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2020 Annual Conference
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Engineering Career Fairs have been created by many universities in partnership with businesses and corporations who are looking for the very best and brightest engineering talent for their current workforce. Engaging students early, while promoting “best practices” throughout their education, can result in win-win situations for their universities and successful futures for themselves. This panel will address the lessons learned in the development and sustainability of Successful Engineering Career Fairs from both the academic and corporate perspectives.
Mr. Bentley is the Manager of Student and Alumni Professional Development for Engineering Career Services at ISU. He has served in that role since Aug. 1, 2008 and before that was an academic advisor and learning community coordinator in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at ISU since August 2000. Mr. Bentley’s main research interests include the areas of student career self-management, succession planning in student leadership, project management technology tools, and professional skill development. His roles in engineering are to manage career service events, provide co-curricular opportunities for students’ professional skill development, and manage connections with strategic corporate clients.
Eric Pearson is the Director of Cross Sector Program Initiatives at the Electronic Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman, responsibly for cross-sector program development and relationship building across the myriad of cultures existing with the large corporation. Eric earned a BS in Education from Bowie State University and an MS in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering. In addition to serving at the Antenna Program Manager for critical Radar development Programs, Eric spent a ten-year period between 2002 and 2012 creating and leading the development of a New Graduate Engineering Rotational Program and a “Best Practices” Leadership Training Program for Northrop Grumman, Electronic Systems. During this time he served on several University / Industry Advisory Boards at North Carolina State University and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and continues to serve as a volunteer Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly, SLO.
Eric maintains a tradition of serving on committees and presenting for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and served five years on the board of directors for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers; as Employer Director and then the President succession process. He has a unique passion to develop and share his background and knowledge in the areas of leadership and personnel development. In addition to NACE and SoACE, Eric presents annually on engineering leadership and engineering recruitment at both CIEC and ASEE.
Kevin J. Hardy is the Associate Director of Employer Relations and Assessment at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Hardy oversees nearly 200 companies recruiting on the University’s campus annually, and four career fairs reaching the 43,000 member student body. Kevin has been organizing and assisting with career fairs for more than 15 years at the University of Notre Dame, John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, Iowa State University, Northern Kentucky University, and now Cincinnati. In 2006, Mr. Hardy led a case study on the declining student attendance at Iowa State’s career fairs and presented his findings at the Midwest Associations of Colleges and Employers annual conference. Since arriving at the University of Cincinnati, Kevin has increased employer participation by 25% and student participation by 200%. Mr. Hardy has a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Iowa State University.
Brian D. Koehler is Director of International Engagement in the College of Engineering at NC State University. He leads NC State’s Engineering Career Fair, which has become one of the largest and highest-quality opportunities in the nation. He also works tirelessly on student engagement via teaching, mentoring the NC State Engineering Ambassadors, and advising the Engineers’ Council. Teaching and interest areas include engineering education, student engagement and success, leadership, career development, corporate recruiting, and operations management. He earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (B.S.) and NC State University (M.A. & M.B.A).