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Workshop Authors: Mike Orchard (Rice-ELEC), Tom Killian (Rice-Physics), Sallie Keller-McNulty (Rice-Dean of Engineering), Karen Hirschi (Baylor), and Farinaz Koushanfar (Rice-ELEC)

Slide 1: welcome and introduction (tom killian)

  • Think hard about finding what is right for you.
    • What is important for you?
    • Most applicants – go into the process without spending enough time at this.
  • Be proactive and find the information you need.
  • Application and interview process can teach you much about your field and yourself.
  • Be honest and up front about your goals and interests.

Slide 2: what are your options? (sallie keller-mcnulty)

  • Research institution vs teaching institution vs government lab – and overlap between them
  • Post doc vs permanent position
  • First job vs last job point of view

Slide 3: what should you consider when looking for the right institutional fit? (mike orchard)

  • Think about what makes you productive…what do you need?
    • Collaborative, resources, facilities
    • Not the same for every person
  • Quality of life
    • Cost of living, weather, other interests
  • Expectations of you and institution
  • Teaching load, junior leave
  • During the interview process, the institution is trying to make its best impression…it won’t get better than this.
  • Support for new faculty
  • Joint academic appointments
  • Space available
  • Senior colleagues
  • Future directions of the department
  • Quality of the graduate students
  • Quality of the undergraduate students
  • Support of senior administration

Slide 4: what resources do you have for learning about institutions and options? (karen hirschi)

  • Advisor – you can make it easy for him or her by providing good information on what you are considering
  • Networking
  • Junior faculty
  • Colleagues at other institutions

Slide 5: what will your strategy be? (farinaz koushanfar)

  • Various stages – pre application, application, interview, after offer
  • Be proactive, especially once you have an offer – it makes you look strong!
    • Ask to meet with women faculty separately
    • Ask to meet with students, human resources
    • Ask to sit in on a class or seminar – see what they show you.
  • Make your application appropriate for the institution
  • Networking, or at least making it look like you are in the network by making your application appropriate for the institution
  • During the offer phase, envision and negotiate for what will make you succeed…think broadly
  • Being engaged and asking hard detailed questions on every visit will let the committee know you are interested. This is a good thing.
  • Identify who is on your committee and who is not – junior faculty can provide good information on the choices you are faced with.

Questions & Answers

what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
China
Cied
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
Porter
many many of nanotubes
Porter
what is the k.e before it land
Yasmin
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
Cesar
I'm interested in nanotube
Uday
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
AMJAD
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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