Chemical Engineering

Anastasia Venable's Dream Job

Anastasia ensures the quality and efficient production of a wide range of chemicals containing precious metals, including platinum, silver, and gold. These chemicals are used in pollution-control systems, pharmaceuticals, and fuel cells, as well as other products.

Where she works
Anastasia works at Johnson Matthey, a specialty chemical company in West Deptford, New Jersey. The company has branches all over the world.

What she does
“I certainly don’t sit at a desk all day and work on calculations and formulas! I’m out in the plant, talking with people, making sure things are running smoothly.” Anastasia manages a team of engineers, and she troubleshoots any problems that arise.

B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Her company paid for her to complete her master’s degree.

Best part of engineering
“I love working in teams and dealing with people from different walks of life who perform a variety of jobs. I collaborate with others about 95% of my day.”

“I learn something new every hour. When you are an engineer, your job evolves constantly. As you improve the system you are working on, new opportunities and learning experiences come along.”

Favorite project
“I led a $5 million refinery expansion. Without the expansion, we would have lost business. My team finished, in less than a year, a project that was expected to take two years.”

Her background
“I was in a different situation than most young women my age. I had my son after my senior year of high school, but I still wanted to go to college. I worked and put myself through school, and I raised my son on my own.” She’s now married to a fellow engineer.

Anastasia enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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