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Sep 13, 2013 -- Speaking about how leaders must be authentic, Michael Lewis, senior vice president, Duke Energy, shared wisdom gleaned from 25 years as an energy leader in a presentation for UCF students titled "Care to Lead." The letters that spell "care," Lewis said, represent traits of effective leaders: courageousness, authenticity, responsibility and empathy.

His seminar was offered to College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) students enrolled in the "Leaders Up Close" Fall 2013 Seminar Series, a program by the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2) at UCF.

The series features accomplished leaders from diverse fields and includes four CECS alumni. In addition to Lewis, the speaker lineup includes Todd Stansbury, the athletics director for UCF; Vinod Philip, '00, a gas turbine executive at Siemens; Leila J. Nodarse, '82, a senior manager at Terracon, the nation's largest geotechnical engineering company; Gene Franz, '71, an academic and industry leader at Texas Instruments ; and Jason Dunn, '07 and '09, co-founder and chief technologist of Made in Space, Inc. (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 Duke Energy, the eli2 "Leaders Up Close" 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 700 students have learned from dynamic leaders within commercial and government organizations. The series is just one of many leadership and 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 mission of eli2 is to inspire students' ability to create, innovate, collaborate and deliver world-changing solutions.

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 the website: http://www.eli2.cecs.ucf.edu

Fall 2013 Seminar Series Schedule
Each one-hour seminar starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Engineering II Building

-- Friday, Sept. 13 -- Michael Lewis, Senior Vice President, Duke Energy, "Care to Lead"

-- Friday, Sept. 20 -- Todd Stansbury, Vice President and Director of Athletics, University of Central Florida, "Endless Possibilities"

-- Friday, Oct. 4 -- Vinod Philip, '00, Head of Gas Turbine Engineering, Siemens, "Holistic Leadership"

-- Friday, Oct. 11 -- Leila J. Nodarse, '82, Senior Client Manager, Terracon, "Foundations of Leadership: A Geotechnical Rumble"

-- Friday, Nov. 8 -- Gene Franz, '71, Rice Univ. Professor in the Practice & Principal Fellow, Texas Instruments, "The Innovator's Challenges"

-- Friday, Nov. 15 -- Jason Dunn, '07, '09, Co-Founder & Chief Technologist, Made in Space, In.c, "The Power of Exponential Thinking"

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Mr. Lewis' biography

MICHAEL LEWIS serves as senior vice president of Florida delivery operations for Duke Energy's Regulated Utilities Operations organization. He oversees the operations of the company's electric distribution system in Florida, including construction, maintenance, engineering, and resource and project management.

Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Before the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012, he served as senior vice president of energy delivery for Progress Energy Florida. Prior to that, he served as vice president of distribution for Progress Energy Florida, where he was responsible for metering service and information systems, distribution control center, asset management, project management, environmental compliance and permitting, and distribution staff support for regional operations.

Joining Progress Energy (previously Florida Power Corp.) in 1986, Lewis became Florida Power's youngest district manager in 1989 at the age of 27. He has held several leadership roles, including distribution operations manager in Pasco County in 1994, general manager of the South Coastal Region in 1997 and regional vice president of both the North and South Coastal regions in 2000. Lewis was named vice president of distribution for Progress Energy Florida in May 2004.

A native of Pensacola, Fla., Lewis earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master's degree in business administration from Nova Southern University.

Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

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