"Imagine. Ignite. Illuminate."
This year’s Northeast Regional Conference will be centered in Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The theme of the conference will be “Imagine. Ignite. Illuminate.” With this conference, we challenge participants to find their drive for success through a series of professional development and networking events. The conference will have a target audience of about 500 attendees, which will be drawn from more than 32 colleges and universities in the Northeast Region from New Hampshire to Washington.
About SASE UMD
The SASE chapter at the University of Maryland was founded in 2011 and is the only Asian American professional organization on our campus. Our chapter consists of many gifted and talented individuals who have continued on to contribute to their respective fields, many qualifying for positions in Fortune 500 companies. Other students have also continued their studies at prestigious institutions and work to advance our world everyday. Following the three pillars of SASE, our organization provides professional opportunities for our students through panels with government establishments such as NASA and the CIA as well as career opportunities and collaboration with with companies such as Capital One and P&G. In addition, our members support our Asian heritage through our cultural celebrations.
Meet Our Regionals Committee
"I re-founded SASE UMD in 2015 during my 2nd semester of freshman year. Ever since, I've been part of the SASE family and growing as a leader. I like to sing and dance in my free time and watch MCU movies. I'm so excited for my chapter to host the NERC conference!"
Major: Aerospace Engineering
"I've been involved with SASE for over 2 years, and have gained invaluable experience through the amazing people and opportunities. I'm excited to provide a wonderful experience to everyone attending our Regional Conference!"
Major: Math/Computer Science
"To give back to the SASE community, I decided to help out with Regionals 2019 planning by creating this website. For more info about me, the site, and how it was created, visit the About This Site page."
Major: Physiology & Neurobiology, Food Science
"I joined SASE through hearing about it from Sunny, and joined NERC because I wanted SASE UMD to have a broader impact on the Northeast region! "
Major: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
"I’ve been involved with SASE since spring 2018. After attending last year’s NERC at Stevens Institute, I wanted to be involved with NERC. I will be graduating in the spring and want to pursue a career involving medicine and pursue a graduate degree."
Major: Information Science
"I am the graphic design chair for both my chapter of SASE at the University of Maryland, and also for the Regional Planning team. If you need help for Photoshop, hit me up!"
Major: Computer Science & Math
"I am a Computer science and Math Major going into my senior year. I am incharge of volunteers on the day of the conference."
Major: Information Science
"I was friends with the presidents and I am also and Asian American in the STEM field. Because of those I wanted to participate and help with SASE and NERC."
"As a member of the graphic designer team, we work closely with other regional committees to provide graphics and other resources for various purposes to host the NERC Conference. I'm more excited than ever to get this event going! Go SASE!"
Major: Computer Engineering
"As apart of the planning committee for the upcoming conference I mostly manage outreach to potential sponsors and take record of our progress. There are a many parts that have to be in place for NERC to run smoothly and I help with organizing, documentation and inbox management."
Major: Computer Science
"Hi, I'm a freshman computer science major and the marketing chair for this year's conference. I enjoy combining the technical aspects of CS with the creative arts, and am excited to be a part of the SASE family. You can also visit my website."
"Salutations! I'm Brian and I'm a freshman bioengineer. As a new member of SASE, I am excited to help organize the keynotes and cultural performances for this year's conference."
Breakfast & Check-ins Begin
Breakfast ends at 9:00AM. Registration ends at 12:00PM.
Ends at 10:00AM.Join us as we introduce our Regionals Committee, and stick around for our keynote speakers.
Company Mixer & Fundraising Booths Open
Ends 5:00PM.Includes recruiters and representatives from our sponsors as well as a resume workshop.
Breakout Session I
-     1. Manage Your Money! Developing Your Financial Responsibility - Marguerita Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ocean Global Wealth
-     2. Success and Failure: The Importance of Perseverance and Grit - Panel
-     3. How to: Make Your Own Personal Website - Harry Li, Assistant Staff MIT Lincoln Laboratory
-     4. Community Involvement as a STEM Professional: Examples from Engineers without Borders - Aileen Craig and William Wiemers, D.C. Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders
-     5. Choose Your Path: An Introduction to Management Consulting - John Mason, Corporate Strategy and Development Manager at Microsoft
Lunch and Cultural Performance
Ends at 1:00PM.Featuring Derek Ting, the Tianyi Dance Team, and the Anokha a cappella group.
Breakout Session II
Ends at 2:30PM.Options:
-     1. Commitment to STEM, Leadership and the Road Ahead - Madhavan Komanduri, Program Manager & Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman Technology Services
-     2. Quickly Learning and Adapting to a New Work Environment - Roger Lam, Software Engineer at Nava
-     3. Online Presence in a Digital Age: How to Market the Best Version of Yourself - Alissa Arford, Director of Content and Digital Marketing at Accounting Seed
-     4. 7 things I wish I knew before I started my first "REAL" Job - Junie Huang, Material Process Delivery Scientist at Procter and Gamble
-     5. NASA: Finding Your Personal Brand and Building an Outstanding Resume - Janet E. Sellars, Director of Diversity and Data Analytics at NASA
Breakout Session III
Ends at 3:30PM.Options:
-     1. Mastering the Art of Interviewing : Examples from the CIA - CIA
-     2. How Hyperloop is Envisioning a Better Future in Transportation - Sashank Sadula and Ben Williams, Team Captains of University of Maryland Hyperloop
-     3. Envisioning a Future in Science: The Pathway to Success in Research - Christine Lam, PhD Student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Cellular and Molecular Medicine Program
-     4. My Story of SASE Leadership Transferring to Work as an Engineer - Kristi Horita, Program Integrator at Boeing and Board Membership Representative with SASE
Ends at 5:00PM.Keynote speaker.
This year's conference will be located in The Hotel. Built in late 2017, The Hotel sits straight across the street from the main entrance to the University of Maryland. It is also 1 mile from the nearest metro station, and 12 miles from the National Mall.
Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the bright rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms include access to an executive lounge with perks such as breakfast and hors d'oeuvres, while studio and 1-bedroom suites add kitchenettes.
There's a casual restaurant, a Greek-inspired eatery, and a low-key lobby bar, as well as a pizzeria and an all-day bagel shop. Other amenities include a 24-hour gym, an indoor pool & a luxe spa.
Early Bird Registration
Collegiate - $45
Professional - $55
High School - $15
- Early bird registration ends December 25, 2018
Collegiate - $55
Professional - $65
High School - $20
- Early bird registration ends December 25, 2018