Past Events & Speakers Archive

Click below to see a directory of all our speakers and an archive of our past seminar and event schedules.

Speaker Directory

A

  • Peyton Anderson, "Core Team Recruitment and Management," Feb 19, 2016. 
  • G. Robert Armistead, Jr. "Self Awareness: Emotional Intelligence and its Role in the Work Environment," Mar 6, 2015.

B

  • Bob Barnes, Ph.D., "Looking Back," June 4, 2012. "Project Management in an Hour: Six Constraints, Eight Steps, Four Types, and Three Questions," Mar 21, 2014.
  • Karl Bates, "Translating Research Into Prose: How to Write Good Science." Oct 19, 2016.
  • Benjamin Boytor, "Quality Assurance and Six Sigma Practices in Industry." Jan 31, 2014.
  • Bill Brown, "The State of Entrepreneurship in the Triangle." Nov 19, 2014.

C

  • Matthew Clark, Ph.D.
    • "Product Development in Large Companies," Sept 25, 2013.
    • "How to Survive the 6-Second Glance," Jan 27, 2017.
  • David Christ and Nicole Fox, "Funding Opportunities for Small Business Research," Sept 24, 2014. 

D

E

  • Beth A. Eastlick, MPA, "Corporate and Foundation Relations: Insignt into Building Funding Partnerships," Nov 7, 2012 with Tom Healy.

F

  • Toby Freedman, Ph.D., "Career Opportunities in the life Sciences Industry and Job Hunting for PhD.D.s and Postdocs: How to Stand Out and Get Hired," June 12, 2013
  • Nicole Fox and David Christ, "Funding Opportunities for Small Business Research" Sept 24, 2014.

G

  • Ken Gall, Ph.D., "Being an Academic and an Entreprenuer," Oct 21, 2015.
  • Ryan Gessner, Ph.D., "Start-Up to Sustaining — Founding, Working, Managing," Jan 29, 2016.
  • Jeffrey T. Glass, Ph.D., M.B.A, "About Success," May 21, 2012.

H

  • Richard E. Harper, Ph.D., "How to get hired as a Ph.D." Sept 5, 2012 with Dr. Kevin M. Wright
  • Tom Healy, M.S.,  "Corporate and Foundation Relations: insight into Building Funding Partnerships," Nov 7, 2012 with Beth A. Eastlick
  • Chris Heivly and Dave Neal, The Startup Factory. "Think Like an Entrepreneur: How to Identify Valuable Technologies." Oct 22, 2014.
  • Craig S. Henriquez, Ph.D., "Traditional Academia: Achieving Tenure with a Sense of Perspective," June 18, 2012 with William Reichert.

I

J

  • Derek Jantz, Ph.D., "Start-Up to Sustaining — Founding, Working, Managing," Jan 29, 2016.

K

  • Joe Knight, Ph.D.
    • "Entrepreneurship, Business School & Corporate America... Turning to the Dark Side," July 9, 2012.
    • "Management Skills for Growing and Maintaining a Firm," Apr 1, 2016.
    • "Developing a Personal Brand to Stand out in an Interview," Feb 17, 2017.
  • Stephanie Knight, MBA
    • "Management Skills for Growing and Maintaining a Firm," Apr 1, 2016.
    • "Developing a Personal Brand to Stand out in an Interview," Feb 17, 2017.
  • Zbig Kabala, Ph.D., "Oral Communication and Leadership with an Accomplished Toastmaster," June 25, 2014.

L

  • Judy Le, Center for Civic Leadership at Rice University. "Communication for Leadership" July 29, 2014.
  • Xijia Lu, Ph.D., "Start-Up to Sustaining — Founding, Working, Managing," Jan 29, 2016.

M

N

  • Chris Heivly and Dave Neal, The Startup Factory. "Think Like an Entrepreneur: How to Identify Valuable Technologies," Oct 22, 2014.
  • Liz Neeley, "Storytelling for Science Communication" Nov 18, 2016.

O

  • Bentley Olive, Ph.D., "Ph.D.s and Intellectual Property: Demystifying the patent process for your research," Sept 4, 2013.
  • John Oxaal, "Innovation and Entreprenuership — How to Pitch to Potential Investors," Nov 18, 2015.

P

  • Ali Palmer, "Coaching: The Benefits of Helping Others," Apr 10, 2015.

R

  • William M. Reichert, Ph.D., "Traditional Academia: Achieving Tenure with a Sense of Perspective," June 18, 2012 with Dr. Craig Henriquez.
  • Howie Rhee, MBA., "Innovation and Entrepreneurship - An Overview of Duke's Resources," Sept 16, 2015.
  • Theodore Ryan, "Having a Difficult Conversation," Jan 30, 2015.

S

T

  • James A. Trainham, Ph.D., "The Engineering PhD in a Non-Academic Research Organization: Challenges and Opportunities," October 3rd, 2012

V

W

  • Zach Ward, "Improv for Engineers," May 19, 2016. 
  • Jennifer West, Ph.D., "Being an Academic and an Entreprenuer," Oct 21, 2015.
  • Jesko von Windheim, Ph.D., M.B.A., "Hard Skills and Advice for a Start-Up," March 22, 2013.
  • Natalie Wisniewski, Ph.D., "Road from Ph.D. Researcher to Entrepreneur: Career Path or Random Walk?" July 23, 2012.
  • Adam Wheeler, Ph.D., "Scientific Journals, Peer Review, and How to Write a Great Research Paper" May 29, 2014.
  • Kevin M. Wright, Ph.D., "How to get hired as a Ph.D." Sept 5, 2012 with Dr. Richard E. Harper

Z

  • Angela Zoss, "Basic Principles for Effective Data Visualization," Sept 21, 2016. 

Past Seminars & Events

Spring 2018: Academia & Industry

Pros & Cons of Postdocs

A Postdoc Panel

January 26, 11:45 am — 1 pm, FCIEMAS Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

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Diverging Career Paths

Dr. Jeffrey Glass & Dr. Robert Glass

February 16, 11:30 am — 1 pm in FCIEMAS Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

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Fall 2017: Project Management

Project Management Fundamentals

Dr. Kaali Dass, VP of IT & Communications for NC Project Management Institute

September 27; 11:45 am — 1 pm, FCIEMAS Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

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Project Management Fundamentals

Susan Bonifield MHA, Associate Dean of Finance & Administration 

September 27; 11:45 am — 1 pm, FCIEMAS Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

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Project Management Practicum

Dr. La Tondra Murray, Director of Professional Masters Programs Pratt

December 11; 11:30 am — 1 pm in FCIEMAS Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

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Summer 2017: Practicum

Practicing Skills for Networking & Interviews

June 21; 11 am — 1 pm, FCIEMAS Third Floor Atrium

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Speed Mentoring

July 19; 6 pm — 8 pm, James B. Duke Hotel, Bistro Bar

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Individual Development Plan 

August 16; 11:45 am — 1 pm, FCIEMAS Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

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Special Event: Fall TechConnect Networking

September 19; 4:30 — 6:30 om, FCIEMAS Mumma Commons

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Spring 2017—Polishing Your Professional Persona

Special Event: Spring TechConnect Networking Reception

January 17th, 2017; 4:30p to 6:30p in Second Floor Atrium of Gross Hall
More information at: https://goo.gl/fC335W

First Seminar: How to Survive the 6-Second Glance

Featuring: Matthew Clark, Ph.D. 
January 27th, 2017; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Side B
More information at: https://goo.gl/148Zyk

Second Seminar: Developing a Personal Brand to Stand out in an Interview

Featuring: Joseph Knight, M.B.A./Ph.D. and Stephanie Knight, M.B.A.
February 17th, 2017; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Side B
More information at: https://goo.gl/mOxYgy

Third Seminar: Delivering an Effective Job Talk

Featuring: Jennifer West, Ph.D., Jeff Glass, Ph.D., David Mitzi, Ph.D., Ken Gall, Ph.D., Nenad Bursac, Ph.D.
March 31st, 2017; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Side A
More information at: https://goo.gl/0CnKeX

Fourth Seminar: You've got the Job, Now What?

Featuring: Mohamed Noor, Ph.D.
April 21st, 2017; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Side A
More information at: https://goo.gl/Jh26eZ

Fall 2016—Data Communication

Special Event: Fall TechConnect Engineering Networking Reception

September 13th, 2016; 4:30p-6:30p in Mumma Commons, CIEMAS
More information at: https://goo.gl/4iwExs

First Seminar: Basic Principles for Effective Data Visualization

Featuring: Angela Zoss and Eric Monson, Ph.D.
September 21st, 2016; 11:45a to 1:00p in Hudson Hall 207
More information at: https://goo.gl/oWkSqE

Second Seminar: Translating Research Into Prose: How to Write Good Science

Featuring: Karl Bates and Robin Smith, Ph.D.
October 19th, 2016; 11:45a to 1:00p in Hudson Hall 207
More information at: https://goo.gl/1bo7cK

Third Seminar: Storytelling for Science Communication

Featuring: Liz Neeley
November 18th, 2016; 4:30p to 7:30p in Teer 203
More information at: https://goo.gl/ZA3Ncr

Summer 2016—Individual Development

First Seminar: Improv for Engineers

Featuring: Zach Ward, DSI Comedy Theater
May 19th, 2016; 11:45a to 3:00p in Gross Hall 330
More information at: https://goo.gl/6qQhmp

Second Seminar: Discover Your Strengths

Featuring: LaTondra Murray, Ph.D. 
June 24th, 2016; 11:45a to 1:30p in Fitzpatrick CIEMAS, Schiciano Auditorium Side B 
More information at: https://goo.gl/8yjHqv

Third Seminar: Developing a Career Based on Your Strengths

Featuring: Dave McDonald, Ph.D.
July 20th, 2016; 11:45a to 1:30p in Fitzpatrick CIEMAS, Schiciano Auditorium Side B
More information at: https://goo.gl/LEKKd3

Spring 2016—Managing Business

Special Event: TechConnect Engineering Networking Reception

January 19th, 2016; 4:30p-6:30p in Gross Hall atrium

Recommended Event: An Engineering PhD's Career Path in Venture Capital

January 19th, 2016; 11:30a-12:30p in Perkins 218 
More information at:  https://goo.gl/EB927L

First Seminar: Start-Up to Sustaining – Founding, Working, Managing

Featuring: Dr. Ryan Gessner (Sonovol), Dr. Derek Jantz (Precision BioSciences), Dr. Xijia Lu (8 Rivers/NetPower)

January 29th, 2016; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

More information at: http://goo.gl/wFm5Od

Second Seminar: Core Team Recruitment & Management

Featuring: Peyton Anderson February 19th, 2016; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

More information at: https://goo.gl/CqtIHN

Third Seminar: Management Skills for Growing & Maintaining a Firm

Featuring: Dr. Joseph Knight & Stephanie Knight, MBA

April 1st, 2016; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side B

More information at: https://goo.gl/wHI6lQ

Fall 2015—Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Special Event: Networking Lunch with Pratt Board of Visitors 
November 6th, 2015; 1:00p-2:30p in Fitzpatrick CIEMAS Atrium

Special Event: TechConnect Engineering Networking Reception 
September 15th, 2015; 4:00p-5:45p in Mumma Faculty Commons, Fitzpatrick CIEMAS 
More information at: http://goo.gl/D4V6rr 
List of participating companies:http://goo.gl/ylTZCJ

First Seminar: Howie Rhee, MBA - Duke University Innovation & Entrepreneurship - An Overview of Duke's Resources
September 16th, 2015; 11:45a to 1:00p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side B 
More information at: http://goo.gl/C9oiN2

Second Seminar: Being An Academic and an Entrepreneur 
Featuring Ken Gall, Joseph Izatt, and Jennifer West 
October 21st, 2015; 11:45a to 1:00p in Hudson Hall, 125 
More information at: http://goo.gl/DY6Vu2

Third Seminar: How to Pitch to Potential Investors
Featuring John Oxaal (Sevin Rosen Funds) 
November 18th, 2015; 4:45p to 6:45p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side A 
More information at: http://goo.gl/uaZY9J 
John Oxaal's short bio:http://goo.gl/a0pzD6

Summer 2015—Career Decisions & Mentoring

First Seminar: Which path is right for me?  Comparing and Contrasting Academia and Industry

May 27th, 2015; 11:00a to 1:00p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side A 
More information at: http://goo.gl/J4nbgV

Second Seminar: Speed Mentoring 
Featuring Early to Mid-Career PhD Academics and Non-Academics 
June 24th, 2015; 4:00p to 6:00p in Gross Hall, #103 & #107 
More information at: http://goo.gl/Q626NX

Third Seminar: Implementing ideas and solutions 
July 22nd, 2015; 12:00p to 2:00p in Gross Hall, #103 & #107 
More information at: http://goo.gl/KYoWOJ

Fourth Seminar: European Funding Opportunities for Students, Postdocs and Researchers of All Nationalities 
August 27, 2015; 11:30a to 1:00p in Perkins Library, #217 
Event flyer:http://goo.gl/pzt3Tm
More information at:http://goo.gl/57HpAi

Spring 2015—Coaching and Communication

First Seminar: Theodore G. Ryan, Consulting Professor of Ethics in Management, Fuqua School of Business
Having a Difficult Conversation: Learning the Skills to Say What is Necessary in a Respectful, Direct, and Proactive Manner 
Friday, January 30th, 12p - 1p, Schiciano Auditorium, Side A
More information here: http://goo.gl/PNOszI

Second Seminar: G. Robert Armistead Jr., Regional Director of Sales at Cordis Corporation and Sales Consultant 
Self-Awareness: Emotional Intelligence and Its Role in the Work Environment
Friday, March 6th, 12p - 1p, Schiciano Auditorium, Side A

Third Seminar: Ali Palmer, Center for Creative Leadership 
Coaching: The Benefits of Helping Others 
Mr. Palmer has exceptional leadership experience from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, overseeing infrastructure work in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and now at the Center for Creative Leadership. 
Friday, April 10th from 11:30a - 1p in Schiciano Side A. 

Fall 2014—Entrepreneurship and Startups

First Seminar: Nicole Fox and David Christ, Army Research Office, Durham NC
Funding Opportunties for Small Business Research from the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business and Technology Transfer Programs at the Army Research Office 
Wednesday, September 24th, 12p - 1p
More information here: http://goo.gl/gdBFJJ 
Presentation from Nicole Fox and David Christ can be found here: http://goo.gl/wltsrz

Second Seminar: Dave Neal and Chris Heivly, The Startup Factory 
Think Like an Entrepreneur: How to Identify Valuable Technologies 
Wednesday, October 22nd, 12p - 1p CIEMAS Fitzpatrick, Schiciano Side A
More Information: http://goo.gl/j5roGC

Third Seminar: Bill Brown, CEO at NET Power
The State of Entrepreneurship in the Triangle 
Wednesday, November 19th, 12p - 1p CIEMAS Fitzpatrick, Schiciano Side A

Summer 2014—Communication 

First Seminar: Adam Wheeler, Senior Editor at Elsevier 
Scientific Journals, Peer Review, and How to Write a Great Research Paper 
May 29th, 2014; 11:30a to 1:30p in CIEMAS Auditorium 
More Information at: http://goo.gl/F3iChH 

Second Seminar: Zbig Kabala, Division G Governor, Toastmasters International 
Oral Communication and Leadership with an Accomplished Toastmaster
June 25th, 2014; 11:30a to 1:30p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side B, CIEMAS 
More information at: http://goo.gl/FZKQgQ

Third Seminar: Judy Le, Director of the Center for Civic Leadership, Rice University 
Communicating for Leadership
July 29th, 2014; 11:30a to 2:30p in Schiciano Auditorium, Side B, CIEMAS 
More Information: http://goo.gl/5QWUfb

Other Workshops and Seminars

B.D. Barnes, PhD, PE, PMP
Director of Business Development, Pratt School of Engineering
"Project Management in an Hour: Six Constraints, Eight Steps, Four Types, and Three Questions"
Time: 11:45a to 1p on Friday, March 21st
Location: Schiciano Auditorium, CIEMAS, Side A
More Information here

Fall Lunch and Learn Series: Quality Assurance and Quality Control 
Benjamin Boytor, Director of Quality Management, BD Technologies "Quality Assurance and Six Sigma Practices in Industry" 
Time: 12p to 1p on Friday, January 31st 
Location: Schiciano Auditorium, CIEMAS, Side A
More Information at: http://goo.gl/WdGsFI 

Fall Lunch and Learn Seminar: Policy Development 
John J. Vandenberg, National Program Director, Human Health Risk Assessment Program, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
"From PhD to a Policy-Development Career"
Time: 11:45a - 1p, Wednesday Oct 30th
Location: Schiciano Auditorium, CIEMAS, Side A
More info at: http://goo.gl/rQ9ky2

Fall Workshop: Product Development in Large Companies 
Speaker: Matthew Clark, PhD Signal and Image Processing Engineer, Northop Grumman Information Systems 
Time: September 25, 2014; 11:45a - 1 p.m., Schiciano A, Fitzpatrick

PhD Plus Fall Kickoff Event: Breaking the Internship Boundaries - Sept 18, 2013 
Join us for the kickoff event for Fall 2013! We will share upates to the PhD Plus Program, lessons learned from internships, and opportunities to get more involved with the program.
Time: 12 - 1:30p.m., Schicano A, Fitzpatrick

Summer Workshop #3: Intellectual Property Rights - September 4, 2013 
Speaker: Bentley Olive, Ph.D. , Patent Attorney, Olive Law Group, PLLC 
"Ph.D.s and Intellectual Property: Demystifying the patent process for your research" 
Time:  12 - 1 p.m., Schiciano A, Fitzpatrick