2016 LAMP Leadership Assessment & Mentoring Program

  • Time: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2016
    Place: UT Dallas SLC 1.102, 800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

  • Deadline Saturday, March 26 at 11 pm Central To be selected as candidates, please apply at:https://goo.gl/hKUVrr
    Audience registration is also open now at: http://cielamp2016.eventbrite.com


Chair:  Wen-shin Wang, Portia Li   Adviser:  Elaine  Kung

The Leadership Assessment and Mentoring Program (LAMP) event is one of the long-standing CIE/USA-DFW events featuring "Leadership" and "Career Mentoring" for young professionals. This event is especially designed for graduating university students and young professionals who desire to enhance their knowledge and hand-on experience on hiring process, career development, corporate culture, and leadership.

This year's LAMP is planned for 4/9/16, Saturday, from 2pm - 5:30pm at UT Dallas SLC 1.102, and we expect a great audience of 100+ students. LAMP is open to 8 universities in the DFW area for international students to apply, and our planning team will qualify and interview 6 finalists. On the day of our LAMP seminar, these 6 finalists will interact with the judges through a mock interview (individual) and a team building exercise where the finalists will be split into 2 teams of three.

The role of the 6 judges is to run a 1 on 1 interview with these 6 finalists. Each judge will have 5 minutes to interview 1 finalist (the judge will be matched to a finalist in advance). Afterwards, the judge will score their performance, and provide verbal feedback to the finalists. The feedback will help both the finalists and the other audience members learn how to improve in a low-key, low-consequence interactive session.

Additionally, in the team building session, the 2 teams are pitching their next generation smartphone to a “group of investors” (the judges). Similarly to the interview, the role here is to score their performance, and provide verbal feedback on their teamwork capabilities.

We have established a nice scoring approach and will add up all the scores to determine the winners by 4:45pm and announce and award them at the end of the LAMP program.

Lastly, the 6 Judges come together in a 30 minute Panel Discussion to share their insights on interviewing and address any other questions from the audience.

2016 LAMP Agenda:

  • 2:00 – 2:10 Introduction
  • 2:10 – 2:45 Keynote Speaker: BNSF Technology AVP, Muru Murugappan, on "From Caps and Gowns to the Corner Office”
  • 2:45 – 3:00 Final Candidate Intro/Elevator Pitch
  • 3:00 – 3:40 Team Building Exercise (Next Gen. Smartphone Presentation)
  • 3:40 – 4:45 Mock Interview by Judges from AT&T, BNSF, Capital One, Lockheed Martin, SMU, TI
  • 4:45 – 5:15 Panel Session
  • 5:15 – 5:30 Networking

if interested in being a final candidate, please apply at: https://goo.gl/hKUVrr

Keynote: Murugappan, AVP of Technology Services from BNSF Railway on"From Caps and Gowns to the Corner Office"

Muru Murugappan
Assistant Vice President, Technology Services
BNSF Railway

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Madurai Kamraj University
M.S in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska
Executive M.B.A., University of California

Muru Murugappan joined BNSF Railway as assistant vice president, Technology Services, in May 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the application development portfolios that support Engineering, Finance, Human Resources,Sourcing, Technical Training and Law, along with enterprise support of the SAP platform and applications.

Muru has been in the IT industry for over 20 years and has significant experience managing business
applications and IT budgets. Prior to joining BNSF, Muru served as vice president, Head of Information Technology Operations, at Sony Electronics. He led the technology Strategy and Planning team and had responsibility for all aspects of application development including major SAP projects in sales, distribution, materials management, customer service and business intelligence. He has managed several business re-engineering/ transformation projects that included modernizing Sony’s supply chain and logistics operations through the implementation of new technology.

Judges include:

Helena Chiang
Business Manager, AT&T Entertainment Group

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, The University of California
M.B.A., University of Southern California

Helena joined AT&T as part of the Leadership Development Program in 2014. Prior to her current role, Helena held the position of a Sales Coach Manager in AT&T's Home Solutions Retention Call Center.

Before joining AT&T, Helena worked as an environmental engineering consultant over a span of 6 years with Tetra Tech Inc. and TIAX LLC.

Kim Cummings
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity
BNSF Railway

B.S. in Social Work, Texas State
M.S. in Human Resource Development and Leadership, University of Texas at Austin

Kim Cummings is currently assistant vice president, Human Resources & Diversity at BNSF Railway. In this role, Kim has responsibility for BNSF Railway’s EEO, diversity and inclusion efforts. She also provides leadership to the HR matrix teams supporting Law, Compliance and Audit Services, and Technology Services. Prior to this role, Kim was Regional Director - Human Resources at BNSF Railway in Ft. Worth where she leads HR teams in Texas, Gulf, Chicago, Southwest, Kansas and California.

Kim is a member of the Fort Worth Human Resources Group and National Society of Human Resource Management. She is also a Senior Board member and Vice President of HR for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Dallas– Fort Worth Chapter.

Amit Diggikar
Software Manager of Integrated Fighter Group
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company


Masters in Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University
MBA in Finance, Southern Methodist University.

Amit Diggikar has been with LM Aeronautics for past 13 years. He started as F-35 Flight Controls Software Engineer and gathered experiences in various roles at LM Corporate Engineering and LM Aeronautics Technical Operations.

Amit serves as leader for Professional Asian American Network (PAAN) at LM and is very active in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) efforts serving on the D&I Council.

Jack Miao
Associate Professor of Business Communications
Southern Methodist University

Jack is currently adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches business communication to BBA and MBA students, with 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications / computer business, held several executive positions in global product management and customer care. Jack also managed a Chinese joint venture and helped many executives into North American management.

Dr. Bingyi Yang
Director of Statistical Analysis / Data Science
Capital One


B.E. in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University
M.E. in Systems Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

He joined Capital One in Plano in 2001 and is currently a Director of Statistical Analysis / Data Science. His leadership and contribution earned his numerous outstanding awards from the CEO and President.

He founded and led Capital One EAGLE (Eastern Asian Growth and Leadership Efforts) Plano Chapter, an associate network focusing on helping Chinese immigrants grow their career in the U.S.

Irene Deng
Product Line Manager of Power Interface
Texas Instruments


M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University
M.E. in Systems Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

Irene Deng is currently the Product Line Manager of Power Interface (PI) under LP/Power organization located in Dallas. In her current role, she is managing the business of PI focusing on Power over Ethernet, USB Power, and Power Path Protection solutions. She’s responsible for over $165M revenue this year with her team located in four sites in two countries.

Together with her husband and daughter, Irene enjoys traveling around, crafting, and listening to classical music. She is now actively involving in Girl Scouts and Youth Toastmasters.

About CIE/USA-DFW

The Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) was founded in 1917 in New York by a group of Chinese engineers who graduated from American universities and served in various industries in the United States. CIE’s mission is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) awareness all over the United States. The DFW Chapter was established in January 1989 and registered in the state of Texas as a non-profit organization in 1992. Over the years, the DFW chapter has established close ties with major corporations and government bodies around the world. Leaders from these sponsoring organizations are featured in the chapter’s annual convention by sharing their experiences and insights in business and technology. For more information, visit http://www.cie-dfw.org.