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Rose-Hulman Hosting Workshop to Help Engineers & Students Develop Career & Life Skills

March 29, 2011

ASME LogoThe Central Indiana Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's ASME chapter have planned an engaging seminar and continuing education workshop on Saturday, April 2, to help provide professional engineers and engineering students gain the critical career and life skills necessary to keep pace with today's changing technological workplace.

There are two program tracks for this event, being hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rose-Hulman.

Professional Skills Seminar Track

A professional skills seminar and networking luncheon on "Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School" will feature professional engineer Carl Selinger.  Key features of this seminar will include:

  • Providing a solid understanding of many important "professional skills" necessary for making decisions, organizing meetings, being effective and efficient (and knowing the difference), setting priorities, effective teamwork, not fearing negotiating, dealing with stress, finding out why you often don't understand other people (and why they often don't understand you), improving writing/speaking/listening skills and being more creative.
  • Providing practical, useful and down-to-earth tips/techniques.
  • Increasing confidence and comfort so that you can better deal with -- and excel in -- the real world, while being happier and less stressed.


Selinger is author of the book "Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World" and has published several articles on professional and career development.  He formerly served as manager for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, developing business, concessions and technology initiatives to improve services and increase revenues at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports, one of the world's largest airport systems.  His motto is "Ideas are always welcomed!"

Selinger earned civil and transportation engineering degrees from New York City's The Cooper Union, Yale University and Polytechnic University.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education.

The cost of the seminar and lunch is $5 for current college students and $25 for recent graduates.

Professional Development Track

Another workshop track provides an opportunity for engineers to earn professional development hours, including two hours of engineering ethics, as required for engineering license renewal in Indiana.  The program includes three two-hour sessions in which participants can learn about intellectual property, operations research, ethics, a Six Sigma overview entrepreneurship.

The courses will cover the following topics: Design of experiments, examining how experimental design can be used by engineers in process development and improvement; Ethics, pointing out the importance of ethics in the engineering profession; Intellectual property, examining the influence intellectual property law has on the professional practice of engineers, scientists and engineering managers; Operations research, taking a critical look at how management science is relevant for today's engineers; Six Sigma, providing a forum for engineers to ask questions about Six Sigma philosophies, structures, techniques and tools; and entrepreneurship, by answering the question: why should engineers think like entrepreneurs?

Rose-Hulman professors serving as course instructors will be Richard Stamper, associate dean of professional experiences and professor of mechanical engineering, a registered patent agent who has a wealth of educational and professional experiences, including forming his own small company to develop medical devices; Tom Mason, professor emeritus of economics and engineering management, who has been a long-time advocate for entrepreneurship in engineering education; Heinz Luegenbiehl, professor of philosophy and technology studies, who has taught engineering ethics for over 30 years; Craig Downing, interim head of the Department of Engineering Management, who has expertise in operational and quality areas of engineering management; David Rader, associate professor of mathematics, who received his doctorate degree in operations research; and Michael DeVasher, assistant professor of mathematics, who specializes in applied statistics and linear modeling

The cost of this program is $125, which includes lunch.

Advanced registration is required for both workshop sessions.  Persons can register for the Selinger workshop online here and the continuing education workshop here.

For more information, contact Richard Onyancha, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman, at (812) 877-8601 or Richard.M.Onyancha@rose-hulman.edu or ASME-Central Indiana Event Chair Dan Gallagher at dpatrickgallagher@gmail.com.