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Chemical Engineering students participated in a co-op research project at the MIT-Novartis Center for Continuous Manufacturing. Their work involved Research and Development in the continuous manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals. Some of the students involved are in the photograph below.

(back row from l-r): Bowen Huo, Aaron Wolfe, Timur Kurzej, Sean Ogden, John Fisher, Noah St James, Christopher Testa; (front row from l-r): Kristen Talbot, Alyssa D'Antonio, Ashley King, Rachael Hogan

(Picture Courtesy: Kristen J. Talbot, ChE '12)

Peter Ries, ChemE '12

"For my first coop, I worked for Procter & Gamble Gillette in South Boston as a research lab technician. My role involved physical and instrumental testing of the resins and materials used in the production of Gillette™s razors. I was responsible for running tests to completion and then organizing the data into a formal report. This was then sent to a group of engineers who used the data to make important decisions about possible improvements and new upstream products they were developing. I gained a lot of lab experience which will no doubt help me in the future, especially if I go into materials science. It was also a cool experience because I had the opportunity to work with consumer products which I myself use on a regular basis."

(Picture Courtesy: John Gabriel, ChE Co-op Coordinator)

Nantero, Inc. is a nanotechnology company using carbon nanotubes for the development of next-generation semiconductor devices. Hillary, Ryan C, and Ryan F. work in research and development of next generation complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) grade carbon nanotube (CNT) formulations. Their responsibilities included characterization of CNT formulations using sophisticated state-of-art microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. They worked hands-on with chemicals and advanced equipment and were involved in compilation/presentation of data to senior scientists and process engineers.

Hillary Tracy is experiencing her first co-op placement at Nantero carrying out Processing and Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Formulations.

Ryan Cassidy is also experiencing his first co-op placement at Nantero carrying out Processing and Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Formulations.

Ryan Farrell is on his third co-op experience with Nantero doing Processing and Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Formulations. His other co-op experiences include Parker Hannifin/Chomerics in Woburn, Massachusetts, as a Material Science Co-op in the Extrusion Department and Nuvera Fuels Cells in Billerica, Massachusetts, as an Engineering Intern in the Technology Development Division.

Hillary Tracy, ChemE ’12, Ryan Cassidy, ChemE ’12 and Ryan Farrell, ChemE ’10

Nicole Manton, ChE ’11 and Chris Bedi, ChE ’10

In this picture, Nicole and Chris are demonstrating the Procter & Gamble (P&G) hand symbol.

During their co-op experience, their daily activities included being part of the Quality Assurance and Innovation Team. They worked with new soap formulations and created better ways to quantify razor blade quality. The products that they are working on now will most likely debut in the consumer market in 3-5 years.

Chris Bedi is on his second co-op placement with P&G. His first co-op placement was as a Chemical Engineering Co-op with Shaw, Stone & Webster, a worldwide engineering contractor in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nicole Manton is also in her second co-op placement with P&G. Her first co-op at P&G’s Portable Power Division in Needham, Massachusetts.

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