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BES-ECN Elevator Pitch Webinar

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 13:00 to 14:00 CDT

This webinar occured on May 22nd 2:00-3:00 (EST) and consisted of three short, 15-minute talks on elevator pitches with 5-minute breaks for transitioning and questions.  The purpose of the webinar was to educate early career people about delivering an impactful elevator pitch of their research achievements and goals in a few minutes. These talks will be based on three different perspectives and disciplines: academia, national lab, and industry. In order to expand the impact of this webinar, a video of the webinar for Dr. Vlachos and Dr. Dinh and the slides for Dr. Donakowski are shared below. 

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Dionisios Vlachos (University of Delaware), Dr. Huyen Dinh (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and Dr. Martin Donakowski (Exponent) as our presenters:

Prof. Vlachos is a professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation and the Delaware Energy Institute, University of Delaware. His research interests lie in the reaction engineering and materials synthesis areas and in particular in the interplay of chemistry with transport over multiple length and time scales. He is an avid, enthusiastic communicator with passionate ideas about crafting an elevator pitch. In his presentation, he will emphasize how to orient a successful elevator pitch during faculty job interviews and provide tip for students interviewing for an academic postdoc position.

Dr. Dinh is a senior scientist and project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and currently coordinates NREL’s hydrogen production and delivery projects with the U.S. Department of Energy. Her research interests include fuel cell catalysis (PEMFCs, DMFCs), contaminants, renewable photoelectrochemical hydrogen production, fermentation of biomass, solar thermochemical hydrogen production, renewable electrolysis, and reforming bio-boil. She has also mentored a number of students and has been awarded mentorship awards. In her presentation, she will describe key elements for preparing an elevator pitch for prospective candidates who are looking to work in a national laboratory setting.

Dr. Donakowski is a scientist at Exponent in the polymer science & materials chemistry branch. He is trained as a chemist, with specialization in electrochemistry and materials characterization. He has studied systems ranging from nanocrystals, to coin cell batteries, and even to large-scale power generators. He has worked in academia, government laboratories, scientific non-profits, startups as a scientist, and science policy. Because he has traversed across many fields, he has a breadth of experience in conveying scientific jargon into a succinct elevator pitch when applying to industry. He will provide a very unique perspective for those who are looking to transition from academia to industry.

This event is organized by the BES ECN Science Communication Subgroup:

  • Jesse Ko, SCALAR EFRC (co-leader), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Santanu Roy, MSEE EFRC (co-leader), Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Maria Philip, CEES EFRC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign