Mary Burns

Photo of Mary BurnsMary is an instructor for San Diego Community College as well as Oasis Learning Center. Her specialty is technology, having been creating curriculum since 2008 to help older adults adjust to the changes that technology has made to their daily lives. She has expertise in a number of technology related areas, from smartphones and tablets, to computers, to websites and the Internet and much more. Some of her more unique classes have included fake news, conspiracy theories and a class on your digital afterlife.

Besides her technology classes, she also teaches classes in Brain Fitness and Rediscovering San Diego (a weekly tour group, temporarily grounded during COVID). When someone is frustrated by a new technology, she might insist to them that the challenge is good for the brain.

She holds two master’s degrees, one in Exercise Science and the other in Educational Technology. She is a lifetime runner, having completed over 125 marathons throughout her career. Currently, her running is slower but more restful. She lives with her husband, Kim and enjoys the daily walk with the dogs and caring for her gardens.

Mary’s Schedule

Tuesday, October 20 | Session Two
What Is The Cloud and Am I On It?

Wednesday, October 21 | Session Three
Where Do I Find Reputable Online Health Information? Tips and Tricks.

Irwin Jacobs, Sc.D. | Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm

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Dr. Jacobs received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1956 and his S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1957 and 1959. He was a faculty member in Electrical Engineering at MIT from 1959 to 1966, and a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego from 1966 to 1972. While at MIT, he coauthored Principles of Communication Engineering, the first textbook on digital communications and information theory.

In 1968, Jacobs co-founded Linkabit Corporation, progressing from consulting services to become a major supplier of digital communication equipment for government and industry. Among the industry-first products developed and manufactured by Linkabit were the dual-modem satellite terminal for the Air Force, based on what was later named reduced instruction set processing (RISC), the VideoCipher encrypted satellite-to-home TV system initially for HBO and later industry-wide, and the very-small-aperature satellite terminal (VSAT) business communication system initially for Schlumberger but then adopted by Walmart, 7-Eleven, and many gasoline stations for credit card transactions. He sold Linkabit to M/A-Com in 1980, remaining as board member and executive vice-president until April 1985.

With six others from Linkabit, he co-founded Qualcomm in July 1985, serving as Chairman and CEO until retiring as CEO in 2005 and Chairman in 2008. Under his leadership, Qualcomm pioneered CDMA technology for the cellular industry, first commercially deployed in Hong Kong in 1995 and in South Korea and the United States in 1996. These second generation (2G) networks initially utilized handsets manufactured in San Diego by Qualcomm. Because CDMA supports efficient voice and mobile wideband internet access, it became the underlying technology for all third-generation (3G) cellular networks, serving billions of subscribers. Qualcomm continued to lead the industry, next in adoption of fourth generation (4g) LTE and now in the transition to fifth generation (5G), thereby becoming the largest supplier to global manufacturers of integrated circuits for mobile devices.

Jacobs is a member and past chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and a Fellow of the IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Computer History Museum. From 2006 to 2016, he was Board Chair of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and for 17 years served on the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Jacobs has received many awards and honors, including the National Medal of Technology (1994), the James Clerk Maxwell Award, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal Award, the Dorothy I. Height Chair’s Award, of the Leadership Council on Civil Rights, the Franklin Institute Bower Award for Business Leadership, the Marconi Prize, the IEEE Medal of Honor, the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy with his wife Joan, and the IMEC Lifetime of Innovation Award. He is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates.

Dr. Jacobs and his wife Joan are active philanthropists and early signers of the Giving Pledge. They have provided major support to the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, the UCSD Jacobs Medical Center, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Central Library, the Jacobs-Cushman Food Bank, the High Tech High Charter School System, the New Bedford Public Schools, and the USD Jacobs Institute for

Innovation in Education. They annually support fellowships and scholarships for students at UCSD, Cornell, MIT, and the Technion.

Irwin’s Schedule

Tuesday, October 20 | Opening Session

Jacki Montierth

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Jacki Montierth currently teaches many technology classes at the Life Long Learning Center, including the popular Conquering iPhone and iPad classes. She developed these after creating, a place for Baby Boomers and older generations to find the help they need to keep up with technology. Jacki joined the Oasis instructional staff after retiring as a teacher and program coordinator in the Sweetwater High school District and as a Lecturer in the Teacher Education and Educational Technology Departments at San Diego State University.

Since retiring, Jacki and her husband have traveled through-out the world. When not traveling, she spends a great deal of time focused on helping others adapt to a technological world. She passionately believes that the older generations can, and must, keep up with innovative technology to simplify and secure their lives for the future. She believes, that with a little guidance and encouragement, each and every one of us, can (and must) be prepared for the many future innovative techno-logical devices that will surround us in the coming years.

Jacki holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Instructional Design as well as multiple teaching credentials in mathematics, social sciences and computer education.

Jacki’s Schedule

Tuesday, October 20 | Session One
Your Personal Technology: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

Tuesday, October 20 | Session Three
Password Overload: How the Heck Do I Keep Track and Stay Safe?