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A Doctorate and Beyond


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Part I: Choosing whether or not to do a doctorate.- Is a doctorate the right course for you?.- How might you use your doctorate, if you get one?.- The where, who and what of doing a doctorate.- How hard will you have to work?.- How long will it take you to get a doctorate?.- Part II: Doing your doctorate.- How to begin.- Student-supervisor interactions.- The value of networking.- Tools of the trade.- The art of publication.- The art of making great presentations.- The ethics of research.- How to write your thesis.- Part III: Using your doctorate: The early years.- Securing a job.- An academic position.- A position in industry.- Moving freely between academia and industry.- The cycle of success.- Part IV: Using your doctorate: The later years.- The cycle of success: The later years.- Public speaking and dealing with the media.- Job and career changes.- Mentoring and succession planning.- Work-life balance.- Keeping the bigger picture in focus.

About the Author

Graham Goodwin received B.Sc., B.E. and Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales. In 2010 he was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Field Award and in 2013 he received the Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was twice awarded the International Federation of Automatic Control Best Engineering Text Book. He is a Fellow of IEEE; an Honorary Fellow of Institute of Engineers, Australia; a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering; a Member of the International Statistical Institute; a Fellow of the Royal Society, London and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden and the Technion Israel. He is the co-author of nine books, four edited books, and several hundred papers. Graham is a Distinguished Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology (China), Northwestern University (China), Zhengzhou University (China) and Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile). He holds 16 International Patents covering rolling mill technology, telecommunications, mine planning and mineral exploration.

Stefan Graebe was awarded a doctorate in Control Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. During his 10 years as an academic, his areas of expertise included grey box identification, control system design as well as industrial applications of advanced control and their economic impact. Stefan they spent 12 years as a manager and executive in the oil industry. His positions included being Chief Strategist, CEO and Board member of various companies and joint ventures turning over hundreds of millions of EUR. In 2009 Stefan trained as a coach and has since then built his coaching practice for businesses and individuals. He is based in Cape Town and works globally.

Adam Sandford grew up watching cartoons and reading Garfield comic books. He became fascinated by Andy Warhol and Pop Art whilst in high school and became an avid DC Comics fan. He studied Graphic Design at Newcastle University, leaving his studies to become a Graphic Artist in the textiles industry where he designed logos and cartoons for screen printing and embroidery. In 2005 he volunteered as an Art Facilitator at a Disability service, eventually making a career in that industry. In 2012 Adam meet Graham whilst joining the burgeoning coffee scene in Newcastle, Australia. Adam is currently a Disability Support worker and part-time artist and photographer.


"This is an outstanding book on career development, especially for those in the sciences. ... The sections of the book cover elements related to pursuing a doctorate, advice for mentors and parents of doctoral students, and career development, with coverage of positions in both academia and industry. Ample illustrations appear throughout the work. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals." (R. E. Buntrock, Choice, Vol. 54 (9), May, 2017)

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