Jennifer Brown ’04 (Red Lion, Pa.), a chemist at Dentsply International, used hard work and internships to achieve a promising career in chemistry.
“Hardworking people are harder to come by these days, and if you are one, companies will reward you for it,” she said.
In Spring 2004, Jennifer, a chemistry graduate, completed her first internship at Dentsply where she replaced raw material products like borosilicate glass in a polymer-based material. This project included contacting potential suppliers, evaluating samples based on certificates of analysis and making lab scale batches to later evaluate its performance. She then completed her second internship at Harley-Davidson in the Chrome Plating department.
“I encourage students to take advantage of all types of internships so they can gain experience,” she said. “It will help them decide what they want or don’t want to do. Both of my internships led to jobs and gave me exposure in my current position.”
While at York, Gregory P. Foy, Ph.D., continuously encouraged Jennifer to strive to do better.
“As my advisor and professor, he had a very nurturing personality and one that makes you want to learn and is easy to learn from,” she said. “He was an awesome person, as well as an educator.”
Jennifer was recently promoted to chemist III at Dentsply and became an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.
“In my new role I am able to take on larger projects and guide technicians for running trials,” she said. “These trials can include lab scale or full-production trials to determine which materials work best with current processes to minimize reformulations or process changes.”
Working hard, coupled with the experience she received, got Jennifer to where she is today in her career. She reminds current students to do well in classes and internships, and to stay focused, so they too can achieve their goals.
“You may have to start at the bottom in the beginning, but you will receive invaluable experience that will help you during the rest of your career,” she added.
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