Transitioning from Academia to Industry

About this video

There are different reasons why people switch from academia to industry but the decisions, questions and the process remain similar. What are the important points to consider when making the decision to switch? How easy is it to move from your comfort zone and still maintain relevance of your research work?

In this webinar, our presenters will walk us through their personal stories of moving from academia to industry. They will also discuss the following aspects: when to make the move, where to move, what tools you need to make the right move and how to remain productive in the industry space.

After watching this webinar, you will understand the principles of excelling in the industry, navigating through the challenges of a transition and making a long-lasting impact.

About the presenters

Dr. Alessia Amodio

Policy and Project Officer at European Commission, DG RTD

Alessia Amodio is a Policy and Project Officer at European Commission, DG RTD. She joined DG RTD in March 2020 and she contributes to the design of the EU research policy in the domains of advanced materials and nanotechnologies and manages a portfolio of projects funded by the NMBP programme. Prior to joining the EC, she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemistry from University of Rome Tor Vergata, and a PhD in Nanotechnology from University of Trieste.

She was visiting PhD-student in the USA in 2015. She has been awarded the REAXYS SCI Young Researcher Award in 2015, the Levi Award 2016, she has 10 peer-reviewed publications. She was a trainee at EFSA in 2018. She was granted an Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2016 from the Australian Government for a 6-month research period at the University of Melbourne and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2017 from the EC.  

Dr. Craig Gorin

Associate Research Scientist at Dow

Craig Gorin is an Associate Research Scientist at Dow, working on materials development in a diverse array of application areas since 2014. Craig’s work has led to the commercialization of award winning, 3D-printing materials (R&D 100 Awards, Edison Award), and he currently leads up technical efforts to enable improved polymer recycling.

Prior to joining Dow, he obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Harvard University, and a PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University on using electrostatics to influence catalytic selectivity. Craig was a 2014 finalist of the REAXYS PhD prize, has 2 granted patents, 17 pending patent applications, and 6 peer-reviewed publications. 

Dr. Sam Levi

Senior Scientist in Discovery Chemistry at Merck Research Labs (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Sam is currently a Senior Scientist at Merck Research Labs in Boston, working in the Drug Discovery group. Starting as an intern at Merck in 2012 and returning in 2019, Sam has participated in both neuroscience and oncology programs.

Sam obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2018 where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. During this time, Sam has co-authored 10 publications and in 2019 was a finalist for the Reaxys Ph.D. prize.