PhD Plus Career Conversations

Informal small group discussions with professionals who have PhD degrees in engineering. The professionals hosting these discussions have backgrounds relevant to the engineering fields.

Fall 2020 Offerings – Virtual Sessions via Zoom

September 22, 2020 – 4:00 – 5:30 pm via Zoom

Erika Moore, PhD – Rhines Rising Star Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Duke PhD in BME 2018

Dr. Erika Moore is the inaugural Rhines Rising Star Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. As the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer H. Elisseeff, she focused on mapping the roles of adaptive immune cells during biomaterial-mediated healing. She defended her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in May of 2018 under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer West. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Dr. Moore’s work broadly focuses on understanding how immune cells can be leveraged to enhance tissue regeneration. Her work has been published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Advanced Biosystems, and the journal of Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine. Ongoing research efforts seek to develop materials capable of directing immune cells towards desired clinical outcomes as well as developing in vitro tissue models to profile immune cell-biomaterial interactions. Dr. Moore is a former Trustee on the Duke Board of Trustees. She has been awarded the KL2 NIH Training grant through the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UF, a Space Research Initiative grant, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation Fellowship.

October 5, 2020 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm via Zoom

Ugonna Ohiri, PhD – Principal Process Integration & Device Engineer, Northrup Grumman, Duke PhD in ECE 2018

Dr. Ugonna Ohiri (“Ugo”) is a Principal Process Integration & Device Engineer, at the Northrop Grumman Advanced Technology Laboratory (NGC-Mission Systems), in Linthicum Heights, MD. He earned his B.S., in Computer Engineering, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and his M.S. & Ph.D., in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), at Duke University.

Dr. Ohiri has over seven years of research/industry experience working in the area of semiconductor device fabrication. He currently specializes in the design, modeling, fabrication, and characterization of silicon application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for defense and intelligence applications. He also supports many other emerging technology and development program efforts within the laboratory.

October 15, 2020 – 4:00 – 5:30 pm via Zoom

Wei Han, PhD – Principal at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Duke PhD in BME 2016 & Certificate in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

Wei Han is a Lead in the Consumer and Marketing, Sales & Pricing practice areas at BCG with a focus in Digital Marketing and Pricing topics; since joining in Fall of 2016, he has held roles of Consultant, Project Leader and now Principal. More recently, he has focused on helping clients with digital strategy, marketing activation, pricing and revenue management, and is passionate about supporting client enablement through capability building and test & learn.

Wei plans to highlight 3 key areas from his own experience:

  • Transition from graduate school to management consulting – leveraging the capabilities you develop at Duke to drive impact across industries and business functionals
  • Career learning and development at BCG – growing rapidly through extensive development culture and infrastructure
  • Case work deep-dive – sharing specifics, such as a day (or week) in the life of a consultant

During his time at Duke, Wei completed a Ph.D. in BME under Dr. Gabriel López and helped launch the Ph.D. Plus program at Pratt.

PhD Plus Networking Events

The program hosts a PhD networking event each semester. These events feature a variety in professionals in fields of interest to our PhD student community. We are working on the Fall 2020 event. Stay tuned for further details.


Speed Mentoring Session