Alumni to discuss college-to-work transition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Group are hosting an alumni panel at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13, in 112 Buckhout on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Chemical engineering alumni Frank Arieta, Jane Clampitt, George Dinsmore, Ken Graziani and Brad Sutliff will discuss “The Transition from Academia to Work.”

Arieta is a section head at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been with the company in a variety of engineering and leadership roles since he graduated in 1996.

Clampitt is the customer loyalty manager for DuPont's corporate marketing and sales in Wilmington, Del. A 1979 alumna, she served in earlier roles in product management, sales, customer service supervision, supply chain, training supervision, technical service, benchmarking and manufacturing quality leadership.

Dinsmore's career includes stints as a plant engineer and regional sales manager at Union Carbide (now Praxair) in Philadelphia; national sales manager at Honeywell Chemicals in Morristown, N.J.; and director of business development at Hudson Technologies in Pearl River, N.Y. He is a 1979 alumnus.

Graziani held various executive leadership and management positions developing and commercializing refinery process technology at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in Fairfax, Va. After receiving his bachelor of science in chemical engineering in 1970, he earned his master's and doctorate in chemical engineering in 1972 and 1974, respectively, from the University of Illinois.

Sutliff, a 2005 alumnus, is a research engineer at Lonza, Inc. He supports research and development projects for all the company's U.S. plants. Prior to joining Lonza, Sutliff worked for Rhodia (now Solvay) as a process/production engineer at their Spartanburg, S.C., plant and a maintenance engineer at their Houston, Texas, plant.

The panel event is free and open to all engineering students.

Last Updated February 11, 2014