GAP was pleased to host Dr. Arturo Dominguez for conversation with graduate students, around coffee and cookies. Arturo conducts research on Magnetic Fusion at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory but also has lots of enthusiasm and passion for outreach and teaching.
Check out his career path at and some of the job opportunities offered at PPPL here:
It was a pleasure to welcome Dr. Shostak to our School of Physics for two presentations, as well as a GAP-organized discussion with current graduate students. Seth had the opportunity to report on the scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence and the progress made over the last decades as well as the possible discoveries to come in the next years. We also were pleased to hear about Dr. Shostak’s professional and personal experience, from a graduate student at CalTech to Director of the SETI institute, and his advice on what makes a career in science successful. We thank all the people who attended this conversation.
The members of GAP were very happy to help organize the venue of the annual School of Physics Cookoutthis year. We’d like to thank all the volunteers who contributed to the set up of the event, especially the hosts Sara Solla and Predrag Cvitanović, and the main organizers Pablo Laguna and Nicole Thompson. We hope GAP can further contribute to the planning of future social events for the physics community at Georgia Tech.
This Friday, the first-year grad students were treated to pitchers of brew at Rocky Mountain Pizza to kick off the new year. Upperclassmen joined the new recruits, offering advice for navigating the ins and outs of the GaTech physics program and graduate living in general.
We had the pleasure to welcome Ms. Craigmile, a research manager for Lockheed Martin who focuses on candidate development. She is now educating college students about applying for jobs in industry, more specifically in the aerospace and engineering fields. During our focus session, Ms. Craigmire described her contribution to Lockheed Martin’s recruiting process before going over specific profiles of job applicants. She insisted on the importance of having a proper LinkedIn account for anyone who would like to seek a career in the industry, and how data analysis has become an extremely valuable marketable skill in today’s job market.
We thank Dr. Halcrow for his career talk and for helping providing food from Emerald City Bagels, a local family-owned shop. Jonathan is a former student of Prof. Cvitanovic, who graduated from Georgia Tech in 2008, who then worked in a quantitative political science think-tank for 5 years before joining Google in 2013. Since then, Jonathan had the great opportunity to work for various research groups of the giant internet company, including projects like Google Play and Large Scale Graph Mining.
Per his request, we gratefully share his presentation slides: they contain useful information about the recruiting process of Google and more generally, of software companies. We also invite some of the interested students to directly email Jonathan for further information, résumé review and job opportunities.
Thanks to everyone who joined Dr. Huq’s career talk on his professional experience from astrophysics to quantitative finance. Dr. Huq, having worked directly with Professor Laguna back at Penn State, introduced the graduate audience to the world of finance, how he used to implement his physics background to quantitative finance models and his transition from being a post-doctoral fellow to Executive Director of a major banking institution.
GAP hosted Jim Gates, a renowned superstring theoretical physicist, for lunch with the students of the school of physics to talk about his life, where he started, and how he ended up where he is now. He offered great advice for the graduate and undergraduate students and provided valuable insight for students to think about as they go through their physics careers. We are very thankful that he was able to take time out of his day to eat pizza and chat with the students involved.
Who knew the circus is full of physics? GAP went to the circus recently during the Atlanta Science Festival Science of the Circus event to talk to kids about the physics behind aerial acrobatics, whips, contortion and balancing. Topics included center of mass, moment of inertia, angular momentum, sound waves, energy transfer, and elasticity.
GAP participated at the Atlanta Science Festival Taste of Science event, where we talked with people of all ages about the crystalline properties of chocolate and how chocolatiers achieve the perfect crystal structure. To make the right crystal structure, chocolate goes through a tempering process, where it is heated and cooled to just the right temperatures and at just the right rates to eliminate and preserve the desired crystals in the cocoa butter. We had samples of untempered, mistempered, and tempered chocolate for people to taste and determine the different macroscopic properties of chocolate. The chocolate was donated by Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate.
Preparing graduate physics students for their careers