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Although some students studying physics do so for personal gratification, a great many are motivated by their employment prospects after they graduate. With the rise in competition for academic positions, fragmentation of faculty responsibilities into specialized administration, lecturer, and postdoctoral researcher roles, and rising cost of living, an academic career doesn’t seem promising for everyone. An increasing number of academic researchers are transitioning to industry after their PhD degrees as observed by the National Science Foundation & #39s Survey of Earned Doctorates. However, this path has been shown repeatedly to lead to worse lifetime earning potential relative to industry researchers who enter the workforce directly from their undergraduate degrees. In this talk, I will give an overview of how undergraduate experience can be translated to your industry job application, targeted to small companies & startups.

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Michael Darcy is a scientist & systems engineer currently employed by Nautilus Biotechnology, a Silicon Valley company aiming to detect proteins at unprecedented scale. There he uses his background in nanotechnology, optics, and fluid dynamics to develop new technologies as a Research Scientist. Prior to that, he worked as a Systems Engineer at Ultima Genomics, a DNA sequencing startup valued at over a billion dollars which emerged from stealth earlier in 2022, developing new hardware to decrease the cost of sequencing a human genome to less than $100. He graduated with his PhD in Physics from Ohio State University in 2021 and completed his BSc at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, also in Physics. He was the cofounder of Physics is Beautiful, a startup focused on teaching physics online through interactive examples, and currently resides in Fremont, CA with his partner and their dog.

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