Second Career Perspectives and Networking Conference

Event provides graduate students in engineering with networking and career development opportunities

Student organizers of the April 2016 CPNC with Keynote Speaker Dexter Johnson, Chief of the Structural Systems Dynamic Branch at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. From left: Andrea Sacco, M. Atif Afzal, Matthew Whittaker, Dexter Johnson, Andrew Kroetsch and Mark Tomaszewski. Photo credit: The Onion Studio

The second annual Career Perspectives and Networking Conference was held on April 7-8, 2016 in Davis Hall, on UB's north campus.

The event, which brought representatives to UB from NASA, Moog, Praxair, National Grid, Iconics and other leading companies committed to supporting UB, featured lectures, workshops, panel discussions, networking events as well as the annual SEAS graduate student poster competition (see results here).

It was designed to promote the excellence of UB’s engineering graduate students, as well as provide companies and individuals access to some of its brightest students.

Among those giving lectures were Michael Sinicropi, executive director of Global Safety and Engineering Systems at Praxair in Buffalo; Dexter Johnson, chief of the Structural Systems Dynamic Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center in Ohio; and Russel Agrusa, founder, president and CEO of Iconics Inc. All three are UB alumni.

The conference was organized by Mark Tomaszewski, Andrea Sacco, M. Atif Afzal, Matthew Whittaker and Andrew Kroetsch — all of whom are members of graduate student associations in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences — and Gary F. Dargush, associate dean for graduate education and research in the engineering school.

Conference sponsors include UB’s International Student and Scholar Services, UB Career Services, the UB Alumni Association and the UB Student Association.

The event was conceived in 2015 by UB doctoral candidate Matthias J. Schmid.

Event Highlights

Talent Fair and Networking

Talent Fair Participants

Featured Speakers

Workshops

Panel Discussions

Graduate Student Poster Competition