Webinar: Returning to Graduate School with Industry Experience

Returning to Graduate School with Industry Experience 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (ET)

About the Webinar:

Considering going back to graduate school for an advanced degree such as Master of Science, Master of Engineering, MBA, or a Ph.D.? Learn about how to select a program that is right for you and the application process.  Learn about the transition from full time engineer in industry to full-time or part-time engineering graduate student. The panelists will discuss motivations and reasons for going to graduate school, selecting programs that meet your career goals, and explain the application process including how to write the personal statement. In this webinar, we will discuss the different types of funding sources available for different kinds of degrees. The availability of financial aid varies based on the field of study (e.g., business vs. engineering), part-time vs. full-time status student status, and the degree being pursued (e.g., masters’ degree vs. doctoral degree). We will explain the differences between fellowships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships, and teaching assistantships, discuss internal and external sources of funding, and indicate where a prospective student can go for more information.

To register for this Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/174584474

Who should attend:  Professionals and collegiates

About the Speakers: 

Kimber Brenneman is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focus is in Bionanotechnology where she develops nanosensors for the detection of ions and biomolecules. Prior to graduate school Kimber worked as a Project Manager at Viscofan U.S.A., Inc., a manufacturer of artificial meat casings, for over 4 years. She received her B.S. in Biological and Food Process Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Kimber has been active in graduate student conference programming for SWE since 2010. She also promotes women in engineering by serving as a mentor for Women in Nanotechnology, an outreach group within Women in Science and Engineering at UIC, by presenting her research to students and providing lab tours. 

Dr. Diane Peters is a Senior Control Systems Engineer at LMS International in Troy, MI. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1993, and began a masters’ degree in mechanical engineering several years later as a part-time student. She received her M.S. in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and six years later, left the workforce to enroll in a doctoral program. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010. She has conducted research in engineering education centering on “returning students” in engineering, those who spend significant time in the workforce after a bachelor’s degree and then choose to pursue graduate education. She has published two papers on this topic at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)’s annual conference, and has additional work in progress and in review. She is also active in SWE and in ASME. She may be contacted at diane.peters@sbcglobal.net.

Marcella Vaicik is a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology located in Chicago, IL. Her expertise is in cell and tissue engineering with her research focused on soft tissue development and reconstruction.   She was a National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow in 2011 where she conducted research in Taiwan.  Marcella graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in 2004 in Chemical Engineering.  Prior to graduate school she was a chemical engineer in the chemical and petrochemical industries working in several varied roles as a Chlorine Production Supervisor and Technical Service Engineer at PPG Industries, Inc. and then as an Optimization Engineer at Flint Hills Resources.  She completed her masters in Bioengineering in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Chicago.   Marcella is the current WE13 Graduate Programming Coordinator for SWE and has been active in graduate student conference programming for SWE since 2010. She is a member of the SWE Graduate Student Task force.  Marcella is active in science and engineering outreach in her community acting as a science fair judge for several local schools.    She may be contacted at mkschmidt10@gmail.com.



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