ONLINE: 2020 CIE/USA-DFW Fall Technical Symposium

2019 CIE/USA-DFW International Technology and Leadership Conference

2020 CIE/USA-DFW Annual Convention

2020 CIE/USA-DFW Young Achiever Award





Leadership and Career Development Seminar

Day #1 August 08 – Technical Seminar (Register here – Fall Technical Symposium)

Day #2 August 09 – Leadership and Career Development Seminar (Register here – Leadership and Career Development and Award Ceremony)

The CIE/USA-DFW Chapter is proud to unveil our Fall Symposium and Leadership and Career Development Seminar using online webinar platform with the theme Technology Fusion – Industry Transformation in Today’s World.  The areas of focus are medical, transportation, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data.

Admission is free but advance registration is required. Webinar details will be provided via email after registration and before the event starts. Please plan to join the meeting 5-10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure you do not miss a single minute!

Program Content – August 08

Fall Technical Symposium 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST

  • Keynote: Current Challenges in Health Care: We Need Your Help, Dr. Robert Hendler, Chief Medical Officer, Texas Hospital Association (THA) and Foundation (THAF)


  • Driving an Intelligent Revolution in Transportation, Karl-Heinz Steinmetz, General Manager, Automotive Systems, HEV/EV & Powertrain, Texas Instruments


  • A Brief Introduction to COVID-19 Forecasting, Dr. Qiwei Li, Assistant Professor Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas


  • Monitoring Genomic Evolution of COVID-19 Viruses, Dr. Ching-Yung Lin, CEO, Graphen, Inc.


  • Question and Answer Session



Program Content – August 09

Leadership Track Seminar 2:00 PM – 4:40 PM CST


Coping with Anxiety In The Era Of COVID-19

  • Beverly Bo Wu, M.D., Associate Director Psychiatric Emergent Department, Parkland Hospital


Channeling Leonardo: What 21st Century Engineers and Scientists Need to Be Successful

  • Dr. Stephanie Adams, Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science UT Dallas


The Four Letter Word You Don’t Want to Hear…But Should More Often

  • Thomas Rajan, Managing Director – Global Co-Brand Partnerships, American Airlines


Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Sheana Chen, CIE/USA-DFW Policy Advisor

Virtual Ceremony 4:40 PM – 5:30 PM CST


2020 Fall Symposium(Technical Seminar)

The Fall Technical Symposium and LAMP (Leadership Assessment Mentoring Program) Webinars were held on August 8 and 9, 2020. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, these virtual events were organized with the 2020 Annual Convention. The theme “Technology Fusion – Industry Transformation in Today’s World” aimed to exchange ideas and insights in the world affected by not only technology advances and quickly-evolving complex problems; but also the grand challenges from the emerging global pandemic.

On August 8, the technical seminar was coordinated by Professor J.-C. Chiao, Mary and Richard Templeton Centennial Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Southern Methodist University, and CIE/USA-DFW VP of Technical Programs. The keynote speech featured Dr. Robert Hendler, a board certified physician and Chief Medical Officer at the Texas Hospital Association and Foundation. Dr. Hendler’s talk entitled “Current Challenges in Health Care: We Need Your Help” shared with the audience his insights from the clinical perspective, where engineering innovations are direly needed to help in both long-term healthcare needs and short-term battles with the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Henlder presented the current status of COVID-19 infections and the deficiency in healthcare systems for better and efficient control of the infection spread, as well as the general desire for engineering innovations to improve care quality.

After the keynote speech, the three invited speakers then shared their current projects which emphasized the multidisciplinary trends and needs in solving practical problems. Mr. Karl-Heinz Steinmetz, General Manager in Automotive System, HEV/EV & Powertrain at Texas Instruments, discussed the electrification of vehicle engines, automation and safety, and shared the roadmap for electrical vehicles and their environmental impact in his speech titled “Driving an Intelligent Revolution in Transportation”.  Dr. Qiwei Li, Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Mathematical Sciences Department, The University of Texas at Dallas, gave “A Brief Introduction to COVID-19 Forecasting”, discussing how his research group models and forecasts the COVID-19 virus infection spread. He shared with our audience interactive real-time prediction and simulation models that can help forecast and potentially preventing the disease spread.  Dr. Ching-Yung Lin, CEO of Graphen, Inc and Adjunct Professor in the EECE Department of Columbia University, gave an overview about how the research by his company monitors and analyses the mutations of COVID-19 viruses in his talk “Live Monitoring of Worldwide COVID-19 Virus Mutations”. Graphen tracks 100 countries with reported whole genome sequencing data to identify each virus’ evolution chain and their clusters through artificial intelligence (AI). Such mutation and propagation patterns of viruses can help companies better identify drug targets, model geographical spread, coordinate symptoms with virus strains, and predict its threat to public health.

2020 Fall Symposium Event Summary

2020 Fall Symposium(Leadership and Career Development Seminar)

On August 9, the Leadership and Career Development seminar featured three invited speakers and panelists to discuss the current and future state of professional development and career paths. The seminar is coordinated by Ms. Sheana Chen, who is a senior legal executive in semiconductor companies and also Policy Advisor for CIE/USA-DFW. The first speaker Dr. Beverly Bo Wu, Staff Psychiatrist and Associate Director of Psychiatric Emergent Department at Parkland Hospital and Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, presents her talk “Coping with Anxiety in the Era of COVID-19”. She discussed anxiety and related symptoms, the metal health crisis found in different geographical areas and related research activities, particularly due to the pandemic. She shared with the symposium audience how to reduce the feeling of anxiety and stress through personal efforts as well as receiving help from professionals.  Dr. Stephanie Adams, Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas, shares her thoughts about the roles of engineering educators, research in transforming educational experiences, and her advice to students and young professionals for the challenges in the coming decades in her talk “Channeling Leonardo: What 21st Century Engineers and Scientists Need to Be Successful”.  The third speaker Mr. Thomas Rajan, Managing Director of Global Co-Brand Partnerships at American Airlines, in his speech “The Four Letter Word You Don’t Want to Hear…But Should More Often” shares with everyone his experience about achieving true leadership potential while supporting the team needs, and the impact of leaders and their roles in an organization. The three speakers in the panel session answered audience’s inquiries in through a live Q&A chat featured which covered a wide scope of questions from personal growth, mental health, social communication, to professional development and future outlooks.

Despite the virtual symposium format, the enticing talks and lively discussions was able to captivate our audiences in both webinars. When speakers were not able to answer all the questions in the live sessions due to the time limits, they stayed online and was able to reply to each attendees individual questions in the Q&A chat text window. Audiences also were able to  provide appreciation to the speakers for their generosity and give feedback in real time.




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