CEP: YPOV - What Is a Chemical Engineer Doing Here?


In 2011, I took a position with Mack Trucks, Inc., a manufacturer of American-assembled Class 8 heavy trucks with more than 100 years of history. Since then, I wish I had a dollar for every time I was asked the question “What is a chemical engineer doing working at a truck manufacturing plant?”

Considering that my entire seven-year career has been outside of the chemical industry, such a question seems reasonable. What is a chemical engineer doing here?


Author Bios: 

Elizabeth Guenther

Elizabeth Guenther is a Senior Industrial Engineer at OSRAM Sylvania with responsibility for processes and projects at its Eastern Distribution Center. She is this year’s AIChE Young Professionals Committee (YPC) Chair and YPC liaison to the Career and Education Operating Council.

Prior to joining OSRAM Sylvania, Elizabeth worked in other non-chemical fields as a Lean Manufacturing Engineer at Mack Trucks, Inc and an Operations Engineer at Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.  Prior to holding the position of Chair in YPC, Elizabeth held the positions of Vice Chair and Publications...Read more

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