SPAC: Student Professional Awareness Conference

What is SPAC?

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with one another in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing their respective fields. SPACs are student-organized conferences that involve discussions on various professional development topics. These conferences:

  • Significantly enhanced the leadership and non-technical skills of
    engineering students.
  • Train pioneers and innovators to tackle the dynamics of the
    technology profession.
  • Bridge the professional needs of technologists-in-training and
    wisdom of technology leaders from different fields.

SPAC is a globally recognized event hosted by various IEEE groups across the world. This year, the Queen’s University and Royal Military College of Canada’s IEEE student branches are proud to present SPAC 2015.

Theme: Innovation

Innovation can be viewed as the application of improved or novel solutions to meet the changing or newly discovered requirements of society. This year’s SPAC conference hopes to expand on the ideas of personal innovation to ensure a prosperous career. Speakers will be asked to expand upon the personal, industrial, and professional innovations that have shaped their careers and helped them differentiate themselves and become leaders in their respective fields. This could include ideas revolving around how they developed their own communication style, or how specific inventions, material and conceptual, have changed the way they work. The overriding goal of this conference is to effectively portray innovation as more than an image of invention, and for students to better understand how daily innovations, personal, logistical and technological; can help create successful engineers, businesses, and industries.

Hear from:

1. Kenan Huskovic – Manager, Buildings – M&E at MMM group Limited. One of the top 100 growing Engineering consulting firms in North America. Kenan is an industry leader in the engineering consulting and has many years of experience working on mechanical and electrical design of high-profile building projects.

2.Dave Young – Senior mechanical engineer at Transformix, and will be discussing the same themes of innovation in the workplace, as he is also very familiar with the topic. He has also worked for the Technical University of Denmark, and Saarbruecken’s Center of Innovative Production, and understands the need for constant innovation. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Queen’s University in engineering.

3. Sumit Oberai – Sumit is the CIO and EVP Loyalty at Indigo Books. Sumit was part of two start-ups that were founded by Queen’s Engineers – DocSpace, which was acquired by Critical Path for $500M CAN in 2000 and Eloqua Corporation which was acquired by Oracle for $871M in 2012. Mr. Oberai has started his career as a software developer at Nortel Networks and also spent time in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company.

4. Ian Thompson – Electrical and Instrumentation & Control Directorate, AMEC Foster Wheeler. A Queen’s SCI ’86 grad who started in structural engineering but has become the head of the Electrical and I&C department at a world-leading Oil and Gas Company. He has more than 25 years of experience in power generation, managing engineering projects and project managers.

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Time and Location

Saturday, March 21st From 2:00 – 8:30pm
University Club – 168 Stuart Street,
Kingston, ON

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$35 (Includes dinner and general admission)

Tickets will be sold in the ILC lobby from 12:30 pm -4:30 pm every day next week (March 9th -13th). If you can’t make these times contact one of our executive members.

You can also purchase your tickets online using our tilt campaign. Once you have paid, an exec member will contact you to give you your physical ticket.

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