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During the campus visit

  • Present yourself as confident and competent
  • When and how much can you use “I don’t know”
  • What (not) to wear
  • When to ask questions and what questions to ask (see “homework” before)
  • The presentation
    • “Elevator speech”
    • The departmental talk
  • “Elevator speech”

    In the elevator on you way to your next appointment, you are introduced to Dr. Smith, Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Smith is not in your area so after shaking hands he asks: “So, what do you do?”

    must have a short speech that describes your research interest in a compelling way to someone outside your area

    • Must prepare for this: find someone outside your research area, practice
      • Start with the handshake
      • Remember it is not a very tall building (key: 1-minute but compelling)
      • Review: figure out what messages you want to convey

The departmental talk

  • Good technical presentation:
    • Well organized, clear
    • Outline, Introduction, Main presentation, Conclusions and Outlook
    • Keep time

Good technical presentation

  • Introduction – 10 minutes
    • Get the audience interested and excited:
      • Why is the topic important?
      • What is the background and context?
  • Main presentation – 30 minutes
    • What you did:
      • Give enough details to make point, show how important your work is
      • Keep it simple – OK to leave some details out for clarity
    • Most important results
      • What they mean
      • Only experts may follow the last 10 minutes of this part
      • Plan on some flexibility: Watch time and be prepared to skip or add slides to keep time – decide beforehand what to skip or add
  • Conclusions and Outlook – 10 minutes
    • What are the implications
      • “the new technique I developed could be applied to reinvestigate this decades-old question”
      • “the long-lasting prediction is confirmed by this new material I developed”
    • Where is the field going as a result of your work?
    • What direction is your work going to take from here?

Important details

  • Clean slides, no typos, large font
  • Outline easy to follow
  • Appropriately cite other’s related work, especially if in the audience
  • Practice talk in front of varied audience (if possible your lab mates, your supervisor, family or friends outside area, undergraduate students)
    • It may be very helpful (and sometimes painful) to record your talk and then review
  • Practice answering questions
  • Don’t get defensive

The good…

Specific heat

a colorful graph
  • Superconducting transition at Tc = 1.4 K
  • Transition moves down in temperature with applied field

The bad…

Specific heat

a black and white graph
  • Superconducting transition at Tc = 1.4 K
  • Transition moves down in temperature with applied field

…and the ugly

Specific heat

a black and white graph and a colored graph underneath the black and white one.
  • Superconducting transition at Tc = 1.4 K
  • Transition moves down in temperature with applied field

C/T for YbSb2

γ ~ 4 mJ/mol K2

Morosan et al. (unpublished)

Other important details

  • Have backup of your presentation
  • If possible check out the room and AV equipment before talk
  • Face the audience as much as possible
  • Don’t read off slides
  • Beware of “wandering laser pointer”

“hard” questions

  • I don't think you've accounted for the research of Barnes and Bailey. Aren't you familiar with their model? I think it invalidates your main hypothesis.
  • You acknowledge all these collaborators –what exactly did you do?
  • This is a project you started working on as a postdoc in Prof. X’s group. Will you be continuing this work? How will your work be distinct from that of your postdoc supervisor?
  • (To the candidate) Well you didn't even account for phenomena x.(Aside to the audience) How can all this research be valid if she didn't account for x?
  • It looks like you've done some interesting modeling. Is there an application of this work?
  • What a wonderful little application. Is there any theoretical support?

“harder” questions

  • I believe a simple non linear equation explains all your data. Why have you wasted your time on such a complex model?
  • How does this differ from the basic model that we teach in sophomore transport?
  • Those results are clearly unattainable. You must have falsified your data.
  • You've done some interesting work, but I don't see how it could be considered engineering. Why do you think you are qualified to teach engineering?
  • Your work appears to be a complete replication of Fujimoto's work. Just what is really new here?

Good luck!

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
NANO
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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