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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 careers@scs.illinois.edu.

Margaret E. Kosal

PhD, Chemistry

Current title and employer: Professor, Georgia Tech Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Current Role: Dr. Margaret E. Kosal is Associate Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is the Director of the Sam Nunn Security Program and the Program on Emerging Technology and Security. She was recently appointed faculty in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech. Her research explores the relationships among technology, strategy, and governance. She focuses on two, often intersecting, areas:  reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and understanding the geopolitics of emerging technologies. She is the author of “Nanotechnology for Chemical and Biological Defense,” which explores scenarios, benefits, and potential proliferation threats of nanotechnology and other emerging sciences.

Formally trained as an experimental scientist, Kosal earned a doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) working on biomimetic and nano-structured functional materials. She is also the co-founder of a sensor company, where she led research and development of medical, biological, chemical sensors and explosives detection. During AY 2016-2017, she served as a Senior Adjunct Scholar to the Modern War Institute at West Point. Kosal previously has served as a Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, as Science and Technology Advisor within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and as an Associate to the National Intelligence Council (NIC), in addition to other consulting. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and most recently honoured as Georgia Power Professor of Excellence. In January 2017, she was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge University Press journal, Politics and the Life Sciences.

To learn more about her field visit: 

https://inta.gatech.edu/

https://www.aaas.org/program/science-technology-policy-fellowships

 

 

Parker J. Whiteway

BS, Chemistry

Current title and employer: Co-owner of Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain, Project Manger at GE Healthcare, Real Estate Investor

Current Role: I co-own a bakery/soda shop/cage with my wife. My role is mostly the business side of things…figuring out an inventory system, setting up an continuously improving our register system, accounting, and metrics. From day one we’ve been profitable and have been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel & Leisure, and many more.

During the slow part of the week for the restaurant, I am still working part-time as a Project Manager for GE Healthcare. I’m responsible for a team of 12 and a budget of over $20MM. We’re building an automated production line that will make DaTscan – essentially an IV solution of radioactive cocaine-analogue that is used to diagnose Parkinson’s symptoms.

As a real estate investor, I basically buy and hold residential properties.

How does your SCS degree/experience help in this role:
“Got me in the door as a chemist early in my career. I really did not have much direction during school or afterwards, but it was immensely helpful to have a lot of job options that paid decently and had opportunities for advancement. My pharma career led to the financial stability to invest in real estate and open the restaurant.”

 

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.

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