Third Session

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

An Introduction to Project Management

Michael C. Nollet, PMP, Boston University Corporate Education Center

Will project management skills help your career? This session will help you gain a greater understanding of the recent trends in project management, why project management is so popular, and the benefits and requirements of project management certification.

This session will address

  • Key definitions of project management
  • The role of the project manager.
  • Realistic plans and the triple constraint model.
  • The Project Management Institute Standards.
  • What it means to move from engineering into project management.

Mike Nollet has been a project management instructor for Boston University's Corporate Education Center since 1995. Mike has extensive industry experience in the development and marketing of complex technology products. Mike has also trained over 4,000 project managers for a global professional services firm. He has established Project Management Offices in several Asian countries.

During his professional career, Mike has worked as a software development engineer, engineering manager and marketing manager. Drawing upon his experiences in new product development and professional consulting services gives Mike a broad view of the project management profession, which he enthusiastically shares with his students.

Mike has published several articles on project management in a leading technical journal. Mike earned his BS in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and his MBA from Boston University.

Self Discipline For Self-Care - Techniques for Taking Control of Your Life

Martha Lanier

Although as women we are extremely capable of living multi-tasked lives, we often give far more to others resulting in only "leftovers" for ourselves. Learn the importance of honoring yourself first so you can increase the quality of not only your own life, but the lives of others as well.

All we really need is to simply give ourselves permission to be ourselves and create our own visions, develop our own plans and believe in what we are capable of doing. Discover how to live your life the way you want and not the way you "perceive" others think you should be living it.

Join professional speaker, personal coach and published author, Martha Lanier, as she presents "Self Discipline For Self-Care - Techniques for Taking Control of Your Life."

Martha Lanier is passionate about her unrelenting belief that anything is possible when we believe in ourselves and never give up. By sharing her life experiences she reveals the value in making choices that will ignite your potential and generate maximum results in both your personal and professional lives. She uses her unique storytelling skills and contagious energy to bring to life her adventures and experiences that totally changed her life.

Although she lived most of her life deep within her comfort zone, she dreamed of one day owning her own company. Three and a half years ago Martha Lanier began a speaking career and coaching practice encouraging others to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. Her belief is that we are capable of doing far more than we think we can do. She considers herself an "ordinary person" with "extraordinary beliefs."

She is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Toastmasters and the International Coach Federation. As president of Ignite Your Potential, Inc., she runs a business where she helps individuals expand their visions and achieve extraordinary results. For additional information visit her website at

Navigating Your Career in the New Century

Linda Lapointe, Raytheon Company

The world around us is changing, our workplace environments are being affected, and our careers and career expectations are changing as well. We must all learn to take responsibility for managing our own development, no matter how we define career success. Are you ready for the changes in behavior, skills, attitudes, and expectations the new century workplace requires?

Learn to strategically manage your career so you are the master of your own destiny, versus a victim of circumstances. Just as businesses do strategic planning to position themselves for the future, you must actively practice strategic career management to position yourself to achieve your career goals and attain job satisfaction in alignment with business objectives and your life priorities. This workshop will focus on strategic career management: what it is, why it is important to you, and how to proceed by providing you with a model to help navigate your career.

Linda Lapointe is the Engineering Development and Learning Lead at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Her responsibilities focus on creating and deploying various programs, such as the Virtual Career Center, on-line Mentoring System and a unified Learning Infrastructure, to enable the growth and development of all engineering talent.

Panel Discussion: Attracting and Retaining Women Engineering Students

Dr. Carol Barry, Dr. Sherra E. Kerns, and Nancy Bottone Hellman, Ed.D

Engineers build the products, systems, and communities of the future, and women should be a part of that process. We've come a long way since the 1950's and 60's, when women engineers were truly pioneers in their fields, but women engineering students remain a minority. How can we help girls consider engineering as a profession? And once enrolled, how can we ensure the success of our women engineering students? Join us for a panel discussion of best practices for attracting and retaining women engineering students.

In particular we will discuss the value of

  • Early engineering role models and outreach programs
  • "Bridge" programs that provide an extended orientation to first years studying engineering, math and the sciences
  • Curricula, classroom and laboratory climates that are female friendly

Dr. Carol Barry is an Assistant Professor in the Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell. As well as teaching courses in plastics processing and computer-aided engineering; she coordinates the undergraduate plastics processing laboratories. Dr. Barry is also an active researcher in these areas. Her research interests include Extrusion, Injection Molding, Electrorheology, Novel Processing Techniques and Analysis, Coating, CAE (Computer Aided Engineering), and Nano Plastics Processing. Dr. Barry earned a BS degree in Chemistry from Boston College and her doctorate in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Dr. Sherra E. Kerns is Vice President for Innovation and Research and F. W. Olin Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. In this position, she is on the leadership team forming this new college of engineering focused on utilizing and developing the best practices in curricula design and delivery and in educational infrastructure. Professor Kerns served previously on the administration and faculties of Vanderbilt University, North Carolina State University and Auburn University.

She is active in many facets of engineering education and is also a technological innovator, with numerous contributions to improving the complexity, reliability and information integrity of microelectronics, as well as advancing sensor capabilities. She serves as President-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She is also very involved in engineering accreditation, serving as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Commissioner and as a member of the National Academy of Engineering's . Sherra Kerns is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the ASEE. Her work in both educational and technical areas has been recognized by local, national, and international awards, including the 1999 Harriet B. Rigas Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator Award, the IEEE Millennium Medal, and the 2000 ASEE ECE Distinguished Educator Award.

Nancy Bottone Hellman, Ed.D, is the Special Assistant to the Director of Smith College’s Picker Engineering Program in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Hellman spent eighteen years as Assistant Dean of Engineering and Director of the Women in Engineering Program (WEP), a program she began in 1983, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently, she is the Special Assistant to the director of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, the first women's college and one of only a handful of liberal arts colleges to offer an engineering degree.

Dr. Hellman, the first woman dean in the College of Engineering, has made important contributions to the personal and professional development of women, specifically, women in technology and technology related fields. Her efforts have significantly influenced the lives of high school girls, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional women. She continues to focus on work and family related issues that have an impact on retaining women in the engineering professions.

Student Business Meeting

Anita Ramamurthy


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