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Washington State University Early Career Workshop

Federico Rosei

Professor at the University of Quebec

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Workshop Topic: Surviving After Graduation, Guiding Your Career After You Have the 1st Job

Federico Rosei has held the role of Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He is a Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he has held the role of UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving, and Storage. He earned an MSc and PhD degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He has published over 200 articles, including six on the survival skills of students beyond graduate school. Rosei also published a book in 2006 “Survival Skills for Scientists” which has transformed into a workshop, course, and lecture that has been given over 40 times around the world.


Workshop Topic: Careers in National Labs

Donald Baer is a Laboratory Fellow and Scientist Lead for Energy Materials and Processes in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at US Department of Energy user facility located at PNNL in Richland, WA. While there he has specialized in the use of surface sensitive techniques to study surface & interphase reactions and material surface chemistry. Recent research includes understanding reactive properties of nanoparticles in a variety of environments.
Dr. Baer earned a B.S. in Physics in 1969 from Carnegie-Mellon University, his PhD in Experimental Physics in 1974 from Cornell University, and was a postdoc in Physics at the University of Illinois. He joined PNNL as a postdoc in 1976 and has served in such roles as Deputy Director of Nanotechnology Initiative (2001-2005) and Co-Director of the PNNL-University of Washington Joint Institute for Nanotechnology (2002-2005). He was an adjunct Professor of Physics for Washington State University (1990-2012) and has been an affiliate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington since 2004. He has published more than 260 peer-reviewed journal articles published. Since 2006 he has been the EMSL lead scientist for Interfacial Chemistry and is currently serving as the interim EMSL Chief Science Officer.


Workshop Topic: Applying to National Labs & Networking

Ryan Boscow is currently the Operations Manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP), a position he has held since 2013, and is based at the PNNL Seattle Research Campus. He manages day-to-day program operations, as well as strategic planning and execution of university outreach, collaboration, and recruitment for NNSA programs. Prior to this role, from 2008-2013, he served as the University Recruiting Program Manager at PNNL from Richland, overseeing the lab’s primary university outreach strategy and all aspects of PNNL’s various graduate internship, post-graduate, and post-doctoral programs. He has also led or co-led the launch of several post-graduate programs in the past seven years, including the Post-Master’s Nuclear Rotational Program and PNNL’s Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. In addition, he served as the PNNL Postdoc Program Manager from 2012-2014. Mr. Boscow currently serves on the Executive Committee for Education, Training, and Workforce Development with the American Nuclear Society, and as a mentor to graduate and post-graduate students working across the nuclear enterprise within the US Department of Energy.


Workshop Topic: Academics at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) and a Mid-Career Move to a National Lab

Monte earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, then completed his graduate studies in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Colorado, at Boulder. After successive postdocs at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga he joined the faculty at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2003. In 2012, Monte moved to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he is currently a Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director for the Center of Molecular Electrocatalysis, a DOE Energy Research Frontier Center.


Workshop Topic: Academics at an R1 Institution

Dr. Clark earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Central Washington University (1999) and then studied Physical Chemistry at Indiana University (2003). After her PhD she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, then joined the faculty at Washington State University in 2005. During her academic career she has precariously balanced writing with research, teaching, service, and raising a family. In addition to maintaining a vibrant research program, she is currently the Director of the Materials Science & Engineering Program at WSU, an interdisciplinary PhD program with about 70 students and 35 affiliate faculty.


Workshop Topic: Applying to Academics

Zach is a native of the Midwest growing up in Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with an additional major in Chemistry in 2004. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned his PhD in 2008. After a three-year postdoc at the University of Toronto and a two-year postdoc at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he began his career at Washington State University in 2013 where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.


Workshop Topic: Differences Between Industry & Academics and Applying to Industry

Mike Reynolds is a Staff Production Technologist for the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company, where he provides technical expertise in well completions and production chemistry including field support for Shell’s unconventional oil & gas business. He began his career at Shell in 2003, working in the Catalysis Department on heavy oil upgrading and hydro-processing research and development. He then joined the Emerging Technologies Department to investigate new opportunities for chemicals and refining including bio-to-chemicals and novel catalytic materials projects.
Prior to joining Shell, Mike earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan State University and a PhD from Iowa State University, followed by a post-doctoral position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an active member of several professional societies including the Chair of the Southwest Catalysis Society, member of the Board of Directors- North American Catalysis Society, and Secretary for ACS Energy & Fuels Division. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the ACS Energy & Fuels and Inorganica Chimica Acta journals. He has co-authored 8 publications and more than 30 patents. He is an avid tennis player, who also enjoys travel and gardening in his spare time.


Workshop Topic: Careers in Industry

Larry Wang joined Charles Evans & Associates, now Evans Analytical Group, in 1994. Dr. Wang graduated from Zhejiang University with a B.S. degree in 1983 and earned his PhD in Physics in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Prior to joining EAG, he was a research associate in the Materials Science Program at Washington State University.
Dr. Wang has extensive SIMS analysis experience with a variety of semiconductor materials including Si, II-VI, III-V, SiC, SiGe, photovoltaic materials and related dielectric and metal films. He has authored & co-authored many publications and has delivered numerous presentations on surface and thin film analysis. He oversaw the development of five SEMI PV 25-1011. His current responsibilities include the operation of the Electronic Materials Group and the technical development of SIMS analysis of LEDs, FinFet, solar cell materials and ALD thin films.


Workshop Topic: Alternate Careers

Liezel recently became a Public Information Officer for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Her job is best described as science writing combined with media relations: she writes about engineering research at the university and works with news reporters to publicize these stories through various news outlets including WIRED, Science Magazine, and IFLScience. Liezel earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from UC San Diego. Afterwards she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. During her postdoc, she decided to finally pursue her love of writing about science.