Job Derailment vs. Success: Advice for New Engineers

Originally delivered Mar 31, 2009
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New engineers head off to their careers after graduation, all too often without any idea of what to expect. There is all this knowledge bouncing around in your head about unit operations, mass balances, thermodynamics, and so on, but no real guidance as to how to use it. The good news is that you can take these skills and use them to become a great engineer. The bad news is that you can also use them incorrectly and derail yourself along the way. Fortunately, in addition to all the things you know…there are skills and talents that you may not even realize that you have, which may be your strongest assets. This presentation is about those things that can trip you up along the way that you may not have expected, and also about how to use ALL of your skills. It’s also a talk about what Chemical Engineers really do, after all, in industry.


Michael Iwaniw

Michael Iwaniw has worked at The Dow Chemical Company since 2002, after obtaining his B.A. in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College, and his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to holding a full-time position in Specialty Latex at Dow, Mr. Iwaniw is currently completing requirements for his M.B.A. in Management from Northwood University

Mr. Iwaniw began his career at Dow in a rotational program, with six-month assignments as a Process Engineer (design) in Midland, MI; a Run Plant Engineer for Ethoxylates production in St. Charles, LA; and an...Read more

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