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ISE Seminar-What They Don't Tell You in Graduate School about Academic Careers

Event Type
Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
103 Transportation Building
Apr 27, 2018   10:00 am  
Nicholas G. Hall, The Ohio State University
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The speaker will share his own perspectives, along with those of his friends and colleagues, about the choices and challenges of academic careers. Issues to be discussed include: characteristics for academic success, choosing an academic career, choosing a research area, choosing an advisor, optimizing your academic job search, the publication process, research funding, building a research group, faculty politics, career salary profiles, financial independence, typical workloads, allocation of your time at various career stages, teaching tips, book writing, enhancing your professional visibility, professional service, conferences, consulting, some cautions, and the academic midlife crisis. The talk is informal, and audience participation is strongly encouraged. The talk is intended primarily for Ph.D. students who are considering an academic career. However, faculty are welcome to attend and share their experiences.

Intended Audience: Ph.D. and Masters students of all management and engineering fields who are considering an academic career; early career faculty.


Nicholas G. Hall is a Fisher College of Business Distinguished Professor, and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, at The Ohio State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Science (1986) from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as B.A., M.A. degrees from the University of Cambridge, and a professional qualification in accounting. His research interests are in project management, incentives, scheduling, and pricing, and applications of operations research. He has published over 80 articles in the journals Operations Research, Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Games and Economic Behavior, Interfaces, and several other journals. His main teaching interest is in project management. He has served for a total of over 40 years on the editorial boards of Operations Research and Management Science. He has given over 360 academic presentations, including 112 invited presentations in 24 countries, 11 conference keynote presentations, and nine INFORMS national conference tutorials. A 2008 citation study ranked him 13th among 1,376 scholars in the operations management field. He won the Fisher College Pacesetters’ Faculty Research Award in 1998 and 2005. He has served as President of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management society (1999-2000), and as Treasurer of INFORMS (2011-2014). He has served on the State of Ohio Steel Industry Advisory Council (1997–2002). He has been a visiting professor at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Kellogg School (Northwestern University). He is the owner of a consulting business, CDOR, which provides business solutions to the Ohio business and government communities, and advice on intellectual property issues to New York City law firms. In 2018, he is serving as the 24th President of INFORMS.

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