Colloquium for Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty
"Government, Industry or Academia? Career Choices for the Ph.D. Graduate in Engineering and Technology Management"

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2004
Time: 13:00—17:00
Location: Sorak-III Room (Atrium Level 3), Ritz-Carlton, Seoul, Korea
Registration: The colloquium is included in the registration for PICMET

All doctoral students who are attending PICMET are invited to the colloquium, and we would also encourage the participation of junior faculty and recent graduates who have chosen a career in industry or government. We encourage students from various countries to attend because their perspective allows us to compare and contrast academic and industrial careers in different countries.

As the topic for 2004 suggests, the goal of this colloquium is to inform doctoral students in engineering and technology management about the career options that they have when they graduate. During the first 90 minutes, Ph.D. graduates will make presentations regarding their experience and their career plans. For the remainder of the colloquium, participants will work in small groups to identify and make suggestions for the resolution of key issues involving career choice. The colloquium will consist of the following three focus groups, each representing a career choice. Career in Government: This could potentially cover issues such as preparing for civil service, or exerting influence through networks or within hierarchical structures. Monetary rewards, social status, individual gratification and other motivating factors could also be discussed in this focus group. Career in Industry: This group will focus on the industrial job market. Key issues may be the value of a Ph.D. in industry. Monetary rewards, social status, individual gratification and other motivating factors could be discussed in this focus group. Career in Academia: This group will look at issues such as the academic job market, networking with the right people in your field, defining your field of research, and the tenure process (or the international equivalent). The focus groups will discuss issues related to each career for about one hour, followed by a 20-minute presentation. Each focus group will present its recommendations and act as a panel for a general discussion with the other participants. The recommendations of each focus group and key points of the discussion will be documented and sent to the participants after the conference. Ideally, each focus group should consist of some participants who are respectively interested in a career in government, industry and academia. Both junior faculty and recent graduates of doctoral programs who work in industry or government are also encouraged to join the colloquium because a Ph.D. can have a major impact on a career in all these areas. The perspective of students and graduates from outside the United States is especially welcome because it may teach the participants how to approach an international career.

The Agenda:

13:00 – 13:15 Introductions
13:15 – 13:30 Description of the agenda (Weber)
13:30 – 14:00 Presentation #1, Dr. Deok Soon Yim, (STEPI, Korea)
14:00 – 14:30 Presentation #2, Prof. Dr. Robert Harmon (School of Business Administration, Portland State University, USA)
14:30 – 15:00 Presentation # 3, Dr. Nathasit Gerdsri (Dept. of Engineering and Technology Management, Portland State University, USA)
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:00 Break out into three focus groups
16:00 – 16:15 Group 1 (Government) – presentation and questions
16:15 – 16:30 Group 2 (Industry) – presentation and questions
16:30 – 16:45 Group 3 (Academia) – presentation and questions
16:45 Rejoin into one plenary session
16:45 – 16:55 Open discussion
16:55 – 17:00 Feedback on process
17:00 Adjourn

 A written summary of the meeting will be sent to all participants after the conference.

We thank everybody in advance for their participation.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Charles Weber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Engineering and Technology Management
Portland State University
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751, USA

Phone: 503-725-8133
Fax: 503-725-4667