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Innovative Careers for Ph.D.s: Careers Beyond Academia

Innovative Careers for PhDs: Careers Beyond Academia. Tuesday, October 25, 1-4pm, Kirby Reading Room, Fuqua School of Business. Featuring Keynote Speaker Amit Bagga, PhD'98, Senior VP of Video Entertainment and AI Platforms, Comcast

The career landscape for PhDs has changed dramatically—the majority of PhD holders now pursue non-academic careers. What are these careers, and how do you position yourself to be competitive for one? Join us to explore opportunities in startups, private industry, and beyond. The session will include a keynote by Amit Bagga, Ph.D.'98 (Computer Science), Comcast SVP of Entertainment and AI Technology, and breakout sessions with alumni and other PhD-qualified professionals who have been successful in innovative careers. Breakouts will include Physical Sciences & Engineering, Life Sciences, and Humanities & Social Sciences professionals.


  • Liz Crisenbery, A.M.'16, Ph.D.'20 (Music), Service Delivery Operations Manager, Bandwidth Inc.
  • Kristin Johnson, A.M.'15, Ph.D.'16 (Psychology), Director of Customer Insights, Fidelity Investments
  • Joyce Kurpiers, Ph.D.'09 (Music), Alumni Program Manager, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Scott Muir, Ph.D.'18 (Religion), Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, National Humanities Alliance
  • Andrew George, Ph.D.'18 (Biology), Civic Science Fellow, Sigma Xi
  • Suparna Kanjilal, Ph.D.'06 (Biochemistry), Senior Patent Agent, Syngenta
  • Heather Vincent, Ph.D. (Duke postdoc alumna), Senior Manager Business Operations, Torque Bio
  • Joel Greenberg, A.M.'08, Ph.D.'12 (Physics), CEO, President and Co-Founder, Quadridox and Associate Research Professor, Duke
  • Zehra Parlak, Ph.D. (Duke postdoc alumna), Founder and CEO, QATCH Technologies
  • Wout Salenbien, Ph.D.'18 (Earth and Ocean Sciences), Innovation Analyst, RTI Innovation Advisors

This free event is hosted by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, The Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Services, the Duke Career Center, and the Duke Office of Biomedical Graduate Education. All Duke PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to attend; registration is required.


Alumni, Careers Beyond Academia, Open to Alumni Attendees, Professional Adaptability, Professional Development