Detailed Schedule of Events

Panel 1

March 17, 2006; 2:00 PM

The Global Engineering Market

Facilitator: Prof. McRae Banks, WPI Management Department

The panel will discuss marketing strategies developed by different companies to succeed in the global community.


Steve Mezak -- Founder and CEO of Accelerance, Inc., a consulting and services company that helps software executives take advantage of global offshore outsourcing to develop their software. Mr. Mezak is a technical entrepreneur and veteran of six Silicon Valley startups, including Aspect Development, sold to i2 for $9B and Digital Market, sold to Agile Software for $75M. Now an internationally acclaimed speaker and outsourcing expert, he is author if the upcoming book, "Software Without Borders: A Step-By- Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development". He has a BS in Computer Science from WPI, class of 1978.

Accelerance, Inc.
1801 Dalehurst Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024
(650) 938-2920

Al Barry -- CEO of Central Industrial Supply (CIS) a leading manufacturer of electromechanical components and assemblies for branded high-tech OEMs. CIS is a global company with design engineering, project management, and manufacturing excellence in all world regions.

Central Industrial Supply (CIS)
Corporate Headquarters
2357 W. Jefferson
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
(972) 647-1191

Marie Planchard -- Director of Education Marketing at SolidWorks Corporation, Concord, MA. Before joining SolidWorks she spent 10 years as an engineering professor and CAD department head at MassBay Community College, Wellesley, MA. Through the STEM Pipeline grant, Marie has implemented a Math/Science/SolidWorks program in 9 high schools in the Metrowest area. Before developing educational programs, Marie spent 13 years in robotics and computer graphics industries. She received her BSME from Rutgers University and MSME from WPI. Marie is co-author of several SolidWorks and ProE text books and a member of ASEE.

SolidWorks Corporation
300 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 371-5000

Panel II

March 17, 2006; 3:15 PM

Educational Initiatives Designed for the Global Community

Facilitator: Prof. John Wilkes, WPI Social Science and Policy Studies Department

The panel will highlight educational and training programs developed by engineering companies to prepare engineers for a global workplace.


Mary Leslie - Senior Vice President of CDM University, a corporate training program designed to provide training and continuing education opportunities that further CDM's business goals and the employees' career development. CDM is a Cambridge-based consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm delivering services to public and private clients worldwide. From a partnership of three brilliant engineers, CDM has grown into a leading global engineering firm of more than 3,600 individuals working throughout the world.

CDM - World Headquarters
One Cambridge Place
50 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(617) 452-6000

John Grandin -- Professor of German and executive director of URI's International Engineering Program, a double-degree option leading to both the B.S. in one of the engineering disciplines and the B.A. with a major in German. He has served as associate dean and interim dean of URI's College of Arts and Sciences, as well as chair of the Department of Languages. At URI he also co-directed an annual summer immersion program, the Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik. Dr. Grandin has competed successfully for several major grants supporting language and international program development at the University of Rhode Island, and has published numerous articles on applied language teaching. In the summer of 1995, he directed an NEH Institute at URI on Teaching German Across the Curriculum.

International Engineering Program (IEP)
University of Rhode Island
IEP House 67 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-4700

Jeffrey Russell - Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Campus. He is a member of the ASCE Body of Knowledge Committee on engineering education of the future. Professor Russell is interested in innovation in the design/construction industry and the increasingly competitive global marketplace.

University of Wisconsin
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2205 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691
(608) 262-7244

Panel III

March 17, 2006; 4:30 PM

Projects for Engineering Students around the World

Facilitator: Prof. Holly Ault, WPI Mechanical Engineering

The panel will discuss project experiences of undergraduate students working with industry, government and non-profit agencies around the world and the impact that internationally based projects has had on their careers.


Holly K. Ault - Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI. WPIís Global Projects Program began in London in 1984 and has grown to 12 international project centers on five continents, hosting approximately 400 students each year. Prof. Ault has served as the faculty project advisor at several sites and is currently the co-director of the Melbourne Project Center.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
(508) 831-5498

Leigh Duren - Mechanical Engineering major, class of 2006, WPI. Leigh completed her junior level project entitled "Irrigation Improving the Lives of Slum Children", sponsored by the New Life for Abused Children Project in Kandhanaburi, Thailand, in 2005. The project was one of five selected for the Presidentís IQP Award in 2005.

Tara Barden - BSME, class of 2005, WPI. Tara completed her senior design project entitled "Train Fire Modeling in Fire Dynamic Simulator" at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently a graduate student in Fire Protection Engineering at WPI and is the first WPI student to receive an OYOC fellowship from Sandia National Laboratory in support of her MS degree.

R. William Lapp Jr. - Technical Escalation Manager, Cisco Systems; BSCS, class of 2002, WPI. Bill completed his junior level project entitled "Educational Web Page Accessibility for Blind and Low Vision Users" while working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently working with customers, engineering teams, and support staff in countries around the globe in his position at Cisco Systems.

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