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Professional Development

BioInspired Project Management Series: The Nuts and Bolts of Project Execution

June 23, 2021 at 3:00pm4:30pm EDT

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The BioInspired Graduate & Postdoctoral Professional Development Program is excited to continue our workshop series on Project Management, a valuable set of skills for scientists and engineers in the lab or any professional setting. Scientists and engineers routinely use aspects of project management without even realizing it, but these skillsets can be honed and used intentionally to enhance the successful execution of experiments, writing projects, and collaborative efforts. Besides helping you more thoughtfully navigate your current projects at Syracuse, project management is an important, marketable skillset for future employment.

Workshops in the series include:

  • Managers in Technical Projects:  Previously held on March 31
  • Project Execution: Previously held on April 22
  • Phases and Stages – The Nuts and Bolts of Project Execution: June 23, 3-4:30 pm RSVP here
  • Stakeholder Management (July TBD)
  • Panel Discussion (July TBD)

After attending four of these five events, you will earn the Project Management badge from the Professional Development Program, which can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile.

Workshop #3: Phases and Stages – The Nuts and Bolts of Project Execution

Summary: Previous sessions in this series have focused on the role of scientists and how communications and decision-making can make key differences in managing complex projects. In this workshop, we will dive into the nuts and bolts of project execution by examining the formal structures of project management. The Project Management Institute defines five broad stages of a project lifecycle: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring, and Closure.

We will discuss these stages and introduce some of the language professional project managers use to describe them. We will also discuss strategies and share tools for tackling each step as a scientific trainee juggling multiple projects and the expectations of an advisor/mentor.

Presenter Bio: Jeremy Steinbacher, PhD, a materials chemist by training, strives to use his portfolio of skills to facilitate scientific innovation at the BioInspired Institute at Syracuse University. He was formerly a tenured faculty member at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY with an NSF-funded research program in multifunctional drug delivery agents and deep teaching expertise. He helped develop technology transfer policy during a year in the U.S. Department of Defense as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, and he has additional interests in science communication and public policy. Jeremy has served the chemical and scientific communities through the American Chemical Society and by volunteering at outreach events.

This event was published on June 7, 2021.


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