IEEE-USA Offers Career-Focused Webinars in 2014

By Helen Hall

Have you always dreamed of starting your own business?  Or do you plan to take the software engineering P.E. test? IEEE-USA is leading off its 2014 webinar slate with two useful webinars � the first for for entrepreneurs and the second for software engineers interested in pursuing the path to professional licensure.

On 6 March, presenter Tanya Candia hosted Starting your Start-up: How to Develop a Workable Innovation Process and Business Plan, which provided a nuts-and-bolts of approach to getting started on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.  Candia is an international marketing and business management expert, praised for her visionary strategy, her ability to build and protect business and shareholder value, and her success in driving entrepreneurial cultures.

On 9 April, Dr. Philip Laplante will host Licensure and Registration: Software Engineering P.E. Examination. Laplante will bring you up to date on licensure requirements, and how the rules have changed in yours, and other states.  While licensing of certain electrical, mechanical, civil and other engineers has been required in the United States for nearly 100 years, software engineers have generally not been licensed (with the exception of in Texas). This situation, however, changed in 2013, when 30 states offered began requiring licensure for certain software engineers. It is expected that the other states and U.S. jurisdictions will eventually follow suit.

In this webinar the need for licensure and the characteristics of software engineering practices that are applicable for licensure are examined and illustrative examples are outlined. The focus is singularly on the licensure of engineers in the United States. In this context, the three major prerequisites for licensure � education, experience, and examination � are discussed and the satisfaction of these three requirements is discussed.

If you are not licensed, it may be time to consider obtaining your license. Laplante spent many years as a software engineer working on avionics, and CAD and telecommunications systems, including time at the Bell Labs Software Quality Assurance Center. His research interests are in software project management, requirements engineering and software testing.

IEEE-USA is also continuing its partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which will conduct several webinars for IEEE-USA this year.


Over the past seven years, IEEE-USA’s webinar program has hosted more than 100 free webinars.  By and large, our webinars focus on career management�to provide members with current information and strategies to help them learn new skills and stay on top of their career goals.  Participants can also earn continuing education/professional development hours.  Most of these live webinars are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2-3 p.m. ET, (to accommodate West Coast registrants).

If you have missed some of the webinars , all webinars are recorded and placed on the IEEE-USA website, along with the slides.  The archives include a large variety of webinars, including how to interview, how to negotiate your salary, as well as other job-search-related webinars.  To register, or find out more about webinars, go to:

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IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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