2021 RLDC 4 & 6

  • Virtual | Early Bird Rates Deadline: February 23

RLDC 4 & 6 Agenda

*The agenda is subject to change.

Thursday, March 25

  • 4:00pm ET | Opening Ceremony - Keynote Speaker

    Opening Ceremony - Keynote Speaker

    4:00 pm -4:20 pm EST

    Audience: All

  • 4:20pm ET | Bienvenidos Todos, Welcome Everyone!

    Bienvenidos Todos, Welcome Everyone!

    4:20pm - 5:00 pm EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker(s): TBD

  • 5:00pm ET | Insights From a Successful Researcher to Pursue a Career in Research

    Insights From a Successful Researcher to Pursue a Career in Research

    5:00 pm - 5:45pm EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker: Dr. Cesar De La Fuente, University of Pennsylvannia

    Interested in pursuing a career in researching? Are you already a researcher and you would like to know more insights from one of the world's top innovators?

    This presentation will be focused on recommendations and good habits to understand your talent, embrace it, and become a successful researcher.

    Presented by Cesar de la Fuente, Presidential Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he leads the Machine Biology Group, who also got the 2019 STAR Award for Young Investigator.

  • 5:45pm ET | Grad School: Why, How, & When?

    Grad School: Why, How, & When?

    5:45 pm - 6:30 pm EST
    Audience: Students

    Speaker: Dr. Tremayne Waller, Virginia Tech

    The benefits of graduate school can often seem moot behind its cost and entry. For those who are about to graduate from an undergraduate education or have been working in industry for a while, the benefits of seeking full-time employment in engineering can, on-the-surface outweigh the time required to advance one’s education. This workshop will shed some light on this, presenting the figures for cost and time for entering graduate school.

  • 5:45pm ET | Effective Virtual Communication Skills

    Effective Virtual Communication Skills

    5:45 pm - 6:30 pm EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker(s): TBD

    After months of communicating and interacting virtually, you must be an expert, right? Ranging from muted microphones, sudden disruptions and visual distractions, we are still learning to communicate in virtual environments. This workshop provides you with strategies to set up your professional space for virtual interviews, work meetings ,and all the events where we are required to communicate virtually.

  • 6:30pm ET | Graduate Students Social Event

    Graduate Students Social Event
    Sponsored by Penn State University

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
    Audience: Graduate students

    Graduate school is hard enough on its own; challenging questions to be answered, literature that does not make sense, and the feeling of imposter syndrome as more experienced researchers are able to seemingly easily answer any question thrown at them. This networking session is to bring graduate students and graduate employers together to share experiences and network.

  • 6:30pm ET | Undergraduate Students Social Event

    Students Social Event

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
    Audience: Undergraduate students

Friday, March 26

  • 9:15am ET | Morning Welcome

    Morning Welcome

    9:15 am - 9:30 am EST
    Audience: All

  • 9:30am ET | Leading Without Managing

    Leading Without Managing: How to be a leader when you’re not a manager?

    9:30 am - 10:15 am EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker(s): TBD

    Traditional leadership follows an organizational structure of supervisors/managers directing teams to get the job done. The fast-paced dynamics of organizational structures, and rapid-changing work environment moves us to develop our leadership skills before we even get the job title. Sometimes, people without the "supervisor/manager" job title exhibit leadership skills that influence their colleagues and increase the performance in organizations. Carol Kinsey Goman explains "The goal of leadership without authority is to get others to willingly cooperate and engage, rather than following directives because you're the boss,". This workshop will provide strategies to develop your leadership skills that are helpful no matter the step you are in your career.

  • 9:30am ET | Time to Talk Money

    Time to Talk Money

    9:30 am - 10:15 am EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker(s): TBD

    Understand and take control of your financial situation, especially after graduation. Identify the necessary tools needed to avoid debt and develop a sustainable financial situation that will become your foundation in future endeavors.

  • 10:30am ET | Crucial Conversations

    Crucial Conversations

    10:30 am - 11:30 am EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker: Fernando Rosario

    Have you ever had a conversation when there are high emotions and high stakes? Did you feel like it could have gone better? Do not worry, this workshop conducted by executive coach, Fernando Rosario, will help you develop your skill set for mastering crucial conversations.

  • 11:45am ET | Driving Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

    Driving Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

    11:45 am - 12:30 pm EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker(s): TBD

    Many more companies are becoming convinced that there is no alternative to sustainable development. And in becoming more environment-friendly, concerns arise about their competitiveness and added costs that will not deliver immediate financial benefits. This workshop will highlight the efforts to drive sustainability-oriented innovation while maintaining competitiveness and leadership.

  • 11:45am ET | Crafting a Competitive Grad School Application

    Crafting a Competitive Grad School Application

    11:45 am - 12:30 pm EST
    Audience: Students

    Speakers: Ashleigh Herrera, Tufts University and Kathryn López, Virginia Tech

    With so many applications submitted each year how does an applicant ensure that they stand out from the crowd? This workshop will present the basic requirements for applying to graduate school and what steps can be taken to ensure that your application stands out.

  • 12:30pm ET | Lunch Break

    Lunch Break

    12:30pm - 12:55 pm
    Audience: All

  • 12:55pm ET | Career Fair Fire Up!

    Career Fair Fire Up!

    12:55 pm - 1:00 pm EST
    Audience: All

  • 1:00pm ET | Graduate School Expo

    Graduate School Expo

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
    Audience: All

  • 2:00pm ET | Career Fair

    Career Fair

    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
    Audience: All

Saturday, March 27

  • 9:00am ET | SHPEtina Cafecito - Panel

    SHPEtina Cafecito - Panel

    9:00 am - 9:45 am EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker(s): TBD 3-4

    Hispanic STEM female leaders will share insight into their careers and what a day in their life and their industry looks like. The panelists will also share their personal insight into topics including but not limited to: navigating college to corporate; career planning; career transitions; management and leadership; work-life balance, sponsors, mentors and mentees, giving back to the community, etc.

  • 10:00am | DACA in the New Administration

    DACA in the New Administration

    10:00 am - 10:45 am EST
    Audience: Students

    Speaker: Daissy Dominguez, Immigration Attorney

    With the new presidential administration starting in 2021, a lot of policies and changes are occurring quickly. This presentation will focus on the latest DACA policies provided by immigration specialist attorney, Daissy Dominguez.

  • 10:00am ET | Milestones Roadmap to Achieving Your Goals

    Milestones Roadmap to Achieving Your Goals

    10:00 am - 10:45 am EST
    Audience: Students

    Speaker(s): NSA

    Achieving a goal can be difficult during a forced study-from-home/work-from home pandemic. It is key to learn to break down your goals into SMART milestones. These small achievements keep one on track to obtain these goals, especially in today's fast paced work environment. Although a goal is the finish line, the journey matters just as much if not more.

  • 11:00am ET | Self-Care in the Time of COVID

    Self-Care in the time of COVID: Strategies for Maintaining Productivity, Physical Health, and Mental Well-Being

    11:00 am - 11:45 am EST
    Audience: All

    Speaker: Lisa London, IIT Student Health & Wellness Center

    Time is a finite resource. Balancing responsibilities at your job, home, and school is not easy...and now there is a pandemic! No matter what, you’re always left with the same 24 hours in a day to check items off to-do lists, spend time with family and friends, and unwind. Learn time management tips and strategies to ensure that you meet deadlines, balance your day-to-day activities and practice wellness during this pandemic.

  • 11:00am ET | Navigating the Advisor/Advisee Relationship in Graduate School

    Navigating the Advisor/Advisee Relationship in Graduate School

    11:00 am - 11:45 am EST
    Audience: Students

    Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, Princeton University

    Achieving success in academia is not an intuitive thing. To ensure success, grad students ought to be equipped with the proper mentors that can guide them through the pitfalls, traumas, common mistakes, and missteps that are sure to occur while trying to get that next published paper. The best people to offer guidance are those that have been through the process, but asking for that guidance (or offering it) can often be a confusing task itself. This talk will equip members with the knowledge of how to best utilize an academic advisor while completing graduate school to maximize the relationship’s potential.

  • 12:00pm ET | Designing for a VUCA World Competition - Regional Finals

    Designing for a VUCA World Competition - Regional Finals

    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EST
    Audience: All

    The Designing for a VUCA World Competition is a challenge where participants Innovate, Impact, and Build products and / or services that directly address social problems within their respective communities. During this event, teams of Builders, Programmers, Creators, Project Managers and Engineers (all types welcome) along with technologists will meet virtually and create new product or service solutions to address current challenges that are specific to their geographic region.

    Watch the Regional Finals as teams showcase their technical skills and impressive designs!

  • 1:00pm ET | Region 4 Meeting

    Region 4 Meeting

    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EST
    Audience: Region 4 members

    Speaker(s): Region 4 Leadership Team

    Region four. Say no more!Region 4 chapters meet up to share status, questions, and accomplishments with one another.

  • 1:00pm ET | Region 6 Meeting

    Region 6 Meeting

    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EST
    Audience: Region 6 members

    Speaker(s): Region 6 Leadership Team

    La Region Seis - Que mas quereis? Region 6 chapters meet up to share status, questions, and accomplishments with one another.

  • 2:00pm ET | Closing Ceremony

    Closing Ceremony

    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EST
    Audience: All