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Key Points Delivered at the FutureME Mini-Talks at IDETC/CIE 2016

Recapping the FutureME Mini-Talks at IDETC/CIE focused on Networking for Success

Scott Ferguson, North Carolina State University moderates the FutureME Mini-Talks providing his own perspective and advice on networking

As Ferguson introduced Lisa Cook, he recounted a personal story... Many times, particularly at a conference, you are going to have to interact with people you don’t know, or people who may be at a different stage of their career. This may happen to you on your way home. Like me, you may end up as an early career engineer sharing a 35 minute taxi ride to an airport with one of the most esteemed members of your community. You may not want to lead with: So … how about this weather…The worst thing you can do? Say nothing at all.

Talk: The Art of Chit Chat

Lisa M. Cook @EYnews on stepping out of the comfort-zone to converse in any situation #ASMEFutureME

Key point #1: Cook says to embrace vulnerability – you must be able to adapt/thrive in different environments #ASMEFutureME

Key point #2: Engage in your surroundings – put a name with a face

Key point #3: Practice, Practice, Practice in the most unlikely places; confidence is like a muscle #ASMEFutureME

Ferguson notes...Every chance you have to talk to someone is a networking opportunity. The connection you make today could lead to a job next year, in 5 years, or in 20 years.

Talk: Don’t Work Harder, Work Smarter

Mitchell Rieck @schaefflergroup North America on getting others to network for you and avoid pitfalls #ASMEFutureME

Key point #1: Rieck says networking for others is one of the best ways to get people to network for you #ASMEFutureME

Key point #2: Be honest with yourself and others #ASMEFutureME

Key point #3: Never underestimate the power of your Network  #ASMEFutureME

Ferguson can relate to this next talk...Complex engineering problems – the ones that we all want to solve – also require an international perspective. The technological advancements make the world we live in feel smaller, our careers as engineering designers require the consideration of varying cultures and ideas.

Talk: An Incredible Ever-Shrinking World

Chris Sharp @OregonState on how to create + benefit from an international network #ASMEFutureME

Key point #1: Sharp says to stay relevant in shrinking world #ASMEFutureME

An international network will better you as a person and can increase creativity through exposure to diversity of thought

Key point #2: Commit to communicating when things get lost in translation #ASMEFutureME 

Key point #3: Exposure to different cultural perspectives on how technology is developed can improve creative thought #ASMEFutureME

Introducing David Nakamura's talk, Ferguson emphasizes the topic as being particularly important because the research challenges of today and tomorrow require increasingly interdisciplinary solutions. Ferguson indicated that his network has allowed him to take part in exciting research projects and encourages other engineers to think about how the breadth of your network can unexpectedly open doors to opportunities that would otherwise be missed.

Talk: Just Keep the Door Open

David Nakamura, Talara Group, on creating + maintaining a diverse PROF network

Key point #1: Nakamura says meet more people --networking is free #ASMEFutureME

Make networking part of your long-term career plan

Key point #2:  Diversify – Change your perspective – network outside your expertise/field #ASMEFutureME

Key point #3: Standout; familiarity; being well-known results in gaining allies #ASMEFutureME

Thanks to everyone for following our Mini-Talks LIVE tweets IDETC/CIE! #ASMEFutureME cc @ASMEdotorg

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