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Alumni Achievements

achievementsAt both the undergraduate and graduate levels, alumni of the Department of Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering are using more than just skills related to the discipline of chemical engineering but also their creativity, critical thinking and capacity to learn to make an impact in their current positions.

Graduates of the department find employment with organizations such as Merck, MedImmune, the National Institutes of Health, Exxon, Life Technologies and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Wei Huang, M.S. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering ’93

Wei is a director of process engineering at Fluor Corporation, the world’s largest engineering firm, where she is working on the design and construction of a biotech and pharmaceutical facility.

Kim Lemaster, B.S. Chemical Engineering ’98

Kim is the division head of the Superfund Division at the Maryland Department of the Environment. He works with the U.S. EPA to provide regulatory oversight of cleanup activities at sites in Maryland that are contaminated with hazardous substances.

Santosh Noronha, Ph.D. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering ’96

Santosh is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. His research interests are biochemical engineering, recombinant biotechnology and computational biology.

Gan Wei, Ph.D. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering ’99

Currently, Gan works at Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he is director of bioengineering.

Sanjeev Ahuja, Ph.D. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering ’00

Sanjeev works as a senior scientist in the Late Stage Cell Culture Development group in MedImmune. His responsibilities include process characterization, scale up, technical transfer, commercial process support and scale down.

Jingjin (Jean) Harms, M.S. Biochemical Engineering ’00

Jingjin received her master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Moreira, studying the recombinant retroviral production system for gene therapy. She is currently a senior process engineer at Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks, California where she works on late phase and commercial process transfer from development to manufacturing.

Vignesh Muthuvijayan, M.S. Biochemical Engineering ’04

After completing his M.S. from UMBC, Vignesh joined the Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University in fall 2004. He is working in biomedical engineering for Dr. Randy S. Lewis and his research specifically deals with modification of biomedical polymers to improve haemocompatibility. His work includes blood studies to understand platelet aggregation and he has presented his results at AIChE annual meetings.

Michael Hanson, Ph.D. Biochemical Engineering ’07

Michael is Senior Technology Engineer in the Manufacturing Science and Technology Department at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. His department currently supports the commercial process for Prevnar, a 7-valent pneumococcal vaccine for infants.

Barbara Beckingham, Ph.D. Environmental Engineering ’11

Barbara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston.

Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, Ph.D. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering ’14

Nikhil works as a senior scientist at Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.