Jeanne Jensen is ChEnected's Featured Young Professional for the month of May, 2010. Jeanne and I have worked on two committees together, the Membership and Webinar committee, and she has always been a willing and energetic volunteer. As part of her work on the Webinar committee, she worked with other YPs to specify programming that was of particular interest to all YPs. Her input has been invaluable. Below is my recent interview with Jeanne.
Bette: Jeanne, where are you from?
Jeanne: I was born and raised in the Phoenix-Metro Area of Arizona.
Bette: Where did you complete / are you completing your chemical engineering education?
Jeanne: I completed my BSE in Chemical Engineering at ASU (Arizona State University) in 2007, and my MSE in Civil/Environmental Engineering in December 2009.
Bette: How long have you been a member of AIChE?
Jeanne: I've been a professional member since 2007 though I joined the ASU student chapter in 2005.
Bette: What company/institution do you work for?
Jeanne: I work for a water/wastewater environmental engineering consulting firm in the Phoenix area called Damon S. Williams Associates (DSWA).
Bette: Describe a recent challenge you managed, notable achievement, or obstacle you overcame at your job or in your work as an AIChE member?
Jeanne: As a chemical engineer working in a less traditional ChemE field, I find a challenge in defining and maintaining a niche set of talents and abilities that come from that ChemE background. A lot of the work we do has been traditionally under the umbrella of Civil Engineering so bringing in those resources from AIChE has been vital in growing the understanding of what chemical engineers can do in our field.
Bette: What do you do to meet people in your field?
Jeanne: Our local professional section has great opportunities to network every month. I also am a member of my local water professionals organization (AZWater.org). My industry is all about networking so I try to get as involved as I can. I've been the scholarship coordinator for AZ Water for 3 years now and I find that it is a great chance to meet up and coming engineers and scientists in this field.
Bette: Tell us a little bit about yourself... What is one of your hobbies? How do you spend your spare time? What's your favorite place to travel? Or anything else you'd like to share...
Jeanne: I have been taking ceramics classes since I was about 5 years old. I started teaching ceramics at age 16 and continue to do so part time every weekend for the City of Tempe Cultural Arts Program. I find it's a nice balance to the math and science heavy workload I experience Monday - Friday and it gives me a chance to teach others about something I really enjoy.