TechTalk Speaker Series

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Our TechTalk Speaker Series aims to allow students and faculty to hear from established and up-and-coming leaders in engineering and technology fields. It offers a networking environment for internships, careers, and research opportunities at the College.

Upcoming Speakers

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - Kiana Wenzell, Co-Executive Director, Design Core Detroit Expand dropdown

    Kiana Wenzell, Co-Executive Director, Design Core Detroit

    Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 5 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

    Kiana Wenzell has 19 years of experience researching, planning, and executing design projects in metropolitan Detroit. In her current role, Kiana is Co-Executive Director of Design Core Detroit, a non-profit economic development organization housed within the College for Creative Studies.

    She also serves as Director of Detroit Month of Design, Drinks x Design, and manages other key Design Core public programming. Kiana has an undergraduate degree in interior design from Eastern Michigan University ('04) and a graduate degree in technical writing and professional communication from Lawrence Technological University. She was born and raised in Detroit.

Past Speakers

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - Matthew Wagner, Manager, Renewable Energy Development at DTE Energy Expand dropdown

    Matthew Wagner, Manager, Renewable Energy Development at DTE Energy

    Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 4 p.m. | Zoom

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    Wagner's presentation will focus on and give an overview of DTE's Renewable Energy Development. 

    Matthew J. Wagner is Manager of Renewable Energy Development for DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in developing and managing energy-related businesses and services nationwide. In his current role, Wagner leads a team responsible for overall community engagement, wildlife, and landowner care.

     
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - Raffaele Mautone, Founder & CEO of AaDya Security Expand dropdown

     

    Raffaele Mautone, Founder & CEO of AaDya Security

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

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    Raffaele Mautone’s extensive experience in the IT and security industries inspired him to launch AaDya Security with a mission to provide smart, simple, effective and affordable cybersecurity solutions for the small and medium business customer.

    As EMU Alumnus, founder and CEO, of Detroit-based AaDya Security, Mautone’s experience in implementing marketing and sales strategies and positioning companies for future growth have been instrumental and paramount to serving companies such as Duo, FireEye, McAfee, and Dell.

     

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - Michael Gzybowski, Senior Counsel, Dykema Expand dropdown

    Michael Gzybowski, Senior Counsel, Dykema

    Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

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    Patenting Inventions is intended to bring awareness and bridge the gap between
    engineering and technology innovation and entrepreneurship. At the beginning of developing a startup business plan, one needs to ensure a product or service that is to be offered does not conflict with others’ rights.

    Securing patent ownership of such a product or service by a startup can be vital for purposes of raising startup capital. Securing patent rights needs to be considered and kept in mind when engineering and technology innovation begins, so that rights are not lost before business planning starts.

     
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - Chuck Gray, Vice President, Vehicle Hardware Engineering, Ford Model e Expand dropdown

    Chuck Gray, Vice President, Vehicle Hardware Engineering, Ford Model e

    Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

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    Albert Einstein once said, “Scientists investigate that which already is.
    Engineers create that which has never been.”

    Engineering allows us to transform an object from one form to another
    and forms the foundation for human development. Chuck Gray's
    presentation will focus on the importance of STEM and, in particular,
    the power of engineering to transform the way we live today and into
    the future.

     

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEO, President and Chair, Michigan Strategic Fund Expand dropdown

    Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEO, President and Chair, Michigan Strategic Fund

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

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    At the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Quentin Messer, Jr. leads a team committed to providing the resources, solution and opportunities needed to help high-tech talent grow and thrive in the state.  From adapting to an increasingly digital economy and upskilling to meet new industry demands, to connecting students with tech internships to create a pathway toward a career following graduation - MEDC and its many partners across the state remain committed to ensuring the bright minds at Eastern Michigan University and beyond find pure opportunity in Michigan.

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Expand dropdown

    Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

    Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

    The future of automotive and mobility is being influenced greatly by decarbonization, connectivity and automation.  This presentation will focus on sustainability and its importance in mobility and society in general.  Policy will be briefed in terms of support to reduce our overall carbon footprint as it related to electrification.  Then, a deep dive of the mobility ecosystem of the future will be explained.  There is a lot at play in this arena - hang on for the ride!
  • Wed Feb 16, 2022 - Paul C. Ajegba, P.E., Director, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Expand dropdown

    Paul C. Ajegba, P.E., Director, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

    Paul C. Ajegba will be sharing with us the importance of equity and inclusion in infrastructure investments. His talk will showcase how MDOT builds on success through partnerships, innovations, and mentorships, demonstrating how engaging and recruiting talented engineers is a high priority for the department now and into the future.

  • Wed Jan 26, 2022 - Shared Infrastructure for Accelerating the Validation of Connected & Automated Vehicles with Reuben Sarkar, President/CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM) Expand dropdown

    Shared Infrastructure and Ecosystem for Accelerating the Validation and Commercial Deployment of Future of Mobility Technologies with Reuben Sarkar, President/CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM)

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

    The talk will focus on the importance of shared-use smart mobility test centers as a key enabler for the cost-effective validation of new mobility technologies as well as the state of technology readiness and trends in mobility technologies.

  • Mon Oct 4, 2021 - Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) on Campus with Paul Perrone, Founder/CEO of Perrone Robotics Expand dropdown

    Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) on Campus with Paul Perrone, Founder/CEO of Perrone Robotics

    Monday, October 4, 2021 | 4 p.m. | 124 Sill Hall

    Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in many ways represent a pinnacle of advanced high tech, robotics, and AI applications. AVs thus not only stand out as one of the most intellectually stimulating topics of study, but also the most challenging. Engineering schools that bring AVs onto campus for research and use thus tap into one of the most fundamental curiosities and interests of students, faculty, and the broader University community. This talk provides an overview of the use case and research opportunities for having AVs on campus; some of the constituent program elements for successful AV use and deployment; as well as options available to Universities for research platform-based vehicles.