Professional Networks: Who? What? Why?
Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 11 am (Eastern US Time)
One piece of advice commonly given to students and recent graduates is to network, network, network. But why? And with whom?
While in school, professional societies are easy to find and cheap to join. Many societies, such as The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), have established networking groups specifically designed for students and for young professionals which can be very helpful. As an example, ACerS has the President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), the Global Graduate Researcher Network (GGRN), and the Young Professionals Network (YPN). Joining groups like these can aid in making connections and staying involved with the overall society.
Kathleen Shugart, from UES, Inc. and the Air Force Research Laboratory, will discuss the advantages of professional society membership and professional networks and how to get the most benefit from membership. She will also compare and contrast the various ceramics-oriented societies open to students and professionals.
Kathleen Shugart is a research scientist for UES, Inc, Dayton, Ohio, USA, and works as a contractor in the Materials Characterization Facility at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, USA. She graduated with her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia, where she worked on oxidation behavior of ultra-high temperature ceramics with Dr. Elizabeth Opila. Her focus is on electron microscopy and microanalysis of ceramics. Shugart is a member of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), and the Microanalysis Society (MAS). She currently serves as the recording secretary of the National Board of Keramos, the co-chair of ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN), and a member of the publications committee of ACerS. She has helped to organize a number of workshops, conference symposiums, and webinars on topics for ceramics and professional development.
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