PES Webinar - Reaching Success Through Mentoring and US Relationships
IEEE Power & Energy Society Membership Webinar Series
Reaching Success Through Mentoring and US Relationships
9 June 2017 • 1:00 pm Eastern
Prof. Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies at Texas A&M
Julie Bernicker, Online Community Specialist, IEEE Member & Geographic Activities
Kristen Mahan, Online Community Specialist, IEEE Member & Geographic Activities
Rakeem Mosey, Program Specialist, IEEE Career Resources, Member and Geographic Activities
Do you find yourself stuck but hoping for a promotion, a new job, or admission into a new college program? Climbing the educational and/or career ladder often has more to do with who you know and what you know about advancement than how intelligent you are. Lacking the right relationships and the right resources could leave you stuck and confused. This webinar will educate on the value of the right relationships, and on the career resources that the IEEE offers to both members and non-members for advancement. In other words, learn how you can reach success by utilizing career resources and understanding the value of mentorship and relationships.
Dr. Karen L. Butler-Purry is a 1981 honor graduate of Plaquemine High School. She was awarded a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Southern University in Baton Rouge, a M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from Howard University in Washington, D.C., all in Electrical Engineering.
Butler-Purry began her 20+ years career at Texas A&M University with an initial appointment as visiting assistant professor of electrical engineering in 1994. She currently serves as Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, and Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She will assume the role of interim Vice President for Research starting June 1st. Further she served as Associate Department Head for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 2008-2010 and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs for the College of Engineering from 2001-2004. She is a registered professional engineer in the states of LA, TX and MS.
In addition, she has served in many capacities on committees for the college, university, and professional societies. Butler-Purry developed a successful research program with funding from federal agencies such as National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research, and industry funding from electric utility companies. She has supervised and funded over 40 graduate and 65 undergraduate research students. Also she has been involved in fellowship and education program projects with the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education and directed several of these programs that target recruitment, retention and advancement of pre-college, college, and graduate students in STEM fields.
She received the National Science Foundation Faculty Career Award (1995) and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (1999). Butler-Purry has received numerous teaching and service awards including the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mentor Award for efforts to mentor students from underrepresented groups and for leadership in promoting PhD careers for them in electrical engineering and computer sciences.
Butler-Purry is extremely interested in attracting the next generation of minority and female students into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. She currently leads a National Science Foundation funded project studying the use of video games to transform student learning and impact the attitude of college and high school students toward electrical and computer engineering. Also she serves on the Advisory Council for the Young Women’s Preparatory College Academy in Houston, Texas.
Julie Bernicker is an Online Community Specialist at IEEE. She earned her B.A. in communications, with a minor in Women's & Gender Studies, from Rutgers University, NJ. She has been working at IEEE since July of 2015. Prior to joining IEEE, Julie brings her previous experience in public relations, social media and search engine optimization.
Kristen Mahan attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications, while volunteering at the RI Small Business Development Center. Kristen now works at IEEE as an Online Community Specialist and has been with the company for over three years.
Rakeem Mosey is a new addition to IEEE, serving in the role of Program Specialist for Careers Communications and Resources in MGA. He brings several years of experience working within the nonprofit industry in a range of roles from outreach to marketing and communications. He most recently served in the role of Communications Manager at a local New Jersey, USA branch of civil legal aid. He holds a Master's degree in strategic public relations, with a collateral study in nonprofit management from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently completing a public policy fellowship at Leadership Newark.