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The Future is Bright for CEBC Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, February 19, 2009

There is a growing trend in industry for reducing waste and dealing with environmental concerns, as highlighted in a 2006 Nature article. CEBC graduate students and postdocs are uniquely trained to meet this need. The majority have found permanent employment in industry, and a third of the CEBC-trained students have been hired by CEBC member companies, including ConocoPhillips, DuPont, Archer Daniels Midland, and Eastman.

Here's how the numbers stack up: 85% of graduate students and postdocs have been hired by industry; 15% have taken faculty positions. As of May 2009, 20 CEBC students earned PhDs and six earned Masters degrees.

In addition, five graduate and two undergraduate students have participated in internships.  These experiences help students learn about industrial research practices and find employment. For example, one intern was subsequently hired by DuPont.  Five CEBC Industry Members (ADM, Proctor & Gamble, DuPont, Novozymes, and UOP) currently sponsor student internships.

Jing Fang, PhD Chemical Engineering, KU, 2009

Matthew Sherrill, PhD Chemistry, KU, 2009

Brandon Long, M.S. Chemical Engineering, KU, 2009

Carmen Owen, M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UI, 2009

Elijah Thimsen, MS Chemical Engineering, WUStL, 2009



CEBC Calendar

September 13, Wednesday - Mandatory Lab Safety Meeting
All researchers at 1501 Wakarusa Dr. must attend

9:00 a.m. in Building B seminar room

September 19, Tuesday - CEBC Colloquium
Dr. David Sholl, Chair of Georgia Tech School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
"New Nanoporous Materials for Practical Applications Using Computation Modeling - How Close Is the Dream to Reality?"

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

October 16 & 17, Monday & Tuesday - CEBC Fall Industry Advisory Board Meeting
Registration is Open - click here!

Monday 12:00-7:30 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Avenue, Lawrence
Tuesday 8:30-noon at the CEBC Complex, 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence

November 7, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Dr. Brandon Emme, Cellulose Team Leader, ICM, Inc.
"Title TBA"

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

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