Preparing Now for Your Future Academic Career

Dr. Richard M. Reis, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Design and Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing, Stanford University.

This seminar will look at how to prepare for, find, and succeed at academiccareers in engineering. In particular we will examine a three-prongedpreparation strategy that you can start using now to put you in the bestpossible position for an exciting career as a professor.In the first element of the strategy, Breadth-on-Top-of-Depth, you putdeveloping expertise in a broad context that allows you to see connectionsbetween your work and that of others, to develop related areas of depth, andto make a more compelling case for your own research contribution. In theNext-Stage component of the strategy you think ahead, look ahead, and actahead of the stage you (and your future competition) currently occupy andthus not only demonstrate your willingness, but also your readiness, to assumethe position you are seeking. Finally, the Multiple Options element allows youto prepare concurrently for careers in academia, government, and industry.

Richard Reis is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing (AIM) at Stanford and Associate Director of Global Learning Partnerships of the Stanford Learning Lab. He has been with the former since 1989. From 1987 to 1989 he also served as the Associate Dean for Professional Development in the Stanford School of Engineering. Dr. Reis is also a Consulting Professor in the Stanford Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments. He teaches an introductory seminar for all incoming Electrical Engineering graduate students in the fall quarter (EE201A) and a graduate seminar (EE201B) on "Life after Stanford" in the winter quarter. Throughout the academic year, he teaches the Proseminar in Manufacturing Education for students in the Stanford Future Professors of Manufacturing program. He is a part-time instructor in astronomy at the College of San Mateo and a curriculum consultant to the Menlo School and College. Prior to coming to Stanford he was the Executive Officer and editor of the astronomy magazine, Mercury, for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a Professor of science education at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Newfoundland, Canada, and a high school physics teacher in Los Angeles. Reis holds bachelor's degrees in physical geography (honors), physics (honors) and a master's degree in science education from California State University at Los Angeles, and a master's degree in physical science (geophysics) and a PhD in science education (physics) from Stanford University.