4th Annual Career Perspectives and Networking Conference

October 5, 2017 | 11:00am - 6:00pm | Davis Hall

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2017 Event Schedule

11:00 am

Pre-Conference Registration
Bansal Atrium, Davis Hall

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Pre-Conference: Strategies for Developing Professional Skills and Building a Career
Hadar Borden, Program Director of UB Blackstone Launch Pad 
Christopher Connor, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
Jim Wehrfritz, Oil and Gas Industry Consultant, Erie-Niagara Consulting LLC

Lunch will be served.

(THIS SESSION IS FULL)

12:15 pm

Registration for Career Perspectives and Networking Conference
Bansal Atrium, Davis Hall

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Liesl Folks, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm

Distinguished Speakers Panel | Building a Fulfilling Career vs. Having a Job: An Introspective Look
Dennis Elsenbeck, Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services, Phillips Lytle, LLP
Allison O’Connor, Business Unit Operations Manager, Moog
Ashish Shah, Vice President of R&D for Advanced Surgical and Orthopaedics, Integer
Marcus Yam, Staff Photographer and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Los Angeles Times

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Lightning Talks
Students and professionals give a 3-minute elevator pitch

Phil Schneider, 2016 3MT Award Winner, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering
Cynthia Hoover, Executive Director, Adsorption & HYCO R&D, Praxair
Kristi Fields, Alumni Career Services Officer, University at Buffalo
Patrick O’Connor, CEO, 3AM Innovations, LLC
James Partsch Jr., Director of Corporate Outreach, PMI Buffalo
Kim Helmer, Innovation Leader, Zodiac Aerospace, AVOX Systems, Inc.
Michael Ulbrich, President, Buffalo Manufacturing Works

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm 

Coffee and Snack Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Career Conversations and Networking Reception
Open networking session that includes workshop booth for resume/CV writing, a LinkedIn photo booth, perspectives from young alumni, company tables and refreshments.

Ryan Litt, Product Leader, 3AM Innovations, LLC
Jim Chou, Chief Technical Officer,Workmarket
Cynthia Hoover, Executive Director, Adsorption & HYCO R&D, Praxair
Joshua Kelley, Senior Consultant, Sierra-Cedar, Inc.
Jim Wehrfritz, Oil and Gas Industry Consultant, Erie-Niagara Consulting, LLC
Kim Helmer, Innovation Leader, Zodiac Aerospace, AVOX Systems, Inc.
Michael Ulbrich, President, Buffalo Manufacturing Works
Henry Miller, Co-Chair CPNC, UB Blackstone LaunchPad
James Partsch Jr., Director of Corporate Outreach, PMI Buffalo
Phil Schneider, 2016 3MT Award Winner, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering
Allison O’Connor, Business Unit Operations Manager, Moog, Inc.
Dan Muffoletto, Development Systems Engineer, Moog Inc.
Dennis Elsenbeck, Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services, Phillips Lytle, LLP
Ashish Shah, Vice President of R&D for Advanced Surgical and Orthopaedics, Integer

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Keynote Speaker
Jim Chou, Chief Technical Officer of Work Market

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Join us for the 4th Annual Career Perspectives and Networking Conference (CPNC), featuring lightning talks, a networking reception and panel discussions with industry leaders, including a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals, receive resume/CV-writing feedback, and get a free professional LinkedIn photo taken.

Whether you’re a first-year graduate engineering student or about to finish your dissertation and begin your career, you won’t want to miss the CPNC. This year’s conference may help you choose a field of research, decide on your career path, or even connect you with your next employer.

Latest Announcements

Registration for the 4th Annual Career Perspectives and Networking Conference is now open!

Jim Chou, Chief Technical Officer of Work Market, will be giving our Keynote Address!

Marcus Yam, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, will join our Distinguished Speakers Panel. Marcus is an alumni of UB's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program.

Event Information

Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Davis Hall

Get Involved

If you have any questions about the event or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at ub.seas.cpnc@gmail.com

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Event Date: October 5, 2017