IEEE Conference Geared Toward Engineering Students, Young Professionals Coming to Las Vegas in January

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  The second IEEE Rising Stars Conference is coming to the Excalibur in Las Vegas, 2-4 January 2016. The event is geared toward engineering students and young professionals looking to network with their peers and industry leaders from some of the world's top technology companies.


A number of attendees from the first conference received job offers.

The Rising Stars program includes a career fair, competitions, technical-innovation and professional-development presentations, an idea-pitching workshop and more. Among the many speakers are:

  • Patrick Griffis, executive director, technology strategy at  Dolby Laboratories. He is charged with helping to define the company's future technology strategy, including identifying and tracking key technical trends, performing technical due diligence and supporting advanced technology initiatives.
  • Karen Bartleson, senior director of corporate programs and initiatives at  Synopsys, an electronic design automation company, in Mountain View, Calif. She was president of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013-14 and has more than 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. She will serve as IEEE president in 2016.
  • William Pomerantz, vice president for special projects at Virgin Galactic. He is extending the company's business beyond suborbital space tourism, helping start such efforts as suborbital research campaigns and orbital launch vehicles for small satellites. 

Rising stars will precede Storage Visions 2016 (4-5 January), an event featuring the latest architectures in memory and storage technologies, and the Consumer Electronics Show (6-9 January).

The event will also include a pitch-your-idea student video competition that will award $1,500 in prize money. See for details.

Through Friday 4 December, the cost to attend Rising Stars is $199. From 5 December to 1 January, it's $249. After that, it's $299. Discounted hotel pricing is available at the Excalibur.

The IEEE Rising Stars Conference is the premier event for students and young professionals within IEEE Region 6 (Western United States).

IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of nearly 200,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.  

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