At WE20, I shared how lessons I learned as a project engineer applied to managing grants and research in academia. This session was recorded and provided as an on-demand session. I've included the slides here as well to make the links easier to access. The sessions from WE20 will be available on-demand for a full year, so you can go back and watch the recording if you are interested.
Session description: Managing a lab and research grants can be a steep learning curve for new faculty. Generally, management techniques are learned through mentorship and practice in graduate school and postdoc positions. There are lots of parallels between managing projects in academia and industry, except that the books and resources from industry aren’t generally used in academia. In this session, resources from leading project management organizations, SWE, and popular books will be shared including how the lessons can be adapted to academic projects. These techniques can be used with students at any level for project teams, research labs, and grants. I will draw upon my experiences as a project engineer in the aerospace industry and transition into academia.