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Developing Your
Career in the
Specialty Chemicals
Industry
EVERYTHING is made from CHEMICALS!
Atoms Molecules Chemicals Products
Carbon is the Building Block for
Organic Chemistry
•Natural Gas
•Coal
•Oil
•Plant Matter
Carbon
Sources
•Oxygen
•Hydrogen
...
Why Chemistry?
Understand
The World
Around Us!
Cure Disease
Improve
Quality of
Life
Feed The
World
Ensure Clean
Air and
Wa...
The World is Changing:
• Alternatives to Petroleum
– Energy and Feed-stocks
– Chemists will solve these challenges
• Stora...
ChemDesign Makes Products for Industrial
Chemical Users in Many Different Markets
Polymers
•Plastics
•Adhesives
•Surfactan...
The Chemist Role
• Evaluate Chemistry – Development versus research
– Literature, Lab Evaluation, Technical review
• Evalu...
ChemDesign Technical Staffing
• Chemists (BS Degree in Chemistry)
– CEO, VP Sales and Marketing, Director Commercial
Devel...
Chemist Attributes
• Education background
– PHD, BS, MS
– Work Experience while in school, Side Jobs, Hobbies,
Memberships...
What makes a great Chemist?
• Insight (ability to pull together a team)
• Think on your feet
• Business Understanding (abi...
Recipe for Success
• Whether you are a Doctor, Lawyer, Scientist, Business
Executive, Teacher, or Social Worker - An
under...
Questions?
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Developing Your Career in the Specialty Chemicals Industry

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Dave Mielke, president of ChemDesign, provides insights on the career paths available in the specialty chemicals industry. Highlights include: an overview of the market, positions available, education needed and the skill set desired to work in the specialty chemicals industry.

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Developing Your Career in the Specialty Chemicals Industry

  1. 1. Developing Your Career in the Specialty Chemicals Industry
  2. 2. EVERYTHING is made from CHEMICALS! Atoms Molecules Chemicals Products
  3. 3. Carbon is the Building Block for Organic Chemistry •Natural Gas •Coal •Oil •Plant Matter Carbon Sources •Oxygen •Hydrogen •Nitrogen •Metals •Halogens (Chlorine, Fluorine, Iodine, etc) Carbon Reactions •Polymers (Plastics) •Medicines •Agricultural Products •Fuel •Specialty Chemicals •Electronics Products
  4. 4. Why Chemistry? Understand The World Around Us! Cure Disease Improve Quality of Life Feed The World Ensure Clean Air and Water Quest For Knowledge
  5. 5. The World is Changing: • Alternatives to Petroleum – Energy and Feed-stocks – Chemists will solve these challenges • Storage of Power – Metallic compounds • Bio-based Commodities – Fermentation chemistry, biochemistry, carbohydrate chemistry – Human cells conduct complex chemical reactions…. • Clean Agricultural compounds – Non-toxic to humans and the environment
  6. 6. ChemDesign Makes Products for Industrial Chemical Users in Many Different Markets Polymers •Plastics •Adhesives •Surfactants •High Temperature Products Agricultural Intermediates •Pesticides •Seed Protectants Surfactants •Catalysts •Foams Specialty Chemicals •Polymer Additives •Reagents
  7. 7. The Chemist Role • Evaluate Chemistry – Development versus research – Literature, Lab Evaluation, Technical review • Evaluate Safety and Environment – Toxicity, potential side reactions, understand reaction rates • Analytical Analysis, Quality, Yield – Raw material quality, Reaction Progress, Final Material Specifications • Liaison With Customers • Technical Advisor for Technicians and Chemical Operators • Problem solver and Trouble Shooter
  8. 8. ChemDesign Technical Staffing • Chemists (BS Degree in Chemistry) – CEO, VP Sales and Marketing, Director Commercial Development, Director of Operations, Director of Technology, R&D/QA/QC Manager, Senior Chemist, Lab tech • MS/MA – Business – CEO, Directors • Chemical Engineers (BS in Chemical Engineering) – Building manager, Commercial Development, Engineering Manager, Senior Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Shift leader
  9. 9. Chemist Attributes • Education background – PHD, BS, MS – Work Experience while in school, Side Jobs, Hobbies, Memberships – Minor, Undergrad Work • Work History – Field of expertise – Examples of Value creation, Leadership, Ownership thinking • Interpersonal Skills – Teams, lead vs. follow, technical documentation, understanding • Understanding of Value, Business savvy
  10. 10. What makes a great Chemist? • Insight (ability to pull together a team) • Think on your feet • Business Understanding (ability to ask questions) • Offer solutions (Brainstorming) – Fix, improve, better instruction- understanding. Have facts and be concise. Define what's really important. • Follow through…lead the process to accomplish the goal • Observe, document, test, understand, define, map, teach/train • Dedication and self direction...ownership thinking • Be Passionate…This is Fun!
  11. 11. Recipe for Success • Whether you are a Doctor, Lawyer, Scientist, Business Executive, Teacher, or Social Worker - An understanding of the world is critical: – Do well in the education system. Understand and apply concepts. – Ask questions – Challenge yourself – Strive to do more than just answer the question. Dig Deep. – Listen and learn from those around you. • The best managers solve problems as a team with good people around them. – Treat everyone with respect and professionalism.
  12. 12. Questions?

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