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Russ College chemical engineering junior Josh Greenlee recently clinched a spot in the highly competitive Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholars Summer Internship Program, created by SCI, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society (ACS).
The program matches chemistry and chemical engineering students to internships at Fortune 500 companies. Greenlee was placed at his top pick – Eastman Chemical Company’s research and development department in Kingsport, Tennessee.
“Eastman stood out to me because they’re very research-oriented,” said Greenlee, who has research experience from OHIO’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment. “They’re also committed to being environmentally friendly, which is a huge thing for a powerhouse chemical company. You have to have a commitment to your community and the environment.”
In addition to the 11-week paid internship, Greenlee also received a $1,000 scholarship to present his research at an upcoming ACS professional meeting and $1,000 to donate to his high school’s chemistry department, which the Athens native and Alexander High School alum credits for his career choice.
“High school is when I developed a passion and a love for chemistry, so it’s great to give back to the community that gave so much to me,” he said.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Valerie Young, Greenlee’s academic adviser, said she has enjoyed seeing him jump at every opportunity to develop his passion.
“Eastman is committed to quality engineering education. I hope that Josh will get the kind of authentic professional engineering experience in a manufacturing environment that we simply cannot replicate in a university environment,” Young said.
Greenlee said he is humbled by the award and attributed his success to his supportive network of family, friends and those at the Russ College.
“I want to thank all the faculty members and my peers who have pushed me to be a better student and a better person, and my parents especially for raising me to be the person I am. I’m very grateful to be in the position I’m in,” he said.