Postgraduate Career Strategies: Academia

The CSMC hosted a webinar titled: “Postgraduate Career Strategies: Academia” as part of the ongoing series of Innovation Webinars. Panelists from academia discussed the current landscape of universities and the transition from working as a graduate student/post doc or in industry to working in an academic position. Panelists answered questions regarding current expectations for recent graduates, points to consider when searching for jobs as well as alternative non-research opportunities within academia.

If you missed the recording, you can find it here

The panelists for this webinar include:

John F. Conley, Jr. received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1991) and Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics (1995) from The Pennsylvania State University.  He has been a senior member of the technical staff at Dynamics Research Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Leader of the Novel Materials and Devices Group at Sharp Laboratories of America (SLA), and an adjunct professor at Washington State University-Vancouver.  Since 2007, he is a Full Professor of both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and of Materials Science at Oregon State University where he is also an ONAMI Faculty Fellow and co-Director of the Materials Synthesis and Characterization (MASC) facility. He has served multiple times as guest editor for IEEE Transactions on Device and Material Reliability, on the committees of the IEEE IRPS, SOI, and NSREC, the MRS EMC, the AVS fall meeting and upcoming 2015 ALD conference, and as technical program chair of the IEEE IIRW and the IEEE MRQW. Dr. Conley's current research interests include atomic layer deposition (ALD), metal/insulator/metal devices (MIM & MIIM tunnel diodes, MIM high-κ capacitors, and RRAM), internal photoemission (IPE), thin film transistors, nanomaterials, sensors, and electron spin resonance (ESR) identification of electrically active point defects in novel materials. Dr. Conley has authored or co-authored over 120 technical papers, over 130 additional conference presentations (including tutorial short courses on high-k dielectrics and 15 invited talks), and twenty U.S. patents, which together have attracted more than 2,700 citations.

Thuy Tran received her PhD in chemistry at the University of Hawaii. In 2010 she joined the College of Engineering where she holds a leadership position overseeing marketing communications efforts to promote the college. Thuy creates and implements plans to help achieve the college's strategic goals by managing external perceptions and strengthening stakeholders' relations. She showcases high-achieving students, generates recognition for faculty research, and highlights world-class facilities. Thuy's professional background includes a unique combination of education and 20 years of work experience in marketing, science, and engineering. Before joining Oregon State University, Thuy was a research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and held management positions in several engineering firms including CH2M HILL, Lockheed Martin, and Los Alamos Technical Associates.

Shanti Deemyad received her BS in Physics from Sharif University of Technology (1998) and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at University of Utah in 2010 where her research group focuses on high pressure and temperature synthesis, quantum solids, and superconductors. Before becoming an assistant professor at University of Utah, she held a postdoctoral position at Harvard University from 2004-2009.

In 2009 she was awarded the APS research scholarship at the APS Shock Compression of Condensed Matter Conference. She is also the recipient of the NSF faculty early career award and the Myriad award of research excellence. Shanti was elected Chair of High Pressure for GRC in 2016.  She is involved in organizing several activities in the Physics department and has held varying committee positions over her time at Utah.

Moderator for this webinar:

Blake A. Hammann grew up on a small family farm in Carlinville, Illinois. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. After graduating, he completed a M.S. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, where he performed graduate research with Yun Lu. He then moved to St. Louis, MO and joined the Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, working with Sophia E. Hayes to pursue his PhD. He is now a third-year PhD candidate, focusing on the solid-state NMR characterization of cluster precursors and thin films. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, trapshooting, and going home to the farm.