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CIAN Student Retreat & Innovation to Market Workshop 2015

This year’s CIAN Student Retreat and Innovation to Market Workshop took place after the CIAN Annual Retreat. Two speakers were hosted to share their expertise on interview skills and entrepreneurship. Below, find George Kenney’s presentation and advice from Bri McWhorter on the “Top Five Interview Techniques.”

Access George Kenney’s Presentation

Part 1

Part 2

 

george-kenneyGeorge Kenney
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Shepherd Ventures

A Managing Director and co-founder of Shepherd Ventures, George has a strong technical background combined with extensive Wall Street and financial industry experience. He has been a successful manager in rapid growth environments, turning around struggling operations and developing and mentoring high technology companies. George has invested in a broad range of technology companies. He also runs an Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp which prepares CEOs to raise money.

Before forming Shepherd Ventures, George was CTO and Partner at Nicholas-Applegate, a money management firm in San Diego, where he directed technology and operations to grow and sell the company. Prior to Nicholas-Applegate, George was CTO and Managing Director at Kidder Peabody in New York City, becoming an expert in Investment Risk Management. Previously he held top information technology positions at Swiss Bank, Salomon Brothers and the American Stock Exchange. As Director of Research for North American Philips and co-founder of Digital Measurements Corp., George obtained numerous US and foreign patents.

George holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, an MSEE from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he attended the Optic’s Program at London’s Imperial College and is a Graduate of Harvard University’s Industrial Management Program.  A noted technology futurist, George has been a keynote speaker at financial conferences on The Future of Technology. He has served as a Trustee for the San Diego Museum of Art and as pro-bono Chairman of the museum’s Investment Committee.  He has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small  Business Investment Companies and is currently  a board member of several technology companies.


TOP FIVE INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

by Bri McWhorter, CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate

1. BE MENTALLY PRESENT

Be here and now. It is the most important advice I can give. Miscommunications and missed opportunities occur far too often because people are distracted by their own thoughts and not focusing on what is happening in front of them. This is especially hard in an interview, when your body is filled with nerves and your mind is running through all the various ways this interview could play out. Instead of focusing on what could be, pay attention to what is.

2. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

The first thing to do before entering an interview is to change your mindset. Instead of saying to yourself, “Don’t mess up” or “Please pick me,” enter the room believing you are already on their team. You and the interviewer are already colleagues. You are entering the room to get to know each other better, to exchange ideas and to see if you can work together to build something great. You are not entering the room to be grilled or interrogated. This is a supportive atmosphere where you can have a conversation and explore new topics.

3. YOU ARE ALSO INTERVIEWING THEM

It is important to remember that you are also interviewing them. You need to figure out if this is a work environment that you can thrive in. The last thing you want to do is move your whole life around for this job and find out that this is not a place you feel you can spread your wings in. That is why an interview is a conversation. Go in excited to explore new possibilities. You are seeing if you can add to their team and if their team is the right fit for you.

4. GO WITH THE FLOW

The most common remark I hear when I help people prepare for interviews is that they are afraid of not knowing an answer to a question. It is impossible to predict and prepare for every possible situation and question. Instead, breathe and be excited about this experience. Fun is the antidote to fear. I have my clients engage in various improvisation exercises to remind them that the unplanned can be fun.

5. PREPARE

Even though you can’t prepare for everything, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare. Do your homework. Know the company you are interviewing for. What is their mission statement? What are they currently working on? Were any articles about them released lately? With the internet at your fingertips, you have a vast amount of resources to consult before entering an interview situation. You also need to know why you are the best fit for this job. If you don’t know why you are ideal for this position, how can you expect others to believe you are?

Prepare the answer these questions:

  • Why you?
  • What sets you apart from the rest of the competition?
  • Why this job?
  • Why this company?
  • What previous experiences will help you succeed in this new position?
  • What questions would you ask if you were interviewing someone for this job?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with this position?
  • What questions do you have for the interviewer?

 SUMMARY

  • Stay mentally and physically present.
  • Change your mindset about the interview. See it as an opportunity to exchange ideas.
  • You are also interviewing them. You want to see if this is the right fit for you. Be sure you can thrive.
  • Go with the flow. Have fun.
  • Prepare what you can.

bri-mcwhorterBri McWhorter
CEO and Founder
Activate to Captivate

Bri McWhorter is the CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate where she teaches communication techniques from an actor’s point of view. She specializes in Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Communications, Interview Techniques and is a Speech Coach. She is a Communications Consultant for UC Irvine. She teaches communication certificate programs on public speaking for graduate students and postdocs. She also works with faculty on upcoming presentations. She has a MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.  She is a private speech coach and conducts group communication workshops for various companies and universities. For more information on Bri, please visit www.activatetocaptivate.com.

CIAN Annual Retreat Approaches

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN ANNUAL RETREAT!

(Click above link then on the ‘Please RSVP’ and complete the form.)

Students are encouraged to speak with faculty as soon as possible to determine if they will be attending. Student presentations will be given on Nov. 13th. Speak with your mentor to determine if you will be giving a presentation. The Student’s Annual Retreat will be held simultaneously on Nov. 11 & 12, with consideration of the CIAN Annual Retreat agenda (see below for registration information, speakers, and topics).

Dates: November 12-13, 2015
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

CIAN Annual Retreat Agenda

Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to obtain the discounted rate of $144.  The rate will be good for up to 3 days before and 3 days after our meeting. Hotel Deadline is October 10 (but don’t wait because there are only a limited amount of rooms).  Click on either of the links below.

CIAN Retreat (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1509022518&key=3175D815

Questions about the CIAN Annual Retreat may be directed to Trin Riojas.

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.


REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN STUDENT RETREAT!

Date: November 11-13, 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

Student Annual Retreat Draft Agenda

The CIAN Student Dinner and Activity will take place on November 11th in the afternoon and evening. Please make your travel plans and hotel reservations with these events in mind.

Nov. 11
Student Activity: Kayaking, 5pm (See Soha Namnabat and Alex Miles) (RSVP required)

Nov. 12
Student Dinner: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel (RSVP required)

Nov. 13
8:30am-10am, 10:30am-12:00pm – Student Presentations (Register your talk here)
1:00pm-2:30pm – Speaker 1: Bri McWhorter – Interview Skills Boot Camp
2:30pm-4:30pm – Speaker 2: George Kenney – Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.

Scott Tan Attends MRS Spring Conference 2015

After a long flight from London, it was nice to return to the US for the annual Materials Research Society Spring Conference held in sunny San Francisco. Thousands of professionals, enthusiasts, and students gathered from around the world for presentations, events, and exhibits, spanning across two conference hotels and the enormous Moscone West Convention Center. It was an incredible experience, and I am very thankful for such an amazing opportunity.

At the end of Summer 2014 with Dr. Gangopadhyay, Dr. Balakrishnan, and Alex Alvara (another IOU-NA participant)

At the end of Summer 2014 with Dr. Gangopadhyay, Dr. Balakrishnan, and Alex Alvara (another IOU-NA participant)

On Monday, the conference started off with tutorial sessions on a wide variety of interesting topics. I attended a workshop on biomolecular motors for nanodevices, and then a session about characterizing nanowires. That night, I got to attend the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, which is one of the most coveted awards in materials science, right below the Nobel Prize. This year’s winner, Dr. Hongyou Fan, presented his research developing a new technique to synthesize nanomaterials. Continue reading

Job Posting: Optical Applications Engineer

VPIphotonics, premier provider of professional simulation software and design services for integrated photonics and fiber optics applications, as well as optical transmission system and network applications, is offering a position in US Solutions Center.

With a worldwide customer base spanning the whole telecommunications industry, VPIphotonics is seeking the talents of an Optical Applications Engineer, with an emphasis on photonic integrated circuits and devices, to mainly help service the Americas region.

Work Responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide technical applications support for VPIphotonics products. This will  include:

  • Technical assistance in the use of our simulation tools in customer specific applications; particularly device and circuit modeling of individual components as well as subsystems
  • Help with Licensing and resolving installation issues encountered by users
  • Along with a team of others, provide consulting services using VPiphotonics products
  • Provide presales technical support, training and web-based seminars for existing customers
  • Participate in our continuing product development efforts

While support is provided to our worldwide customer base, this position is based in the Boston area.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • MS degree with focus on a photonics related field is
  • Familiarity with aspects of photonics and optical communications is This includes optical devices, photonic circuits, WDM systems, amplifiers, fiber, receivers and electronics.
  • Good working knowledge of Windows operating systems is
  • Application knowledge of VPIphotonics design tools is a
  • Programming experience using Python or Matlab is a

Further, we envision that the successful candidate will have

  • Strong analytical & problem solving abilities
  • Excellent presentation & communication skills
  • Solid people skills, ability to work in a team
  • Strong customer service orientation

This is a genuine rare opportunity to work alongside global equipment manufacturers, service providers and research institutes. VPiphotonics will provide comprehensive product training, in addition to an exciting & rewarding international career path, to the successful candidate. This position is based in our US Solutions Center near Boston, MA. Occasional traveling is required.

Salary will be negotiated depending on a candidate’s qualifications and experience. If you would Like to be considered, please send your resume by May 1, 2015 to jobsUS@VPIphotonics.com.

About VPIphotonics

VPiphotonics sets the industry standard for end-to-end photonic design automation comprising design, analysis and optimization of components, systems and networks. We provide professional simulation software and professional consulting services. Our award-winning solutions are used extensively in research and development, and by product design and marketing teams at hundreds of corporations and at over 160 academic institutions worldwide. For more information, visit www.VPIphotonics.com

Light and Opportunity in the Southwest: My Experience with the Hooked on Photonics REU at UA

I believe that our interactions with light are amongst some of the most powerful and memorable experiences that one can have. Even our subtle interactions with light outside of the lab can have an extremely profound effect on the way we think and perceive the world. One of the most profound ways that light permeates our everyday language is in our use of light as a metaphor to clarify a concept. Words such as illuminate, illustrate, and enlighten make sense to us because of our everyday experience with light from childhood. When a new explanation of some phenomena comes to our attention, we may say that some light has been shed on the subject. In the lab, the interaction between light and matter can provide us with a great amount of information about the characteristics of our universe and applications for new types of technology. In the laboratory, we are put into a unique situation. Not only is light used to reveal the properties of materials and objects around us, but also the concept and properties of light itself are revealed or even can be said to be illuminated.

College of Opt Sci Sculpture

Mirror Glass Sculpture Outside College of Optical Sciences

I started optical science research in my junior year of college. When I found out that I had been accepted as a participant in the Hooked on Photonics REU program at UA, I was very excited. The furthest west I had ever traveled in the United States was Illinois, so the REU seemed like a perfect opportunity for the summer. UA has a historically strong program for optics, so I was looking forward to being part of such an immersive optics experience. After the program, I remember reading through the October issue of the OSA publication Optics and Photonics News and coming across the feature article on the 50th Anniversary of the College of Optical Sciences at UA written by Dean Thomas Koch. His description of the Arizona sky and the “blue-sky thinking” that characterizes the institution and its hosted programs completely reflects my memory of my summer experience. Continue reading

Veteran Research Supplement – for grads & undergrads

APPLY FOR THE VETERAN RESEARCH SUPPLEMENT

Application Deadline: Rolling

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, a ten-university Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF. CIAN is working towards creating transformative optical technologies to enable an affordable faster internet for the future.

WHAT IS VRS?

russellCIAN welcomes veteran students (undergraduate and graduate) of the United States Military into our labs to participate in research that is creating ultra-broadband communication for the next generation internet. Participants will be given consultation and financial support to obtain real hands-on research experience in optical communications, thus preparing or expanding the career potential for participants both in the classroom and in the workforce.

CIAN aspires to create a technological revolution in internet access speeds. Veteran students will conduct research in a cross-disciplinary setting collaborating with faculty, graduate students, research engineers, post-docs, and other students. Also, the program will develop partnerships between the mentors, faculty, and veteran students to develop effective means of transferring STEM (optical communication and networking) knowledge.

STIPEND

A stipend of up to $5,000 or $10,000 is available.

RESEARCH TOPICS MAY INCLUDE:

Optical telecommunication, fiber optics, fiber lasers and amplifiers
Nonlinear photonics and high speed optical switching
Integrated optics including waveguide amplifiers, lasers, and modulators

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

University students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) as an undergraduate or graduate student and who are also veterans of the United States Military. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is required.

APPLY FOR THE VETERAN RESEARCH SUPPLEMENT

APPLICATION DEADLINE: ROLLING

SEE THE FLYER!

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

Verification of Military Service (ex. DD214 form)

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

 

Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

Application Deadline: February 13, 2015

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF that consists of research labs at 10 different universities. CIAN offers a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate Native American students interested in exploring optics and photonics, as well as hydrology, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, or environmental sciences. (See a slideshow of the Summer 2014 IOU-NA at the bottom of this page).

WHAT IS IOU-NA?

IOU_NA_002The Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for Native American students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in top laboratories in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, and environmental sciences. Selected students are paired with a research project complementing their interests and goals.

CSC_5743IOU-NA students will also participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by University of Arizona’s Native American-serving entities, gain hands-on experience in CIAN’s culturally relevant two-week Native American focused Optics Research Workshop (ORW), attend presentations given by Native American STEM graduate students and faculty, as well as participate in other activities designed to support Native American Undergraduate students.

STIPEND

A stipend of $5,000 is available for successful participation in the full 10-week program. Additionally, travel to and from the university at the start and close of the program will be covered as well as housing on campus during the 10-weeks of the program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Native American undergraduates, attending a two or four-year college or tribal college, of all levels majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). Minimum 3.0 GPA required, on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2015

 

SEE THE FLYER!

READ ABOUT PAST STUDENTS EXPERIENCES

Solianna Herrera – Atmospheric Sciences, “My Experience with CIAN’s IOU-NA program”
Robert Castellanos – Optics, “A Packed Schedule – “Plunging into academics with CIAN”

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

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