2nd Annual MSE Industry Day

The second annual MSE Industry day was held October 30. The day began with panel presentations from industry representatives who discussed their corporate experiences and what companies are looking for when hiring.  Representative from Ginn Mineral Technology, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, Ecolab, and PepsiCo spoke to the graduate students.  Undergraduates heard from representatives from Invista, Halyard Health, TKIS, and Consultants and Builders, Inc.

This year the MSE Industry Day was combined with a career fair for both graduate and undergraduate students. The format of the MSE event was different from the annual campus-wide career fair. At the MSE Career Fair, employers were looking specifically for MSE majors, and students were able to take their time to connect with representatives of each organization, as well as vie for an on-the-spot interview. In addition to participating on the industry panel, some presenters stayed on to have a table at the career fair. Other organizations including Tara Materials, Covidien, Sandia National Lab, and Shaw Industries also participated in the career fair.

Industry feedback was extremely positive, with all participating organizations requesting to be invited back next year. A follow-up email from Covidian indicated that they would be contacting at least six students for further interviews.  A few invited companies who didn’t make the event communicated their request to be included in future ones.

A poster session and reception followed the career fair, although many of the organizations continued to man their table to address student questions. In total, 41 posters were displayed, including all 14 undergraduate MSE Research Scholars who presented their research findings to their industry sponsor.

Plans are underway for a bigger and better MSE Industry Day for 2015.