IEEE-HKN Workshop and Networking Opportunity

Friday, 20 March from 2:00 – 5:30pm

and Saturday, 21 March from 10:30am to 5:00pm

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida, USA

IEEE-HKN Outstanding Chapter Award Reception, Saturday, 21 March from 6:00 to 7:00pm 




2020 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo

Conference 18-21 March | ECExpo 20 and 21 March

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida, USA

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.

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The transition from school to industry isn’t easy. What are the opportunities pitfalls, challenges and how to overcome them? We invite graduate students, graduating seniors, and young engineers to join us for the HKN Pathways Program, where we focus on this transition. In partnership with ECEDHA, we are bringing together students and professionals to discuss personal career paths, share hard-earned insights, and offer practical advice for young engineers

Why this Program?

Unlike programs offered at your university, you will meet and network with leaders from a wide cross section of industry, academia, corporations, and young engineers like you looking to enter industry. ECEDHA offers access and an audience unlike any other.

Breakfast, Lunch
Networking breaks with ECEDHA
Expo Reception

Click here for full schedule and networking opportunities

8:00am                        Breakfast with ECEDHA

8:30am                        Spotlight Industry Sessions with ECEDHA

12:00pm                      Lunch with ECEDHA


IEEE-HKN Workshop and Networking Opportunity 1:00 – 5:00pm


1:00 – 1:10pm           Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Karen Panetta, 2019 IEEE-HKN President, Dean, Graduate Education, Tufts University


1:10 – 2:00pm           Graduate Program Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Karen Panetta, 2019 IEEE-HKN President

Tamal L. Bose, University of Arizona

Stephen M. Goodnick, Arizona State University

Ed Post, Prescott College of Engineering

A panel of experts will explore the value of attending Graduate School, how to choose a program, securing funding and how to get the most of the Graduate Student Experience.  An interactive Q&A session and other resources will benefit the undergraduate student or current graduate student.


2:10-3:00 pm              After Saying Hello and Shaking Hands

Build Effective Communications & Relationships 

Mike Andrews, Managing Partner of Andrews & Associates

Andrews and Associates is a consulting firm specializing in new product R&D, business and management development, and Emergency Planning for business, schools and government entities.

Mr. Andrews is a Senior Life Member of IEEE a member and chair of numerous IEEE committees, Executive Producer of the IEEE Rising Stars Conference and member of the Phoenix Section Executive Committee. He is also the Arizona Region Coordinator for the Engineers Week Future City Competition and the originator of the SMART Competition


Carolyn Andrews, Certified Business and Executive Coach, International Speaker and Award-Winning Author

Ms. Andrews’ experience ranges from Fortune 100 companies to organizations with less than 50 staff members.  She is an experienced senior corporate executive leader who also has more than 15 years of experience in small business management including starting new businesses and coaching existing businesses.


3:00 -3:50 pm            What they did not teach you in Engineering School

Speaker:  April Zhao, Qualcomm

Besides fulfilling work duties, April Zhao’s current research area is on a multi-disciplinary study between Engineering and Society, which falls within the scope of Social Response Capitalism. One of the topics that I’m particularly interested in is how to encourage technology companies to achieve environmental protection and economic growth simultaneously. I’m hoping with the involvement in IEEE Phoenix, we can influence the tech world in this direction and advocate the long-term sustainable development plan.


3:50- 4:00pm             IEEE-USA:  Professionals Need a Professional Association

Speaker: Tom Coughlin, 2019 IEEE-USA President


4:00-4:50pm              Industry Forecast:  The Next Big Thing (Panel Discussion)

Moderator:  Tom Coughlin, IEEE-USA President

Doug Baney, Keysight Technologies

Doug Phillips, Texas Instruments

Dennis Leitterman,  HewlettPackard (ret)

April Zhao, Qualcomm


Dr. Doug Baney is the Corporate Director of Education at Keysight Technologies, where he oversees global university relations for Keysight. Doug worked as an R&D millimeter wave engineer in Hewlett-Packard’s Signal Analysis Division, and later in HP Laboratories, Agilent Laboratories, and Keysight Laboratories following company splits. He has extensive experience in the field of microwaves and photonics, and has conducted research in the areas of millimeter-wave amplifiers and mixers, optical amplifier gain, optical noise figure, spectral-hole burning and upconversion ZBLAN fiber visible lasers.

Doug Phillips:  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.

Dennis Leitterman: Dennis Leitterman enjoyed a 30-year career with Hewlett-Packard in the Silicon Valley, where he focused on the computer sector and worked in engineering management, project management, software licensing, product marketing and business development.

Mr. Leitterman’s involvement with IEEE began in 1971 during his freshman year of college and continued throughout the rest of his undergraduate years at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, where he was elected IEEE Student Branch Chair, served as President of his IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Student Chapter, and was a finalist for the HKN Outstanding Senior Award. He now serves as Chair of the IEEE San Francisco Bay Area HKN Alumni Chapter as well as Chair of the IEEE-HKN Alumni Committee.


5:00pm                      Close

6:00-7:30pm            EXPO Reception

Featured Speakers

Steve Goodnick

Steve Goodnick

Arizona State University
John McCulloch

John McCulloch

Dennis Leitterman

Dennis Leitterman

HewlettPackard (ret)
Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews

Certified business and executive coach, international speaker and award-winning author
Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews

Managing Partner of Andrews & Associates
Doug Baney

Doug Baney

Keysight Technologies
April Zhao

April Zhao

Doug Phillips

Doug Phillips

Texas Instruments
Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin

2019 President of IEEE USA
Tamal L. Bose

Tamal L. Bose

University of Arizona
Ed Post

Ed Post

Prescott College of Engineering

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