[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: The Infamous Career Decision: Academia or Industry

By Katherine Rogers Davis

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Academia or industry after graduate school?..Or both? Kate Rogers Davis, who currently serves as both a software engineer at PowerWorld Corporation and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois, will speak to her pursuit of industry and academia and how she became interested in each area. Serving in two such differing roles has made her advanced degree in engineering even more valuable throughout her professional career. She will discuss when and why she decided to pursue advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and specifically how those degrees have contributed to her success and ability to effectively work in both academia and industry.


Dr. Katherine Rogers Davis is currently working as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also as a software engineer and senior consultant at PowerWorld Corporation. She got her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. She loves running and scuba diving. She also served as a volunteer firefighter in Houston, Texas.


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