Tuesday, 7 December 2010    17:20 • 18:30

Supported by IEEE GOLD and WICE
Organizer and Chair: Dr. Jingxian Wu, Advisor: Gim Soon Wan

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The Decision: Industry or Academia? Before the recent graduate steps into the career world, he/she faced the multitude of career choices. Have you ever wondered whether you have made the right decision to go into Industry or Academia? Certainly, there are advantages and drawbacks in both Industry and Academia. However, the differences are not obvious.نن

IEEE GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) has developed many programs to facilitate your career decision by providing guidance, mentoring, and direction with the professional networks. This GOLD panel session will connect the students and young professionals to a network of Professionals from the Industry and Academia, and provide advice on their early career either in the Industry or Academic environment.


Dr. Heinrich St৞ttgenننن (IEEE Fellow)
Vice President, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany


Heinrich St৞ttgen was a Fulbright scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo (NY) from where he holds a Master of Science degree (1979). He obtained Diploma (1979) and Doctor of Science (1985) degrees in computer science from the University of Dortmund.

In 1985 he joined the IBM Research and Development Laboratory in Germany, developing one of the first mainframe UNIX systems. In 1987 he moved to IBM's European Networking Center at Heidelberg, where he researched protocols for high-speed networks and multimedia communications. In 1991 he was appointed manager of ENC's Broadband Multimedia Communication department. In this function he was responsible for various research, development, marketing and services projects. In July 1997 Heinrich joined NEC Europe Ltd. as founding manager of NEC's Network Laboratories in Heidelberg. Since June 2007 he is Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe, responsible for NEC's network and IT related R&D activities in Europe. During the last decade he led NEC's European Laboratories to become one of the leading telecommunications research institutes in Europe and world-wide. Heinrich has widely published in various scientific conferences, journals and books. He was a guest lecturer at Mannheim University in Computer Networks and has been project auditor and proposal evaluator for the European Commission in the ICT area.

Heinrich is an IEEE Fellow and served as a Member at Large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society 2004 to 2006. He was chair of ComSoc's Technical Committee on Communications Switching and Routing 2004 and 2005 and has been chair of ComSoc's IEEE Globecom and ICC Technical Content Committee (GITC) 2005 - 2009. From 1998 to 2009 he served as vice-chair of the German Information Technology Society's special interest group on communications and distributed systems (GI/ITG KuVS).

Heinrich was general chair of the IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Conference in Heidelberg in 2000. In 2009 he acted as Technical Program Vice-Chair of IEEE ICC 2009 in Dresden, one of the most successful ICC's ever. In 2009 he received Comsoc's Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Services to Meeting and Conferences.


Prof. Andrzej Jajszczykننن (IEEE Fellow)
Professor, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland


Andrzej Jajszczyk is a professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He received M.S., Ph.D., and Dr Hab. degrees from Poznan University of Technology in 1974, 1979 and 1986, respectively. He spent a year at the University of Adelaide in Australia, two years at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and half year at Ecole Nationale Supठrieure des Tठlठcommunications de Bretagne, France, as a visiting scientist. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including Multimedia Broadcasting and Multicasting in Mobile Networks (Wiley) and more than 260 research papers, as well as 19 patents in the areas of telecommunications switching, high-speed networking, network management and reliability. He has been a consultant to industry, telecommunications operators, and government agencies in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Poland, and the USA.

He was the founding editor of the IEEE Global Communications Newsletter (1994 - 1996), editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications (1994 - 1997), and editor-in-chief of IEEE Communications Magazine (1998 - 2000). In 2004 - 2005 he was Director of Magazines of IEEE Communications Society (and again, starting from January 2010) and in 2006 - 2007 he was Director of the Europe, Africa, and Middle East Region in the same Society. In 2008 - 2009 he served as Vice-President - Technical Activities.

He has been involved in organization of numerous technical and scientific conferences. In
1995 he originated IEEE Broadband Switching Systems Workshop, that later, after merging with two other events, became IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Workshop - a major switching systems conference of ComSoc. In 2000 he originated IEEE Workshop on IP-oriented Operations and Management. From 2000 to 2005 he was a ComSoc's Distinguished Lecturer.

He was the recipient of the following prestigious awards: IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications, Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) Prize for research in the area of the theory of high-speed switching networks for the Next Generation Internet, and Siemens Award, for research on next generation telecommunications networks and systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. Andrzej Jajszczyk is Vice-President of the Kyoto-Krakow Foundation, fostering cultural and technical relations between Asia and Poland.


Ms. Celia Desmondننننن (Past President of IEEE ComSoc)
President, World Class - Telecommunications, Canada


Celia Desmond, President of World Class - Telecommunications, which provides training in telecommunications management, has lectured internationally on programs for success in today's changing environment. As a Director at Stentor Resource Center Inc., she was instrumental in establishing culture and new processes for service/product development and for project governance. At Bell Canada, Celia provided strategic direction to corporate planners, ran technology/service trials, standardized equipment, and provided technical and project management support to large business clients. She has held numerous senior management positions at IEEE including Project Director for Certification in Wireless Engineering Technology for IEEE, managing a team of over 100 people in 8 different development areas, Director and Secretary of IEEE, IEEE Vice President - Technical Activities, President of IEEE Communications Society. President of IEEE Canada, and Region 7 Director, Division III Director, and IEEE Canada Foundation Board member and previous Donations Chair. Celia holds MSc. Engineering, B.Sc. Mathematics & Psychology, Ontario Teaching Certificate and PMP certification. Celia has taught kindergarten, high school, and university at Ryerson School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology, and University of Toronto. She is author of Project Management for Telecommunications Managers (Springer). Her pocket book Project Management for Telecommunications Projects is expected to be published by Wiley in 2009.

Dr. Robert Fish
President, NETovations Group, LLC., USA

Robert S. Fish received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.ن He is President of NETovations Group, LLC, which specializes in managing and accelerating technical and business innovation processes for networking companies.نن From 2007 through 2010, he served as Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations at Mformation Technologies, Inc. a company that produces carrier software for mobile device management.ن From 1997 to 2007, Dr. Fish was Vice President and Managing Director of the Panasonic Digital Networking Laboratories with labs in Princeton, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and San Diego which invented and promoted many technologies necessary for embedding networking into consumer devices.ن Prior to that, Rob was Executive Director of Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore after starting his career at Bell Laboratories. He is the holder of 8 US patents and has numerous publications.

Dr. Fish is a long time volunteer within the IEEE.ن Rob is a member of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors and Chair of the GLOBECOM/ICC Management and Strategy (GIMS) Committee.ن He co-founded the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC) and serves as Chair of the CCNC steering committee.ن In addition, he is a co-editor of the series "IEEE Standards for Communications and Networking" published in IEEE Communications Magazine.ن He was a founding member of the IEEE-Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group and is currently the Secretary of the IEEE Communications Society Standards Board.ن In 2007, Dr Fish received the Distinguished Service Award from ComSoc's Multimedia Technical Committee.