Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2021
Volume 66, Number 1
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2021; Virtual; Time Zone: Central Daylight Time, USA
Session V58: Innovations from Industry: Including Pake Prize and Distinguished Lecture Talks
3:00 PM–5:24 PM,
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Sponsoring Unit: FIAP
Chair: Dan Pisano, American Physical Society
Abstract: V58.00001 : Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics (2020): Academia to Entrepreneurship- Why not?
3:00 PM–3:36 PM
However, an average Physics student instinctively thinks about a future in the academia even though the probability for decent employment as an academic professional is extremely low. So, working for a company or a non-academic option is viewed as a necessary default option! How about planning for a future as an entrepreneur? Are entrepreneurs born or made? In my observation, a much higher proportion of graduate students/ post docs ought to become entrepreneurs as the qualities required for a successful entrepreneur are possessed by a fairly large proportion of students than they realize. In my talk I will discuss a variety of models that are available to the academic entrepreneur, their pros and cons and also some of the critical knowledge one needs to understand about the world of entrepreneurship in general. I will use examples from several of my students and colleagues’ startups and my own experience in running a company for over three decades amidst an academic career.
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