Implementing research solutions in the private sector: Turning science into things people need

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room 290

Fundamental science research is critical to better understanding the world we live in, but equally important is using the new knowledge to create solutions that improve our lives. Many scientists who begin their careers in research go on to build exciting and rewarding careers in industry, where they design and build products and services that address a wide variety of needs.

Many scientists have also become successful entrepreneurs, creating their own solutions to problems they studied in their research. As they worked to build new companies, these people have often found that their science training was key to their success.

Moving from research into the private sector requires one to change their perspective and working habits, because implementing real world solutions is very different than doing research. In this talk David Giltner will describe three major differences between working in academia and working in industry. He will illustrate each with stories and give you ideas for developing habits that will help you be successful at making a real difference.  

David will also tell the stories of several scientists who have started their own companies, and outline how their science background gave them an advantage in their pursuit of successful entrepreneurship. Finally, he will discuss some exciting trends that are helping to broaden the reach of sustainability solutions in the private sector.

Speaker DAVID GILTNER is the author of the book Turning Science into Things People Need, and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor for early career scientists and engineers seeking careers in industry. He has spent the last 20 years commercializing photonics technologies in a variety of roles for companies, including JDS Uniphase and Ball Aerospace.

David began lecturing on technical career building in 2010. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide tools and advice for making the transition from academia into the private sector.

David has developed the unique ability to function well in both highly technical and business circles, and has often functioned as an interpreter to help these two words communicate more productively.  He now uses this skill to help scientists and engineers understand the world of product development so they can design and build rewarding careers in industry.

David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds six patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

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