Career Profile: Sandra Yuter
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a university with graduate programs, including doctoral programs
Click on a topic to read Sandra Yuter 's answer to an individual question, or scroll down to read the entire profile: Educational background and career path * Current job responsibilities * Best part of the job * Challenges and strategies * Qualifications * Balancing work and life * Advice
Briefly describe your educational background and career path.
1985-86 Additional coursework, University of Southern California, Artificial Intelligence and Probability Theory.
1983 B.S., Brown University, Geology-Physics/Mathematics
After completing my undergraduate degree I worked for seven years as a software engineer doing work related to remote sensing. While working at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, I realized that the scientists were having more fun than software engineers so I decided to go to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. After completing my degree in 1996, I moved up the ladder at UW from staff to research associate professor with my own grants. However,as the grant funding environment got tighter, a research faculty position became a much more risky long term employment plan. I explored several avenues and decided that an academic faculty job looked like a reasonable option. I got a job at North Carolina State University in 2005 and have been there since. I became a full professor in 2011.
Briefly describe your current job responsibilities, perhaps by describing a typical day, week, or semester.
What do you like best about your work?
What is the most challenging aspect of your work? What strategies have you developed for tackling that challenge?
I've read a lot of popular non-fiction books about how the brain works. This has aided both my time management and how I manage my students.
What qualifications do you think made you competitive in your job search(es)?
- Having an established grant funding record.
- Good presentation skills.
Many of the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in these workshops are interested in balancing a family and career, in dual career couple issues, and in how other personal choices affect the search for a fulfilling career. Please share information about your situation, your ideas and experiences.
What advice do you have for graduate students or post-docs preparing for academic careers in geoscience? What do you know now that you wish you had known as you started your career?
- Once you become faculty perfection is out of the question. Learn to accept "good enough" from yourself and others. Time is your most precious resource.
- The majority of the faculty voting on who gets the position will attend your job talk but will not have the time or inclination to meet with you. Take the time to prepare and deliver an excellent job talk.