2012 Annual Convention successfully held at Richardson

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The Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE)/USA-DFW Chapter celebrated the CIE/USA Day on August 25 during its 23rd Annual Convention at The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. About 600 people attended the convention, including the mayor of city of Richardson, Bob Townsend, mayor of city of Farmers Branch, Bill Glancy, and mayor of city of Garland, Ronald Jones.  Nine cities within the DFW area, including Addison, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Lewisville, Plano, Allen, Garland and Irving proclaimed the CIE/USA Day, appreciating the contribution of CIE/USA-DFW to the community. They recognized CIE/USA-DFW continual important role in the economy and society, especially with the growing needs for business savvy skilled workers in the field of engineering and science.

The theme of this year’s convention is “Global Transformation – Smart Living”. The convention started by the “Emerging Technology Symposium” in noon. The symposium attracted more than 200 attendances from the public. CIE was honored to have Mr. Mark Denissen, the VP of Worldwide Strategic Marketing from Texas Instruments, to be the keynote speaker of the symposium. Mr. Denissen shared four major components that are highly relevant to our today’s daily lives, namely energy efficiency, healthcare technology, security system and cloud computing.

The symposium followed by two parallel technical sessions focusing on the important topics of smart living in “Intelligent Car” and “Connected Home”. Eight established professionals, senior managers and state representative from UT Dallas, Texas Instruments, Deloitte Consulting, State Government, Oncor, AT&T and GGO Architects shared the recent state-of-the-art technology that are either planned or already happening within our society. The symposium was chaired by Mr. Ning Tan. UT Drive and Oncor respectively brought an intelligent car and energy efficiency trailer to the convention location for exhibitions.

Before the dinner banquet, Ms. Jessica Yang hosted the VIP reception. Mr. Townsend, Mr. Glancy and Mr. Jones respectively gave their speeches. The reception followed by speeches from Dr. Mark W. Spong, Dean of School of Engineering and Computer Science of UT Dallas, and  Dr. J.-P. Bardet, Dean of College of Engineering of UT Arlington. Mr. Townsend also awarded  Mr. David Arbuckle from AT&T, Dr. Eric Peng from Shore Chan Bragalone Depumpo LLP, and Mr. David Partido from Lockheed Martin for their outstanding contribution to the DFW community.

During the dinner banquet, CIE was honored to have Ms. Charlene F. Lake, Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer of AT&T, to be the dinner keynote speaker. She was introduced by Mr. David Arbuckle, the VP of External Affairs of AT&T. She suggested many ways to sustain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (MATH) education within the country, and how AT&T is playing the role within the community. Ms. Lake also complimented the effort by CIE/USA-DFW in promoting the youth programs within the community.

This year, four companies were awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award, including Texas Instruments, AT&T, Oncor and Diodes. Individuals with significant community contribution were also recognized, including Ms. Charlene Lake of AT&T, Ms. Whitney Wolf of AT&T, Mr. Mark Denissen of Texas Instruments, Mr. Mark Carpenter of Oncor, Dr. Keh-Shew Lu of Diodes, Dr. Faa-Ching Wang of Texas Instruments, Mr. David Partido of Lockheed Martin, Dean Dr. Mark W. Spong of UT Dallas, Dr. Chia-pei Chou of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, Ms. Linda Schoelkopf of Junio​​r Achievement of Dallas, community leader Dr. Charles Ku and Mrs. Helene Lee of Comerica Bank. The 18 recipients of the prestigious Young Achiever Award (YAA) were also awarded the trophies and scholarships during the banquet. The banquet ended with the 2012 CIE/USA-DFW board and officer election results.

The MC of the dinner banquet was Dr. Mitch Tseng. The convention chair this year is James Xu. The event was supported by more than 50 tireless volunteers. It was proudly sponsored by Texas Instruments, AT&T, Oncor, Deloitte, Diodes, IBM, Diodes, Comerica Bank, Dave Tyler Photography, Lam, Po & Xu CPA’s, Southern Methodist Unversity, UT Arlington and UT Dallas.