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This event is tonight, Tuesday, June 19th at 5:00 p.m.. Walk-ins are welcome! 

Calling all engineers!  

Have you had an unplanned change in employment?   Is your current job not meeting your needs?  Have your career goals and interests changed?  Are you switching from academia to industry?   

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are currently going through a career transition.  During this time, it’s crucial to gather as much information as possible.  Whether that is understanding what skills and experience is required as you search for your new opportunity or just hearing experiences from other people who have recently gone through a similar experience.  This can help minimize fears and maximize the reward.

To help engineering professionals and students going through a career transition, UC San Diego Extension is offering a free, evening event on Tuesday, June 19.  In two panel discussions, industry experts will provide career insights into the engineering field.  Light refreshments will be served.  Walk-ins are welcome.


5:00 - 5:25 p.m.
Registration and Reception

5:25 - 5:30 p.m.
Opening Remarks

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Panel 1:
Join senior level managers of various San Diego companies as they share the skills and experience that they are seeking from their engineering positions.  

  • Moderator: Neal Bloom, Chairman, Startup San Diego

  • Panelist: Silvia De Dea, Principal Engineering Architect, ASML

  • Panelist: Janet Koenig, Director, Central Systems Engineering, Cubic Transportation Systems

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Break and Networking

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Panel 2:
Individuals will share their experiences about recently transitioning into a new opportunity, whether moving industries, changing job functions or developing a new company.  

  • Moderator: Matt Sanford, Director of Economic Development, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

  • Panelist: Peter Chung, Senior Engineer, Quality Engineering, Nuvasive Inc.

  • Panelist: Watson Yim, Co-founder/Staff Software Engineer, Aira

  • Panelist: Erik Vlugt, VP Product Management, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

Course Number: INFO-70086
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)