Peter Fiske is a Ph.D. scientist and co-founder of RAPT Industries, a technology company in Fremont, California. He is the author of Put Your Science to Work. Fiske lives with his wife and two daughters in Oakland, California, and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of career development for scientists.
Articles in this series:
Kauffman's Twelve 
13 March 2009
A new fellowship program from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will prepare 12 life-scientist fellows each year to commercialize their research findings.
Career Advantages of Collaboration 
9 January 2009
These days, the scientific value of collaboration is widely acknowledged, but the career advantages are rarely mentioned.
The Political Scientist 
10 October 2008
The failure to acknowledge and understand the political elements of the scientific culture can reduce your effectiveness.
E-Persona Non Grata: Strategizing Your Online Persona 
25 July 2008
It's time to put away childish things and retool your online presence as a lean, mean, job-seeking machine.
Opportunities: Research Inc. 
9 May 2008
It's useful to think of your research career as a business, even if you're not interested in starting a company.
Opportunities: Master of Disaster 
22 February 2008
Resilience is a critical ingredient to success in science, and personal and professional setbacks can open the door to new opportunities.
Opportunities: The Curse of Brains 
25 January 2008
Effectiveness requires more than just intellectual smarts; sometimes, they can even get in the way.
Opportunities: The Golden Chapter 
16 November 2007
You can create your own career options by thinking about the direction in which you want to head, then seeking opportunities to build the collaborations and relationships that will get you there.
Walking on the Dark Side 
19 October 2007
You don't have to enroll in an M.B.A. program to reap some of its benefits. In this month's column, Peter Fiske discusses some of the strategies science and engineering Ph.D.s and postdocs can use to get the most from the business school at their university.
Opportunities: The Most Important Venture Capitalist 
14 September 2007
To get your science-based company off the ground, you need investors. Fortunately, you've already met the most important venture capitalist of all: Uncle Sam.
Opportunities: The Power of Poverty 
10 August 2007
Although he no longer shops the dented-food bin at the supermarket, the lessons Peter Fiske learned as a starving student have served him well in his professional life.
Opportunities: The Accidental Consultant 
13 July 2007
There are lots of good reasons for postdocs--and even graduate students--to seek out technical and scientific consulting work.
Opportunities: From PDF to IPO, One Scientist's Journey 
8 June 2007
As a postdoc, Avi Spier had a great idea. So he created a company and then took it public.
Opportunities: More School? 
11 May 2007
Should a Ph.D. scientist with entrepreneurial aspirations get an M.B.A.?
Opportunities: A Day in the Life, Part 2 
13 April 2007
It pays to work hard to find people who can help you.
Opportunities: Breadth Versus Depth 
9 March 2007
From an early age, scientists are pushed toward narrow specialization. But there are advantages to maintaining a broader point of view.
Opportunities: A Day in the Life 
16 February 2007
An unlikely entrepreneur sniffs out a new opportunity at what he thought would be the end of a successful scientific career.
Opportunities: Insubordination 
12 January 2007
Grad students and postdocs are often encouraged to stick to the straight and narrow. But sometimes it's a good idea to color outside the lines.
Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 2 
8 December 2006
So you think that invention belongs to you? Think again.
Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 1 
10 November 2006
A basic understanding of the legal basis of intellectual property can prepare you to make good decisions in the management of your scientific creations.
Opportunities: Stealing Time 
13 October 2006
No matter where you end up professionally, your effectiveness (and your personal happiness) will depend in large part on your ability to manage your time successfully.
8 September 2006
In his new monthly column, Peter Fiske redefines the concept of "entrepreneurship" to encompass all the ways you can make a difference in your work and your life.