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Feb 7, 2014 -- The senior manager of strategic partnerships and talent acquisition for Siemens Corporation U.S., will kick off the Spring 2014 "Leaders Up Close" seminar series for students of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).

Jeannie Parsch, a 1999 UCF business graduate who has been instrumental in starting a new sales engineering course at UCF this semester, will "connect the dots" on how to build a successful engineering career, and open students' minds to the field of sales engineering.

The Spring 2014 series -- offered by the Engineering Leadership & Innovation Institute (eli²) at UCF -- features five accomplished leaders from diverse fields and includes two UCF alumni. The speaker lineup includes Parsch; John A. White, a distinguished industrial engineering professor from the University of Arkansas; Brian Crutcher, a senior vice president for Texas Instruments and UCF electrical engineering alum; Ron Bennett, founding engineering dean for the University of St. Thomas; and Steve Alfieris, vice president at ServiceNow. (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 800 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://eli2.cecs.ucf.edu

Spring 2014 Seminar Series Schedule
Each one-hour seminar starts at 11:30 a.m.in the Engineering II building.

-- Friday, Feb. 7 -- Jeannie Parsch, '99, Strategic Partnerships Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, Siemens Corporation, U.S., "Connecting the Dots"

-- Friday, Feb. 21 -- John A. White, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Industrial Engineering and Chancellor Emeritus, University of Arkansas, "Leadership Matters!"

-- Friday, Feb. 28 -- Brian Crutcher, '95, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Analog, Texas Instruments, "From Class to Cube"

-- Friday, March 14 -- Ron Bennett, Ph.D., Founding Dean of Engineering and Professor Emeritus, University of St. Thomas, "Relationship Selling"

-- Friday, March 28 -- Steve Alfieris, Vice President of U.S. Government Sector, ServiceNow, "Leadership is Not a Passive Sport"

-- CECS --

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