The Sierra Economics and Science Foundation –TechForum2012

Russ Steele

As the SESF Executive Director, I have been very busy at the Sierra Environmental Studies Foundation, we are in the process of changing our name to the Sierra Economic and Science Foundation, I have created a new website, and we are in the process of launching a major program to bring knowledgeable speakers to Western Nevada County.

Our first speaker will be Rick Hutley, Cisco’s Vice-President of the Global Innovations Practice and one of Cisco’s top technology visionaries.  He will explores technologies that are solving human needs today and technology trends that will change the world, such as 3-D printing and “smart dust” that will connect everything to the internet.

During his presentation, Rick Hutley will explore answers to questions regarding technology advances, such as what will happen and what are the implications of technology in our personal and professional lives? What are the innovation opportunities and why do they matter to Nevada County?

TechForum2012 will be held Friday February 24th, 2012 11:30am – 2:00pm

Holiday Inn Express, Grass Valley. The cost is $25.00.

If you would like to attend you can register online here: 

If you have any questions on becoming a TechForum2012 Sponsor Please Contact: Laura van den Berg, TechForum Program Manager (530) 263-8242, e-mail:  Or, you can email me at

Rick Hutley has graciously agreed to come to our community to inaugurate TechForum and show Cisco’s support of technical education.  The Sierra Economics and Science Foundation sponsors TechTest, the annual merit scholarship exam for Nevada County’s technology bound high school juniors and seniors, now in its 6th year. All TechForum contributions are directly invested in the growth of our children’s academic potential via TechTest.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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