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

Seminar: Putting Your PhD to Work
Workshop: Redefining Networking
Panel: Philanthropy & Grant-Making
Panel: Research in Industry (STEM)

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Seminar: Putting Your PhD to Work

Description
In this workshop, Peter presents a thorough and practical overview to the process of career planning and job hunting in today’s job market, from the perspective of a young Ph.D. He covers specific steps that young PhDs can take to broaden their horizons, strengthen their skills, and present their best face to potential employers. An important part of this is the realization that most PhDs possess a range of valuable “transferable skills” that are highly sought after by employers outside of academia. He also covers all the specifics of job hunting, including informational interviewing, building your network, developing a compelling CV and resume, cover letters, interviewing, and more. With each topic he discusses the particular challenges and opportunities faced by those with an advanced degree in sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
Peter Fiske
PAX Water Technologies, Inc. CEO
Dr. Peter S. Fiske is a seasoned executive and a scientist, with two decades of experience across industries including Defense, Natural Resources, Renewable Energy, Water and other utilities, and entrepreneurial technological development. Fiske is also a nationally-recognized author and lecturer on the subject of career development, leadership and entrepreneurship for scientists and engineers. He is a regular contributor to Nature and a past columnist for Science. Fiske is the author of Put Your Science to WORK!, the career development book for early-career scientists and engineers, and has given workshops to over 23,000 scientists and engineers in the US, the UK and Belgium. Fiske received his Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Materials Science from Stanford University in 1993 and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2002.

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Workshop: Redefining Networking

Description
Generally, people think they know what networking is and how it’s done. But most are missing the foundation of what it really is and the main principles of effective networking. In this workshop, we’ll begin by deconstructing networking from the ground up and building up principles of “real” networking that translate to actual success in life and career. We’ll make practical action plans about what you can do today to start building your network.
Sahar Yousef
UC Berkeley PhD Candidate, Vision Science Graduate Program
Sahar is a 5th year PhD candidate in Vision Science doing research in the field of neuroplasticity. Her work is on cognitive training, which aims to make the brain better, faster, and stronger, as well as to understand the mechanisms and efficacy of cognitive training tools and applications. She has directed and co-founded three international conferences and served as President to multiple organizations, been granted several awards for leadership excellence, and also created three courses at UC Berkeley, including a course on meditation that she has proudly facilitated for 7 years. While in school, Sahar has also founded 2 companies, been a product manager at a tech startup, and worked as a consultant on growth, strategy, and research in a variety of sectors. She enjoys good coffee and great conversation or great coffee and good conversation.

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Panel: Philanthropy & Grant-Making

Description
Come learn about the possibilities of putting your PhD to work by bridging talent and great ideas to the appropriate and necessary resources. Professionals in this field identify worthy causes and make them happen!
Heather Youngs Open Philanthropy Project Scientific Advisor PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Heather joined the Open Philanthropy Project in August 2016. Her goal is to identify philanthropic opportunities in transformative basic and applied research that have important societal impact. Heather was director of the Bakar Fellows Program for faculty entrepreneurs at UC Berkeley, a senior strategic advisor at the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley and an assistant professor at Michigan Technological University. She received a B.S. in biology from Michigan Technological University, a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Oregon Health and Science University and was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University.
Chad English David and Lucille Packard Foundation Program Officer - PhD in Oceanography Chad has spent the last decade working at the intersection of science, policy, and communications. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was the Director of Science Policy Outreach at a nonprofit that coaches and connects scientists to more effectively share their knowledge and insights with decision-makers. Chad directed COMPASS’ work to bring scientists and policymakers together in collaborations that drove new thinking and approaches to natural resource policy and management. Trained as a scientist, Chad received his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studying how the coastal ocean responds to winds. He moved to Washington, DC to serve in a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Following his fellowship, Chad worked for the House Committee on Science on oceans, natural resource management, and other science and technology policy issues. At the beginning of his career, Chad worked at the U.S. Geological Survey on operational models of the San Francisco Bay to aid navigation, commerce, and recreation.
Jeff Sunshine The David & Lucile Packard Foundation Program Officer and Manager - PhD in Psychology Jeff Sunshine joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Packard Foundation in 2007. He is a program officer and manager in the Children, Families, and Communities Program. He is responsible for grantmaking in early learning, and oversees the Starting Smart and Strong Initiative, a ten-year place-based initiative designed to ensure that California’s children arrive at Kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jeff was director of programs at Community Foundation Silicon Valley overseeing its domestic and global grantmaking activities and initiatives. He also served as the executive director of the Volunteer Center of Alameda County and as director of volunteer programs for the Archdiocese of the City and County of San Francisco. Jeff is trained as a special education teacher and as a mental health clinician. He practiced as a family therapist for fifteen years both in Boston and in the Bay Area. Jeff holds a B.S. in education from SUNY at Buffalo, an Ed.M. in counseling psychology from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in human and organization development and public policy from The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara.
Robert J Wood The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment Program Director - PhD in Marine Science Bob Wood has been playing, studying, and working within the Bay’s watershed nearly all of his life. During high school, Bob witnessed the remarkable transformation of the Potomac River from a nearly dead body of water, to a dynamic, productive, and healthy Bay tributary. With his environmental interests piqued, Bob earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Mary Washington College, in Fredericksburg Virginia – sneaking in time between classes to fish and canoe the watershed’s many trout stream, rivers, and tidal creeks. Bob went on to study the effects of climate variability and change on coastal ecosystems as he earned his MS in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, a PhD in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary, and during his post-doctoral appointment at the University of Maryland. Bob enjoyed a rewarding career with NOAA as a fisheries research scientist (2002-05), as Director of NOAA’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (2005-14), and as Climate Science Advisor for the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Research (2014-15). However, Bob eventually found himself wanting to realign his professional efforts so that they would contribute, more directly, to his interest in seeing a restored Chesapeake Bay within his lifetime. He found that opportunity in late 2015, with the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment. In his capacity as Director for the Foundation’s Chesapeake Program, Bob leverages his scientific education and experience to guide the Foundation’s strategic approach and tactics as they work with non-profit, state, federal, academic, and political leaders to take advantage of, and create new opportunities to protect and restore our Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
David Trinkle UC Berkeley Director of Research Development - PhD in Public Policy Dave Trinkle is the Director of the Berkeley Research Development Office (BRDO), under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. BRDO helps campus units plan, find, and apply for external research funding, and they write guides and perform training related to funding proposals and applications. Dave also advises the Vice Chancellor, deans, and faculty on federal funding, strategy, and policy issues. As staff for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2000 to 2007, he was responsible for the National Science Foundation and government-wide R&D issues. Until this year, he was a member of NSF’s Advisory Committee for Business and Operations. He performed studies on research and technology issues at the RAND Corporation from 1992 to 2000. He was previously an engineer at the Aerospace Corporation. Dave received a B.S. in Systems and Control Engineering from UCSD, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies.

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Panel: Research in Industry (STEM)

Description
Love research, but interested in research opportunities outside of academia? Come to this panel to hear from STEM PhDs who have made the transition from academic research to research in industry.
Annette Angus The Clorox Company Scientist - PhD in Microbiology Annette Angus attended California State University, Northridge, earning her B.S. in Microbiology (2004) and then attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning her Ph.D. in Microbiology (2009). Her graduate work focused on the intracellular bacterial pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in epithelial cells and was funded funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Annette then moved on to a postdoctoral position with a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA where she studied the symbiosis between beneficial Burkholderia species and legumes. Her work was also awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. After completing her postdoc, Annette started a career in industry at the Procter & Gamble Company as a Scientist in the Global Microbiology Capability Organization, based in Mason, OH. Ultimately, she decided to to her home state and alma mater to pursue other career passions as the Academic Director of the California Alliance, a new statewide initiative to increase diversity in STEM education lead by UC Berkeley. After her time with the California Alliance ended (2016), Annette joined the Clorox Company as a Scientist in the Microbiology Group of the Advanced Measurement Sciences Department, based in Pleasanton, CA. In her current role, Annette supports the business by providing Microbiological guidance on new and existing product formulations as well as innovative method development to support new business ventures. Annette is a First-Generation American and the first in her family to earn college degrees. She is passionate about social justice, education reform, good food and travel to new places. She lives in San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, and travels to Southern California to visit family on a regular basis.
Stephen Smith Caribou Biosciences Scientist - PhD in Microbiology Stephen earned his B.S. in Molecular Environmental Engineering and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Berkeley. He has been exposed to a wide range working environments since completing his graduate degree just over three years ago. Stephen was the solitary microbiologist for a start-up before being one of many protein chemists at a global enzyme company. A little over a year ago he found a home at a growing genome editing company here in Berkeley.
Christophe Peroz Magic , Inc. Lead Materials Scientist - PhD in Applied Physics Christophe Peroz is a Lead Materials Scientist at Magic since 2015. He has more than 15 years of experience involving nanofabrication, photonics, microfluidics and materials science, and his works were regularly highlighted in the news. Christophe has a broad interdisciplinary and inter-cultural experience and has worked in academic (CNRS, CEA, LBNL), industrial(Saint Gobain, aBeam Tech, Magic ) and governmental (Embassy of France) institutions. He has been recipient of several STTR/SBIR grants from DOE, DoD and NSF. Christophe obtained his PhD in Applied Physics at The University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble-France) in 2003 where he studied superconductivity into thin films. His personal interests include philosophy, opera, food, travel, and hiking especially in the beautiful Northern California.
Kealie Pretzlav Balance Hydrologics Senior Geomorphologist/Hydrologist - PhD in Geology Dr. Pretzlav is a geomorphologist and hydrologist, with expertise in quantitative sediment transport, channel evolution/morphology, and flood hydrology. Her environmental and quantitative background is combined with data science experience to investigate restoration, flood , groundwater, water quality, and climate change questions, often leveraging large datasets. Other experience includes sediment transport monitoring, bedload tracer studies, and flood flow monitoring. Dr. Pretzlav leads many of the large-scale climate change scenarios related to California’s water supplies, which are linked to ecosystems and habitats, as well as groundwater and surface water availability. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in Applied Mathematics and her PhD in Geology from UT Austin.
Asako Miyakawa Circuit Therapeutics Scientist - PhD in Neuroscience Asako Miyakawa is a CNS Drug Discovery Scientist at Circuit Therapeutics, Inc. She is investigating neuronal circuits in obesity to develop new ways of treating metabolic diseases. She received a PhD in Neuroscience in 2014 from UC Berkeley. In addition to neuroscience research, Asako is passionate about promoting science to the public via various forms of art. She served as the Art Director for the Berkeley Science Review magazine during her PhD, and spearheaded the mobile app development. Prior to Circuit Therapeutics, Asako worked as a PhD co-op in Genentech's Biomedical Imaging Department, and as as a neurophysiology lecturer at UC Berkeley. She has built a 20-ft long brain-shaped interactive jungle gym, and loves exploring San Francisco beaches with her dog.
Boaz Vilozny Roche Molecular Systems Principal Scientist - PhD in Organic Chemistry Boaz Vilozny is a scientist working in the field medical diagnostics. Since completing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at UC Santa Cruz, he has worked for three startup companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started the site Lab Without Benches to help graduate students learn career skills not found in traditional science education. He currently works on detection of drug-resistant bacteria as part of Roche Diagnostics.

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