GWAN Career Day

Interested in 
  •  standing out from a sea of other job applicants?
  •  building an impressive resume in a short period of time?
  •  being smarter on job search and building your own brand on LinkedIn?
GWAN Career Day is a one-day program comprised of a series of professional development workshops. This one-day program includes four informative workshops on Resume/CV Building, Job Searching and Networking Strategies, Interview Techniques, CPT/OPT information for international students and one panel discussion. Career Day is designed to help graduate students at NU build up their portfolios, get prepared for the upcoming career/internship fairs and learn about strategies to be successful in the job hunting process. 

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: University Hall 122

Free Lunch provided 

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GWAN Career Day Schedule:

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Workshop: Job Searching + Networking
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Panel Discussion
11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided by GWAN)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Workshop: Resume/CV Building 
2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Workshop: Interview Techniques
3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Workshop: OPT/CPT Session for International Students



4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.Conclusion and Cleanup

Invited Speakers:

Michelle Long, Ph.D., Manufacturing Science and Technology, AbbVie

Sr. Principal Research Engineer and Technical Manager

Michelle received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and PhD from the University of Delaware. Her undergraduate interest in polymers and graduate work in biorelevant complex fluids have allowed pursuit of diverse technical positions in the personal care and pharmaceutical industry.

She started her career with Helene Curtis, now part of Unilever Home and Personal Care in the Surface Sciences group responsible for research on behavior of concentrated surfactant solutions and resins for hair care products. At Abbott, now AbbVie, she has worked at various stages of pharmaceutical development and operational support. In Research and Development as a member of the Pharmaceutics group she supported Discovery efforts to identify drug candidates and pursued a research interest in lipid-based drug delivery for enhancement of bioavailability of poorly aqueous soluble drugs. Her career continued into later stages of drug development as manager of the Dissolution and Drug Release group developing methods for investigating drug product performance and in vitro-in vivo correlation. Michelle joined the Manufacturing Science and Technology organization in Operations where she directed a materials science laboratory focused on exploring the physical and chemical properties of materials and their impact to drug product manufacture and performance

For the past 3 years, she has moved into support of medical device products and leads a group responsible for working with R&D on the design, development and commercialization of medical device products ranging from molded plastic components to software controlled electromechanical devices. A key personal accomplishment was the development and launch of AbbVie’s first medical device mobile application. In addition to her work at AbbVie, she has been a member of a USP Expert Panel, Industry/Academia Advisory committee for University of Chicago MRSEC, peer reviewer for several journals and NSF, has 6 patents, written 2 book chapters, 16 journal publications, and given many scientific presentations of her research.


Nadine Haupt, F.A.S.T. Women in Business

CEO & Founder

Nadine Haupt works with motivated and results-driven career women in fast-paced corporate jobs who want to break through career plateaus, accelerate their income and impact substantially, and always look forward to Monday mornings.  Through private coaching and mentoring in the proprietary F.A.S.T. signature system, Nadine shows them how --- faster and more easily than by going it alone. 

If you are looking for a proven professional who can guide you to address why you are not getting that promotion, what is standing in your way of financial success, and how to create endless opportunities for growth and advancement, you’re in the right place. 

Since 1994, Nadine blazed a successful trail in male-dominated technical fields – including becoming the first female trackside engine engineer in IndyCar Racing – and now shares her insider secrets with ambitious career women who are eager to follow her lead. 

By helping women to continually take proactive action with focus and confidence, Nadine is creating a community of F.A.S.T. Women who are wildly successful, financially independent, and thriving in their professional and personal lives. 

Nadine’s clients are drawn to her passion, authenticity, professionalism, and down-to-earth style.  Her no-nonsense approach challenges clients while her compassion and support encourages them to make bold moves.  Clients are inspired to do more, be more, and have more…because that’s what being a F.A.S.T. Woman is all about. 

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Ann M. Czyzewski, Ph.D., Process Engineering, AbbVie

Senior Scientist II

Ann, originally from Chicago, received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1995.  Ann began her career in the pharmaceutical industry at Monsanto/Pharmacia in 1998.  During her career there, she worked on scaling up pharmaceutical processes and then moved into the more focused area of solids engineering and solid state chemistry.  She was involved with the development and technology transfer of two marketed drugs, Deracoxib (Deramaxx®, Novartis) and Eplerenone (Inspra®, Pfizer).

Ann returned to Northwestern in 2003, and in 2008 received her PhD in Chemical Engineering after working with Professor Annelise Barron on the development of peptoid-based therapeutics.  Ann then joined the Process Engineering group of Abbott Laboratories (AbbVie in 2013) as a Senior Scientist.  Notable accomplishments include the development and scale-up of several process reactions and crystallizations, establishment of process control strategies, and leading the technology transfer of various processes to commercial manufacturing facilities.  In addition to project responsibilities, Ann has been instrumental in implementing computational fluid dynamics to better understand the impact of mixing on chemical processes.  In 2013, Ann was awarded the Volwiler Society Outstanding Research Team Award at AbbVie.  Ann currently resides in Grayslake with her husband and three children.


Courtney H. Morgret, Ph.D., Oral Drug Products, AbbVie

Principal Process Development Engineer II

Courtney received her Sc.B. in Materials Engineering from Brown University in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern in 2007.  Her Ph.D. thesis, titled “Oxide Surfaces in Practical and Model Catalytic Systems”, focused on transmission electron microscopy of oxide surfaces at the atomic scale.  Courtney started at Abbott (now AbbVie) in 2007 and is now a Pharmaceutical Process Development Engineer.  Her job responsibilities include a blend of designing, executing, and analyzing experiments, technical project management, and technical team leadership.  Most of her technical expertise has been developed through on-the-job experiences.

Sara Niakian, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Supply Chain Analyst

Sara Niakian is a supply chain analyst at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, the North American branch of the largest power tool and accessory manufacturer in the world. She administers and coordinates the Companys Direct Import Program for SKIL power tools branch. The volume of business involved is about $20 million and involves documentation and coordination with in-house manufacturing in China as well as coordination with third party suppliers also located in China. 

She received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran in 2007. Then she immigrated to the United States to pursue a Masters degree in Transportation Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she worked as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant. In 2011, she started an MBA program with a concentration in Finance at DePaul University and graduated with distinction in 2013. She worked as a graduate assistant at DePaul University and she was granted a full scholarship for the duration of her studies. She did a 6 month internship for Bosch in 2012 and later after graduation, she was called for a second internship which led to an employment for a supply chain analyst position. Currently, she is working on her thesis to complete her Masters in Transportation Engineering. 


GWAN's Career Day is generously supported by the Northwestern University Materials Science and Engineering Center (NU-MRSEC) and partly by TGS Professional Development Grant.