Career Advancement in a Research Environment

Brookhaven Center (Bldg. 30), North Ballroom

Brookhaven National Laboratory

March 10, 2015

BNL Pathway

Elaine DiMasi
Dr. Elaine DiMasi, Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. DiMasi studies biological mineralization and crystal growth at the organic interface. Synchrotron x-ray scattering, including time resolved and in-situ measurements of mineralization, clarifies the importance of the molecular template for biominerals and gives unique access to submicron structures. To further advance the field of materials design and growth at interfaces, DiMasi is developing the Soft Matter Interfaces beamline in the NEXT Project for NSLS-II. This dual focus on science and instrumentation enables the confluence of cutting edge ideas to bring about new discoveries in a broader field than could otherwise be accomplished by a single research group.

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Dr. Ceren Susut (Program Manager, DOE/ASCR)

Dr. Susut serves as a program manager in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy where she manages the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) portfolio and develops strategies to evaluate opportunities in innovative computing domains. She previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at NIST. Dr. Susut holds a PhD in chemistry.

Dr. Victor Vakaryuk (Associate Editor, American Physical Society)

Dr. Vakaryuk received his PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then held a postdoctoral appointment first at Argonne National Laboratory and then at the Institute for Quantum Matter at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently an assistant editor at Physical Review B. His editorial responsibilities include initial evaluation of manuscripts’ significance, selection of appropriate referees, management of the review process and the publication decision.  In the last year he handled around 1000 manuscripts. Dr. Vakaryuk's research themes include study of topological defects (domain walls and half-quantum vortices) in topological superfluids and mesoscopic transport in low-dimensional materials such as superconducting nanowires and graphene.

Dr. Elena Polyakova (CEO, Graphene Inc. )

Dr. Polyakova serves as Chief Operating Officer at Graphene 3D Lab. Dr. Polyakova is regularly invited to leading international conferences, she is well-known by players in industry and academia the world over. The scientific community regards her as an expert in two-dimensional materials. She is regularly contacted by journalists, including those from BBC and Bloomberg, as well as market analysts who are seeking her professional advice. Dr. Polyakova has co-authored papers with Nobel and Kavli prize winners, as well as members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Ms. Dorene Price (Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, BNL)
Ms. Price  is Chief Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In this position she oversees IP matters such as patent protection and assertions of copyright in fulfillment of the patent rights and data rights clauses of the contract between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) in all scientific disciplines across the Laboratory. Dorene has a B.S. degree in chemistry, and received a M.S. degree in industrial engineering from Binghamton University of the State University of New York while working as a staff scientist with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. After receiving her J.D. degree from Albany Law School, Dorene began in private practice, followed by in-house experience at Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. on Long Island before joining the Lab.

Dr. Hua Fang (VP,  J.P. Morgan)

Dr. Fang is a research analyst, with extensive experience in derivative  pricing, data analysis, financial modeling, and risk management. In 2013 she joined a startup company in Beijing, where she got to know China’s peer-to-peer (marketplace) micro-lending business and its general industry landscape. She is an advocate for reading programs for rural children and has participated in local volunteer activities. She received her PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech.

Dr. Sharadha Sambasivan (Professor, Suffolk County Community College)

Dr. Sambasivan is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), Selden, NY with responsibilities heading chemistry assessment committee, teaching and serving as course coordinator of College chemistry courses. She has worked extensively on creating innovations in cooperative learning pedagogies in undergraduate chemistry courses. Prior to joining SCCC, she worked as a scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), NY, and has extensive experience in synchrotron based x-ray characterization of biomaterials, polymers, catalysts and other nanomaterials having great technological relevance in industry. Her work is represented by numerous publications, book chapters in the area of polymer surface characterization. Recently, she has also been pursuing research via DOE’s Visiting faculty program at BNL on characterizing functionalized graphene compounds utilizing a wide suite of spectroscopic, magnetic and electrical methodologies.

Dr. Xiaofeng Guo (Advanced Project Management Specialist, BNL)

Dr. Guo has a background in physics, finance, and project management.  She received her Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Iowa State University. After she finished her postdoctoral work at Columbia University and the University of Kentucky, she received NSF Advance Fellowship award and worked in Iowa State University as an Affiliated Assistant Professor.  After receiving some training in Finance, she received a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute.  She also passed Level III Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.  After moving to Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), she worked as a Project Control Specialist for the STAR Heavy Flavor Tracker (HFT) Detector Upgrade Project at BNL.   Dr. Guo also performed work in budget, cost control, financial Planning for HEP, NP, LDRD and CRADA projects covering Operating, Capital and Construction funds.  Dr. Guo currently works for US LHC-ATLAS PHASE I Upgrade project as Deputy Project Manager for Resource Management. She also works for the BNL Physics Department in management of the Electron-Ion Collider Detector R&D Program. 

Creating Prototype Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

Dr. Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, Office for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development, Stony Brook University

Dr. Flint Ehm specializes in postdoctoral policy and professional development, including issues related to fostering the advancement of postdoc women in academic science. Previously she spent six years as the project manager for the National Postdoctoral Association and served as Assistant Director of the Reinvention Center at Stony Brook University. In 2004, she spent a year in residence at the National Science Foundation as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.S. in Math and Astronomy from the University of Arizona.

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