Manufacturing & Specialty Materials: Industry Careers for Materials Scientists

Monday, November 22, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 PM CST

Join us for a special panel to learn about industry careers for materials scientists. Specifically, this panel will focus on materials science research that supports the design, development & production of speciality materials in electronics, energy, paints & coatings, and more! Our panelists will discuss the type of research they work on, what drew them to the field, types of projects that populate their days, the competencies that are required to be successful in these types of careers, and their advice for how to use your current scientific training to support your entry into this career path.

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Adriana Hemann, PhD

R&D Scientist, Sherwin-Williams

Adriana Hemann is a Senior R&D Scientist in the Polymer Resource Center at Sherwin-Williams. In her current role she focuses on polymer strategy and connection to end use paint applications, building on her experience in early-stage paint research and development. Adriana Hemann has a PhD in chemistry with a focus on nanomaterial synthesis and structure-property relationships from Case Western Reserve University. Her passions include pursuing understanding the why when it comes to materials and human behavior, as well as identifying trends and connecting resources.

Elizabeth Miller, PhD

Senior Engineer, Materials Characterization, Pratt & Whitney

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Miller is a Senior Materials Characterization Engineer in Materials and Processes Engineering at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT. She serves as the surface science subject matter expert and supports a variety of analytical techniques to further Pratt & Whitney’s mission of producing dependable engines. Beth earned a B.S. with honors in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State followed by her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University as a fellow in the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship. During her postdoctoral appointment at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, she solidified her passion for characterization while working with advanced X-ray imaging and spectroscopy methods, which led her to her current role. In her spare time, Beth enjoys baking, hiking, crafting, and spending time with her husband and son.

Helinda Nominanda, PhD

Process Engineer, Applied Materials

Helinda Nominanda is a Senior Process Engineer at Display & Flexible Technology division at Applied Materials.  She had been working on thin film transistors and thin film encapsulation of OLED devices and has recently developing next generation cover glass replacement for flexible IT and phone products. She received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station. She is a wife and mother of a 4th grader and a preschooler. In her free time, she loves to bake (and clean).

Jin-Myoung Lim, PhD

Senior Device Engineer, Hunt Energy Enterprises

Dr. Jin-Myoung Lim is a Senior Engineer at Hunt Energy Enterprises, a private energy venture capital, where he leads a battery venture and helps business/technology developments for other renewable energy ventures. He also participates in external investments and due diligence activities for outside startups. He manages >$1 M annual internal R&D projects, and he serves as a co-PI of the US Department of Energy program ($2.1 M). He has 13+ years of experience in Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, solid-state batteries, Li-S batteries, and other energy storages across academia, industry, and government sectors. Before joining HEE, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Material Science and Engineering at Northwestern University and in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University. He is an MBA candidate with a specialization in Entrepreneurship at Quantic School of Business and Technology.