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Information Session. Connecting graduate students in science and engineering with regional opportunities. Information Session. Outline. The Beginning The Approach The Reality The Future. Information Session. The Beginning. : The Beginning. Several MSE PhD Students Interested in Staying

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Information Session

Connecting graduate students in science and engineering with regional opportunities

the beginning the approach the reality the future

Information Session

Outline

The Beginning

The Approach

The Reality

The Future

the beginning

Information Session

The Beginning

the beginning1
: The Beginning

Several MSE PhD Students Interested in Staying

In Pittsburgh/Western PA After Graduation

  • Difficult to Identify Companies that Hire PhD’s
  • No Mechanism for Looking for Regional Employment at the PhD Level
  • Poor Understanding of the Role of MSE PhD’s in Regional Companies
  • Are There Suitable Opportunities in this Region?
  • Disconnect Between PhD Students and Regional Industry
the beginning2
: The Beginning

Regional Goal to Retain Highly Educated Students

Example…

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

  • Article in CMU Newspaper
  • One of Main Goals is to Retain CMU Students in This Region After Graduation

He is not the only one.

the beginning3
: The Beginning

1) CMU MSE PhD Students Interested in Staying in the Region Post-Graduation.

2) Regional Goal to Retain Highly Educated Students.

Perceived Disconnect:

A Number of Students Would Stay in the Region,

But Often Find it Difficult or Impossible.

The Pittsburgh / Western PA Region Wants These Students to Stay, But Has Difficulty Retaining Them.

the beginning4
: The Beginning

Many Groups Exist to Promote and Facilitate Development of the Pittsburgh/Western PA Region

  • PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Technology Alliance)
  • ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems)
  • Alumni Events (Tepper School of Business)
  • PTC (Pittsburgh Technology Council)
  • InnovationWorks
  • Allegheny Conference
  • SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow)

CMU

Pittsburgh

PA, MD, NJ, DE

  • One Major Goal: “Retention of Highly-Educated Students”
  • IDEA… Involve “Highly Educated Students” in These Efforts
the approach1
: The Approach
  • Several Students Decided to Investigate this Further....
  • Approach: Form a PhD Student Group to Explore and Discuss These Issues.
  • Initial Goals
  • Attempt to Better Understand Connection Between Regional Development in Areas Related to Our Employment and Science/Engineering Research Through Discussions.
  • Educate Students About Regional Opportunities
    • Promote Networking Between PhD Students and Regional Industry
    • Educate Students about Regional Technical Entrepreneurship Resources
  • Create a “Mechanism” For Looking Into Regional Employment Opportunities.
  • NOT A GOAL
  • Convince MSE PhD Students to Stay in Pittsburgh
the approach2
: The Approach

Meeting Schedule

  • Organizational Meetings
    • Second Friday of Each Month
    • Review Progress
    • Deal with Organizational Issues
    • Suggest Course of Action for Following Month
    • Discussion Meetings
    • Last Friday of Each Month
    • Discuss Relevant Articles
    • Have Visitors from Regional Industry
    • Have Visitors from Other Groups with Similar Goals
    • Eat Pizza!
the approach3

Increased Awareness of Regional Employment and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Improved Social Network Between Current Graduate Students and Regional Industry

Group Discussions Foster Discourse About Relevant Topics

Group Publicizes Presence of Students Willing to Stay in Area

: The Approach

Desired Impacts and Effects of Group

Short Term

Long Term

Medium Term

Presence of Group Allows Access to Perspective of Graduate Students Influencing Local Policy Decisions

Group Gathers and Maintains a Centralized Source of Information for Entrepreneurship and Local Industry

Publicity of Presence of Group Attracts Companies Closely Related to University Research

Eventually… Extend to all of CIT… Not Just MSE

the approach4
: The Approach

General Organizational Strategy

  • Significant Amount of Work and Time is Required to Maintain this Group
  • Responsibilities are Split into Small, Manageable Roles
  • Attempt to Minimize Time Burden on Busy Students
  • Positions are Ideally “Managerial” in Nature…
  • Research and Classes are the Priority…
the reality1
: The Reality

Achievements and Accomplishments

  • Identified Major Goals of Group
  • Wrote a Proposal for PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Technology Alliance) to Obtain a Budget of About $2600.00 Per Year
  • Established An Organizational Framework
  • Visitors From 3 Different Companies and a Number of Regional Organizations / Groups
the reality2
: The Reality

Goals

1) Promote Networking Between CMU Engineering PhD’s and Regional Industry

2) Educate Interested CMU PhD Students about Regional opportunities.

  • Provide a Mechanism for Engineering PhD Students to Search for Regional Opportunities
the reality3
: The Reality

Goals

  • Publicize the willingness of CMU engineering PhD students to remain in the Pittsburgh / Western Pennsylvania Region after graduation if suitable employment opportunities exist.
  • Interact with existing regional development initiatives to provide the “PhD Student” perspective to make their efforts more effective.
  • Encourage student consideration of potential career opportunities throughout their time in graduate school
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: The Reality

CrossLink Organizational Structure

External CommunicationsAlysha Grenko

Internal Communications &Group SustainabilityNick Jones/Nick Rock

ASM Liason Vincent Sokalski

WebsiteLisa Chan

MarketingDhishan Kande

FinanceKelsey Miller

General Members

Faculty AdvisorProf. Robert Heard

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: The Reality

Sponsors and Affiliates

Sponsors

  • Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES)
  • Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Technology Alliance (PITA)
  • CMU Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Affiliates/Previous Meeting Visitors

  • ASM International
  • Project Olympus
  • Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC)
  • Seagate Research
  • ANH Refractories
  • Innovation Works
  • PPG Industries
the reality4
: The Reality

Achievements and Accomplishments

  • Created a Name and Logo
  • Designed / Ordered Business Cards for Student Members
  • Group Website Developed and Launched
  • Several Presentations/Interviews Have Been Given
  • Students Involved Have Learned a Lot…
the reality5
: The Reality

Name / Logo / Tagline

Connecting graduate students in science and engineering with regional opportunities

the reality6
: The Reality

Promotional Materials

Pic of mug

the reality7
: The Reality

Group Website

www.ices.cmu.edu/CrossLink

the reality8
: The Reality

We Have Learned A Great Deal

  • There Are Many Efforts at Promoting Regional Development in Technical Areas Including MSE
  • Pittsburgh is a Great Place for Someone Who Wants to Start a Business
  • Group Works Best By Integrating with Existing Initiatives and Groups and Making Recommendations
    • Example: ASM Golden Triangle Chapter
  • Just the Presence and Advertising of Group Has Positive Impact on the Situation
the reality9
: The Reality

We Have Learned A Great Deal

  • Representatives From Companies are Willing to Speak with Students if Invited
  • A Faculty Advisor Needs to Be Involved for Continuity and Sustainability of Group
  • Group Will Be Difficult to Reproduce in Other Departments Without Faculty Involvement
  • The Ability to Invite Visitors From Industry is Beneficial to All MSE PhD Students Interested in an Industrial Career Path
  • Organizing this Group is Actually Fun!
the reality10
: The Reality

Meetings

  • Organizational Meetings
    • Intend to Reduce in Number Once Group is “Running” Properly
    • Perhaps Once Every Other Month
    • Critical to Hold Regular Meetings to “Keep Things Moving”
    • Discussion Meetings
    • Mechanism for Students to Invite Visitors From Companies They Choose
    • Ability to Ask Questions Directly to MSE PhD’s Working in Industry
    • Opportunity for Students to Gain More Perspective
    • Format is Very Informal
the reality11

Increased Awareness of Regional Employment and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Improved Social Network Between Current Graduate Students and Regional Industry

Group Discussions Foster Discourse About Relevant Topics

Group Publicizes Presence of Students Willing to Stay in Area

: The Reality

Desired Impacts and Effects of Group

Short Term

Long Term

Medium Term

Presence of Group Allows Access to Perspective of Graduate Students Influencing Local Policy Decisions

Group Gathers and Maintains a Centralized Source of Information for Entrepreneurship and Local Industry

Publicity of Presence of Group Attracts Companies Closely Related to University Research

All of These are Still Possible in Principle,

Hopefully the Website Can Play a Large Role in This…

the future1
: The Future
  • Continuous Recruitment of New Students
  • Increased Faculty Involvement
  • Promote Formation of Similar Groups in Other Departments
  • Strong Emphasis on Group Discussion Meetings and Industrial Visitors
  • Integration with Existing Organizations Such as ASM Golden Triangle Chapter
  • Use of Website to Help With Group Organization, Advertising, and Discussion Meetings
the future2
: The Future

CrossLink has a Great Potential, BUT…

  • Organization and Discipline is Required to Keep it Going to Fulfill that Potential
  • Focus of Group Must Be Continuously Reevaluated and Sharpened
  • Integration of Group with MSE and CIT Through Faculty Involvement is Critical
  • Recruitment of New Students Must Be Done on an Annual or Semi-Annual Basis