Postgraduate Career Strategies: Industry

Postgraduate Career Strategies: Industry  

Thursday December 4th 12:00-1:00pm PST


If you missed our webinar, you can find it here -- click link to access the webinar recording


Today’s graduate students have a valuable set of both technical and creative skills suited for many technological industries. There are many avenues in this area for graduate students to consider and pursue when entering the work force and industrial companies can be the ideal setting. However, marketing one’s self to companies, developing networking skills, and choosing the right company with which to pursue a career pose challenges.

What are the pros/and cons of working in industry?  What are the right strategies to find, network, and land a job at a company?

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) will host a webinar titled: “Postgraduate Career Strategies: Industry” as part of the ongoing series of Innovation Webinars. Panelists from industry will discuss the current landscape and the transition from working in an academic lab setting to working in industry. Panelists will be available to answer questions regarding current expectations for recent graduates, points to consider when searching for jobs as well as alternative non-research opportunities within a company.

Panelists for this webinar include:

Jim Abbott has been with HP for 7 years in various production and R&D roles.  He is currently the technical lead for thin film deposition at the HP Printing Division’s MEMS fabrication facility in Corvallis, Oregon.  Jim’s primary focus is on advancing HP’s Thermal Inkjet and Piezo Inkjet products by leading the thin film deposition team in the development and introduction to manufacturing of new materials and deposition processes.  Prior to joining HP he served as an officer in the United States Naval Nuclear Power program and he received his Ph.D. in Quantum Chemistry from Oregon State University in 2007.  He was recently recognized with the 2014 Oregon State University College of Science Young Alumni Award. 

Jim is an author on more than 30 HP patent applications, more than ten technical articles or conference proceedings, and is a peer reviewer for Applied Physics A and HP’s highly selective internal technical conference.  As a certified TRIZ practitioner Jim is interested in the application of systematic innovation methods to accelerate the pace of innovation in science and technology.


Jacob Jensen is a Staff Engineer at Intel Corporation in the Portland Technology Development division.  Since joining Intel in 2003, Jake has been responsible for developing advanced thin film and anneal processes for next generation microprocessor manufacturing and is currently working on sub-10 nm transistor technology.  Jake earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Oregon.







Michael Anderson has worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES since August of 2011 where he started working in the Advanced Module Technology Development module in thin films metrology.  In 2012 Mike received his first certification in Lean Six Sigma and has since transitioned to working in Applied Statistics and Measurement Science in the corporate Manufacturing Center of Excellence as a full time Black Belt.  Mike graduated from the David C. Johnson’s group at the University of Oregon in 2011 with his Doctorate in Materials Chemistry.  He also completed a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry through the Master’s Industrial Internship Program focusing in Semiconductors and Photovoltaics in 2007.  Mike is a 3 - time recipient of the IGERT Fellowship.




The moderator will be:

Blake A Hammann is a graduate student in the CSMC working for Sophia E Hayes at Washington University in St. Louis.  His research focuses on the characterization of inorganic cluster precursors and their corresponding thin films used for materials device applications. Mr. Hammann received his B.A. in Chemistry from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois in 2010. After graduating, he completed a M.S. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois in 2012, where he performed graduate research with Yun Lu.