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Graduate Education as Vocational School: Industrial and Entrepreneurial Physics
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 9:00 AM -9:20 PM
  Author: Robert Brown, Case Western Reserve University
216-368-4010, rwb@case.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Three decades of my industrial partnerships with more than 10 companies have led to significant publications, patents, start-ups, and jobs. My 20 graduated PhD students have upwards of 150 patents and 200 publications and abstracts, and have worked in remarkably diverse areas, from radiation, imaging, and heat transfer physics, to magnetic particle ferrofluids, and sensor development for contaminated industrial fluids. I am connected to three new manufacturing companies with more than 100 employees, 20% of whom have been trained in my computational laboratory. This is aligned with a national award-winning master's program in physics entrepreneurship, where I've been co-advisor for 25 graduates. As an outgrowth of a unique imaging course, my former students and I have co-authored a 900-page textbook referred to as the "daily companion of the MRI scientist." I discuss the relevance of all of this to general physics graduate education, especially in today's funding climate.
  Footnotes: None
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