The ECEDHA Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interest of the ECEDHA community that the 2020 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo, March 18-22, 2020 in Orlando, Florida, not take place as planned.

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The IEEE-HKN Pathways to Industry Workshop and Networking Opportunity
that was to be held in conjunction with the ECEDHA Conference will not be held 20-21 March.

Please check back for updates on rescheduling.


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.

ALL MEALS: Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
Networking breaks with ECEDHA
Expo Reception

Click here for full schedule and networking opportunities

Friday, 20 March 2020

2:30 p.m.                       Welcome

Edward A. Rezek, 2020 IEEE-HKN President

James Conrad, IEEE-USA President and IEEE-HKN Governor At-Large

2:45 p.m.                       Introduction to the Texas Instruments Booster Pack Challenge

Mark Easley, Texas Instruments

In this challenge you will design an embedded systems project using the TI MSP432 LaunchPad (MSP-EXP432P401R) the Educational BoosterPack (BOOSTXL-EDUMKII). This hardware provides a wide variety of features including an accelerometer, LCD, joystick, buttons, RGB LED, ambient light sensor, microphone and buzzer. You can use the included examples for individual components or the example game as a starting point for your design. At the end of the challenge, you will present what you created and explain the use cases and intended audience for the project. In the presentation you will discuss some of the technical issues that were overcome and a demo if possible.


3:30 p.m.                       Break

4:00 p.m.                       Panel Session: Entrepreneurship – Telling Your Story 

Lani Powell, Bio Tera

Courtney Powell, Acre Apllications LLC

A panel of successful entrepreneurs will share insights on what it takes to succeed and how to tell you story.

4:45 p.m.                        Let’s Talk About Money: Your Financial Future

Kristen Prewitt, The Prewitt Group

Ameriprise Financial Servcies, Inc.

In this panel we discuss the financial decisions you will make as you transition into your profession. What should be in the offer letter? What considerstions must be made for budgeting and planning? What additional strategies will impact your immediate and long-term financial future.

5:30 p.m.                        Day 1 Wrap Up

6:00 p.m.                        Opening Reception for ECEDHA Conference

Evening                           Team Time: Teams work independently


Saturday, 21 March 2020

10:00 a.m.                  Opening: Welcome to the IEEE Network

James Conrad, IEEE-USA President and IEEE-HKN Governor At-Large

Humans find solace and safety at their home. Engineers can find solace and safety at their technical home. This session will address all of the benefits of your technical home, IEEE. You will be pleasantly surprised at all of the support and assistance that IEEE offers!

10:30 a.m.                   Panel: Which is The Chicken and Which is The Egg? Graduate School or Work Experience?

Moderator: Charlotte Blair, Lead Application Engineer, ANSYS

Marcus Ray, Qorvo,
Salim Chaouqi, Qorvo
Eduardo Rojas, Embry Riddle University

Our panel will provide perspectives and advice on the paths they chose. Is there an advantage to going directly from undergraduate to graduate school, or to gaining work experience before graduate school? Our industry and university experts will share their thoughts.

11:15 a.m.                    Leadership Skills Leaders Swear By: Discovering your Unique Communication Style

Carolyn Andrews, President, Inspired Leaders Now

To improve your effectiveness, you need to identify and create communication channels and uncover your individual style and motivation as well as the traits and behaviors that can hold you back or propel you forward in your career (pre-work required).

Noon                            Lunch

1:30 p.m.                    Emerging Technologies and the Impact You Can Make

Michael Andrews, President, Andrews & Associates

The impact you make is driven by four key factors: Imagination, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It’s not known that there are eight key technologies and two technologies that are fundamental to all eight. It’s understanding the linkages between industry, products and applications that drive impact.

2:15 p.m.                      Panel Session: Where the Jobs Are

Doug Baney, Keysight Technologies

Doug Phillips, Texas Instruments



Industry leaders discuss what essential skills, strategies and vision you will need to develop to meet the next generation of products, systems and services.

3:00 p.m.                    Break

3:30 p.m.                    Innovation, Imagination and Immersive Technology: How Engineers Move from Concepts and Dreams to Reality

Daniel Joseph, Principle Special Effects Designer and Illusion Development, Walt Disney Imagineering

Sharing the passion of invention and creating new things, things that can solve a problem or create a better experience where there once was the status quo.  Engineers can make the world a better place and make people happy and even mystified through the gift of design.

4:15 p.m.                     Negotiating at Work and in Life

Dennis Leitterman, Consultant, Business Development Manager, HP (retired)

Edward A. Rezek, 2020 IEEE-HKN President

Your professional career will be filled with negotiations – goal setting, performance evaluations, salary improvements, budgets, staffing, and much more. Here you will learn about the elements of negotiation – tactics, preparation, negotiating — and will see examples of how they happen. These will apply to your personal life as well. With good negotiating skills, you can get what you need.

5:00 p.m.                    Closing

6:00 p.m.                    HKN Award Reception for the Outstanding Chapter Award and TI competition presentation





Featured Speakers

Marcus Ray

Marcus Ray

Salim Chaouqi

Salim Chaouqi

Eduardo Rojas

Eduardo Rojas

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews

Inspired Leaders Now
Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews

Managing Partner of Andrews & Associates
Doug Baney

Doug Baney

Keysight Technologies
Doug Phillips

Doug Phillips

Texas Instruments
Dennis Leitterman

Dennis Leitterman

HewlettPackard (ret)
Edward A Rezek

Edward A Rezek

2020 President

Delta Zeta Chapter

James M. Conrad

James M. Conrad

Governor At-Large

Beta Eta Chapter

The Networking and Connections make this conference unique.
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