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Conference Details - Early Career Forum

Research Professions in Academia, Industry & National Laboratories: An Early Career Forum

Organized by AMSE/MED and NAMRI/SME
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Virginia Tech

Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 5:00 – 8:00pm, at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. The forum will be held during the co-located manufacturing conferences: the ASME 2016 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering (MSEC2016) and the NAMRI/SME 44th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC44).

The goal of this forum is to provide current students at all levels of graduate and undergraduate programs as well as recent graduates with better information/knowledge of various research positions in industry, academia, and national laboratories. The forum will further discuss how to be successful professionally in the various research settings.

Tentative Agenda (Thursday, June 30th, 2016)

5:00 - 5:15 pm: Opening

5:15 - 6:00pm: 5-minute spoken introductions by panelists

6:00 - 7:15 pm: Breakout round-table panels (Panel I: academia, Panel II: government and industry)

7:15 - 7:30 pm: Wrap-up discussion, open questions and answers

7:30 - 8:00 pm: Light reception

Forum Format:

  1. The forum will start with introducing the panelists from each of academic, government, and industrial sectors. Each panelist will introduce themselves in approximately 5 minutes each.
  2. 3 Breakout round-table panels (parallel) will follow: one for academia, one for government and the other for industry. The round-table panels will each have 3 to 4 panelists from diverse background/positions. Panelists will discuss such topics as how to search for a job, career management, funding for research, etc.
  3. In the end, a light reception will be served, offering ample time for participants to be more easily engaged in conversations/discussions related to their particular/personal interests.

Fee: Free for conference participants

Attendance: Mandatory for NSF Travel Grant student applicants

ECF Chair:
Dr. Gracious Ngaile
North Carolina State University
Phone: 919-515-5222

The National Science Foundation

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