Name: Katherine Albion
Program: Chemical Engineering
University(s) / College(s) Attended: Western University
Education / Degree(s): PhD, BESc
Current Job Title: Director, Commercialization Centre
Current Employer: Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
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Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: I took cake-decorating classes and enjoy baking and decorating cupcakes.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?: One of the most inspiring engineers I have worked with is our environmental consulting engineer, Jenny. Since we first worked together, she has transitioned from being a partner to the owner of the engineering firm, has implemented new, innovative services, and continues to practice engineering.
Why did you choose to study engineering?: In high school, I enjoyed my math and science courses. My parents suggested I consider studying engineering in university, and when I looked into it further, I was intrigued by the chemical and biochemical engineering courses and programs offered at Western University.
What are your best memories of your engineering education?: I made great friends in graduate school. I have memories of members of our research group travelling to present research papers at conferences, and having unique opportunities to meet prestigious engineers and researchers who had developed correlations and theories I studied in my undergraduate courses.
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?: I work with many start-up companies that are commercializing new technologies and processes in our Research Park labs and pilot plants. I use my engineering degree to assess new companies' needs, understand their operations, as well as to assist them to fulfill the requirements to operate within the regulations and codes. My engineering background allows me to understand the companies' operational challenges and provide assistance.
What do you love most about your career?: I currently support over 20 start-up and small business clients, and have the opportunity to meet and work with many interesting people. I enjoy helping my clients achieve success - once successful, they graduate from the Research Park and move onto commercialization in the field, and I feel a sense of accomplishment that I have helped them to meet their goals.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?: As an undergraduate student, I would have never thought I would continue onto graduate school and complete a PhD. I would advise students to never give up and to always ask for assistance - you never know what opportunities may result.