Themed Joint Session 1 Mind the Gap: Preparing Students for Careers in the Private Sector

Monday, 7 January 2019: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
North 229AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Hosts: (Joint between the 28th Symposium on Education; the Seventh Symposium on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise; and the 10th Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy )
Andrea L. Lang, University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Albany, NY and Lawrence Gloeckler III, Riskpulse, Philadelphia, PA
Joshua Darr, JLT Re, Catastrophe Analytics, Fort Collins, CO; Robert W. Carver, Loon, LLC, Mountain View, CA; Heidi Centola, Board of Enterprise Economic Development, Phoenix, AZ; Paul J. Roebber, Univ. of Wisconsin, Atmospheric Science Program, Milwaukee, WI; Amanda Adams, NSF, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division, Arlington, VA and Jason C. Furtado, Univ. of Oklahoma, School of Meteorology, Norman, OK

During the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, a group of students shared anecdotes of feeling unaware and unprepared to act upon the breadth of career opportunities that exist in the private sector. Meteorology students at all academic levels and their academic institutions are not well aligned on the importance of skills that will allow them to succeed in pursuing a private sector career path.  In the summer of 2019, an NSF/AMS/NCAR workshop will bring together academia and the private sector to 1) identify curriculum gaps related to preparing students for careers in the private sector; 2) discuss these gaps, challenges, and creative solutions that can be scaled across the academic and private sectors; 3) create a set of recommendations that can be used by departments across the country to modify their curricula in order to address these gaps; 4) create a set of recommendations for the private sector to take a more active role in directly addressing skills gaps through internships, capstones, and partnerships with academic programs; and 5) promote future venues for sparking mutual innovation between the private sector and academia, driven by students.

Darr, Carver, Centola, Roebber, Adams, Furtado
Andrea L. Lang, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY
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