05 // A practical guide to your first engineering conference

Since this was the first time I’d attended an engineering conference of this scale, and my first time presenting at one, I didn’t know what to expect. More senior doctoral students had told me about their experiences at other conferences, but it became apparent that each has its own character, its own charms and idiosyncrasies. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share some general reflections on and learnings from my experience, both for my own future reference and in the hopes that other graduate students might benefit, too. I’ve scaffolded this mix of commentary around short pieces of advice, listed here in rough chronological order from pre-conference preparations to post-conference follow-ups.

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