University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Introduction to Research Seminar

Friday, April 20th 2018
4:40 pm:
Career Panel in Tate 120
Subject: Careers in Industry and Academia for Physics PhDs
Everyone welcome, see abstract for full information.

This career panel will give students a taste of some of the career paths taken by UMN graduates and other physics PhDs. Panel members span a variety of jobs in local industry and in academic positions at universities or research labs. Many of the panel participants are alumni of the UMN Physics and Astrophysics PhD programs.

Everyone is welcome. This event is a great opportunity for students to learn about PhD career paths in academia and in industry and to ask our panelists any questions about their experiences. While the panel may be of special interest to graduate students pursuing a PhD, it would also be beneficial to undergraduate students curious about career paths. To aid in planning, please RSVP at this link by Monday, April 16:

Panel participants:

Mohac Tekmen, Medtronics
Xifeng Han, Seagate
Luis Hernandez, BAE Systems
Dan Endean, Honeywell
Fiona Burnell, University of Minnesota
Gerry Ruch, University of St. Thomas
Jeff Stehr, NASA / Booz Allen & Hamilton

The event will begin at 4:40 with a short presentation on physics PhD career statistics by Shaul Hanany, followed by brief remarks by the panelists. The bulk of the time will be devoted to Q&A. Some time will be reserved toward the end of the event for informal discussion.

Contact Lindsay Glesener ( with any questions about the event.

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