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Davide Mattia

Davide Mattia Advisor while a Ph.D. Student: Yury Gogotsi
Year of Graduation: 2007

How did you decide to come to Drexel MSE for a Ph.D.?

I met Yury in 2004 in France and we started collaborating on a project together. After that, he offered me a position in his research group at Drexel.

First Job Post-Graduation and Brief Description of Duties:

I started in January 2008 as a Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at University of Bath, UK. The position is equivalent to a tenure-track assistant professorship, including teaching and leading a research group.

How did you find your first job?

On the web, using a website advertising academic positions.

What have you been doing since?

I have started teaching to first year students and writing grants to build a research group.

How do you feel your Ph.D. research and education have contributed to your job?

I think the international experience acquired with my Ph.D. at Drexel has been a key factor in my selection for the faculty position offered. Working with Yury has given me the chance to perform interesting and cutting-edge research, while the stimulating environment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel has greatly contributed to my formation as a researcher and a scholar.

Do you have any advice for students looking for a Ph.D. program or for current students?

It takes a lot of hard work to finish your Ph.D., but it is a lot of fun too! My advice is to do something that you really like and put everything you have in it. Choosing the right advisor and the right department really helps as well, so don’t be afraid of shopping around for the best options available.

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Last updated Tuesday, June 10, 2008