"ISPE has had an important role in guiding the development of my career. Five years ago, it was through ISPE that I met my first co-op employer, Brian Lange, who has been my mentor ever since. Over the years, I've had opportunities to attend local and international meetings, and they have always opened up new opportunities for me. It was through my involvement in ISPE that I first learned about the general research area that I would tackle for my Masters degree. Seminars on Process Analytical Technologies Like Acoustic Emission gave me ideas that I could apply to my project. Helpful discussions with experienced industry leaders at meetings encouraged me to further pursue my education. I am currently at the University of Delaware pursuing my Ph.D. in chemical engineering.
"Getting involved on the Student Chapter level also has helped me learn more about leadership and career development. For the past few years, I have served as President of Drexel University's Student Chapter, helping my fellow students learn more about the pharmaceutical industry and how they can best prepare themselves for a career in this field. One of the highlights each year was our group trip to INTERPHEX. This always was an eye-opening experience for people newly interested in the pharmaceutical industry. The tremendous number and variety of companies present at this exhibition helped expand our minds to fully appreciate the myriad of opportunities that exist.
"Lastly, participating in the Delaware Valley Chapter Poster Competition and this year at the international competition at the Annual Meeting, were great opportunities to present academic research to industry professionals. Feedback provided at these events helped me better understand how my work was applicable. I also had the opportunity to meet Student Members at other universities who were pursuing similar research interests. This allowed me to learn more about other programs, projects, and methods. ISPE has helped me in many ways over the years, and I strongly encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities the organization provides."