Career Perspectives and Networking Conference

Russell Agrusa, Founder, President, and CEO of Iconics, Inc. and Dean's Advisory Council Member, speaks with students during the talent fair.

The Career Perspectives and Networking Conference (CPNC) aims to forge lasting relationships between industry leaders and graduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Event Information

Title: Third Career Perspectives and Networking Conference
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Davis Hall Bansal Atrium

Our third CPNC will be shorter than previous conferences and packed with new and improved ways for students and companies to engage with each other. The event provides students with important tools and resources necessary to launch a successful career outside of academics or laboratory work. This year's event features a panel discussion with alumni, lightning talks, and a networking reception with industry professionals.

Meet with company representatives from:

Booze Allen Hamilton




NASA Glenn Research Center

National Grid

Northrop Grumman

Pampered Chef


Select One Search


Transmission Developers, Inc.


Student Registration

Students can register through Bullseye powered by Handshake by clicking "Register to Attend." Sign in using your UB email and click "Join Event" under the actions box. A confirmation email will be sent once successfully registered. If you have any questions or issues registering, contact us at UB.SEAS.CPNC@GMAIL.COM

Would you like to learn more about Lightning Talks or lead a three-minute talk at the conference? Attend one of our upcoming workshops prior to the event.

Company Registration

Click "Register My Company" and complete the form.  If you have any questions regarding accessing this form or registering, contact us at UB.SEAS.CPNC@GMAIL.COM

Event Schedule

Time Session Description
12:30pm - 1:00pm Check In/Registration  
1:00pm - 1:10pm Welcome Address Opening remarks by Dean Folks
1:15pm - 2:15pm Distinguished Panel

1. Sue Nowicki- Director of Engineering, Northrop Grumman

2. Karianne Gomez- Vice President of Field Strategy and Customer Experience, Pampered Chef

3. Dennis Elsenbeck- Regional Executive, National Grid Upstate NY

4. Ashok Jain- VP Engineering, CTO, Zodiac Aerospace

2:15pm - 2:30pm Coffee Break  

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Lightning Talks Students and professionals give a 3-minute elevator pitch 
3:30pm - 5:00pm Career Conversations and Networking Reception Open networking session that includes workshop booths for resume/CV-writing, a LinkedIn photo booth, perspectives from young alumni, company tables and refreshments.
5:00pm - 6:00pm Keynote Addresses

1. Mike Sinicropi- Executive Director, Safety and Engineering Services, Praxair

2. Bob Harrison- Vice President, Engineering and Construction Transmission Developers, Inc.

Download Conference Materials

Gary F. Dargush

Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (716) 645-2315


Andrew Kroetsch

Co-Chair and President, Graduate Student Association, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Phone: (716)-645-1197