Implementing New Technologies at Global Chemical Producer, BASF
Anne Marie Sweeney-Jones (MS chemistry ‘14) admits she wouldn’t have pursued a Ph.D. if it wasn’t for working alongside Dr. Hans Schmitthenner. In his Molecular Imaging Lab, Dr. Hans applies fundamental aspects of chemistry and imaging science to practical applications in medical imaging and cancer research. Sweeney-Jones was working full time as a scientist in research & development while pursuing her master’s degree. She realized how much she enjoyed independent research during her senior capstone project and, after encouraging words from Dr. Hans and other RIT faculty members, she decided to continue her education and pursue a Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology.
When asked what made RIT different from other schools, Sweeney-Jones said she found her science classes to be far superior to the ones she took as an undergraduate. “There was a lot more focus on applications of science at RIT,” said Sweeney-Jones. “Rather than just rote memorization to be regurgitated back for an exam.”
While at Georgia Tech, Sweeney-Jones had the opportunity to meet world-renowned scientists; travel internationally both for research and as part of a teaching program; become part of a supportive lab group that cultivated a positive work environment, and work with a research advisor who she described as a wonderful mentor.
“My advice to high school students considering where to go to college would be to make sure you choose a program that gives you the tools you need to succeed in your long-term goals,” said Sweeney-Jones.
Today, Sweeney-Jones looks forward to beginning her career in the Leadership Development Program at BASF Corporation. She will be optimizing systems used by operations and implementing new technologies to improve the efficiency of the kaolin purification process.