Rising Stars Raleigh

Friday, March 13, 2020 – Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

IEEE “Rising Stars” Raleigh – Lucky Friday the 13th – Where Students and Young Professionals Come to Connect and be Inspired

Inspired by the wildly popular IEEE Rising Stars conference in Region 6, Rising Stars Raleigh is a premier event within IEEE Region 3 (Southeastern USA and Jamaica), designed to inform, excite, enthuse, and enlighten the top engineering young professionals and students. The conference brings together the most promising students and young professionals around the region to network and is inspired by each other. The program includes professional development and technical innovation talks from industry experts, networking opportunities and professional development.

Our “Rising Stars” event consists of one fast-paced track, concentrated down into one short day of concentrated sessions covering some of the hottest topics that we all need to succeed! We focused on bringing together technical professionals who are experts in emerging technologies as well as professionals who come to enlighten and inspire attendees to succeed in an ever-changing job environment and on how to develop as leaders in their respective fields. And we start late enough and finish early enough so that you can make a day-trip of it – or stay late in Raleigh for the night life and a special reception with the local IEEE Young Professionals that evening!

FREE to all IEEE SoutheastCon registrants!
A single $25 fee for non-registrants (and includes Thursday tutorials)!

The IEEE Rising Stars Raleigh provides direction and perspective to performing young professionals and students. Attendees at the event will gain insight on how best to further their careers by networking and learning from industry professionals and executives from leading international companies. Rising Stars Raleigh attendees will leave the event with better preparation to face the challenges presented to them and armed with the appropriate contacts needed to gain the insight to be successful.

Click HERE to register today! Space is limited!

9:00 – 9:50AMHow to Keep Your Patent Options Open on a Tight Budget Shane Trent
10:00 – 10:50AMLeadership James Conrad
11:00 – 11:50AM KEYNOTE – Why You Need More Than Geek Speak to Level Up Jacquelyn Adams
Noon – 1:00PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-1:50PMWe are All Project Managers James Conrad
2:00-2:50PM Embrace Your Creativity! Bailey Heyman
3:00-3:50PM Product Safety & You; the Last Thought in a Connected World Amber Cobb

The Talks:

Leadership – James Conrad, IEEE-USA President 2020, Professor, UNC Charlotte
What kind of leader are you?   What type of leader is needed in your workplace?  How can you gain additional leadership skills?  These and other questions will be presented in an interactive session.  You will examine your skills, and identify an action plan to gain additional (and necessary) leadership skills.

How to Keep Your Patent Options Open on a Tight Budget – Shane Trent

Should you spend the time and money to get a patent? As you might expect, it depends. In this session, we will focus on minimizing your costs while keeping your patent options open. Discussions include tips on researching existing patents related to your invention, how to quickly read patents, how to avoid unintended public disclosures, using Provisional Patent Applications (do you need more than one?) and weighing cost-benefit of foreign patent rights.

“Why You Need More Than Geek Speak to Level Up” – Jacquelyn Adams We’re past the era when the person with the pocket protector reports to the person with the pocket square. Fortunately, now that person can be one and the same. But outside of technical acumen, what’s required to reach to this next level? In this keynote speech, Jacquelyn Adams, CEO of Ristole and freelance blogger for IEEE, will offer insights that will help you level up. This interactive session will cover:
·  Fangirling my fails: why I do it
·  Owning your personal brand 
·  Leveraging storytelling
·  Finding Your Obi-Wan

We Are All Project Managers – Jim Conrad
Nearly everyone works in project groups – it is rare that a person works without interacting with anyone.  Therefore, it is important to understand how a project plan is developed and executed by a project manager.  Having that knowledge will help you perform better in a team and better react to risks and problems that may arise.  This session will cover an introduction to the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK – Project Management Body of Knowledge, and how project participants fits into the entire structure of a project.

Embrace Your Creativity! – Bailey Heyman
Creativity is the most desired soft skill by companies in 2019 according to a study from LinkedIn as creativity allows you to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing industries that exist today. Yet, many people think that the term “creative engineer” is an oxymoron. In this talk, we will discuss whether or not creativity is a skill that one can acquire, or if it is only something that you are born with. We will discuss how to free your mind to become a more creative thinker and how to leverage creativity in your personal life into your professional life, and vise-versa. Bailey will also discuss how skills such as sewing and crafting allowed her to expand on her creativity.

Product Safety & You; the Last Thought in a Connected World – Amber Cobb, SUV TUV
In the testing world, we see more and more people focus on the regulatory requirements from an FCC/wireless perspective and get blindsided by product safety. This forces them, in some cases, to go back to the drawing board.

Our Speakers:

James M. Conrad received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has also worked at IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and BPM Technology.  Dr. Conrad is a Professional Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  He is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and the Project Management Institute.  He served on the IEEE Board of Directors as Region 3 director for 2016-2017, and again as a director in 2020 when he also served as IEEE-USA President.  He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, parallel processing, and engineering education.

Shane Trent is a Patent Agent in Raleigh, North Carolina and works with clients to help them protect their intellectual property rights. His technical background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering. He also has experience in circuit design, signal conditioning, and automated test systems. Shane wants to help you better understand US patent law and how you can use the patent system to protect your innovative creation. You can email him at shane@shanetrent.com.

Jacquelyn Adams began her training career teaching high school math in Swahili in a rural Tanzanian village for two years. Upon returning to the US, she combined her love of teaching with her B.S. in Computer Engineering to become a corporate engineering trainer. After spending a decade as a top-rated instructor, she founded a consulting company, Ristole. Ristole revitalizes workforces by partnering with client corporations to create engaging employee training. Jacquelyn is an IEEE senior member and serves as the Vice-Chair of IEEE’s Continuing Education Committee and Public Visibility Committee. For her professional achievements, she has received local and national recognition including Top 40 Under 40Outstanding Young Alumni, Outstanding Woman in Business, and IEEE-USA’s Entrepreneur Achievement award. Jacquelyn is the first IEEE-USA weekly blogger sharing leadership lessons learned from her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer, corporate engineering trainer, and entrepreneur.

Bailey Heyman is an engineer for the Navy. Bailey grew up in the heart of Austin, Texas. She went to Texas Tech and began her participation in IEEE as a student member, then went on to become Chair of the Texas Tech student branch. After completing her Masters Degree in 2015, she began working for the Navy on the Railgun project. Recently she obtained her second Masters in System’s Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School. In her free time, Bailey likes to use her creativity to design custom clothing and other sewables with her computerized sewing machine, industrial sewing machine, soldering station, and Cricut. 

FREE to all IEEE SoutheastCon registrants!
A single $25 fee for non-registrants (and includes Thursday tutorials)!

Click HERE to register today! Space is limited!