The Importance of Joining Technical Societies

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The Utah Section Chair, Dr. Dan Donahoe Presents "The Importance of Joining Technical Societies"


Engineering students and new graduates looking for jobs or working in their first job may wonder if joining a professional society such as IEEE provides any substantive benefits. The current chair of the IEEE Utah section will explain his own point of view on this question. Feel free to bring your own engineering career questions to this talk.

 

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  • Date: 02 Dec 2021
  • Time: 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • Starts 19 November 2021 05:30 PM
  • Ends 02 December 2021 03:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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Dr. Dan Donahoe Dr. Dan Donahoe of IEEE Utah Section

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The Importance of Joining Technical Societies

Engineering students and new graduates looking for jobs or working in their first job may wonder if joining a professional society such as IEEE provides any substantive benefits. The current chair of the IEEE Utah section will explain his own point of view on this question. Feel free to bring your own engineering career questions to this talk.

Biography:

Dr. (Dan) Donahoe is a licensed professional engineer. He completed a BS and MS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA at Sata Clara University and a PhD at the University of Maryland at College Park. Dan has worked in the electronics and aerospace fields for over forty years for a long list of companies around the country, worked as a consultant, and worked for the government. Dan has been a member (current or past) of many professional societies including AIAA, ASHRAE, ASME, ASTM, ASQ, IEEE, IMAPS,  NSPE, MRS, SAE, SID and other organizations such as umbrella organizations, commercial organizations, and informal organizations such as meetups.  Dan has participated in other professional societies without joining them. These activities provided access to experts who could provide both technical mentorship and provide unique insights into technical career opportunities.

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Agenda

  1. Introduction
  2. Engineering in the early 20th century
    1. Not a gentleman’s profession
    2. Genesis of recognition
    3. Introduction of licensure
    4. Standardization of academic training

  3. Changes since WWII
    1. Funding
    2. Cold War impact

  4. Engineering after the Cold War
    1. Certifications vs Licensure
    2. Business Fashion
    3. Political changes

  5. Camaraderie
  6. Conclusion and Questions!


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