Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Career Panel

Your St. Olaf Chemistry Society has planned a Chemistry Career Panel for this Thursday. We have invited several recent St. Olaf graduates to come and speak about their work with chemistry in industry.

The two Olaf grads speaking on their careers will be:

Patrick Wadzinski '09:
An Analytical Chemist with Aurora Pharmaceuticals, a Veterinary Pharmaceutical Company in Northfield. He works with a variety of analytical instruments (HPLC, GC, FTIR, UV, Karl Fischer, TOC), testing Raw Materials and Finished Products for FDA submissions and, as well as the current product line. In addition, he writes and validates in-house analytical methods.

Mark McNairy '01:
Previously, an analytical chemist, he is currently a scientist at WuXi Apptec, a contract medical device testing laboratory. While the company is primarily focused on the biological sciences, he was able to join a newly formed chemistry team. They are mainly focused on testing a wide range of client products to determine their safety and adherence to FDA regulations (IV sets, titanium joint replacements, neuro-stimulators, ocular implants, etc.).

This is a great event if you are wondering about what a person does in day-to-day life as an industrial chemist. In addition, if you are thinking about your own plans after Olaf, this event will give you insight into the pros and cons of attending graduate school, or going directly into the work force.

The panel will take place this Thursday, 7-8pm in RNS 290, and is worth seminar credit. Dinner and discussion with speakers will be at 6:15pm in BC144, and you are welcome to bring your caf tray.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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