Course Information
Course Title: Professional Analytical Chemists in Industry: What Does an Analytical Chemist Do?
Categories: 1 - Management/Professional Development
2 - Teaching Analytical Chemistry
Instructor(s): Alan Ullman Course Number: 2
Affiliation: Procter & Gamble
Course Date: 03/13/2012 - Tuesday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 01:00 PM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: Free Course Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The Course begins with a discussion of the job market, education requirements and salaries to be expected in industry. Students are then made aware of the different roles of the industrial analytical chemist, including scientific consultant, methods developer, and problem solver. The Course focuses extensively on the latter role, utilizing real problems solved at Procter & Gamble. Students will come away with a “framework” for approaching problems. The Course Notebook includes supplementary material on finding a job, summer employment, etc. The course, especially the problem solving, is structured for extensive participation and interaction. Additional information:

Target Audience
This course is intended primarily for undergraduate students to educate them about careers as analytical chemists in industry. However, graduate students, high school teachers, and college faculty have indicated it was worth their time to attend.

Course Outline
•          Course Introduction and Personal Perspectives
• Perspectives: The Industrial Analytical Chemist
• Problem Solving I: The Bulging Drum Problem
• Q&A Session
• An Approach to Problem Solving
• Problem Solving II: Potential Issues Concerning Use of Recycled Plastics
• Problem Solving III: Problem Solving by Student Teams
• Summary and Evaluation

Course Instructor's Biography
Alan H. Ullman is an analytical chemist with The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, OH. He received his B.S. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining P&G, he did postdoctoral research at the University of Florida with Professor J.D. Winefordner. He has published 32 articles and chapters, and presented more than 135 invited and contributed talks, including this course. He and a small group of his P&G colleagues developed this course for undergraduate students to introduce them to the fun and excitement of analytical chemistry careers in industry. This course has been offered at dozens of conferences and universities across the nation, including many previous Pittsburgh Conferences. Alan's current assignment at P&G is in the Family Care Business Unit where he leads a group providing analytical support for the paper product business. Additional instructors may be drawn from the ranks of P&G’s analytical chemistry community.