University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

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Thursday, December 3rd 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Heather Wilkens, Manager of Business Development, ATA Engineering
Subject: Examining an Industrial Career Path in Physics
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.

Heather Wilson is Manager of Business Development at ATA Engineering

Researchers estimate that more PhD physicists in the US work in the private sector than in academia, so thinking through an industrial career path is a very useful exercise for current physics graduate students. In this talk, Dr. Wilkens will present recent career statistics of physicists in the private sector, along with the story of her industrial career after receiving her PhD from the U of MN Physics Department in 2003. She will also share thoughts on the industrial career paths chosen by her colleagues, and delve into the new and exciting careers she sees opening up for physicists in less traditional sectors.

Faculty Host: E. Dan Dahlberg

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