Dr. Ben Amaba, PE (‘87), Worldwide Executive for IBM on Complex Systems gave a presentation on “Practice of Innovation” at the 7th annual Student-Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) held on November 8 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. IEEE Memphis Section, the IEEE student branches at CBU and the University of Memphis, ASCE (CBU), and ASME (CBU) hosted the event. Over 75 students and 35 professionals attended. Career Services Director, Amy Ware, introduced the theme of the program – “Innovation and Communication.” Pat Nelson, State Representative – Mississippi Legislature, also gave a presentation on “Art of Communication.”
Dr. Yuri Quintana, St. Jude Research Hospital and Chair of the Memphis Section of IEEE, presented Patrick McGinnis (EE,CS‘15), Shilpa Appurubugatha (EE’14), Sean Dantis (EE,CS‘14), and Mark Minyard (UofM) the Award of Service from the Memphis Section of IEEE for their efforts in making the S-PAC a success. The S-PAC is a structured event where students interact with experienced engineers from diverse backgrounds. Hosted annually, the S-PAC brings together students and professionals from mid-south universities where they have a chance to interact with professionals through a round table discussion. The sponsors of S-PAC Fall 2013 are Christian Brothers University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Memphis, AT&T, MLG&W, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Fisher & Arnold, Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, Smith and Nephew, Sharp, NKC, Trane, Lokion, and the Memphis Section of IEEE.
The program was organized by Conference Chairs, Patrick McGinnis, Shilpa Appurubugatha, and Mark Minyard (University of Memphis); Program, Website and Registration Chair, Patrick McGinnis; Sponsorship Chair, Sean Dantis; Facility, and Catering Chair, Shilpa Appurubugatha; and CBU S-PAC Activities Coordinator, Dr. John Ventura, PE (EE‘65).