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February 2016, Newsletter





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http://eceta.cz/tag/status-quo/ The Community Monthly Newsletter, Feb. ’16

Throughout the month of February love was in the air as boxes of chocolates were exchanged, and heart-felt messages were shared. Although our messages might not end with XOXO, The SearchLite has plenty to share with you for the month of February!

Interested in who’s already a part of the IIR CommunityCheck out our members!

*Feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone that might be interested! We would also encourage you to share our monthly newsletters on your social media platforms so that others may become aware of the IIR Community.*

As always, please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have (csong@thesearchlite.com).

– Christy Song

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Transitioning out of Academia is scary, but you’re not alone!

Transitioning out of Academia is scary, but you’re not alone!

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Visha Krishnan, former Market Discovery Director of The SearchLite, recently attended a career event for Doctoral and Postdoctoral scholars interested in exploring careers outside of academia at Michigan State University. She participated as one of the panelists for the Innovation/IP portion of the Expanded Careers Conference, along with, Cindy Bott (Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and Tom Herlache, Technology Manager at MSU Technologies). The event featured a portion where the guest panelists individually explained how they arrived at their current job position and they shared with the scholars what it is that they are currently doing.

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NIH BEST Career Panel Discussion at MSU

bestThe SearchLite recently hosted a NIH BEST career panel discussion at Michigan State University.   The panel discussion about career transition was held at the offices of MSU Technologies on Thursday, December 17th.  The panel featured three speakers and focused on career opportunities in Life Sciences for PhD Candidates and Post Docs.  Students from the http://emindfolks.com/contact/feed/ MSU BEST Program and Wayne State University BEST Program participated in the career panel.  BEST stands for Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has selected and funded 17 research sites in the US to participate in the BEST Program.

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MSU’s Annual Engineering Graduate Research Symposium

IMG_0376Michigan State University’s School of Engineering hosted its annual Engineering Graduate Research Symposium this past Thursday on April 9th and it was a great success!   Scott Phillips TSL’s CEO and Founder of The SearchLite participated as a poster judge in the event and had the opportunity of seeing many amazing project presentations.


22b3bf7Katy Luchini Colbry, Ph.D., Director for Graduate Initiatives, College of Engineering at Michigan State University was responsible for coordination of the event and did a fantastic job of organizing a wonderful lineup of events which also included an opportunity for students to interact with representatives from industry.  The SearchLite had the opportunity to speak with several students about the Innovators-in-Residence Program.


IMG_0384More than 300 graduate students were featured in the event coming from a vast array of different engineering backgrounds including mechanical, civil, biosystems, computer science, electrical, environmental, materials science, and chemical. Departmental nominees for the Fitch Beach Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research presented their projects before a panel of judges. And awards were based on a review of the student’s academic and professional records and on the oral presentation given on their research. Awardees were honored with a stipend, certificate, and medal that will be worn at graduation.

IMG_0385First place winner was Nariman Mansouri for his presentation on Design Considerations and Estimate On-Vehicle Performance for a Compression Couple-Based Thermoelectric Generator.




Second place winner was Uchechi Okeke for her presentation on Tensile, Creep, and Fatige Analysis of Friction Stir Weldeded Al 2139-T8 Alloy.


Speakers included Dr. Karen L. Klomparens, the Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education at Michigan State University, and Dr. Brian M. Kent, an internationally recognized expert in radar technology and 1980 grad of MSU engineering.

“Graduate Level Careers in Industry: Job-Searching, Interviewing and Careers”

 Are you considering a career outside of academia?

The SearchLite’s Innovators-in-Residence program presents:

“Graduate Level Careers in Industry:  Job-Searching, Interviewing and Careers”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014,  Chittenden Hall, Michigan State University Campus

Link to the presentation deck – Seminar 12-02-2014

Link  to the presentation audio recording – Audio Recording

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Beyond the Lab: Scientists and Entrepreneurs Get Busy at NSF I-Corps

The SearchLite Newsletter – July, 2014


  • Beyond the Lab: Scientists and Entrepreneurs Get Busy at NSF I-Corps
  • Case Study: The University of Alabama Maximizes Mobile Video Quality
  • Tech Transfer Meetup at AUTM Central Region Meeting
  • New Innovators-in-Residence Join The SearchLite Community

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