Gulf Coast Section ELP: Emerging Engineers Conference 

The agenda focused on career management, interpersonal skills, and engineering topics and hosted a dynamic lineup of speakers, presenters, and discussion leaders for an audience of 41 attendees. William M. Griffin of El Paso Production Co. opened the conference with a talk titled "Lessons Learned--Career Guidance in a Growth Environment." Griffin discussed the importance of integrity, work ethic, attitude, interpersonal skills, and competency as they relate to young professionals in the industry. Further insight was provided on the topic of skills in career development by George King of BP and Todd Montgomery of Anadarko Petroleum, who made presentations illustrating specific skill sets and attributes for young engineers looking for career advancement opportunities. The EEC Interpersonal Skills Sessions featured Bridget Mueller of the U. of Houston in a talk titled "Attitude vs. Aptitude: Primed for Promotion" and Walt Palen of BP on the topic of "Knowledge Management."