NORFOLK, Va., March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Old Dominion University (ODU) will light up Hampton Roads from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk when it hosts Engineering Unplugged 2011 - an educational conference that promises to generate eco-awareness with the help of some major star power.
The conference's exceptional blend of high-profile speakers, which include actor, author, and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr., and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army John Paul Woodley, Jr., combined with insightful learning tracks and forward-thinking roundtable discussions are sure to provide attendees with valuable information, thought-provoking insights, and exclusive networking opportunities.
There are other environmentally themed conferences, but Engineering Unplugged is unique in that it is targeted toward a wide variety of engineers who are designing, building, operating, and maintaining green buildings, shipping facilities, watercraft, or future supply chain for Wind Energy - plus attendees will earn 0.8 CEUs/8 PDUs/8 contact hours - all at the affordable rate of $195 for a full-day's conference. Selected sessions will have the added benefit of LEED CEUs.
"Past attendees have been floored that they receive such an enriching educational experience and earn as many CEUs as they do, all in one day at such a great price," says Clair Dorsey, director of the ODU Business Gateway's Professional Development Center, which is hosting the event. "We developed the conference with guidance from engineers because they represent the people whose needs we want to meet - those who work every day to better our world by bettering the environment."
But it is not just engineers who benefit from the conference; past attendees include architects, facility managers, construction professionals, building managers, manufacturers, designers, researchers, the military, and the government.
"I think having John Paul Woodley, Jr. as our keynote speaker and Ed Begley, Jr. as our guest luncheon speaker demonstrates the breadth of appeal and interest this area of expertise has on such a vast audience," says Dorsey.
Other local and national experts are scheduled to speak throughout the day on such environmental topics as green building, energy conservation, greenhouse gasses, and wind energy. In addition, these and other experts will take part in roundtable discussions with attendees, providing an excellent opportunity for conference-goers to network and get answers to their most pressing questions.
Conference attendees who register by March 20th receive exclusive access to participate in a Live Web Chat with guest speakers Ed Begley, Jr. and John Paul Woodley, Jr.
During March, there will be a weekly drawing for people who have registered to win a free registration to the event. To enter to win and to register for Engineering Unplugged 2011, go to http://www.engineeringunplugged.com/info or call 757-683-5479.
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SOURCE Old Dominion University Business Gateway