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 included 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.
Russell Agrusa, Dean's Advisory Council Member and Founder, President and CEO of Iconics, Inc., speaking with students at the talent fair.
Graduate students speaking with Dean's Advisory Council Member, James van Oss, who represented Moog, Inc. at the talent fair.
Russell Agrusa, Founder, President, and CEO Iconics, Inc. and one of our distinguished speakers, speaking with students at the networking lunch.
Russell Agrusa, Founder, President, and CEO Iconics, Inc. and one of our distinguished speakers, speaking with students at the talent fair.
Michael Sinicropi, Director of Global Market Development at Praxair, Inc. delivering his keynote address: "A Career Path is Rarely a Path."
Dexter Johnson, Chief of the Structural Systems Dynamic Branch at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, delivering his keynote address: "Excel2Propel: Engineering Career 'Dexploration' and 'Dexcellence' - A Personal Journey!"
Holly Justice speaking with M. Atif Afzal at the talent fair. Holly is an Engineering Career Counselor in UB's Career Services Office and presented the "Networking for Introverts" workshop.
Resume writing and networking workshop with Liesl Folks, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences along with Holly Justice, Engineering Career Counselor from UB's Career Services Office.
Ed Brodka, Career Counselor in UB's Career Services Office, during the "Networking and Making Connections" workshop. This workshop focused on in-person networking strategies and how to use information gained to improve your interviews.
Wayne Porterfield, UB Career Services Counselor speaking with graduate students about job search tools such as BullsEye, the Graduate Student Career Guide, and LinkedIn.
James D. Eiss, Esq. during a workshop for international students called, "The Basics for Planning Your Future."
Kevin Kerl, Eric Cichowski, Kurt Bessel, and Jahmil Campbell speak during the young alumni panel discussion.
Dennis Elsenbeck, Regional Director for National Grid, and James Wehrfritz from Erie-Niagara Consulting, LLC leading a panel discussion on "Careers in the Energy Sector."
Panel Discussion on "Corporate Leaders and Entrepreneurs." From Left: Russell Agrusa, Stephen Still, Thomas Lynch and Timothy Grady