How the World Works

Technical knowledge alone is not enough in today’s workforce. Highly qualified students think there are no jobs, yet companies say they have a tough time finding good people. Where’s the disconnect, and how can we solve this issue?

The Institute for Optical Sciences (IOS) is inviting all students in the physical sciences and engineering to a monthly seminar series intended to augment your expertise in science with knowledge that will enable you to better understand how to make the transition to industry. We will cover a wide range of topics, including: the internal operation of corporations; intellectual property and IP strategy; market intelligence; regulatory issues; government structure and its relationship to business; selling yourself and networking; and many others. Talks will be given by expert practitioners. We will also have a panel discussion with those who have made the transition to industry.

Our goal is to help you get a good idea of how the outside world works, hence assisting you in designing a path to your future career.

This series is free, BUT you need to register to be part of the mailing list; all subsequent announcements will only go to those in the list.

Sessions will take place once per month, as follows:

Monday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. in MP103

Introduction to the program. Guest speaker: Dr. Darren Anderson, Chief Technical Officer or Vive Nano Inc. Darren will talk about his experiences in making the transition from PhD student to CTO of Vive Nano, and provide insight on what’s missing from what you learned at university.

Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in MP103

Panel discussion with recent graduates.

Monday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. in MP103

Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP): Patents and other forms of IP. What it means, what it does, what it doesn’t do.

Monday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in MP103

Internal Organization of Tech-Based Companies. How are decisions made in a company? How and where do the engineers/scientists fit in?