Brooke Elliott

Ms. Brooke Elliott

Brooke Elliott (left) with Kathleen Steckbeck

Brooke Elliott (left) with Kathleen Steckbeck

Chemical Engineering, Purdue
Co-op with Procter & Gamble
Class of 2014

Research Poster

I grew up in the Minneapolis Metro Area (Apple Valley, Minnesota). While at Purdue, I have had the privilege of participating in the Professional Practice Program (Co-Op) with Procter & Gamble Beauty Care Research & Development. I am fascinated by the personal care products industry (hair care and cosmetics specifically) and was first introduced to rheology during my second (P&G shampoo formulation) and third (P&G color cosmetics process development) co-op sessions. After graduating from Purdue in May 2014, I would like to work in an R&D role within the hair care or cosmetics industry. My research with the Soft Materials Mechanics group couples well with my co-op experiences and I plan to utilize the rheology expertise gained from this research throughout my career as there are key rheology applications in the personal care products industry. For example, my previous co-ops have included modeling consumer usage using rheology and understanding product transformations during processing due to shear applied on these complex fluids during making and filling. At Purdue, I am involved in a for-charity dance company called Higher Ground Dance Company, an engineering in the elementary schools outreach program called “Imagination, Innovation, Discovery & Design” through the Women in Engineering Program, Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Purdue Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I began my research on oil-in-water emulsions with the Soft Materials Mechanics group in June 2012 and explored the effects of surfactant properties and internal phase concentration on the expression of a localized flow instability called shear banding.

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