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Welcome to the Alumni Profile page. Here you will find alumni who are willing to assist students with learning more about industry and the abundance of careers available to Chemistry and Chemical Engineering students. If you are interested in reaching out to our alumni for informational interviews, please contact the Chemical Sciences Career Services office at 217-333-1051 or

Steven Schmid

BS 1975, Chemistry
MS 1977, Chemistry
MBA 1987

Current title and employer:  Retired from DSM Functional Materials

Current role:
Employed 32+ years at DSM in the development of Ultraviolet Curable Protective Coatings for various substrates, especially for Optical Fiber. Directed R&D efforts of our division to satisfy the global market demands. Also directed activities in Product Management and Application Development.

How does your SCS degree/experience help in this role:
“My experience in the School of Chemical Sciences tested my resolve on being a chemist by providing a challenging learning environment. It provided me with a platform from which I was able to further my academic accomplishments, at other schools, and ultimately provided me with the attitude and insights to be successful in my professional career.”


Martin Wolk

PhD 1990, Chemistry

Current title and employer:  Lead Research Specialist, 3M

Current role:
“Although my formal training is in Organic chemistry, my work at 3M has covered a wide spectrum of technologies including OLEDs, LEDs, illuminator design, micro- and nanopatterning techniques, laser thermal imaging, phosphors and phosphor patterning, and coating formulation. My strengths include being a fairly prolific inventor (75 issued US patents), having significant expertise on OLEDs (over 15 years experience) and LEDs, and my broad knowledge of applied materials technologies.”

How does your SCS degree/experience help in this role:
“My SCS experience gave me the tools that I need as a scientist to function in an industrial research environment. Critical thinking, breadth of scientific knowledge and understanding, and a passion for science are all required for a technical career. I have found these qualities to be much more important than any specific fact or learning.”


Lynn Hunsberger

BS 1985, Chemistry
PhD, Chemistry

Current title and employer: Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, 3M Innovative Properties Company

Current role: I am currently division intellectual property (IP) counsel to the Critical and Chronic Care Solutions Division within 3M Company. As division counsel, I draft and prosecute patent applications, manage the Division patent portfolio, provide product clearance assessments, prepare IP transactions, support Division IP litigation, and provide client counseling.

How does your SCS degree/experience help in this role:
My technical background is a necessary and instrumental part of my job as a patent attorney. My SCS degree not only provided me with a strong technical background in chemistry, it provided me with the analytical skills necessary to learn new and challenging technologies over the course of my career, both within and outside of chemistry.


Deepak Balaji

BS 2014, Chemical Engineering

Current title and employer: Production Engineer, Archer Daniels Midland

Current role: I started as a Process Engineer in ADM Champaign then got a Full time job as a Production Engineer at ADM in Quincy, IL. I currently manage and optimize projects related in production, energy optimization and maintenance across an Oilseed Processing Plant.

How does your SCS degree/experience help in this role:
I would say the all encompassing aspects of subjects taken and challenging project environments thrown into have helped me work in my current job. I currently deal with all facets of the business from Operations to Marketing to Lab work to Managing etc. The Chemical Engineering Degree prepares this for you by challenging yourself in various areas.