Professional Development Series

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology offers a monthly professional development seminar series as a resource for graduate students and postdocs in STEM disciplines. The series covers three general areas: career paths, soft and transferable skills, and career-related knowledge and resources. Topics are meant to supplement the formal academic and technical research training graduate students and postdocs receive in the classroom and/or in their laboratories and to help to explore career paths and develop competencies for advancing their career goals.

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Please note that this series does not generally cover teaching and best practices for pedagogy. The Center for Teaching and Learning offers excellent resources on developing teaching skills. In general, the Singh Center series also does not focus on traditional academic career development (i.e., finding faculty positions). There are a number of resources at Penn that offer programming on faculty job searches (e.g., Career Services Academic Careers, Penn Engineering Postdoc Community, Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs).

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Fall 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
3:30-4:30 pm EDT, Presentation available here

Applying a technical degree to a career in innovation

Hannah Murnen, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Compact Membrane Systems

Dr. Murnen has held both technical and business positions across multiple chemical manufacturers, as
well as having served large chemical multinationals in her capacity as an Engagement Manager in
McKinsey’s Chemicals practice.  Dr. Murnen will be talking about the different decision points in her
career, how they have led her to where she is now and what she has learned from each of them.