Industry and the Doctoral Student

The NJIT Institute Workshop Series Presents

“Industry and the Doctoral Student”

Thursday, March 25th, 4:00 – 5:30. PM

112 Eberhardt Hall



An interactive discussion of career opportunities and considerations for the new Ph.D.

The program will be followed by a reception for all attendees and participants in Eberhardt Hall.


This workshop will inform Ph.D. students and their advisors about the many opportunities and requirements for careers upon graduation.  Specific discussion themes will include trends impacting the employment and type of work performed by Ph.D.’s in industry; specialization versus broad preparation; selecting the best work environment relative to career interests; and career growth.      


Greg Mass, Executive Director, NJIT Career Development Services and Ronald S. Kane, Ph.D., PE, NJIT Dean of Graduate Studies will moderate the panel.  Our panel of PhD’s includes four representatives from industry.  In all cases our panelists are working in organizations and job functions where the Ph.D. is a requirement.



Industry and the Doctoral Student

Thursday, March 25th, 4:00 – 5:30. PM, 112 Eberhardt Hall, NJIT  



   1. Topic Introduction – Moderator to present a snapshot of career tracks for PhD’s nationally.

   2. Panel Introduction - Moderator introduces each panelist, who then presents a brief overview of his/her immediate work environment.


Questions that will be addressed:


   1. What is the advantage of a PhD degree holder in working in industry compared to working in a university?  Why did you choose the industry path?

   2. What trends have you observed or experienced over the past decade with regard to the work performed or assigned to PhD credentialed scientists and engineers? 

   3. What advantages have you held compared to those holding Master’s degrees or even Bachelor’s degrees?  Does experience counterbalance the extra degree?

   4. Is Professional Licensing or any other non-academic credential significant in your organization? What about further education and degrees?

   5. What advice do you have for students who are considering pursuing a PhD?

   6. What advice do you have for students who have nearly completed a PhD?

   7. What are the considerations for selecting a particular industrial career track?  What are the opportunities for career growth?

   8. What are the merits (or demerits) of specialization versus generalization?

   9. Should recent graduates consider accepting positions for which a Ph.D. is not a requirement?

  10. Students educated within an environment of research and teaching often have difficulty envisioning their value.  What particular guidance would you offer to students on transitioning their skills to industry?  Translating their credentials to industry language?


3. Audience Q&A

4. Reception


Josephine Micallef is a Telcordia Fellow and Executive Director of Software Technology Research at Telcordia Technologies. In this role, she is responsible for Telcordia research activities spanning a broad range of software-related topics including architecture, enterprise integration, system dependability and security, distributed computing, and highly available systems.  As a research manager at Telcordia, Josephine works closely with Telcordia business units and government and commercial customers to incorporate software research innovations into new products and services.


During her 19 year tenure at Telcordia, Josephine has initiated, developed, and managed several multi-million R&D projects, which have resulted in new product capabilities of significant value to Telcordia and our customers.  She has extensive experience applying innovative software techniques to solve challenging industrial problems, successfully bridging the research world and software product development.  Major thrusts include service-oriented architecture to facilitate assembling enterprise applications from reusable parts; integration technology, architecture, and methodology; and workflow technology to support the management and automation of complex business processes.  Josephine leads the Telcordia mHealth research program, where we are creating innovative mobile communications technology and services to improve healthcare delivery.


She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1990, where she was selected for graduate fellowships from IBM and the American Association of University Women. She is a member of the Computer Society of the IEEE, and Phi Beta Kappa.



Cesar Bandera is President and CEO of BanDeMar Networks, an m-learning company situated on the Newark campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  He is currently developing a mobile multimedia training system under a grant from the NIEHS WETP.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University at Buffalo, NY. Previously, Dr. Bandera formed and led the Machine Vision Department of Amherst Systems (now a Northrop Grumman Company), where he was responsible for the R&D and funding of the company's computer vision products. In 2000 he joined AT&T Labs as a senior staff engineer, and subsequently formed BanDeMar Networks.  His work in the field of image processing and biomimetics has yielded a 2007 NJ Entrepreneur of the Year award, a NASA Space Act award, Small Business of the Year Nomination from the US Air Force, various patents and publications, and six dissertations.


Dr. Kevin Russell is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny New Jersey.  At ARDEC, he is actively engaged in the design, analysis, production and testing of current and concept weapon systems.  Dr. Russell has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications in various areas in mechanical design-most notably, in computer-based mechanism synthesis. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a licensed Professional Engineer and was several awarded and pending weapon system patents.  Dr. Russell was received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from NJIT in 2001.


Chitra Dorai is the Program Director for Lending Innovations in IBM's  Global Technology Services Division.    In this role.  she sets the global  research agenda and delivers   innovations resulting in productivity and quality improvements and  new revenue growth for the world's largest business and technology  services provider,  IBM Global Technology Services.   Prior to that, she was a Senior Research Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York.  Her research interests  include business process optimization, analytics, distributed stream processing systems, multimedia content analysis, computer vision,  and machine learning.  Chitra Dorai has published over 95 technical papers in premier IEEE and ACM conferences and journals, and has been granted multiple patents.  At IBM, she has been a recipient of multiple awards for research leadership and product delivery.  She was the Editor of a book on Media Computing: Computational Media Aesthetics in 2002, and was a contributor to the ISO/IEC MPEG-7 standard.   She previously served as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the Associate Editor of the Pattern Recognition Letters journal. She is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.