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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Success Stories

About me:
Taylor Angle
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2015)
Focus in polymers, Minor in Entrepreneurship
DuPont, Vespel® Circleville, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Manufacturing Technology Engineer:
My role provides process, materials, and/or equipment engineering technical expertise in a technology area to manufacturing operations in order to maintain production performance or restore process capability when the product or standard process is no longer stable, predictable or in control.  I participate as part of a team to upgrade products and processes by implementing modifications ranging from incremental daily improvements to technology game changes.  I am also responsible for improving process instrumentation and control strategies, evaluating process safety, yields, capacity, and uptime performance.  In addition, my role helps to train operations personnel and build technical understanding in the manufacturing line organization to maintain and enhance operations.  Lastly, I serve as a first response to plant technical issues, assist in troubleshooting processes or equipment issues, and implement best practices for the manufacturing process.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Good communication is key. I must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with operations, management, research and development, and many other functions. Technical ability is also necessary for being successful in my role. While much of what you learn about the process will be on the job, you must be able to use fundamental chemical engineering knowledge to troubleshoot issues in a logical manner. Self motivation will also bring success. You must have the desire and drive to seek out improvement opportunities and follow-through with root cause analysis and problem solving, or any other issues that are brought to your attention.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
There are three pieces of advice I would give to students considering majoring in chemical engineering. First, always be willing to step outside your comfort zone, get involved, and never give up. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is how you grow as an individual and as a professional. Whether it be doing a year-long multi-disciplinary capstone course instead of the normal design course, taking a co-op position in manufacturing even though you wanted a research position, or joining a club where you don’t know anyone, those are the situations in which you will learn the most about yourself. Second, getting involved in things outside of work or your major is also extremely important as it will make you a more well-rounded person. For example, I am still involved in the entrepreneurship project I worked on throughout my senior year even though it has nothing to do with my current role as an engineer. Also, maintain a work / life balance. Joining extracurricular activities such as sports leagues can lead to building a social network. And finally, engineering is a challenging field. But understand that it is also very rewarding, and perseverance is key throughout the tough curriculum. Hard work does pay off.


About me: 
Mark Bartholomew
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2017)
The AZEK Company, Wilmington, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as an Associate Materials Engineer:
As an Associate Materials Engineer, I identify and develop new materials, design or improve current plastics technologies. I analyze and research opportunities for cost performance of current PVC and wood plastic composite products. My responsibilities also include researching literature/IP for freedom to operate in potential new products and assiting production with potential material and processing issues.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
In order to be successful in this position, you need to posses knowledge of basic rheology and morphology of plastics: how the material flows, melt and fusion point, cell structure, densities. Experience in analytical equipment is required to perform thermal and chemical analyses: DSCs, TGA, FTIR. xperience in extrusion of various plastics such as PVC and Wood Plastic Composites. In addition, you need to be proficient in software such as SolidWorks, JMP, and Excel. This role requires one to be adaptive to a fast paced environment and excellent technical writing skills.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
For anyone looking to become a chemical engineer, understand that it is more than just chemicals. You may not know what you want to do but that's okay because I didn't either. I started out thinking I had to go to a chemical refinery because that was the only thing chemical engineers did. As a chemical engineering major, you can do just about anything. Plastics, food processing, management, sales, pharmaceuticals and more. Find something you're passionate about and pursue it. 

As for the classes, understand that the professors are teaching you theory. It is your job to later apply it. I can tell you that I haven't taken a derivative since college but I have used the concept about every day. To really get your worth out of college in ChemE, I highly recommend a statistical analysis class (CBE 5779) due to the ability to apply it to every job. In addition, Unit Operations is a fantastic class in that it teaches you how to write a structured report.  

Finally, just have fun! The 8AM - 5 PM adult world is great and all but enjoy your time in College. Allocate spending time with friends and family and get the most out of your experience.


About me:
Rosy Bellamy
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2018)
Nestlé, Fort Wayne, IN

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Maintenance Engineer:
I'm a Maintenance Engineer in a rotational program called Factory Management Development Program at Nestlé. The program is split into different rotations in one designated manufacturing plant, mine being a plant that makes ice cream! The rotations include project work as well as managing mechanics and the maintenance department. The project work stage involves a lot of capital projects to improve productivity in the plant. This entails working with contractors to meticulously come up with targeted solutions for areas of improvement at the facility. An example would be coming up with a process to produce a raw material, necessary for production, in the plant rather than purchasing it. The rotation in which I supervise mechanics requires me to understand how all of the machines work in the plant and be able to oversee a solution anytime there is equipment downtime. This is a really engaging part of my job because I get to apply a lot of theories and knowledge from school. For instance, the precise details of how heat exchangers or refrigeration cycles work. I not only get to troubleshoot but also learn from and supervise very knowledgeable mechanics!

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role: ​
The three skills that are most helpful to me as an engineer include: being able to learn, communicating well, and respecting people. When I began as a maintenance engineer, I did not know a lot about the process at the plant nor the mechanics of how everything worked, this is normal. School will not teach you exactly what you need to know for your first job. However, it will teach you how to learn difficult material, a targeted method to solve a problem, and what questions to ask. If you are willing to learn and have a positive attitude, you can conquer any job! Additionally, my job requires me to understand a lot of technical information about high precision equipment and be able to communicate that to people who don't have the same background. Being able to know your audience and communicate to operators, mechanics, and the leadership team is very helpful. Finally, simply treat people with respect. You'll be surprised how friendly and helpful people will be when you treat them with the kindness they deserve.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?​
Be resilient. In school and ChemE there will be times you fail and think you're not good enough. Everyone, including very successful people, fail! Failure is not about getting knocked down but staying down, you can bounce back. Figure out what on campus resources will help you succeed. School and engineering are stressful so it's important to establish good coping mechanisms early on. Resources that helped me succeed included going to office hours, professors and TAs alike, using counseling at CCS, and exercise classes at the RPAC. Grades are important but if you're worried about a class or semester you did poorly in, remember you are not defined by your GPA. Everyone doubts themselves occasionally and you can recover from a bad semester. Talk to older students and professors for advice or encouragement. -Stay positive, find friends, and laugh. School can seem very overwhelming and while studying is why you're at school, it's important to enjoy your college experience and have fun!


About me: 
Josh Colley
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2016)
Ashland, Columbus, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Production Engineer:
Working in a chemical plant, my first responsibility is safety, for both myself and for my coworkers. Right now, my other main job responsibility has been working with a team to produce a new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient for a client conducting clinical trials on a new drug. I’ve helped see this process go from a 5 gram scale in our R&D lab to a +50 kg scale in the plant, and I have been heavily involved every step of the way. Working with chemists to familiarize ourselves with the process, figuring out how to fit the process into the equipment we have in the plant, leading and coordinating process hazard and safety studies, brainstorming process optimization ideas to improve cycle time and throughput while minimizing waste, getting raw materials into the plant and product out the door – I get to do it all, literally hands on. I use my knowledge I gained from Dr. Callam in Organic Chemistry just as much as I use my knowledge I gained from all my ChemE professors to provide technical manufacturing support on a number of different products ranging from pharmaceuticals to personal care products. Every day provides new challenges and opportunities to solve problems with my team.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role: 
A strong technical background in organic chemistry and chemical engineering is key to working in the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industry, but it’s definitely not the only thing you need to succeed. Anyone with manufacturing experience will be sure to tell you that it can be a stressful environment with a lot of demands. Communication skills, emotional intelligence, and a positive, solutions-oriented attitude are critical, especially when things get hectic. You can be the smartest individual in the plant, but if you can’t communicate well, don’t have good people skills, or are always complaining, it won’t matter how intelligent you are. I’m a huge believer that having a good sense of humor, a selfless desire to help your team, and the confidence to be yourself, ask a million questions, and contribute to a team despite your young age are crucial to being successful, enjoying your work and the people around you.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
Especially early on in college, it can be pretty demoralizing coming from high school where you’re used to getting straight A’s, and then you get absolutely ROCKED by that first or second calculus exam where you swear the professor never taught you how to do anything that was on that test. Relax; it happens!! Your success both in school and in the work place will depend a lot on your ability to relax, take a deep breath, and keep pushing forward and working hard, even when your mental resolve is tested. Studying and working hard is really important in such a tough undergrad major, especially early on; you definitely want to make sure you get that GPA up early and give yourself a cushion for junior/senior year where classes get harder and you want to focus on finding internships and jobs (and having fun). However, it’s just as important to get out there and have some fun with your buddies. Ohio State gave me a great degree that got me a great job, but it also gave me the best friends a guy could ask for and memories with them that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Finding a work/play balance in college will help you maintain that work/play balance as an adult and will lead to a more enjoyable, successful life in all aspects.


About me:
Nicole DiRando
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2018)
Saint Gobain Research North America, Northborough, MA

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Research Engineer:
 I am part of an internal research group within SGR North America which conducts thorough research and development in "Business Units" of our company. These can include: adhesives, tapes, films, coatings, ceramics, and abrasives. Typically I will work on 1 or 2 long term projects in a group reporting to another Senior Engineer. But I also have been given responsibility of leading shorter term (~3 months) projects where I am the project lead. Working with a group involves running experiments, data analytics, and working together with other team members. Often in a group, I am given a section of the project where I am in charge of making decisions in regards to Design of Experiments, writing reports, and organizing the data. When given a project as a project lead I am in charge of writing up the Project Plan including budgets and receiving approval from the Business Unit. It also includes directing others to manage experiments and collecting and analyzing their data. Finally as a project leader I am in charge of writing up an official technical report for the Business Unit and presenting a formal presentation to all related Business Units Members.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
There are quite a few skills that can be adapted from any engineering degree that would make you successful in my role. The first major skill that is necessary is the ability to be an analytical thinker. As a research engineer, it is imperative to be able to take a set of data and understand what and why something is behaving the way it is and what would be the next steps in investigating this issue. Another key skill is the ability to design proper experiments. To be able to use JMP or Minitab will set you apart from many other applicants. One can't properly analyze data if it wasn't collected correctly. Another important ability to succeed is the ability to be confident in what you are doing but also know how to listen and learn. If you are confident in your work the more confident your manager will be. I have only been working at my job for 6 months and I believe that my ability to confidently suggest ideas and present various concepts allowed my manager to trust in my skills to perform and gave me a chance to be a project lead. But, it is also just as important to know when to listen and learn from others. Being an engineer can lead to high egos, but a technician or operator who has been working in that group for 10 years will have an invaluable amount of information that can provide you help on the job. Just because they don't hold a engineering degree doesn't mean that their opinions are not relevant. Lastly I encourage everyone to find what they are passionate about in their field. If you can show your co-workers that you are passionate about the work you are doing, enjoy coming to work, and put in extra effort to learn new skills everyday the more responsibility and leadership opportunities will be given to you.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
There are three major pieces of advice I would like to give to a student considering pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. (1) Find a good support system - whether that be family, friends, professors, or counselors; find someone who will be able to listen and support you. You will most likely experience highs and lows throughout your college journey and it will be crucial to have someone there for you when you need them. (2) Learn to fail - it is okay to fail a test, a class, or a presentation. Now I wouldn't suggest doing this all the time, but if you can turn your failure into a learning opportunity, you did not fail. It is okay to be average on a test; find a club and become a leader, take on research, or complete an internship. The best skills are not just taught in the classroom, they're acquired from real life experiences and this is what industry values when looking for employees. (3) Learn to advocate for yourself - advocate for yourself in the classroom. If you need help on a particular subject in a class, take the initiative to go to your professor, TA, or tutor to get a better understanding of the topic. Advocate for self caring. If you need to stay in on a Friday night to catch up on rest or get ahead on homework, do what is best for you. There will be more Fridays and parties to attend. If you feel anxious or stressed, find a counselor to talk to about your problems. Self care is an important step in creating a healthy college environment for yourself and others.


About me: 
Ben Heimbach
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2017)
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as an Applied R&D Engineer:
I support the Global Materials Science function with regards to compound development. Most tires have 15+ components which consist of different compounds which need to have different physical properties to optimize tire performance. I specifically support Medium Radial Truck, Off the Road and Bias Truck tires by aiding in the industrialization of new compounds or adding fine tuning to existing compounds. New compound development is focused on improved tire performance with the newest material technologies while fine tuning compounds can range from improving processing within the plant or bringing the compound back into physical property specifications. I work with eleven tire plants across the globe from Topeka, Kansas, to Americana, Brazil, to Ballabgarh, India, all of which are unique.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Rubber and polymer chemistry are essentially organic chemistry so a good foundation from organic chemistry is needed to understand the mechanisms of chemical reactions within a tire compound. A background with certain materials such as polymers, carbon black, silica, oils, organic molecules with sulfur groups and resins are important for applying rubber technologies. Other important skills include knowledge in applying Rheology, fluid mechanics, mass transfer and reaction kinetics. Knowing how to properly design an experiment is another desired ability as we are constantly looking at formulations to optimize tire performance from our lab indicators. Lastly, besides all of the technical knowledge, a person must be able to communicate their work to be successful. In a technical release, the Materials Engineer will have gate meetings to explain their data and prove that the compound is ready for the plant and eventually ready for customers.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
There are four pieces of advice I can give to students considering studying Chemical Engineering. Get involved in a technical student organizations on campus and or undergraduate research. I joined the Chemical Engineering Car Project Team my freshman year of college where I was able to work on hands-on projects, experience time in leadership roles and experience both the challenges and triumphs of working on a team. I was better suited for my career because of these experiences. Secondly, be in a state of perpetual learning. Build on these classroom subjects as you begin to apply them in a career as learning should not end when college does. Third, attend office hours religiously such that it is impossible to not be on a first name basis with your TAs. If you go to office hours with the goal of understanding the material beyond the homework you will be better prepared to anticipate exam questions and real world applications. Lastly, find that group of friends within your classes. These friends will all share common experiences and they will be there for you, always. Take time for the great memories that you will make with them.


About me:
Mike Mospens
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2014)
Lubrizol, Louisville, KY

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as an Area Leader:
I'm a personnel manager and technical resource for a processing department at a specialty manufacturing facility. I have 19 direct reports: chemical operators, shift supervisors, an area specialist, and a logistics coordinator. I spend a lot of time solving process problems in which I use my technical background, but more of my time and energy is spent coaching, sponsoring, and developing my team. Since my work as a process engineer, I use influence as opposed to intelligence to solve the problems I face.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Communication is a crucial skill in successful leadership. Making sure that there is a clear vision for success and an indisputable case for change and progress is the most important foundation for facilitating teamwork.

A strong background in technical understanding is key as well. Credibility is often based upon technical knowledge in new interactions.

Openness to ideas can be the difference between success and failure. Very seldom is one person able to achieve the same success as a group. Perspectives from several functions within an organization or group are needed in order to get to the root cause of problems and solve them permanently.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
Do not take the schoolwork lightly, but also understand that your formal schooling is only a piece of the foundation that will be built under your career. Most of your learning will take place in the moment, under some pressure, and through many failures. Recognize moments of high potential, capitalize on them, and remember what you learn to take it with you everywhere you go


About me: 
Kristen Myers
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2015)
Coty, Morris Plains, NJ

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Principal Scientist:
As a Principal Scientist, my work is split into two main buckets: brand specific work and fundamental capability work.

In regards to the brand specific work, I am responsible for managing our existing product portfolio and overseeing new product development. I currently support the Eye segment for the Rimmel and Manhattan brands. This means I own mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrow and other eye products. I'm responsible for the technical execution and upkeep of these products, a portfolio of over 100 products. I also own the end to end design and development of key new product developments. This requires a strong relationship with marketing, supply chain, manufacturing and other key partners.

For the fundamental capability work, I am responsible for the Eye segment across all our cosmetic brands, including Cover Girl, Bourjois, Max Factor and Miss Sporty. This means that I lead the consumer understanding, competitive analysis, technical development and technical rigor of all of our eye products across these brands. This requires partnering with the other brands to do market research, product testing and quality assessments. 

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
My role is all about meeting our consumer's needs while being business-focused. This requires the ability to:
   - Design experiments
   - Gather and analyze data
   - Execute risk assessments
   - Determine product costs
   - Communicate effectively
   - Develop and maintain cross-functional relationships
   - Manage timelines (the beauty industry moves very quickly!) 

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?​
Chemical Engineering opens the door to a lot of opportunities! I chose the major because I thought this was the case and it has 100% turned out to be true. People really value the perspective, analytical skills and logical mindset that engineers possess. Reach out to people who are doing things that you are interested to see if it would really be a good fit. I have found that most people are willing to chat and share their experiences and knowledge. Don't underestimate the power of the Ohio State network! 


About me: 
Courtney Prebul
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2017)
LBrands, Inc., New Albany, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Formula Data Integrity Specialist:
Within my current role, I support formula new development projects for Bath & Body Works and Victoria Secret’s Beauty. I work with many cross-functional partners within the company and overseas to review, expand, and approve raw materials and formulas for multiple product types. I am in contact with contract manufacturers and suppliers to aid in the support of obtaining documentation for new raw materials and also assist in comparing formulas for new vendors.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
The company is very fast-paced and things are always changing, so you have to be adaptable to what is going on and possess strong organization skills in order to keep track of different priorities or projects. Communication with partners you collaborate with often is beneficial so that deadlines are met. Being able to learn new ideas and concepts upstream and downstream in the commercialization process is also key in being successful in this role.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?​
Some advice I have for someone considering this field is that it is okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to do or where you want to go. Once you obtain a chemical engineering degree, there are so many paths that one can take. If you decide on this major, work hard in class, go to the professor’s and TA's office hours, study in groups with friends, and also take time for yourself. Lastly, if you find yourself not knowing what career you want to purse during your senior year, that is okay too. I applied and interviewed for so many different roles, which has ultimately led me to my current position at LBrands. I am so fortunate and happy to be where I am today.


About me:
Mitchell Steindler
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2017)
Owens Corning, Granville, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as an Associate Engineer:
I should start by saying that I do research at the Owens Corning (OC) Science and Technology Center in Granville, OH. OC is primarily a fiberglass company, focusing on roofing, insulation, and composites. Therefore, there are three main r&d groups that support those businesses. I reside outside of those groups, inside the Front End of Innovation group (FEI). As a group, our goal is primarily to utilize all of the capabilities of the company to come up with new applications of glass technology. And since we sit outside of the three main groups, we are not held back by the technical constraints of any one group. If a technology from one group doesn't work, we can quickly pivot to another group. Ultimately, if there's nothing inside OC that fits our needs, we can start from zero. Therefore, you should read "Associate Engineer" more as "employee who plays with high risk high reward problems in a statistically rigorous way". Overall, my role as an Associate Engineer is to leverage the diverse set of knowledge and connections within my group, create my own connections, and use my prior knowledge and problem solving skills to help me solve brand new problems. Solving those problems involves communication, experimentation, research, and brainstorming.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
As you can tell, working in FEI is a unique position. It is not your typical role in a plant, or even in R&D. The problem you are trying to solve is often unclear, or nonexistent (just creating an entirely new idea). In my specific experience, the customer often doesn't know what they want. So the first skill that has been valuable is defining project scope: what are the technical objectives? This requires having some knowledge of your target industry, which is why communicating with more experienced researchers is so important as a young engineer. Defining scope is important because it gives constraints, and constraints make it easier to solve problems (no slip boundary condition anyone?). Scope also sets expectations though, so be wary. As I hinted at earlier, leveraging connections has been huge. There is so much out there to know, so don't waste your time google searching, just go talk to people who might know. Lastly, experimental design is crucial. By nature, problems in FEI are quite broad in scope, therefore the number of variables and conditions can be huge. It's important to set up statistically valid experiments to avoid wasting time collecting extraneous data (you would use JMP for this at Ohio State).

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
It's a weird position for me to give advice: the truth is that I was not the best student. When it came to homework and exams, I would study for and do them last minute and not do as well as my true capabilities. This is the primary difference between people who succeed in chemical engineering, and those who don't. It's not about how smart you are, because you are all smart. It's about how you prepare each and every day. Therefore, my one piece of advice is that if you want to control your future post grad, prepare each and every day to make sure you can. (Bonus advice: take modeling and simulation and experimental design technical electives, they're game changers).


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Danny Weckstein
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2013)
Niagara Bottling, LLC, Gahanna, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Manufacturing Technology Manager:
I am currently the Technology Manager at Niagara Bottling, where my team focuses on manufacturing IT projects. We work with a variety of vendors to develop, implement, and train on new automated systems to support our plants and increase water bottle production throughput. The team travels more than 80% of the time and is constantly learning as we find new technologies that can bring value to our organization.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
In order to succeed on the MIS team, we look for candidates who are open to travel, have a positive can-do attitude, and are effective communicators. The team interacts with all levels of management with a wide variety of backgrounds, which requires our team to be patient and flexible when explaining emerging technologies. Being able to adapt quickly and having a keen interest in continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma is critical.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
As you search for internships, co-ops, and fulltime roles, be open and say yes to different opportunities. If you follow these five points you'll succeed anywhere you go:
1) Show up - be early, demonstrate you care
2) Work hard
3) Be positive - you are your own brand
4) Communication - learn to read body language and connect with your peers
5) Education - keep learning and developing yourself


About me:
Sally Yi
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2018)
Honda of America, Mfg., Marysville, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Facilities Engineer:
I manage projects involving maintaining and upgrading the facility. As the project leader, I see the need for wastewater treatment changes, HVAC changes, office/restroom renovations, or other facilities items and award the construction work to contractors. In order to ensure that the factory can produce cars, dependable utilities (power, compressed air, chilled water, etc.) are a must. Wherever changes or upgrades are needed, myself or a colleague would take over the project and make it happen. Day to day, I frequently review engineering drawings, lead construction coordination meetings, give presentations, and more.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
My job is all about project, budget, and construction management but I had little experience with these things prior to starting my role. What really matters is having a willingness to learn and always keeping a great attitude. Since I have to coordinate with contractors and Honda personnel so much, having interpersonal skills is a must. A mechanical aptitude and familiarity with piping, thermodynamics, and processes are also crucial in sizing/selecting new equipment. My group was looking for a mechanical engineer to fill this role, but I was flexible and able to leverage my skills as a chemical engineer to prove myself as a good fit.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
Relax as best you can and try to enjoy the process of becoming an engineer. It took me a while to realize that stressing out about the future is pointless. Keep working hard. You will have those moments thinking, "is this struggle worth it?" and I would say yes because chemical engineers are capable of doing so many different things. I chose to take a job that deviates from traditional chemical engineering because I put so much pressure on myself over the ChemE classwork to the point where I didn't enjoy it anymore. Luckily (for me) there are plenty of opportunities for chemical engineers that don't involve daily application of chemical engineering principles. If you don't know what you want to do but think you might be interested in Chemical Engineering, don't be afraid to ask a current student or graduate for advice.