2018 Academic Research and Leadership Network Symposia

MARCH 23, 2018

7:45AM – 8:45AM  Networking Breakfast
8:45AM – 9:00AM Welcome and University of Pittsburgh Remarks
9:00AM – 9:35AM Cell Engineering and Biomaterial Strategies for Tissue Engineering

Josephine Allen

University of Florida, MSE

9:35AM – 10:10AM Engineering Tools to Study the Cardiac Microenvironment

Samuel Senyo

Case Western Reserve University, BME

10:10AM – 10:40AM Coffee Break
 10:40AM – 11:15AM Mechanisms of Tissue Destruction in Engineered Living Systems

Manu Platt

Georgia Institute of Technology, BME

 11:15AM – 11:50AM Let There Be Light! Optical Tools for Human Health

Audrey Bowden

Stanford University, EE

 11:50AM – 1:05PM Luncheon
 1:05PM – 1:40PM Creating Useful Nanostructured Soft Materials by Directed Self-Assembly

Chinedum Osuji

Yale University, CEE

1:40PM – 2:15PM Large-Scale Simulation of Solid-Liquid Interfaces Under Realistic Conditions for Energy Conversion and Storage

Ismaila Dabo

Penn State University, MSE

2:15PM – 2:45PM Coffee Break
 2:45PM – 3:20PM Coupling Molecular Design to Structure and Activity of Sequence-Defined Macromolecules

Christopher Alabi

Cornell University, CBE

 3:20PM – 3:55PM Hybrid Thin Film Deposition by Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Duke University, ECE

4:30PM – 4:50PM Travel to University of Pittsburgh

Location: Shuttles

 4:50PM – 6:00PM University of Pittsburgh Tour

Location: PITT

 6:00PM – 8:00PM Poster Session, Light Hors D’oeuvres

Location: PITT


MARCH 24, 2018

7:45AM – 8:45AM Networking Breakfast
8:45AM – 9:35AM Building Your Brand

Joel Ducoste

North Carolina State University

Developing effective strategies toward image creation using technology and social media to connect with alumni, corporations, and potential collaborators.

 8:45AM – 9:35AM Industry-Academia-National Lab Partnerships

Samuel Graham

Georgia Institute of Technology

Rosalind Wynne

Villanova University

Fostering public/private partnerships that provide significant value to your research program.

 9:35AM – 10:25AM Tenure Process at Research Universities

C. Fred Higgs III

Rice University

Shawn Blanton

Carnegie Mellon University

Breaking the code of the tenure review process and elucidating key strategies for strong dossier preparation.

9:35AM – 10:25AM Interdisciplinary Research

Lynford Goddard – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Translating your research beyond the boundaries of your specific discipline, and maximizing the impact and innovation engine of your program.

10:25AM – 10:55AM Coffee Break
10:55AM – 11:45AM Managing Research Groups

Tahira Reid

Purdue University

Implementing effective strategies for managing your research team to maximize productivity, including leadership training, effective communication tools, building a shared vision, and conflict resolution.

11:45AM – 12:35PM Interviewing And Negotiating

Monique Head

Morgan State University

Demystifying the art of navigating the academic job market with a focus of interview tips and negotiation tactics.

 12:35PM – 1:50PM Paths To Professorship Success, Luncheon

Raheem Beyah

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ralph Etienne-Cummings

Johns Hopkins University

Charting your own pathway to a successful academic career.

1:50PM – 2:40PM Engaging Your Chair and Dean Effectively

Stephanie Luster-Teasley

North Carolina A&T State University

Engaging and maintaining a healthy relationship with senior administration at your university.

 2:40PM – 3:30PM Candid Discussion on the Low Numbers of AA Women as Full Professors in Engineering

Rhonda Franklin

University of Minnesota

3:30PM – 5:00PM Closing Reception, Light Hors D’oeuvres



Link: Participant Abstracts

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