HKN: Industry Connections Panel

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The videos in this HKN Workshop Series are made possible through support from IEEE-USA and ECEDHA, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

This interactive session brings the person career perspectives and hard-earned insights as well as practical advise for young engineers from our Industry Panel of experts.  

The discussion will include emerging opportunities from their company's perspective and personal experience.  This lively Q&A session and sharing will be engaging and fun.

 

 Moderator:
   

 Steve Watkins
 IEEE-HKN President                                                                                 

 

Steve E. Watkins is a faculty member (1989-Present) at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla or UMR) and is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  His technical interests include smart sensor systems, fiber optics, imaging, and engineering education.  He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and M.S.E.E. and B.S.E.E. degrees from UMR in 1985 and 1983, respectively. 

He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy, a 2004 IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, the Faculty-Member-in-Residence for the 2005 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) Program, a visiting physicist for the U.S.A.F. Phillips Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base, and a visiting scholar for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Japan.  At Missouri S&T, he has been the Associate Chair for Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Studies and faculty advisor to the Gamma Theta Chapter (1992-Present) and Tau Beta Pi (2014-Present).  His accomplishments include project coordinator for the campus Smart Composite Bridge project and as a contributor in the creation of the IEEE Student Ethics Competition.

In addition to Eta Kappa Nu, Dr. Watkins is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi and he is active in IEEE (S’80-M’90-SM-98), SPIE-The Society for Optical Engineering (Fellow), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  His awards include IEEE-USA 2016 Jim Watson Student Professional Achievement Award, IEEE 2005 Region 5 Outstanding Member, IEEE RAB Achievement Award, IEEE 1999 Region 5 Outstanding Educator, HKN 1993 Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Finalist, and HKN 1983 Alton B. Zerby Outstanding EE Student.

 

   
 Panelists:  
   
   Doug Phillips
 Director of University Marketing
 Texas Instruments 

Doug Phillips is the director of university marketing for Texas Instruments. In this role, he manages a global team of marketers in India, China, the U.S. and in Europe to collaborate with university faculty and administrators on engineering curriculum to ensure today’s students are well-equipped for industry.
   
   
   Mike Curcic
 Academic Sales Engineer
 EMWorks
     
 
Mike Curcic is an Academic Sales Engineer at EMWorks. His goal is to promote wider adoption of electromagnetic simulation tools in academia, in order to better prepare engineering students for a career in the ‘more-electric’ world. 

Mike has three years of experience in engineering simulation and development of novel renewable energy solutions. He obtained a MEng degree in Electrical Engineering, while conducting the research in ocean wave energy converters. Prior to joining EMWorks, Mike worked on a control and testing of wave-harnessing propulsion systems for the autonomous marine systems.
   
   
   Safa Salman
 
ANSYS 
 

Safa Salman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1989. She received the B.S. degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, in 2010 with an honors degree from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Oxford, Mississippi. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree at the ElectroScience Laboratory, The Ohio State University, OH, USA, in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Her research areas include Broadband arrays, biomedical applications of antennas, implanted antennas, ablation techniques and wearable continuous time health monitoring sensors. Currently, she is an Application Engineer II at ANSYS Inc. in Irvine, CA.

Safa is a member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)

About ANSYS Inc.

 

Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs nearly 3,000 professionals, many of whom are expert M.S. and Ph.D.-level engineers in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software, and design optimization. Our exceptional staff is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology so our customers can turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost.  

 
    Ye Cheng
 
Manager on Education Customer Success Team
 MathWorks  
 
                                                                               

Dr. Ye Cheng is a manager on the Education Customer Success team at MathWorks. The team's mission is to help faculty members around the world better utilize MATLAB in teaching and research. Ye holds PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, specialized in advanced imaging techniques for the study of turbulence and multiphase flow. Ye also has several years of teaching experience in senior-level mechanical engineering laboratories prior to MathWorks.

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on its products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development. MATLAB and Simulink have been widely adopted in the academic community to help make technical education more authentic and tangible. More than 5,000 universities around the world use these products for teaching and research in a broad range of technical disciplines. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

The videos in this HKN Workshop Series are made possible through support from IEEE-USA and ECEDHA, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

This interactive session brings the person career perspectives and hard-earned insights as well as practical advise for young engineers from our Industry Panel of experts.  

The discussion will include emerging opportunities from their company's perspective and personal experience.  This lively Q&A session and sharing...

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