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Application for Senior Chemist Position

West Lafayette, IN, 47906
September 16, 2008

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Shweta Chopra

*** * ***** ****, *** ***, West Lafayette, IN, 47906

585-***-**** (cell) ■ ***.******@*****.***


A fulltime position that enables me to converge my core strength in quantitative scientific analysis with my interests in market-oriented research.


M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering GPA: 3.7 /4.0

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY July 2008

Project: Developing high tensile strength polypropylene-boron oxide nano-composites

Relevant Coursework:

Solid State Science, Display Technology, Design of Experiments, Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory, Light, Electron and Scanning Microscopy, Material Degradation, Micro Sensors, Biomaterials, Polymer Chemistry and Properties of Bulk Materials

B.E. in Polymer Engineering First Class with Distinction

University of Pune, Pune, India June 2005

Senior Projects:

National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

• Synthesis and thermal and mechanical characterization of polysulfone and thermoplastic elastomer blends for advanced composite applications

• Controlling nucleation in polypropylene compounds for improved optical properties in medical applications

Relevant Coursework:

Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Materials, Structure Property Relations of Polymers, Multiphase Polymer Systems, Polymer Rheology, Polymer Processing Operations, Mold and Die Design, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Mathematics


Characterization Techniques:

Thermal Differential Scanning Calorimetery, Thermogravimetric Analysis

Spectroscopy Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

Microscopy Basic training in Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy

Polymer Processing Compression molding, Injection molding, Blow molding

Utilities MS Office Suite, JMP 5.0 – an advanced data analysis tool for assessing process capability using Six Sigma quality methodology

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista


Graduate Intern

OLED R&D Division Business Unit

Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY

Research Project: White Organic Light Emitting Diodes for commercial applications

• Developed device architecture for improved device lifetime

• Design of experiments and data analysis using JMP 5.0 software

• Worked on voltage optimization and maximizing quantum efficiency

• Studied causes for variability in OLED device performance and improved consistency in device performance

• Radiometry and fade testing of devices to measure performance

• Vacuum deposition

Teaching Assistant

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and Center for Integrated Manufacturing Systems

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

• Conducted basic chemistry lab for undergraduate class comprising of 50 students

• Designed and executed a hands-on lab course - Advanced Instrumentation

• Interfaced between students and professors, helping students understand characterization techniques through group as well as one-to-one learning experiences

• Evaluated student performance and gathered feedback on relevance of course content

Trainee Engineer

Porwal Tar Industries, India

• Developed corrosion and pressure resistant coatings for pipes

• Prepared and presented bi-weekly reports on efforts to maintain and expand customer base Sep 2007 – Mar 2008

Mar 2007 – Jun 2007

Jun 2005 – Jun 2006


Chopra, S., Changfeng, G.E, Santhanam K.S.V., “New polypropylene-boron oxide blends with high tensile strength: A possible method for the conversion of microcomposite to nanocomposite,” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., Vol. 1056, MRS, 2008


• Member and Secretary of the Material Research Society (MRS)

• Secretary – Materials Research Society (MRS) Rochester Institute of Technology Chapter, 2006-07

• University Graduate Scholarship and Assistantship, 2006-08

• Ranked among the top 15 students in the University of Pune during undergraduate studies


Eastman Kodak Company:


Research Fellow, Senior Scientist,

Phone: 585-***-****

Email: *.******@*****.***

Steven A. Van Slyke

Director: Display Technology unit,

Phone: 585-***-****

Email: ******.********@*****.***

Rochester Institute of Technology:

K.S.V. Santhanam,

Director: Material Science and Engineering Dept,

Phone: 585-***-****

Email: ******@***.***

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