April 6, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Denver Section coordinators for GOLD, PACE and SPAC, in partnership with their Region 5 counterparts, have organized the:  

IEEE Region 5 SAC Student Leaders and Branch Counselor’s Training Workshop (SPAC/SLTW)

Chasm Creek, Second Floor,
Hyatt Regency DTC, Denver, Colorado

The SPAC/SLTW workshop will consist of training, break-out exercises, discussions on student branch activities.

Time Description
  8:00 AM —   8:30 AM Welcome, introductions and ice breakers
  8:30 AM — 10:30 AM SPAC: Leading the way to success, Jim Watson
10:30 AM — 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM SPAC planning session with Dr. Jim Watson and Nicole Skarke
12:00 PM —   1:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM —   3:00 PM SLTW Part I
  3:00 PM —   3:30 PM Break
  3:30 PM —   5:00 PM SLTW Part II


The cost of attending this training workshop is included in your Region 5 conference registration.  Denver Section students interested to attend the workshop, and not registered for the Region 5 conference, please click here to register.  Others should contact Erik Johnson.

Leading the way to success
Leadership is an important engineering tool, and learning to be an effective leader in various environments will help you guarantee your personal and professional success as an engineer. Leaders are people who have vision and the ability to inspire others to accomplish great things. This presentation will give you two reasons why you will benefit by understanding the principles of leadership. First, you can maximize leadership opportunities to help you achieve greater career success. And second, you can learn how to effectively work with other leaders for even greater success.

Jim Watson, P.E.

Jim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, completed post graduate engineering courses at Youngstown State University, and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, a Life and Senior Member of IEEE, and a national S-PAC and S-PAVe speaker.

Following a 36-year career with Ohio Edison Company, an electric utility company in which he held numerous engineering and management positions, Jim took an early retirement to devote full-time to his consulting activities.

Founded in 1989, Watson Associates provides consulting services in career management activities. He is the author of the WRITETALK© and ProSkills© programs designed to incorporate professional skill development within the university engineering technical curriculum. Watson Associates has directed the use of this program for more than 24,000 students at 7 major engineering universities.

Jim started his volunteer work with career development presentations for engineering students in 1975 at Youngstown State University and the University of Akron. As an Industrial Representative for the Student Activities Committee, he expanded his work with student branches by becoming an SPAC National Speaker in 1982.

In 1984, Jim joined Larry Dwon and other members of the Student Awareness Task Force to define the Student Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) program and establish a standing committee under the United States Activities Board. This resulted in the establishment of the present Student Professional Awareness Committee.

Jim received numerous awards from IEEE in recognition for his volunteer activities including the USAB Citation of Honor, USAB Professional Achievement Award, IEEE Third Millennium Metal, RAB Innovational Award, and IEEE-USA Citation of Honor for his outstanding contribution to student career development activities.

Jim has published articles on career development in IEEE Antennas & Propagation,IEEE PotentialsIEEE Women in EngineeringHKN Bridge, and Wireless Systems Design. He is a co-author, with Dr. Charles Alexander, of a soon to be published McGraw-Hill text book for freshmen engineering students called Engineering Skills for Career Success.

As an international speaker, Jim has delivered more than 2,000 presentations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia to a total audience of over 100,000. This includes presentations at more than 300 Student Professional Awareness Conferences (S-PACs), 14 Student Professional Awareness Ventures (S-PAVes), and 875 other student meetings involving more than 55,000 students at 155 universities.

In 2011, IEEE-USA established the “IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Award” to recognize key individuals for their contributions to Student Professional Awareness Achievement Activities in the United States