CBB Professional Development Workshop

Interviewing for the non-academic job market and a panel discussion with industry experts

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Are you asking yourself:

  • how do I tailor my resume for a company, compared with my academic CV?
  • how have others transitioned from academia to industry? why did they make that decision?
  • how can I prepare for an industry career while I’m still in graduate school or in postdoctoral training?

Come join the Center for Bright Beams, Careers Beyond Academia and several professionals to find out answers to these questions and to ask lots more!

Hosted by the Center for Bright Beams, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center with special thanks to the talents of Joan Curtiss, Managing Director.

Susi Varvayanis will start the event with a short presentation and interactive skill building session for participants. She currently serves the Cornell University Graduate School as Executive Director, Careers Beyond Academia.

Speakers Bogdan Neculaes from GE Research, Colin Jermain PhD’17 from Vectra AI, Nikolay Zhelev PhD’16’ will then take the online ‘stage’ to share their personal trajectories from academic doctoral research to the positions they currently hold.

William Li will serve as panel moderator. William is a Graduate Student in the Maxson lab at Cornell University in the Department of Physics.

Bogdan Neculaes, Principal Scientist GE Research

BOGDAN NECULAES received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from ‘‘Al. I. Cuza University’’ (Iasi, Romania), and M.S. and PhD degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. Dr. Neculaes’ research at University of Michigan focused on magnetron/crossed field device physics towards innovative concepts including magnetic priming, cathode priming, and multiple-cathode based magnetrons.

Currently, Dr. Neculaes is a principal scientist GE Research (GER) in Niskayuna, NY – the research and development arm of General Electric. For the last several years Dr. Neculaes has been leading several research portfolios: X-ray generation, interventional radiology, cyclotron/PET accelerator physics, electron beam additive machine technology and bioelectrics. He coordinated one of the largest X-ray source programs at GER in the recent decades that delivered the first in the world distributed X-ray source for inverse geometry computed tomography. He also directed the first successful X-ray source demonstrations with carbon nanotube cold electron emitters at GER, a significant breakthrough for GE, after more than 100 years of using thermionic electron emitters in X-ray sources. Dr. Neculaes has initiated and chaired the bioelectromagnetics initiative at GER, a multidisciplinary research platform focused on creating novel electromagnetic means for manipulation of biological samples. His teams demonstrated new means for cell permeabilization using infrared lasers to enable exogenous molecule delivery, novel gene delivery methods in vitro using magnetic nanoparticles and magnetic fields, and innovative ex-vivo platelet activation techniques with pulse electric fields for autologous wound healing applications in clinical workflows. Dr. Neculaes’ research team has delivered key enabling technologies for the best in the world electron beam additive machines, that disrupt current manufacturing protocols in aerospace and medical implant industries.

Earlier this year, Dr. Neculaes took over the role of Quantum Platform Leader at GRC. The Quantum Platform has several research thrusts: quantum computing; quantum networking & quantum internet; quantum sensing.

Colin Jermain
Colin Jermain,    Lead Data Scientist Vectra AI






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Nikolay Zhelev PhD’16






William Li, Graduate Student, Cornell Department of Physics




Susi Varvayanis
Susi Varvayanis, Cornell Graduate School Careers Beyond Academia

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