What are your career choices after graduate school? Will you develop technology yourself? Will you work in a team? Will you guide people? Where will you work: in industry, research lab, or academia? Regardless where you work, there is generally one item that you are not being taught in graduate school: your communication skills. Come and hear my personal perspective on working in Industry (Texas Instruments) for 4 years, in a U.S. government research laboratory (NASA JPL) for 6 years and in an academic institution (Purdue University) for over 5 years. Within the presentation I will highlight my “recipe” for a strategically structured presentation that is open and inviting to any audience. The key message is that about 1/3 of the presentation should introduce the overall topic and relevance of the problems to be solved. The next 1/3 of the presentation should highlight the beautiful solutions that have been achieved without any technical details. These 2/3 of the presentation should be accessible to all members of the audience. The next 1/6 of the presentation addresses details of the work that are understandable to experts in the audience, the last 1/6 gathers the whole audience and provides a perspective of what needs to be done with the topic in the future.
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