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This is a conversion of a presentation given at the Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position Workshop given on October 14-16, 2007. This information was compiled by Mike Orchard (ELEC), Tom Killian (Physics), Sallie Keller-McNulty (Dean of Engineering), Karen Hirschi (Baylor), and Farinaz Koushanfar (ELEC).

How to (safely) find out about the culture of the department and school

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.

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

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

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

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

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
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
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
AMJAD
what is system testing
AMJAD
what is the application of nanotechnology?
Stotaw
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
Azam
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
Prasenjit
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
Azam
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
Prasenjit
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
Damian
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
Damian
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
Azam
Hello
Uday
I'm interested in Nanotube
Uday
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
Prasenjit
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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