Member Center: Professional Development

12:15 p.m. Professional Development-“Welcome to AVS Overview” Lunch* (Room 103C)
Moderator: Charles R. “Chip”, Jr., Naval Research Lab

Wonder about the Mission and Vision of AVS?
Want to know how to get involved?
Would you like to hear from AVS members and leaders?
Then, come learn about the benefits and opportunities of YOUR newest Professional Society! This “Welcome to AVS!” event will introduce you to the mission, vision and organization of AVS as well as highlight its major activities
  • Publications Editor-in-Chief: Eray Aydil
  • Symposia and Conferences Chair: Jim Fitz-Gerald
  • Education Chair: Tim Gessert
  • Membership Chair: Susan Burkett
  • Chapters, Divisions and Groups Chair: Vin Smentkowski
  • Professional Development Chair: Bridget Rogers 
Come hear about the benefits now available to you as an AVS member – both at the symposium this week and throughout the whole year! Meet with key leaders in AVS and find out how you can get involved!
Welcome!  We’re really glad you’re here and we want you to stay.

3:00 p.m. Professional Development-Speed Networking for Young Professionals (Room 103C)
Moderator: Angela Klink, AVS Member Services Administrator

First time attending an AVS event?
Need to polish up your elevator speech?
Come join us for this fun and fast-paced networking event designed to provide you with a unique and fun opportunity to share your goals for this symposium and get to know your fellow conference attendees. During this session, you will move from table to table and discuss your technical and personal interests. After the initial meet and greet, you will have the opportunity to network with those who have similar interests or career paths. The speed networking dynamic this creates also helps attendees, including introverts, break the ice more easily. Don’t miss out on this chance to make new contacts and turn it into a lasting connection!



10:00 a.m. Professional Development-Working with National Labs and Other User Facilities (Room 103C)

Moderators: Bridget Rogers, Vanderbilt University
Sponsors: AVS Professional Leadership Committee & the Manufacturing Science & Technology Group

Researchers at government labs and in the NSF supported National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) labs perform cutting edge research with really cool tools.  During this hour a representative from the DOE and from the NNCI will give 20-minute presentations about research at their labs, their capabilities, facilities, and how to gain access to them.  After the presentations there will be extended time for questions and discussion.  Interactions will continue at the Tuesday Poster session where attendees can engage in extended discussions with the presenters at their posters. Speakers are:
  • NNCI: Michael Skvarla, Cornell University: Joining the Research Community at the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility
  • DOE: Arthur Baddorf, Oak Ridge National Labs

12:30 p.m. Professional Development-Job Information Forum and Lunch* (Room 103C)

Moderators: Susan Burkett, The University of Alabama and Heather Canavan, University of New Mexico

Panelists provide an overview of their career pathways, what they look for when evaluating job applicants, how they made their career choices, and what it takes to succeed. Speakers include:
  • Industry: Steve Pachuta, Lead Research Scientist, 3M
  • Academia: Winny Dong, Professor and Dept. Head, Materials Science Department, Cal Poly Pomona
  • National Laboratory: Matthew Jordan, Electrical Engineer, Mesa III-V and Heterogeneous Integration, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Technical Publishing: Phillip Szuromi, Deputy Editor, Science
4:00 p.m. Professional Development-SCCAVS/NCCAVS Hospitality Hour (Invite Only)
Moderator: Anna Corinne D’Ambrosio

The AVS Southern California Chapter has joined forces with the Northern California AVS to offer “happy hour” for our West Coast AVS members and supporters.  Please join us for drinks and light appetizers as our way of saying THANK YOU to our local Chapter supporters, members-at-large, and leadership.

6:45 p.m. Professional Development-Electronic Materials and Photonics Division Forum:
“Careers at LAM Research” (Room 103C)

Moderator: Shalini Gupta, PhD, Fellow Engineer and R&D Program Manager, Northrup Grumman Corporation

This Forum will provide an open dialogue between an industrial liaison and young scientists and engineers. Francisco Juarez, Senior Director, Engineering will describe Lam Research Corporation, its technical thrusts as well as challenges, its products, future directions, and career opportunities.


12:30 p.m. Professional Development-Lunch* and Learn: “XPS for the Non-analyst”
(Room 103C)
Moderator: Jeffrey Fenton, Medtronic

Surface characterization methods, such as XPS, are becoming more commonly used in multidisciplinary environments where researchers use information from multiple technologies, but are not experts in all of them. This new “Lunch and Learn” session is targeted to the XPS non-expert.  It will provide an overview of key factors that affect XPS analyses, important information about your samples that you will need to provide your analyst, and how samples must be handled before analysis. You will also learn what information needs to be reported along with analytical results when publishing your data to enable readers of your article to evaluate your XPS data and conclusions based on it.  Additionally, sources for additional data and information related to XPS will be identified. Speakers include:
  • Kateryna Artyushkova, Research Associate Professor , University of New Mexico
  • Mark Engelhard, Sr. Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

3:00 p.m. Professional Development-Get Involved: Tips on How to Moderate and
Lead Conference Sessions (Room 103C)

Moderator: Amy Walker, University of Texas, Dallas

Ever wonder how to get involved in a technical conference?  In this one hour session hear from past symposia program chairs on what it takes to get your foot in the door, tips on how to interact with speakers, and how to meet and network with key people in the organization. In addition they will share their insights on what program chairs are looking for in session leaders.   Come join us for this interactive session.

  • Tino Hofmann, University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Bridget Rogers, Vanderbilt University
  • Marcy Stutzman, Jefferson Lab


12:30 p.m. Professional Development and Diversity and Inclusion – “Improving Work-Life Satisfaction” and Lunch* (Room 103C)
Moderator: Micky Holcomb, West Virginia University
Sponsors: AVS Professional Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Committees
Everyone, from students to faculty members, engineers and scientists, administrators, and CEOs, will experience times when they struggle with maintaining a happy work-life balance. This workshop will go over some tips and strategies for improving your own work-life satisfaction. The workshop leader is a funded tenured faculty member, mother of two young children and prior coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.
+This program was originally developed by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) through a grant from the Elsevier Foundation.