PME Communication Skills for Industry Program

Well-honed, effective, and nimble communication skills are at the top of the priority list when industrial organizations evaluate talent and emerging leaders. Coupled with the fact that over 60% of graduate students and postdocs in the PME pursue a variety of careers in industry, building skills to communicate well with these audiences is absolutely key. The Communication Skills for Industry Program (CSIP) is a unique opportunity for PME graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to sharpen their communication skills for a range of interactions with industry professionals

The program incorporates effective communication skill development for real-world applications in industrial contexts such as job interviews, conferences, collaborations, investor pitches, and more. Program components include:

  • Workshops introducing high-leverage strategies to effectively communicate with on R&D, hiring managers, and business-focused audiences
  • Small-group networking meetings with industrial mentors
  • Extensive opportunities to practice and receive feedback on communications
  • A judged capstone presentation for industry representatives

This program takes place annually in autumn quarter. 

If you are interested in participating in this program or have any questions please contact Laura Rico-Beck ( Briana Konnick (, or Felix Lu (

Capstone Presentation Recognitions

Autumn 2023

2022 - 2023

2021 - 2022

Educational Outreach