GEM convened the 2015 Annual Board Meeting and Conference on August 5-7 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The conference was structured to engage GEM Representatives in mission-forward discussions and take action through voting on strategic items during the board meeting; while prospective and current graduate students attended workshops, participated in a technical presentation competition & poster session, engaged with graduate and REU programs during the Graduate Resource Fair, and took advantage of networking opportunities with representatives during the opening reception and closing dinner cruise.
The Opening Reception was a phenomenal opportunity for members and students to gather to meet each other, while touring the historic venue of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The reception began with opening presentations and videos from the sponsors, and ended with an announcement from Intel Corporation on a commitment to double their investment with GEM.
Intel is doubling their investment with GEM partnerships by significantly increasing the number of GEM Fellows resulting in a $3.7M investment over the next 5 years. The announcement to double the current funding level was made at GEM’s Board Meeting and Annual Conference in Boston. This investment is a critical investment of their $300 Million Diversity in Technology Initiative that is focused on hiring and retention programs, growing the tech pipeline, increasing investments in diverse entrepreneurs, and supporting women in gaming.
Intel is committed to reach full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in its U.S. workforce by 2020.”Innovation is critical to the success of Intel,” says Michael Greene, Intel’s Vice President, Software and Services Group & General Manager, System Technologies and Optimization. “We must have the ability and the talent to look at problems from different perspectives and from different experiences. This is why diversity is so critical to the success of Intel today, and its future.”
In the doubling of the grant, Intel has also increased their spending in student support attending GEM’s national conference and expand support as the National GRAD Lab Sponsor.
“Intel remains the top player in supporting GEM and benefiting from the talented GEM Fellows who began as interns and now serve critical roles throughout the organization,” says Michele Lezama, GEM’s Executive Director. “Intel’s commitment should undoubtedly spur others to invest and use our proven program focused on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities – who hold a graduate degree in engineering, computer science and other applied science fields – to improve workforce diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond.”
The Thursday plenary session and breakfast provided the perfect jump start to the conference day with a rousing keynote presentation by Bill P. Russo, Director of Operations, Manufacturing Engineering from event sponsor, Ford Motor Company. GEM board president, Dr. Eric Evans followed the keynote with an update on the state of the organization and the many accomplishments made during 2014 – 2015 toward achieving the GEM mission, and the opportunities ahead.
William P. Russo
Director of Operations – Manufacturing Engineering
Ford Motor Company
Thank you to our Plenary Breakfast Session sponsor!
Dr. Eric Evans, GEM Board President; Michele Lezama, Executive Director; Bill P. Russo, Keynote Speaker, Ford; Kelvin Squires, GEM Standing Chair, Ford
The Boston Harbor was the setting for a relaxing dinner cruise that included a high energy sponsor focused bingo game, and casual networking between prospective and current graduate students and GEM representatives.
Thank you to Cornell University for sponsoring the GRAD Lab and Motorola Solutions Foundation for sponsoring the Future Faculty and Professionals (FFP) Symposium. The student content at the conference was phenomenal and truly assisted the students on their path of excellence.
GEM hosted a graduate resource fair at the Boston Annual Meeting. This was the first fair GEM has held since 2007 in Las Vegas. Given GEM is a niche organization focusing on quality graduate students, we are always concerned if we have enough traffic to support a fair. 140 students checked in for the 4 hour fair in Boston. The general sentiment is that the traffic was light, although the students who did attend were of high quality. We surveyed GEM exhibitors to ask if we should continue the graduate fair format, or return to speed networking or some other interaction style event and the general consensus was to keep the fair format in the future.
The following voting items “passed” during the 2015 Annual Board Meeting:
Introducing the 2016-2017 GEM Executive Committee and Standing Chairs
Effective October 1st
2014-2015 Executive Committee
Students competed for cash awards in the GEM Technical Presentation Competition, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Institute of Technology, by presenting their MS or PhD level research. This year’s winners by category are:
Master’s and 1st Year Ph.D. Level
2nd Year and Beyond Ph.D. Level
Pictured: Dr. Marcus Huggans, GEM; Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson, MS Lead Judge, Georgia Tech; Romayne Botti, PhD Lead Judge, Carnegie Mellon; Jon Gonzales; Sean Peters; Tenell Rhodes, Jr.; Nicholas Hines; Luis Ocampo Giraldo; Leopoldo Torres.
Fourteen (14) students also participated in the Poster Session, presenting undergraduate, graduate, and fellowship internship-based research to a panel of judges. The winner of the 2015 Poster Session is:
1st Place: Michael Gonzales, 2013 GEM PhD Fellow, University of Notre Dame, Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Implementation of the GEM mission relies heavily on the volunteerism of our Employer and University Representatives. Each year GEM honors those who have made significant contributions to the Consortium:
Richard Harris, Northeastern
Sara, Perkovic, Adobe
Ernesto Felix, Intel
Congratulations to our new University Members approved for GEM membership!
2015 – 2016 New Members
2014 – 2015 New Members
We would also like to congratulate our newest Employer Member, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory!