Speaker: Delia J. Milliron, University of Texas at Austin
Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science and Frontiers in Materials
Often, a career in science or engineering is imagined as a pre-laid path or pipeline along which individuals are expected to progress, passing from one checkpoint to the next, if all goes well. In this talk, I will draw on my own experience, which has much more often resembled a backwoods adventure, making a path according to opportunities that best fit me in that time and place. This materials research-filled journey has wandered through an industrial research center, a national laboratory, a university professorship, and launching a start-up company. Through these diverse experiences, I have found that alignment between my personal values and those of my institution is central to career satisfaction and success. Success is not a single destination that might be missed by taking the wrong path, but rather the path that helps you define your personal success.
In this interview from MRS TV, Delia Milliron discusses her talk and career strategies people can take in science and engineering research.