Workshop Leaders: Biographical Sketches

Joseph Tringali

Joe Tringali has been providing creative, cost effective recruiting solutions and services to the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industries for more than two decades. He is a seasoned contract recruiter who has developed overall recruitment strategies for his clients and subsequently worked with internal hiring organizations to meet their staffing requirements.

Joe has provided onsite services to numerous Biotechnology clients, including: Biogen Idec, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Creative Biomolecules/Stryker, TKT/Shire and Genetics Institute /Wyeth/Pfizer. He brings to the client an ability to provide a clear recruitment strategy, identify/source passive and qualified candidates, manage both the candidate and the internal hiring process, coach line managers on marketplace dynamics and the recruiting process, and help the client best position itself and its recruiting message to successfully meet its staffing endpoints His approach is consultative in nature and his diverse client base is a result of his reputation of being knowledgeable and effective, The duration of his recruiting assignments has spanned periods of 6 months to six years (Biogen/Idec). Earlier in his career, he has provided similar services to several defense contractors, including The Analytic Sciences Corporation (MA and DC locations), Honeywell Government Systems, GTE Government Systems, Dynamics Research Corp, and Science Applications International, Inc (SAIC).

When he is not serving a client onsite, Joe operates a highly ethical and successful contingency recruiting firm that serves the Boston Biotechnology community. He works with several clients to help them fill difficult staffing needs in the areas of Research/Development, Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs His client list includes firms such as Biogen Idec, Harvard, University, Interleukin Genetics, Genzyme Corporation, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Acambis, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Aeris Therapeutics, Galenea Corporation, BG Medicine, CuraGen, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Joe recruits across most functional disciplines and levels in his business and often his assignments are staff positions at the Director level and above.

In addition, Joe is an invited speaker at several annual scientific conferences and research institutes where he conducts career workshops for the attending scientific community. Conferences/institutes include: The Protein Society, Experimental Biology, American Association of Immunologists, The National Institute of Health (NIH), The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), The Bone and Mineral Society, The Endocrine Society, The Society for Sexual Reproduction, The Biomedical Engineering Society, and The American Society for Human Genetics.

Alaina Levine

Alaina G. Levine is a Contributor to National Geographic, science journalist, science and engineering careers consultant, professional speaker and corporate comedian. Her new book on networking strategies for scientists and engineers will be published by Wiley in 2014. 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 a decade, and has consulted with tens of thousands of early- and mid-career scientific and engineering professionals. She has given over 600 workshops and seminars in the US and Europe and is the author of over 150 articles pertaining to science, engineering, science careers and business in such publications as Science, Nature, Smithsonian, Scientific American, 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 is also a Contributor to NatGeo, where she writes and blogs for its website, and she pens the career columns for Physics Today and the American Physical Society's national publication, APS News.

Levine grew up in Princeton Junction, NJ, and previously, she directed the Professional Science Master’s in applied science and business programs and taught entrepreneurship to science and engineering graduate students at the University of Arizona (UA). She 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. In 2012, she was honored with a travel fellowship to cover the 62nd Lindau (Physics) Nobel Laureates Meeting in Germany, during which she broke the Higgs news for NatGeo. She also has been honored as a Logan Science Journalism Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, a Robert Bosch Stiftung Science Journalism Fellow, and an Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources Fellow. In addition, Levine is an 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.