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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: Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Date/Time/Place: Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 12th, 2019, 6:00pm–9:00pm, at Erie's Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. The forum will be held during the co-located manufacturing conferences: the NAMRI/SME 47th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC47) and the ASME 2019 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering (MSEC2019).

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 positions in industry, academia, and national laboratories. The forum will further discuss how to be successful professionally in the various research settings.

Tentative Agenda (Wednesday, June 12th, 2019)

18:00 – 18:15: Opening Remarks and Welcome, Pizza and beverages served
18:15 – 19:15: 5-minute spoken introduction by each panelist
19:15 – 20:30: Breakout panel discussions
  Panel 1: Academia
Panel 2: Government
Panel 3: Industry
20:30 – 21:00: Wrap-up discussion, open questions and answers

Forum Format

  1. Each panelist will introduce themselves in approximately 5 minutes each. Panelists have experience in conducting research in academic, 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. Arif Malik, Associate Professor
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas