2020 MRS Fall Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium BI01—Early-Career Development—Insights from Academia and Industry

There are several unknowns when it comes to finding a job in academia or industry that fits one’s skills and passions. Even after landing the desired position, a significant amount of learning is required to become a successful professional.

This symposium will help the next generation of professionals in academia and industry by providing technical instructions on different aspects of career development. Technical guidance on job application steps for both academia and industry will be presented. Insights on successful proposal writing from funding agencies program directors and Early Career/Young Investigator winners will be provided. Editors from leading journals will share their vision on writing impactful papers, followed by a panel discussion. Professionals at all stages of their career are invited to share their successes and failures, and their experiences in surmounting them. This symposium will also include talks on novel and successful teaching and mentoring strategies.

Direct interaction with the attendee of the symposium will be promoted in panel discussions around:

(1) Early career mobility, addressing issues such as: should I move? When is it a good time? What issues am I likely to face? How to get funding?

(2) Industry versus academia: should I do a postdoc? How to shift from industry to academia and vice versa? Is my profile more suited for industry or academia? An informal networking session will be organized at the end of the symposium.

Topics will include:

  • Early careers
  • Faculty application
  • Job application
  • Grant proposal writing
  • Research article writing
  • Teaching methods
  • Mentoring strategies

Invited Speakers:

  • David F. Bahr (Purdue University, USA)
  • Stewart Bland (Materials Today, United Kingdom)
  • Kamalika Chatterjee (Intel, USA)
  • Rémi Dreyfus (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Robin Hayes (U.S. Department of Energy—Basic Energy Sciences, USA)
  • Pascaline Hayoun (Saint Gobain, USA)
  • Eva Hemmer (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Monica Jung de Andrade (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
  • Max Kory (Battrion AG, Switzerland)
  • Maria Maragkou (Springer Nature, United Kingdom)
  • Suveen N Mathaudhu (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Sanjay Mathur (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Y. Shirley Meng (MRS Energy & Sustainability, USA)
  • Evelyn Ramforth (Springer Nature, Germany)
  • Linda S. Sapochak (National Science Foundation, USA)
  • Susan Sinnott (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Karin Sora (De Gruyter, Germany)
  • David Stepp (U.S. Army Research Office, USA)
  • Bo Weng (Wiley, China)
  • Steven Yalisove (University of Michigan, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Babak Anasori
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Department of Mechanical & Energy Engineering
USA
317-278-3114, banasori@iupui.edu

Mayra Castro
Springer Nature
Germany
+49 6221 487 8117, mayra.castro@springer.com

Jorge Nicolas Hernandez Charpak
STROBE NSF Science and Technology Center
USA

Hortense Le Ferrand
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore
+65 6790-6239, hortense@ntu.edu.sg