TECHNICAL EXECUTIVE FORUM
Technical Executive Forum The second CIE-DFW Technical Executive Forum was again an invitation-only event, and for the first time was entirely virtual. This year’s panelists included Bing Xie, Senior VP of Sales and Applications for Texas Instruments and last year’s Forum host; Dr. Zhijian ‘James’ Chen, Professor and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and Jorge Varela, CEO of Bio North Texas and Managing Director of AltusVista. Drs Chen and Liu are both AAEOY 2019 Awardees. The audience was welcomed by event chair Dr. Claire Jung (Engineering Director at Texas Instruments) and event host Mark Carpenter (Senior Vice President of Transmission and Distribution for Oncor Electric Delivery Company). Dr. Mary Cooley (COO of Dynofit) moderated the panel discussion. We started with questions related to therapeutics and vaccine development for COVID-19, and discussions on various aspects of our lives impacted by COVID-19: changes in education, collaborative research, corporate new product development, and the inspirations in innovation and startup investment. The audience was able to participate in the Forum by submitting live chat questions that were answered by panelists live, and through the Q&A chat feature in real time. The event was well reviewed by attendees with a lot of positive feedback for next year’s Forum! (1 st row, left to right) Panelists Bing Xie and Dr. Zhijian ‘James’ Chen, CIE-USA/DFW president Dr. Lun Tsuei. (2nd row, left to right) Moderator Dr. Mary Cooley, panelists Dr. Tsu-Jae King Liu and Jorge Varela. (3rd row, left to right) Event chair and CIE-USA/DFW board Dr. Claire Jung, Chairman of the board Simon Chang, event host and CIE-USA/DFW advisor Mark Carpenter.
(1strow, left to right) Panelists Bing Xie and Dr. Zhijian‘James’ Chen, CIE-USA/DFW president Dr. LunTsuei.
(2ndrow, left to right) Moderator Dr. Mary Cooley, panelists Dr. Tsu-Jae King Liu and Jorge Varela.
(3rdrow, left to right) Event chair and CIE-USA/DFW board Dr. Claire Jung, Chairman of the board Simon Chang, event host and CIE-USA/DFW advisor Mark Carpenter.
On August 9th, CIE/USA-DFW hosted the virtual award ceremony for the Young Achiever Award Recognition (YAA) and Community Resilience Scholarship Recognition. During the program, our generous sponsors, Mark Carpenter, Senior Vice President, T&D Operations of Oncor, Yesenia Moore, Head of Diversity & Inclusion of Texas Instruments Incorporated, and Jenny Gong, Vice President/Branch Manager of Cathay Bank gave an inspirational speech and congratulated to the awardees.
In addition, the 2020 CIE Virtual Programs Team Awards were present as a thank you to the volunteers, who brought the CIE programs in 2020 to a new level. These recipients were Jan Benmard, Hao Chen, J.-C. Chiao, Greg Nichols, Minkai Wu, Marrisa Yang, and Tiger Zhou.
Virtual Programs Team Award:
(1stRow, left to right) CIE/USA-DFW President Lun Tsuei, Jan Benmard, Hao Chen
(2ndRow, left to right) J.-C. Chiao, MinkaiWu, MarrisaYang
(3rdRow, left to right) Tiger Zhou, CIE/USA-DFW Chairman of the board Simon Chang
Attendance Summary and Feedback
On August 8-9th, CIE/USA-DFW hosted the virtual fall symposium and annual convention. Hundreds of people registered for this two-day event. Among them, 85% of participants are from the DFW area, the rest are domestic guests as far as California and New York.
In the first day event, our fall symposium is full of technical topics covering medical, transportation, big data, artificial intelligence, and many other areas. 74% of attendees are experienced professionals. The rest are new college graduates and students. It truly reflects CIE’s vision—to support and develop engineers and technologists.
In the second day event, leadership and career development invited three speakers from the medical field, academia, and the airline industry, to share their inspirations during the pandemic. 90% of the attendees are professionals.
Both events received very positive feedback from the audiences. The overall rating for the fall symposium is 4.35 out of 5. The overall rating for leadership and career development is 4.52 out of 5.