Last week the Gonzaga IEEE Student Branch presented a recap of their very successful SPAx (Student Professional Awareness Event) event in April to our IEEE Spokane Section Executive Committee (ExCom). This event was the first SPAx (Student Professional Awareness Event) event ever held in our Spokane Section and these students worked more than 2 years to bring it to fruition. The thought and detail to bring this event together so successfully completely deserves many accolades!
For the SPAx, many companies in the area volunteered their time on a Saturday to interact with college students from all over the Inland Northwest. We can’t say thank you enough for investing in the next generation of work force!
- Greg Rzepka, Director Power Systems at SEL
- Stephen Heath, VP of Security Systems at Intrinium
- George Moore, Fellow from Keysight Technologies
- Bob Conley, President and CEO of Eigen Wireless
- Lee Steensland, Principal Engineer from F5
- Lynn Vershum, Controls Engineer from Alliance Machine Systems
- Calvin Howard, Protection Systems Engineer from AVISTA
The fascinating and thought provoking keynote presentation was given by Chuck Frandrup, P.E., retired Engineering Manager, Pend Oreille Public Utility District.
Over 40 students attended, with each small group containing 5-7 students. The students had the opportunity to speak with the professionals regarding career path and progression, intricacies of their daily work, and learn about the different fields each professional represented. The disciplines included Controls, Communications, Computer Science, Digital Systems, Electronics, Electromagnetism and Power Systems. The event was followed by a catered dinner.
These Gonzaga students are commended for their hard work and dedication in putting together a fantastic event!
- Ava Zebzda
- Joseph Hemmingson
- Robert Johnson
- Daniel Fiorino
- Crystal Murray
- Aaron Wong
- Henadz Krukovich
- Eloisa Serrano
- Spencer Ballo
- Israel Musonda Bwalya
- Jonathan Josten