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How bad will refusing to defend PhD look on industry-job applications?

No matter how you were mistreated, this plan will make you look extremely toxic. As an employer, I wouldn't go anywhere near someone that would decide to take a personal hit like this purely out of ...
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Why do students go for a PhD even when chances of getting academic jobs on its completion are slim?

The issue is that the frame of your question is wrong. You’re assuming that the purpose of a PhD is to get an academic job, when that is not the case: Many people who get PhD’s have no desire for an ...
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What good is engineering research with no practical relevance?

The short answer to your question is that you are vastly overestimating your, and other engineer's, ability to judge what techniques will ever have practical relevance. I think it was Michael ...
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Why do students go for a PhD even when chances of getting academic jobs on its completion are slim?

Some of my observations: They don't know what they're going into. Most PhD students have some idea of how hard it is to get a job afterwards, but don't actually know. It's similar to how one can ...
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How bad will refusing to defend PhD look on industry-job applications?

You Will Burn Yourself To The Ground I can speak directly from the perspective of industry: If you go into a job interview and tell them, "I could finish the PhD any time I want to, but I choose ...
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Giving a career talk in my old university, how prominently should I tell students my salary?

I agree with you. I feel the request to put your salary on a slide (on the first slide, no less!) is rather unexpected, and quite frankly does not speak highly about the professionalism of your ...
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Why do students go for a PhD even when chances of getting academic jobs on its completion are slim?

Because it's fun! No, really. I went to do a PhD because I thought it was fun. It allowed me to live in an awesome location, travel around the world to conferences and summer schools, to spend ...
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Why is getting a PhD considered "financially irresponsible" by some people?

I don’t have experience in industry myself, but know several people who do (and have made the transition from industry to academia and vice versa). Broadly speaking, getting a CS PhD in the USA with ...
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Is it appropriate for an undergrad student to ask a professor to sign a non-disclosure agreement?

I don't understand most of the current answers, which mostly assume you want technical advice without paying for it, but requiring an NDA. If this is indeed what you want, I agree it's a bad idea. ...
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Why is getting a PhD considered "financially irresponsible" by some people?

Getting a PhD is not financially irresponsible¹. Your career earnings may be less, or may be more, than without a PhD. Whether this is the case depends on too many factors to be answerable without ...
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How bad will refusing to defend PhD look on industry-job applications?

Why would a company want to hire you if they know anything about the circumstances? You've spent time working toward a doctorate and failed to earn it. You've demonstrated vindictiveness toward ...
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Why do so many PhDs choose to join academia instead of industry given the pay in academia is considerably lower and the workload is much heavier?

In CS field, an entry-level software engineer in top-tier tech companies (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc.) could earn as much as a 20-year experience professor....Why do so many PhDs still choose to ...
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Math Ph.D. does not know what to do with life?

Let me just comment on what you say towards the end, wich I believe is the root of your predicament. I hate being poor and lonely. I am approaching 30 without any relationship (even friendships). ...
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Are authors of papers okay with receiving questions from people in industry?

I certainly don't see anything immoral about asking questions. You may want to mention your affiliation, which will clarify the issue and perhaps also help the author give a more useful response. ...
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Is it immoral to advise PhD students in non-industry-relevant topics in middle-lower ranked universities?

While the question in the title is a good one, your post also makes some assumptions, in some cases dubious, which are really worth investigating first: But some research fields have little to no ...
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Leaving academia to join company's R&D department - How to deal with not publishing anymore, losing the cutting-edge knowledge and decreasing h-index?

I think it's very telling that you mention things like "h-index" and "showing the world what I am working on". These are signs of external validation and prestige, and academia has ...
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How bad will refusing to defend PhD look on industry-job applications?

In addition to the other reasons why this is a bad idea, it wouldn’t even work. Your department is used to people starting a PhD and then not graduating, so they wouldn’t really care that much about ...
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Why do breakthroughs in science and research that have enormous (and obvious) potential often not (or barely) go beyond the lab?

They are just flashy press releases. They're really not as cheap (including both capex and opex), easy, high yield, resistant to catalyst impurities, or scale-up able as written. I've been seeing ...
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How to recruit PhD students when industry pays so much more?

The person who wants to go into industry is a different sort of person than one who wants a PhD. That isn't a universal, as some people want to do one to enable or enhance the other, but it is pretty ...
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How do I gain back my faith in my PhD degree?

Oh man, where does one begin... I am half-way in to my second postdoc at what I consider to be the best research facility in Northern Europe in my field. So take my advice as such, although where you ...
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Why do students go for a PhD even when chances of getting academic jobs on its completion are slim?

A personal anecdote. Your mileage may vary. For me, entering the PhD program meant: Stay in the same city as my girlfriend Continue the sport I loved, with my team Sufficient funding to become ...
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Is it appropriate for an undergrad student to ask a professor to sign a non-disclosure agreement?

Let's see: you want the professor to freely give out their trade secrets on their real device, so that you can build a potentially competing device; and you want the professor to sign an NDA on your ...
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Are authors of papers okay with receiving questions from people in industry?

This is not a moral grey area - asking is totally okay. In my country (Germany) researchers at public research institutions are even expected to answer. It's called "third mission" (the first two ...
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Leaving academia to join company's R&D department - How to deal with not publishing anymore, losing the cutting-edge knowledge and decreasing h-index?

You cannot do both. You made your choice by joining a "non-publishing group". In all likelihood, you will find your new career to have many challenging problems to solve. You will not loose ...
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What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

It is an extremely bad idea to enter a PhD program for ancillary reasons that do not involve a core interest in research work. Few graduates of these programs consider them to have been "fun&...
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How bad will refusing to defend PhD look on industry-job applications?

I think this is a straightforward question. If you don't defend the PhD but don't disclose the true vindictive reasons why you hadn't, it may slightly lower your chances as you would be a less ...
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Why do breakthroughs in science and research that have enormous (and obvious) potential often not (or barely) go beyond the lab?

Because technological developments and scientific discoveries are processes at very different size and time scales of a development often under very different boundary conditions (lab vs. real world ...
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Private company using my dissertation

I think that your best bet is to contact the IP department at the academic institution where you did your PhD: They can inform you about your rights concerning the work you did there as a student ...
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How bad will refusing to defend PhD look on industry-job applications?

It might give the impression that you are fast-reacting and that you struggle with conflict resolution. All over academia, people put up with deficient supervisors, bad projects, etc. still end up ...
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