The Chinese Institute of Engineers DFW Chapter (CIE/USA-DFW) had completed the 2011 Leadership Assessment and Mentoring Program (LAMP) successfully in the University of Texas at Arlington on last Saturday, June 18, 2011. This year’s LAMP was sponsored by several corporations like Texas Instruments，Lockheed Martin，AT&T, and UT Arlington. There were around 120 graduate students and local professionals there.
The symposium was hosted by CIE Information Technology Director Mr. Min Lai. Mr. Lai invited the CIE President Dr. David Kao to have the opening remarks, and followed by CIE VP of Young professionals Dr. Cindy Yi. Dr. Yi introduced a serial of young professional events hosted by CIE this year — The Spring Symposium / LAMP-I at Collin College in March, the Career Development and Campus visit in University of Texas at Dallas in April, and the LAMP-II. Dr. Yi expressed her special thanks to the sponsors for their generous support, also asked the audience for the feedback so that CIE can make improvement in the future.
The first session started by the keynote speaker Mr. Mark Carpenter, the Vice President and CTO of Oncor. Mr. Carpenter has over 30 years of experience in technology and engineering field. His rich experience and personal story have touched many hearts. Then Ms. Mindy Tobolowsky, the Manager of Human Resource at Texas Instruments, shared her career experience with the audience. Ms. Tobolowsky stated several key points on how to manage working environment as well as balanced life. The audiences were very pleased with the answers by both speakers during the Q&A session.
The second session of LAMP was led by Mr. Xavier Qiu, a Ph D candidate from UT Dallas. Mr. Qiu introduced four panelists of the discussion session — Ms. Urvi Bhandari, HR Director of AT&T, Mr. Ke Bi, Head of Project Delivery at Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Bruce Lin, Sr. Technical Program Manager at IBM, and Ms. Debra Wawro, CEO of Resonant Sensors Incorporated. Since there was a well diversified panelist group, all questions from the audience were answered at a high satisfactory level.
Although Professor JC Chiao, the CIE board of director has kept a low profile, the contribution of him as well as his students of UT Arlington was well recognized and appreciated by others. The UT Arlington team provided the excellent facility, delicious refreshments, and many manpower hours behind the scenes. It was a wonderful event, many attendees claimed. I am very glad to hear that, Ms. Jessica Yang, the LAMP Chair responded with a happy smile. There is no doubt that her months of preparation and coordination for the event have been paid off.