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Closing the Loop - Perspectives from Recent Engineering Graduates

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We've all been there, 4 years, 6 years, sometimes over 8 years as students, sharpening our skills and making our mark on the world even before we really enter it. 

 

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But what happens after graduation? Educators, what would your students say to you five years into their careers? Recent graduates and young professionals, what feedback do you have for your professors now that you're out in the "real world"?

 

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If you've ever asked these questions or thought about your answer to such questions, join us at Academic Forum at NIWeek for an incredible panel of young professionals who will share their experiences and provide insight into what it takes to enter into today's fast-paced, innovation-driven workplace.

 

Panel Description:

Moderated by our very own Travis Escoffery! (who you may recognize from the Impulse Response video series). Panelists will answer these questions through the lens of their own experiences. You'll hear from recent graduates and young professionals about how prepared they were for their first endeavor after graduation. Explore their transitions from student to engineer, researcher, or entrepreneur and learn what prepared them for their careers and what didn't.

 

Speakers:

 

LEEVIANA GRAY

Software Development Engineer at Microsoft

 

Biography: Interested in a wide variety of things, Leevi has just graduated from Duke University with a dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and a minor in music (she plays piano/percussion). She interned at National Instruments the summer between her college sophomore and junior year, picking up her LabVIEW CLAD certification along the way. Back at school, as a TA for the Microelectronics Devices and Circuits lab, she then took her LabVIEW knowledge and rewrote some of the tooling and labs to better automate data collection for determining electrical attributes of circuit components. Now as a recent grad working for Microsoft, she works on Azure service infrastructure and management for teams across Microsoft. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeviana/

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MICHAL MACIEJEWSKI, PhD Candidate

Principal Architect of the STEAM Co-simulation Framework at CERN

 

Biography:  As a member of the team developing a co-simulation framework for Simulation of Transient Effects in Accelerator Magnets (STEAM) at CERN, Michał is responsible for designing the framework architecture allowing for selective coupling of various superconducting magnet models. The STEAM framework is the key tool to analyze superconducting circuits of the Large Hadron Collider.

 

Michał graduated from Automatic Control and Robotics at Lodz University of Technology (LUT), Poland, during which he received several awards such as the Scholarship of the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Poland and the title of Best Student of Poland in the Students’ Nobel 2014 contest. His adventure with LabVIEW has started while working on a bachelor thesis aimed at designing and implementing an automated measuring vision system for an industrial process. He continues to actively share his software development experience and eagerly supports social and charity activities, including serving as a member of the board of the non-profit think-tank Association of Top 500 Innovators, as well as co-founder and CTO of the Polish Baseball and Softball Foundation supporting young talents. He also serves a mentor and expert of the TopMinds initiative for Polish students organized by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Association of Top 500 Innovators. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/michalmaciejewski89/

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Our next two panelists are a part of a team who won a 2016 Engineering Impact Award for their work on KineLab: A Flexible Software Platform for Measuring Manual Dexterity

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EARLE JAMIESON, AMIMeche, Certified LabVIEW Architect, MEng, PhD

Co-founder and Managing Director, ReSolve Research Engineering

 

Biography: Dr. Earle Jamieson is inspired by the notion of creatively combining novel engineering techniques with robust scientific methodologies to help improve systems and processes. His first hands-on experience with NI hardware and software was during his third-year undergraduate project through which he instrumented the University of Leeds Formula Student Race Car. The intuitive graphical LabVIEW environment and built-in data acquisition functions made it easy to pick up the basics and quickly get the project off the ground. Armed with some experience, he continued using LabVIEW during his fourth-year project, for which he worked as part of a team of five to develop a haptic feedback system that simulated liver palpation during laparoscopic surgery. That project was runner-up at the 2011 NI Global Student Design Showcase.

 

He’s now co-founder of ReSolve, whose mission is to empower researchers and innovators with specialist tools that enable them to speed discovery, streamline innovation, and drive change. Leveraging the ReSolve team’s expertise in software development, automation, and measurement, they provide bespoke investigation platforms that enable clients to address their research questions objectively and efficiently. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/earle-jamieson-077b0336/

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JAMES CHANDLER, Certified LabVIEW Architect, MEng, PhD 

Technical Director, ReSolve Research Engineering


Biography: Dr. James Chandler is a researcher and engineer fascinated by solving problems. He is particularly passionate about implementing modern mechatronic systems that can enable and propel research and innovation. James was first exposed to NI LabVIEW in university when he worked on a research project creating rehabilitation games using the Nintendo Wiimote controller. During the final years of his undergraduate course he was able to translate his knowledge to programming a CompactRIO for real-time control and to creating a haptic based surgical training system as part of a five-person team which was runner up at the 2011 NI Global Student Design Showcase. 

 

He’s now co-founder of ReSolve, whose mission is to empower researchers and innovators with specialist tools that enable them to speed discovery, streamline innovation, and drive change. Leveraging the ReSolve team’s expertise in software development, automation, and measurement, they provide bespoke investigation platforms that enable clients to address their research questions objectively and efficiently. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/mynetwork/invite-sent/james-chandler-9939a631/

 

>> Learn more about Academic Forum 2017