Ph.D. Colloquium

Getting Your Ph.D.…and Beyond
Critical Stages and Career Paths for the Ph.D. Student

Date: Sunday, July 27, 2008
Time: 13:00—17:00
Location: Marco Polo
Registration: The colloquium is included in the registration for PICMET

Through guest lectures and a workshop, we will share experiences in the following areas:

  • The Ph.D. process and career paths in different countries
  • Critical stages in the Ph.D. process and how to successfully master them
  • Coping with possible personal problems while pursuing a Ph.D. (lack of time or motivation, problems with advisers, insufficient time for family and friends, etc.)
  • What’s next - academia or industry?
  • Entering the academic job market as future junior faculty
  • Landing your first industry job
  • To publish or to perish?


Guest Lectures:

George F. Farris, Rutgers University

George F. Farris is Professor of Management and Director of the Technology Management Research Center at Rutgers University. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Manage¬ment, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and former Division Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Professor Farris is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. He was cited “for seminal contributions to the understanding of organizations and personnel practices in the furtherance of technological innovation and the management of technology.” His scholarly publications have appeared in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and his work has been cited several times in the Wall Street Journal.

Previously Professor Farris was Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Management at Rutgers, Professor of Administrative Studies at York University in Canada, Ford Foundation Professor of Management at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management in Belgium, and Associate Professor of Organ¬izational Psychology and Management at M. I. T. He has held part-time visiting appointments at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China and the National University of Singapore, and he has presented invited lectures at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea. He received his Ph. D. at the University of Michigan and his Bachelor's at Yale University.


Scott W. Cunningham, Delft University of Technology

Scott Cunningham joined the faculty in 2004. Prior to joining TU Delft, he worked in the computer and software industry, creating analytical models for commercial clients. His work on national innovation indicators helps inform policy for the governments of the U.S., the U.K. and Malaysia.

Scott Cunningham is interested in operations research and decision sciences approaches for policy making. In particular he is interested in probabilistic models of social exchange. Other interests include building multi-actor systems theory through the economic sociology and innovation policy literatures. A recent publication is Tech Mining (with Alan Porter), a book on assessing new technology developments.


Guest lectures will provide a starting point for workshop discussions. Workshops will tackle topics the participants are most interested in. They provide a unique opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences and ideas, and network with students and faculty from different countries and university systems.

We encourage students in all stages of the Ph.D. process, as well as recent graduates, to join us.

Please direct questions related to the colloquium to:

Antonie Jetter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering and Technology Management
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Portland State University
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751, USA

Phone: 503-725-4663
Fax: 503-725-4667


Phone: 1-503-725-3525
Fax: 1-503-725-4667
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