Lessons Learned: Reflections of a Recent Graduate
Location:207 DeBartolo Hall
Transitioning from an academic environment into the corporate world can be challenging. And while our academic advisors in a joint effort with the graduate school and career center do a tremendous job in preparing us for the day after graduation many questions remain unanswered. The corporate world is too diverse to find a common answer to all our uncertainties. This workshop tries to shed some light on various aspects of the job search prior to graduation and the nature of the first eighteen months in a new professional environment. After a brief review of “lessons learned” while working in the wireless/semiconductor industry, the presenter will guide an interactive discussion exploring the challenges in finding that first job and succeeding in the transition to a professional work environment. Graduate students interested in the wireless industry are invited to attend and participate.
Texas Instruments Inc.
Dr. Ralf Bendlin is a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and a delegate to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) where he represents TI in the standardization of current and next-generation cellular networks. After receiving his preliminary diploma from the Darmstadt University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany in 2003 he transferred to the Munich University of Technology in Munich where he received a Bachelor's degree in 2004 and a Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) Degree in 2006. In 2005, he joined the research staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame from which he received both a Master's degree in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2011. All degrees are in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Since 2010, he has been with the Wireless Base Station Infrastructure Systems and Standards Group of Texas Instruments Inc. where he is responsible for heterogeneous network architectures and machine-type communications. His research interests lie in the field of statistical space-time signal processing in wireless communication systems with a focus on practical algorithms for cellular networks.