Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
  • Home
  • Preparing the Next Generation for a Greener Chemical Future

Preparing the Next Generation for a Greener Chemical Future

Friday, October 15, 2010

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 2010, 23 CEBC students have earned PhDs and eight 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. 

To learn more about CEBC's graduate program, click here.

Degrees and Employment for CEBC Graduate Students
  Faisal Baksh, M.S. Chemical Engineering, KU, 2010, consultant Yuanchun Li, M.S. Chemical Engineering, KU, 2010  
  Azita Ahosseini, PhD Chemical Engineering, KU, 2010, Lecturer at the University of Kansas

Wei Ren PhD Chemical Engineering, KU, 2010,

  Alexander Vorouchilov, PhD Chemistry, KU, 2010, Postdoctoral research at Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City    
Jing Fang, PhD Chemical Engineering, KU, 2009
Post Doctoral Associate

Matthew Sherrill, PhD Chemistry, KU, 2009
Post-Doctoral Assoc.
U.S. Army Research Lab

Brandon Long, M.S. Chemical Engineering, KU, 2009
Carmen Owen, M.S.
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UI, 2009
Research assistant at UI
Elijah Thimsen, MS Chemical Engineering, WUStL, 2009

Emmanuel Ankudey, PhD, Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, UI, 2008 Faculty at Kwame Nkrumah Univ.

Brandon Cotton, BS
Chemical Engineering, PVAMU, 2008
Janardhan Garikipati, PhD Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, UI, 2008
Kening Gong, PhD
Chemical Engineering
KU, 2008

Radmila Jevtic, PhD Chemical Engineering, WUStL, 2008

Chad Johnson, PhD
Chemical Engineering,
KU, 2008 - Eastman Chemical Company

Lennis Jones, BS Chemical Engineering, PVAMU, 2008

Angela McIver, PhD
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, UI, 2008 Danisco/Genencor
Adam Okerlund, PhD, Biochemistry, Chemical, Biochemical Engineering, UI, 2008 - Optherion Inc.

Antonio Osorio-Lozada, PhD Medicinal Chemistry, UI, 2008 - Lonza

Andy Wang, PhD Chemistry, KU, 2008
Scripps Research Institute

Gbenga Ajiobye, MS, Chemical Engineering PVAMU, 2007

April French, PhD Chemistry, KU, 2007 - Asst Prof at Northwestern State Univ.
Debangshu Guha, PhD Chemical Engineering, WUStL, 2007

Bhuma Rajagopalan, PhD Chemical Engineering, KU, 2007 - DuPont


Sagar Sarsani, PhD Chemical Engineering, KU, 2007
Dow Chemical

Jay Schleicher, MS, Chemical Engineering, KU, 2007 - General Electric

Arya Tulva, MS Engineering Management, KU, 2007
MGP Ingredients

Hong Jin, PhD
Chemical Engineering, KU, 2006 - ConocoPhillips

R.C. Ramaswamy, PhD
Chemical Engineering, WUStL, 2006
Eastman Chemical Company


CEBC Calendar

March 4, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Allyn Kaufmann, US Whitespace & Innovation Lead
"Serial Innovation in Consumer Heathcare - Intersection of Chemistry and the Consumer"

March 10, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

March 25, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ
"Sustainability of Packaging Industry"

April 1, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Sagar Sarsani, Project Leader
Sabic, Sugarland, TX
"Chemical Industry R&D Career Pathways"

April 12 & 13, Monday & Tuesday - Spring Advisory Boards Meeting
& Project Evaluations

1:00-3:00 p.m. each day, via Zoom
Click here to register

KU Today
48 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Pharmacy school No. 2 nationally for NIH funding