Career Flexibility and Preparation Are Focus of RIT Talk

RIT alumnus will share advice on the importance of flexibility in assignments, locations


The importance of career flexibility in landing good job opportunities is the topic of an upcoming talk at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Coleman Standish, manager of engineered shapes with Airtech International Inc., in Huntington Beach, Calif., will share examples from personal experience about why he believes success in engineering careers requires increasing flexibility in job assignments and locations. He will also discuss non-technical demands of an engineering job and how these sometimes require more focus than one might think, along with how to prepare for better opportunities.

Standish, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from RIT in 1999, worked in a variety of positions with Boeing Co. from 1999 to 2006. His talk, “Career Flexibility in a Global Environment,” will be 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Xerox Auditorium in RIT’s James E. Gleason Building.

The lecture, part of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering Dean’s Alumni Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. For more information, call (585) 475-2146 or visit

WHAT: “Career Flexibility in a Global Environment”—a free lecture by Coleman Standish, manager of engineered shapes, Airtech International Inc.

WHEN: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

WHERE: Xerox Auditorium, James E. Gleason Building, Rochester Institute of Technology

SPONSOR: Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology