The Environmental Division (ED) of AIChE held two widely attended webinars related to environmental career opportunities for chemical engineering students in 2021. These webinars greatly helped the participating students learn more about potential career paths in the environmental field.
Based on last year’s success, the ED has decided to organize another career opportunity webinar this on May 10, 2022. If you, as either an undergraduate or graduate student, would like to find out more about careers in the environmental field that chemical engineers can pursue, please check out this webinar. The panelists have accumulated very rich education, research, and industrial experience in various aspects of the environmental profession that they will share with you.
During the webinar, you will hear from them about how to find your first job in the environmental field as a degreed chemical engineer, how to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree, etc. The panelists also discuss the benefits of joining our Division (free for undergraduate students).
Dr. Matthew Alexander, Associate Professor of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
His research focuses on renewable energy production and environmental remediation. He spent 25 years as an environmental engineer with consulting companies.
Dr. Heriberto Cabezas, Professor at the Research Institute of Applied Earth Science at the University of Miskolc in Hungary.
He retired as Senior Science Advisor, Land and Material Management Division, U.S. EPA in April 2019. He is a recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Cabezas is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.
Dr. Yinlun Huang, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University.
His research focuses on process systems engineering, sustainability science and engineering, and smart manufacturing. He has extensive industrial collaboration experience with chemical, automotive, and energy sectors.
Dr. Selma Mededovic Thagard is Richard and Helen March Professor of chemical engineering at Clarkson University.
Her research focuses on water treatment using electrical discharge plasmas. She is also a Co-Founder and CEO of DMAX Plasma, a company that specializes in the treatment of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
Dr. Gerardo J. Ruiz-Mercado, Senior Research Chemical Engineer, U.S. EPA.
Leading and developing projects on the sustainable management of end-of-life materials and subsequent environmental impacts. He is a former manager of the EPA Hispanic employment program.
Dr. Richard D. Siegel is President of R & B Consulting Services
Specializing in assisting firms in marketing and selling their EHS&S services and products. He has an extensive career working for environmental services organizations. He was Chair of the Environmental and Management Division and the Government Relations Committee.
Dr. Kirti M. Yenkie is an Asst. Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University.
Her research focuses on process systems engineering with applications for sustainability and environmental resource management. Her research has been funded by the USEPA, Industry, and local governments.