2018 Spring Alumni and Friends Conference

Save-the-Date: May 4, 2018

Watch for updates as planning unfolds for the 2018 Conference, scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2018. This year's conference will be held in the Armstrong Student Center and caps off Engineering and Computing Week at Miami.

Questions about the event? email or call Clark Kelly kellyca@MiamiOH.edu, (513) 529-0702.

2018 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 2 - Engineering and Computing Week Banquet, hosted by Tau Beta Pi.

Thursday, May 3 - Senior Design Expo. 5-7 p.m. in Benton and Garland Halls. Senior design teams will display results from their year-long projects. Awards at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 3 - Networking Event. 5-7 p.m. Benton 102 Lobby. Hosted by Theta Tau, ASG, and Career Services.

Friday, May 4 - 2018 Spring Alumni & Friends Conference


  • Opening Welcome by Dean Dollar - Pavilion C Followed by Opening Key note by Jay Anderson, President Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals
    • Transformation in healthcare is accelerating from the value generated by the intersection of caregivers and engineers. We continue to discover new cures and enable individualized healing through the use of data analytics and interoperable applications. This talk will trace the evolution of Northwestern Medicine’s journey to being a top 10 academic medical center from the perspective of the engineers who had a front row seat as part of the care team. Topics covered will include: Team leadership expected of engineers, electronic health records, electronic data warehousing, research applications/innovations, and partnerships with industry.


  • Pavilion A - ECE Alumni Meeting
  • Pavilion B - MME Alumni Meeting
  • Pavilion C - CSE Alumni Meeting
  • Room 1086 - n/a
  • Room 2080 - CPB Alumni Meeting


  • Pavilion A - Edward Kriz: Test Cell Engineer Doing Research and Development on Diesel Engines
  • Pavilion B - Kelsey Apple: Tips for Starting a Successful Career
    • This presentation is intended for students or career changers who want to discuss ways they can prepare for a successful career. Should I learn to write code? Are certifications important? What can set me apart from my peers when it comes time for a promotion?
  • Pavilion C - David Cifuentes: Trust Me Everything is Going to be Fine
    • Trust me. Everything's going to be fine! Right now you're excited, but likely anxious too. You wonder where your choices will lead you and how they'll turn out. There is no need to worry. With a little pragmatism, optimism and perspective, you'll be happy no matter where the road leads.
  • Room 1086 - Cole Bukowy: The Honda Philosophy and Ethical Decision Making
    • Honda’s philosophy for engineering is a driving factor in making some of the safest cars on the road. This philosophy allows Honda to overcome challenges in new product development and stay relevant in a changing market. I will explain the core values of this philosophy and how these values are critical to engineering high quality products.
  • Room 2080 - Jon Biederman: How the Obsolete Technology You Know Today Prepares You for a Bright Future
    • Join us as we travel back in time when the Internet was dial-up, Amazon was just a river, and Miami was teaching Visual Basic. Jon will share the successful launch of DonorPerfect (despite not knowing a web server from a laptop) and how the technology taught today prepares you for the unknown technology in the future.


  • Pavilion A - Dr. Mark Scott: Solar Cells and Battery Storage
  • Pavilion B - Barrett Fitzgerald: How Miami Courses Prepared Me to Tackle Problems in a Medical Device Company
    • Miami University challenges student in their day to day curriculum. This is obvious to CEC Students cross function, cross major, and cross discipline. Each day professors aim to increase students understanding of wide ranging topics, all which are important in practice and industry. My lecture aims to highlight the similarities between classroom and job function.
  • Pavilion C - Christine Starkey: Talking Tech, Training & Theatricality: How Communication is Key to Your Career (in Any Field)
    • “Nobody reads the manuals. I don’t like to write. Just slap it in a slide show. Training is boring.” Have you heard others or (gasp!) yourself utter these phrases? If so, you will be surprised to learn how technical careers can be crafted, influenced, and elevated through the use of good (and simple) communication skills.
  • Room 1086 - Steven Jackson: Social Networks Within the Technology Organization
    • You experience it every day. You send an email or make a call to find information to complete a task, respond to a situation, solve a problem, or just validate what you already suspected. Information leaks between individuals and organizations. Networks of information exist as fragile connections that grow, thrive, fracture and die without acknowledgement of the significant impacts. This presentation relies research conducted by Dr. Jackson, which illustrates the value of social networks of information in I.T. organizations.
  • Room 2080 - John Stamper: Starting a Small Business and How to Raise Money
    • Starting a small business. In this talk, I will discuss several of the businesses that I have started including my latest company TutorGen.com, which has raised over $3 million in funding largely through non-diluting government grants (SBIR/STTR).


  • Lunch/Keynote by Worldpay employee and Miami Alumnus Brett Black


  • Pavilion A - Eric Schwartz: The Many Trades Needed to Build the Air Force Modeling and Simulation Pyramid
    • The Air Force uses modeling and simulation to guide its system acquisition decisions. A diverse team with many different engineering skills is needed to complete the analysis. This presentation will discuss the analysis process utilizing the modeling and simulation pyramid, some of the models used, and the skills necessary to properly analyze these complex systems.
  • Pavilion B - Joshua Eastman: From Feeling Worthless to Becoming a Leader in Tech
    • Do you have dreams of becoming a leader in tech, but not quite sure how to get there? Turns out, there are many different ways. Gain career advice and lessons learned from my path and experiences in guiding high profile companies through their journey in adopting automation.
  • Pavilion C - Philip Long: How to Manage Change of a Career
    • How to manage change over one's career while keeping one's aspirations in focus. The road to success is not always a linear path. It is important to know how to cope and manage with change and adversity along one's journey to success.
  • Room 1086 - Nick Truster: Heat Exchanger Design and Additive Manufacturing
    • Additive manufacturing is a revolutionary capability that is has opened the design space for many applications. This talk will explore pros and cons of the additive manufacturing processes using a direct metal laser-sintered (DMLS) heat exchanger design as an example.
  • Room 2080 - Brian Greenberg: How DA, Visualization, and Robotics are Changing Landscape
    • Advanced data analytics and visualization capabilities is continually evolving and transforming the way executives gain insight into their business, make decisions and manage risk – and when coupled with robotic and intelligent automation, these techniques can now be done not only more efficiently, but on a more frequent and timely basis.


  • Pavilion A - Panel: Using a Tech Degree in a Different Field (Peter Huy, John Hintz (M), David Michael, Jay Anderson)
  • Pavilion B - Panel: Early Career (Edward Etzel, Dave Diehl, Stephen Young, Denise Taylor (M))
  • Pavilion C - Panel: Key Soft Skills (Tom Hardin (M), Vic Dupre, Kurt Johnson, Tim Westbrook)
  • Room 1086 - Panel: Cybersecurity (Joe Sturonas, Howard Bishop, Chris Johnson, Sam Cecere (M))
  • Room 2080 - Panel: Automation and Robotics (Dr. Giancarlo Corti (M), Greg Shendel, Brian Greenberg)


  • Pavilion A - Tom Barber: How to Build and Deploy over 100 Applications/Day
    • In today’s fast paced world, being able to quickly and reliably build, test, and deploy applications is essential to any organization’s success. At Gannett/The USA Today Network, we do just that hundreds, if not thousands of times each and every day. Come and learn about the tools and concepts we use to make this kind of continuous integration/deployment (CI/CD) possible.
  • Pavilion B - Matthew Waits: How to Turn Technical Skills Into a Business You Are Passionate About
    • Having a passion for an idea is exciting. Creating a tangible product that is sellable is terrifying. There seems all too often to be a disconnect from the thinkers and innovators and the industry that delivers those innovations to the market. Taking a technical passion and starting a business takes a great deal of patience and perseverance. It should not be understated that you will fail. Then, you will fail again. However, the success here is not measured in if you fail, its measured in what you learn from that failure and how you adapt. If you are not failing you are not trying hard enough. Embracing failure will make you and your product and company better. All too often we forget that failure benefits the consumer. Failure benefits a product and failure benefits the individual. Leaning how to learn from failure is the key to take a passion and make it a business.
  • Pavilion C - Caroline Danzi: Transition Skills Academia to Industry
    • You’ve got a diploma in one hand and a job offer in the other, and now it’s time to enter the real world. But what exactly does that entail? Join recent alum Caroline Danzi as she explains just what to expect in your first year after college.
  • Room 1086 - Nielsen speaker
  • Room 2080 - John Batcha: Confidently Delivering Results in IT and Business
    • Whether you work in a start-up, a large corporation, or a consulting company, delivering tangible value is critical. This session focuses on a proactive mindset and confident communication style that can be applied across business and technology environments.


  • Reception in Shriver for Faculty, Staff, and Alumni