Where are you from?
What company/institution do you work for?
Where did you complete/are you completing your chemical engineering education?
University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
How many years have you been a member of AIChE?
Describe a recent challenge you managed, notable achievement, or obstacle you overcame at your job or in your work as an AIChE member.
At BASF, I am a lead member in their employee resource group called ALLchemie at my home office in NJ. It is an LGBT and allies group designed to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment. I lead our most popular and annual Pride Event by giving a safety moment, introducing the event and the speakers, and acting as the host. This was a challenge for me because it was the first time I had been in that role for that large of an audience. And it was webcasted! I was nervous going into it but then realized the importance of being confident and finished the event cool and feeling accomplished.
What do you do to meet people in your field?
There are several ways to meet people in my field of product management: through internal and external networking events, introductions through colleagues and friends, and talking to my counterparts in AIChE.
There are two types of ChemEs... those who_______ and those who ________.
like production, and those who like business
What's the first thought you have when you wake up in the morning?
Toast or cereal?
If your first and last initials stood for something other than your name, what would that be?
DJ Kraemer, as in a music DJ
If your college had offered a class on real-life skills for the aspiring ChE, what would you want them to teach?
I would like to teach students the importance of communication skills - speaking, presenting, writing, etc.
If you weren't a ChE what would you most want to be?
What don't most people know about you?
I am an avid baker and know how to speak French
How many ChEs does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Zero - we'd ask the EEs first