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The handout accompanying the panel discussion presented by Jamie Padgett, Danijela Damjanovic, and Tatiana Schnurr at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

First, let me welcome you to Rice University, the Ph.D. program in Civil Engineering, and the Padgett Research Group! In the coming years your program will afford the opportunity to acquire great technical skills and knowledge in civil engineering, to focus and dive deeply in your research field, and to establish yourself as a promising engineer and scholar. While you can expect to work hard, graduate school is also a period of unique flexibility, intellectual and personal growth; so I encourage you to embrace this opportunity and take advantage of the great opportunities that Rice and Houston have to offer. This includes a scholarly atmosphere, outstanding faculty, talented peers, a vibrant campus, a metropolitan city, a diversity of cultural activities, among many more! Amidst this setting, however, is the obvious importance of maintaining focus on your primary objective and continued progress towards completing your degree in a timely fashion.

This document is intended to convey my expectations for you as a Ph.D. student, and also to give you an idea of what you can expect as a member of the Padgett research group. These guidelines will help to ensure the success of our research group and help you to make the most of your program. It is an evolving document that will be adapted as our group grows.


Keep in mind that the Ph.D. program is a multi-year process requiring dedication, perseverance, and endurance. So do pace yourself for continued progress (and energy!) throughout the program.

As for a daily schedule, I will not dictate to you an exact time of arrival or departure, as it is important that you find the schedule that works best for your productivity. However, I do expect that you will spend at least a regular work week/hours on campus in the office or lab. This will not only help to ensure continued progress, but facilitate important interactive and productive time with me, your peers, other faculty, and our research group. I may ask for a projected schedule if need be. However, I am most interested in tracking your regular and continued research progress, and offering input and constructive feedback to ensure success.

As a Ph.D. student and research assistant, periods such as spring break are not automatic holidays from graduate research, and are often very productive times. Please schedule and consult with me regarding any plans for extended travel including during these periods. As a rough guideline, please plan to take no more than approximately three weeks per year. Keep in mind that the summer is intended to be one of our most productive times as a research group. We can further discuss amount and duration of leave individually and on a rolling basis.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
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.
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
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
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
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
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
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.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
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.
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.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
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