Preparations On For Student-Run TUBE 2007 Conference

TUSKEGEE, Ala. - (February 14, 2007) - With the increasing need of a technical and global society for a multidisciplined workforce in business and engineering, the University is set for the 12th Annual Tuskegee University Business and Engineering Conference.

The conference, also known as TUBE, which is presented for the students by the students, will take place Feb. 26-28, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Each year, representatives from Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, 3M, Union Pacific, Marsh Inc., Raytheon and others conduct career-oriented workshops and recruit the University's brightest future leaders of tomorrow.

"We hope to increase our marketability in business and engineering, but we also hope the conference will have an impact on students in all fields," said Destrian Wells, a senior finance and marketing major and student co-chairman from the of the College of Business and Information Science.

Thirty students from the College of Business and Information Science and 30 from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Science coordinate the three-day conference from beginning to the end. The conference began to take shape as the students participated in the TUBE Leadership Conference, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, during the fall semester.

"My experience working with the students at Tuskegee University has been a very rewarding one. They bring great out-of-the-box ideas to the table and really seem passionate about all they do," says Bart Bradford, an engine district manager for Caterpillar Inc.

In addition to the constant planning that goes into TUBE, the students generated more than $39,000 in corporate sponsorship that has made the planning a success. Additionally, the TUBE 2007 committee did something remarkable. By increasing their community involvement, they started Next Level Leadership, where 10-15 students from Booker T. Washington High School in Tuskegee, Ala., have been invited to participate in the conference.

"Preparations for the conference have gone well, and we look forward to gaining insight on how to transition from school to the corporate world," said Mikaela Marshall, a junior aerospace engineering major and student co-chairwoman of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Science.

This year's theme, "The Best of Both Worlds ...Where Preparation Meets Opportunity," outlines concepts of teamwork and leadership by emphasizing the important link between business, engineering and other related industries.

"Individuals, including engineers, who in addition to the technical skills they may have in their individual professions, must operate and manage business operations," said Alicia Jackson, dean of the College of Business and Information Science.

Therefore, engineers as corporate employees or entrepreneurs, operate in business environments that require them to manage business resources such as customers, employees, capital assets, funds, etc.

"TUBE is a great opportunity that provides the unwritten skills. The ones that take advantage of the conference will be better off," said Legand Burge, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Science.

While the goal of the conference is to provide leadership, time-management, team-building skills and other information related to the transition into today's industries, students will have the opportunity to seek internships and full-time employment.

Bradford, who graduated from Tuskegee in 2001, says the conference serves as an excellent opportunity for corporations to give back to institutions such as Tuskegee. "TUBE provides an avenue for corporations such as Caterpillar to interact with the student body through seminars and dinners - a more relaxed environment, which often allows for identifying potential hires," says the Tuskegee alumnus. "It is a great benefit for both parties."