Perspectives for Emerging Materials Professionals: Session II
Program Organizers: Christopher Marvel, Lehigh University; Andrew Frerichs, The NanoSteel Company

Monday 2:00 PM
September 30, 2019
Room: B110
Location: Oregon Convention Center

Session Chair: Christopher Marvel, Lehigh University; Jonathan Healy, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division


2:00 PM  Invited
Millions in Metallography: Artifacts and Misinterpretations: Frederick Schmidt1; 1Advanced APPLIED Services, Inc
    Metallography, constituent transformations and the art of assessing the progression of Macro and Micro structures will be exposed as a foundation skill. The author will share case examples where huge financial loses resulted from faulty interpretations. The suggestion presented will be that an investment in life long learning and practicing of quantitative Materiallography will enable a successful career. Also, materials engineers have a duty regarding public safety unique to our fail safe design responsibility.

2:20 PM  
The Greatest Failure: Finding opportunity where you least expect it: Christopher Shumeyko1; 1US Army Research Lab
    Many of us have career dreams and aspirations from a young age that change and become more realistic as we grow older. One way or another, we have ended up in our current fields of study with established goals for how we expect our careers to grow. But what happens when you fail or fall short of those goals? In this talk, I will discuss how what I thought was a catastrophic professional failure lead to unimagined opportunities in a completely new environment. More specifically, I will discuss how I was able to make the most of a new opportunity, leaving academia to work as a Post-Doc at the US Army Research Laboratory, by having an open mind and committing to change. An overarching theme of the talk will be understanding how adaptability can help you refocus stymied efforts and excel in your career.

2:40 PM  Invited
Increasing Retention in Women in STEM Professions: Danielle Cote1; 1Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Fewer than 25% of STEM workforce is comprised of women, with even fewer in the materials science and engineering professions. While a wide variety of approaches are being taken to increase this number, this talk focuses on the angle of increasing the retention rate in materials science and engineering professionals, particularly the early-career professionals. Attention will be paid to both new statistics, as well as techniques and approaches anyone can take to increase the rate of retention among women in STEM professions.

3:00 PM  Invited
Career Navigation through Effective Communication, Utilizing Resources, and Building Your Emotional Intelligence: Nina Abani1; 1Nissan Technical Center North America
    Navigating a technical career as a young engineer can be intimidating, but it’s important to remember that one is not alone in their journey. This talk will focus on the importance of soft skills and collaborating with others regionally and globally to make the most out of your career. Experiences and lessons learned from the last six years of applying materials science in the automotive industry will be shared that highlight how effective communication and working with others can set the foundation to make data driven solutions. From leveraging resources and building a network, one can build confidence in themselves when solving problems, providing creative solutions, and achieving success.

3:20 PM Break

3:40 PM  Invited
The Anathema of Networking: How Corporations and Professional Societies Have Lost Their Way: Daniel Denis1; 1Pratt & Whitney
    Have you ever felt that the concept of Networking has not lived up to your expectations? Has Networking not worked to bring you the learning, connections, and career opportunities that have been conveyed to you by Career Experts and Seasoned Professionals? Have your Company and the Professional Societies to which you belong not provided the Networking you imagined? This presentation discusses the changes in Corporations and Professional Societies in an increasingly digital world, including how labor liquidity has shaped the activities supported by companies. Included in discussion are the techniques necessary to find new jobs in a saturated digital application process, the changing methods of networking, and some guidance about establishing and maintaining new and continuing connections. If you’re tired of “Networking Events” where you find yourself in a banquet hall walking without aim as you hold a flatbread pizza, come sit with like-minded colleagues to get more out of Modern Networking.

4:00 PM  Invited
The Digital Skills Revolution in Materials Science: Kristen Brosnan1; 1GE Global Research
    At GE Research, our mission is to ‘See, Move, and Create the Future’ by developing innovative technologies and turning those into real products and solutions for our businesses in the aerospace, power generation, healthcare, additive manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas industries. Today, we are combining “physics” with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to revolutionize manufacturing design, processing and inspection across our industrial portfolio. We also develop novel strategies, tools and infrastructure to collect, store, link, and analyze the diverse ‘Big Data’ behind our applications. In this talk, I will provide a snapshot of how this physical + digital transformation is evolving at GE (and beyond) and how this transformation is very relevant to today’s Materials Scientist.

4:20 PM  Invited
NIST and the Materials Genome: A Personal Perspective: James Warren1; 1National Institute of Standards and Technology
    My career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been hardly typical, yet, in some ways it exposes the great strengths of the organization that allowed me to achieve much. I this talk I will explore this environment and how it led me, circuitously, to the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). I will discuss the conduct of research at NIST, and how it differs from academia, industry, and other national labs, my own approach to managing science, and, ultimately, a deep dive on science policy and the MGI.