Poly Professional Development Webinars

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Dear Fellow Poly Alumni,

On behalf of the Continuing Education Committee of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, I am pleased to announce the launch of Poly Professional Development Webinars.

We have planned a series of live “webinars” that will be presented monthly from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Guest speakers will cover a wide range of subjects and we welcome suggestions for other topics.  All speakers are your fellow Poly alumni.  Users will have the ability to view the speaker and slides live, type in questions or call them in -- we hope to have an interactive online conversation.  Webinars will also be archived for those who would like to view them but are not free at the time of presentation.

We encourage all of you to spend just one hour once a month to learn how to make your career and your company move forward.  From the convenience of your office or home you can learn from Poly alumni the experience they have gained over the years they have worked since graduation.

The webinars are Poly alumni only, so you will be among the friends and acquaintances!

Please register below to obtain log-in information for the webinars.

I’ll look forward to connecting with you during these sessions, as well as hearing your feedback regarding your professional development.

Best regards,
Henry Bertoni ’62 ‘68


Upcoming Live Webinars for Spring 2012:

Wednesday, May 16
Speaker: John Yankovich
Topic: Protecting Intellectual Property

Protecting Intellectual Property

In one hour you can learn the basics of patent law and how to protect you ideas.  The Webinar will cover:

1.  Basic concepts and definitions, including the legal basis for patents, types of patentable ideas (machines, methods, material), what is novel and non-obvious, and what can’t be patented.
2.  Rights and limitations
3.  Types of patents, such as design, plant and utility
4.  The patent process and time line
5.  Use of patents to protect you product, as a barrier to competitors, licensing and building asset value

John Yankovich graduated from Polytechnic with an MS in Electrical Engineering, having previously earned the BS in Computer Science at Pace University.  Subsequently John earned the JD at Pace University Law school.  John is now is a patent attorney at the law firm of Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, LLP (OGRP), in Stamford, CT.  His practice is directed to preparation and prosecution of patent applications, and also to drafting of opinions relating to patentability and infringement. His work has been concentrated in the fields of telecommunications, computer systems and peripheral equipment, medical imaging, optics, electrical circuitry, software processes and Internet applications.

Prior to joining OGRP, John was employed by Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems as an electrical engineer and a software analyst. He designed hardware and software for radar signal acquisition and processing, for radar warning receivers used on military aircraft. Prior to that he was employed by Picker/Cambridge Medical Instruments, where he supervised a staff of electronic technicians engaged in production of a variety of medical test and imaging equipment.

Past Live Webinars for Spring 2012:

Wednesday, February 15
Speaker:  John Artise
Topic: Increasing Your Value in Your Current Job

If you were unable to attend or would like to re-review the session, you can view this webinar online here!  

Influencing up; Internal career promotion Strategies; Negotiating a new job description; Strategies for leading teams; your skills to a better job; Increasing your value at work; Managing bright people

John Artise is the Founder of The Leader’s Edge, a coaching and trusted advisory consultancy, and has spent more than thirty years in the fields of Career Development, Talent Management, and Executive Education in both the business and academic sectors. 

He served for seven years as the Director of Services at Adelphi University and was the Marketing & Promotions Director of the Center For Management at Baruch College.  During his career as a Human Capital Management consultant he has worked as a Senior Executive for Right Management, Drake Beam Morin, Inc., Partners In Human Resources International, and The Ayers Group.

John has a BS degree in the Humanities (the first in the school’s history) from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.  He holds an MA degree from New York University in Modern Linguistics, focusing on the psychology of human communication.  He is fluent in five languages and coaches interculturally.

He is the author of the audio books “Hiring With Confidence” and “When Can You Start?- How To Get The Interview, How To Get The Job”, published by John Wiley & Sons.  John also authored, “How To Make Training Work,” Panel Publishing, Greenvale, NY

Wednesday, March 14 
Speaker: David Sobin
Topic: Entrepreneurship: My Personal Experience

If you were unable to attend or would like to re-review the session, you can view this webinar online here!  

If you a thinking of starting your own business, listening to the experiences of others can help give you encouragement and perhaps some insight into the process. One observation from this alumnus: It never goes the way you think it will!

David L. Sobin graduated from Polytechnic in 1972 with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and. He was active in student government, photo editor of the school newspaper, and president of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. During his 4 years at Poly, he wrote simulation software to help teach high school students various topics in science and engineering, a project funded by the National Science Foundation.

After graduation, David began a 24 year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Alcatel-Lucent ). During this time, he led the team that created the first DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) product in the early 1980s and deployed it worldwide.  He left AT&T/Lucent in 1996 to start his own DSL company, which was subsequently acquired by Cabletron, then one of the S&P 500.

After Cabletron, David joined BAMnet Corporation as CEO. Initially a dial-up Internet Service Provider, BAMnet now provides large-scale outdoor wireless broadband Internet service (WiFi) to campuses, hotel chains, and small towns.

Wednesday, April 18
Speaker: Dennis Landsberg
Topic: Energy Efficiency

Challenges to Improving and Maintaining Energy Efficiency in a Sustainable World

Building energy efficiency is at an exciting crossroad.  The public is accepting, even demanding efficient green buildings.  Many technological innovations promise great efficiency improvements and improved environmental quality.  But serious challenges remain.

There is a major disconnect between the modeled design and the as built building.  Building systems are increasingly complex.   If unattended, the performance of building systems can deteriorate by as much as 30% in just three years. 

Dennis R. Landsberg graduated from Polytechnic with a BS Aerospace Engineering in 1969, MS Aeronautics & Astronautics in 1971, and subsequently earned a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from SUNY Albany.  He is President of L&S Energy Services, Inc. and has been a practicing building energy consultant for 36 years.  He has worked on numerous commercial, industrial, institutional educational and multi-family buildings for commercial clients and state and government agencies, including U.S. Embassy and military facilities in over 30 countries.  He is the lead author of ASHRAE’s Energy Efficiency Guides for Existing Buildings, a voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.6 – Building Energy Performance and Vice Chairman of the Monitoring and Energy Performance Sub-Committee.  He Chairs ASHRAE GPC 14 – Measuring Building Energy, Demand and Water Savings and the DASH Committee, a high performance building data base.  He is also a member of SPC 100 – Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings and SPC 105 Measuring and Expressing Building Energy Performance.  Dr. Landsberg is a member of the Technical Assistance Group for ISO 242, Building energy Management.