Ms. Emily Soltys
Materials Engineering, Purdue
Class of 2016
Project: Rheological characterization of complex fluids and ceramic suspensions
Bio: After growing up in Quincy, Illinois, Emily sought to pursue a degree related to chemistry – a subject she grew to love in high school. When she decided not to become a chemist, she was pointed in the direction of chemical engineering. However, during her freshman year at Purdue University, Emily discovered materials engineering. With smaller class sizes and more hands-on labs, this discipline appealed to her more, but she still wasn't sure which one to choose. To help, she became a chemical process engineer intern at the BASF plant in Hannibal, Missouri. When she aided with corrosion testing and became more interested in why different pipes and vessels are used for different services, she knew materials engineering was the right fit for her. Emily is also the current secretary of the Purdue chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates and uses this as a way to stay connected to chemistry. She is extremely thankful for the work experience she has, and is excited about new opportunities to grow and learn every day.