Session 2: 11:00AM to 12:15PM, choose one to attend

Seminar: Four Strategies For Building Your Professional Brand on LinkedIn
Panel: Transitioning into Tech
Panel: Intellectual Property (STEM)
Panel: Research in Industry (HSS)

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Seminar: Language of LinkedIn

From the moment you setup a LinkedIn profile, you’re potentially on a very public stage. But do you know how to use the platform to your advantage? Do you know the strategies that will propel you forward, and the pitfalls to avoid? Jared Redick shares his checklist of actionable steps to help master’s students, PhDs, and post-docs jump-start their LinkedIn profile development process across four main ideas: being found, reaching out, building a reputation, and staying connected.
Jared Redick
Principal, The Résumé Studio
Executive résumé writer, career transition coach and former retained executive search recruiter, Jared Redick is principal of The Résumé Studio in San Francisco. Jared helps people from the sciences to the humanities “decide upon and message” their career intentions, with expertise spanning start-up to Fortune 10 companies across technology, consumer, life sciences, finance, industrial, and nonprofit / higher education. Jared has presented at institutions including CFA Institute, Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., Moss Adams Certified Public Accountants, National Résumé Writers Association, The Foundation Center, UCLA Graduate Career Center, University of California Humanities Research Institute, and beyond. He is the author of Jared Redick’s Job Description Analysis—a self-assessment tool that helps people map the intersection between where they’ve been and where they want to go. Other book contributions include Résumés That Pop! Barron’s 4th Edition; Happy About My Résumé; Gallery of Best Cover Letters, 4th Edition; Networking Cards for Lawyers & Law Students; and Résumés for the Rest of Us. Jared has recently co-authored or contributed to articles in American Bar Association, Legal Career Central and Forbes Coaches Council.

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Panel: Transitioning into Tech

Discover opportunities in the tech sector, including data science, scientific research, software engineering, translation/localization, and user interaction.
Cornelia Scheitz
Principal Research Scientist at Autodesk - PhD in Genetics and Biochemistry
Cornelia (Conny) Scheitz is a Principal Research Scientist in the Bio/Nano Research group at Autodesk where she focuses on building the next generation of design tools for synthetic biology. Conny’s recent work has been at the interface of the biological sciences and technology. Prior to joining Autodesk, Conny was one of the first hires at Transcriptic where she helped build the laboratory automation and compute infrastructure for the “Amazon Web Services of molecular biology”. Before moving to industry, Conny’s academic contributions were in the areas of molecular biology, cancer genetics, and stem cell biology. Outside work, Conny’s countless “side projects” have included design tools for 3D printed jewelry, educational smartphone apps, and two semesters as Genetics instructor for a prison education program. Conny joined Autodesk Research in 2016 to work on the Genetic Constructor open source, cloud CAD software. Her role blends equal parts of biology, software development, and product management as part of the Bio/Nano Research group’s goal of pushing the limits of integration between software technology and basic sciences. Conny holds a PhD in Genetics and Biochemistry from Cornell University, an MSc in Human Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London (UK) and a BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Jacobs University Bremen (Germany). Her academic work has been published in Nature, JCB, PLOS One and EMBO.
Nathaniel Brahms
Software Engineer at Cisco Meraki - PhD in Physics
A native of the Bay Area, Nathan received his Ph.D. from Harvard in atomic physics, working in low-temperature trapping of atomic gasses and cold chemistry. He was a post-doc in the Stamper-Kurn lab at Berkeley, working on the quantum mechanics of macroscopic objects. After, he went to industry as a software engineer, working for Arrayent, an Internet-of-Things startup based in Redwood City, before moving into cloud-managed networking with Cisco Systems. His current areas of focus include data visualization and backend services scalability.
Adriana Valencia
Program Manager, International at Lumos Labs - PhD in Architecture
Adriana Valencia completed her PhD in architecture from UC Berkeley in 2011. Prior, she had done an MA in Near Eastern Studies, also at Cal. Upon graduating, faced with dismal (read: no) academic job prospects and a desire to stay in the Bay Area, she used her background in languages to join the localization team at Twitter. Since 2014 she's been working on the non-English-language versions of Lumosity, a popular brain training program. She still likes looking at buildings and thinking about cities.
Cammeron Girvin
Voice User Interaction Designer, 24/7 Customer - PhD, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Cammeron completed his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures with a Designated Emphasis in Folklore at Berkeley in May 2016. His work focused primarily on Balkan languages and cultures, and Cammeron used his background in linguistics, his experience doing research with human subjects, and his time spent involved in the digital humanities to pursue employment in the field of interaction design. In July 2017, Cammeron started in the Alameda office of 24/7 Customer, a Bay-Area headquartered customer experience company. He works as part of a team of designers building telephone support applications for various corporate clients — consulting with project managers, sketching potential application flows, writing prompts and grammars, and working to optimize the user experience and effectiveness of existing applications. Cammeron nonetheless continues to follow developments in Slavic studies, and he maintains a consulting position with his former advisor's online dialect database project and an active engagement with the Bulgarian Studies Association. As a previous attendee of Beyond Academia, he is happy to return with this new perspective.
Krystal St. Julien
SMB Program Manager, Core Processes at Facebook - PhD in Biochemistry
Krystal St. Julien is a Program Manager specializing in Operational Process at Facebook. Krystal is responsible for organizing, aligning, and enabling teams to clean and maintain data, automate reporting and processes, and develop tools to help Facebook’s Small and Medium Business team function in an optimized and efficient manner. Before switching industries, she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University. In order to smooth her transition, Krystal joined the Insight Data Science program, which helped bridge the gap between academic science and industry analytics as well as helped her get her first job in the tech industry as a Data Analyst for ModCloth, an online women’s fashion e-tailer.

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Panel: Intellectual Property (STEM)

Intellectual Property is probably the hottest field in law. In today’s economy, much of an institution’s worth comes from ownership of intellectual property. Examples of intellectual property are music, books, inventions that qualify for patent protection and secret information. Come learn about the different paths you can pursue to start a career in intellectual property with a STEM Ph.D.!
Poh K. Teng
Patent Portfolio Manager at Solar Junction Corporation - PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Poh K. Teng is an intellectual property professional with a multifaceted scientific background. Working at the interface of science, business and patent law, she unites stakeholders by building collaborative communities and leads team efforts in alignment with shared purpose. Poh is the Patent Portfolio Manager at Solar Junction, a leader in high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells. She has 14 years of experience as a biochemist-microscopist with expertise in synthetic biology, renewable energy and human disease. She is a UCLA graduate with a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Julia Minitti
Attorney at WSGR- PhD in Organic Chemistry
Julia is an associate in the Patents and Innovation Counseling Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Julia holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Union College, a doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law. Julia also spent a year working in industry as a Medicinal Chemist at Albany Molecular Research, Inc. prior to attending graduate school. Julia feels lucky to be able to continue to do the chemistry she loves while helping inventors protect their discoveries.
Sasha Grimm
Scientific Advisor & Patent Agent at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - PhD in Biophysics
Dr. Sasha Grimm is a scientific advisor in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the patents and innovation practice. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution and due diligence matters, primarily in the biotechnology, medical devices, software, and energy industries. Sasha has a broad background, with research and teaching experience across the fields of biophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and materials science. As a graduate student, she engineered imaging tools, used bioinformatics strategies to motivate molecular design, studied voltage-dependent proteins, and taught a bioinformatics course that covered unsupervised and supervised machine learning algorithms. Prior to graduate school, Sasha studied the material properties of novel protein-based biomaterials and polymer coated surfaces.
Karin Immergluck
Executive Director at UCSF Office of Technology Management - PhD in Molecular Genetics
Karin Immergluck received her M.S. in Biochemistry and her Ph.D. in Developmental Molecular Genetics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, having conducted her doctoral research project at UCSF in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. J. Michael Bishop. She began working in university technology transfer over fifteen years ago, managing inventions at the University of California Office of the President on behalf of several campuses within the UC system. In 2004, she joined the UCSF Office of Technology Management, and currently serves as Executive Director, Office of Technology Management, with responsibility for all aspects of protecting and licensing UCSF’s portfolio of over 2500 innovative technologies. In addition, she structures and negotiates the more complex programmatic and campuswide research alliances with industry and non-profit foundations, supports UCSF faculty start-up entrepreneurs, and manages IP legal disputes and settlements. Under her leadership, UCSF has become a pioneering leader in digital health licensing, has improved faculty engagement leading to a nearly 50% increase in the annual invention disclosure rate, and has improved its overall licensing productivity by over 40%. Karin also teaches several IP-related classes at UCSF and has served as an adviser to several government and academic institutions in Europe.
Katherine Mackenzie
Patent Agent at Morrison & Foerster LLP - PhD in Chemistry
Katherine Mackenzie is a patent agent in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Ms. Mackenzie received her Ph.D. in chemistry, with a concentration on chemical biology, from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in both chemistry and biological sciences magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine. As a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Mackenzie focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of a thermoresponsive protein-polymer material with site-specific biomolecule attachment and adjustable LCST for use in recyclable, solution-based protein applications and investigated the effect of additives on cellulase enzyme activity for use in biofuels production. This work is the basis for a pending U.S. patent. She also studied the role of sodium concentration in bacterial virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; developed N-terminal proline reactions for protein bioconjugation; and synthesized a fluorescent probe framework for live cell imaging of hydrogen peroxide, respectively. Ms. Mackenzie was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Berkeley Chemical Biology Program Fellow. Ms. Mackenzie is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Daniel G. Szabo
Visiting Postdoc at UC Berkeley
Daniel is 3rd year postdoc at the Energy Bioscience Institute visiting from the Department of Law, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is specialized in business law and sustainability issues. Daniel is a co-founder of the CSR Legal Research Network and an active participant and organizer at the UC Berkeley PhD Consulting Club. His postdoctoral research project is investigating business and trade law aspects of the renewable energy policies of California and the EU.

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Panel: Research in Industry (HSS)

Love social science research, but not sure what it looks like in industry? This panel is focused specifically on humanities and social science PhDs who are working in research at corporations, nonprofit, etc.
Louise Beryl
Sr. User Experience Researcher at Chegg - PhD in Anthropology and Education
Louise is a Sr. User Experience Researcher at Chegg, an education technology company headquartered in Santa Clara. She helps the business understand its users (students, parents, and tutors) and how those users interact with one of its products (Chegg Tutors), so that we can make it better. Previously, she has conducted market research for West Studios, UX research for Samsung, and qualitative analysis for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation on a study of women undergoing breast cancer treatment. She received her PhD in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2014. Her dissertation explored how African immigrants outside of Boston use religion to raise their children. With each of these experiences, she has followed her curiosity, taking on research questions that are topically (un)familiar and methodologically challenging. She enjoys collaborating with others and applying learnings to affect change. Outside of work, she loves goofing around with her 4 year-old and 1 year-old and cooking… well, perhaps these days, preparing Blue Apron recipes and struggling to get her 4 year-old to try bok choy.
Melissa Cefkin
Principal Researcher, Sr. Manager at Nissan - PhD in Anthropology
Melissa Cefkin is a Principal Scientist & Design Anthropologist at Nissan Research in Silicon Valley. She and her team examine and build solutions for a future with autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) as interactive agents in the world, with particular attention to the opportunities and challenges for our social existence. A long-time observer and participant in the growth of anthropological research in and with business, Melissa is the author of numerous publications including the Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter (editor, Berghahn Books 2009). She served as president, conference co-chair and in various other roles for EPIC and serves on a committee member for the National Academies of Science project on Information Technology, Automation and the Workforce. A PhD from Rice University and a former Fulbright scholar, she worked previously at IBM Research, Sapient and the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL).
Shelley Lapkoff
Owner, Lapkoff and Gobalet Demographic Research Inc. - PhD in Demography
Shelley Lapkoff, Ph.D., Demographer, uses demographic analysis to help people make better decisions. Three primary areas of her business are: (1) School districts: forecasting enrollments for school boards deciding whether to open (or close) a school, how large the school should be and where it should be located. Some of her clients have included the following school districts: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Pleasanton, Palo Alto. (2) Forming election districts: After each census is released, her company helps local jurisdictions develop new, legal election districts. Voting districts must be equal in population size and with sensitivity to concentrations of minority populations. Her company is known for consensus-building among stake-holders in this potentially political and acrimonious task. (3) Expert witness work: Shelley Lapkoff and her partner Jeanne Gobalet are called upon to be expert witnesses in court cases involving discrimination. She has been the expert witness in several high-profile cases involving housing discrimination. Shelley decided to take a Ph.D. in demography (the study of population) after working in Washington, D.C. on several presidential commissions that were analyzing pensions and social security. Demography plays an important role in the financial viability of social security and pensions, which led Shelley to her Ph.D.
Priya Kamat
Research Scientist, Uber Technologies, Inc. - PhD in Social Psychology
After receiving her PhD in Social Psychology from Northwestern University, Priya Kamat joined the Uber Labs team as a research scientist. In this role, she advises teams around the world on how to solve Uber’s business challenges via experimentation and research. In addition to global operations, she collaborates on R&D projects across product, marketing, engineering, business development, people, and finance. An early member of the team, Priya has helped to develop processes, resources, and analytical tools to enable sound experiment design and statistical analyses across the company.
Rami Arafah
Research Associate at Harder+Company - PhD in Social Welfare
Rami is an Associate at Harder+Company Community Research, where he serves in a hybrid applied research-consulting role. His work centers on strategic planning in the social sector, and on assessing the impact of programs and initiatives on underserved groups. He graduated in 2016, with a PhD from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. At Cal, Rami was a Chancellor’s Graduate Research Fellow, conducting research on predictors of socioeconomic adjustment among refugees in the US. Prior to doctoral work, Rami oversaw nonprofit programs that provided case management to older adult refugees and immigrants, as well as English language and employability training. He also served as an Academic Coordinator at BAYAC AmeriCorps.

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