Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS April Meeting 2019
Volume 64, Number 3
Saturday–Tuesday, April 13–16, 2019; Denver, Colorado
Session D04: Private Sector Career Opportunities for Physicists
3:30 PM–5:18 PM,
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Sheraton Room: Plaza F
Sponsoring Unit: FIAP
Chair: Steven Lambert, American Physical Society
Abstract: D04.00001 : From aerospace engineer to small business CEO – an R&D career in the private sector*
3:30 PM–4:06 PM
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David L Bruhwiler
David L Bruhwiler
A personal career perspective is presented, beginning with the transition from academia to a large aerospace company, where the author learned that particle accelerator technology offers rich and diverse R&D opportunities. Next followed a transition to a small startup company and a fruitful period of research funding by the small business innovative research (SBIR) program. The accrual of some management and business development skills, and the beginnings of a personal vision for what a small R&D company could be, initiated the more recent transition from employee to entrepreneur and company founder. The presentation will conclude with a) some examples of how curiosity-driven scientific research can directly contribute to large-scale engineering projects and applied R&D, b) a brief comparison of federally funded research vs smaller-scale contract R&D services, and c) the benefits of bringing scientific computing to the cloud.
*This work was supported in part by the DOE Office of Science, including the Office of High Energy Physics, the Office of Nuclear Physics, the Office of Basic Energy Sciences and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research.
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