SASE National Conference (NC) and STEM Career Fair 2017: Empowering You

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                        The SASE NC is the largest national conference and career fair for Asian Americans in the United States. The conference includes –

  • a STEM career fair of 80+ companies recruiting for full-time and internship candidates
  • professional and leadership development workshops
  • networking opportunities with professional scientists and engineers
  • a gala dinner featuring keynote and awards
  • community service to give back to a local community 
  • SASEtank (Business Pitch) and SASEhack (our hackathon).

                   The conference is a fun filled with amazing opportunities to meet new people and make long-lasting friendship. The conference not only increases personal network but professional too. You will have a chance to be at the workshop from leadership development, resume review, interview skills to innovation in latest technology.

                     This conference is second NC for me. SASE University of Dayton chapter participated every year to NC. I was glad to be one of the participant in the team for this endeavor. I was equally excited to be on SASEbowl team as SASE Titans.  SASEbowl is a friendly competition among collegiate members for a night packed with high-intensity games and challenges including:

Minute to win it: teams will have 60 seconds to complete each mini task. This will include great teamwork and communication.

Jeopardy: teams will compete with one another in a battle of trivia.

Build it activity: teams will have to use teamwork to accomplish a building task   

               The team was divided into small groups. While other members were participating in a minute to win it and Jeopardy. I including other 2 members were assigned to build a catapult. We were able to design and built a catapult using ITW hand tools. As a mechie, it was a really great experience for me to complete the task. We had to put the catapult to test by throwing balls with the help of catapult on glass tower and we were able to do remove the most glass from the tower.  We were able to do it maximum. SASE titans were the winner of the overall competition and were awarded with certificate and padfolios.

Happy Us.

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I attended couple of workshops –

The future of Advanced Manufacturing by ITW

Data Analytics by Boeing

Panel – Prototyping: from Idea to Product by Ingersoll Rand

Panel – Speak Up, Stand Out, Be Heard

Career Fair

           There were numerous companies looking for perspective hiring for an internship, co-op and full time. I gave my elevator pitch to every potential company like BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON, BOEING, DEPS, US DE, US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER, US POSTAL SERVICES, UNITED TECHNOLOGIES, and few more.

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SASE University of Dayton chapter member

About SASE The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 and has since founded 90 collegiate chapters, as well as, 6 professional chapters. In addition to promoting the professional development of future scientists and engineers, SASE encourages members to celebrate their Asian heritage, advocate for diversity on campus and in the workplace, as well as, provide opportunities to give back to the community. SASE is open to men and women of all majors and ethnic backgrounds. For more information, visit www.saseconnect.org.

 

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SASE #Dare to Lead:Personal to Professional networking

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SASE Dallas Conference group Photo, Hyatt Downtown Dallas

                                                      Leadership is clichéd and commonly used in every organization. But SASE (Society of Asian Scientist and Engineer) is unique among such. SASE is an organization started by Asian American to promote South Asian Heritage embarks its journey from mere regional level to national level. The SASE consists of professional (working) and collegiate (student) member throughout U.S. There are various collegiate SASE chapter across university and colleges. They not only bring Asian American people together but also anyone is welcomed in the chapter. It’s all about networking, leadership, fun, professional & technical growth and coming out of comfort zone.

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                 SASE University of Dayton Chapter, its lunch time at DFW airport Texas

                                      I am proud member of SASE University of Dayton chapter. The journey to SASE started from small brochure from Kennedy Union field (SASE UD booth). The volume of meeting with SASE increased with various networking workshop, presentation skill seminar, workshops for introvert to name few. I was excited to hear about annual SASE conference at Dallas, Texas. I wanted to go learn, explore workshops. I am glad to be one among seven people to represent University of Dayton SASE chapter.

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                  Ready for some fun and networking 

                                 The conference was one of my best three days where I got chance to meet people from diverse region and learn so many things. The event was scheduled for three days –

Registration and SASE bowl

The event kicked off with registration and networking sessions. There was ice breaker type competition known as SASE bowl. The SASE bowl quiz cum activities themed regional competition. We along with few others from mid-west represented team Mid-West – Airliners. We were runner up for the competition.

Workshops

                                    There were parallel workshops running all around. I attended four workshop. I learnt about various recent technology, presentation skills, art of engineering storytelling, directed energy (use of laser in defense) are workshop which I attended. I got chance to review my resume from Toyota officials, who suggested do’s and do not’s while writing resume. The details workshops are as follows:

Presentation Skills – Shell

  • Learnt about do’s and do nots of presentation.
  • Body Language & posture
  • Use of picture and impacts on audience
  • How to avoid distraction & Q/A handling

Engineering: The Art of Story Telling – Toyota

  • Learnt about ideation cycle (IDEATE – CREATE- TEST-REFINE)
  • Quality Improvement Technique like KAIZEN, MUDA, HOSHIN
  • Story Cycle and Process

Share your WHY

Root Cause (Back Ground)

Know your Audience

Customer First

Pay attention to big Picture

  • Ideas must be as simple so try explaining non-technical person
  • How to communicate with higher Executives being technical person
  • What it feels like to work in Toyota

Leadership and Motivation – Huei Ren Pan

  • Learnt about role of leader

Coach, Mentor, Champion, Advocate

  • Top 5 motivation of mine while looking employer

Being Involved, Good working condition, Interesting works, Promotion, good wages

  • How to meet aspiration of employee when you are manager
  • Quality of Manager
  • Manager Vs Employee differences

What is Directed Energy?  – DEPS

  • Talked about Projectile
  • LASER system
  • Direct Energy Weapon (Lethal/Anti Material)
  • Various DE Advantages and Applications

Career Fairs

                                  There were numerous companies looking for perspective hiring for internship, co-op and full time. This is maiden career fair for me. I gave my pitch to every potential companies like BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON, BOEING, DEPS, US DE, US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER, US POSTAL SERVICES, UNITED TECHNOLOGIES, and few more.

                    The conference ended with #ChicagoReady after Dallas Conference.

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Me at Conference 

Photo Credit: Collected from teammates and SASE facebook