||This symposium is specifically geared towards students and early career professionals in materials science and engineering. The goal of this symposium is to provide the opportunity to hear from materials professionals who have taken many different career paths and who will share the narrative of their career, lessons learned, and/or important issues so that early career professionals can make an informed decision about their own career paths.
This annual symposium is interested in providing a wide array of topics of interest to materials professionals including: career perspectives and advice from government labs, academia, and industry; career mobility; entrepreneurship, small business, licensure, and intellectual property; volunteerism, international experiences; continuing materials training and education opportunities; emerging careers and professional development in the new economy; etc. This symposium also seeks to provide a forum for dialogue about job searches, job satisfaction, and technical matters from each of the industrial, academic, and government lab sectors.
One of the objectives of this symposium is to provide a diverse group of speakers and topics for the early career materials demographic. Therefore, in line with previous years' successful symposiums, this symposium will be invited talks only. If you have a topic that you feel would be of interest, we encourage you to please contact the organizers about a potential invited talk. Authors with all levels of education, from all affiliate societies, ranging from those already well-established in their field to those in the early stages of their careers, are strongly encouraged to contact the organizers. We anticipate having multiple keynote talks and the number of talks in this symposium will be limited.