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Friday, March 15, 2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Careers in Innovation

The Plant Biology Graduate Student Association is hosting an “alternative” career development  event — in reflection on the small percentage of PhDs who are likely to remain in academia after graduating. We are hosting a Q&A panel of leaders in the IP/innovation space with a networking social to follow.

The goals of the event are to give attendees a sense of both what their roles might be if they pursue this type of career and the types of non-science professionals with whom they would be working. We are inviting graduate students in diverse fields to participate to create opportunities to practice sharing our work with non-expert professionals and recognize the power of interdisciplinary dialogue.

Confirmed speakers:

Zach Shulman, Devin Craven, Peter Salmon, Brad TreatJulie Baker, and Alice Li

Zach Shulman has been Director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell since October 2013 and a Managing Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund since 2004. Prior to his current roles, Zach was a Senior Lecturer at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and headed up many entrepreneurship-related programmatic activities there. Prior to that, Zach was a corporate lawyer in Boston and Ithaca and also General Counsel at a tech company that raised boatloads of venture capital in 1999 and 2000; ultimately, Zach took that company through bankruptcy. Zach earned a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and graduated from Cornell University Law School, magna cum laude.

Devin Zysling Craven is Director of Research Service Solutions at iFyber. She received her PhD in animal physiology and behavior from Indiana University and performed postdoctoral work at Cornell University in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Services. Following her time in academia, Devin worked in regulatory and clinical affairs in the medical device field, with the aim of bringing new devices and technologies to market. Currently, she is the Director of Research Service Solutions at iFyber LLC, a preclinical contract research organization, where she is responsible for business development, project management, and expanding test offerings to clients. 

Peter Salmon is Founder of the International Food Network. Peter received his BS and MS degrees in Food Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his MBA in Marketing & Finance from Fordham University, NYC. He worked in Quality Assurance, Production, and Product Development for John E. Cain, General Mills Inc. and General Foods Corp. before starting International Food Network Inc. (IFN) in 1987. Thirty years later he sold IFN which is now part of Eurofins Scientific, the world's leading analytical testing service and contract research organization serving the food industry. Peter is currently retired and consulting part-time. He divides his time between homes in Naples, FL and Ithaca, NY.

Brad Treat is an Instructor in Entrepreneurship. He is a startup founder and collegiate faculty member with significant experience starting, growing, and running entrepreneurial companies with a specialty in high-growth businesses, especially companies that have a technical underpinning.

Julie Baker is Chief Operating Officer at Ursa Space Systems. She co-founded Ursa Space Systems in 2014 to connect information-rich satellite data with critical decision makers around the globe. As Ursa’s COO, Julie leads the production and engineering teams responsible for the advanced technologies driving Ursa’s analytics services portfolio. She is a passionate leader in workplace diversity, playing a key role in creating Ursa’s diverse and 50% female workforce. Julie has 30 years of experience in the software industry, including 15 years in engineering and technical management. She holds a Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin.

Alice Lee is the Executive Director of the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) at Cornell University. She oversees all aspects of technology management, marketing, license negotiation, outreach, and CTL activities to facilitate new venture creation in its services to all Cornell campuses and colleges.

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Open to graduate students and postdocs in any field. Please register so we have a head count to order food. Please provide the professional courtesy to let us know in advance if you are unlikely to attend.

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Supported by: Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell's Research Office and the BEST Program 

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