IEEE Schenectady Section


An Agile Path to Employability and Promotability – December 5, 2019

The IEEE Schenectady Section would like to invite you to a talk that focuses on how we can leverage technology to teach Emotional and Social Intelligence.

TOPIC: An Agile Path to Employability and Promotability

PRESENTED BY: Dr Jami L. Cotler

DATE and TIME: December 5th, 2019, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church Room, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY 12309

SPONSORED BY: IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE Schenectady Section

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.

ABSTRACT: This interactive and discussion based talk will explore ways to enhance personal employability/promotability and team synergy. The talk will also include a brief discussion of current research in the area of detecting empathy through facial emotional analytics and eye tracking.

THE SPEAKER:  Dr. Jami L. Cotler is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Siena College in Loudonville NY. Discovering ways for students especially software engineering students to thrive, not only for entry into their careers but for lifelong success, fulfillment, happiness and advancement, is her passion and the drive behind her teaching and research. Her research looks at factors that influence work readiness, employability and promotability. One place where graduates can achieve this is in the area of emotional and social intelligence. Her expertise is in developing evidence-based programs that are effective in both face-to-face and online mediums, and focus on strengthening an individual and team’s emotional and social intelligence, creating team synergy, empathy and mental attention/mindfulness. Having earned a doctorate in Informatics with a research focus in teaching Emotional and Social Intelligence online supported by mindfulness practices, along with professional coaching certifications, she bring a unique insight to how we can leverage technology such as machine learning and facial emotional analytics to teach Emotional and Social Intelligence and detect empathy. She teaches a yearlong Software Engineering Senior Capstone and Human-Computer Interaction where the concepts of employability, promotability, empathy, mindfulness and emotional and social intelligence are integrated into the fabric of the courses.