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[an error occurred while processing this directive] AIP-APS Industrial/Academic Mixer: Preparing the Next Generation Workforce in High Technology

By Jerry Hobbs, Director of Industrial Outreach, American Institute of Physics

> 2007 APS March Meeting in Denver, CO: A Studentís Perspective
SPS Travel & SPS Reporter Award Recipients


Portia Wolfe (left) and Nicole Duncan (right), SPS members from the University of Colorado-Boulder; with Larry Schwartz (center), Director of University Relations, Schlumberger/Doll Research.


Cary Pint (left), recipient of the 2006 SPS Outstanding Student Awards for Undergraduate Research, explains his research to one of the attendees.


Anna Hodd-McNeill (left), an SPS member from Metropolitan State College of Denver and Marc Brodsky (right), former Executive Director of the American Institute of Physics.


The American Physical Society (APS) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) were pleased to host the Industrial/Academic Physics Mixer on Sunday, March 4, 2007, just prior to the APS March Meeting in Denver, CO. The topic of the mixer was Preparing the Next Generation Workforce in High Technology. The goal of these forums are to forge closer ties between academic and industrial physicists.

There were two short talks during the event, but most of the time was reserved for discussion and interaction. Members of Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapters in the Denver area were in attendance, some of whom brought posters presenting their research to discuss with attendees, and to interact with the representatives from industry and academia.

The mix of attendees was well balanced between industry and academia. There was also a diverse mix of male and female attendees. SPS undergraduate posters delivered a high-profile contribution to the event and discussions. The general perception of those in attendance was that the quality of the crowd, conversations, research, and refreshments reflected well on both APS and AIP. Many said they would not only attend the next similar event, but also encourage others to join in.

The exposure for physics roles in the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance, Colorado Photonics Industry Alliance, and Colorado Biosciences was elevated in a positive manner as a result of this event. State of Colorado Economic Development staff and members are now positively aware of AIP and APS's active involvement in science advocacy and service programs.

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