Alumni panel 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 on Thursday, March 20, in 140 Fenske Laboratory.

The event was originally planned for Feb. 13 but was canceled due to inclement weather.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the panel will begin at 6 p.m.

Chemical engineering alumni Frank Arieta, Jane Clampitt, Ken Graziani and Brad Sutliff and electrical engineering alumnus Dale Hoffman 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.

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's 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.

Hoffman is a retired Department of the Navy federal civilian employee, U.S. Navy/Aegis Technical Representative Command. He led a team of 34 civilians, 134 support contractors, and 40 Navy sailors and foreign military liaison officers from Japan, Spain, Norway and Korea and had technical oversight of nearly $7.4 billion in contract efforts. A 1972 electrical engineering alumnus, he is president of the Penn State Electrical Engineering Society and a board member of the Centre County chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

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

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Last Updated March 18, 2014