information

$35.00 Members
$40.00 after 5:00 pm February 20
$25.00 Earlybird rate before February 13

$45.00 Non-Members
$50.00 after 5:00 pm February 20
$35.00 Earlybird rate before February 13

$25.00 Student Members
$30.00 after 5:00 pm February 20
$20.00 Earlybird rate before February 13

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