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Industry Careers Event 2018


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On Wednesday 23rd May 2018, the York Plasma Institute hosted an Industry Careers Event for MSc & PhD students and Postdocs. Panel discussions were held in the Dianna Bowles lecture theatre with networking taking place in the Biology atrium, adjacent to the theatre.

The event was a relaxed affair, panel members were asked to provide an account of their pathway from academia into industry, each provided a personal account of the application process, how the skills gained through their PhD have been utilised in their employment, an insight into their working day, what their job role entails and an outline of the the industry. These short introductions were followed by a Q&A session from the students and postdocs.

The event was supported by nine alumni of the Fusion CDT (York, Durham, and Liverpool) and two industry partners covering sectors such as Nuclear, Engineering / Engineering consultancy, Defence, Patent Law, and Outreach. 

Event Agenda

12:00 Registration and Lunch (Biology Atrium)
12:45 Welcome from Kate Lancaster (Dianna Bowles lecture theatre)
12:50 Panel 1 Q&A - Nuclear
Panel 1 Lee Morgan - AWE
Peter Buxton - Tokamak Energy
David Dodds - Rolls Royce
Chantal Nobs - CCFE
13:35 Tea and Coffee with Cake - Networking (Biology Atrium)
14:15 Panel 2 Q&A - Engineering
Panel 2 Alasdair Wynn - ARUP
Arthur Greb - Precitec Optronik GmbH
Michael Bowes - LAM Research
15:00 Tea and Coffee with Cake - Networking (Biology Atrium)
15:30 Panel 3 Q&A - Defence/ Patent Law/ Outreach
 Panel 3 Martin Blake - DSTL
Adam Hirst - Withers & Rogers LLP
Paul Branch - Institute of Physics
In addition we welcomed Matt Thomas who has just graduated and begins working at IBM in June