Calvin Emanuel, Ph.D. ‘99: Never stop learning!

Calvin Emanuel
Calvin Emanuel

Calvin Emanuel, Ph.D., obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Auburn University in Alabama in 1994, and his doctorate in physical organic chemistry from Wayne State University in 1999. He is currently vice president and general manager for Net Zero Solutions and Nalco Water, an Ecolab company focused on the delivery of sustainability solutions.

Emanuel previously worked in commercial management, sales, research and development, and manufacturing at Shell Chemical and BASF. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Chemical Educational Foundation, which hosts programs to build the STEM workforce.

Emanuel said he chose a chemistry career because of his curiosity and desire to know how things work at the molecular level. He was fortunate to have strong mentors who influenced and encouraged him. His undergraduate research experiences led to a publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Emanuel attributes his success to several key beliefs: never stop learning, be willing to be bold and fail, learn and grow from challenges, and understand who you are and what drives you. Although Emanuel acknowledges that work-life balance can be challenging, he prioritizes time to recharge so that he can be most effective at his job. He recommends that students interested in pursuing careers in the chemical profession find areas that align with their ideals and bring joy.

We are excited to learn more about Emanuel’s passion for problem-solving and how he continues to help advance society with his vast expertise.

By Christine Chow

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