Newsletter – 12 Jan 2016

Hello Grad Community!

Welcome to 2016, everyone! Are you looking for resolutions that will make a big difference? Resolve to spread the word about the Grad Community! Check out a Blog post on how to help spread the word about the Grad Community here:

Simply put, help spread the word by forwarding this email to those you think may be interested in the Grad Community!

In this newsletter:

  1. Upcoming webinars: Patents, AccessEngineering, Economist’s Perspective on Staying Motivated in Grad School
  2. Apply for a SWE Scholarship!
  3. Grad Community Spotlights
  4. Blog Basics: Webinar page
  5. New employment opportunities on the blog


(1) Upcoming webinars: Patents, AccessEngineering, Economist’s Perspective on Staying Motivated in Grad School

Patents: An Introduction for Owners

Part two of a two-part series. This presentation series is a basic introduction to patents and an overview of issues and practices to be considered by prospective patent inventors and patent owners.

Part Two focuses on providing a basic overview of how patents can be used to add value for owners seeking to utilize patents in a commercial venture.  The presentation covers issues associated with managing patent ownership, including aggregating ownership rights from multiple inventors into a single entity and avoiding pitfalls associated with research agreements.  The presentation will also cover strategically building and managing patent portfolios to maximize value, including enforcement and licensing.

Registration link:

Read more about the webinar and the presenter on the blog:


AccessEngineering: Strategies to support individuals with disabilities pursuing careers in engineering – Part 2

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT)

About the Webinar:

This webinar focuses on a new NSF initiative, AccessEngineering, which (1) supports and promotes individuals with disabilities in pursuing engineering, and (2) integrates universal design and accessibility topics into the engineering curriculum. In particular, this webinar will discuss topics including communication tips and how you can best support individuals with disabilities in engineering, and best practices for making makerspaces, labs and machine shops accessible. Part 2 of this webinar series will focus on strategies for easily integrating universal design and accessibility topics into engineering education.

Presenters: Sheryl Burgstahler, Richard Ladner, Maya Cakmak, Kat Steele

Register for this Webinar


An Economist’s Perspective on Staying Motivated in Grad School

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT)

About the Webinar:

Going to grad school costs you anywhere from two years to six years, depending on your program.  If we assume that you will make a minimum of $50K per annum, plus 35% fringe and 5%-10% seniority advantage per year, those years in school begin to get very expensive quickly.  But there is more to graduate education than cash and that is what staying motivated in grad school is all about.  Developing the right attitude to stay motivated to accomplish a lot during your time as a grad student besides just coursework is very important to not only addressing the pecuniary gaps that emerge with time away at school but create a cache of non-pecuniary benefits that put head and shoulders above your competition.  In this lively and humorous webinar, we will discuss some specific steps to ensure you are motivated and stay motivated throughout your grad school experience.  We will discuss the importance of developing a philosophy of life to guide your graduate studies, the criticality of fostering a passion for pursuing what you are passionate about and to use results as the driving forces for your motivation.

Presenter: Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu

Register for this Webinar


(2) Apply for a SWE Scholarship

Many grad students are not aware that they are eligible for SWE scholarships, but you are! Speaking from experience, it is a great way to help pay for attending conferences, cover living expenses, buy books and school supplies, etc.

Check out this All-Together article for more information on eligibilty and how to apply:


(3) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlights?

Jennifer Williams (28 Dec 2015):

Georgia Tech Grad SWE (11 Jan 2015):

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here:


(4) Blog Basics: Webinar page

Have you missed a webinar hosted by the Grad Community or SWE as a whole? Check out the Webinar page of the blog to get the presentations or find instructions on how to access webinars after they’ve been recorded..


(5) New employment opportunities on the blog!
Two new tenure-track positions at Kettering University have been posted on the Blog — check them out:

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at!




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