Dr. Erin Sorensen
Manager, New Products and Applications, Prism Membranes
Why did you join Air Products?
Two things stood out about Air Products when I had my interview here. I was very impressed by the company's Career Development Program. I loved the idea of moving to three different assignments to explore a variety of roles in the company, and I also loved that the roles were impactful. The PhD Career Development Program is such an important part of Air Products culture that managers and leaders use participants to move forward high profile, high impact projects. I also was impressed by the collaborative nature of Air Products culture. People truly work together to achieve great things at Air Products.
Why do you love working at Air Products? What is it that keeps you working at Air Products?
I love the people at Air Products. They are whip-smart and passionate about the work they do. We get to solve a diverse set of challenging problems, which makes every day a new adventure.
Please describe your career at Air Products to date.
I started in the PhD Career Development Program, where I got to explore different aspects of Air Products Technology. I then started my permanent role in Adsorption Technology, where I worked on developing new adsorbents and adsorption processes for our Air Separation and Hydrogen businesses with increasing levels of responsibility in the group. I found I enjoyed the people leadership aspects of my roles, so I moved into a team lead role and then a management position. After some time, I was interested in expanding beyond Adsorption, so I moved to lead our product development and new business development for Air Products' Prism® Membranes group.
Tell me about the most intriguing/satisfying thing(s) you've since you've been at Air Products.
The work my team did for the Jazan project was very rewarding. We worked very closely with the engineering team to ensure our product met the needs of the plant. Combining the technical and commercial requirements of the project and delivering the product with speed as a part of cross-functional team made it a memorable experience.
What career advice would you give to those just starting out in their engineering careers?
I've found I've learned the most about myself, had the most fun, and felt the most rewarded in my career when I step outside my comfort zone and try something new. So, my advice would be to try new things!
Please explain what you do (in your current and/or previous job) contributes to sustainability?
Sustainability is an important part of my work at Air Products. In my current role, we develop new membrane products and new uses for membranes. Our customers use membranes to improve the efficiency of their processes, so they reduce energy consumed, or emissions produced. We also think about the environmental and health and safety footprint of the products we develop in terms of manufacturing.
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