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Research Engineer

Tucker, Georgia, United States
November 10, 2019

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Janel Yar Valenzuela

P.O.Box 63 Tucker, GA 30085 770-***-**** OBJECTIVE

To obtain a full-time position as a Chemical Engineer that will challenge and strengthen my education and professional skills.


Georgia Institute Of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Pulp and Paper Certified

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Associates in Biology

Honors Program

Fall 2016-Summer 2019

Fall 2013-Fall 2016


American Heritage Biomass LLC Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Atlanta, Georgia Aug.


Research Engineer

Identified cost effective recipes containing 100% of natural, bio-based and biodegradable ingredients

yielding potential

savings of 63% compared to the current bromelain supplement products that are available in the market


Designed an experimental procedure to determine the chemical and physical properties of the pineapple

biomass that

is used to make bromelain.

Investigated the extraction of bromelain from pineapple stem and leaves using gelatin as an analytical

method to obtain a high purity.

Import Trading LLC Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Atlanta, Georgia Aug. 2018- May 2019

Research Engineer

Proposed a future bio-based, biodegradable, compostable and recyclable spoon to be able to diminish

pollution, decrease animal

death in oceans and other environments and to have the ability to biodegrade 200 times faster than

current plastic spoons.

Performed experiments that involved injection molding and stress tests to find alternatives for flatware in

combatting the

plastic waste challenge in reducing future costs from cleanup. Established a protocol to evaluate and select sustainable alternatives for the replacement of synthetic,


plastic and petroleum derived spoons in the market. Dr. Chris Luettgen Group- Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Atlanta, Georgia May 2017-Aug.


Lab Undergraduate Researcher

Investigated the effect of vegetative sources such as wheat straw thru the performance of creating

handsheets and testing its

Designed an experimental procedure for the paper and pulp lab in the production of nanocellulose crystals

that will be

tensile strength, tear index, and burst strength to be able to replace wood fibers in the construction of

pulp and paper products

published in the Spring semester class 2020


Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Senior Design II Project- Project Manager

Received 3rd place in Georgia Techs Chemical Engineering Capstone Design Competition for our proposed


Summer 2019

as voted by Georgia Tech faculty and Niagara Bottling Company Representatives Developed a process for separation, purification, and production of styrene from toluene and methanol

products using

Aspen Plus simulation package

Senior Design I Project-Lead Designer

Developed a process for separation, purification, and production of styrene from toluene and methanol

products using

Spring 2019

Aspen Plus simulation package

Designed and optimized process design to minimize capital and operating costs and maximize ROI




Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) current member involved in coordinating

events in recruiting in-coming student

Society of Women Engineers- Georgia Tech Chapter involved in coordinating various activities for large

groups of fourth graders to facilitate

greater understanding of STEM

Office of Minority


al Development (OMED) involved in helping minority transfer student with class scheduling and tutoring

Transfer Student Association (TSA) involved in recruiting and mentoring in-coming students to the GT




Laboratory: Cell Culture, Titrations, Synthesis and Purification of Organic Products by Recrystallization,

Filtration Modeling

Instrumentation: Biosafety Cabinet, Pipetting, Homogenizer, Injection Molding, Gas Chromatography,

Enzyme Membrane Reactor,

Software: MATLAB + Simulink, Aspen Plus, ChemDraw, Mathematica, AutoCAD (2D), Autodesk Inventor

(3D), Microsoft Word,

Batch Fermenter, Tanks-in-series

Excel, and PowerPoint

Communication: Fluent in English and Spanish, intermediate in French Technical Writing, Project Reports, Business Memos, Presentations, and Literature Review REFERENCES

Dr. Christopher Luettgen, Professor of the Practice and Associate Director Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute

500 10th Street NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30332


Pedro Marin, Georgia House of Representatives

Coverdell Legislative Office Building

4901 Duncan Wood Drive

Duluth, GA 30096


Dr. William Koros, Professor, Roberto C. Goizueta Chair Georgia Tech School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 311 Ferst Dr. NW

Atlanta, GA 30332


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