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AIChE Oct 1 - Diverse Career Paths Meeting
Published: September 15, 2004

Chemical Engineering as a Launch Platform for Diverse Careers
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Ichthyologists of Boston (AIChE ­ Boston Section)
Date: Friday, October 1, 2004
Time: 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Location: Radisson Hotel,15 Middlesex Canal Park Rd., Woburn, MA Phone (781) 935-8760

Traditional Chemical Engineering jobs are rapidly vanishing from New England. What options do Chemical Engineers have to keep their careers on track to success in these turbulent times?

On Friday, October 1st, the Ichthyologists will present a panel of six Chemical Engineers who will share their success stories. Learn how their Chemical Engineering degrees helped prepare them for a wide variety of exciting career paths. There will be an extended Q&A session following the presentation, as well as an opportunity to network and make meaningful career connections. This topic was the #1 choice on our member survey so early registration suggested !

Panelists
Detailed bios available at http://www.aiche-boston.org - see schedule.

Eliana de Bernardez Clark - Director of Pharmaceutics, Genzyme Corporation

Eliana has had a distinguished career in academia. She was instrumental in transforming the Tufts University Department of Chemical Engineering into the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as well as serving as the Department Chair. Then a little over three years ago, she left academia to begin a new career as a manger at Genzyme a career move filled with a whole new set of challenges and opportunities.

Barry Satvat - Chemical Engineering / Co-op Department, Northeastern University

Prior to joining Northeastern University in 1996, Dr. Satvat was a senior technical manager at Millipore Corporation. In the late 1980's, Dr. Satvat served as a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He has held senior positions in research, engineering, and management both at W. R. Grace and also at Union Camp Corporation.

Carl Rausch - Vice Chairman, CTO and Co-founder of Biopure Corporation.

Carl started his career in process instrumentation with the intention of focusing on the environmental field. He joined Waters Associates in 1975, where he became involved with liquid chromatographic separations. Carls entrepreneurial career journey led from Waters to co-founding Biopure in 1984 where he has raised $500 million in the quest to develop a red blood cell "substitute."

Brian Dingman, Esq. - Patent Attorney / Partner with the law firm of Mirick O'Connell

Brian first applied his Chemical Engineering education as a process engineer at Raytheon. Seven years later, he made the transition to patent law, and is now a partner with a prestigious law firm.

He will share with us how his background in Chemical Engineering helped overcome the challenges of obtaining a law degree he graduated cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School - as well as providing a technological basis for his intellectual property law practice.

Joe Serdakowski - Founder and CEO of Auto Soft systems

Joe holds a BS and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Computational Fluid Mechanics from Brown University. He started his career in the surfactants field working for Procter and Gamble, and ended up as CEO of Auto Soft, a company that focuses on Data Acquisition and Video Surveillance. Who knows what Joe will do next?

Paula Soteropoulos - Vice President, Genzyme Corporation

Paula graduated from Tufts University with Bachelors (E89) and Masters (G90) degrees in Chemical Engineering. During the 12 years Paula has been with Genzyme Corporation, she has advanced rapidly from process engineer in the engineering design field to becoming Vice President of Program Management and Strategic Development of the Renal Business Unit. Prior to this, Paula has held various management positions including Senior Director of Operations and Director of Capital Project Management.

Panel Moderator

Andy Irwin
, President and Founder of Irwin Engineers , a professional consulting firm providing services of chemical and environmental engineering.

Student Awards will be presented at this meeting so we expect a very large turnout of students and professionals. Register early, this event could sell out!

Menu: Buffet Dinner
Cost: $20 students, $25 section members, $30 non-members
RSVP: September 28, 2004

Online Pre-registration recommended ­ please visit us online at http://www.aiche-boston.org for panelist bios, hotel directions and additional information or contact James Cross by e-mail at smelt@aiche-boston.org or by phone at (617) 245-7568.