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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 2016 Programs

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.

Thursday, September 29, 12:30-1:30 PM
Singh Center, Rm 035
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"Networking: Tips and Resources"
Rosanne Lurie and Rosette Pyne
Senior Associate Directors
Career Services
University of Pennsylvania

Networking is frequently listed as one of the most important tools for career building. Why is it so important? Does it really work? What are best practices for successful networking? Career Services' Senior Associate Directors Rosanne Lurie and Rosette Pyne discuss effective strategies for networking and resources available to build your network and improve your skills.

Thursday, October 20, 12:30-1:30 PM
Singh Building, Room 035
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"Career Evolution: Turning Change into Opportunity"
Lou Graziano, PhD
Associate Director of Corporate Outreach, Physical Sciences
Penn Center for Innovation

Setting a career path is smart. But rarely does the path we plan match the road taken. I will give some perspective on my career path and the surprises that came along the way, with an emphasis on embracing the unexpected to create new opportunities.

Dr. Graziano is responsible for creating partnerships between industry and the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn. He is a physical chemist (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, '81) and worked at Rohm and Haas and The Dow Chemical Company in various roles in research and management over his 34 years in industry. Most recently he was the Director for University R&D Strategy at Dow, building sponsored research partnerships with strategic academic partners.

Wednesday, November 9, 12:30-1:30 PM
Singh Building, Room 221
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"Intellectual Property and Innovation"
Pamela Beatrice, PhD
Dir. Physical Sciences Licensing
Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania

Tomás Isakowitz, PhD
Director, PCI Fellows Program
Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania

This session will provide an overview of intellectual property and its role in technology transfer. A brief overview of patents and their importance will be provided.  Opportunities for Penn graduate students and postdocs to participate in the PCI Fellows Program will be described.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:30-1:30 PM
Singh Building, Room 035
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"Engineering Consulting as a Career Option"
MariAnne Sullivan, PhD
Associate, Mechanical Engineering Practice
Exponent, Inc

A possible career path that may be less explored after graduate research is consulting. It is a great way to apply your new PhD knowledge into true engineering applications. Dr. Sullivan is a recent PhD graduate, and has Materials Engineering degrees from Lehigh University and Auburn University. She is an Associate at Exponent, Inc., located in Philadelphia. Exponent is a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve important engineering, science, regulatory, and business issues facing our clients. She will talk about her experience finding a career after graduate school, and will also talk about Exponent as a consulting company.

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