The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
28 January - 2 February 2017
Professional Development Events
Charting a Course in the Photonics Industry
Date: Sunday 29 January 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Shape yourself for a future in photonics

This speaker series will help you explore potential career pathways in the world of photonics outside of academia. Get solid advice on how you can translate your knowledge, abilities, and interests into meaningful work. Whether you work for an existing company, or start your own, getting a clear picture of the options from experienced leaders will help you better manage your career trajectory.
The Craft of Scientific Presentations: A Workshop on Technical Presentations
Date: Monday 30 January 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WS667

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

This course provides attendees with an overview of what distinguishes the best scientific presentations. The course introduces a new design for presentation slides that is both more memorable and persuasive from what is typically shown at conferences.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, attendees will be able to
• account for the audience, purpose, and occasion in a presentation
• logically structure the introduction, middle, and ending of a scientific presentation
• create a memorable and persuasive set of presentation slides
• deliver a presentation with more confidence

Intended Audience
This material is intended for anyone who needs to present scientific research. Those who either have not yet presented or have made several presentations will find this course valuable.

Instructors
Christine Haas brings over ten years of experience working at the intersection of communication and science. She's held positions as the director of marketing for Drexel’s College of Engineering and director of operations for the dean of engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Now, as principal of Christine Haas Consulting, LLC and director of the Engineering Ambassadors Network, she continues to work with scientists and engineers across industry, government, and higher education to deliver training on presentations and technical writing. Christine received her MBA in marketing from Drexel University and her BA in English from Dickinson College.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
The Craft of Scientific Writing: A Workshop on Technical Writing
Date: Monday 30 January 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS668

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

This course provides an overview on writing a scientific paper. The course focuses on the structure, language, and illustration of scientific papers.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• account for the audience, purpose, and occasion in a scientific paper
• logically structure the introduction, middle, and ending of a scientific paper
• make your language clear, energetic, and fluid
• avoid the most common mechanical errors in scientific writing

Intended Audience
This material is intended for anyone who needs to write about scientific research. Those who either have not yet written a paper or have written several papers will find this course valuable.

Instructors
Christine Haas brings over ten years of experience working at the intersection of communication and science. She's held positions as the director of marketing for Drexel’s College of Engineering and director of operations for the dean of engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Now, as principal of Christine Haas Consulting, LLC and director of the Engineering Ambassadors Network, she continues to work with scientists and engineers across industry, government, and higher education to deliver training on presentations and technical writing. Christine received her MBA in marketing from Drexel University and her BA in English from Dickinson College.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
Critical Skills for Compelling Research Proposals
Date: Tuesday 31 January 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WS1058

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

A successful research proposal requires hundreds of hours of effort, and the stakes are high. Just beginning the process is intimidating. This interactive workshop teaches students to overcome their apprehensions by starting with small steps, building a strong proposal from the inside out.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• align your research goals to the funding opportunity
• develop solid research plans and believable budgets
• communicate your research to a general audience

Intended Audience
This course is intended for all scientists and engineers seeking to improve the quality of their research proposals.

Instructor
Damon Diehl is the founder and owner of Diehl Research Grant Services. He has a Ph.D. in optical engineering from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics and a B.A. in physics from the University of Chicago. His class is based on nineteen years of academic and industrial research experience.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
Resumes to Interviews: Strategies for a Successful Job Search
Date: Tuesday 31 January 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS1059

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 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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