Steven James, Engineering Manager at UTC Aerospace Systems, conducted the following session on leadership training. He focused on how being a member at IEEE brings out the leader in each person by involving them in and exposing them to the changing scenarios in the engineering industry. He encouraged students to participate in future conferences and also technical events hosted by IEEE as it is a great platform for students to communicate with the industry and its pioneers.
In addition to the seminars and speaking sessions, there were a number of competitions that took place as part of this conference. These competitions included Maze solving (a popular robotics competition), Brown Bag (circuit design competition), ethics competition, and project showcase competition. The team participating in the Maze solving competition won the second place. The team comprised of Sharath Ramesh and Kecheng Liu, electrical and computer engineering (ECE) graduate students. Sankesh Jain, Vijai Baskar, and Ambika Abinav participated in the ethics competition where they had to arrive at a solution for an ethical dilemma situation.
The evening dinner had an excellent keynote speaker, Joe Kann. He is the Vice President of Global Business Development for Rockwell Automation, a global market leader in industrial automation products and solutions. He leads the company’s strategy development processes and is responsible for managing strategic partnering programs and supporting acquisitions. Kann has over 30 years of experience in industrial automation and manufacturing technologies. This session was followed by an awards function where students who won prizes, as well as the organizers of the event were felicitated.
The conference was a great learning experience for all participants.
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