On Saturday, February 4, the School of Engineering hosted its first annual networking and career fair at Barus and Holley. More than 100 students and over 20 alumni representing more than 15 different companies gathered together for a full-day of panel sessions, presentations, and workshops.
The Engineering Career Fair underscored the incredible availability of Brown alums who want to
connect with current Brown students,” said Beverly Ehrich, career advisor at
Brown’s CareerLab. “They answered student questions about their companies and
their career paths. Throughout the day alumni were ready to give advice about
internships and job options, and encouraged follow up conversations. Brown
alums are an incomparable resource for engineering students who want to develop
contacts in their career field and explore careers.
After a welcome from Dean Larry Larson, Assistant Professor (Research) John Simeral gave a plenary talk,
“Engineering the BrainGate Neural Interface System at Brown” which provided
both students and alumni an insight into the cutting-edge research that the
Brown Institute for Brain Science is working on and the incredible progress
they have already made.
The day continued with two
alumni panel sessions. The first featured advice on finding a job and included
Chris Moynihan ’11 (Google), Madeleine Sheehan ’11 (Analog Devices), and
Caitlin Ashley-Rollman ’09 ScM’10 (Microsoft).
“I definitely thought the career fair was worthwhile and thought that the panel of
recent graduates was particularly interesting,” said biomedical engineering
concentrator Courtney Mazur ’13.
That was followed by another
alumni panel session that included James Truman ’02, Hector Inirio ’10, and
Theo Doucakis ’96 ScM’00. This lively session, “If I Knew Then What I Know Now”
provided a chance for the alumni to give some practical, real world advice to
the undergraduates and again allowed the students the opportunity to ask the
After that, several alumni
gave brief presentations on their companies and their current positions.
Included among the presenters were: Melissa Loureiro ’07 ScM’08 (Hamilton
Sundstrand), Adam Greenbaum ’08 ScM’09 (Draper Labs), David Perlmutter ’09, Chris
Coleman ’11 (Oracle), Chris Hoffman ’09 (DPR Construction), Nick Sarro ’08 (DPR
Contruction), Nick Vina ’10 (DPR Construction), Lorenzo Majno ’79, ScM’81
(Instron), and Dave Durfee ’80 ScM’87 PhD’92 (Bay Computer Associates).
Following an afternoon
break, there was a chance for students and alumni to interact one-on-one. Each
company set up a table and students were able to network with the alumni and
talk about job and internship opportunities at each company.
first annual career fair was a success,” said Professor Karen Haberstroh ’95. “It proved
to be an excellent opportunity for current engineering students and
faculty to network with alums - both in terms of internship and job
placement possibilities, but also as a mechanism for reconnecting engineering
alums with the new School of Engineering.”
the networking opportunities, students were able to participate in two
workshops. Ehrich led a workshop on technical interviewing with assistance from
recent alumni, while Durfee led resume workshop.
“The career fair did a great job at fulfilling its designed purpose of connecting
students with employers,” said Durfee. “But, in addition, I personally really
enjoyed reconnecting with the alumni and could tell that they enjoyed sharing
their time (and a meal) together with the students and faculty.”