ECEN 6016 Graduate Professional Development


John Marino; Course Lead


Imbert Wang; Course Lead


Dr. Dejan Filipovic; Graduate Director

Office ECOT 243; (303) 735 6319




*Schedule has been updated

Jan 18: No class, MLK observance

Jan 25: Lecture, Finding Jobs in Industry – Some Strategies for new MS/PhD Student in
, with Dr. Paul Graf, President Aerospace Solutions LLC.


             FYI: Interested students can also see Dr. Graf speak ‘On the Job Success
                            Strategies for new Aerospace Engineers’ in the DLC on 3/30 12:00-1:00.

                            (NB: This is not required for the course and does not satisfy the attendance


SCHEDULE (subject to change)


     Jan 11    Roadmap to PhD (Panel)

Jan 18    No class, MLK observance

Jan 25    Finding Jobs in Industry (Dr. Paul Graf)

Feb 01    Journal Review Process (Dr. Robert McLeod)

Feb 08    How to Market Yourself (Dr. Daria Kotys-Schwartz)

Feb 15    Journal Writing Part I (Dr. Robert McLeod)

Feb 22    How to Interview and Negotiate

Feb 29    Journal Writing Part II

Mar 07   How to Talk, Speak, and Present

Mar 14   Fellowships and Grants

Mar 21   No Class, Spring Break

Mar 28   Entrepreneurship

Apr 04   The Post-Doc Experience

Apr 11   How to Get a Job in Academia

Apr 18   Networking

Apr 25   How to Succeed in Academia




Time                     4:00pm – 4:50pm M


Room                    ECEE  1B32


Leaders                 Imbert Wang, John Marino


Course URL


Credits                 1


Textbook             none


Description          This course will help you manage the process of getting your PhD and launching a stellar career once it is awarded. It will use panels of experts to give you the view “from the trenches” of academia, industry etc. Skills such as paper and grant writing, how to raise money for your startup idea and how to give a job talk will help you get from here to there.


Goal                     To help PhD and masters students 1) obtain skills to help them in their academic journey, and 2) to prepare them for a post graduate career.



Emphasis             Presentations, panels, and discussions from various guest speakers.

Prerequisites        none


Grading                Based on attendance:


                              Lectures attended       Grade

                                        ≥ 10                   Pass

                                        < 10                   Fail



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