UMD: Echeverría on Geology Careers

2017 Geology Colloquium Series

Friday, October 13th 2017 at 3:00 pm
in PLS 1130, University of Maryland – College Park

Lina Echeverría
Corning Incorporated (Vice President of Science and Technology, Retired); Innovation Leadership Consultant

The Unpredictable Arc of a Career In Geology

Upbeat after the completion of postdoctoral and academic research, it feels safe to assume that life will continue along a straight road not unlike those lived by professors and colleagues who have surrounded us for close to three decades. This is particularly so when the experiences—college, graduate, post doc and beyond—have brought exploration and discoveries and, with them, excitement. From Buddhist philosophy we learn that life is what happens when we are busy making plans—and our clear plans may have surprising turns. As unexpected doors open in our lives, that same curiosity and willingness to venture of our early career will lead us into new territories, allow for contributions, and recreate excitement in totally unknown fields. We just have to be prepared to be surprised. Illustrating this narrative, I will share my career and life experiences, the unexpected turns from spinifex komatiites to the world of research and in! tellectual property in corporate America, and on to understanding the creative drive of individuals and harnessing it to deliver technology innovations.

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