4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: SLC 2.303
Dr. Robert Doering (Texas Instruments)
Most physics graduates, at all degree levels, are eventually employed in industry. In many cases, their university experience doesn’t provide much insight on what to expect in a non-academic workplace. In contrast, engineering schools usually better address this issue. However, both the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) have been increasing their efforts to improve connections between academic and industrial physics.
This talk will present some of the challenges and opportunities, both typically and exceptionally, encountered by an industrial physicist. It will be based mostly on personal experiences of a former academic nuclear physicist. The opportunities will include examples of research in the semiconductor industry, collaboration between academia and industry (research, internships, consortia, partnerships involving federal and state government, etc.), and programs initiated by the APS and AIP.
Hopefully, there will always be opportunities for physicists to “catch waves of various amplitudes” in, and of interest to, industrial research. Such prospects should be enhanced if the academic physics community further adopts a few best practices from their engineering colleagues.