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Let’s Talk Sciences, Healthcare & Biotechnology Careers!

Tuesday, November 10th  |  2:00 – 3:30 PM

Free Virtual Event  |  Registration Required
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The panelists will cover a range of concepts addressing the topic of how academia and professionalism intersect (or do not)such as how they prepared for the job market and how their academic programs prepared them as job candidates.  Furthermore, they will reflect on their current work experiences and roles and then offer suggestions based upon what they have been learning and observing.  To conclude the discussion, they will highlight important skills and competencies that transcend specific degree programs.  Finally, a Question & Answer period will occur at the end of the panel.


Dr. Kimberly Wallin, Panel Moderator
Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, NDSU

Dean Wallin’s background includes education, research, outreach, administrative, and leadership experiences in higher education. Dean Wallin earned her PhD from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Previous to her current position as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at NDSU, she was an Associate Professor of Ecosystem Health and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research for Rubenstein School at University of Vermont. She is committed to excellence in high impact practices that are designed to prepare students to become global citizen leaders in the STEM fields, as well as being critical thinkers. One way to achieve this is through engagement with communities, local and regional municipalities and government agencies, and various non-profits and businesses. She brings energy and innovation to explore and build partnerships with reciprocal benefits that ultimately further people’s success in our complex and interconnected world.


Dr. Venkata Indurthi, Panelist
VP of R&D, Aldevron

As VP of R&D, Venkata leads Aldevron’s team of scientists as they undertake new ways to innovate and introduce products and services to clients.  He started his career with Aldevron in 2015 as a QC Scientist, followed by a position as Senior Scientist in Product and Process Design, Director of R&D and most recently as Director of RNA Operations.  Indurthi graduated with B.S. degree in Biotechnology from SRM University, Chennai, India, and his PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from NDSU.


Dr. Brian Hough, Panelist
Pre-Sales Proposal Writer, 
Wex Health 

Brian started his professional career in broadcast & digital media. In 2007 he entered the Communications MA program at North Dakota State University with the goal of expanding his professional skill set. He wanted to work at an advertising agency. He did NOT plan on getting a Ph.D.

Brian earned his Ph.D. in Media Arts & Studies from Ohio University in 2015. After teaching, advising, and administrative roles in higher education, Brian started a new career at WEX Health as a proposal writer in August of 2019.


Samantha Havran, Panelist
Talent Acquisition Manager, 

Havran leads the Talent Acquisition function at Aldevron and is responsible for developing strategies to attract, hire, and retain talent at all levels.  Samantha joined Aldevron in 2017.  Prior to that, she worked at General Mills, where she held a variety of positions, including HR Business Partner and Sales Training Manager.  Samantha graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in History.


Haakon Lund, Panelist
Undergraduate Biotechnology Student, NDSU

Haakon Lund is a graduating senior at NDSU, studying biotechnology.  Haakon grew up in Amesbury, MA, but college took him to the great city of Fargo.  During his college years, Haakon had the opportunity to intern at Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company, and for his last two summers, Haakon has been interning at Aldevron, a growing biotech company that focuses on plasmid DNA in Fargo.  This past summer, Haakon got married to the love of his life, Alicia.  Graduating this winter, Haakon plans on staying here in Fargo for a couple more years as his wife pursues a graduate degree in Agricultural Education.


Dr. John McEvoy, Panelist
Professor and Head, Microbiological Sciences, NDSU

John McEvoy joined NDSU as a postdoctoral fellow in January 2003, clear in the thought that he would soon move on to a more hospitable climate. Fast forward to the present and he is looking forward to his 19th winter at NDSU and serving as head of Microbiological Sciences, a department with BS, MS, and PhD programs in microbiology. A major theme of his research program has been the enigmatic parasite Cryptosporidium, with a focus on understanding how it forms close associations with its hosts, including humans. He has also worked collaboratively in environmental microbiology, with projects focusing on bioremediation and microbial interactions with nanoparticles. Most recently, he is working on wastewater monitoring to track COVID-19 in communities. In truth, his research program has taken a back seat to administration in recent years and he is happiest now helping other [more talented] people to be successful.


This event is open to all NDSU students, staff, faculty, to employers as well as the general public… but prior registration is required to receive the link.

This event is free to attend.

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