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 panel discussion 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.

Moderator

Nishant Mohan
Wasatch Photonics, USA

Nishant Mohan, PhD is Director of Product Management and Marketing at Wasatch Photonics. He leads the efforts toward development and commercialization of novel optical coherence tomography products at Wasatch in Durham NC. Before joining Wasatch Photonics, Dr. Mohan was part of Bausch+Lomb’s R&D division in Rochester NY and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston MA. He holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and undergraduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Dr. Mohan is an active member of SPIE, currently serves on two committees and was founder member of Boston University Chapter.

Panelists TBA
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.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers
Date: Monday 30 January 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS1208

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

Why do some engineering projects succeed, while others fail? There are many different factors that can influence the outcome of any given project, but one of the most important is the combined skills and qualifications of the project manager (PM) at its helm. But what exactly makes a project manager “skilled and qualified?” Asked another way, are there common best practices, philosophies, and/or techniques that the most successful PMs share, and if so, what are they? The short answer is yes, the majority of successful engineering project managers have many skills and character traits in common. The longer answer is there are at least seven of these key traits, or “habits" that many successful PMs implement within their respective projects.

This course explains what those habits are. More importantly, this course teaches a student how to implement these best practices into their own projects, large or small. From scope, quality, budget, and schedule management, to risk mitigation strategies, building a strong project team, engaged stakeholder management, and general leadership skills, this course will give both new and experienced project managers new tools and techniques to help them not only succeed, but excel within their projects.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• manage scope, quality, budgets, and schedule in the most efficient and effective ways;
• discover what’s important in procurements and contract management—and recognize what’s not;
• identify the vital importance of proactive risk management, including how to turn realized problems into beneficial opportunities;
• build and maintain the most powerful asset you have as the PM—your project team;
• engage and leverage the power of your key external stakeholders;
• discover communication techniques that ensure your team is working and collaborating in the most efficient and effective ways possible; and
• focus on the most important leadership techniques and traits that your project needs for its success.

Intended Audience
Scientists, engineers, or managers—both new and experienced—who wish to learn simple but powerful techniques that highly effective PMs use to drive their projects to success.

Instructors
Mark Warner, PE, PMP. Mr. Warner is the Deputy Project Manager for the $350M Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) design-build construction project. He is a degreed and licensed professional engineer (PE), and has a project management professional (PMP) certification. His career spans 35 years as both engineer and engineering project manager. His expertise includes aerospace engineering, management of large-scale construction projects, design and fabrication of scientific instrumentation and precision machinery, and the oversight and management of complex large-scale science and engineering projects. Mark has lived and worked throughout North America, Europe, and Hawaii, and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona. His project management blog can be found at www.TheProjectManagementBlueprint.com

View Mark's recent article on this subject in the October issue of SPIE Professional.

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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