Physics Careers Seminar Archive

Spring 2018

February 8, 2018
Title: Physics Careers Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Holmes, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 13, 2018
Title: Physics Careers Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Carrie Meldgin, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 26, 2018
Title: Physics Careers Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Lauren Aycock, APS Congressional Science Fellow
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Fall 2017

September 12, 2017
Title: Intel Overview and Panel Discussion
Speaker: Panel of Recruiters, Intel
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 15, 2017
Title: Working for Pacific Gas & Electric Company: Building Renewables Integration Models and Tools
Presentation Slides: Working for Pacific Gas & Electric Company: Building Renewables Integration Models and Tools
Speaker: Dr. Carrie Meldgin, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 21, 2017
Title: A Career in Trading for Students in Physics
Presentation Slides: A Career in Trading for Students in Physics
Speaker: Michael Vilim, IMC Financial Markets
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 28, 2017
Title: Quantitative and Developmental Roles in Finance: How a Physics Degree Has Become Highly Sought After by FinTech Companies
Speaker: Dr. Ponnuraj Krishnakumar, Akuna Capital
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 6, 2017
Title: Peer Review Meets Analytics
Presentation Slides: Peer Review Meets Analytics
Speaker: Dr. Manolis Antonoyiannakis, Associate Editor, Physical Review B and Bibliostatistics Analyst, American Physical Society
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 27, 2017
Title: Life after Grad School: Technical Consulting
Speaker: Dr. Gary Johnson, Exponent Failure Associates
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 6, 2017
Title: Teaching at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
Presentation Slides: Teaching at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
Speaker: Dr. Janet Sheung, Vassar College, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Location: 276 Loomis (note special location!)

November 9, 2017
Title: Physics Opportunities at Los Alamos National Lab: Computational, Experimental, and Theoretical
Presentation Slides: Physics Opportunities at Los Alamos National Lab: Computational, Experimental, and Theoretical
Speaker: Dr. James Hill, R&D Scientist, X Computational Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Spring 2017

February 27, 2017
Title: A Physicist's First Year in Industry
Presentation Slides: A Physicist's First Year in Industry
Speaker: Dr. Taylor Byrum, Texas Instruments
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

March 3, 2017
Title: Anecdotes From the Postdoc Limbo
Presentation Slides: Anecdotes From the Postdoc Limbo
Speaker: Dr. Anshul Kogar, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 4, 2017
Title: Job Opportunities at Intel
Speaker: Intel Recruiters, Intel Corp.
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 21, 2017
Title: Lessons Learned: Platitudes from a former physicist and professional data scientist
Speaker: John Morgan, Senior Director, Data Science, Capital One
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 27, 2017
Title: A Physicist Goes to Washington
Presentation Slides: A Physicist Goes to Washington
Speaker: Dr. Gregory Mack, APS Office of Public Affairs
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Fall 2016

September 8, 2016
Title: Breaking the Myth of the "Non-Traditional" Physicist: The Real Story About Employment for Physics Graduates
Presentation Slides: Breaking the Myth of the "Non-Traditional" Physicist: The Real Story About Employment for Physics Graduates
Speaker: Dr. Crystal Bailey, Education and Careers Program Manager, American Physical Society
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 15, 2016
Title: An Introduction to Quantitative Careers in Finance
Speaker: Dr. Mohammad Sahrapour, Akuna Capital
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 16, 2016
Title: Career Reflections With Paul Walker
Speaker: Dr. Paul Walker, retired partner, Goldman Sachs
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 23, 2016
Title: DOE Synchrotron: Between Industry and Academia
Presentation Slides: DOE Synchrotron: Between Industry and Academia
Speaker: Dr. Mary Upton, Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 6, 2016
Title: A Career in Trading
Presentation Slides: A Career in Trading
Speaker: Roderick Knuiman, IMC Financial Markets
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 28, 2016
Title: A Career in Physics Education and Diversity
Presentation Slides: A Career in Physics Education and Diversity
Speaker: Dr. Monica Plisch, Director of Education and Diversity, American Physical Society
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 11, 2016
Title: From Superconductors to Satellites: Physics as a Hobby
Presentation Slides: From Superconductors to Satellites: Physics as a Hobby
Speaker: Dr. Joe Rice, Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 17, 2016
Title: The Accidental Physicist
Presentation Slides: The Accidental Physicist
Speaker: Carla Busick, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Spring 2016

February 8, 2016
Title: The Grad School Dropout: From Physics to Rocket Science and Systems Engineering in 6 Months
Presentation Slides: The Grad School Dropout: From Physics to Rocket Science and Systems Engineering in 6 Months
Speaker: Derek Van Damme, Raytheon
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

February 26, 2016
Title: From Astrophysics to Data Science
Presentation Slides: From Astrophysics to Data Science
Speaker: Dr. Ali Vanderveld, Senior Data Scientist, Groupon
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

March 4, 2016
Title: Patent Law in the Research and Development Process
Presentation Slides: Patent Law in the Research and Development Process
Speaker: Brent Chatham, Leydig, Voit, & Mayer, LTD.
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 8, 2016
Title: Physicist Meets Biology: a Physicist's Introduction to Computational Biology
Presentation Slides: Physicist Meets Biology: a Physicist's Introduction to Computational Biology
Speaker: Dr. Sara Knaack, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 11, 2016
Title: Job Opportunities at Intel
Speaker: Dr. Zhengguang Wang and Dr. Walid Havez, Intel Corp.
Location: 276 Loomis Laboratory

Fall 2015

September 17, 2015
Title: Introduction to Quantitative Careers in Finance
Speaker: Dr. Mohammad Sahrapour, Akuna Capital
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 24, 2015
Title: The Art of Networking
Presentation Slides: The Art of Networking
Speaker: Kristina Wright, Assistant Director, Engineering Career Services, UIUC
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 1, 2015
Title: My Journey With Entrepreneurship in Science
Presentation Slides: My Journey With Entrepreneurship in Science
Speaker: Dr. Matt Kim, QuantTera
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 4, 2015
Title: Interning and Networking: My Thoughts
Presentation Slides: Interning and Networking: My Thoughts
Speaker: Taylor Byrum, PhD student at the Dept. of Physics, University of Illinois, and intern at Inprentus, Inc.
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 13, 2015
Title: An Ode to Data, or, Careers in Data Science for Physicists
Presentation Slides: An Ode to Data, or, Careers in Data Science for Physicists
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Zielnicki, Silicon Valley Data Science
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Spring 2015

February 3, 2015
Title: The Elusive 'Hiring Manager': Q&A on How to Get an Offer
Presentation Slides: The Elusive 'Hiring Manager': Q&A on How to Get an Offer
Speaker: Dr. Richard Aburano, Cirrus Logic
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

February 25, 2015
Title: Physicists Can Code
Presentation Slides: Physicists Can Code
Speaker: Dr. Wah Kai (Daniel) Ngai, Bloomberg L.P.
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

March 12, 2015
Title: Tales From the Postdoctoral Path
Presentation Slides: Tales From the Postdoctoral Path
Speaker: Dr. Braden Brinkman, Acting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 2, 2015
Title: Career Development Resources for Illinois Graduate Students
Speaker: Dr. Alexis Thompson, Graduate College Career Development Office
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 16, 2015
Title: Careers for Physicists in the Medical Device Industry
Presentation Slides: Careers for Physicists in the Medical Device Industry
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Mears, Abbott Laboratories
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 23, 2015
Title: Insight Data Science: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry
Presentation Slides: Insight Data Science: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry
Speaker: Josiah Walton, Dept. of Physics, University of Illinois
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

May 1, 2015
Title: An Introduction to Computational Lithography
Speaker: Dr. Ka-Ho (Billy) Lo, Intel Corp., Portland, OR
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Fall 2014

September 11, 2014
Title: From UIUC Physics PhD to National Lab to Tech Startup
Presentation Slides: From UIUC Physics PhD to National Lab to Tech Startup
Speaker: Dr. Jeremy McMinis, Wizeline
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 24, 2014
Title: An Introduction to a Career in Medical Physics
Presentation Slides: An Introduction to a Career in Medical Physics
Speaker: Dr. Dustin Wooten, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 7, 2014
Title: From Muons and Neutrinos to Big Data and The Internet of Things
Presentation Slides: From Muons and Neutrinos to Big Data and The Internet of Things
Speaker: Dr. David Webber, Scanalytics, Inc.
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Spring 2014

February 7, 2014
Title: A Career in Science Writing and Communication
Presentation Slides: A Career in Science Writing and Communication
Speaker: Dr. Jessica Thomas, Editor, Physics Online Journal, American Physical Society
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 4, 2014
Title: My Career as a Physicist in Industry and Opportunities for Physicists in Medical Imaging
Presentation Slides: My Career as a Physicist in Industry and Opportunities for Physicists in Medical Imaging
Speaker: Dr. Lonnie Edelheit, retired Senior Vice President, Research & Development, General Electric Company, Schenectady, N.Y.
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 11, 2014
Title: Academic Research on an Industrial Scale: Working in an R&D Lab at a Defense Contractor
Presentation Slides: Academic Research on an Industrial Scale: Working in an R&D Lab at a Defense Contractor
Speaker: Dr. Joel Strand, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 24, 2014
Title: Build Your Foundations - Skills That Will Last You a Lifetime
Presentation Slides: Build Your Foundations - Skills That Will Last You a Lifetime
Speaker: Dr. Subashri Rao, Nestle, Inc.
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Fall 2013

September 20, 2013
Title: Semiconductor Industry Job Hunting, In Retrospect
Presentation Slides: Semiconductor Industry Job Hunting, In Retrospect
Speaker: Dr. Xu Wang, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, Oregon
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

September 25, 2013
Title: Academia and Industry: One Perspective
Presentation Slides: Academia and Industry: One Perspective
Speaker: Dr. Nir Friedman, Tower Research Capital
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 2, 2013
Title: Physics Is A Great Hedge, Or, How I Stumbled Into the World of Finance
Presentation Slides: Physics Is A Great Hedge, Or, How I Stumbled Into the World of Finance
Speaker: Neal Groothuis, Quantitative Developer
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 24, 2013
Title: What It Means To Excel In Industry and How To Do It
Speaker: Dr. Trevis Crane, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 21, 2013
Title: Big Research to Small College: Pursuing a Career at a Liberal Arts College
Speaker: Prof. Ellen Keister, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Spring 2013

January 25, 2013
Title: Walk Onto the Wall Street
Speaker: Dr. Zhenyu Wang, RGM Advisors, LLC, Austin, Texas
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

January 31, 2013
Title: Secondary Considerations
Presentation Slides: Secondary Considerations
Speaker: Dr. James Carrubba, University Laboratory High School, Urbana, Illinois
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

March 14, 2013
Title: A Career in Science Policy: The View From the Trenches
Speaker: Dr. Francis Slakey, American Physical Society, Office of Public Affairs
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 4, 2013
Title: Careers in Government Consulting
Speaker: Dr. Basil Tripsas, Center for Naval Analysis
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

April 18, 2013
Title: Physics and Finance: Risk, Reward, and Reality
Presentation Slides: Physics and Finance: Risk, Reward, and Reality
Speaker: Dr. Dom Ricci, Market Risk Manager, HSBC
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

Fall 2012

September 6, 2012
Title: PhDs in the Silicon Valley
Presentation Slides: PhDs in the Silicon Valley
Speaker: Dr. Matt Pasienski, Ooyala Technologies
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 5, 2012
Title: Physics and Life at the US DOE National Labs
Presentation Slides: Physics and Life at the US DOE National Labs
Speaker: Dr. Clark Snow, Sandia National Laboratories
Location: 190 Engineering Sciences Building

October 17, 2012
Title: Thinking of Your Career as a Physicist: Scientific Research in Industry
Presentation Slides: Thinking of Your Career as a Physicist: Scientific Research in Industry
Speaker: Dr. Frank Lederman, former Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Alcoa
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

October 26, 2012
Title: Physicists in the Oil Patch
Speaker: Dr. John Smaardyk, Technology Development Manager, GE Oil & Gas
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 8, 2012
Title: Editorial Experience At Physical Review Letters
Presentation Slides: Editorial Experience At Physical Review Letters
Speaker: Dr. Saad Hebboul, Senior Assistant Editor, Physical Review Letters
Location: 204 Loomis Laboratory

November 9, 2012
Title: Workshop on Writing Successful Manuscripts for Physical Review Letters
Presentation Slides: Writing Successful Manuscripts for Physical Review Letters, Part 1
Presentation Slides: Writing Successful Manuscripts for Physical Review Letters, Part 2
Speaker: Dr. Saad Hebboul, Senior Assistant Editor, Physical Review Letters
Location: 151 Loomis Laboratory

Spring 2012

February 3, 2012
Title: Careers for Physicists, Scientists, and Engineers in the Semiconductor Equipment Industry
Presentation Slides: Careers for Physicists, Scientists, and Engineers in the Semiconductor Equipment Industry
Speaker: Dr. Jerome Hubacek, Lam Research Corporation
Location: 190 Engineering Sciences Building

March 30, 2012
Title: How the Physics of Law Vary as a Function of Time
Presentation Slides: How the Physics of Law Vary as a Function of Time
Speaker: Dr. Sam Petuchowski, PhD, JD, Sunstein, Kann, Murphy, and Timbers Law
Location: 190 Engineering Sciences Building

April 13, 2012
Title: My Journey from a Physicist into a Physician (Radiation Oncology)
Presentation Slides: My Journey from a Physicist into a Physician (Radiation Oncology)
Speaker: Dr. Gregg Franklin, MD, PhD, New Mexico Cancer Center
Location: 190 Engineering Sciences Building

April 27, 2012
Title: The National Lab Perspective: A Tale of Two National Research Facilities
Presentation Slides: The National Lab Perspective: A Tale of Two National Research Facilities
Speaker:
Dr. Peter Gehring, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
Location: 190 Engineering Sciences Building