Ask the Experts: An Open Discussion with 3 Independent Consultants (IEEE-USA Free Livestream Event)


Join three experts from IEEE-USA's Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Network Coordinating Committee (AICNCC) where they will be addressing live audience questions on all consulting issues. Our target audience will be young professionals who are considering becoming a full-time independent consultant as well as professionals who may have experienced job loss during this pandemic and are considering entering the world of consulting.

We have assembled a team of experienced consultants who will provide valuable insight and advice. There will be no formal presentation, just consultants talking about consulting.

The AICNCC looks forward to a rousing discussion.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 10 Mar 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Livestream Links:

    • David Iams, IEEE-USA
    • Daryll Griffin, IEEE-USA
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  • Starts 09 February 2021 11:20 AM
  • Ends 10 March 2021 09:45 AM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Session Leaders: 

  1. Michael R. Behnke, P.E.

    Mike Behnke spent 17 years in the electric power industry with an electric utility and an equipment manufacturer before deciding to form an engineering consulting firm with two partners in 2003. After building that firm to 35 employees, he and his partners sold the company to a global energy sector consulting entity in 2010. Since 2013, he has provided engineering consulting services to the renewable energy industry (primarily utility-scale wind and solar) as co-owner of a two-man consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  2. William R. Kassebaum

    (Will) has over 30 years working in the private and government sectors, Will has extensive systems & computer (HW/SW) engineering, executive management, program management, and entrepreneurial experience.

    Will is an experienced technologist and computer hardware/software engineer - system architect, project/program manager, and broad technology specialist. Will has been the founding CEO of several Indianapolis based technology companies. His pioneering work at the Naval Air Warfare Center earned him and his team the prestigious National Performance Review "Heroes Of Government Reinvention" award presented by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Vice President of the United States.

    While working with private companies such as Escient, he has led teams that developed award-winning products. Mr. Kassebaum holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana.

    He is a past Chair and Director of the Central Indiana Section of the IEEE. And recently served on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors as Vice President Career & Member Services 2014-15, and as a corresponding member of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Policy Committee of the IEEE-USA, a Founder and Co-Chair of the Central Indiana Engineering Consultants’ Network, and is a Past Chair and member of the Alliance of IEEE Consultants’ Networks (AICN), a committee of the IEEE-USA.

  3. Christopher Wilson

    Christopher Wilson has been a consultant for 10 years specializing in Automated and Connected Vehicle technology and crowdsourcing of vehicle data to build high quality databases. He provides Technical Services to established vehicle manufacturers and startups, as well as Expert Witness services on Intellectual Property and Accident Reconstruction matters.

    He has been an IEEE member since becoming a consultant and is currently Chair of the IEEE Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley and the IEEE Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Network Coordinating Committee.



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