Career Paths In Chemistry


May 14, 2016  9am-2:30pm

Sacramento City College
Lillard Hall Room 101

Coffee, bagels, and light lunch provided
Please RSVP to Bill Miller

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to work as a chemist for Intel? As a professor? For the U.S. Geological Survey? What’s it take to get to one of these positions? What kinds of work do they do?

On May 14th at 9am at Sacramento City College, four chemists will talk about their scientific work and their career paths to get to their current positions. The Sacramento Section of ACS and the UC Davis Chapter of Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) have are pleased to present the following four speakers:

Fram-2016Miranda Fram, U. S. Geological Service

Title: Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Drinking Water Supplies in California

Miranda is a Supervisory Chemist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) California Water Science Center. She attended Yale University, where opportunities for undergraduate research in mineralogy and geochemistry of igneous rocks drew her away from pure chemistry to geology. She finished her B.S. in 1987, and then went to graduate school at Columbia University. After earning her M.Phil in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1994, both in Geological Sciences, she moved west for a post-doc in Geology at UC Davis. Her career direction changed dramatically in 1997 when she left academia and joined the USGS, where she has been ever since. From 1997-2006, she did applied laboratory and field research on the chemical characteristics of natural organic matter in California rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater, with a focus on the reactivity of natural organic matter from different environments during chlorination. In 2006, she transferred to the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program, and since 2012 has been lead scientist and program chief for the program. The program is assessing the chemistry of groundwater used for drinking water supplies in California, and is a collaborative research and monitoring program between the USGS and the California State Water Resources Control Board.

KaurHandeep Kaur, Intel

Title: What Matters Most? Career Advice from a Semiconductor Engineer

Bio: Handeep graduated with her PhD in Organic Chemistry in the fall of 2014. One month afterwards, she joined Intel and currently works as a Wireless R&D FIFA Engineer the Wireless Communications and Device Group in Folsom.  Outside of her core job, Handeep serves as lead in a patent harvesting workshop, mentors STEM undergraduate students, enjoys traveling the US with her husband, spends ample time with  her family and friends, and has been active with the ACS Sacramento’s Executive Committee since early 2014. She was recently nominated for be featured in Intel’s communication Intel’s Defining Moments: Distinguished Women in Technology.

Enderle-2016 Bryan Enderle, UC Davis

Title: Teaching General Chemistry at a Research 1 University: Bryan Enderle’s Tried and True Teaching Philosophy

Bio: Bryan Enderle grew up in Modesto, CA though he now lives in Davis, CA with his wife, Peggy, and son, Isaac. Bryan is deeply invested in science as well as theology/philosophy. As a result, Bryan obtained two BS degrees, in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering before pursuing an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering. As far as theology, Bryan pursued an MA in theological studies and is continuing his classwork and writing in pursuit of a ThM. Bryan works full-time in the department of Chemistry at UC Davis teaching large lectures of 400 to 500 students per class while coordinating general chemistry laboratories for over 10,000 students per year. In addition, Bryan is involved in college student ministry with InterVarsity. Because of Bryan’s previous TEDx talks and unique education, he is often an invited speaker at colleges, universities, religious organizations, social organizations, conferences, and campus clubs.

McCarthy-Hintz-2016 Mary McCarthy-Hintz, Sacramento State

Title: From Research to Teaching: The Journey of a CSU Faculty Member

Bio: After 12 years of Catholic school in Southern California, I earned a BA in Biology from Cal State Fullerton.  Then I saw the light and earned a BS in Chemistry along with an MS in Biology from the University of West Florida. For my master’s thesis, I investigated the structure/function relationship of neuropeptide hormones in fiddler crabs.  From there, I went to UCD, where I studied the transcription of “junk DNA” in the human genome and earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  After a post-doctoral stint at UC San Francisco, I started at Sacramento State, where my main focus is teaching and running a program for students who face barriers to earning science degrees.  I continue to have a small research program, investigating medicinal plants of various cultures.

Tentative Schedule:


9-9:15am Get Coffee, Settle in
9:15-10:15am Handeep Kaur
10:15-10:30 break
10:30-11:30 Mary McCarthy-Hintz
11:30-12:15 light lunch
12:15-1:15 Miranda Fram
1:15-1:30 Break
1:30-2:30 Bryan Enderle

There is no parking enforcement at SCC on weekends, so please park in the lot directly to the east of Lillard Hall.

Author: Bill Miller

Bill Miller is a Councilor of the Sacramento Section of the ACS. He also teaches chemistry at Sacramento City College.

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