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2022 6th Annual Industry Event 

November 10, 2022

Location: UW MolES/NanoES Building, in-person

Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm


Registration cost: FREE

Target Audience: All current UW chemical engineering undergraduate and graduate (MS and PhD) students, and prospective students to chemical engineering at UW 

Accessibility and Accommodations for the event can be reviewed here, including information about our food options.

Covid policy: We are following UW guidelines. Masks are recommended but optional. Please respect the choice of other event attendees

Sponsorship: Interested in sponsoring the event? Please email Event Coordinate Elizabeth Nance ( to see our sponsorship package.

Thank you to our sponsors - this event is not possible without you!!

Event Schedule

Start Time        Activity                                          Location

4:30pm             Registration and Check-in                   NanoES Commons

5:00pm             Keynote Speaker                                  NanoES 181

5:45pm             Break & Snacks

6:00pm             Panel Session 1

                                    Panel 1                                         MolES 215

                                    Panel 2                                         NanoES 291

                                    Panel 3                                         MolES 315

                                    Panel 4                                         NanoES 391

6:45pm             Light Dinner Service                              NanoES Commons

7:30pm             Panel Session 2

                                    Panel 1                                         MolES 215

                                    Panel 2                                         NanoES 291

                                    Panel 3                                         MolES 315

                                    Panel 4                                         NanoES 391

8:15pm              Community & Networking Hour         NanoES Commons

Panel Topics and Panelists

Panel 1: Transferring skills from your degree to your first job

There are many transferable skills you learn in your core courses, lab courses, capstones, thesis work, team work, and elsewhere during your degree. How can you transfer these skills to your first professional job setting? Come learn from industry experts how to make the most of what you’ve learned and apply those skills to be successful as you start your job.


Benedicte M. Diakubama, M.S.

Chemical/Environmental Engineer

Jacobs Engineering Group

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Erica Eggleton, Ph.D.

Engineering Consultant

Eggleton Energy Engineering

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Stephanie Ford, B.S.

Chemical Engineer

Sedron Technologies

Panel 2: Making your job work for you

Starting in a new job or transitioning to a new position in your career can be challenging, and learning to set expectations appropriately ,contribute to inclusive work spaces, and set boundaries to create a healthy working environment can increase overall job satisfaction. But it’s not easy! Learn from our alumni on what they have found has worked, or not worked, in creating healthy expectations and boundaries in their industry positions, and how you might implement these early in your career. 

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Elyse Shapiro, Ph.D.

Senior Clinical Research and Alliance Manager


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Harrison Sarsito, M.S.

Decision Analytics Associate

ZS Associates

Panel 3: Integrating technical expertise with leadership development

As one advances in their career as a ChemE, it is not uncommon to move into leadership, often away from the technical expertise you spent your time building in your training/early career. Additionally, many individuals who are underrepresented or marginalized in fields get pushed towards roles that do not leverage their technical expertise. In this panel discussion, our panelists will tackle the ins and outs of navigating promotions and career progressions while maintaining recognition for individual technical expertise and technical skills. 

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Jill Seebergh, Ph.D.

Principal Senior Technical Fellow


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Kristan Soto, B.S.

Environment, Health, Safety, and Security Director

Dow Chemical Company

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Amanda Levenson, M.B.A.

Manufacturing Business Manager

Lucid Motors

Panel 4: The modern ChemE

The field of chemical engineering and the role of chemical engineers continues to evolve. The separation between chemical engineering fields and other disciplines continues to blur as well, and there are more opportunities now than ever before for chemical engineers to go and do anything in industry. Hear from our panelists who are at the forefront of the evolution of the chemical engineering industry!

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Sarah Alamdari, Ph.D.

Data Scientist


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Ben Ponto, Ph.D.


Boston Consulting Group

Tiep Pham, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Panel 1
Panel 2
Panel 3
Panel 4

Accessibility & Accommodations

We strive to host an inclusive, accessible event that enables all individuals to engage fully. 

Venue access and accommodations: There will be clear signage throughout the event identifying the location of the panels, and volunteers to assist in providing directions. The event spaces are well-lit and project screens are visible from all seating locations. A microphone will be used by all speakers. Electrical outlets are available in all rooms near seating to accommodate any assistive devices.


The Northwest entrance to the NanoES building provides an accessible entrances for those using assisted mobility devices, and is directly connected to accessible parking by the venue. The venue is near the West Stevens Way NE & George Washington Lane bus stop. Ramps and elevators are located within the NanoES/MolES building, along with accessible bathrooms on each floor. 

Food accommodations: During the catered meal service, appetizers will be available in a buffet setup. There are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and shellfish free options. Tents for each food item will list any allergens.  For individuals very sensitive to gluten, while there are gluten free items available during our meal service, the facility where food is prepared is not a 100% gluten free facility and food items are prepared in a room containing flour.

If you have any questions or concerns about accommodations at the event, please email Prof. Nance at

Thank you to our sponsors!
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