Back to School Season Means it’s Time to say Good bye and Thank You to Our Summer Interns
“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn” ~Albert Einstein
This summer we had two remarkable interns join our technical team and each was given the opportunity to learn hands-on in our labs. Monika Neal worked in our Waterbury, CT lab and is in her sophomore year as a chemical engineering major at the University of Rhode Island. Andrew Wylie interned in our Inman, SC lab and we are happy to report is joining us full-time while still pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of South Carolina – Upstate.
Monika conducted tests on samples provided by manufacturing to ensure that products met the appropriate specs. Outside of the practical experience that her internship offered her Monika thought it was great to work with other people in her field and see how each of them used their chemical engineering degree. She has always had a love for math and chemistry and credits her step-father and Ryan Catania, who works in the Waterbury lab and visited her high school during a career day, for setting her down the path of chemical engineering. And now today she is a budding #Stemette!
“Working at Hubbard-Hall this summer provided me with useful skills that are beyond the basics that I have learned in a classroom and will give me a head start going into my sophomore year,” stated Neal.
Andrew joined our Inman lab team for a second summer. He noted that after his first internship he was more comfortable in his labs and with the equipment he was using at school and more versed in practical chemistry. While last year he focused on quality control, this year he worked with Robin Deal, Technical Field Service – Aquapure, and processing parts that needed treatment. In working with Robin, he went to client sites and gained field experience in our wastewater treatment products. He noted that he likes the research and development side of the working in the lab. Prior to majoring in chemistry, Andrew was working at a nuclear plant doing electrical maintenance – he noted that working in chemistry gives him a sense of achievement.
“I am excited to join Hubbard-Hall as an employee because there is so much to learn and this is an environment in which there are opportunities to continue to grow,” stated Wylie.