USFOE

Know Before You Go

 

The goal of Frontiers of Engineering meetings is to create useful interactions across disciplines among outstanding early-career engineers. Here are some helpful hints to ensure you get the most out of the symposium.

  • Review the papers and session abstracts beforehand. Talks may be outside your field so having some background will help you get the most out of the presentations. Write down 1-2 questions or issues you would like to raise during the Q&A sessions, and remember, there are no stupid questions.
     
  • Check out the participant list. Make a list of 3-5 people you’d especially like to meet, and connect with them before the meeting. Bring an ample supply of business cards.
     
  • Leave your laptop at the hotel during the symposium. If you are working during the breaks, you miss opportunities to develop new contacts. If you are working during the sessions, you not only miss great presentations and discussion—and the chance for an “ah-ha” moment—but you may distract those around you.
     
  • Attend the evening events. The receptions and dinners provide informal time to meet attendees and continue conversations started earlier. Plus the food is great.
     
  • Dress comfortably.  You can leave your business attire at home. 

Participation in Frontiers of Engineering programs are by invitation only. Please be aware that guests are not included at meals or events.