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Career and Leadership Skills for Success in Science and Engineering

This program offers workshops and seminars on a variety of topics to help prepare graduate students and postdocs for their professional futures. Career- and leadership-related topics highlighted in this program are varied and aim to help prepare our junior researchers for the diversity of career goals they hold.

Fall 2014 Programs

Please register for the sessions at the bottom of this page.

Pizza and beverages will be provided for each lunch-time session unless noted. To be sure the speaker has the full time allotted, please arrive a little before the start time to get settled with your lunch.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, noon - 1 PM
Singh Building, Room 035

"Navigating careers in industry and academia"

Noah Clay
Director of the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility, University of Pennsylvania
Mr. Clay will share lessons learned from a decade in industry, mainly in Silicon Valley, including a failed $100M start-up company in 2002 and an IPO in 2007.  While in industry, his expertise was in design and fabrication of integrated lightwave circuits, the core technology for fiber optic networks.  After leaving industry, Mr. Clay built and ran the Harvard University Nanofabrication Facility as well as oversaw Process Integration for the Cornell Nanoscale Facility.    

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, noon - 1 PM
Singh Building, Room 035

"Distilling a Message: Talking About Your Work with Non-Scientists"

Evan Lerner
Science News Officer, University of Pennsylvania
Public polls repeatedly show that "scientist" ranks amongst the professions most worthy of respect, yet the public's knowledge of basic scientific facts remains dismal, and public awareness of how research is actually conducted is worse. How can we remedy this situation? As scientists, you've been trained to communicate your work in a very specific way to a very specific audience: your peers and colleagues, who are the only ones qualified to assess the veracity and quality of your findings. In this talk, you'll learn about ways to translate that kind of communication into language and concepts non-scientists will better understand and appreciate.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, noon - 1 PM
Singh Building, Room 313

"Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Overview"

Tomás Isakowitz, PhD
PCI Fellows Program Director, University of Pennsylvania
This lecture will provide an overview of intellectual property and its role in technology transfer. A brief overview of patents and their importance will be provided. Dr. Isakowitz will also discuss how graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the schools of Engineering, Medicine, Arts and Sciences and Business can gain experience with the assessment of the commercial potential of new technologies through the PCI Fellows Program.

First Name*
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Status (e.g., MS student, PhD student, Postdoc)
I will attend the following: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Noon - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Noon - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Noon - 1:00 PM

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