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Welcome Remarks

Welcome Remarks

Speaker(s):

Karen Horting

Executive Director & CEO, SWE

Rachel Morford

FY22 President, SWE

Keynote Presentation: Women as Future Leaders of a Balanced World

Keynote Presentation: Women as Future Leaders of a Balanced World

Description:

Women make up for over 49.5% of population, however, less than half of the working-age women are employed in the workforce globally and the APAC region including India has the lowest representation of women across all levels of employment. This is an unbalanced world we live in, however it’s our collective responsibility to own the gap and work towards creating a Balanced World of the Future. Women and men need to come together to prioritize Hiring of Women in the workforce, Instituting an Inclusive culture, Laying the foundation of safe places to belong to and designing policies and practices based on Equity and Justice.
You have an important role in this journey that calls upon you to develop as a transformational Future Leader by investing in competencies of use, as you build your corporate career from start to CXO level. The keynote calls for collective action for a social evolution that is must for individuals, society, corporate and world economy at large.
Let us decode together and Let us Balance the world.

Speaker(s):

Supria Dhanda

Supria Dhanda is a business leader with more than 24 years of corporate experience and has held several leadership roles in Business and People functions, has anchored Mergers & Acquisitions and has been an Entrepreneur as well. Supria’ s fusion of Business Acumen, Corporate Strategy and Organizational Development has driven high performance culture and strong growth for India region over the past decades. She has been strategically focused on instituting One Leadership Team spirit amongst executive teams,envisioning the growth blueprint for future, and creating and building employee-first inclusive cultures. She serves on the Board of ABS India and is an Independent member of Board on other companies.
Most recently, she was Country Manager, India and Global Vice President of Western Digital, a leading storage solutions provider. Prior to that, Supria has served with leading technology companies as General Electric, Alcatel-Lucent and SanDisk. A TEDx speaker, co-author of ‘Wiley Innovation Black Book Enterprise 4.0’, PhD scholar, Supria is a thought leader in Engineering R&D industry, executive member of NASSCOM Engineering R&D Council, is a TIE Charter member for Delhi NCR and advisory panel member of Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM). She is a sought-after speaker and moderator in Technology industry and is a powerful voice in defining organizations of future.
She is an ICF (International Coach Federation) certified PCC level Executive Coach and is passionate about coaching executives in developing Inclusive Future Leadership for a balanced world. Supria has been awarded as CEO of the Year for ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ at the Global DEI Summit 2020 hosted by Times of India and Ask Insights. She serves on the advisory panel of WILL Forum and V-WA for furthering women in leadership. Supria is also passionate about working with top level executive teams and entrepreneurs in their journey of building billion-dollar enterprises.

Quantization to the Rescue: An Edge AI Story

Quantization to the Rescue: An Edge AI Story

Description:

Over the last decade, deep neural networks have brought in a resurgence in artificial intelligence, with machines outperforming humans in some of the most popular image recognition problems. But all that jazz comes with its costs – high compute complexity and large memory requirements. These requirements translate to higher power consumption resulting in steep electricity bills and a sizeable carbon footprint. Optimizing model size and complexity thus becomes a necessity for the sustainable future of resource constrained edge AI. The smartphone market, with its reach to nearly 4 billion people, is only a fraction of the potential edge devices waiting to be truly ‘smart’.
In this presentation, I will talk about Quantization, which has been popularly used in mathematics and digital signal processing, now reimagined as a possible solution for compressing DNNs and accelerating inference. We will then dive deeper using FPGA as an example for DNN deployment target.

Speaker(s):

Ashwathi Nambiar

Principal Data Scientist, R&D, Dozee

Ashwathi Nambiar is a Principal Data Scientist, R&D at Dozee where she works on moonshot ideas to make healthcare accessible and actionable with AI. Prior to this, she was a Senior Team Leader focused on offering solutions to MathWorks’ customers for efficient embedded deployment of Deep Learning models. She graduated from IIT Bombay (Electrical Dept.) in 2013, went on to work at Electronic Arts for over three years before joining MathWorks in 2017 and switching to Dozee in 2022.

Beating the Analysis Paralysis

Beating the Analysis Paralysis

Description:

Have you ever been overwhelmed with everyday decisions? Do you take lot of time to perfect a decision but end up doing nothing? Analysis paralysis is this phenomena where an individual or group overanalyzes a situation causing decisions to “paralyze” with no course of action. Decisions such as compiling a shopping list or prioritizing between work and family – all are affected. Such decisions can bruise your personal life and mental health too. Especially due to the pandemic, it has affected students and professionals while making investment decisions, career choices and sustaining relationships. Living in an age of never-ending advertisements, over-the-top consumerism and corporate competitiveness has made life no easier. Good news is – we shall overcome! The session will introduce you to analysis paralysis using relatable and familiar examples and provide actionable guidelines to overcome it, enabling superior decision quality.

Speaker(s):

Jisha Bhattacharjee

Asset Development Planner, ExxonMobil

Prior to being an Asset Development Planner, Jisha served as Flow Assurance Engineer and Business Analyst in ExxonMobil. She graduated from NIT Rourkela with Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering in 2018. As Global Ambassador she has served as content creator, led ‘Supporting Global Affiliates’ WG and is Professional Development Lead for Global Women Engineers AG. Her goal is to promote SWE globally and enable career progression leveraging a unique perspective on professional development and leadership.

All You Need to Know About Hybrid Cloud Connectivity

All You Need to Know About Hybrid Cloud Connectivity

Description:

Hybrid Cloud is a mix of Private Cloud and Public Cloud, and it requires a strong network connection for its success. When cloud bursting happens due to festive time, tax season, and holidays, many of us are wondering how the private cloud of customer expands to Public Cloud.
This presentation aims to give an overview of the various networking options available to establish a dedicated network connection from On-Premises Private Cloud to Public Cloud. In the first 35 minutes, I will cover the various Networking options available in Public Cloud for hybrid connectivity. In the next 10 minutes, I will show a demonstration of how the Private and Public Cloud talk to each other using VPN connectivity option especially site-to-site gateways. Attendees will like the session as they are curious to know what goes behind the scenes. Attendees should have basic knowledge of Private, Public, Hybrid, Virtual Private Cloud(VPC).

Speaker(s):

Malarvizhi Kandasamy

Senior Software Engineer, IBM India Software Labs

Malarvizhi Kandasamy is a distinction holder in Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering from Madras University in the year 2000. She is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer in IBM Cloud VPC Networking Services. She has conducted hands-on lab on Cloud Native development in various universities like VIT, RVCE. She has written several blogs, articles, Redbooks and spoken in various conferences. She has authored several Patents in technologies like Cloud, AI, IOT, E-commerce.

Be Audible at the Workplace: Analyze, Strategize, Get Your Ideas Selected

Be Audible at the Workplace: Analyze, Strategize, Get Your Ideas Selected

Description:

The smell of brewing coffee brews new ideas in your brain. Sometimes you share these ideas, sometimes you bottle them up. Take a pause and ask yourself – Are you comfortable sharing your ideas? How often are they considered? Are you audible at workplace?
Research says that suggestions from women employees are less likely to be selected as compared to their male counterparts. This paper aims to identify the root causes behind rejection of ideas and devise an implementable, step-by-step strategy to ensure a higher rate of selection. These root causes are identified based on survey responses of more than 100 participants and personal interviews of working women. The strategic solution is designed by conducting social experiments, measuring the success percentage of a strategy under different circumstances, such as probability of acceptance of same idea when presented by different people. These real-life simulations are included in this session to gain further insights.

Speaker(s):

Saumya Bhalerao

Sr Sales Engineer, Emerson

A B.Tech in Petroleum Engineering from UPES, Dehradun awarded me an opportunity to work in a male dominated industry where usually ideas shared by women employees get weighted down. During my executive MBA, from NMIMS I observed that female students rarely express their thoughts, unless prompted. This issue transcends geographical boundaries and I, after witnessing the firsthand experience from last 10 years, thus decided to find a strategic solution to get ideas accepted at workplace.

Be the Change to Bring the Change

Be the Change to Bring the Change

Description:

“Diversity-Equity-Inclusion”, these words have been the talk of town. We hear them more than often in various sessions. While talking is easy, it actually takes efforts to bring change in attitude and practice it in day-to-day life. Getting the unique opportunity to work in rural areas in the tractor industry (a male-dominated industry) provided me with one-of-the-kind exposure, helped me understand value of DEI and how to champion this change. During this presentation, I will share ways to do so. But was it cakewalk for me? Was everything perfect for a female working in a rural place?
Well, there is no denying the fact that there were challenges. I will discuss how to overcome these challenges. Being a medium of change is not easy. But let’s strive and do our bit till we no more need to talk about DEI and it becomes integral part of our culture. Are you ready to “be the change”?

Speaker(s):

Pankhuri Bhatia

Business Analyst, John Deere

Having experience of working in rural areas as Territory Sales Manger in tractor industry which is predominantly male governed (with <1% females in field) along with being the only female working in the state in different geographies including Punjab, Gujarat. And now working as Business Analyst for East Zone based in field at Kolkata. All this provided me and excellent exposure about Diversity-Equity-Inclusion and how act as a catalyst for change.

Art of Handling Mini to Mega Projects

Art of Handling Mini to Mega Projects

Description:

This session is about the art of handling mini to mega projects in industry (more relevant to EPC business model). How often you feel nervous when your manager nominates you for a bigger project, bigger as compared to what you have been handling till now? How you feel when you are only trusted with small scale projects and not with mega ones? Do you feel you have it in you but not sure how to execute mega projects if offered? If the answer is yes to at least any one of the above questions, then this session is for you. This session will be about the right mindset, right approach, right strategy, and right stakeholder management to handle the mega projects.

Speaker(s):

Sanchita Yadav

Proposal Manager, Air Products India

Speaker has rich Global experience of working on various Oil & Gas Projects. She started her journey by handling least possible smallest scale projects, and now dealing with multi billion scale mega projects. Her journey, attitude and exceptional public speaking skills will bring a unique and fascinating experience at this event.

Strategic Negotiation Skills (LIVE)

Strategic Negotiation Skills (LIVE)

Description:

Negotiation Skills are considered as a foundational capability driving collaborative decision making. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce fundamental concepts of negotiation skills along with key attributes of good negotiators, illustrate them with role-plays, to equip us negotiate better in our professional and personal lives. This 45 minute live, interactive workshop aims to introduce the audience to learn and practice the negotiation skills and strategies for professional life at an individual and at an organizational level. An outline is provided below:
  • 5 min – Dan intro + set workshop expectations
  • 10 min – Introduce negotiation concepts and strategies at an individual level
  • 7 min – Practice role-playing with case studies of common business scenarios at an individual level
  • 10 min – Introduce negotiation concepts and strategies at an organizational level
  • 7 min – Practice role-playing with case studies of common business scenarios at an organizational level
  • 5 min – Q&A

Speaker(s):

Dan Jeavons

VP Computational Science & Digital Innovation & IT CTO, Shell

Dan Jeavons is with Shell from the last 16 years; with 18+ years of total experience. He has been recognised for his industry leading work in the area of Digital Transformation. In 2020 he was listed in the Constellation Research #BT150 and Truata’s Top 100 Data Visionaries. He has led the multi-award winning Data Science Centre of Excellence since its inception in 2013, growing the team from the ground up to around 160+ individuals. Dan has been a significant contributor to the development of Shell’s digital strategy which has now delivered over $1bln in cost reductions, production increases and additional customer margins. He was part of the team which developed the Shell.ai brand which is now externally recognised, and the work of his team and their impact has been recently publicized in mainstream journals like Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. He has also developed effective technology partnerships for example with Microsoft, contributing to Shell’s strategic alliance, which was announced in 2020, and with Baker Hughes & C3.ai leading to the announcement of the Open AI Energy Initiative (OAI) in 2021.
He is a known influencer in Digital Transformation across the globe, and a master of negotiation across all levels within and beyond Shell.

Job Search? Smart Tips: Get Your Resume Noticed

Job Search? Smart Tips: Get Your Resume Noticed

Description:

The market is booming and IT iteration rates are extremely high. You might be having a huge skill set and yet not getting the kind of interview calls you need. Simple tips to highlight your professional qualities and make recruiters sit up and notice, is what this session is about. This session is about a way to get you that phone call, that email, or that LinkedIn request which might lead you to your career aspirations. The first step to success, is getting noticed.

Speaker(s):

Farina Kidwai

Associate Director, UBS

Farina Kidwai is an Associate Director with UBS. She has had several relocation scenarios in her career due to which each time she had to start afresh with a new job. Her resilience helped her rise above the struggles and she has casually mentored many of her juniors in their job search. Her experience enables her to explain how small changes in social media profile and resume , get you great visibility.

It’s Not an Ability Issue!

It’s Not an Ability Issue!

Description:

If I were to ask you to close your eyes and picture an engineer, how many of you would imagine women engineers? There is still a large gender gap across the technology, engineering, and physical sciences disciplines despite several efforts over the past few decades to address this. There is increasing evidence that organizations with a more diverse workforce are more creative , innovative , perform better and are more successful.
So what measures can we take to bridge this gender gap? It’s not just a women’s issue, nor an ability issue, it’s a human rights issue as per HeforShe an initiative by the United Nations, which is a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality. Male allies have a powerful impact at work and are in the best position to influence cultural and organizational changes. Focus should be on diversity across the board – from classroom to boardroom.

Speaker(s):

Sowmya Ravindra

IT Operations Manager, Shell Business Operations

My name is Sowmya Ravindra and I work as an IT Operations Manager at Shell business operations Bangalore. I have over 15yrs of experience in IT industry across different domains. In my current role, I am working on modernizing the landscapes, shifting from reactive to proactive mindset and strive for continuous improvement. I act as a role model to my team and champion multiple initiatives across the function.

Srilakshmi Kalla

IT Operations Manager, Shell Business Operations

My name is Srilakshmi Kalla and I work as an IT Operations Manager at Shell business operations Bangalore. I have over 17yrsof experience in IT industry across different domains. In my current role, I am working on modernizing the landscapes, shifting from reactive to proactive mindset and strive for continuous improvement. I act as a role model to my team and champion multiple initiatives across the function.

Paced Learning for Higher Learning Retention and Faster Development

Paced Learning for Higher Learning Retention and Faster Development

Description:

Rapid growth in technology is forcing the workforce to adopt newer skills in record time. Given the fact that change is desirable but not easily deliverable, skill enhancement faces time delays. Traditional methods of classroom trainings do not adopt well with the pace of high-speed learning required for technology-driven skill enhancement. Paced learning can be randomized or clubbed with other learnings and they both have shown higher retention levels than traditional classroom learnings.
This session summarizes how paced learning helped individuals to gain communication skills with higher learning retention. A methodology of continuous feedback, paced learning, frequent mentoring and volunteering learning was crafted and deployed. This study also focuses on resulting behavioral changes including self-confidence as paced learning is deployed. A review of how the process can be extended to other spheres of learning apart from behavioral learning is also considered.

Speaker(s):

Sushil Pawar

Lead Engineer, John Deere India Pvt Ltd

A Servant leader practicing paced learning in the domain of Communication and Leadership Skills. Received Numerous Awards from Toastmasters International for contribution. Led and motivated more than 100+ members to undertake journey of Personal Growth.

I am YOU - Gazing Inwards, Finding Oneself

I am YOU – Gazing Inwards, Finding Oneself

Description:

This session is about self-awareness and its importance in life and career management. The session will discuss about self-awareness, ways to identify and cultivate it as a crucial skill, and its applications in taking control of one’s life. The session is divided in four broad sections:
  1. Self-awareness journey – personal experiences of speakers about their journey within two very different journeys from people with similar work profile
  2. What is self-awareness and how to cultivate it? TREE model of self-awareness, management and development to understand the building blocks of self-awareness, ways to augment this skills and tangible outcomes
  3. The Four Self-Awareness Archetypes – A 4X4 matrix to understand more about traits of Internal and External self-awareness
  4. Why is self-awareness important? Encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work, help in building high performing teams and increase collaboration. Build and practice Authentic Leadership

If you’ll be joining the session, please take this quiz in advance: https://take.quiz-maker.com/QW48VX9VK

Speaker(s):

Neha Verma

Systems Team Manager, Cummins

Neha is currently the SWE Global Ambassador for FY21. She is an Engineering Leader with 13+ years of experience in leading diverse teams in Engines & Engine Auxiliary design with a passion for mentoring & developing people. Neha has worked across geographies, cultures, market segments and business functions, is Six Sigma Green belt certified and holds 2 patents.

Swapnil Kale

Systems Team Leader, Cummins

Swapnil has successfully completed a 10-day meditation journey “Vipassana” which he thinks was a turning point in his life. As product specialist working in the automotive industry for over 10 years, he has significant experience of leading a small team and coaching and developing team members

Thermal Management in Electric Vehicles Battery System by Immersion Cooling

Thermal Management in Electric Vehicles Battery System by Immersion Cooling

Description:

With the rise of cutting edge technologies and complex electro-mechanical system for mobility applications, the challenges for efficient thermal management are vital. The thermal management issue is the primary concern that impedes the effective applications of lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles. It significantly affects not only the life cycle of the batteries, but also the performances of electric vehicles. A thermal runway often happens due to different kinds of harsh and unfavorable conditions like mechanical, electrical, and thermal abuse. There are several aspects that need to be addressed like choice of efficient battery materials, good battery design, incorporation of thermal management solutions for electronic components, proper cooling systems (traditional air, water -glycol cooling to 3M engineered fluid NovecTM and passive defense against the practical abuse conditions would ensure the shield against the thermal runaways. This session will be focused on efficient alternative cooling technology for EV battery systems.

Speaker(s):

Pranati Sahoo

Senior Technical Engineer, 3M India-R&D

Dr.Pranati Sahoo pursued MS-Chemistry from NIT & MS Material Chemistry from University of New Orleans.She earned PhD -Material Science & Engineering & Post-Doctoral from University of Michigan. Her research interest included nanomaterials research & Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Generation. Currently She is Senior Technical engineer at 3M R&D .She led the EV & Consumer electric segment for India providing technical support to priority growth programs. She has authored about 20 international journals and book chapters.

Embracing and Nurturing Neurodiversity in a Work Environment

Embracing and Nurturing Neurodiversity in a Work Environment

Description:

The session will introduce the topic of neurodiversity to the audience – what it means and why it is important for us as society to know about it. Neurodivergence technically covers conditions like autism, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties like dyscalculia and dysgraphia. Different people think differently – not just because of differences in culture or life experience, but because their brains are “wired” to work differently. The word neuro divergence means diversity or differences in how our brain cells are organized. By the very nature of this condition, this leads to people having different ways of learning , thinking, expressing and doing things. Naturally this brings in diversity in thoughts, opinions and actions which is an essential ingredient for innovation, creativity and success. The session would throw light on how neurodiversity can benefit organizations and uncover ways for organizations to embrace and nurture neurodiverse talent.

Speaker(s):

Anjali Tibrewal

Senior Technical Architect, IBM

Anjali is a senior technical architect with IBM. She has rich experience with mobile security and SaaS security solutions and is passionate about catering to large enterprise needs and solving real-life problems faced by clients. Having a 10 yr old son who was assessed with dyslexia aroused curiosity and instilled in her a passionate commitment to the cause. She is also a certified special educator for learning differences from the Spastic Society of Karnataka.

Anshu Uppal

HR Partner, IBM

Anshu is an HR Leader by profession, a writer & traveler by passion, and a volunteer by choice. Expert in combining design thinking and agile practices with data-driven approaches to design HR and Learning strategy to deliver business insights. Proven success leading Learning and HR teams in partnership with business leaders to solve challenging problems with innovative approaches. Recognized as Top 100 TA Pai Young HR Leader 2021.

Digital Transformation in Railroads Using Data Analytics and Deep Learning

Digital Transformation in Railroads Using Data Analytics and Deep Learning

Description:

The session will cover how the railroad industry is undergoing digital transformation via Internet of Things (IOT), Predictive Analytics & Digital Twins. We will describe what are digital twins and how they bridge the physical and digital world to improve operational performance and business processes in railroads. Also, the session explains in what way predictive analytics combined with physics and domain expertise, delivers prescriptive service recommendations to enable railroad mission success.
Case studies on improving services quality & fleet-wide productivity through digital twins, predictive analytics-based maintenance and computer vision techniques to minimizing train delays, operating costs and maintenance down time will also be shared. We will share best practices to build a resilient and scalable solutions right from the conceptualization stage and highlight the challenges in designing AI products.

Speaker(s):

Padmaprabha Subbaraj

Senior Analytics Engineer, Wabtec India Technology and Engineering Centre

Degree and Institution: BE-Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. ME-Power Electronics, PSG college of Technology, Coimbatore.
A Data Scientist with 9+ years of hands on experience in data driven solutions to improve the efficiency, accuracy and utility of the rail road systems. Experienced at predictive data modeling, anomaly detection and data mining algorithms to deliver insights and implement action-oriented solutions to complex business problems.

Ankit Mathur

Team Lead Data Science, Wabtec India Technology and Engineering Centre

BTech – IIITDM Jabalpur, India. M.S – ENS Cachan, Madrid, Spain My expertise in data science is focused on vision based applications. With background in engineering, and Masters in photonics, I used to build hardware setup using scientific imaging cameras like infrared and X-rays as a sales and applications engineer in Europe. My experience gives me a unique perspective which I am currently using to build solutions for rail industry, using machine vision techniques.

Leading by Example and Challenging what’s Possible through a Sustainability Purpose (LIVE)

Leading by Example and Challenging what’s Possible through a Sustainability Purpose (LIVE)

Description:

Sustainability is more than just an initiative or a buzzword. At Trane Technologies, Sustainability is a Purpose and Leadership Principle that impacts all parts of the organization, and has been shown to impact an organization, an industry and our world. Using this framework, this purpose-led leadership principle can not only be applied to leading an organization, but can also be applied to one’s personal priorities, career path and choices. Learn and discuss how to challenge what’s possible as engineers and leaders, to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Speaker(s):

Dr. Donna Bossman

Director, Engineering Excellence, Trane Technologies

Donna Bossman is Director of Engineering Excellence for Trane Technologies. She is responsible for improving capabilities, standard work and tools to deliver world class engineering execution. Her team supports and leads improvements across PMO (Project Management Office), the Trane Technologies Product Development Process, Component Engineering, and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Her team also is leading a Circularity initiative and Council to drive Circular Design capabilities to meet sustainability commitments.
Over the course of 20 years in industry within roles at Medtronic, General Electric, Trane, Ingersoll Rand and Trane Technologies, she has held roles in research, product development, process development and increasing roles of leadership responsibilities.
Throughout her career, Donna has served in various capacities addressing equity in STEM, with an emphasis on women in engineering and technology. She has served on the American Chemical Society’s Women’s Chemists Committee. She was a charter Enterprise member and was a local chapter co-chair to form the Women’s Employee Network, for which she and the team won an Ingersoll Rand President’s Award.
Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and a PhD in materials chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She completed GE’s Edison Engineering Leadership Program, is Six Sigma certified and holds two patents. She was an inaugural STEP award winner from the National Association of Manufacturers, which recognizes women who have had an impact in the North American manufacturing sector.

Speed Mentoring Workshop (LIVE)

Speed Mentoring Workshop (LIVE)

Description:

This Speed Mentoring Workshop will provide the opportunity to meet with different mentors who are experienced leaders in their field. You must have pre-registered for this session to participate.

Leveraging the Power of a LinkedIn Profile for Your Professional Gains

Leveraging the Power of a LinkedIn Profile for Your Professional Gains

Description:

For any student, professional or entrepreneur, LinkedIn is a powerful platform instrumental in searching for a new job, looking for new leads and connecting with experts in your own domain. This is especially true in the STEM fields where you can get connected to millions of other professionals across the world, learn from the best, explore the best practices, and much more. But…
Does this happen so simply? You make a profile and you’re exposed to everything. No!
To leverage the power of a LinkedIn profile for your professional gains, it’s essential to understand the platform. It’s even more crucial to learn about your own goals and objectives. And then, the profile is tailored to be likeable, searchable and optimized for certain keywords. In this session, we are going to touch upon the in-depth details of certain aspects of a LinkedIn profile with hands-on experience to help you achieve your desired goals.

Speaker(s):

Nancy Goel

Founder and Director, IM Impeccable

Engineering graduate by qualification, personal branding expert by profession and public speaker by passion, Nancy Goel is an entrepreneur who has had 2 successful ventures, IM Impeccable and Somotus. She comes with 7 years of experience in the industry. Her clientele includes the city’s largest apparel brand, colleges, and MNCs for branding, personal branding, and image consulting services. Having worked with the best, she exhibits a confident and inspirational persona despite her young age.

Communication Skills for Women in Tech

Communication Skills for Women in Tech

Description:

This session targets communication skills for women and talks about a program that was conceptualized to address the challenges faced by women who hail from provincial or small towns when thrust into the corporate world or in academia. English, as the global language of business and education, can present a serious hindrance for them. This initiative was implemented as a community model targeting women brought up in small towns through one-on-one mentorship and group discussions for one hour/week for 3 months; this enabled the attendees to become more confident while communicating their ideas. Communication skills require practice and the program provided a platform where women could practice communication and learn from one another.
The speakers share insights about the program and discuss different kinds of sessions that were organized (https://medium.com/empower-project). The panel will also discuss the importance of communication skills in tech with an expert.

Speaker(s):

Palak Bansal

Associate Developer, SAP Ariba

I completed my Bachelor’s in Information Technology at MIT, Manipal, and have over 3 years of experience working on both development and data science projects. I have taken my work in data science to multiple conferences including the SWE Local Bengaluru India 2019, SAP d-kom 2020, and the SAP Predictive Summit 2021. I presented a poster for the SWE Bengaluru Local conference and won the competition in 2019.

Chaitra Srinivasan

Staff Firmware Engineer, Western Digital

Chaitra Srinivasan is an experienced Firmware Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the semiconductors industry. Skilled in C, C++, Embedded Systems, HTML, and JavaScript. Strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) focused in Computer Science from Acharya Patasala Rural College Of Engineering A. P. S. I was recognized as the diversity champion at International Women’s Day 2021 from Western Digital for demonstrating the spirit of Diversity and Inclusion.

Priyanka Gupta

Student

I am a coder and programmer, and I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances. I am a junior in National Institute of Technology pursuing Bachelors’ of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering and have been Quiz Club president and earned several rewards in regional quiz competitions. I have a passion to share knowledge and empower people to achieve greater success.

Rajani Balasubramanyam

Senior System Design Verification Engineer, Western Digital

I am a firmware validation engineer at Western Digital with two years of experience working in the data storage domain. I am passionate about connecting people from different backgrounds who may not have equal access to resources. Being an intern at a creative writing job and the delegate of a Model United Nations Conference; representing a country and providing solutions on a given topic, have given me a strong grasp of verbal and written English.

The Future of Employee Experience is Now

The Future of Employee Experience is Now

Description:

The future of employee experience in Boeing now, we will be covering the best practice we follow in Boeing, Engg. Skills spectrum that we are predominantly hiring for in Blr and Chennai location. We will be sharing our best practice seek, speak and listen in the video and how do we make sure that we attract the talent, how do we develop various skills and how do we remain mobility with us.

Speaker(s):

Aarti Singh

Director, IT&DA, & CIO, Boeing India

Aarti Singh was appointed Director, IT&DA, and CIO at Boeing India in July 2021. She is responsible for defining the strategy and leading operations for the Boeing IT and data analytics center in India, and for value creation and digital transformation for Boeing businesses globally through information services from India.
Aarti brings to the table extensive technology and industry leadership with over 20 years of experience in in IT roles with Mercedes Benz, Accenture, GE, and Oracle. At Mercedes Benz, she led the Global Services Organization and was responsible for enterprise platforms, IT infrastructure, cloud, cyber security, analytics, and applications. At Accenture Solutions, as Vice President, Technology Delivery, Aarti serviced clients in aviation, high-end product manufacturing, and quality assurance/testing industries. Her team delivered solutions across IT applications and infrastructure. She was also responsible for transitions and transformation along with talent development and driving diversity at the workplace.
Previously, Aarti spent close to 15 years at GE in India and in the U.S. She continued to take on roles of increasing responsibility at GE across markets, including as IT Director for South Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and roles in acquistion and divestitures, and application development. She is also a certified six sigma blackbelt.
Aarti holds a master’s degree in Information Technology and a B.A. Honors degree in Economics. An avid reader, Aarti enjoys playing tennis. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and two sons.

Kallappa Pattada

Director of Boeing Research and Technology, Boeing India

Kallappa Pattada is the Director of Boeing Research and Technology in India and a leader at the Boeing India Engineering and Technology Center. He joined Boeing in 2014. Currently, he manages a diverse portfolio of research and technology development work in Aerodynamics, Structures, Materials, Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, and Air Traffic Management. Additionally, he manages the Product bench marking & Value Analysis Lab.
Kallappa has 3 decades of experience in the aerospace, defense and automotive industry. Prior to Boeing he worked at General Motors and Pratt & Whitney in USA and Maruti-Suzuki Motors in India. He has worked in R&D, engineering and manufacturing. He has 14 patents in diverse areas such as Rotordynamics, Mechanical Design, Electric Motors and Machine Learning. He has a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Nandini Sarkar

Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Center of Excellence, Boeing India

Nandini is an Inclusion Strategist, a Culture Curator, a Mentor and an Influencer. Currently she heads the “Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion” Center of Excellence for Boeing in India, responsible for designing the Inclusion Strategy for the region and leading the Strategy to Action plan that touches every people processes encompassing every realms of diversity dimensions, not missing intersectionality and Culture Transformation. She also leads “Supplier Diversity Program” for the Enterprise.
She missed her calling of a Chef. But she didn’t let her love for blending different delectable ingredients go to waste. A lawyer by education and after few years of legal practice, she lives her passion devoting herself into the space of DEI – ensuring the corporate plate has a mix of talented people with equal opportunity for all, away from discrimination, in a psychologically safe space striking an inclusive environment. She has extensively worked across the diversity spectrum of Gender, Generation, Culture, Sexual Orientation and Disability supporting businesses to build an inclusive talent strategy impacting the bottom line. With over 2 decades of professional experience, Nandini is a frequent speaker at various Industry associations, Seminars-Conferences, Corporate panels and is invited by premier B-schools as a Guest Speaker/Faculty.
She works extensively beyond her organizational space, impacting Lives – Livelihood – Growth of women & marginalized groups holding positions to influence and lead by impact in cross industry bodies like Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) – India Women Network(IWN). She is a working member of Women in Technology (WiT) Taskforce, an Accessibility Champion and a strong PRIDE Ally.
Nandini holds many International Awards for her continued Thought Leadership in the space of DEI, recent being the SpeakIn Asia Dialogues Excellence Award. She has a degree in English Literature & Law; and Global certifications & accreditations in Psychometric assessments & Project management to her credit. She has varied repertoire of skills in L&D, Talent Management, Leadership Excellence, Coaching & Mentoring, Culture Transformation, Mergers & Acquisition and Change Management built through years of cross industry experience.
She loves music, reading and interacting with cultures through people & food. Her ‘zen’ spot is her own balcony garden which she has nurtured. Nandini lives her passion of leveraging differences, and believes – “It’s not what you Gather, but what you Scatter tells what kind of life you have lived!”

Beyond Red and Blue, Organizations Need Purple Teams Too

Beyond Red and Blue, Organizations Need Purple Teams Too

Description:

With the changing landscape in Cybersecurity, organizations diligently work to reduce the chances of attacks on its customers and themselves. To achieve security assurance on services/products, one of the security exercises performed in organizations is the Red vs Blue Team, where the Red team focuses on deploying attacks (like hackers) and the Blue team acts as defender to those attacks. Along with improving the organization’s security posture, both teams do a fantastic job of complementing each other. For improving the missing piece, organizations still need to bridge between Red/Blue teams to achieve the unified goal of security assurance. This session will introduce how a Purple team drives security culture by working with the Red and Blue team and improves organizations’ security resiliency. The presenter will share the self-learnt insights from Purple teams on the effective practical ways to build open communication within security teams and importantly enhances employees’ engagement e.g., retaining talent.

Speaker(s):

Smita Kharkate

Staff Engineer - Security, John Deere India Pvt. Ltd

Smita is a Security Staff Engineer/Architect. With 14 years of experience in IT industry (DevOps, Application Security) Smita has built the core understanding of the organization’s systems and their security gaps. Driven by the goal to improve Security culture in organizations and societies, she is passionate about sharing knowledge to others. Her expertise would complement the session by interactive Questions/Answers. She has been leading John Deere India SWE Outreach activities for the past 3 years.

Novel Methods in Using Driver APIs for Robust Pre-Silicon Validation

Novel Methods in Using Driver APIs for Robust Pre-Silicon Validation

Description:

With GPUs diving into high quality real-time processing with mega features such as mesh retriangulation, validating the latest mega features is effectively a challenge. The session involves some of the validation strategies implemented to develop 3D applications for the upcoming OSes and its future products. With the new validation driver stack ecosystem, the compiler derived states of the graphics pipeline and its other elements such as dispatch modes and stream out objects get optimized. This can likely result in overall code coverage contributed by the 3D applications on the hardware mimicked models getting compromised. As a result, new strategies such as Driver based validation using Vulkan framework is adopted. This project is in the effort to explore the various validation strategies that comply with the new compiler and industry standards thereby increasing the effectiveness to validate such graphics features and accelerate the delivery.

Speaker(s):

Chaithanya H

Graphics software engineer, Intel

The speaker is a tech enthusiast and loves to solve problems with technology in the real world. She is also an active member of the Anita Borg Org. She has worked with Open source Orgs such as Mozilla in bridging the gap between rural woman and the internet. Being a newbie in Graphics, her work on the paper demonstrates how a newbie can learn and navigate to deliver world class visual experience in GPU.

Redefining Accessibility Through the Lens of a Chronic Illness Warrior

Redefining Accessibility Through the Lens of a Chronic Illness Warrior

Description:

I am a former Human Resources professional who recently transitioned to an HR information systems role navigating life with a chronic autoimmune disease co-pilot called Lupus since 2016. We live in a world that is indifferent to the existence of chronic illnesses, which is reflected in the rigidity of our systems that make up the pillars of society. These invisible illnesses disproportionately affect women globally, especially those from underrepresented groups. With technology leading the way in the post-pandemic world with remote work options, the world has an opportunity to level the playing field for women with chronic health issues, to reach for success previously thought as unrealistic. At best, this session will provide a way forward for Employers to redefine accessibility and at worst, provide you a slice of life experienced by a young female professional with a chronic illness, but either way, I promise it will get you thinking!

Speaker(s):

Presha Kardile

HRIS Business Analyst, (Emerson Information Technology Solutions) Emerson Electric Co. India Private Limited

After completing my Bachelor’s in Management from Iowa State University, my career path in HR led me across three cities in two countries resulting in my current gig as a HR Information Systems Analyst, where I can pair my expertise in HR with my passion to leverage HRIS to enhance employee experience. My life revolves around my work and managing my Lupus, an autoimmune disease that I was diagnosed with in my early 20s.

Mantras to ‘Restart Career’ After a Break for Motherhood

Mantras to ‘Restart Career’ After a Break for Motherhood

Description:

‘God cannot be everywhere so he created mother’ Motherhood is a sacrosanct, life-changing feeling. It does sometimes/ majority of times give you strength to leave the job for which you worked so hard throughout your life. In this session, Kopal will be sharing the commandments that she followed to rebound in her career after an extended maternity break. The mantras she followed to subside the mental battle of a mum both at a personal and professional front. Sowmya is software architect and she will be presenting the thoughts and practices that management must take to make re-entrants comfortable and how they can help them takeoff in second innings.

Speaker(s):

Kopal Kothari

Senior Software Engineer, IBM India Pvt Limited

I am Kopal Kothari and I have done my Masters in Technology from IIIT-B in 2008. I had taken maternity break for total of 2.5 of years and then decided to make a comeback but the re-entry was not smooth. It had challenges both on personal and professional front. I want to take this topic to share my experiences of dont and donts for woman who took break for motherhood.

Sowmya Grama

Software Architect, IBM India Pvt Limited

I am a software engineering professional (Software Architect ) – an innovator, designer, developer and a leader working in India Software Labs, IBM with over 14 years of experience in software architecture, design, development, support and services. Started my career as Lab Advocate, designing solutions using IBM Products and eventually focused in the area of Application Integration development, connector development and support.

3 Keys to Career Success: The Pieces of PIE

3 Keys to Career Success: The Pieces of PIE

Description:

I have been mentoring female professionals for many years and in almost every conversation I cover the three pieces of the pie that their career will most likely take. 1) Performance, 2) Image and 3) Exposure. Lately I have been meeting with mid-level individuals who are ambitious but unaware of how important their Exposure is to their advancement or how to network to understand other opportunities that they could pursue. They stay frozen where they are. I try to push them ahead and help them with the steps to move forward.

Speaker(s):

Renee LaRocca

Owner, Foresight PM

After a 40 year career as an executive in product management/development I have recently turned my energies into mentoring SWE and other technical females. I have significant experience hiring, managing and mentoring over 200 individuals in my career and love the opportunity to be able to help other women. Early in my career I only had male mentors and I think a mix of both is ideal.

Managing the Path of Certain Uncertainties

Managing the Path of Certain Uncertainties

Description:

As human beings, we have certain basic needs- food, shelter, good health. Once these are fulfilled we look for safety and security, and to secure all of these we need a livelihood, a job. Being a woman, a few more get added to the list – equality, inclusion, and respect in our personal lives as well as at our workplaces, especially when we observe conscious and unconscious biases around us. I strongly feel equality and inclusion are among the secret ingredients for a healthy society and workplace.
Seeking and ensuring all these needs for us is challenging and becomes even tougher when we have an additional burden of showing positivity, agility and spontaneity in our work while we are struggling with personal crises. These are the certain uncertainties of our lives. It is expected that we shouldn’t mix our personal lives with our professional lives, but in reality it is difficult to practice.

Speaker(s):

Anindita Sarma

Technical Specialist and Project Leader, Cummins

Postgraduate in Mechanical Design Engineering with 12+ years of product design and validation experience in vehicle exhaust, Aftertreatment, SCR, Urea Doser engine auxiliaries and Turbocharger systems. Well versed in Six Sigma methodologies, CAD/CAM tools and Plastic and Sheet-Metal Product Design. Certified in Tool Design, with a published SAE paper and an International PCT filed patent on Electrical Switchgear. SME in Engine Peripherals, Emission system, Cooling system, Analysis led design, Innovation & Sustainability enthusiast, SWE affiliate

How to Prevent Counterfeit Components in Your Designs

How to Prevent Counterfeit Components in Your Designs

Description:

The counterfeit of electronic components is a growing problem and with the current supply chain issues post Covid, it has become a more severe issue within the industry. The latest DFAR rule effective from May 2014 requires every supplier to comply with an efficient process to handle it. Given the counterfeit possibility risk of approximately 70% for most components, this industry is already worth $75 billion annually. Given these scenarios, Keysight Technologies have built a strong automated interface and process around it. It was implemented in 2014 and has been very effective in the early detection, avoidance, mitigation and disposition of the counterfeit electronic components. There are some government institutions and private third party data aggregators who provides this information. The counterfeit players are advancing their techniques so this process also needs to be improved from time to time, therefore an industry collaboration is invited on this severe growing concern.

Speaker(s):

Mahavir Rathi

R&D Program Manager, Keysight Technologies

Mahavir Rathi has 22+ years of experience. He has Engineering Diploma in Electronics, BSc in Computer Science, MBA in Operations and International Business and PMP Certified from PMI. With the experience in Technology companies like Agilent Technologies and Keysight Technologies, Mahavir has contributed as Program Manager, Solutions Architect and M&A Integrations Lead. Mahavir played the role of Principal Architect in building the Suspected Counterfeit Alert mechanism process for the company back in Year 2014.

Suchita Kapoor

Operations Manager, Keysight Technologies

Suchita Kapoor is an operating Manager at Keysight Technologies. She has 22 years of experience in Component Engineering, R&D, Product Development, Project Management and Six Sigma. Suchita holds BSET from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. She is returning SWE Global ambassador for FY22 and leading ‘Support Global Affiliates Work Group’ and involved in many outreach activities. Suchita and team built a strong system for notification and avoidance of Suspected counterfeits in Keysight

Energy Saving Solutions for Effective Comfort Leading To Sustainable Tomorrow

Energy Saving Solutions for Effective Comfort Leading To Sustainable Tomorrow

Description:

According to the recent research, from $8,526.7 million in 2019, the Indian heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market size is expected to grow to $31,598.6 million by 2030, at a CAGR of 16.0% during the forecast period (2020–2030). (source: India HVAC Market Analysis | Industry Statistics Outlook 2030 (psmarketresearch.com)) Limited resources, constraints of modifying old constructions and increased cooling demands has created a necessity of sustainable solution.
This session is focused on providing the smart and simple technology to the community helping them minimize power consumption and thus contributing towards a sustainable tomorrow.

Speaker(s):

Sanjeevani Kumbhar

Associate Tech lead, Trane Technologies

An innovative & enthusiastic individual having 5.4 years of total experience at Trane Technologies. I have 3 years of experience in Product engineering for SS Air cooled chillers, design of condenser fan blades. I also have 2 years of experience in managing and leading the individual projects within a cross functional team, which contributes to the commercial HVAC business. Currently I am at an accelerating phase of my career and inspire to achieve my goals.

Khushi Verma

Associate Tech Lead, Trane Technologies

Refrigeration engineer with 4 years of experience in product design – RAC/ PAC/ Chiller , & a project done on HVAC System design. Hold good product and its application knowledge

Panel Discussion: Professional Journeys of Technology Leaders (LIVE)

Panel Discussion: Professional Journeys of Technology Leaders (LIVE)

Description:

This lively discussion will explore what it takes to become a top-level manager in a global organization. Panelists will discuss the challenges they face and strategies to overcome them. They will also discuss self assessment and how that plays a part in formulating a plan for success.

Speaker(s):

Julie Upper, Panelist

Project Manager, ExxonMobil

Julie has held several Project Management roles in her 31 years with ExxonMobil. She spent the first eight years working as a Project Engineer, Field/Construction Engineer, Project Planner and Cost Engineer in the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant and with Central Projects Management (CPM) Core in Baytown. TX. She began an expat assignment in Singapore in 1999 as a Project Controls Engineer on the Singapore Chemical Complex Project. In 2001, Julie moved to the Beaumont Chemical Plant as Lead Cost Engineer and was made Project Development Supervisor in 2003. In 2006, she was named CPM – Core Project Development Manager. In April 2008, Julie transferred to the ExxonMobil Development Company (EMDC) as the Global Project Management Job Family Training & Staffing Manager. In 2009, she was embedded in the EMDC HR team as the Engineering Resource Development Advisor. In June 2011, Julie was assigned to three Gulf of Mexico Deepwater projects as Julia Technical Manager and Asset Manager for ExxonMobil’s interests in the St. Malo and Heidelberg fields. In August 2016, Julie was assigned in ExxonMobil Research & Engineering as the Project Executive for the New Jersey Research Site Consolidation Project in August 2016. Upon completing that assignment the Global Projects Company formed and Julie was asked to develop the strategy to grow a Projects Center in India. She is currently the Manager of the Projects Center in Bengaluru India.

Vidya Venkatramani, Panelist

Executive - Advanced Design Tools, GE Aviation

Vidya has been with GE for over 12 years. Currently, she is the Executive leader for Advanced Design Tools (ADT) for Aviation Engineering where the team focuses on specializing in physics based methods & tools development for the Aviation, Power & Renewables businesses.
She started her career in GE Global Research in Combustion moving into Aviation in the Services Engineering Organization after 5 years. She was selected into GE’s accelerated Leadership Program (XLP) after 3 years rotating with GE9x Certification testing, Commercial operations and CFM56 product support. Vidya is passionate about Inclusion & Diversity and has led the Women’s network for GRC-Bangalore, setting up the WoWMoM program, setting up the I&D council for the XLP program and participating in the Stronger Together efforts in the departments she was part of.
Vidya is married to Ravi who is an entrepreneur and has two daughters – Kriti (10) and Kavya (6). She enjoys spending her time outside work with her family. They love singing, listening to music, traveling and the outdoors.

Vyjayanthi Kambam, Panelist

Program Manager, Becton & Dickinson

With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry form Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, I have spent most of my 14 year career in the pharma industry. I have served in various roles including a bench chemist, scientific manager and project manager. As an expert in chemistry manufacturing and controls, I have successfully delivered several projects on tight schedules. I now work as a program manager for MDS-COE at BD.

Mary Hyacinth, Moderator

Shell

Mary was born in Kerala, India & did her primary schooling in Sierra Leone in West Africa (first exposure to cultural diversity). She came back to India & completed her Masters & PhD from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai where her thesis was awarded “Innovation potential of students project award” by Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). She started her professional career with General Electric Plastics as a research engineer primarily on monomer/polymer process development activities. She was awarded GE Advanced materials “Automotive marketing Innovation award” for work on high heat polycarbonate. She worked for Dow Chemicals for a short time frame before joining Shell in 2009. In Shell, she worked in different roles and is presently the General Manager for Novel Materials R&D at Shell Technology Centre Bangalore, where the focus is on discovery & experimental evaluation of novel materials & technologies that enable Chemicals & New Energies businesses for Shell. She is passionate about people development and has helped shape the R&D skillpool competency framework for Shell. She is also a core member of the “Internal Complaints committee” at Shell.
Outside work: a mother of two, hobbies include reading books, spending time with friends & family. She is keen on learning new things & enjoys taking on challenging work.

Keynote Presentation: The Future of Work

Keynote Presentation: The Future of Work

Description:

In March 2020, people across the globe experienced a rapid shift to remote work that upended their existing work practices. Now some are returning to the workplace and work practices are starting to change once again – this time from remote to hybrid. One thing is clear: We’re not the same people that went home to work in early 2020. The collective experience of the past two years has left a lasting imprint, fundamentally changing how we define the role of work in our lives. I will share recent trends on the nature of work and how the current moment presents an opportunity to create a new and better future of work that empowers the people who return to working in an office, those that stay remote, and those that find the mix of the two that works for them and their teams.

Speaker(s):

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa

National Technology Officer, Microsoft India

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa is the National Technology Officer at Microsoft India. In her role, she is responsible for driving innovation and growth through ‘tech-intensity’ – across industry and the government. Rohini began her career in R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and has 25+ technical and business publications in ACM/IEEE and other journals. She engaged with CxOs across emerging markets during her strategy consulting career at the Boston Consulting Group and IBM Global Business Services.
As CTO of Janalakshmi Financial Services (now Jana Small Finance Bank), Rohini was responsible for driving tech-driven business transformation towards financial inclusion among the urban underserved. Rohini holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Virtual Career Fair

Virtual Career Fair

Description:

The virtual career fair is supported by dozens of organizations looking to hire engineers just like you! This unique experience allows you to learn about career opportunities and graduate programs while chatting in real time with recruiters in a group setting or 1:1 video call. Be sure to upload your current CV which will be shared with all organizations before and after the event.

Cinderella Complex: Fear of Independence

Cinderella Complex: Fear of Independence

Description:

Children are treated differently since their birth based on their gender. Especially girls are expected to be calm and respectful while boys are considered to be protectors and independent. These thoughts are ingrained at a very young age which could manifest as the Cinderella Complex, which was coined by Colette Dowling in 1981. Women feel the need to be taken care of as they lack emotional independence and can’t make their own living. Many women become co-dependent on their partner post-marriage unconsciously, despite being independent before marriage. They tend to seek constant approval from the society/family and are waiting for prince charming like a damsel in distress. The Cinderella Complex is usually transferred to the next generations by mothers or caused by a traumatic childhood. Women need to focus on developing healthy self-esteem and forget about dependency. Also, men need to understand that independent women can bring more value to the relationship.

Speaker(s):

Varsha Govindarajan

Development Planner, ExxonMobil

I have a Master’s degree in Chemical Engg from IIT Kharagpur. This topic is relevant and close to my heart as I have started identifying my insecurities and fear of freedom, helping me work towards my independence. It is sometimes our mindset that needs to be changed and will aid us in seeing a whole new world.

Methodology to Assess Additive Manufacturing Potential in Spare Parts Business

Methodology to Assess Additive Manufacturing Potential in Spare Parts Business

Description:

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology has evolved in the last few decades and industry has grown significantly with many innovations and new methods of 3D printing. It has been widely used in prototyping new parts for functional evaluation and for manufacturing tooling fixture parts. There are still some of the challenges in expanding AM use cases such as material cost, options, reliability, and manufacturing infrastructure compared to conventional manufacturing, etc.
Additive Manufacturing creates possibilities to resolve challenges of spare parts business through new business models and supply chain optimization. Spare part availability and cycle time are customer satisfaction drivers and imperative for OEMs to focus on meeting the metrics. This session will analyze spare part operations, proposed methodology to evaluate AM Potential through technical and business feasibility. It will summarize key recommendations for technology implementation and data management systems to have AM Ready design.

Speaker(s):

Rupali Patil

Senior Lead Engineer, John Deere

Rupali is system design professional with 13+ years’ experience for off-road vehicles. Currently, she is Systems Engineer at John Deere and completed Systems Engineering & Management Certificate Program from California Institute of Technology. Rupali has filed multiple patent applications, won John Deere Enterprise Innovation Award and SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award. She is passionate about New Products, Technology and Agriculture. She is also serving as SWE Pune Affiliate Sponsor.

Supriya Gosavi

Supervisor, Value Engineering, John Deere

Supriya is Supply chain professional with 16+ years’ experience in automotive and off-road Industry. Currently, she is Supervisor – VEVI at John Deere. Supriya is people oriented technical person with varied experience in Strategic Supplier Quality, Value Engineering and Manufacturing domain with expertise in Project Management, Cost Reduction & Value optimization.

The Power of Reflection

The Power of Reflection

Description:

“We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey
Reflection is the cognitive ability to deliberately ponder the meaning and implications of an experience. Reflection is the most important part of any learning process and anything not reflected is usually not learned and retained. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of reflection in one’s personal and professional life and also identify-specific methods in which reflection can be incorporated in your everyday life. The speaker will draw from her own life experiences and provide examples.
The speaker is an immigrant with a dynamic life journey – from growing up in the Indian society in a Hindu household and attending a Catholic school, to moving to the US for college and a professional career – the life changes and experiences were complex, intense and challenging, but were conquered using the power of reflection.

Speaker(s):

Madhushree Ghosh

Quality Engineer, Husco International

Madhushree Ghosh is a Quality Engineer at Husco Automotive in Waukesha, Wisconsin, US. Prior to this role, she was a Process Engineer and Quality Manager at a start-up in Chicago, Illinois called AllCell Technologies, that makes battery packs for electric vehicles. Madhushree holds degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. She has been involved with SWE since fresh-person year of college, holding leadership roles in the collegiate and professional sections.

Women In Leadership: Is It Just an Organization’s Responsibility?

Women In Leadership: Is It Just an Organization’s Responsibility?

Description:

According to research from Grant Thorton, women remain underrepresented in leadership. They make up 44% of the overall labor force yet only 25% are at senior-level management and just 6% are CEOs. Reasons at organization level are a lack of transparency in performance evaluation criteria, unconscious bias, traditional mindsets, and less awareness towards women’s needs. At a personal level women suffer through gender role responsibilities, work-family balance, lack of affordable care, guilt, self-doubt and lower focus on skill development.
Organizations promote gender diversity by offering flexibility, women’s leadership programs and strategies for inclusion. It takes two to tango so women should take charge by competencies enhancement, being mindful about career development, communicating the challenges and expectations, aligning one’s interest and organizational goals, developing networks, breaking mental barriers, mentoring. Surveys show higher impact of women as senior executives hence women being in leadership is inevitable, thus these solutions can help increase the representation.

Speaker(s):

Arti Mestry

Supply Management Specialist, John Deere

Passionate supply management professional with an overall experience of 8 years from Organizations like John Deere and Cummins India Ltd. My educational background includes B.E in Electronics and Telecommunication from Cummins College of Engineering. I have 3 intellectual properties in John Deere and Chairman and Managing Director award in Cummins 2014. I am a member of Emerging Women Leadership Program at John Deere and a team spoc for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

Samiksha Rajput

Supply Management Specialist, John Deere

Supply management professional with total experience of 6 years from Organizations like John Deere and MAHALE India. Educational background – B.E in Mechanical, Cummins College of Engineering and MBA in Business Development, NMIMS Mumbai. Part of Emerging Women in leadership program-John Deere, Represented MAHLE at global platform of ICQCC-2017, Philippines.

Lane Detection Using Deep Learning

Lane Detection Using Deep Learning

Description:

Machine Learning and Deep Learning are the two buzz words we get to hear more often, and the hype is real as they are capable of handling tasks which mimic human decision-making process. This had led to rapid developments in numerous domains as manual work can be eliminated with an added advantage of work being accomplished with utmost perfection. Autonomous Driving is one such field that ensures smooth reliable driving experience. Lane Detection plays a vital role in ensuring safe and reliable Autonomous Driving. Our objective here is to design a Lane Detection which can take input from the camera feed present in the front end of the car and produce output image/video with the lane highlighted on them. The trained model is well capable of modification of parameters, particularly in governing the control system to tune steering angle, brake, and accelerator.

Speaker(s):

Nisha M

Associate Engineer, Caterpillar

I am a undergrad from PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research with 5 years of exposure to Python , 2 years of exposure to Data Science , Deep Learning , Machine Learning . I am currently working with Data Analysis in Caterpillar where we can understand data can drive us towards the right decisions .I also have a YouTube Channel where i publish Python Tutorials. I am a intermediate in R,C, C++,Octave language.

Building a Thriving Community, Where Everybody Grows: An Anecdote

Building a Thriving Community, Where Everybody Grows: An Anecdote

Description:

At the start of 2021, we shared a common goal of championing the diversity community of IBM India Software Labs (ISL), act as a catalyst to advance their careers and remove barriers along their way. We joined the ISL Equal Council, whose mission is to create a new-age workplace that fosters creativity, innovation, and inclusion. Through this we led several events serving as a platform to build internal and external eminence. Some of our keystone events include Build your Brand on LinkedIn with 8 published videos and counting, Equal Council Grow Conference – a SWE style first of a kind virtual conference with 31 speakers, 40 volunteers, 600+ participants, over two days, as well as hands-on workshops on professional certifications, patenting, personal branding, self-love, and mindfulness. These sessions emphasized the importance of network to enhance your career, ally-ship, building your technical career portfolio, and bringing your authentic self to work.

Speaker(s):

Madhu Vasudevan

Software Engineer, IBM India Pvt Ltd

Madhu received her master’s degree from Arizona State University, USA, and her bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. She has extensive experience in software development, design, and architecture. At IBM India Software Labs, she leads key initiatives on promoting diversity and inclusion, specifically focused on guidance, development, and networking resources for diversity employees. She is also actively involved in outreach activities at IBM Bangalore, IBM Houston, SWE Houston, and ABI for WIT.

Keerthana Sharath

Certified Integration Specialist/Architect, IBM India Pvt Ltd

Keerthana Sharath is a Certified Expert IT Specialist with 15 years of strong experience in design, architecture and implementation of projects in industries like Banking, Telecom, Retail and Public Sector. She has worked with clients across globe. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from RVCE, Bangalore and is a Gold Medalist for the state of Karnataka. She is leading key initiatives on diversity and inclusion at IBM India Software Labs

Success, Choices and the Wheel of Life

Success, Choices and the Wheel of Life

Description:

Do we decide on actions based on our goals or based on what is thrown at us? Too often, the latter! The speaker will engage the audience on the criticality of defining success for oneself and making choices accordingly by sharing practical life examples and learnings.
Participants will be taken through a coaching tool called the Wheel of Life, which will help them chart out their own vision of success, the first step to making a plan for themselves, based on which they can take more actions going forward. The session will be full of stories, activities, and opportunities to engage, reflect, and interact with the speaker to make the learning personal.

Speaker(s):

Aparna Devagiri

Author, Coach & Researcher, TOMOE Consulting

Aparna Devagiri has thirty-plus years of experience in corporates and as an entrepreneur. She worked in Bharat Electronics, SKF Bearings, Encore, Strides Arcolab, and 3M India Limited, where she led Learning & Development in India and employee development at the Asia level. Aparna now focuses her energies on women professionals: through coaching, research, and facilitating learning, thereby supporting their growth and change. Aparna has authored “The Professional Woman’s Handbook – Navigating Choices for Success”.

Panel Discussion: Adapting to the New Work Environment (LIVE)

Panel Discussion: Adapting to the New Work Environment (LIVE)

Description:

The current work culture has been undergoing a dramatic shift. The panelists will discuss how this affects them as individuals and how it affects them as managers. They will also explore what the future may hold for workplace culture.

Speaker(s):

Annapurna Vishwanathan, Panelist

Chief Information Officer, Cummins India

Annapurna is the Chief Information Officer for Cummins India since March 2021. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing an IT strategy that enhances business outcomes for the region.
Prior to joining Cummins, Annapurna had 15 years of experience across companies such as Coca-Cola and GE. Most recently, she was the Head of Digital at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd., where she was responsible for defining and driving the digital strategy for the company across manufacturing, logistics, commercial and sales functions. Annapurna also spent over 11 years at GE and attended multiple GE leadership programs. During her stint at GE, she worked across multiple technology domains (including product development, ERP, applications, M&A, IT infrastructure and security) across seven industry verticals in the US, Europe and South Asia.
Annapurna has also been recognized as one of the leading ‘Women in AI’ by IBM for the year 2021 and was the only honouree from India. In addition to her core responsibilities, she has led multiple women networks throughout her career. She is also extremely passionate about mentoring diverse and young talent across the country.

Randal Newton, Panelist

Vice President Engineering, Trane Technologies

Randal Newton is Vice President Engineering for Trane Technologies. Prior to this role he was Vice President Enterprise engineering leading four global engineering and technology centers in China, India and Czech Republic. In addition, he has led our refrigerant technology and strategy team for the past 8 years. Past roles in Newton’s 40 year career with Trane include several other engineering leadership roles, product management leader for Trane applied products globally,and operations leader for applied product factories in the Americas.
Newton started his career in manufacturing engineering after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Newton is a certified six sigma black belt and is a long time member of ASHRAE. Newton supports the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development with a focus on Goal 5 Gender Equality, Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy and Goal 13 Climate Action.
Outside of Trane, Newton is a past school board member and continues to serve his local public school district on infrastructure and education-outcomes committees. He is an avid bird watcher as time allows.

Anita Vijaykrishnan, Panelist

Vice President and General Manager Enterprise Operations Group, Intel IT

Anita is the vice president and general manager of Enterprise Operations Group within the Intel IT organization. A senior technology leader with over 25 years of work experience in IT strategy and implementation, Anita is passionate about leveraging technology to impact business outcomes and is focused on results. She has proven experience in developing solutions that impact revenue, growth and transformation.
Anita has worked across IT domains, including applications, platforms, infrastructure, end user support and information security in both the industrial and hi-tech sector. She strongly believes in collaborating with business to explore transformational initiatives and outcomes that address the fundamental requirements of business, rather than just focusing on IT as an enabler.
Anita is an ardent supporter and promoter of women in tech and has led significant initiatives and outcomes—both in her professional and personal capacity—in the recent past to create an impact in this space. She is a strong believer of “return-ship” for women in tech who have quit the workforce for variety of reasons and believes this is an untapped talent pool that many organizations have not explored and leveraged.
In her free time, Anita loves listening to music, traveling around the country and the world exploring culinary delights and immersing in the local cuisine. She enjoys cooking new recipes during the weekend and experiments growing vegetables and herbs in her terrace garden. She lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and daughter.

Shobha Pandey, Moderator

Regional Talent Management Leader, John Deere India

Shobha graduated from Miranda House , Delhi university with Mathematics Honors and has earned her Masters in Business Administration & Post Graduate diploma in PM&IR. She was recognized among the Top 100 HR leaders in India under 40 in FY19 and is winner of Global Ally Changemaker Award in 2021.

Why Is Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Making Headlines?

Why Is Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Making Headlines?

Description:

Globally, the energy transition is enduring at an unparalleled pace and scale, requiring new low-carbon technologies. Renewables such as wind, solar, and batteries have seen spikes in their demand, but have limited manufacturing benefits as the clean energy. The goal of this talk to see what it will take to make the Hydrogen energy win a clean prize and its footprint in India. It will also encompass an emphasis on fuel cell technology’s role in championing this cause and laying the foundation for the transportation and power industries. In conclusion, the presentation will address initiatives taken by the government and industries to help realize this dream and overcome the barriers for hydrogen to sustain as the clean energy winner.

Speaker(s):

Kavitha Moorthy

Technical Advisor, Cummins Technical Center India

A passionate Chemical Engineering Researcher with 15+ years hands-on experience in the areas of catalyst: Euro VI & Genset-Emission technologies, Nanotechnology filtration applications; Application of biodiesel for US Army. She carries a strong passion for innovation in Energy and Environment. She holds two patents and an advanced degree from University of Akron, USA. She has presented & chaired sessions at several international conferences like SAE World congress; American Filtration Society, International Filtration Conferences

Thriving in the Railroad Industry With a Computer Science Major

Thriving in the Railroad Industry With a Computer Science Major

Description:

Choosing a career path in a manufacturing/heavy equipment industry over the path of a conventional IT career turned out to be fruitful for me. The intrigue and the level of complexities that analytics on machineries provide keeps me motivated. Not only did I get a chance to nurture my skills of a CS engineer, but also a huge knowledge transfer has happened in the process, which is out of my domain expertise. I have grown to my potential and stretched my boundaries as an engineer which would, perhaps, not have been achievable if I would have chosen an easier career path. The Transportation Industry, especially Railroads, is heading towards a revolutionary change in the way it operates. The contribution that a CS engineer can offer in terms of technology and analytics will be remarkable. Analytics will step up further notches and open up a world of possibilities for CS engineers.

Speaker(s):

Kamalika Roy

Analytics Engineer, Wabtec Corporation

I am an MTech graduate in Computer Science from NIT Jamshedpur. For a non-core engineer, building a strong technical career path in heavy equipment industry is a substantial challenge. With a background in CS, I have been making a contribution to analytics in railroads for more than three years now. I have paired up my passion in data analytics with the reigning industry in transportation, which has benefitted my career growth manifold.

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship - Hustle in the Bustle

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship – Hustle in the Bustle

Description:

Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship call for an entrepreneur mindset. Whether you are founding your own company or building an interesting idea within an existing organization, there are key tenets that prepare an entrepreneur mindset. We all have those passion projects or innovative ideas, which need to see the light of the day. Developing the idea is a marathon and not a sprint. Patiently and consistently, we need to build the bigger picture and at the same time have the deep knowledge. This session will focus on how one can build an entrepreneurship mindset and reap the benefits in any capacity in their organization or as a prospective entrepreneur. It’s widely known that success is not built on success. It is built on failure; it’s built on frustration. It could also be built on catastrophe; however, it’s definitely built on having made the honest attempt.

Speaker(s):

Stueti Gupta

Co-Founder and Business Director, BlueKei Solutions Pvt Ltd

Stueti is the co-founder and director of BlueKei Solutions with 13+ years of experience. She has led systems Engineering research and practices in the area of system dynamics modeling and simulation, system architecture analysis. Stueti is Past President of SWE Pune Affiliate and of International Council on Systems Engineering India Chapter. Throughout her career she professional forums such as SWE and INCOSE helped build her leadership skills and entrepreneurship mindset.

Build the Team That Will Get You Hired

Build the Team That Will Get You Hired

Description:

Advancing your career takes more than having a good resume and well-rehearsed responses to interview questions. In fact, to get ahead, many professionals enlist the help of others — a coach, headhunter, resume/CV writer, to name a few — to strategize career mobility. While it is important to find those who can support and guide you, quite often, the people best positioned to help you elevate your career are much closer than you think. In this presentation, we will discuss how you can build your very own Personal Board of Advisors for your career. We will take a look at how to identify who your most powerful champions and advocates are, and how to engage them as you elevate your career trajectory.

Speaker(s):

Mary Despe

Recruitment Consultant + Advisor, MK Despe Consulting LLC

Mary Despe is a Recruitment Consultant in Hawaii. For close to 20 years she has connected talent with outstanding start-ups and organizations worldwide. Though she enjoys working with businesses on hiring challenges, Mary is passionate about helping professionals attract and land the opportunities they desire. As someone who has hired on behalf of top teams, Mary shares insights on how to be seen not just as a good candidate but as the one that’s hired.

How to Create Unified Workflow for Deployment Across Multiple Clouds

How to Create Unified Workflow for Deployment Across Multiple Clouds

Description:

In a typical Hybrid Cloud environment, often customers opt for multiple cloud vendors for deploying multiple applications. The deployment tools/workflow varies between each vendor, for e.g., AWS Code pipeline Vs IBM DevOps Toolchain. It becomes a cumbersome process for the customers / DevOps engineers to maintain this complex individual CI/CD workflows for each cloud vendor. The complexity increases with the Agile way of development. A unified CI/CD workflow is required for enabling the customers / DevOps engineers to achieve a seamless multi-cloud deployment at one-shot. This will help in reducing the release management overhead.

Speaker(s):

Pavitra Chandrappa

Senior Consultant Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM Expert Labs

An IBM Senior Consultant working with IBM Expert Labs specialized on customizing the order management suite both on-premises and cloud for various clients. SME for IBM Sterling suite of products. Experienced in customization of IBM Order Management Suite and it’s front-end applications like Call Center for Commerce and IBM Sterling Store.

Himangshu Mech

AI applications Technical Specialist, IBM Expert Labs

An IBM Technical Specialist Profession Certified working with IBM Expert Labs specializes in providing technical solution for highly valued clients since June 2013. SME in cloud and big data technologies like OpenShift, Kubernetes, Big data, Spark etc. Experienced in designing Sterling OMS deployment architectures in various clouds (AWS, IBM Cloud).

Engineering an AI Solution - Model Development to Deployment

Engineering an AI Solution – Model Development to Deployment

Description:

Are you new to machine learning and deep learning? Do you want to learn how to apply these techniques in your work?
Artificial Intelligence has revolutionized the field of healthcare and biomedical research. In this hands-on introductory workshop, you will learn how to develop an AI solution for signal/image data in MATLAB. We will also explore general biomedical applications of machine learning and deep learning. Although the workshop makes use of biomedical data, the workflows that will be discussed are broadly applicable to other domains. We will first look at importing and reading signal/image data. We will then go over methods to analyse this data and prepare them for running a machine/deep learning classifier, following which we will describe how such classifiers work, and finally, show how to train such a system, and evaluate its performance.

Speaker(s):

Spandhana Gonuguntla

Customer Success Engineer, MathWorks India Private Limited

Spandhana works with the academicians and researchers across India to enable effective use of MATLAB and Simulink in their curriculum and research. She specializes in Data analytics, mathematical modelling, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. She studied smart actuating systems using mathematical models for her PhD. She graduated with a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from National University of Singapore. She has participated in multiple conferences including Grace Hopper Conference, India, 2021.

Shalini Patro

Senior Software Engineer, MathWorks India

Shalini Patro is a Senior Software Engineer at MathWorks. She works on static analysis tools for maintaining code generation standards in safety critical applications. Shalini holds a master’s degree in Control System and Automation from Manipal Institute of Technology during which she did her internship at Robert Bosch GMBH. Her post-graduate thesis was on Adaptive Driverless Vehicle system. She has successfully conducted a workshop on Augmented Reality and Artificial intelligence in GHCI 2021.

Illusion of Control

Illusion of Control

Description:

Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control. The problems, challenges, and opportunities we face fall into 3 areas–Circle of Control, Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern. In this session you will learn how to differentiate the list of tasks at their hand either personal or professional fall under these different categories. It helps one to narrow down the things we can actually directly do something about rather than the wide range of worries we might have about a topic. Once they identify this, it helps to have less stress and focus on what can be achieved with right steps.

Speaker(s):

Jahnavi Chennupati

Sr Engineering Manager, Caterpillar, Brigade Tower, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Jahnavi is senior leader in Caterpillar. She presented at several forums in the past. One of the recent topics was Emotional Intelligence in ICC India council and SWE 2021 conference.

Hormones Influence Persona…Not Gender

Hormones Influence Persona…Not Gender

Description:

Leadership is an outcome of someone’s behavior. Current hiring systems don’t make shortlisting on the basis of percentage of hormones in one’s body which actually drives behavior and fitness for the role, but shortlisting is made based on gender. A feminine person possibly can have higher percentage of Testosterone which would make her direct, decisive, focused, analytical, tough-minded, exacting, emotionally contained and good at strategic thinking; exact behavior we assume a male candidate possess and vice versa. A person whose gender is male, sex is transgender and possess high Dopamine would willing to take risks, constantly seeking novelty, who is adventurous, optimistic, curious, energetic and creative best suitable for a UX role. The Olympic Games disqualify players on this criterion, yet it requires light in corporate hiring culture. The speaker, being raised by a transgender woman, understands the behavior drivers and will throw light on other critical elements to this.

Speaker(s):

Anuradha Dutta

Decision Analyst, John Deere

The speaker is an Automobile Engineer with 8 years of experience in various profiles of sales, aftersales. In Deere working in Supply Chain. Beyond job role is Steering Committee Member of India Rainbow Employee Resource Group engaged to drive actions which will lead to a more inclusive workplace for all. She is a strong believer of gender and sex does not define you, there lies other factors which are inherited or intuitive.

Strategies for Smart Help

Strategies for Smart Help

Description:

Technological advancements have shaped how we think, live, and evolve. Technical Writing, too, has traversed many paths – From linear, feature-oriented content to structured, task-oriented content. Gone are the days of conventional manuals, guides, and digital documents such as PDFs and Web help. Today, we live in a world of a constant time crunch and decreasing attention span, where users expect the right content in the right context at the right time.
The digital transformation has paved the way for Smart Products, which call for Smart Help. As more solutions cater to the cloud and smart devices, our focus must pivot to optimize the content and make it lean, accessible, and searchable. With apps, bots, and artificial intelligence systems, we have an opportunity to serve our users better. In this session, we will share our ideas that can help you to transform your technical documentation with innovative technologies.

Speaker(s):

Harsha Kulkarni

R&D Team Lead, Technical Writing, AVEVA Solutions India LLP

Harsha Kulkarni is a seasoned technical communicator with over a decade of experience in industrial software. She holds certifications in Information Mapping, SAFe for Teams, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, and Artificial Intelligence. She is part of a high-performance team that has successfully strategized and transformed the on-premises documentation to cater to cloud solutions.

Renuka Shastry

R&D Senior Member of Technical Staff, Technical Writing, AVEVA Solutions India LLP

Renuka Shastry is a proficient technical communicator and has over a decade of experience across domains. She holds certifications in SAFe for Teams and ITIL. She has undergone training in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Cloud. She works with a high-performance team that is instrumental in developing and implementing strategies to transform traditional content to cater to advancing technologies and solutions.

Stories for Success

Stories for Success

Description:

We all have grown up hearing stories and learning values through them. Though we enjoyed listening to stories when we were young, we have been made to chose “cut to the chase” speeches once we enter the business world. But researchers have found that stories have a great influence at work and in making decisions.
This session is about how the human mind reacts to stories when compared to its reaction to only data. We will also delve into what business stories are, how to craft them, and share tips to make ideas stick! In short, this session is about what a story is, why it is powerful and how it can be used to get your message across.

Speaker(s):

Meenakshi Natarajan

Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Air Products & Chemicals

Meenakshi, currently a SWE Global Ambassador, has over 16 years of experience in Supply chain functions. Meenakshi has worked for various MNCs in Manufacturing & EPC sectors ; Vedanta Resources, Larsen & Toubro and Bechtel. Currently she is with Air Products & Chemicals. Meenakshi has completed her degree, BTech in Chemical Engineering and she is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She also has PMP( PMI,USA) & CPSM (ISM USA) certifications.

Why Win Hearts in the Workplace?

Why Win Hearts in the Workplace?

Description:

Every conversation needs an initiation, which is a common ice-breaker in many corporates. This helps in only knowing your colleagues at a superficial level. Building strong bonds whenever you work with new people is important and helps in building that network, because work is not just about getting things done – but the experience you get through it. Getting to know someone at personal level helps with better humanly interactions and also an improved working environment. Initiating conversations with simple topics like weather and traffic can help start a heart winning conversations. Just initiating is not the only important part. It is also important to sustain such conversations, which would turn into fruitful relationships that are beneficial for all. Winning hearts not only helps easing daily activities but helps us handle difficult conversations with ease.

Speaker(s):

Sonali Daksh

Design and Engineering Management Engineer, ExxonMobil (EMSTPL)

I have completed B.E. in chemical engineering from Panjab University Chandigarh. I have a total experience of 1 year and I would like to discuss the view from a newbie’s perspective. Transitioning into the corporate straight from college, understanding the challenges, and dealing with them. The future perspectives that freshers like me have in their mind would be the intent of the session.

Fault Injection to Evaluate Software Resiliency for Product Improvement

Fault Injection to Evaluate Software Resiliency for Product Improvement

Description:

No matter how good software programs are, all software systems will contain faults and be exposed to faults from the environment. Therefore, an important aspect of any software component is how resilient it is to faults. Fault injection is a software technique to introduce faults into the code for improving the coverage and is usually used with evaluation for robustness of the developed software. The concept of using fault injection for software component testing seems very appealing. Questions that arise are how to emulate faults in software and is the system suitable for testing with Faults?
This presentation demonstrates service virtualization and provides a technique to inject software faults in the code to evaluate resiliency and its advantages.

Speaker(s):

Pushpalatha KR

Software Specialist, Hewlett Packard Inc

Speaker is a Software Specialist at Hewlett Packard Inc. Speaker has expertise knowledge and experience in Software development and Cloud technology. Speaker has presented technical talk in Hewlett Packard’s Global Data Science Summit in San Diego in 2017, Hewlett Packard’s Imaging Symposium at Vancouver and Boise in United States in 2016 and 2018.

Affect Heuristic - Biases and Decision Making

Affect Heuristic – Biases and Decision Making

Description:

Why we are a slave to our Actions?
By nature, we are descendants of quick decision-makers & we rely on mental shortcuts called heuristics. Firstly, we lack enough imagination to list all the possible pros & cons of situation. We can only conjure up what we have seen in our modest experience. Secondly, calculating small probabilities is impossible because we do not have enough data on rare events. Thirdly, our brain is not built for calculations that require time & effort, we prefer to jump on heuristic, a quick momentary judgement. Thus, we end up placing risks & benefits on same sensory thread. So, what can we do to prevent actions from contributing to hasty poor decision making? It can be done through the following
  1. By using “System 1” & “System 2” of your brain effectively
  2. By being aware of phenomenon
  3. By being the third person in your own situation

Speaker(s):

Sadhana Priya Vashisht

Data Scientist, Caterpillar Inc

Sadhana is a Data Scientist in Caterpillar. She has been part of various initiatives to empower & educate women Engineers throughout India. Currently, she is “Advisory Board Member” of SWE Chennai Affiliate. She is a passionate Professional with 7 years of experience in Software & Product Development. She has immensely contributed to Innovation in the field of Data Science & Machine Learning.

Got to Fall to Fly

Got to Fall to Fly

Description:

Professional setbacks are no less painful than romantic heartbreaks. You may wonder what went wrong, why me, etc. They have the potential to shatter you and make you think the failure is irreversible. Add motherhood to this and it becomes a lethal combination to crush you enough to the core!
According to studies, the best thing to do when you are in this state of mind is to not do anything. JUST PAUSE for as long as you can afford to OR until you feel better. In this session, we will share our failure stories – both professional and as mothers and how we navigated through them and the incredibly valuable lessons we learned from those failures. This conversation aims to identify our mental blockers, strengthen our help system, and the courage required to stand and lead. Reflect, Renew, and Rise!

Speaker(s):

Divya Lokesh

Credentials Program Manager, IBM India Pvt Ltd

Divya, with 17 years of experience. Started as customer support associate at BPO to support family in dire financial crisis. Juggling between work, being a mother of two girls. Life took a tougher turn when she was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer two years ago. Will share her experiences on her failures, successes, managed herself through all tough phases and stress the fact that it is okay to fail, but not okay to not try!

Mamatha Venkatesh

Senior Technical Architect for AI and Supply Chain Solutions, IBM India Pvt Ltd

Mamatha leading Challenging First Of A Kind AI Implementation projects and Proof of Concepts: researching pain points of different businesses, proposing technological solutions, and carrying out implementation and thereby contributing to innovation. Active on diverse platforms. An IBM CSR Alumni, Academic Ambassador Advocate, Influencer, and Ally for IBM EQUAL Council(Neurodiversity), SWE member for Global OUTREACH, Jury & Mentor, OpenGroup certified Technical Specialist. Speaker for Global University Programs, Conferences(WELOCAL, GHCI, MLDS, Reshape Tomorrow, CASCON 2021).

Fuel Storage, Distribution and Terminal Automation

Fuel Storage, Distribution and Terminal Automation

Description:

Terminal is an industrial storage facility wherein various products (crude oil, gases, jet fuels, etc.) are stored. These products are received and distributed in terminal via pipelines, ships, or trucks to multiple end users. Storage facilities are the backbone of the Oil and Gas value chain. There are three main stages of the Oil and Gas industry operations i.e., upstream, midstream, and downstream. The storage of products done at each of the different stages is for multiple applications and consumers. This session will impart the requisite information for each of the stages and its importance.
Need for Terminal Automation ?
  • Automatic Movement of Product within terminal
  • Planning and Scheduling of Terminal
  • Inventory management , SAP Interface
  • Transactional Archiving , Reports
  • Automatic Invoicing billing
  • Access Control

Speaker(s):

Arti Dhawale

Sr. Proposal Engineer, Emerson Export Engineering Centre

I have completed BE Instrumentation from Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology , Mumbai University. With over 8 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry working on pre-sales and proposals. Having worked extensively on Control Systems, my switch to terminal industry was motivated by the fact, that it is moreover customer driven application. From working on 60+ terminal proposals I have gained quite an exposure to the terminal industry mainly working closely with end-users.

Current State of SWE Outreach

Current State of SWE Outreach

Description:

Join representatives from the Society Outreach Committee to learn about the latest and greatest resources, volunteering opportunities, and new policies. During this session, you’ll learn about SWENext, SWE’s program for K-12 students (ages 5-18), and ways you can recruit and engage with them. We will also share the latest training material available for Adult Advocates on SWE’s Advance Learning Center and the SWE website that will advance the effectiveness of any volunteer. Additionally, we will cover SWE’s new Youth Protection Policy which is designed to ensure the safest environment for the youth we serve.

Speaker(s):

Haley Antoine

Pedestrian Protection Engineer, Toyota

Haley Antoine is a Pedestrian Protection Engineer at Toyota R&D. She holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University and is a part-time MS in Mechanical Engineering student at Johns Hopkins University. She is the Society Outreach Committee Chair and the Detroit Section High School Outreach Chair. She’s been an active outreach practitioner since her time with Cornell SWE and on the Society SWENext Programs Committee.

Keynote Presentation: Dream IT, Believe IT and Make IT Happen!

Keynote Presentation: Dream IT, Believe IT and Make IT Happen!

Description:

When a thought is so powerful to move you, surely one day you will be able to achieve the dream! Here is the story of woman determined to bring sabbatical women back to work stream to create financial independence using technology. Get Set Ready to unravel the transformation stories from all walks of women to realise how life is fulfilling when our sisterhood becomes independent and confident to lead next generation!

Speaker(s):

Manjula Dharmalingam

Founder, Her Second Innings

Manjula is a founder of Her Second Innings to create women empowerment though financial freedom & founder of WOWTechs to implement automation everywhere using technologies. She has over 2 decades of industry experience in Technology, Business, People Management that includes, setting up and managing enterprises. She got selected from India by US Consulate / Fortune 500 Global women mentorship program. She has worked with organizations such as IBM, Airtel in the domain of telecom, Oil & Gas Sector and in the field of Software Development, Process Optimization and Program Delivery.
Manjula is passionate about empowering professionals through technology especially women and youth force. As a team, they empowered 30000+ professional to grow themselves and their organization using measurable results. Built Automation COE to enable Start-ups, Enterprises for improving organization productivity. Her dream is to bring technology to impact the society. She is awarded and featured by Government and Medias such as Time of India, YourStory, MSME Forums for recognizing the efforts to help women restart their careers with financial freedom.