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May 15-17, 2011
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Mankato, MN, USA


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Career Workshop
Sunday, May 15, 2011
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Tarek Lahdhiri, PhD, PE, PMP, SM-MIEEE

Career Workshop

Workshop Overview
This Career Workshop provides practical strategies to maximize your career talents presented in a positive and entertaining way. The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • Today's Engineering Workspace and How can IEEE Help
    Challenges in today’s workplace and understand IEEE resources and help available:
    • Compare what you want in your work life to what others say is important.
    • Learn about two truly transferable skills.
    • Identify the payoffs from work most important to you.
    • Recognize key elements of success and fulfillment.
    • Confirm your personal Career Orientation.
    • See what engineering specialties are predicted to grow most in the near future.
    • Hear how IEEE supports engineering careers.
  • Effective Communication Skills
    How to improve your written and spoken communications:
    • Value of effective communications
    • What to avoid
    • Ways to become a better writer
    • Ways to become a better presenter
    • Ways to become a better writer
  • Resume Development
    How to use your resume, how to sell yourself:
    • Resumes & job search
    • Resume basics
    • Resume strategy
    • Resume guidelines & structure
    • Cover letters & References
  • Job Interview
    Understand interview process, what to expect, how to present yourself:
    • Interview types
    • Preparation for the interview
    • What really matters
    • Appearance
    • Behavior, good and bad
    • Topics to avoid & questions to ask
  • Dr. Lahdhiri is currently working for General Motors, where he is holding the position of Strategy Leader for Real-Time Control Systems Development within the Global Electrical Integration department.

    Dr. Lahdhiri is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Michigan and a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

    Dr. Lahdhiri is a Senior IEEE member and has been leading several activities within the IEEE organization. Currently, he is the IEEE Region 4 (Central USA) PACE Chair, Outreach Co-chair of the IEEE-USA Career Workforce Policy committee (CWPC), a member of the IEEE-USA Employment & Career Services (ECS) Committee, and a member of the IEEE Career Services Committee.

    Dr. Lahdhiri is the recipient of the 2001 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award, the 2004 IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award, and the 2007 IEEE-USA Citation of Honor Award.

    Contact Dr. Lahdhiri:

    Project Scoping and Management
    Monday, May 16, 2011
    10:45 - 12:00

    William (Bill) Betten
    Product Development Consultant

    Project Scoping and Management

    Bill Betten is currently a consultant in the areas of product development, systems engineering, and project leadership, with an emphasis on medical device development. Bill is an experienced leader with extensive new product development skills and proven ability to define programs, energize teams, and deliver products to market quickly and effectively. Prior to moving into consulting, Bill served as Vice President of Engineering and led the Product Development organization at Nonin Medical, a leading provider of pulse oximetry and non-invasive medical sensing equipment. His previous experience in medical products includes hearing aids, teleradiology, medical imaging, and PACS. Bill has led a wide range of product development teams from Fortune 100 companies to smaller organizations in fields as diverse as aerospace and defense, semiconductors, data storage, and medical products with the common theme of product development in changing environments.

    Bill serves on Industry Advisory Boards for St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN, as well as Minnesota State University at Mankato, MN. Bill also has held various positions in his home community of Woodbury, MN, including Planning Commission, City Council, and Economic Development Authority. He holds BSPhysics and BSEE degrees from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a MSEE from the University of Minnesota, post-graduate management education from Babson College (Wellesley, MA), is a certified Project Management Professional, and is a long-term member of the IEEE. Bill is also active in Life Science Alley as well as the Minnesota High Tech Association.

    Software for Hire Survival as an Independent Contractor
    Monday, May 16, 2011
    1:00 - 2:15

    Brian Lindell, CEO
    Software for Hire

    Software for Hire Survival as an Independent Contractor

    Brian Lindell is currently the CEO of his own software development company contracting in the areas of embedded software, Windows development, Labview, and other software applications. Prior to starting his own company, Brian served as a Software Development Manager at Blue Earth Research, Senior Programmer and Analyst at CWC in Mankato, MN, Senior Software Engineer at Weigh-Tronix in Fairmont, MN and has nearly thirty years experience in programming .

    >Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University, Ames.

    Simulation and Verification of Embedded Systems
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011
    10:30 - 12:00 / 1:00 - 2:15

    Dr. Subramaniam Ganesan
    Oakland University, Michigan

    Workshop on Advances in Embedded System

    Subra Ganesan and ETAS engineer

    This workshop will cover advances in embedded system design. An embedded system is a special-purpose computer system designed to perform one or a few dedicated functions, often with real-time computing constraints. We will cover advances in microcontrollers, FPGAs, networking requirement, design of embedded systems ranging from portable devices such as digital Personal Digital Assistance to large stationary installations like traffic lights, and factory controllers, Real time operating system lime micro Cos, scheduling tasks to meet deadlines, advanced DSP microprocessors, software tools to design DSP systems, i.MX 5x series Freescale micro, design of multimedia systems. Use of Matlab autocode generator, and LabView based FPGA code generator.

    We will also cover use of ETAS software tools like ASCET, and INTECRIO tools for designing real time embedded systems, and embedded system validation and verification techniques. A discussion on the various embedded system education courses, syllabus, laboratory needs and challenges in upgrading to the latest technology.

    Dr. Subramaniam Ganesan, is a Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA. He has over 25 years of teaching and research experience in Digital systems. He was the chair of the CSE department from1991 to 98. He moved to ECE department in 2008. He received Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He worked at National Aeronautical Laboratory, India, Ruhr University, Germany, Concordia University, Canada, and Western Michigan University before joining at Oakland University. He has published over 50 journal papers, 150 papers in conference proceedings, and 3 books. Ten students have obtained PhD under his guidance and 8 students are currently doing PhD. He published a book on Java in 2003. He developed a custom DSP board with software for his DSP book. He is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visiting Speaker, and council member of ISPE. He organized international conferences on Concurrent Engineering, a workshop on Xilinx DSP, IEEE EIT conference, ICSIT, and Embedded System workshops at Oakland University. His expertise include design of real time systems using FreeScale and ARM microcontrollers, multi-core processors, DSP processors, Altera, Xilinx FPGAs and media processors.

    He is the editor in chief of a International Journal of Embedded system and Computer Engineering. More details about him can be obtained from the web address: His research interests are in real time system, parallel architectures and computer systems for signal processing.