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International Design Engineering Technical Conferences
& Computers & Information in Engineering Conference

Cleveland Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

August 6-9, 2017


Program - FutureME Social Meetup


FutureME Social Meetup featuring Best Practices for Networking for Early Career Engineers

Sunday, August 6th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Room 26A&B

Jump start your conference experience and expand your professional network! Join the ECE Programming Committee for a special 1-1/2 hour networking experience of fun and socializing! Make new connections with other early career engineers sharing similar interests and/or catch-up with old friends to renew your friendships. You will get the rare opportunity to practice your networking skills, take the awkwardness out of meeting new people and win prizes, all in one big venue, during our professional speed networking social.

In addition to the social meetup, we will spotlight a panel of engineers that will cover best practices (first –hand advice and information) for networking. You will be able to ask specific questions you may have on the subject. Refreshments will be served.

****This is one event you don't want to miss! ****
*Bring plenty of business cards for networking!

What to Expect: Learn & Practice

Introductory Session (Panel Discussion)
This session will provide you with the tools cover best practices and what it means to network professionally.

Interactive Networking Session
This session will provide a fun way to speed network with other engineers and learn; three (3) different networking scenarios will be covered; Impromptu networking, Planning and preparation for networking, and Continue to expand your networking virtually.

Program Moderator

Anita Rebarchak

Anita Rebarchak, Pratt & Whitney

Featured Panel & Networking Facilitators

David Lee

David Lee, Northrop Grumman
David E. Lee is a program manager and lead systems engineer for multiple programs and manages the Integrated Concept Development Facility at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) in Redondo Beach. He served as the principal investigator for Full Spectrum Power for Optical/Thermal Exergy (FSPOT-X) and was the space vehicle lead for the Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO) study contract with NASA/JPL. He is area lead for both thermal power systems and tether technologies within NGAS’s Research, Technology and Engineering Center of Excellence.

As an educator, Dr. Lee is currently the lead instructor for the Spacecraft Systems Design and Analysis as well as the Space Mission Systems Engineering courses offered through UCLA Extension’s Astronautical Engineering Certificate Program. He has taught classes on Manufacturing Processes to undergraduate and graduates at UCLA’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Dr. Lee completed his dissertation in Mechanical Engineering through the Integrated Manufacturing Engineering Program for Advanced Transportation Systems at UCLA in 1998. He received his B.A. in Mathematics in 1985 and M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering in 1990 both from UCLA. He has published papers in the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials and at the ASME Computers in Engineering and Design Automation Conferences as well as the American Society for Composites and has given reviewed presentations at the corporate wide NGC Systems Engineering Symposia.

Amit Shukla

Amit Shukla, College of Engineering and Computing Miami University
Dr. Amit Shukla is professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He joined Miami in 2002 after receiving his Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati in the area of robust stability and bifurcation and control of servo hydraulic systems working at Structural Dynamics Research Lab.

Dr. Shukla's research expertise is in nonlinear dynamics, stability and bifurcation analysis of natural and engineered systems. Currently, his research is focused on a wide range of applications including structural dynamics and limit states of hypersonic aircrafts, Parkinson's induced postural balance disorders as well as ultrasonic cutting tools for endoscopic surgical applications. Dr. Shukla is an active collaboration with the AFRL Structural Sciences Center team. He also works with Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disorder for creating new clinical tools for improving the understanding and care of Parkinson’s induced balance disorders. His collaboration with Ethicon Endo surgery is to develop efficient design tools for harmonic cutting tools. His research is funded by AFOSR, DAGSI, AFRL as well as Industry partners.

Dr. Shukla teaches in the area of computational methods, engineering mechanics and nonlinear dynamics. He advises many undergraduate and graduate students in his research and collaborates across disciplines to develop and solve problems of multi-disciplinary nature.

Carolyn Seepersad

Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin
Carolyn Conner Seepersad is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and General Dynamics Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Seepersad’s research focuses on the development of methods and computational tools for engineering design and additive manufacturing. Her research interests include simulation-based design of complex systems and materials, design for additive manufacturing, innovation, and environmentally conscious design of products and energy systems.

Dr. Seepersad has earned many awards for her research and teaching, including the 2009 inaugural International Outstanding Young Researcher Award in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing from the additive manufacturing community and the 2010 University of Texas Regents’ Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor (the highest teaching award for faculty in The University of Texas System.

She is an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and one book. She co-organizes the annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, and she is a member of the executive committee for the ASME IDETC Design Automation Conference (2015 conference chair). She has also been a participant (2010) and session organizer (2011) for the annual NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, a symposium organized by the NAE for a select group of emerging engineering leaders ages 30-45, and an invited speaker for the 2013 German-American FOE on the topic of design for additive manufacturing. She was a keynote speaker for the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED) 2015 on the topic of design for additive manufacturing. She teaches courses on product design, additive manufacturing, and design of complex engineered systems. Her research has been featured by several popular media outlets, including Popular Science, The Conversation, Time Warner Cable News,, and the Daily Dot.

Additional Facilitators will circulate during the networking session