How to have outrageously good ideas

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 2 pm (Eastern US time)

ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN) is hosting the August webinar, How to have outrageously good ideas in the ACerS Professional Skills and Personal Development Webinar Series.

Generating good ideas is critical in doing successful scientific research and many other career paths. The process of generating good ideas, however, is largely ignored in research training. Just as with other skills, the ability to generate ideas is something that can be honed and improved. In this talk I will discuss several heuristics that can be used to systemically generate creative ideas.


Generating good ideas lies at the heart of creative research and development, but scientific training rarely focuses on how to generate good ideas. This webinar will introduce and illustrate practical heuristics that allow researchers to increase their creativity and ability to make breakthrough discoveries in difficult technical topics.


Widely applicable methods for generating ideas to tackle technical challenges.


Dr. David Sholl
Transformative Decarbonization Initiative, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech

David Sholl is the Director of the Transformational Decarbonization Initiative at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is currently a Strategic Policy Advisor for DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations and the Editor-in-Chief of AIChE Journal. From 2013-2021 David was the School Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was a member of the study committees that wrote the National Academy of Engineering’s reports Research Agenda for a New Era in Separations Science and Chemical Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century. He has published over 400 papers, a textbook on Density Functional Theory, a novel, Polyphony, and a book for early career researchers, Success and Creativity in Scientific Research.


Registration is now closed. If you missed the webinar, ACerS members may view it in the ACerS Webinar Archives. Member log-in required.

ACerS member: no cost
ACerS GGRN and Material Advantage student member: no cost
ACerS non-member: $30
ACerS student non-member: $15

If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN).