The purpose of the Graduate Networking Forum is to provide career advice and networking opportunities to STEM Graduate Students at the University of Delaware. The event will positively impact graduate students by advancing their ability to network and increasing their knowledge of career paths and opportunities in STEM fields.
The event will feature Velia Fowler, a long-time Scripps Institute researcher and future chair of the Biological Sciences department, discussing how to build a network and use it to be successful in a STEM career. Additionally, there will be two hour-long, interactive panels focused on excelling in academia or industry. Attendees will have the chance to present posters and network with panelists and other attendees over lunch.
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIES
VELIA FOWLER BIO
DELAWARE BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
ALOK PATEL BIO
Alok attended the University of Delaware and earned a B.A. in Marketing & Management with a minor in International Business. Alok’s professional voyage began in the Specialty TACS division of MBNA (now Bank of America), where he formed and managed an effective team to tackle a multi-stage online support project. As an Inside Sales Associate at W. L. Gore & Associates, he used value based propositioning to educate the public about the use of ePTFE in Fabrics and eventually as a Marketing Associate was able to support the Burton/Gore-Tex partnership. Alok’s experience working under the VP Business Development & Marketing at iBio, Inc., sharpened his brand and web development skills helping poise the organization to come out from under its parent company and eventually go public.
Through the Delaware Technology Park, Alok was able to help coordinate community service projects like the $1 Million plus materials donation from AstraZeneca to the public school systems throughout the state of Delaware. For about 7 years prior to his current role, Alok entrenched himself in helping grow the Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio) into a nationally competitive state bioscience association. During his time at Delaware Bio, the association almost doubled in membership and tripled in revenue.
Alok’s journey comes full circle at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), part of his alma mater. In his current position, Alok looks to help bridge the technology innovation gap through fostering partnerships between academia and industry.
PEW BIOMEDICAL SCHOLAR
CBI PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR
CATHERINE GRIMES BIO
Catherine joined the University of Delaware’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2011. She was appointed a joint faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences in 2012. Her research program focuses on the development and chemical synthesis of small molecule carbohydrate probes that mimic intermediates of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis and bacterial-host immune recognition. Dr. Leimkuhler Grimes is nationally recognized as a young leader in the field of chemical biology, as she has received numerous awards including a Pew Biomedical Scholars Award, a Cottrell Scholar, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. She received the American Chemical Society’s Infectious Disease Young Investigator Award and was named the Mangone Young Investigator Award from the Unidel Foundation. She is the co-director of the NIH funded graduate program at the interface of chemistry and biology (CBI) and the faculty mentor to a dynamic group of undergraduate STEM majors, “The Scientistas”.
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
ROBIN MORGAN BIO
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
STEVEN STANHOPE BIO
PRESIDENT & CEO
DELAWARE BIOSCIENCE ASSOCIATION
HELEN STIMSON BIO
She joined Hewlett Packard in 1981 as a sales representative for analytical instruments. She held many roles within the company, including District Service Manager, Product Manager for software, Marketing Manager for next generation Gas Chromatography Instrument development, European Field Marketing Manager and Marketing Manager for the Chemistries and Supplies operation.
Helen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Lafayette College. She has completed many programs in on-going Executive Education at Kellogg, Columbia and Wharton Business Schools. She is a member of the Board of Directors at the Delaware Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a member of the Board of Directors for Tech Forum Delaware, a member of the Board of Directors for WHYY public television and radio, Chairs the external advisory council for the Biomedical Engineering department at UD and was formerly on the Board of Directors for Delaware BioScience Association, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, Mid Atlantic Food and Wine Festival and on the External Advisory committee to the UD Lerner Business School.
LC/MS CLINICAL & FORENSICS APPLICATIONS ENGINEER
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
JULIE CICHELLI BIO
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
QPS HOLDINGS, LLC
BEN HSU BIO
NIHMAT MORJANA BIO
POTTER ANDERSON CORROON
JANET REED BIO
In addition to her law degree, Janet holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and a Master’s degree in plant pathology. Prior to entering patent law, Janet accumulated ten years of laboratory experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and plant physiology/pathology, in graduate-level research and as a visiting postdoctoral research scientist at DuPont.
TIME: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE | TRABANT HALL
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 – 9:30 AM | Keynote Speaker – Velia Fowler, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
9:30 – 10:30 AM | Academia Panel
10:30 – 11:00 AM | Networking & Student Poster Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Industry Panel
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Networking Lunch & Student Posters