Saturday, May 4, 2013

Price Center | UC San Diego

Travel & Parking 

12:30 - 1:00 pm


Price Center | East Ballroom


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Peter Fiske

Price Center | East Ballroom


2:15 - 3:30 pm                      

Concurrent Panel Sessions

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Post-Panel Industry Networking

4:00 - 5:00 pm  

All Conference Industry Reception

Career Discussion Sessions

Please check back often to view the most recent additions leading up to the conference.*

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Price Center East | Muir Room

What’s it like working outside academe? What is the true breadth of job opportunities in academia? How should you prepare? What skills and experiences are sought? Learn from this group of successful arts, humanities and social science Ph.D.s that successfully transitioned to positions in academia and beyond.


Darrin McGraw, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the UC San Diego Center for Humanities

Jesús José Salazar, Ph.D.

Program Evaluation & Research Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District

Mr. Salazar holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on reading and language development, instructional programs for English learners, and special education. He has spent 16 years with LAUSD, is currently a Coordinator for the Evaluation of Master Plan Programs for English Learners in LAUSD. He recently contributed to a publication for "Exceptional Children" on the disproportionate placement of English learners into special education programs.

Alana Cordy-Collins, Ph.D.

Professor, Anthropology, University of San Diego

Curatorial Director, David W. May American Indian Collection & Gallery

Alana Kathleen Cordy-Collins is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Diego. She is an archaeologist whose primary specialization is Peruvian prehistory. She received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her secondary specialization is shamanism, where she is developing a project in Mongolia. In the Department of Anthropology, Cordy-Collins offers undergraduate courses in archaeology, shamanism, research, writing, and museology.  Her research focus is the prehistoric cultures of Peru, especially the Lambayeque, Moche, and Chavín-Cupisnique. She is currently most involved in comparative studies of shamanism, especially among Circum-Polar peoples, prehistoric and contemporary. Dr. Cordy-Collins has been awarded two USD University Professorships, one research-based and the other recognition-based.  She designed and organized the university’s American Indian Celebration (2002-2004). In addition to her professorship, she is director of the David W. May Indian Artifacts Gallery and curator of the collection. She is also a former curator of the Latin American collections at the San Diego Museum of Man.

Ramie Tateishi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Arts & Humanities, National University

Life, & Physical Sciences

Price Center West | Theater

Finding your first academic or industry position after earning your master's or doctorate can be a daunting and bewildering endeavor. To help approach this task, this distinguished panel of professors and industry leaders will offer advice and proven tips that can give you an enormous head start when you’re ready to go “On the Job Market.”  Proven leaders within their fields, this panel has what it takes to excel in careers in and beyond academia. Learn about the often overlooked strategies, experiences, and sought-after skills needed to help you make a successful and affirmative choice of a career.


Susan Gorman, Ph.D.

Patent Attorney, Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch (BSKB)

Susan Gorman is a registered patent attorney and partner at BSKB and has been working in the field of intellectual property since 1999. She became a partner in the firm in 2009 and her practice focuses on helping clients develop a proactive intellectual property strategy that drives value. Her clients include startup companies as well as mid-size and fortune 500 companies. Practicing primarily in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, bioenergy, biochemistry and medical diagnostics, Dr. Gorman has obtained patent claims for clients having interests in new therapeutics and treatments, genetic engineering products and methods, organisms and processes for alternative energy production in addition to devices and techniques for disease identification. Dr. Gorman also advises clients on patentability, freedom to operate and validity and infringement issues. Dr. Gorman is a recurrent lecturer on intellectual property topics at the UCSD Rady School of Management and has participated as an invited speaker for Thomas Jefferson Law School as well as various law firms and companies in China and Europe.

Stephen Tanner, Ph.D.

Senior manager, Illumina

Stephen Tanner is a manager in the Bioinformatics department at Illumina.  He and his team develop algorithms that enable Illumina's DNA sequencers to convert raw data into base calls.  He is interested in applications of sequencing data to clinical research and human health.  He is an alumnus of the UCSD Bioinformatics program, who graduated from Vineet Bafna's lab in 2007; his graduate research area was peptide mass spectrometry.

Linda Robertson, Ph.D.

Associate, Morrison & Foerster

Dr. Linda Robertson has over 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in large global pharmaceutical and small biotechnology companies. She currently serves as a consultant providing regulatory expertise in international biologic and small molecule drug development, including strategic companion diagnostic development.  Previously Dr. Robertson served as a Senior Vice President at Ambit Biosciences responsible for world-wide regulatory strategy and quality assurance for all Ambit products.  Prior to Ambit she was Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Kanisa Pharmaceuticals.  She also served as Director, Drug Regulatory Affairs at Biogen IDEC, Inc. and its predecessor company, IDEC Pharmaceuticals with responsibilities for a variety of products including Rituxan®.  Dr. Robertson began her career in industry at Roche Pharmaceuticals.  During her tenor at Roche she held various senior Regulatory Affairs positions at Palo Alto, California and Nutley, New Jersey where she led the US approval of Tamiflu®.

Kevin Lustig, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Assay Depot

Recently named one of the Pharmaceutical Industry’s 100 Most Inspiring People by PharmaVoice Magazine, Kevin is a scientist-entrepreneur with 30 years of research experience in academia and pharma. His research discoveries have been published in Science, Nature and other leading scientific journals and he has eight technology patents. He is co-founder and CEO of Assay Depot, which owns and operates a network of online research exchanges that have the potential to dramatically improve how scientific research is done. In 2001, Kevin co-founded Kalypsys, a fully integrated drug discovery company that raised over $170 million in venture funding and put five drug candidates into human clinical trials. Prior to Kalypsys, he directed lead discovery at Tularik, a highly successful biopharmaceutical company purchased by Amgen for more than $2 billion. He carried out postdoctoral work in Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School after receiving a PhD degree from Marc Kirschner's laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Kevin has a M.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences.

Lisa N. Silverman, Ph.D.

Associate, Morrison & Foerster

Lisa N. Silverman is an associate in the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster. Her practice focuses on patent law in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and clean technology. Dr. Silverman received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Chemistry and Political Science from Barnard College, where she did research on synthetic organic chemistry of carbohydrates. Dr. Silverman obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship from 2003-2006. Her doctoral research in the laboratory of Professor Steven G. Boxer focused on spectroscopic investigation of charge transfer reactions in organic, organometallic, and biological molecules. Dr. Silverman received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was on the board of the Stanford BioLaw and Health Policy Society.

Lars Bode, Ph.D.

UC San Diego

Dr. Bode earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany. He was a predoctoral fellow in pediatric immunology at the University College London, UK, and a postdoctoral fellow in glycobiology at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, where he also chaired the institute’s postdoc association. With the support of an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), Dr. Bode was recruited to UC San Diego as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in 2009 and was recently promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2013. His lab studies biosynthesis and functions of human milk oligosaccharides ( He organizes the Career Development Seminar Series for postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Pediatrics and chairs national and international scientific committees.

Engineering & Computer Science

Price Center East | 4th-floor Forum

Finding your first academic or industry position after earning your master's or doctorate can be a daunting and bewildering endeavor. To help approach this task, this distinguished panel of professors and industry leaders will offer advice and proven tips that can give you an enormous head start when you’re ready to go “On the Job Market.” Learn first-hand: How the selection process works, the steps in an academic and industry interview process, how to present your credentials in the best possible manner, how a candidate can best prepare for an interview and “Job Talk”, and if you can negotiate an offer?  Proven leaders within their fields, this panel has what it takes to excel in careers in and beyond academia.

Desmond O'Sullivan, M.S.E, J.D.

Associate, Morrison & Foerster

Desmond O’Sullivan is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Diego office. Mr. O’Sullivan’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for multinational telecommunications and consumer electronics companies such as Kyocera Corp. and Apple, Inc., as well as providing patent portfolio advice to start-up data management companies such as DataHug, Inc. and Chug, Inc. Mr O’Sullivan’s prosecution practice has covered methods and apparatus directed to LED displays, electrical vehicle charging stations, algorithms for professional networking and automobile transactions, multiplexed sensor arrays, medical devices, wear-resistant structures for high-wear applications, single-cycle internal combustion engines, and high-strength composite structures. Mr. O’Sullivan received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, where he was an articles editor for the Hastings Law Journal, and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the Northern District of California. As an extern to Chief Judge Walker, Mr. O’Sullivan assisted the court in patent claim construction and in fulfilling duties as a designated member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. O’Sullivan received his B.Sc. in mathematics and applied mathematics from University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland. He received his M.S.E. in engineering sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he focused on aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Michael Alston, Ph.D.

Sr. Staff Engineer, QCT Digital Circuit Design, Qualcomm

Dr. Alston is an electrical engineer specializing in the physical layout design of Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits.  He earned EE degrees at CMU, UC-Berkeley, and UC-San Diego.  Michael worked at M/A-COM Linkabit where he designed, built, and tested the first Mult-User Viterbi Decoder (rate=1/2, K=7) stitch cards, and carried the torch on behalf of Linkabit in the 1984 Olympic Torch Relay.  After earning his PhD at UC San Diego in 1993, he was employed at a series of small companies on Sorrento Mesa architecting the physical layout designs of VLSI Intellectual Property, such as a multi-threading, out-of-order execution microprocssor, an optical transceiver, HyperTransport PHY, PCI Express PHY, and most recently a USB2.0 PHY.  Thirteen months after earning his MBA at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management in 2010, the startup he joined (Rapid Bridge LLC) was acquired by Qualcomm.  Dr. Alston is now a Senior Staff Engineer in Qualcomm’s Mobile and Computing Division.  He is an active member of the NSBE, tutors local high school students in math & physics, serves on the Board of the Gateways Summer School, and is a founding board member of the University City Community Foundation.  Michael enjoys soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track & field.

Babak Forutanpour, MS

Staff Engineer, Advanced Technologies, Qualcomm


Babak earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science for UC San Diego in 1992, and a Masters in Computer Science from UCLA in 1994. His passion for doing fun and meaningful Engineering work led to a 7-year career in the movie industry where he worked for Disney and Warner Bros. on titles such as X-Men, The Iron Giant and Space Jam. He was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug during .com boom, where he both started and worked for several startups over a 4-year period. Over the past 8 years, he has applied his creative thinking and passion as Internal Innovation Lead at Qualcomm. He started and leads Qualcomm’s employee-driven think tank FLUX, which not only brainstorms on novel ways to build things right, but building the right things.

Matt Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, San Diego State University


Dr. Anderson earned his B.S. from UC San Diego and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He then carried out postdoctoral work at the University of Rochester Institute Of Optics. He started at SDSU in 2000 and received tenure in 2006. Dr. Anderson’s research interests lie in ultrafast lasers, pulse shaping, measurement, and nonlinear optical processes.

Stefano Spagna, Ph.D.

Chief Technical Officer, Quantum Design

Stefano Spagna joined Quantum Design while a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego. After earning his Ph.D. in 1995, he joined the company full-time as a research physicist. In 2002, Dr. Spagna was asked to assume increasing responsibility in directing the activities of the Engineering Department. He currently is responsible for Quantum Design's product development program, overseeing a world-class scientific / technical team based in San Diego.