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T572·INDUSTRY DAY: The Future of Upskilling and Lifelong Learning
Panel Corporate Member Council (CMC)
Tue. June 27, 2023 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM
Room 304, Baltimore Convention Center
Session Description

This session will explore the future of upskilling and lifelong learning, emphasizing the importance of technical and essential skills for personal and professional growth. We will discuss the significance of mentor training in effectively cultivating these skills. Participants will gain insights into the evolving landscape of upskilling in the digital age, recognize the value of both technical and essential skills in a rapidly changing world, and explore how mentorship facilitates the acquisition of these skills. The session will provide practical guidance on effective mentor training strategies and methodologies, with a focus on emerging trends, essential technical skills, and the transformative power of mentorship. By embracing continuous learning and mentorship, participants will be empowered to shape a successful future.

Moderated by
  1. Stephanie S. Harrington
  1. Mr. Jeffrey Alderson

    M.Ed., MathWorks
    Education Product Marketing, MathWorks
    Jeff's current vocation is the product manager for MATLAB's autograding solution, MATLAB Grader, at MathWorks in Natick, MA, where he leads the company’s marketing efforts in teaching and learning. Prior to joining MathWorks, Jeff was with Eduventure sands Lead Architect for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and at Connect EDU Jeff has over 20 years of experience in deploying secure, standards-based, data solutions for education and government, as well as five years of service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Alderson received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from WPI in Massachusetts and his M.Ed. in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  2. Dr. Soma Chakrabarti
    ANSYS, Inc.

    Ph.D., ANSYS, Inc.
    Engineering Education Outreach Program and Partnership Developer, Ansys | Office of the CTO
    Dr. Soma Chakrabarti leads and coordinates the education outreach efforts in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Ansys. Earlier she led the materials education resources team in Ansys Cambridge, UK. Soma is the current first vice president of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, the current president of International Association for Continuing Engineering Education and as a director of the American Society for Engineering Education College-Industry Partnership Division Board. She has a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering and biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

  3. Dr. Patrick R Kane
    Cypress Semiconductor Corp.

    Director, University Alliance Program, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, An Infineon Technologies Company
    Patrick Kane has been the director of the University Alliances (UA) at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, An Infineon Technologies Company since 2006. University Alliances is dedicated to partnering with academia to ensure that professors and students have access to the latest Cypress and Infineon technology for use in education and research. Before joining Cypress, Kane spent over 13 years at Xilinx, Advanced Micro Devices and Lattice Semiconductor. Dr. Kane was an affiliate professor in the CEPS department at University Of New Hampshire, Durham 2013-2016.
    Kane holds ASEET, BSEE, and MBA degrees as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Technology.

  4. Jessica Silwick

    MBA, COO and CFO, ABET
    As CFO, Jessica is responsible for developing ABET’s financial management strategy, budget development, forecasting and the integrity of the financial information. As COO, Silwick is in charge of communications and marketing, professional assessment offerings, office operations, overall management of Human Resources, and serves as Lead Internal Auditor for ABET’s Quality Management System to ensure continued ISO compliance and certification. Prior to ABET, Silwick gained experience working for large organizations in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and energy fields. Silwick earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler School of Business. She is also an active CPA, CAE, and has earned professional certificates from Yale and Cornell Universities.