CDP Class of 1992 - 1993
Penn State University
The research I contributed to while in my first CDP assignment resulted in seven U.S. Patent awards.
I am living proof that the CDP Program offers assignments filled with challenge and reward.
In my first assignment, I synthesized new molecules for next-generation catalysts used to manufacture automobile seating and flexible slabstock polyurethane foam. The research was prompted by environmental concerns about volatile organic compounds* in consumer goods. The work resulted in catalysts that do not emit these compounds.
For my second assignment, I switched to a different type of chemistry. In addition to molecular synthesis, I also tested my materials and worked directly with potential customers. That’s when I discovered that I enjoy working with customers.
Since then, I’ve held three permanent positions in Research & Development / Applications Development. I am now on my fourth permanent assignment, looking at new applications for our atmospheric gases products. I enjoy sharing our newest creations with potential customers!
* Volatile organic compounds are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.
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