Are you considering a career in different areas? Trying to decide where your research interests and career goals might be most well-suited? Come ask questions from experienced and successful engineers from industry!
BUASM has organized numerous Career Panels in the past with attendance of 50+, to provide students with the opportunity to explore these issues and plan for their careers.
WHAT: BUASM Career Panel Discussion
WHERE: April 29, 2013, Monday, 6PM – 8:30PM
WHEN: Photonics Center Colloqirum Center (PHO 9th floor)
Saint-Gobain — Ann Hardy, Ph.D., Deputy Vice President of Research and Development, Building and High Performance Materials
GE Global Research – Loucas Tsakalakos, Ph.D, Manager, Photonics Laboratory, heterogeneous thin film and nanostructured materials systems
US Strategy – Steven Tobias, Director
Panel will begin with a moderated discussion of their early careers and education, followed by a question and answer session from the audience. Come join us (RSVP early for free food), learn more and start planning your life after BU!
Full bio of the speakers:
Loucas Tsakalakos, Ph.D.
Electrical Technologies and Systems
Loucas Tsakalakos is the Manager of the Photonics Laboratory within Electrical Technologies & Systems, Micro & Nano Structures Technologies Organization at the General Electric – Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, USA. He received his BS degree (1995) from Rutgers University, and his MS (1998) and PhD (2000) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering (with minors in Solid State Physics and Microelectromechanical Systems) from the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise is in the integration of heterogeneous thin film and nanostructured materials systems for micro- and nano- device applications; he also has extensive experience in the characterization of materials. Since joining GE Global Research in 2000, Dr. Tsakalakos has designed and implemented integrated electronic and sensor systems for defense applications, studied cathode materials for lighting applications, and is a founding team member of GE’s Nanotechnology Program. His major area of research within that program was the development of nanostructured materials and devices, primarily using nanowires/tubes, working with multi-disciplinary teams both within GE and in collaboration with external partners. Loucas subsequently led the Advanced/Next Generation PV efforts within GE Global Research’s Solar Energy Platform. Most recently he worked within GE Energy – Solar Technologies and led a PV Module Product Engineering team at GE Global Research, where he designed, optimized, and led cost-out efforts for CdTe thin film solar modules. In his current role as manager of the Photonics Lab, Loucas leads a team of 12 Ph.D. and M.S. level scientists and engineers developing advanced photonics technologies for data communications, sensing, and novel photonics applications. Dr. Tsakalakos is a member of Tau Beta Pi (The National Engineering Honor Society), is author or co-author of over 30 journal, conference proceedings, and book chapter publications, and holds 12 U.S. patents. He has given over 40 invited presentations at international conferences, symposia, and other events.
Anne Hardy, Ph.D.
Deputy Vice President of Reseach and Development, Saint-Gobain
She joined Saint-Gobain in 1992 as a Research Engineer in the Northboro Research Development Center of Saint Gobain (corporate R&D center in the USA). Dr. Hardy has held various positions within the Saint-Gobain R&D organization working with ceramics, polymers and construction products. She took her current position in October 2010. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and a PhD from MIT in Material Science.
Director, US Strategy
Strategic Planning & Corporate Development
Steven Tobias is Director of US Strategy for National Grid and was previously Principal Analyst within Group Technology and Innovation. National Grid is international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world providing energy to millions of customers across the northeastern U.S. and Great Britain. Prior to joining National Grid, Mr. Tobias was part of Navigant Consulting’s Energy Practice within their Energy Research and Technology Management team primarily working with companies and organizations in the electric and gas utility sector. Mr. Tobias is a graduate of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.