San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
6 - 10 August 2017
Professional Development Events
Career Choices Panel Discussion
Date: Sunday 6 August 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Open to all Students and Early Career Professionals

What are the critical career choices and decisions that face new graduates in optics and photonics? What are some strategies for navigating the transition from student to professional? Get a perspective from our panelists in this wide-ranging discussion.
Professional Development Speaker Series
Date: Sunday 6 August 2017
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Open to all Students and Early Career Professionals

Join us for exciting break-out sessions focusing on career and professional skills development. Come ready to share your thoughts and ideas!

Speakers and topics TBA
Think Like an Entrepreneur
Date: Sunday 6 August 2017
Time: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
How can you change the world for the better? Are you working on an exciting technology that needs to move from the lab to the market in order to have impact? This event will help you think like an entrepreneur by understanding effective business models, team-building, customers, and the prototyping & production process. In order to think like an entrepreneur, it helps to be able to think like a CEO, a Customer, a VC, and a Manufacturer, too. Join an all-star group of instructors that will help you make the mind shift from researcher to entrepreneur. Build your network with a like-minded cohort of students and experts from the world of photonics entrepreneurship. This event consists of both a pre-event online instruction section and an event onsite at Optics + Photonics. Advance registration is required. Course fee: $75 Instructors: TBA
Making the Most of your Presentation
Date: Sunday 6 August 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS897

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only available upon request.

Oral presentation skills are a key to success for researchers and professionals alike. This course offers a no-nonsense approach to preparing and giving presentations, with a particular focus on structure, slides, and delivery. It also offers tips on how to manage the nervousness associated with speaking in public.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• organize your material into an effective structure
• create slides that get the message across
• deliver your presentation effectively, both verbally and nonverbally

Intended Audience
This course is intended for anyone who must prepare and give oral presentations about his or her research work. Both novice and experienced speakers can expect to gain a lot from it.

Instructor
Jean-luc Doumont runs lectures and workshops in scientific communication, pedagogy, critical thinking, and more for engineers, scientists, and other rational minds. He is an engineer from the University of Louvain and a doctor in applied physics from Stanford University. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker at top-notch universities and research centers worldwide.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
Structuring your Research Paper
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WS908

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only available upon request.

Strong writing skills are a key to success for researchers and professionals alike. This course discusses how to structure research papers, dissertations, and other reports effectively at all levels to get the readers’ attention, facilitate navigation, and thus get the message across optimally to their audiences.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• create an effective abstract, introduction, and conclusion
• organize your material into an accessible structure
• construct paragraphs that get the message across

Intended Audience
This course is intended for anyone who must write or edit technical documents in general and research papers in particular. Both novice and experienced authors can expect to gain a lot from it.

Instructor
Jean-luc Doumont runs lectures and workshops in scientific communication, pedagogy, critical thinking, and more for engineers, scientists, and other rational minds. He is an engineer from the University of Louvain and a doctor in applied physics from Stanford University. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker at top-notch universities and research centers worldwide.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
Conveying Messages with Graphs
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS1202

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only available upon request.

Widely used in research and development to analyze and communicate data, graphical displays are still poorly mastered by researchers (and popular software does not helps). This course discusses how to create more effective graphs—graphs that are truly visual, are truthful to the data, and get the message across.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• select the right graph for a given data set and a given research question
• optimize this graph to make it intuitive and to reveal the data
• phrase a caption that gets the message across

Intended Audience
This course is intended for anyone who must create graphs for written documents or oral presentations. Both novice and experienced authors/speakers can expect to gain a lot from it.

Instructor
Jean-luc Doumont runs lectures and workshops in scientific communication, pedagogy, critical thinking, and more for engineers, scientists, and other rational minds. He is an engineer from the University of Louvain and a doctor in applied physics from Stanford University. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker at top-notch universities and research centers worldwide.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
ABET Accreditation Workshop
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join Scott Teare, an experienced ABET program evaluator, for a workshop covering the ins and outs of ABET accreditation. This workshop is intended for faculty or staff of programs that are considering ABET accreditation or that plan to renew their ABET accreditation in the future. Professor Teare will provide advice on approaches to navigating the accreditation process efficiently and successfully. Topics will include self-study writing, visit process management, and program requirements. Ample time will be reserved for questions and answers. The workshop is provided at no additional charge to paying attendees. Scott Teare is Professor of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech, and serves ABET as a program evaluator (PEV), PEV Mentor, Team Chair, and Commissioner on the Engineering Accreditation Commission. ABET accredits college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology at approximately 3,700 programs in 30 countries.
Resumes to Interviews: Strategies for a Successful Job Search
Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS1059

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Two hours
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only available upon request.

This course reviews effective strategies and techniques for a successful job search such as: compiling resumes, writing cover letters, and interviewing tips. The primary goal of the course is to provide creative and proven techniques for new college graduates and professionals to plan and conduct their job search and secure a job. Creative and comprehensive job search techniques will be discussed as well as actual resume and interviewing examples and tips. Anyone who is getting ready to enter the work force who wants to answer questions such as, "when and how do I start my job search?," "what kind of cover letter and resume gets noticed?" or "how do I sell myself in an interview?" will benefit from taking this course.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• start and create your job search plan
• create an online networking presence
• build and write effective cover letters and resumes that get noticed
• avoid common resume and cover letter mistakes
• interview with confidence

Intended Audience
Graduate students, new graduates, and early-career professionals who wish to learn more about creating a job search plan, writing an effective cover letter and resume that gets you noticed, and techniques for successful interviews.

Instructors
Suzanne Krinsky has been in human resources and corporate recruiting for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience with both in-house corporate environments as well as outside agency/consulting environments. Suzanne is currently the Human Resource Director for Daylight Solutions in San Diego, and also a long-time Board member for the Biotech Human Resource Development Coalition (BEDC) and Human Resource Roundtable member.

Heather Welch has been in human resources and corporate recruiting for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience with both in-house corporate environments as well as outside agency environments. Heather is currently the Sr. Recruiter for Daylight Solutions in San Diego, and also a member of SHRM, IEEE, and SWE.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required. This workshop presents introductory information and is intended primarily for university students and others with little professional experience.
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