This talk is designed to discuss managing your career. There are 12 important things to keep in mind when living and managing your career to achieve your goals. These will be explained and explored with examples and photographs based on my 45 years as an engineer, manager and executive managing people's careers, and 48 years as an IEEE member. Your career is your career, and understanding your priorities (which can change) and your company's objectives can help you have a rewarding and fulfilling career.
John McDonald, P.E., IEEE Life Fellow, is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE Power's Grid Solutions business. John has 45 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry.
John received his BSEE and MSEE (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an MBA (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award.
John is Past President of the IEEE PES, a member of the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee, and the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee. John was the IEEE Division VII Director and on the IEEE Board of Directors. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association), focusing on long-term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published one hundred papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and has co-authored five books.