The target audience for this workshop consists of faculty members, postdocs, and students who are interested in exploring careers in and opportunities for collaborating with industry. By bringing together academic faculty, postdocs, and students with industrial mathematicians and human resources personnel, the workshop aims to inform academic representatives about industrial opportunities and prepare junior representatives for careers in industry.
Industrial representatives will share their experiences with faculty about working in and with industry as well as some anecdotes from their work and careers. Postdocs and students will be informed about industry and the skills needed (beyond mathematical prowess) to make one effective in industry. The characteristics of programs that successfully place students in industry will also be discussed.
Industrial and academic participants will all gather for two days; students and postdocs will stay for an additional day to work with human resources personnel for guidance on resume preparation, the interview process, communicating one’s results, and networking. The workshop will address the following topics:
- How does a program successfully place students in industry?
- What are industry scientists looking for?
- What is the hiring process? (Human Resources representatives share their side of the hiring process—resume preparation, interviewing, hiring procedures, etc.)
- How do you network and “work your contacts”?
- How do recent graduates find careers in industry?
- What does it take to create collaborations? (presented by an industry-academic panel)
- What is a mathematical entrepreneur?
- What are the emerging opportunities? Data science, business analytics, and more.
- Learn How to Communicate: Explain a mathematical concept to a non-mathematician; your one-minute elevator pitch; your three-minute pitch describing your research and inviting people to view your poster; and creating a poster for a general audience (critiqued by industry scientists) and conducting mock interviews.