April Meeting Agenda

April 1, 2018

The April PSEC Meeting will be held on Monday April 2 from 6-8pm at Razzi’s in Greenwood. The agenda is below:

 

  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Around the Room
  • Treasurer Report
  • Storage – Hold, still gathering data
  • Calendar
  • Website Updates
  • Mentor Nights
  • Engineering Fair
  • Awards Banquet – Alternate Location Discussion
  • ISOW
  • Non-traditional groups – adding to PSEC membership
  • Action Item Review
  • Adjourn
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Volunteers needed for PSEC Mentor Nights in May

May 2, 2017

Upcoming Mentor Night Events in May:

Seattle Central College Mentor Night Date & Time: Thu, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Seattle Central College, 1st Floor Atrium, Science & Math Building, 1701 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator Contact: Luis Leon at luis.leon@boeing.com

Shoreline Community College Mentor Night Date & Time: Wed, May 17, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Shoreline Community College, Student Union Building, Main Dining Rm. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator Contact: Steve Snelling at stephen.r.snelling@gmail.com

The events are also all listed on our PSEC webpage under Mentor Nights at: http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/

The PSEC Mentor Nights are hosted at participating colleges and universities with the purpose of giving engineering students (freshmen through seniors, & occasionally high school students) an opportunity to ask questions in person from a variety of practicing engineers, engineering alumni, and faculty about the wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, professions, career pathways, continuing education post-graduation, professional registration considerations, responsibilities, and ethics over food and refreshments.

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Dinner & Presentation — Burn the Popcorn: Get more from Brainstorming (more information)

May 1, 2017

Burn the Popcorn: Get more from Brainstorming

Your process improvement effort is going splendidly. You flowcharted, collected data, determined root cause and, now, you finally get to discuss solutions.

1) What’s your approach to the trickier situations, where solutions aren’t obvious?
2) Do you minimize all that preparation by launching a traditional brainstorming session?

You know, the sessions where people just randomly “pop” out ideas, often referred to as “Popcorn brainstorming.” It assumes that all ideas are good ideas (no criticism), people will be inspired by other ideas, and it produces the most ideas. However, the method rarely gets the desired results. .

Keith Sawyer, Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina, summarizes the situation in his book Group Genius: “Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas.” This session will introduce alternatives to traditional or “popcorn” brainstorming and let you practice on the spot.

Speaker Bio:
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CAROL KNIGHT-WALLACE,
MBA, PMP, CSSBB

Carol Knight-Wallace is a management consultant with 30 years experience in both the public and private sectors. Her consulting practice includes strategic planning, process improvement, team building, program and project management, training, and facilitation. She is considered expert at program startups and improving programs and processes and was a leader in launching Quality/Six Sigma efforts in three organizations. .
She holds a BA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA; BBA from City University, Seattle; and MBA, City University, Seattle. She is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a PMI certified Project Management Professional and an accredited facilitator for Lencioni’s Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.

Date: Thursday May 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Hotel 116
Coast Bellevue Hotel 625 116th Ave. NE Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-9444

Registration 5:00 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Announcements 6:45 p.m. Presentation 7:00 p.m.
Adjourn 8:00 p.m. Parking: Free on site

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Volunteers Needed for PSEC Mentor Nights – Summary of Upcoming April & May Events

April 12, 2017

We are still in need of several more volunteers – especially for the upcoming events this month of April (including next weeks event) if you have not already had an opportunity to register yet. These interdisciplinary, multi-society outreach events are well received, instructional, and inspiring for college students interested in exploring the engineering professions.

Below is a summary of PSEC events by date with links to register that provide additional information for the volunteers. The events are also all listed on our PSEC webpage under Mentor Nights at: http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/

April Events: (Additional volunteers needed – please register and share with your colleagues!)

  • Highline College Mentor Night Date & Time: Tue, April 18, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Highline College, Student Union Building, Building #8, 2400 S. 240th St. Des Moines, WA 98198, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator Contact: Luis Leon at luis.leon@boeing.com
  • Bellevue College STEM Careers Day (formerly Mentor Night/Lunch) Date & Time: Wed, April 26, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Location: Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, MS L200 Bellevue, WA 98007, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator Contact: Jason Salazar at salazarj@asme.org

May Events:

  • Seattle Central College Mentor Night Date & Time: Thu, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Seattle Central College, 1st Floor Atrium, Science & Math Building, 1701 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator Contact: Luis Leon at luis.leon@boeing.com
  • Shoreline Community College Mentor Night Date & Time: Wed, May 17, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Shoreline Community College, Student Union Building, Main Dining Rm. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator Contact: Steve Snelling at stephen.r.snelling@gmail.com

The PSEC Mentor Nights are hosted at participating colleges and universities with the purpose of giving engineering students (freshmen through seniors, & occasionally high school students) an opportunity to ask questions in person from a variety of practicing engineers, engineering alumni, and faculty about the wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, professions, career pathways, continuing education post-graduation, professional registration considerations, responsibilities, and ethics over food and refreshments.

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Volunteer Opportunity: STEM Careers Day, April 26, 2017

March 13, 2017

STEM Careers Day (formerly Engineering Mentor Lunch) Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1:30-3:30 pm

Please register as a volunteer Mentor here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/stem-career-day/

The Science and Math Institute at Bellevue College invites you to come and speak one-on-one with Bellevue College students about your educational background and training. Patterned after the very successful Engineering Mentor Night series, STEM Career Day will feature engineers, scientists, and technology professionals from a variety of fields. We very much hope you can join us on Wednesday, April 26, from 1:30-3:30 pm to chat with the next generation of engineers and scientists.

For questions about this event please contact Jason Salazar, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator assisting this event, or:

Jennifer Pang, PhD
Director, Science and Math Institute
Director, Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair
sami@bellevuecollege.edu

Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, MS L200
Bellevue, WA 98007
www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami

Please register as a volunteer Mentor here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/stem-career-day/

 

For more information about the PSEC Mentor Night program and other regional educational events PSEC supports locally please visit the PSEC Mentor Night webpage at http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/ (The PSEC Mentor Nights are hosted at participating colleges and universities with the purpose of giving engineering students (freshmen through seniors, & occasionally high school students) an opportunity to ask questions in person from a variety of practicing engineers, engineering alumni, and faculty about the wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, professions, career pathways, continuing education post-graduation, professional registration considerations, responsibilities, and ethics over food and refreshments.)

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Washington State Science & Engineering Fair Seeks Volunteer Judges

March 8, 2017

We want you! (to be a judge at the WSSF)

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair in Bremerton Mar 31-Apr 1, and we expect a record turnout. We need about 150 judges to execute the event properly. So far the number of judges signed up is about half of that. If we don’t have enough judges, students may spend all day at their project and only get interviewed once or twice. This is discouraging for students who have spent months on their effort and hope to receive praise and encouragement from interaction with adults and professionals. A shortage of judges also makes it very challenging to judge 600 students, select the awards fairly, and keep to the schedule. Many students have expressed that the interaction with adults and scientific professionals during judging is the best part of the event.

Please consider volunteering as a judge for one or both days, grades 1-6 on Friday, 7-12 on Saturday. Judging in the younger grades focuses on encouragement. For the older grades, a scientific or engineering background is helpful. Our slogan is “You be the judge!”

A former UW President once noted that Washington is “at the bottom in the production of scientists and engineers,” and warned that our graduates “will be washing the cars for the people who come here for the best jobs.” This is one way to make a difference, encouraging a passion for science in the next generation.

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Bellevue: Dinner & Presentation — Leading and developing leaders for tomorrow

March 6, 2017

Girish Lakshman will be speaking on how we get leaders to thing, cover leadership principles, and identify and develop a talented pool for the organization. Please read more along with Mr. Lakshman history below.
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Hotel 116 Coast Bellevue Hotel 625 116th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 455-9444

Registration 5:00 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Announcements 6:45 p.m.
Presentation 7:00 p.m. Adjourn 8:00 p.m.
Parking: Free on site
Leading and developing leaders for tomorrow

How do we get leaders to think originally? What should leaders do to develop other leaders to make them relevant for today and tomorrow? Leadership principles, core competencies and tenets for an operating model for leaders. How do we keep our leaders engaged and intellectually curious to evolve and resolve the authenticity paradox? Identifying and developing a talent pool that is multi-faceted and fungible across an organization.

Speaker Bio:

Girish Lakshman
President, Fulfillment
Sears Holdings Corporation
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Girish Lakshman is the president of Fulfillment for Sears Holdings, accountable for all aspects of the Supply Chain, Inventory Management, Member Technology and Network Optimization & Modeling organizations.

Girish most recently served as vice president of Worldwide Transportation Strategy, Technology and Customer Returns at Amazon. During his 15 years with Amazon, Girish advanced through the organization, holding a variety of roles in transportation, technology, logistics, operational excellence and management. Girish’s early career experiences included operations planning for manufacturing and industrial engineering functions. His strong operational discipline, process thinking and experience leading change make Girish an asset to SHC and to the capabilities we are building.

Girish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Osmania University in India.

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Register Now for SCC Engineering Mentor Night Tue, Jan 17, 2017

January 6, 2017

– Seattle Central College Engineering Mentor Night Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm –

This Engineering Mentor Night, co-sponsored by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and Seattle Central College (SCC) will give engineering and pre-engineering students an opportunity to meet representatives from the wide spectrum of practice in the profession of engineering.

Register now as a volunteer for Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm by following the link on the PSEC Mentor Night webpage at: http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/ where additional information about this event can also be found.

Students can:
• Meet professional engineers
• Explore opportunities in engineering
• Get advice from professionals
• Learn more about employment in engineering

The events are intended for students to speak with engineering professionals in person, and no ongoing mentoring relationship is expected. Food and refreshments will be provided. Mentors are asked to bring a sample of work that will fit on a 30″ x 30″ table top for potential discussion with the students.
Additional information is available on the PSEC Mentor Nights web page.
For questions please contact Jason Salazar, the PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator for this event at salazarj@asme.org

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ASQ-Seattle Section January 12th 2017

January 5, 2017

This month’s dinner presentation will cover the new certification testing process and the 2018 ASQ World Quality conference which Seattle will be hosting. We will discuss opportunities for you to participate in the planning.. At the Description:
This month’s dinner presentation will cover the new certification testing process and the 2018 ASQ World Quality conference which Seattle will be hosting. We will discuss opportunities for you to participate in the planning. Dinner & social 5;30, Presentation 7 pm-8pm.

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SWE PNW Scholarships

December 19, 2016

SWE PNW has several scholarships. The application period ends at the end of December. Please forward the info below along to your groups! More information is available at the SWE-PNW website.

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