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The Road to Mid-Career: Advancement for Early Career Professionals in Materials Science… Focus on Industry
In this webinar, we will hear the perspective of three mid-career scientists, who will detail their experiences with career progression in industry. These 10-minute presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, where our speakers will answer your questions and provide tips for career advancement, professional development and more.


Providing reliable and independent resources for early career materials scientists is one of the goals of the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee. Recently, our Subcommittee has hosted a number of webinars examining the application process from the perspective of search committees and candidates. This new four-part webinar series aims to inform newly-established early career professionals in materials science about navigating their career paths with success.

Each week, hear from distinguished researchers in their field as they share their career path tips and experiences, and answer your questions about career advancement, professional development and more.

Please join us for the other webinars in this series!

• U.S.-Based Academic Systems (July 19, 2022)
• U.S. National Laboratories (August 2, 2022)
• European-based Academic Systems (September 13, 2022)

Aug 9, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Hernan G. Sanchez
A chemist by training, Dr. Sanchez’s background encompasses both materials synthesis and characterization, specializing in the analysis of lithium-ion batteries and renewable energy catalytic processes. During his time at Exponent, Dr. Sanchez has worked on evaluating current and next-generation battery and energy storage technologies via quality analysis, performance and accelerated lifetime testing, cell design/materials evaluation and failure analysis. Dr. Sanchez is also skilled in a variety of both destructive and non-destructive characterization techniques, which he has applied to a variety of industries, including consumer electronics, chemicals, medical devices, transportation and aerospace.
Jeff Cain
General Motors Global R&D
Jeff Cain is a Senior Researcher at General Motors Global R&D, where he studies emerging materials, chemistries, and structures for next-generation energy storage technologies. Prior to joining GM in 2019, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Physics Department at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his research was centered around the synthesis, characterization, and hierarchical assembly of nanoscale, low-dimensional, and quantum materials. He completed his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan State University.
Carolyn Duran
Intel Corporation
(Moderator) Diana Lutz
Ion Storage Systems
Dr. Diana Lutz is a Battery Scientist II at Ion Storage Systems working in research and development of solid-state batteries. She received her B.S. in chemistry from Elmira College and her PhD in inorganic chemistry from Stony Brook University. Her work was recently recognized by the inaugural Joanna Fowler Award presented by Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 2019, she was named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has been an active member of the Materials Research Society Early Career Subcommittee since 2021.