Dawn Bonnell, University of Pennsylvania
Lessons Learned from a Non-Linear Career Trajectory
As we begin on our path toward a career (or advise those at the first stages of their careers) it is common to envision a series of steps, one achievement following another, that lead to the ultimate goal ... success. In some cases, perhaps many more than we expect, the path is not linear. This discussion will highlight some of the lessons learned from a non-linear career trajectory that could be valuable regardless of the geometry of the path.
About Dawn Bonnell
Dawn Bonnell received her PhD degree from the University of Michigan, was a Fulbright Scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart, after which she worked at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Her research has been recognized by the Presidential Young Investigator Award, Ross Coffin Purdy and Sosman Awards, and Staudinger/Durrer Medal.
She is a past president of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), a past vice president of The American Ceramic Society, and served on the board of the American Institute of Physics. She is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society, the American Assocition for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), AVS, the Materials Research Society (MRS) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. As founding Director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center, she directed $30M to intersections of technology and biology. As Vice Provost for Research she shapes policy and advances administrative initiatives for Penn’s $1 billion/year research enterprise.
Bonnell’s research focuses on atoms at surfaces. The first atomic scanning probe microscopy images on oxide surfaces impacted catalysis, nanofabrication and film growth. Ferroelectric polarization and molecular interactions on surfaces were also elucidated. The focus on nanometer interfaces extends to biomolecular/inorganic junctions and nanoparticle arrays, where plasmon-induced hot electrons were discovered. This research has also produced new scanning probes that characterize behavior at small scales. Bonnell has authored/co-authored over 250 publications and edited seven books.