HKN: OK, I'm About to Graduate. Now What?

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The videos in this HKN Workshop Series are made possible through support from IEEE-USA and ECEDHA, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

Before leaving the womb of your alma mater, there are certain facts of life that you should know. FACT: grades are poor predictors of career success. FACT: not all jobs are worth having. FACT: calculus causes warts. Would you like to know what to ask a recruiter, what employers actually look for, and what it is that engineers really do?

Mr. Laney will serve up a potpourri of anecdotes drawn from a long and varied career, including: the time he had to stick his arm in a vat of liquid hydrogen, the Boss from Hell, and the Project That Would Not Die. He will cover the warning signs of a bad job, the best ways (and reasons) to leave a position, and the crucial differences of excellent engineers. Mr. Laney will also provide an assessment of the current state of the profession, an opinionated look at various career paths, and an explanation of why space shuttles blow up and orbiting telescopes won’t focus. Finally, he will explain how the graduating engineering student can have some fun while making a living, and the promises and challenges that await those who actively seek opportunities.

 

 Speaker:
   

 Orin E. Laney
                                                                                 

 

 

Orin Laney became interested in electronics when he built his first crystal radio at age twelve. He is originally from the Washington DC area and received his BSEE from the University of Maryland, followed by pauses in his career to earn an MBA from Brigham Young University and an MSEE from San Jose State. He has certification as an electromagnetic compatibility engineer, is a licensed professional engineer, and is an active IEEE senior life member, an entrepreneur, and business owner.

Mr. Laney enjoys video and high speed analog design, writing, and public speaking. Today, he is busier than ever, designing, researching, and making deals.

The videos in this HKN Workshop Series are made possible through support from IEEE-USA and ECEDHA, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

Before leaving the womb of your alma mater, there are certain facts of life that you should know. FACT: grades are poor predictors of career success. FACT: not all jobs are worth having. FACT: calculus causes warts. Would you like...

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