What are the benefits of such a conference to the working engineer? It is an opportunity to see first hand what others in the local engineering community are doing, both in the academic area and in new and established industries. As many Memorial University students present papers and attend NECEC, any company looking to hire engineers in the future can see potential candidates presenting the results of their projects and studies. It is an opportunity for a practical advance interview without any commitment.
As well as keeping up to date on academic advances, it is a chance to network with many practising professionals and learn what they are doing. There may well be overlapping interests and activities which have the potential for business interactions.
The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) requires its members to undertake professional development activities each year. Presentation at a conference such as NECEC earns five Professional Development Hours (PDH) for each hour of presentation, a distinct plus for Professional Engineers.
To encourage more participation from industry engineers and others outside of the University, the conference committee has an option that allows for presentation at the conference without having to submit a written version for the proceedings. This presentation may well be one that has been done at the workplace.