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Friday April 27th, 2007 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
The Innovation Institute by Dr. Ralph Wyndrum


The IEEE-USA is founding the Innovation Institute homed in Washington, DC, to advance the preparation of leaders responsible for the innovation of new products and services, in a formal program of courses and workshops, shared learning, mentoring and networking. This talk will present the mission, goals, structure and leadership of the Institute, and describe its operating services and benefits.

Ralph WyndrumSpeaker’s Biography:

leads Executive Engineering Consultants, in areas of R&D resource allocation and decision sciences targeted at new products and services. He also teaches Strategic Leadership/ Decision Quality at Rutgers. Prior to assuming these positions, he had a long and successful career at Bell Labs and AT&T Labs, beginning in thin film and solid state circuit R&D, and retiring as Technology Vice President and then Program Planning and Management Vice President.

During his 36 years at Bell-Labs/AT&T, Wyndrum was Member of Technical Staff; Supervisor of IC Development; Head of several R&D Departments; Director of Systems Analysis; of Quality, Engineering, Software and Technologies; Technology V.P. of AT&T Labs; and Program Planning and Management V.P.

In 2000 he was an AT&T Executive Consultant, involved in a wide variety of business-related projects and development of a graduate level Internet Protocol curriculum for AT&T’s technical staff. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wyndrum served as the ITU delegate in Geneva from AT&T for local Transmission Systems. He led the development for manufacture of several digital Subscriber Loop carrier systems now serving millions of customers, and of the early prototype TouchTone Telephones. He also taught graduate EE courses at Stevens Institute as adjunct Professor from 1981-1988, and has advised masters and doctoral thesis students at NJIT and Rutgers where he now teaches. Wyndrum is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and several similar registers.

In 2004 he served as IEEE V.P. of Technology Activities and has served as a member of the IEEE Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors for five years. In 2003, he was V.P. for Technology Policy of IEEE-USA. He has served on the Boards of the Communications Society and the CPMT Society, and was the President of the CPMT Society. He has also served as IEEE Publications V.P., and on the Technical Activities Board (TAB), the U.S. Activities Board, and as an ABET evaluator.

As IEEE-USA 2006 President, Wyndrum advanced programs aimed at mid-career education and at K-12 Science and Mathematics education. In January 2007, Wyndrum’s appointment as CEO and President of the newly formed IEEE-USA Innovation Institute in Washington, DC was announced.

Dr. Wyndrum holds BS(EE) and MS(EE) degrees and an Executive MBA from Columbia University and a Doctorate(Eng.Sc.D.) from New York University. He has published over 40 papers, articles and reviews and is a contributing author to texts published by Wiley and McGraw Hill. He is frequently invited to speak at international conferences and workshops and holds six patents in integrated circuit applications, VF receiver design, and voice/data transmission.

Saturday April 28th, 2007 (10:00am – 11:00am)
Winning Résumés by Andrew Malcom


Like anyone else seeking employment, engineers prepare their résumés to convince prospective employers of their abilities. This presentation will focus on audience analysis for producing winning résumés. In large companies, résumés are usually read by human-resources personnel first but often not in small companies. To write a résumé that wins an interview, an applicant must be aware of these dual roles and create a document which responds to the needs of both audiences. Techniques are included to use if one’s résumé doesn’t result in an interview. Advice is offered on the subject of truthfulness in what is included and what is not included in résumés.

Speaker’s Biography:

is a Life Member of IEEE, having joined the predecessor IRE in 1954. He has made about 15 S-PAC presentations in the last 12 years including: Alfred U., U-Cincinnati, U-Conn, Columbia, CCNY, U Mass @Dartmouth, U. Penna @ Harrisburg, RIT, Rutgers, SD State U @ Brookings, SUNY Buffalo, Temple U., and CSU at Long Beach.

Has been published in several IEEE and many other journals, proceedings and magazines. He is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. Malcolm retired at Associate Prof. in 2001 after 30 years after at the Rochester Inst. of Tech. teaching English to deaf engineering technology students.Malcolm received the rare NY State Regents Diploma in Electricity in 1948, and holds both BS and MS degrees in printing from RIT.

Saturday April 28th, 2007 (10:00am – 6:00pm)
Resume Walk-In Clinic

Dru ReynoldsSupport:

Dru Reynolds

Reynolds, Recruiters

Signaling the Power of Choice in RF / MW Recruitment


has more than 20 Years Experience in Recruiting & Professional Placement, currently an Independent Recruiter Specializing in Placing in the RF and MW wireless arena and licensed by the state of NJ. Clients have included Andrew, Anadigics, Raytheon, BAE, and RFS as well as many smaller companies. She has consulted on marketing issues through the SBA at Brookdale Community College, given a presentation entitled "Maximizing Your Marketability" - Improve the Odds Of Staying Employed Throughout Your Career" which includes resume improvements.

She is an IEEE Coordinator Region 1 & 2, in the MTT Society and Active in the NJ Coast Section as Secretary and Newsletter Editor. Home and office are located in historic Ocean Grove, NJ.

Saturday April 28th, 2007 (11:00am – 12:00pm)
Career and Life Management Skills for Success by Bala Prasanna

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. The goal of this presentation is to help you appreciate the shades of gray in Life and develop a state of mind to handle life events with a constructive and positive outlook. You should expect to see significant changes in your effectiveness if you embrace only a few pointers.

Speaker’s Biography:

Bala Prasanna joined IBM Corporation in May 2005 as a technical/people manager. Mr. Prasanna began his career as an assistant professor in SUNY-State University of New York-Oswego in Computer Science department in 1981. He worked at AT&T-Bell Labs for over 20 years as member of technical staff, principal member of technical staff & technical/people manager. He earned his M.S. (Math) from Bangalore University, India & M.S. (Computer Science) from Southern Illinois University, IL.

Mr. Prasanna has a passion for teaching and sharing his technical and non-technical knowledge. During his career at AT&T, he was involved with building real-time telecom network management systems to address network maintenance, provisioning & disaster recovery. As a part of AT&T’s efforts supporting diversity & affirmative action, he was involved in teaching at Morgan State University in Towson, MD for over 15 years. Mr. Prasanna is currently involved in building software systems working with on-shore and off-shore teams. As a manager, he is active in many employee counseling and support organizations.

Bala Prasanna is currently serving as the Chair of IEEE Region 1 New Jersey Coast Section. Prior to this he served in various positions within NJ Coast section as a volunteer officer since 1993. He is very proud of the value he brings to the organization individually and his influence on the team of volunteers at NJ Coast Section.

Bala Prasanna is a senior member of IEEE. He has published and presented on software reliability engineering methodology in IEEE Communications. He has given presentations at many universities, IEEE Section Congress discussing the need and value of career and life management skills. Bala Prasanna is a recipient of IEEE Millennium and IEEE Region awards for his leadership contributions.

Saturday April 28th, 2007 (1:15pm – 2:45pm)
Professional Development for Women and Organizational Culture
"The Unwritten Rules" by Nora Bassett


This seminar starts with an introduction on aspects of professional development and then defines organizational culture's 5 P's: Power, Politics, Policy, Personality, Purpose. It then describes tools for success by discussing (1) Self empowerment's main facets: Awareness, regulation/motivation, social awareness, social skills and covers major paradigms, automatic thinking, self-talk, being unstoppable, navigating within a culture (Collaboration). It then discusses (2) The Cultural Acronym percentage rating covering: Performance, Image, Exposure. It lastly covers (3) Tips for success.

This presentation will help you to increase your effectiveness at work by examining organizational culture. It is important that you understand culture because your work style must be suited for your organizations culture. Successful employees do not limit their understanding to technical aspects of the task (time constraints, assignments, resources etc.) but they are equally concerned with the norms, values, beliefs, and practices of the organization and its members.

Speaker’s Biography:

Nora Bassett is an independent consultant specializing in training/presentations coaching, and organizational team development. She offers presentations in Emotional Intelligence, Stress management, Communication skills, Team building and several other topics. Nora has gained overwhelming respect by developing a unique and enlightening system of self-management techniques. Nora connects instantly with her audience and emanates commitment and sincerity through her ability to understand and offer alternative views of human issues. She specializes in professional development by inspiring personal growth and generating high energy fostering meaningful transformation.

As Director of supervisory training at MTA New York City Transit, Nora has provided Executive/leadership coaching, training and organizational development services for the division of Employee Services and the division of Technology/ Information services at the Executive, Managerial, and Professional technical levels. Nora directs and facilitates professional development for a projected audience of over 5,500 supervisors. The knowledge and expertise Nora brings to designing stimulating and pertinent growth programs has led to a number of training and speaking contracts. These contracts include organizations such as New York Institute of Technology, U.S. Environmental protection Agency, Hazelden Rehabilitation New York, Saint Josephs College, New York City Police Department as well as several other organizations. Nora is also a current host for the Transit/Transit news television show.

Nora holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Masters degree in Human Relations with an emphasis in industrial counseling. Nora Bassett is a true resource in understanding and stimulating human potential utilizing power delivery and newly emerging insights to teach, inspire and channel participants into new realms of achievements.

Saturday April 28th, 2007 (2:45pm – 3:45pm)
Allocation vs. Diversification. Managing Your Portfolio for Success:
A Practical Exercise by Larry N. Grogan


Investing for success takes a disciplined approach, particularly, when it comes to using mutual funds. Allocation and diversification are very important investing principles. However, they are not the same, but they must work together in order to achieve success with minimal risk.

This presentation will evaluate the differences of allocation and diversification from an investment perspective, and discuss the corporate, life, and tax environments creating the necessity to invest. The presentation will conclude with an interactive demonstration of how you can position your portfolio for maximum success.

Speaker’s Biography:

Larry Grogan is President of Grogan Advisory Services. Serving IEEE since 2005, Grogan Advisory Services is an independent financial services firm focusing on planning to strategically guide their clients through life stages. Grogan Advisory Services offers complete financial planning, asset management, insurance, analytical portfolio analysis, and consultation.

Grogan Advisory Services was established in 2001, determined to provide clients unbiased opinions and recommendations. Our research comes from multiple sources in order to present a scope of intelligent opinions. Able to offer over 11,000 mutual funds, unlimited stocks and bonds, Grogan Advisory Services ensures specialized investment programs for our clients to responsibly meet their needs - both financially and socially.

Our financial planning program is unique to financial professionals. The software is updated annually with new tax laws and investment results. The presentation provides the client both analytical and graphic illustrations of topics such as Estate Preservation, Retirement Income, College Savings, Insurance, and Tax Minimization.

Saturday April 28th, 2007
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Seminar
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Book Signing
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 two-hour seminar discusses the transition from engineering school to the workplace, why engineering school can only do so much, and the importance of taking personal responsibility for one's professional and career development. The seminar discusses three soft skills in depth: 1 – decision making, 2 - setting priorities and managing one's time; and 3 - Learning to negotiate is a short primer on the principles of negotiating. We negotiate every day but don't call it that, it covers the fundamentals and some parameters to consider. Additional overview of other important skills engineers need in order to be more effective in work and in life.

Speaker’s Biography:

Carl Selinger is a private consultant specializing in aviation and transportation, developing business strategy and applying new technologies. His career includes 31 years at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey where he developed business, concessions and technology initiatives for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports. Carl is an adjunct college professor for over 25 years, teaching transportation and aviation at The Cooper Union and Maritime College. He holds civil and transportation engineering degrees from Cooper Union, Yale University, and Polytechnic University. Carl originated a unique seminar "Stuff you don't learn in engineering school" to help engineers learn non-technical soft skills that are important to be more effective and happier in the real world. Carl is very involved in IEEE, giving many "Stuff" talks/seminars to S-PAC Conferences, PACE meetings, GOLD chapters and local IEEE sections. He is a Contributing Editor for IEEE Spectrum magazine where he writes articles in the Careers/Resources section on professional skills. His book, Stuff you Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World, has been published by Wiley-IEEE Press.

Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School

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