Category Archives: Professional Dev.

Exponent – Engineering Consulting Talk

Learn about Engineering & Scientific Consulting!
PhD Careers Seminar sponsored by MRS and Exponent<>

Meet with Exponent consultants, including a recent Stanford alum and the Director of the Materials & Corrosion Engineering Practice.  Dinner will be provided!

Tuesday, February 25th at 5:00-6:00 pm in McCullough, Room 115
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Brad James, Ph.D., P.E., FASM, Principal Engineer, Practice Director, Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Dory Kramer, Ph.D., Associate
Ronalee Lo Mann, Ph.D., P.E., Managing Engineer
David Schoen, Ph.D., Associate, Stanford alum

Discover a non-academic career that will allow you to take full advantage of your engineering, scientific, and analytical background. Exponent is an engineering and scientific consulting firm that hires doctoral students in materials science, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and many other technical disciplines. At Exponent you will have the opportunity to advance your technical and professional skill set while working in a multi-disciplinary setting with hundreds of fellow scientists and engineers to solve challenging problems. At this seminar, Exponent consultants will present examples of real cases, talk about working as a consultant, and discuss how your background can fit into this exciting world.

Director of Science and Technology at IBM Almaden Talk

Stanford Materials Research Society
Chandrasekhar ‘Spike’ Narayan
Director, Science and Technology
IBM Almaden
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
McCullough 115
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Learn about research and career opportunities at IBM
Food will be provided
This will be an informal event that covers the myriad research projects taking place at IBM’s research centers, employment opportunities – postdocs, internships, and full time positions – as well as a personal account of a career trajectory from research scientist to director. There will be plenty of time for questions and networking. Dinner will be provided.

Solar Junction Visit – May 8th

Stanford’s MRS chapter is planning a company visit to bay area company Solar Junction. As you may know, Solar Junction is a concentrated PV company that was founded out of Stanford a few years ago and has since set the world standard for the highest efficiency solar cells. We’re planning a visit to their location in San Jose on Wednesday, May 8th in the late afternoon (~4pm).

In order to plan this trip, we need to get an accurate sense of who is interested in going. Spaces for this trip may be very limited, so please respond accurately! If you’re interested, please fill out the two-question survey below!


Lunch with CEO & Founder of Cogenra Solar

The Stanford Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) have teamed up to bring you a special lunch with Dr. Gilad Almogy, CEO & Founder of Cogenra Solar. Come learn about Cogenra’s innovative approach to solar cogeneration from the man himself.
Cogenra Solar: 
By combining photovoltaic (PV) electric and solar hot water generation in a single array, Cogenra Solar® delivers clean, renewable energy more efficiently and at a lower cost than utility rates to commercial, industrial and government customers.  Traditional solar panels allow most of the sun’s energy to dissipate as waste heat. Cogenra’s technology efficiently collects and delivers this energy in the form of hot water, delivering 5 times the energy output, 3 times the greenhouse gas reduction and twice the savings of standard photovoltaic panels.  In addition to the unique benefit of dual energy production, solar cogeneration has a payback of less than five years, is simple to integrate into existing infrastructure and provides unparalleled environmental benefits.

The Speaker: 
Dr. Gilad Almogy brings more than a decade of experience leading global technology organizations. Prior to founding Cogenra, Dr. Almogy was a senior vice president at Applied Materials (AMAT), in charge of the Display and Thin Film Solar Products business segment. Dr. Almogy joined Applied Materials in 1997 through the acquisition of Orbot Instruments and went on to become the General Manager of its’ PDC (Process Diagnostics and Control) Business Group in 2000. Throughout his career Dr. Almogy has initiated, led the development of, and brought to market, advanced technology products generating billions of dollars in revenue.
Mr. Almogy is the inventor of over 30 registered US patents and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Exponent Info Session – Tuesday January 22nd

The MRS is delighted to welcome 3 engineering consultants (including Ryan Birringer, a recent PhD grad and instructor for MSE 206 last Winter) from Exponent for our upcoming professional development speaker series. The event is scheduled on Tuesday, January 22nd starting at 6pm in McCullough 115 . Learn about careers as engineering consultants from Stanford alumni! Bring your resumes! And yes, there will be free food & drinks ! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!



IBM Information Session – 11/12

Dr. Winfried Wilcke, a senior manager at IBM Almaden, will be talking to us about some of the myriad research projects at IBM. It will also be a great opportunity to learn about employment opportunities at IBM while building your network. We’ll be having sandwiches from Pluto’s that are available to you at the nominal cost of $0. This is going to be a great event – don’t miss it!