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Early Career Forum

Research Professions in Academia, Industry & National Laboratories: An Early Career Forum

Organized by:  ASME/MED, and NAMRI/SME

Sponsored by:

Hosted by: The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Purpose:  The goal of this forum is to provide current students at all levels of graduate and undergraduate programs as well as recent graduates with better information/knowledge of various research and technical positions in industry, academia, and national laboratories. The forum will further discuss how to be successful professionally in the various settings.

Date/Place:  Either Tuesday (June 23) or Thursday (June 25); Duke Energy Center in downtown, Cincinnati, OH. The forum will be held during the co-located manufacturing conferences: the NAMRI/SME 48th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC48) and the ASME 2020 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering (MSEC2020).


18:00 – 18:15:  Opening Remarks and Welcome, Pizza and beverages served
18:15 – 19:00:  5-minute spoken introduction by each panelist
19:00 – 20:30:  Breakout panel discussions

  • Panel 1: Academia
  • Panel 2: Government
  • Panel 3: Industry

20:30 - 21:00:  Wrap-up discussion, questions and answers

Forum Format:

  1. Each panelist will introduce themselves in approximately 5 minutes each. They have experience in conducting and leading research and engineering projects in academia, government labs, and industrial sectors.
  2. Parallel round table discussions will follow: one for academia, one for government, and the other for industry. Panelists will discuss topics such as how to search for a job, career management, funding for research, etc.
  3. Food and beverages will be served during the forum.
  4. Participants are encouraged to engage in conversations/discussions related to their particular/personal interests.

Fee: Free for registered conference participants


  • Open to all registered conference participants
  • Mandatory for NSF Travel Grant student applicants

Early Career Forum Chair:

Dr. ZJ Pei
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX