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Jan 25, 2013 -- Six highly accomplished leaders from well-known companies will visit UCF this semester to share their wisdom and leadership advice to students of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).

Speakers include Lucas Boyce, a top-level manager with the Orlando Magic; Norm Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin; Leila Nodarse, senior client manager for the national engineering firm Terracon; Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy; Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson's North America region; and Fabio Gandour, M.D., Ph.D., chief scientist at IBM Brazil. (See full titles below.)

While the seminars are available only to CECS students, they will be recorded by UCF TV for viewing online. See past seminars here.


Sponsored by Progress Energy, the eli2 Leadership Seminar Series provides practical and engaging advice to CECS juniors and seniors enrolled in the course, "Engineering Leadership I." Dr. Timothy Kotnour, professor of industrial engineering and management systems, leads the course as the director of eli2.

Since the seminar series' launch in Spring 2011, more than 400 students have learned from dynamic industry and government leaders. The series is just one of many skills-building opportunities offered to all CECS students as part of eli2.

CECS Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2)

Developed based on input from engineering leaders in the corporate, government and academic sectors, eli2 prepares UCF engineering and computer science students to be technical leaders and lifelong learners.

The institute strives to transform students so they can easily transition from the classroom to the workforce with sought-after proficiencies. Students will graduate fully prepared to collaborate and work effectively in teams, make impactful presentations, communicate with polished speaking and writing skills, and contribute with ethical responsibility and knowledge of global issues.

But eli2 doesn't end after the commencement ceremony. With a mission of lifelong engagement, eli2 provides resources to help young professionals quickly become technical and program managers. As they advance in their careers, technical managers can benefit from eli2 resources to emerge as executives who will ultimately shape and influence the next generation of engineering up-and-comers.

For more information about eli2, visit their website.

Spring 2013 Seminar Series Schedule

Friday, Jan. 25 Lucas Boyce, director, Community Relations, Multicultural Insights, Case Marketing and Government Affairs, Orlando Magic. "Obliterating Obstacles Living Proof: You Are Built for Something More"

Friday, Feb. 8 Norm Augustine, retired chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, "STEM Leadership & Innovation in America and the World"

Friday, Feb. 22 Leila J. Nordarse, '82 Senior Client Manager, Terracon, "Foundations of Leadership: A Geotechnical Rumble"

Friday, March 22 Randy Zwirn, President & CEO, Siemens Energy, Inc., and CEO, Energy Services Division, Siemens AG, "The Business of Leading Siemens Energy"

Friday, March 29 Angel Ruiz, '78 Head of Region North America, Ericsson, "Leadership in a Wireless World"

Friday, April 12 Fabio Gandour, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientist, IBM Brazil, "IBM's Innovation and Research Leadership in Brazil"

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