Wednesday Sessions

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

12:15 P.M. – 1:05 P.M.

Unlocking Your Potential: Elevating Your Career with Continuing Education – Moderator Melody Richardson, Marguerite Colazza, John McDonald, Lina Karam

How can certifications, master’s degrees, and PhDs boost your career? Learn from experts about the value of these credentials and how to navigate educational pathways for maximum career advancement.

1:15 P.M. – 2:50 P.M.

Expo Booths and Recruitment Fair

Dedicated time to visit our sponsors virtual booths to learn of their unique opportunities and to increase your professional contacts.

3:00 P.M. – 3:50 P.M.

IEEE Communications Society – Fireside Chat with Leaders from IndustryModerated by Cyn Sikora, Amine Houyou, Meryem Simsek, Gordon Beattie Jr.

Sit down and get friendly with industry leaders. This moderated session will be an informal, intimate conversation with leaders from some of the world’s top communications organizations. Ask questions, gain insights, and understand how their experience and advice can fuel your future.

4:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M.

Paycheck Vs Fulfillment – Perspective on an Industry CareerLauryn Morris, Katie Brinker, Naznin Akter, John McDonald

There is a common conception that going from graduate school to industry trades your capacity to conduct interesting and independent research for a more stable lifestyle. But what is the reality of choosing a career in industry? Learn from a panel of post-grad experts across a broad range of companies as we discuss the realities of pursuing a career in industry and when that path is a good option for a student. Don’t miss your chance to engage in the Q&A session following the panel discussion to answer all your questions about the day-to-day life in industry.

5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Networking – Hosted by Joe Greene and Sara McDaniel

Thursday Sessions

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

9:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.


Meet with other students and professionals from all over the world and build your networks!

10:15- 11:05 A.M. – A.M.

Interviews are Really Conversations: Tell Your “Story” and Communicate Your Valuewith Denise Griffin

Interviews are integral components of the job-seeking process, playing a crucial role in helping candidates assess the suitability of a position. Ideally, interviews should be viewed as a mutual exchange, facilitating the exploration of the role, company dynamics, and candidate qualifications. Rather than a unilateral “presentation”, interviews should be a two-way conversation. This session will provide insights into interview preparation, strategies for success, avoidance of common pitfalls, recommended questions to pose, and, fundamentally, how to glean valuable lessons from the experience. By engaging with this session, participants will develop enhanced confidence for future interviews, reframing these interactions as opportunities for self-presentation and exploration, rather than mere assessments by prospective employers.

11:15 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.

Semiconductor Spotlight: Exploring the CHIPS Act for Student Career Paths – Moderator Kathy Herring Hayashi, Russ Harrison, Matt Francis

The CHIPS Act is an unprecedented initiative which aims to boost semiconductor manufacturing and innovation.  It provides financial incentives and support for semiconductor research, development and innovation.  Hear from our panel on the background and current status of the CHIPS Act, current university initiatives and how you can start or learn more about the amazing industry of semiconductors. 

12:15 P.M. – 1:05 P.M.

KEYNOTE: X-Factor Conversation with Bob Kahn and Karen Panetta

Robert Kahn is an American electrical engineer who, along with Vint Cerf, first proposed the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), the fundamental communication protocols at the heart of the Internet. Inducted Beta Pi Chapter CCNY 1960, he was elevated to Eminent Member in 2016. He is the recipient of numerous awards including this year’s IEEE Medal of Honor for “pioneering technical and leadership contributions in packet communication technologies and foundations of the Internet.” Join this special HKN X-Factor conversation with Bob Kahn and Dr. Karen Panetta to learn about his career path, things he learned along the way, and the non-engineering soft skills that made the teams he worked on so successful.

1:15 P.M. – 2:50 P.M.

Expo Booths and Recruitment Fair

Dedicated time to visit our sponsors virtual booths to learn of their unique opportunities and to increase your professional contacts.

3:00 P.M. – 3:50 P.M

Level Up – Leverage your IEEE Technical Society Membership to Advance your Careerwith Alan Mantooth, David Kunkee, Judy Amanor-Boadu, Andrew Seely, Moderator Tamseel Mahmood Syed

Whether you’re a student or a professional, you can leverage your IEEE Technical Society membership. From staying technically relevant to getting career advancing recognitions to networking within your field of interest, IEEE technical societies have you covered! It’s time to level up.

Friday Sessions

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

10:00 A.M. – 10:50 A.M

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Pathways to Industry with moderators Masoumeh Esfahani and Celia Shahnaz, Vickie Ozburn, Bala Prasanna, and Pía Torres

It is really important to know the pathways to industry whether you’re a student or a professional. The technical skill, capacity building training, mentorship are important keys for career advancement towards industry. However, ensuring career growth while remaining as a promoter of diversity and inclusion will help you earn a balanced mindset to nurture your potential and recognize other talents thus creating a great networking platform for all individuals around you. It is time to support diversity, equity and inclusion in your path to industry to enhance efficiency of your works with the help of diverse talents.

11:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M.

Potential Career Trajectories at the US National Laboratories – Moderator: Srijib Mukherjee, Dalton Lunga, Nils Stenvig, Carly Hansen, Bhaskar Mitra, Ron Briggs, Suman Debnath

The United States is home to a network of National Laboratories that conduct a wide array of scientific research, development, and innovation in various fields, including physics, materials science, environmental science, energy, national security, and more. Career trajectories within a U.S. National Laboratory span a wide range of pathways, reflecting the diverse scientific, engineering, administrative, and operational roles that these institutions encompass. U.S. National Laboratories are involved in various fields, including physics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, nuclear science, energy technology, and computational science, offering careers from entry-level positions to senior leadership roles. This panel of speakers from US DOE’s Oakridge National Laboratory, The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and The Sandia National Laboratory will discuss some of the potential career trajectories within this system of research and engineering and some of the world’s problems they are trying to solve.

12:00 P.M. – 12:50 P.M.

KEYNOTE: From Rocket Science to Financial Planning:

5 Financial Insights I Wish I Knew in CollegeDavid Sandhu

You may think that you are too young to worry about retirement, but the earlier you start can lead you down a path of financial freedom preparing you for anything that life can throw your way.  David Sandhu, Senior Financial Advisor at Wise Wealth, parlayed his successful engineering career into showing others how to achieve their financial goals after helping his mother with her finances after losing his father. Starting with that first job and thinking about getting to financial freedom through the use of proper planning with 401K(s), investments in mutual funds, and other ways to save for not just retirement but for achieving any of your life’s goals, David will educate you so that you understand the key to successful financial planning begins with knowledge.

1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M.

Activating Your Purpose, ProfessionallyCharles Stein

What inspires your curiosity? Have you envisioned your impact within and beyond your role? Developing synergy between your purpose and your profession can create rewarding experiences. Join AT&T External Affairs Director Charles Stein for lessons in career strategy and community engagement.

2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M


Meet with other students and professionals from all over the world and build your networks!