Tau Beta Pi Hosts New Online Lecture in Tau Bate Talks Speaker Series

Tau Beta Pi is hosting a fascinating upcoming talk on March 28 about chemical engineering and innovation in small molecule drug development. Jean Tom, Ph.D., (MA Beta ’83) is the Executive Director of Development Engineering and Chemistry Process Development at Bristol Myers Squibb where she leads a group of chemical engineers focused on developing chemical processes to synthesize small-molecule drug candidates for new therapeutics. Click here to register for this exciting opportunity!

Dr. Tom received B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining BMS in 2006, Dr. Tom spent 19 years at Merck Research Laboratories. During that time, she held positions overseeing process development, pilot plant operations and technology transfer. She has had a role in 13 pharmaceutical products from Merck and BMS now in the market. In 2019, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leadership in the process development of multiple commercialized drugs. She has chaired the Enabling Technologies Consortium (ETC), a consortium of 13 pharmaceutical working in the pre-competitive space for technology development. She contributes to the academic community in many ways, including serving on the editorial board of the Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Jenna R. Jambeck, Ph.D., FL Alpha ’96

Jenna Jambeck in Harsil, Uttarakhand on June 27, 2019. Taken on assignment for National Geographic’s “Sea to Source: Ganges” expedition. Through the expedition, the international, all-female team of scientists are working with National Geographic and international partners to scientifically document plastic waste in the Ganges watershed and support holistic and inclusive solutions.

Dr. Jambeck’s talk on February 28, 2021, was titled “Plastic Pollution from Sea to Source.” Jambeck, is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia and a National Geographic Fellow. She became internationally recognized for her research on oceanic plastic waste after co-creating the Marine Debris Tracker app. Click here to watch her as one of the featured speakers of Tau Beta Pi’s 2020 Unvention.

Robert W. Streeter, P.E., WY Alpha ’11

Streeter’s talk on January 24, 2021, was titled “Stories from the South Pole.” Streeter focused on his time at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station under an Antarctic Support contract through the United States Antarctic Program. This program is operated by the National Science Foundation. Streeter is also a Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium board member.

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