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María Pía Rossi


María Pía Rossi Advisor while a Ph.D. Student: Yury Gogotsi
Year of Graduation: 2006

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

The department had a positive environment that felt very collaborative, with a high quality of research. Students from the MSE department graduate with a lot of experience, not only in research, but also with excellent communication skills and considerable exposure to conferences and scientific meetings.

First Job Post-Graduation:

I joined the NJ Center for Biomaterials at Rutgers University as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Tissue Engineering.

How did you find your first job?

Networking and contacting professors directly for a postdoctoral position.

What have you been doing since?

Since 2008, I have been working at L’Oreal USA as a Senior Scientist. I work in the Applied Research group.

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

One of the most important skills that I honed during my Ph.D. at Drexel is communication. At my job, it’s imperative to be able to present my work to managers and executives in a clear and interesting manner, and I feel that in general, Drexel MSE students emerge from the program better qualified for this than the average Ph.D. graduate. From my advisor and the program, I learned how to carry out systematic studies and use many tools for materials characterization that I need to use daily.

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

Hone your communication skills, go to as many conferences and meetings as you can to present your work, and learn how to network and build professional relations. Learn how to build collaborations and, especially for those who want to go into a faculty position, look for as many travel grants and fellowships as possible to demonstrate your ability to secure funding for yourself.




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Last updated Tuesday, July 12, 2011