NIU chemistry students tour Elevance

On March 8, 2012, members of the NIU Chem Club and students from CHEM 400/600, Selected Topics in Chemistry Organic, visited Elevance Renewable Sciences. Elevance is a leader in transforming natural, renewable oils into high-performing specialty products and materials, and is headquartered in Woodridge, Illinois. Elevance currently employs a number of NIU chemistry alumni and continues to be an excellent potential employer for NIU graduates.

Professor Timothy Hagen arranged for the group of 11 undergraduate and graduate chemistry students to visit Elevance. They toured the new headquarter facilities, which houses over 50,000 square feet of office space and an additional 25,000 square feet dedicated to their lab facilities. The group was warmly welcomed by Elevance employees, including a few recent NIU graduates.

The students were able to meet with Dr. Steve DiBiase, Chief Scientific Officer, and a panel of Elevance employees. The panel discussion included helpful career advice as well as useful tips for the students in making the transition to such industrial positions. Students also met with NIU chemistry alumni, Dr. Kathleen O’Leary Havelka (NIU Ph.D.) and Amy Dalby (NIU B.S.). Georgeta Hategan, a former colleage of Professor Hagen, served as host and led the group through chemistry labs.

To learn more about Elevance, visit www.elevance.com.

A huge thanks to Elevance for a great visit!

Elevance Visit
Prof. Hagen, Amy Dalby, Dr. Kathleen O’Leary Havelka and Prof. Adler

Elevance Visit
Dr. Paul Bertin and Prof. Hagen. Dr. Bertin was a student of Prof. Hagen’s at Northwestern University

Elevance Visit
Brian Pease, Prof. Hagen and Georgeta Hategan

Elevance Visit
Prof. Hagen and Dr. Chris Tokar