Perspectives for Emerging Materials Professionals: Perspectives for Emerging Materials Professionals, Session II
Program Organizers: Dharma Maddala, Arconic Technology Center; Rachel Bethancourt, Cherry Aerospace, a SPS Technologies Company; Jesse Angle, Exponent, Failure Analysis Associates; K Shugart, UES, Inc
Monday 2:00 PM
October 9, 2017
Location: DLL Convention Center
Session Chair: Dharma Maddala, Arconic Technology Center; Rachel Bethancourt, Fitbit; Jesse Angle, Exponent, Failure Analysis Associates; K Shugart, UES, Inc
2:00 PM Invited
Can You Spell Entrepreneur?: Larry Hanke1; 1Materials Evaluation and Engineering, Inc
Engineers today are not limited to a career as an employee of a big manufacturing corporation. There are myriad opportunities for engineers to ply their skills starting and running new enterprises. For some, this path can be a highly-rewarding alternative to a long-term corporate career. Materials engineers have some unique opportunities in entrepreneurship. This presentation gives one engineer’s perspective on entrepreneurship as a career path. Advantages and disadvantages, resource requirements, and personal factors relating to starting and running a new business or small company will all be discussed.
From Gator to Investigator: How I Became a Failure Analyst and How You Can Too: Erik Mueller1; 1National Transportation Safety Board
Ten years ago, with obstructed vision and an overheated body, it was hard for this then graduate student to see past his life on a football field, let alone beyond a dissertation and research project that never seemed close to completion. However, after a long college “career” including over three years as a mascot at the University of Florida, this Florida Man began a journey from late night perpetual graduate student to repairing Navy aircraft, to investigating all manner of transportation accidents for a small agency in Washington, DC. This talk will present a small slice of my life, and explain how to take advantage of opportunities as well as how to make those opportunities manifest during ones career and life.
2:40 PM Invited
Leadership Development: A 15 Minute Crash Course: Robert Schwartz1; 1University of Missouri System
This presentation is intended to assist those individuals with no formal professional development training who are looking to understand and build the skills necessary for long-term career advancement. The author will share some lessons learned over the course of a nearly 30-year career and from his participation in various formal professional development training sessions. The presentation will cover what the author believes to be the most important leadership and professional skills in the form of theme explorations and short story reviews. The talk will cover not only the skills needed for career advancement, but also unproductive professional behaviors that can limit career progression. The overlap between personal and professional behaviors will be considered as will the importance of engagement in activities that can contribute to professional growth and career advancement. Finally, the presentation will be supplemented by a one-page professional development guide that will be provided to attendees.
3:00 PM Invited
From Undergraduate to Journal Editor: A Professional Development Story: William Fahrenholtz1; 1Missouri University of Science and Technology
This presentation will review decisions that were made that have influenced my professional development over the past 30 years. Starting as an undergraduate, I made choices to get involved with activities that helped establish my professional network and have benefited me in the years since. As a young professional, I continued to stay involved with both technical and networking activities that contributed to my professional development. These investments of time and effort led to opportunities that have allowed me to have a challenging and rewarding professional career.
Mentoring 101: Laura Jean Weidman1; 1Department of Defense
Mentoring is so critically important in one’s career, especially for employees just starting out; however, it is often overlooked and undervalued. Some companies, noting the value of mentorship for a successful career, have instituted formal mentoring programs and may have a system setup to match employees with mentors. Newbies to a company should seek out and take advantage of this opportunity if it exists; if not, one should take action to establish this crucial connection. A mentor could be someone with a similar background, someone who’s taken a different career path to offer an alternative point of view, or even someone who’s started just a few years prior to offer some words of wisdom. In this presentation, I will share the impact that mentoring has had on my emerging materials career, and will offer tips on how to find great mentors and get the most out of a mentoring relationship.
Networking: Who? What? Why?: K Shugart1; 1UES, Inc
One piece of advice commonly given to students and recent graduates is to network, network, network. But why? And with whom? While in school, professional societies are easy to find and cheap to join. Many societies have established networking groups designed for students and young professionals and these can be very helpful. As an example, the American Ceramic Society has the President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), the Global Graduate Research Network (GGRN), and the Young Professionals Network (YPN). Joining groups like these can aid in making connections and staying involved with the overall society. This talk will aim to generate discussion on the advantages of professional society membership and professional networks for students and emerging professionals and how to get the most benefit from joining. It will also compare and contrast some of the materials-oriented societies open to students and young professionals and look briefly at online networking options.
Measuring Up My Career (So Far) at NIST: Adam Creuziger1; 1National Institute of Standards and Technology
This presentation will focus my experiences in federal civil service as a Materials Research Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). I'd like to share some of the advantages I've found working at NIST, as well as some challenges of an 'early' career scientist at a national lab. In addition I'd like to highlight the importance of keeping a good work/life/family balance and tips and techniques I've learned on share your work with the public (or friends and family).
The Value of Networking: Jaret Frafjord1; 1IMR Test Labs - Portland
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” There is a lot of truth in this statement. Obviously you need to have a strong technical base, but it is the network of friends and colleagues that push or pull you through your career. Involvement in professional societies is a great opportunity to start a network outside of your company and develop leadership skills. My involvement with professional societies means that I have a network of experts to call or email any time I have a question outside of my expertise, and I can solve the problem faster than my neighbor searching the internet. My professional network has provided me job opportunities and travel opportunities. This presentation will cover examples of networking success stories, as well as tips for starting and expanding your network.