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Collin College and Chinese Institute of Engineers Host Symposium

Collin College and Chinese Institute of Engineers Host Symposium

March 11, 2011 – Collin College and the DFW chapter of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) have joined forces to offer a Spring Technology Symposium and Young Professional Conference featuring experts in cloud computing and cyber security.  Free and open to the public, the symposium will be held from 12-5 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Collin College Preston Ridge Campus event center, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco. Sponsored by Collin College, CIE, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, ONCOR and AT&T, the event will include four keynote speakers, a session targeted to industry professionals, a session targeted to young professionals and panel discussions.

Keynote speakers John Weston, Sr. IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft, and Kevin Mellott, president of ERASE Enterprises will address all attendees. Weston holds numerous Microsoft and Cisco certifications and will discuss cloud computing.  Mellott is internationally recognized as a public safety and special investigations expert and will discuss cyber security threats.

While young professionals learn about U.S. export controls from Dr. Digger Chen, Counsel at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, industry professionals will learn about company protection and social media from Amy Minyard, Deputy Director of Cyveillance. Dr. Chen is an expert in patent prosecution and litigation in electronics, mechanics, biology, chemistry and medicine. His clients include telecommunication, computer science, pharmaceutical, medicinal, oil refinery and consumer products companies. Minyard is responsible for multiple Fortune 500 accounts and is an open source intelligence expert.

A cyber security panel discussion will feature panelists Mellot, Minyard, and Collin College professors Pete Brierley and Steve Willis. The young professionals’ session will also feature panel discussions by human resource representatives from the symposium sponsor companies.

Registration is required and seating is limited. To register or for more information visit  or email Sammy Yang at or Dave Galley at

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