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Alaina G. Levine

Ms. Alaina G. Levine

Quantum Success Solutions


E-mail: alaina@alainalevine.com
Web: http://www.alainalevine.com

Area of Expertise

Professional development, career development and advancement, career planning for STEM professionals: I help you find, land and keep your dream job and career.


Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, science journalist, science and engineering careers consultant, professional speaker and corporate comedian. Her new book on networking strategies for scientists and engineers, Networking for Nerds, was published by Wiley in July 2015 and was named one of the Top 5 Books of 2015 by Physics Today Magazine.

As President of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consulting enterprise with a focus on advancing the professional development expertise of scientists and engineers, she has been advising emerging and established scientists and engineers about their careers for over 16 years, and has consulted with tens of thousands of early- and mid-career scientific and engineering professionals. She has given over 650 workshops and seminars for clients in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and is the author of over 250 articles pertaining to science, engineering, science careers and business in such publications as Science, Nature, World Economic Forum, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Physics World, IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, and COSMOS.

As a science careers journalist, Levine constantly researches employment trends in STEM fields and delivers up-to-date vital information about STEM career issues from interviews with hiring managers, decision-makers and recruiters in myriad industries. Levine has also served as a Contributor to National Geographic and currently pens the career columns for Physics Today and the American Physical Society's international publication, APS News. In 2016, she launched a new regular feature for ScienceCareers.org, the careers arm of Science Magazine, called "Clandestine Careers", featuring science-educated professionals in surprising and unusual careers.

Previously, Levine directed the Professional Science Master's in applied science and business programs. In this capacity, she spearheaded and taught a class on entrepreneurship to science and engineering graduate students at the University of Arizona (UA). It was the first entrepreneurship course for STEM students at the UA, and she was named an Eller Entrepreneurial Scholar.

Levine holds degrees in mathematics and anthropology from the UA, studied abroad at the American University in Cairo as a DoD National Security Education Program/Boren Fellow, and pursued grant-funded research in cosmology and mathematics history. Levine is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, and was named Tucson Leader of the Year, an honor previously bestowed upon former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona, and a Tucson 40 Under 40 Leader, an honor also bestowed upon former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords the same year. Read her complete bio at www.alainalevine.com.

Lecture Title(s)

  • Career Planning and Job Searching for Scientists/Engineers: Industrial Opportunities in the Current Economy
  • Professional Leadership Development: The Skills You Need for a Laser-Sharp Career
  • Having the Right Stuff: Outstanding Resume and CVs for Outstanding Careers
  • Network Yourself to a Great Career
  • The Interview: What you need to do before, during, and after to get the job
  • SPIE Chapter Leadership: The Secrets to Leading Triumphant Organizations
  • Teambuilding Principles
  • Conflict Management
  • Change Management
  • Negotiation Strategy and Tactics
  • Professional Etiquette for Scientists/Engineers: Perception = Truth
  • Outstanding Oral Presentations
  • Strategic Planning for Emerging Scientists
  • Entrepreneurship 101: Creating Companies, Advancing Innovation
  • Think like an Entrepreneur: Triumph Like a CEO (TM) (Entrepreneurial Thinking for Career Advancement)
  • Women in Optics and Photonics: Leadership Strategy and Tactics
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