From Dark Energy to DARPA: What You Can Get Away with If You Have a Ph.D. in Physics


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  • Speaker: Dr. Matthew Lewis (Michigan Aerospace)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 01/18/2013
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: 335 West Hall

  • Description:

    What can you get away with if you have a Ph.D. in physics? (Spoiler:
    A lot). In this talk I'll discuss some of the highlights of my career in
    the decade since I received my degree.

    Although my Ph.D. work was in theoretical astrophysics, for most of
    the last decade I've worked in the defense industry, developing 
    solutions to thorny practical problems for intelligence agencies, 
    the Department of Defense, and pi-in-the-sky research outfits 
    such as DARPA and IARPA.

    I'll talk about the sorts of problems that are out there, what skills I
    think are useful for doing science beyond academia, and how the 
    industrial and defense landscapes are evolving.

    Pizza and drinks provided.

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