Those five years in graduate school went by very, very fast. Graduation was approaching and it was time to apply for jobs. While I mostly enjoyed my PhD research, at the end of it I felt I wanted a break from academia, so I started looking for opportunities in industry. I applied to Intel and NASA jobs but nothing materialized. Many of my classmates were worrying about not even getting a response from the hiring organizations. The great economic recession was at its peak and the job market was also being hit. So when a colleague of mine who had just founded a nanotechnology startup invited me to join his company, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The job would also allow me to stay in Ithaca a little bit longer, something I longed for because I wanted to experience life outside the premises of the university campus.