RegionName & TitlePresentation TopicsAddress
1CONSTANTINE ANAGNOSTOPOULOS
President
Labonachip, LLC
Are Engineering Students Receiving the Right Education for the 21st Century?
Advancing technology and globalization are two forces that will have a direct impact on engineers and scientists in the 21st Century. Your education as students will determine whether technology is harnessed for its beneficial attributes and whether the United States will prevail as the world’s technology leader.
North Kingstown RI
1JAN BROWN, PhD
President
Engineering Update Institute
Women in Science and Engineering
The myths and biases of discrimination in the workplace are examined, along with many of the covert systemic inequities present in our social structure and enculturation process. Positive actions will be suggested for making the workplace more inviting for all of us.
West Whately MA
1GERALD M. KARAM
AT&T Labs
Continuing Education and Industry
Getting a Bachelor's degree in engineering is really only the start of the education process. To stay on top of the fast-moving pace of technology, today's engineers must constantly update their skill set. This "continuing education" can take many forms, depending on personal objectives. It may range from an IEEE subscription to conference tutorials to short courses to full university courses possibly leading to advanced degrees. This talk will point out some of the options for staying ahead of the "rats" in today's technology "rat race."
Bedminster NJ
1KRENAR KOMONI
CEO & Founder
Tive, Inc.
Student Leader to Business Entrepreneur
Ever wonder what it takes to become a leader or an entrepreneur? In this talk, you will learn essential leadership skills, how to effectively communicate your ideas, when is the right time to start your own business, how to raise funds, what type of business you should start, what are the most important pillars of any business, and the importance of taking action. You will learn how in two years the IEEE student branch, with right leadership, can go from debt to financial surplus, and go from organizing two events per year to twenty. The talk is very dynamic and engages students in the audience. The speaker only talks from experience as an entrepreneur involved with multiple startups in various technical disciplines. The speaker is passionate about startups, bringing new ideas to market, and he is an avid learner of entrepreneurship.
Arlington MA
1VISHNU PANDEY
Principal Systems/Software Engineer
Hewlett Packard Enterprises
The Art of Perseverance: Painful Lessons I Learned from Industry
One of the most important things that young engineers learn very early on in their careers is that industry moves very quickly and is highly unforgiving when it comes to misinformed individuals. Employers today are looking for the most talented and motivated young engineers with the most up to date skillsets that require the least amount of oversight from their peers. In this presentation, the speaker uses humor from his 20 years in industry to illustrate how the technological world has evolved from his days in college and how little mistakes in the beginning of your career can affect your career growth many years down the road. Suggestion on how to best utilize extra-curricular time will be provided as well as realistic methods to quickly make a name for yourself in your workplace and impress those around you.

Things that I Wish I Knew in College
All of us have heard the saying 'Hindsight is 20/20' but how many people actually stop to reflect upon the evolution of their careers and the lessons that they have learned during their travels. Engineers, like most professionals, enjoy telling people about the positive aspects of their everyday lives and the obstacles overcome to get where they are, however most will shy away from discussing the path taken and the trail of mistakes left behind in the ultimate quest to climb the corporate ladder. Discussing current wins can be helpful to young people but overcoming your ego to relay past losses is far more powerful and can serve as a mechanism to prevent them from making the same mistakes. This presentation is going to focus on the nearly two decade career of a young engineer from his first job in college to his current job as a senior engineer at a large computer company in the Northeast and explore the multitude of questionable decisions that ultimately stalled the growth of his career right at a time when it was ready to take off. Experiences will be discussed and audience members are encouraged to ask in-depth questions to learn what they should and should not do after receiving their degree. Additionally tips for job hunting, how to ace your first interview, and how to properly negotiate salary will be given.

Career Development: From Engineer to Ironman
Engineers are good at many things in the world but taking the proper initiative to further their own careers is not one of them. In this presentation we are going to explore the meaning of the term 'career development' and discuss what important steps new and experienced engineers should take to enhance the value of their current career and enable themselves to take advantage of future opportunities in a dynamic and effective workplace. Furthermore for those people that no longer feel challenged at their current profession and want to do something to change the world, we will talk about what it takes to switch from an average, everyday engineer into a superhero! All of this will be done with the help of the greatest engineer of all time, namely Tony Stark.
Hopkinton MA
1BALA S. PRASANNA
Retired Senior IT Professional 
AT&T and IBM
Beyond the Basics – The Essentials of Workplace Communications
If we do not manage relations with managers and peers in the workplace, we will not have the resources to get our jobs done. Communication—of all kinds—is an essential part of this management. Can we ask better questions? How do we work with difficult people? Do we always say nice things, but carry a stick? Have we tried talking-up? Are we deadline-passionate, and how do we manage that? We will discuss all this and more with examples, anecdotes, and stories. You'll walk away more aware, and you'll get plenty of tips to train yourself to be a better communicator right away.

Conflict Management in the Workplace – A Few Tips to Survive and Thrive
Do you believe that conflict holds creative potential, conflict is unavoidable and common, and conflict and negotiation are central parts of workplace life? If you do, you are already ahead in the game. For most of the remaining folks who get stressed out dreading conflict in the workplace, this presentation offers broad perspectives on conflict in the workplace and a practical approach to handle conflicts or differences. We include discussions on topics such as handling criticism, the importance of being ever-ready, going to meetings prepared, managing your boss, managing peers, and how important it is for us to deviate from our comfort zones ones in a while to set different expectations for everyone—including ourselves.

Networking – Why and How Can We Get More Out of it?
In these days of extreme competition, what is it that makes you get that job or assignment that you are very good at? The invariable answer: when someone like a professor, manager or peer makes a recommendation or provides a reference, the likelihood of success is much higher than going it alone. Making sure that professors/managers/peers are familiar with your work and personality attributes is crucial to getting desirable results. Consider, for example, starting early on and offering your help or services to professors/manager/peers, and follow through with it—and when the time comes, make a request for recommendation. The resulting recommendation is much more beneficial just because of your approach to networking. Thus, in order to get something from a network, you are contributing or investing in the network upfront, for a much better outcome. This presentation discusses the why and how of networking internals to increase your chances of success and the quantity and quality of returns.

Got CART? Some Tips to Manage Career, Anger, Relations and Time
We all know that it is extremely important to be “relevant” in the workplace. Being “relevant” comprises continuous learning, a proven track record of delivery, building and maintaining relationship with managers and peers who might be our “angels”, among many other things. This presentation discusses the fundamental aspects of managing career, anger, relationships and time and offers you some tips in the hope that you grasp the importance of these critical workplace items and build your own personal management system sooner than later.

Career and Life Management Skills for Success
Do you remember your grandmother’s story about how the kingdom was lost, all because of a horseshoe nail? Great things in life can be accomplished through a series of simple and small things brought together. The importance of work/life balance cannot be overstated. The speaker discusses leadership, conflict resolution through negotiation, office politics, finances, self-management, networking, handling criticism, need for making right choices and volunteerism through anecdotes and interactive discussions.

Your Career – Don’t Let It Manage You (A Few Tips to Manage Career Security)
While no one can give job security, one can strive for career security through career growth. An important component of career growth is by learning and practicing soft skills. In this context, note that workplace habits and expectations have changed significantly in the last few years. Surviving and thriving depends on your ability to grasp the broader picture and hone some essential skills.
Holmdel NJ
1JIGNASA RAYNetworking for the Career You Want
Research shows that first impressions not only count but they are very hard to change. Make sure you are consistently and carefully creating the image you want to be known by within your organization. This session will focus on learning how to create a more powerful and positive first impression, defining and communicating your “elevator” speech, controlling what you can in how others perceive you and tips for practicing your networking skills.

Developing Leadership Skills to Gain Competitive Edge
Investing in yourself by developing your skills is one of the most important things you can do to enhance your professional career. Choosing the right development goals and having the right attitude is essential for your career success. This presentation will teach you about the characteristics of a good leader, the daily challenges they face, and how you can develop these skills for yourself.

Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Managing Reactions and Conflict
Emotional Intelligence (EI) describes a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and effectively get things done in challenging times. This workshop is based on research that shows we need to practice in mock stressful situations. This is one of the few methods that build our ability to call on our intellect when solving problems. The result is productive communication and win-win solutions that leave all parties with a sense of accomplishment both personally and for the business.

Don’t Be Scared of Taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
What is the FE Exam? Why should you consider getting your PE license? How do you overcome the fears that come with taking such an exam? Interested in being more prepared as you consider taking the first step to being licensed engineer? This will teach you more about what the Fundamental of Engineering (FE) exam is and how to effectively prepare for it. The presentation will inform you of the registration process, the studying techniques and just getting a handle on the test anxieties. It will also give insight on various resources for studying and tips that will make this exam more approachable.
Secaucus NJ
1CHARLES K. RUBENSTEIN
Professor of Engineering and Information Science
Pratt Institute
Scalability of IEEE Membership
Students and GOLD members alike are often not aware of the power of the scalability of their IEEE membership. The presentation overviews the structure of IEEE with an eye on providing the student or GOLD member "choices and opportunities for serving and for being served" through their membership and leadership roles in the IEEE. Focused on the professional development tools available through the Regional and Section Professional Activities Coordinators in general, and in Regions 1 through 6 through the IEEE-USA PACE Network.

A one- to four-hour IEEE Leadership Training Workshop

How to plan a local Conference or Workshop or similar title based on a one day event planning for sections or student branches.
Massapequa NY
1CARL SELINGER
Principal
Carl Selinger Services
Stuff You Don’t Learn in Engineering School
Engineers today start their careers with excellent technical skills and subject-matter expertise. However, they are often less able to cope with the people, procedures and pressures of the real world. This one-hour presentation (longer presentations can be arranged) discusses the dozen most important soft skills engineers need to be more effective in work and in life. Using straight talk and down-to-earth examples, skills covered include: decision-making, setting priorities and managing time, running meetings, working in teams, better understanding of yourself and others (like co-workers, clients and your manager!), leadership skills, negotiating, getting feedback, dealing with stress and having fun, and, of course, improving speaking, writing and listening. Selinger's book is usually available at presentations ... Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2004).
Bloomfield NJ
2CHARLES K. ALEXANDER, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor
Cleveland State University
How to be a Successful Student and Beyond
Learn how to maximize your learning experiences in the classroom and how to enhance your potential to have an exciting career. You will learn how to start the process to be successful in your career. Additionally, learn how to specifically develop and enhance those skills ABET (the organization that academically accredits all engineering programs in the United States) feels are most important have a successful engineering career. ABET has classified these skills into ten general areas. You will learn techniques for developing and enhancing each of these skills.

Engineering in the 21st Century
How can you prepare for a 30- to 50- year career? What will your working environment be like?; "Should You Try for an Advanced Degree?" - Should You Try for an Advanced Degree? Should you earn a Ph.D. and/or M.S. degree? When should you go to school? Should you earn advanced degrees from the same school you attended as an undergraduate? Is it better to obtain industrial experience before continuing the education process? Should you pursue an MBA?

Should You Try for an Advanced Degree?
Should You Try for an Advanced Degree? Should you earn a Ph.D. and/or M.S. degree? When should you go to school? Should you earn advanced degrees from the same school you attended as an undergraduate? Is it better to obtain industrial experience before continuing the education process? Should you pursue an MBA?
Westlake OH
2COURTNEY GRAS
LaunchPad Community Director
Techstars
Entrepreneur is a Verb
Students will learn how to apply engineering skills to a career in entrepreneurship and learn how to think outside the box with their careers through a series case studies, personal stories and examples. 
Akron OH
2RUSSELL HARRISON
Director of Government Relations
IEEE-USA
Communicating With Elected Officials
Why are engineers so good at solving technical problems, yet have difficulty influencing public policy? Politicians need and often want advice from engineers on solving tough problems. But, you need to speak the politician’s language to get through to them. Learn the simple rules for communicating effectively with your elected officials. Our discussion will include how to discuss policy with elected officials, when to communicate with them, and what to expect in return. You have important things to say, things that your elected officials need to hear. Let’s make sure your message isn’t lost in the translation.

Modeling the Political Process
Engineers are good at understanding complex systems. Can our political system be understood using the same tools? We will consider our electoral system from an engineering perspective. What are the inputs? What are the outputs? How is the system powered? What are its by-products? This basic introduction to our political process will go beyond, “How a Bill Becomes a Law”. We will discuss what actually happens in Congressional offices – from an engineer’s perspective. We will come to see that the system is not quite as illogical as it might first appear.

The Citizen Engineer
What difference can one person make in Washington, D.C.? That depends on the person. If you know how to play the game, ordinary citizens can have a huge impact on Washington, D.C.’s policy making. Nevertheless, you have to understand the game in order to play. Learn the rules for influencing your elected officials, and how to help form public policy without investing all of your free time, or all of your savings. Our discussion will focus on the unique role engineers can play in the policy making process in Washington, D.C. The reality is that our government will impact an engineer’s career and this impact can be positive or negative. Learn how you can influence your government to protect and enhance your profession.
2001 L Street NW Ste 700
Washington DC
(O) 202-530-8326
r.t.harrison@ieee.org
2GURU MADHAVANOn Being a Practical Engineer
The challenges and opportunities of our time require solutions that go beyond traditional approaches. This talk will offer narratives and perspectives on how engineers could adapt their careers, capabilities, and competencies to cut across various areas of inquiry, practice, and public affairs.

Engineering Our Wicked Problems
Reflecting on the nature of problems, technical and otherwise, and how engineers do and can approach different types of them, this talk will offer narratives and perspectives on the broad uses of systems approaches in various aspects of professional and civic life.

Social Entrepreneurship: Engineering for Human Development
This presentation and discussion will lay a foundation to discuss the power and potency of social engineering and entrepreneurial approaches for broader human development in the 21st century. The talk will also provide an introduction to international capital distribution, government and trade regulations, environmental concerns, societal expectations, all built within the complex framework of globalization and contemporary humanitarian challenges.

Tidbits on Engineering Leadership
Engineers have a proclivity to focus on details in contrast to a broad systems perspective. This has been the historical reason on why very few engineers succeed in becoming key leaders. This presentation will focus on the nuts and bolts of developing and sustaining critical engineering leadership skills with global outlook, and reinforce the importance of professional societies and associations in achieving the leadership goals in a competitive knowledge network.

Developing the Holistic Engineer
Twenty first century engineering demands skills beyond traditional problem solving and design improvements. It requires engineers to embrace innovative and holistic thinking in terms of complex adaptive systems. While presenting the foundational aspects of complex systems, this talk will integrate the philosophy of “Unity of Knowledge” to highlight broader responsibilities of engineering students and professionals in inculcating lifelong learning and concerted cross-disciplinary thinking of sciences, arts, politics, law, business, economics, and socio-cultural aspects. A balanced professional score card technique will be incorporated to synthesize a mental framework of a holistic engineer.
Washington DC
2John Paserba
Vice President - Power Systems Group
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc
Managing to Manage Your Career
From the time you enter college until you retire, the choices you make will help determine the direction of your career. The information presented will explain the importance of identifying and making career choices, pinpoint the choices you control, and explain how to make the right choices to meet your career goals.
Warrendale PA
2JIM WATSON
President
Watson Associates
The Ball Is In Your Court
Managing personal careers is an important project for all technical professionals. It involves working with others, but the responsibility of career management must be taken as our most important personal project management assignment. Career management starts as soon as we enter the educational process. Career choices are experienced early, and we need to continually review our goals and career desires to find the areas of interest and highest potential success. Choices should be made to enhance and achieve our goals. Goals may change, and we need to reflect this in future decisions. This presentation provides practical ideas, based on years of experience, for students to use in starting and maintaining their career management program.

The Communication Connection
One of the greatest needs of an engineer, computer scientist or other technical professional is the ability to communicate effectively, especially with large audiences. However, the thought of standing before an audience makes most people nervous. Although various speaking assignments may initially cause an uncomfortable feeling, you can use visuals and proven public speaking skills to minimize nervousness, build your confidence, and improve results for greater success. This presentation, designed by an engineer for engineers and technical professionals, is a common sense approach to developing and delivering powerful presentations. It includes demonstrations of how PowerPoint visuals can guide you through your presentations and increase audience interest and retention, both when speaking before live audiences and participating in web-based conferences.

In Search of Gold
You have a valuable gold mine in your IEEE Student Branch. This gold mine provides technical information and the opportunity for you to build your personal networks with classmates, faculty, and practicing engineers and other technical professionals. It is also your best method of learning, enhancing, and practicing non-technical skills including communication, time management, organization, leadership, project management, and inter-personal relations. All of these skills have a major impact on your ability to start your career with interesting and challenging assignments and to reach the highest level of achievements. This presentation discusses how you can invest a small amount of you time to participate in opportunities to enhance your career by being an active member of IEEE.

It’s Your Business
Would you like to be rich, be your own boss and own your own business? Before you say yes, you should think about what is involved in this type of venture. Most small businesses fail because owners do not understand and apply principles of operating a business rather than lack of technical skills. This presentation outlines the business basics needed for success and includes a self-analysis exercise to help you make realistic decisions about when or if you should start your own company.

In Search of Diamonds
The secret of success as a student and in a life-long career can be summarized in one word, networking. "In Search of Diamonds" provides practical ideas for developing networking skills in classrooms, study groups, professional student activities, and contacts with working professionals. To achieve your highest level of career success, you need to include IEEE and other professional groups in your game plan. Learning to network will greatly improve opportunities to find that challenging first job and to maximize successful career results.

Leading the Way to Success
Leadership is an important engineering tool, and learning to be an effective leader in various environments will help you guarantee your personal and professional success as an engineer. Leaders are people who have vision and the ability to inspire others to accomplish great things. This presentation will give you two reasons why you will benefit by understanding the principles of leadership. First, you can maximize leadership opportunities to help you achieve greater career success. And second, you can learn how to effectively work with other leaders for even greater success.

Enjoy the Time of Your Life
Time can be your best friend or worst enemy. You cannot create time, but can misuse or waste it. Concepts included in this time management discussion are easy to adapt to your lifestyle and can help you achieve successful use of your time without the process becoming a burden. Time management does require some work, but you can use these ideas to become efficient and have more time for what you really like to do.

From Shades of Gray to Black and White
Engineers and other technical professionals provide their greatest contribution to society by being ethical when solving problems and making decisions in the application of technology. However, ethical situations often are not black or white issues. Typically, various solutions appear to be shades of gray. In making ethical decisions, engineers need to be sensitive to how this will impact others. Although ethical behavior is based on personal values, there are guidelines to help professional engineers make ethical decisions. This presentation addresses ethics from a practical viewpoint and includes audience group exercises. It is designed to give you tools to change an ethical dilemma that appears to be shades of gray to black and white answers based on proven ethical standards for our profession.

Your Personal Marketing Plan for Career Success
How do you prepare to make important decisions for career paths? In addition to your formal education and work experiences, what other resources do you need when you want to change directions in your career? How can you be successful in your career and life? This presentation will answer these questions and show you how to use a personal marketing plan to compete in the marketplace. This includes how to capture and use information as a resource in your job searches and future job changes during your career.
Mansfield OH
3ART NORDLINGER
Tampa Electric
The Importance of Professional Licensure
Where will your professional career lead? A quick review of the resumes and credentials of successful people often shows a breadth of experience, often with multiple employers. Will you need to be a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) to be successful? Topics of this talk include: What is Professional Licensure? Where and when is it required? Who needs a professional license? What other benefits does a PE provide on your career path? How do I get licensed? When to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. The talk is typically tailored to rules and practices in the State where the talk is given.
Tampa FL
3JIM PETERMAN
Director, Product Security
Oracle
Engineering Education: A Lifetime of Learning
An engineer is faced with a tremendous challenge keeping abreast of the changes in technology and the profession. How can it be done? Education is the key. By continually learning, an engineer can maintain his technical strengths and ensure a career, not just a job.
“I speak on a variety of topics related to career expectations, career management, challenges of the high-tech workplace, and continuing education.”
Raleigh NC
3PERCY (BUTCH) F. SHADWELL, JR.
Principal Consultant
Shadwell Technical Services
The No-Boundaries Career Option
This talk is a sample of the amazing range of technologies and projects with which Mr. Shadwell has been involved. This talk is entertaining and provides a unique glimpse in the broad realm of applied physics and electronics research and development.

Career Strategies
The ultimate tutorial on how to have the best career possible in the fields of applied physical science and engineering. Specific information on interviewing, graduate school, winning the talent competition, and optimizing your income and standard of living. If you want to be able to take control of your professional future, you will want to attend this talk. Approximately 1½ hours for full presentation. Can be reduced to fit smaller time slots.

Entrepreneurship in Engineering
In the global economy the competition has become much stronger. Every technical professional must adopt an entrepreneurial attitude and understanding of what it takes to succeed in the new global marketplace of technical talent.
Jacksonville Beach FL
3JOHN W. STEADMAN, P.E., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering
University of South Alabama
Professional Engineering License — Is It Right for You?
What is this EIT (or Fundamentals of Engineering) Exam and why should I think about taking it? If I am going to work in industry or government, will licensure as a professional engineer make any difference to my career? What topics are covered on the EIT Exam and how many questions are there for each topic? If I decide to take the test, how should I prepare for it? This presentation on the top ten reasons to become a professional engineer answers these and many other related questions associated with how to become a licensed engineer, how you can benefit from licensure, and the laws relating to licensure.

An Engineer’s Guide to Professional Licensure
This presentation provides detailed information about the value of becoming a licensed professional engineer as well as insights about the licensure process. Dr. Steadman brings extensive experience to the subject, as he is a former President of IEEE-USA as well as a former president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES), which is the organization representing the licensing boards of all states and jurisdictions in the United States. The presentation includes information about the licensing process, tips for preparing for the licensing examinations, and how becoming a licensed professional can impact your engineering career.
Mobile AL
4GARY BLANK
President
Engineering Update Institute
Consulting: An Exciting Way to Practice Engineering
Consulting is a very challenging and exciting way to practice engineering. This presentation describes how to prepare for a career in consulting, how to get started as a self-employed consultant, and how to establish a clientele.
Plato Center IL
5JAY B. JOHNSON
Intellectual Property Attorney
Kizzia Johnson PLLC
Getting Smart About Intellectual Property
Engineers, early in their careers, will become exposed to and contribute to the intellectual property of their companies. This presentation considers the various forms of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
Dallas TX
5DAVID PIERCE
Retired Utility/Industrial/Commercial/Health Care Consultant
Brooks, Jackson, & Little, Inc
Networking: Multi-level Marketing Yourself
The power of multi-level marketing schemes is to have many people selling for you. You should have a personal marketing team made up of people familiar with your capabilities. Your ability to expand this group depends on how well you network.
Sunset LA
5ALBERT ROSA
Professor Emeritus
University of Denver
Education for the New Millennium
On life-long learning; "The Engineering Profession"
On professional ethics.

The Engineering Profession
What is a professional, a profession, or a professional group? How does a professional group function and discipline itself? What is a code of ethics? What kinds of ethical conflicts occur? How does one try to resolve them? What is "whistle-blowing," and when should one do it?

Education for the Space Age
What is a professional and how is one "learned" in the space age? How does the current education system foster the lack of understanding between technologists and nontechnologists, and why is this a challenge for the engineer? What are some characteristics of the "space age," and what must an engineer do to meet the challenges it brings?
Colorado Springs CO
6MICHAEL R. ANDREWS
Andrews & Associates, LLC
Professional Society Involvement
The graduating engineer is faced with several opportunities at the beginning of his or her professional life. Professional society membership offers several opportunities to guide those decisions. The presentation will emphasize the benefits of maintaining professional society membership through active participation, member networking, and maintaining technical currency.

Personal Habits for Professional Success
There are seven habits that are associated with effective people. The presentation begins with the definition of a habit and progresses through each habit individually, focusing on their effect on personal and professional growth.

Time Management
We all have exactly the same amount of time. This resource, like many natural resources, cannot be recovered or replaced, but as a resource it can be managed. This talk presents methods for the improvement of organizational skills and ideas for time management.

Ethics
Personal ethics or the ethics of an organization are defined as the fundamental rules by which an individual or an organization operates. This presentation focuses on personal and corporate value systems and the long-term effect that decisions have.

A Professional Adventure: Your Job Search
Six phases of securing employment upon graduation are explored: preparation, search, contact, interview, selection, and growth. The presentation begins with academic performance in school, progresses through research and selection of companies, discusses successful interviewing, and concludes with company selection and personal growth.
Phoenix AZ
6JONATHAN CHEW
Asst Producer
Walt Disney Imagineering
Noitanigami:imaginatioN (seeing the world differently)
As the Walt Disney Imagineers like to say, "It's kinda fun to do the Impossible." And as engineers, it's so important to know that the world is entirely malleable and anything is possible. The sky is the limit, at least, only to the extent your imagination will take you. Engineers constantly need to approach problems from new perspectives and different points of view in order to really be effective problem solvers. Learn some new techniques in this talk to help turn your world upside-down so you can think more creatively and innovatively.

Leadership: Why You Should Care (and what to do about it)
Nowadays, engineering students believe the common formula for success is study hard, get good grades, then get a good job. But they forget that what will separate them from the thousands of other brilliant applicants as they move into the workforce is their ability to lead a team and work together as a group. The idea of teamwork and leadership is often an afterthought and sometimes too late to start developing as they start applying for jobs or internships. This talk inspires students to realize why students should care about Leadership not only in their careers but their daily personal lives and gives them tangible skills to start networking and branding themselves.

Why YOU Matter: How to tell your Story to the World
Since the days of cavemen, people have shared information from generation to generation through storytelling. The ability to sell an idea or even convince a future employer that they're worthy of the job has always been a key skill. Who are you? and Why do YOU matter as a person or even as a human being? Are you someone who will change the world? Then you have a story to tell. This talk will help you learn how to sell yourself during an interview that will avoid being boastful yet still exude the confidence of someone that can and will bring value to the table.

One Bite at a Time: Daily Personal Life Management
How do you eat an elephant? Or begin a journey of a thousand miles? The life of a 20-something can start to get pretty complex especially as you start your career. Learn how to manage your online presence, manage your finances, maybe start investing, understand "benefits" and 401(k)s, even learn how to manage your time more effectively and set priorities and goals for where you want your life to go through a process called "Daily Underachievement" As Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act. It is a habit." This talk will help you start developing some good daily habits to get you on the right track!

How to meet the President - Networking 101
If you were stuck on a desert island with the president, what would you say to him? What would you talk about? Would you become best friends once you go your separate ways or would you somehow become worst enemies? Sometimes meeting other people through "networking" can be a bit daunting but if you just shift your paradigm to focus on learning more about the other person and getting to know them, then suddenly meeting other people, even the president, can be lighthearted and fun. Who knows what may happen with the connections you'll be creating! Learn the secrets of networking with anyone in the world in this talk.
Glendale CA
6PAUL KOSTEK
Technology Project Manager
Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies -UW
Personal Positioning for Engineers
An overview of career options that will be available in the 21st century. Your success will be determined by your ability to position yourself to take advantage of opportunity.

What is Success?
What does success mean to you? We all have different definitions. The dynamics of an engineering career have changed considerably. No longer can an engineer expect an employer to provide career guidance. Each individual has to know what he or she is pursuing and must determine how best to achieve it. We also need to realize that our definition of success will change.
Seattle WA
6ORIN LANEY
Owner and President
Atwood Research
Making It: How to Go Into Business for Yourself
This is a talk that every student should hear, but it will ultimately benefit those five students in a hundred who will keep the other 95 employed. (Hint: Some day they’ll donate to the school.)

What Every Graduate Should Know about Intellectual Property
The technical foundations of engineering are taught to every engineering student. Few have any grasp of the legal foundations of engineering until trouble strikes. This is a tutorial spiced with real-life examples.

Tales of an Experienced Engineer
The working world is nothing like school. The speaker offers a tour and exploration of maniac bosses and incredible projects, mistakes, victories, and the human element in engineering.
Mountain View CA
6JACK LUBOWSKY, Ph.D., P.E.
President
Solutions to Fit
An Engineer in Congress
A former IEEE Congressional Fellow presents his view of what it was like for an engineer to serve in Congress as a science advisor, how Congress functions, and why engineers should become more active in public policy issues.
Tucson AZ
6JOHN H. STICHMAN, Ph.D., P.E.
Executive Vice President Emeritus
Sandia National Laboratories – Retired.
Practical Ethical Maxims for Engineers
As participants in a creative profession, engineers should be mindful of the impact of their endeavors upon the public, their clients, and their fellow engineers. The presenter reviews the values and principles underlying professional ethics and offers a set of guidelines, drawn from personal experience, to aid the engineer in dealing mindfully with typical, everyday issues

Colossal Failures in High-Tech Projects, And What We Can (or Should) Learn From Them
For centuries, and especially today, we have relied on complex systems designed by expert engineers. With each passing year we come to rely more and more on such highly complex systems, such that not a day goes by without our way of life depending on them. Yet, sometimes these systems fail in colossal, visible, and often tragic ways. Think of the Space Shuttle, innovative bridges, the Chernobyl reactor, and others. We will take a post-mortem tour of examples from both ancient and recent history and see what they have to tell us and what engineers and policy makers need to learn from them. The speaker has presented this material to many graduating engineering students around the country, to practicing engineers, and to people in varied occupations. The message to them has been that they not only must think in terms of “best practices,” but moreover should consider that they have an ethical imperative to take positive steps to avoid failures of the systems they create.
Albuquerque NM
6LEO SZETO
Software Engineer/Technical Creative
Secrets to Being a World Changer
Have you ever wondered what great visionaries like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Martin Luther King had in common? In “Secrets to being a World Changer”, Leo Szeto explores the common threads that unify how great leaders think and behave. Through the Circles of VICtory, Leo proposes a “bottoms-up” approach to attaining leadership, demystifying the nebulous concept into attainable goals that can help you think differently and spur you into potent, world changing action.
Burbank CA