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Thursday, September 18, 2014 in Blacksburg

Becoming a Professional

Janet Rochester
President and Distinguished Lecturer
IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology

The extensive education undertaken by engineers prepares them for entry into the profession, but it does not make them professionals. Engineers become professionals by exemplifying the attributes of a profession; for example, education, authority, community sanction, ethics, culture, and service orientation. These attributes have been defined with the independent practitioner in mind rather than the engineer working in industry. This presentation views the attributes of a profession with the engineer in industry in mind and shows how engineers can demonstrate these attributes appropriately in an industrial setting. In doing so, engineers enhance their professionalism and their profession.

Janet Rochester, Janet Rochester, BSc., MS, MBA, is a Senior Member of the IEEE. She retired in 2004 from Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors - Moorestown, NJ, from the position of Lead Member of the Engineering Staff in the Radar System Engineering group.

Janet was a member of the Board of Governors of the Society on Social Implications of Technology from 1999 until 2009, including serving as the coordinator of the Distinguished Lecturer Program, Awards Committee Chair, and Society President. She has also served as Chair of the Publications Committee. She was the Chair of the Philadelphia Section of the IEEE in 2003, the Section's centenary year, having previously served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Chair.

Since retirement she has participated in community activities as a Master Gardener and as a literacy tutor; learned to kayak, and read more books.

She has received company team and personal business excellence awards and an IEEE-USA Divisional Professional Leadership Award.

Meeting Details:

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc)

Holiday Inn – Blacksburg
900 Prices Fork Rd.
Blacksburg VA 24060

From I-81, take exit 118 towards Virginia Tech, onto US-460 W.
Follow US-460 W, travel through the traffic light for the stadium (Southgate Drive), then take the next exit (Downtown Exit, which is Prices Fork Road).
Follow Prices Fork Rd to the next traffic light, and the Holiday Inn is on the corner of Prices Fork Rd and University City Boulevard on the left.

Continuing Education

One Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for this meeting. Please see Joel Donahue at the meeting to sign up for the credit.


RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, September 16, 2014.
Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary needs/restrictions to George Williams, Vice-Chairman,

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