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The handout accompanying the panel discussion presented by Jamie Padgett, Danijela Damjanovic, and Tatiana Schnurr at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

First, let me welcome you to Rice University, the Ph.D. program in Civil Engineering, and the Padgett Research Group! In the coming years your program will afford the opportunity to acquire great technical skills and knowledge in civil engineering, to focus and dive deeply in your research field, and to establish yourself as a promising engineer and scholar. While you can expect to work hard, graduate school is also a period of unique flexibility, intellectual and personal growth; so I encourage you to embrace this opportunity and take advantage of the great opportunities that Rice and Houston have to offer. This includes a scholarly atmosphere, outstanding faculty, talented peers, a vibrant campus, a metropolitan city, a diversity of cultural activities, among many more! Amidst this setting, however, is the obvious importance of maintaining focus on your primary objective and continued progress towards completing your degree in a timely fashion.

This document is intended to convey my expectations for you as a Ph.D. student, and also to give you an idea of what you can expect as a member of the Padgett research group. These guidelines will help to ensure the success of our research group and help you to make the most of your program. It is an evolving document that will be adapted as our group grows.


Keep in mind that the Ph.D. program is a multi-year process requiring dedication, perseverance, and endurance. So do pace yourself for continued progress (and energy!) throughout the program.

As for a daily schedule, I will not dictate to you an exact time of arrival or departure, as it is important that you find the schedule that works best for your productivity. However, I do expect that you will spend at least a regular work week/hours on campus in the office or lab. This will not only help to ensure continued progress, but facilitate important interactive and productive time with me, your peers, other faculty, and our research group. I may ask for a projected schedule if need be. However, I am most interested in tracking your regular and continued research progress, and offering input and constructive feedback to ensure success.

As a Ph.D. student and research assistant, periods such as spring break are not automatic holidays from graduate research, and are often very productive times. Please schedule and consult with me regarding any plans for extended travel including during these periods. As a rough guideline, please plan to take no more than approximately three weeks per year. Keep in mind that the summer is intended to be one of our most productive times as a research group. We can further discuss amount and duration of leave individually and on a rolling basis.

Questions & Answers

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
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 ?
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.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
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.
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.
is Bucky paper clear?
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.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
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
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
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
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
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
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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