SAE Virtual Career Fair - Webcast Presentations

1:00 pm EDT Webcast

Building Your Brand for Career Success: 7 Strategies for Job Search and Career Management
What's your brand? Do you even have a brand? This webcast will show you how to build and expand your brand - and why it's so important - whether you're actively searching for your next job or planning to advance within your current company. Managing your personal brand involves traditional tools such as networking but also includes critical online endeavors. This webcast will explore the use of both traditional and online tools for identity management, job search, and career advancement and will make specific recommendations for their effective use. It will provide a clear picture of the Web 2.0 tools most useful to the careers of both employed and unemployed managers, professionals, and executives and will discuss why everyone needs to have a career transition marketing plan at all times. In addition, everyone who attends this live webcast will be given a free white paper that examines how to build your online brand and how your "e-reputation" affects your career in a Web 2.0 world. The 60-minute webcast will conclude with an Audience Q&A, when our expert panelists will answer questions sent in by audience members.

Expert Panelists:

Brenda Vester, VP, Business Development, Lee Hecht Harrison
Brenda Vester is the Vice President of Business Development at Lee Hecht Harrison, a global talent management solutions company with over 270 offices worldwide providing expertise in career transition, leadership consulting, and workforce solutions. Responsible for both business development and account management in the Pittsburgh area, Brenda has extensive experience in human resources, including recruiting, training, M&A, and outplacement. Over the past eight years she has managed both local and global accounts and has worked with organizations to help them design leadership and coaching programs, career management initiatives, as well as outplacement planning and project execution. Prior to joining LHH, Brenda managed her own business, HR21, focused on helping companies create a 21st Century workplace, with a strong emphasis on connecting the business strategy with the HR function. Brenda has taught business communications courses in the Katz School at the University of Pittsburgh, is the author of the book "Capture Your Power," serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association, and has a bachelor's degree in business administration as well as a Professional HR certification.

Bernie Varacalli, Senior Consultant, Lee Hecht Harrison
Bernie Varacalli is a Senior Consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison. She works with executive and professional clients from all professions and industries, helping them manage their transition to new employment, franchising businesses, and even retirement. She manages the Pittsburgh delivery office staff and has handled the largest outplacement projects for the office. Prior to joining LHH, Bernie had more than 25 years of professional experience in the Dominion Resources corporate office. Her experience in human resources includes staffing and recruitment, EEO/AA and diversity, and employee program management. During her career at Dominion, she progressed through various positions, managing her career through major organizational changes and merger. She earned a bachelor's degree in business education at the University of Pittsburgh while working full time.

3:00 pm EDT Webcast

Engineering Career Choices: What Path Will Work for You?
Rapid changes in today's technologies are prompting companies to evaluate how they seek, hire, and even promote employees. Understanding technology trends and their impact on companies will help you find your path to career success whether you've just graduated or been in the workforce for years. This webcast will shed light on what's happening in the automotive, aerospace/defense, and off-highway industries and provide insight into what companies are thinking when they look at potential candidates. It will offer advice on making yourself more marketable, list the traits of a "well-rounded" candidate, and explain what "special projects" carry weight in the job interview. It will also talk about the importance of having the passion to succeed and discuss skill sets that are in demand. The 60-minute webcast will conclude with an Audience Q&A, when our expert panelists will answer questions sent in by audience members.

Expert Panelists:

Lonnie R. Dong, F22 Weapon System Test, Deputy Test Lead, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Co.
Lonnie Dong is the Weapon System Test Lead on the F22 Raptor Modernization Program for Lockheed Martin. He leads the test program to upgrade and integrate new avionic software, sensors, and weapon systems and is involved with developing young talents through the CDS SAE Aero-Design competition FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics as well as AWIM (A World in Motion). He serves as a member of the SAE Education Board and is a graduate of the Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) and a graduate of the Executive Development and Growth Enhancement (EDGE) Program. He has received numerous awards including the SAE International Young Leadership Award and has a BS in aerospace engineering from Penn State University, a BS in mechanical engineering from University of Akron, and a master's in technical management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University.

Peter Kuechler, Drivability Technical Leader, Ford Motor Co.
Peter Kuechler is the Technical Leader responsible for drivability at Ford Motor Co. He leads a global team of engineers developing engine and transmission control strategy and calibrations to deliver best-in-class drivability using rigorous procedures and signoff targets. Peter leverages his 20 years of experience in powertrain calibration to balance the attributes of drivability with fuel economy, emissions, performance, and NVH. He serves on the Formula SAE organizing committee and is the Ford lead to ensure ongoing financial, technical, volunteer, and recruiting support of the event. He has a BaSC in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Richard E. (Ric) Kleine, Vice President, Cummins Inc.
Richard E. Kleine is the Vice President of On Highway MidRange Engine Business at Cummins Inc., where he has held various leadership positions including Vice President MidRange Quality and Business Enterprise, Vice President Off Highway Business Group, Executive Director Automotive Customer Engineering, Director Europe Middle East and Africa Automotive Business - London office, Director of Automotive Marketing and Product Planning, Chief Engineer Research and Development - Advanced Concepts, and Manager Application Engineering for Automotive and Industrial products. He was the 2011 President of SAE International as well as Vice President of the Commercial Vehicle Sector and a member of SAE International's Board of Directors. He is an SAE Fellow and chair of the West Virginia University Advisor Council for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana State University and a doctorate from West Virginia University.