Monty Alger ’78, SM ’78
Monty Alger received his SB and SM in chemical engineering practice, 1978. He was a Practice School student at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE stations. Following Practice School he received his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois. He was hired by Jeff Tester as the GE Practice School station director in 1982. The GE station was split between GE Plastics Noryl® Business in Selkirk, NY and GE Silicones® in Waterford, NY. Following the MIT Practice School Monty joined GE at the corporate research center. During his time at GE he was the technology manager for the Noryl business and later for GE silicones, which were the original GE practice school station locations. In 2007, he joined Air Products and Chemicals as the Chief Technology Officer. In 2014, he returned to the academy and is now a professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State and Director of the Institute for Natural Gas Research.
Brian Gorin ’86, SM ’87
Brian Gorin received his SB from MIT before completing the Practice School. He participated in stations at GE Silicones and Noryl Products and Dow Chemicals. Following Practice School, he went on to receive his MBA at Columbia. Mr. Gorin has more than 25 years of experience as a strategy and economic consultant with deep expertise in the health care, chemicals, oil and gas, and automotive industries. He leads large, complex engagements in antitrust matters, health care strategy, and large commercial litigation cases. He is currently a managing principal at Analysis Group.
Chris Guzy received his BS and MS from Clarkson University before completing his doctorate at the University of New Mexico while also working part time at Los Alamos National Laboratory for Jeff Tester. He began his career as an assistant director and then station director at the Practice School’s Albany station, supervising students at GE Silicones and GE Plastics Noryl Products Division. Mr. Guzy then went on to work for Nestlé before spending 17 years at General Electric, during which time he cemented the company’s host partnership with the Practice School. He later spent eleven years as the Chief Technology Officer at Ballard Power Systems. Mr. Guzy is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Guangdong Nation-Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Company, Ltd.
Paula Hammond ’84, PhD ’93
Paula T. Hammond is the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and David H. Koch Professor in Engineering at MIT. She is a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy Initiative, and a founding member of the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. Professor Hammond received her SB at MIT and her MS at Georgia Tech before returning to MIT for her PhD. Her research focuses on the self-assembly of polymeric nanomaterials, and the application of these materials for cancer therapies, wound treatment, and energy devices. She has published over 250 scientific papers and holds over 20 patents based on her research at MIT. Professor Hammond was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society Polymer Division. In 2010, she was named the Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation.
T. Alan Hatton
Alan Hatton is the Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and the Director of the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice. Professor Hatton received his BSc(HonS) and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Natal, Durban, before receiving his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on the synthesis and application of responsive gels, polymers, and surfactants for drug delivery, protein and environmental separations. Current interest is in developing electrochemical processes to facilitate chemical separations and to transform captured waste to useful commodity chemicals. Professor Hatton joined the faculty in 1982 and served as station director at Brookhaven National Lab early in his career at MIT, and more recently directed a session at the National Renewable Energies Lab. He has served as Director of the program since 1989.
Robert Hanlon, SM ’83, ScD ’85
Robert Hanlon received his BS from Bucknell University before coming to MIT. He did his stations at Bethlehem Steel and GE Silicones and Noryl Products and then completed his ScD with Charles Satterfield. Dr. Hanlon worked for more than two decades as an engineer with Mobil Oil Research and Development and Rohm & Haas before returning to the Practice School program in 2010 as a station director.
Mariah Mandt ’08, SM ’12
Mariah Mandt received her BS from MIT and worked in industry before returning to the Practice School. She participated in stations at Novartis and Cabot Corporation. Mrs. Mandt is currently a field process engineer with Shell working on rotation in the Majnoon Oil Fields in Iraq, providing troubleshooting support for the facilities and supervising eight Iraqi process engineering graduates.
Kishore Mariwala, SM ’59
Kishore Mariwala did his undergraduate work at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai before doing his SM in the Practice School. He did his stations at American Cyanamide and Esso Standard Oil. After Practice School, Mr. Mariwala joined Bombay Oil Industries, and oversaw their expansion into the oleochemicals and spice oleoresins market. Bombay Oil Industries’ offshoots are now amongst the largest personal care products and fragrance chemicals companies in India. Now retired, Mr. Mariwala focuses his energies on philanthropy, sailing, and golf.
Lea Poquerusse, SM ’13
Lea Poquerusse grew up in France and did her SB at McGill before coming to the Practice School. She did her stations at Novartis and Cabot Corporation, and in 2012 she received the Jefferson Tester Award for enthusiasm, commitment, organization and leadership in the Practice School. While at MIT, she was also the managing director of the MIT Energy Night. Ms. Poquerusse went on to do her MBA at Stanford, which she completed in 2016. Prior to Stanford, she worked in sustainable energy consulting in Boston and Dubai and plans to continue her career in the field of sustainable energy. She aspires to use her technical and business background to help deploy renewable energy technologies worldwide.
Kenneth Smith, ’58, SM ’59, ScD ’62
Ken Smith is the Edwin R. Gilliland Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He did his undergraduate work at the Institute before attending the Practice School, where he participated in stations at American Cyanamid and Esso. Following the Practice School, he went on to get his doctorate under Harold Mickley. Professor Smith then joined the faculty at MIT, but soon took a leave of absence in order to do research in G. I. Taylor’s lab at Cambridge University. His research is centered around fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer for a wide variety of applications, from turbulent drag reduction to transport in artificial organs. These contributions have been recognized by the Professional Progress Award of the AIChE and by election to the National Academy of Engineering. He has also held numerous positions in the administration, including Department Head for Chemical Engineering and as MIT’s Associate Provost and Vice President for Research.
Jefferson Tester, PhD ’71
Jeff Tester is the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He also serves as Director of the Cornell Energy Institute and a Fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Prior to his appointment at Cornell in 2009, Professor Tester was the H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT where he served as the Director of Practice School from 1980 through 1989 and Director of MIT’s Energy Laboratory from 1989 to 2002. He received his BS and MS from Cornell before completing his PhD at MIT under Robert Reid and Geoffrey Margolis. His research on renewable and conventional energy extraction and conversion and environmental control technologies has resulted in over 260 scientific publications and 11 co-authored books. Professor Tester is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the IPCC’s Working Group on Renewable Energy Sources.
Horacio Valeiras SM ’83
Horacio Valeiras received his BS from Virginia Tech before attending the Practice School. He completed stations at Brookhaven National Lab and Bethlehem Steel, and after graduation he served as assistant station director at Bethlehem Steel. Following this, he received his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Valeiras has nearly thirty years of experience in investment management, holding senior positions at Morgan Stanley and Allianz Global Investors. He is currently the President and Principal at HAV Capital.
Bernhard Van Lengerich
Bernhard Van Lengerich completed his PhD in Food/Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. His work experience includes Unilever Germany, RJR Nabisco, New Jersey and Buehler AG in Switzerland. In 1994, Dr. Van Lengerich joined General Mills in Minneapolis and was Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President for Technology Strategy. He led the development of key enabling technologies resulting in major product innovations, and he and his team served as host company sponsors for the Practice School for fifteen years. He retired in March 2015 after more than 20 years with General Mills and is now a strategic advisor. He also recently established the Seeding the Future Foundation, focusing on reducing post harvest losses in sub-Saharan Africa.
Paul Wood SM ’68, ScD ’73
Paul Wood received his BS from Purdue University before attending MIT. He completed his Practice School experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, where he served the following year as assistant director. Subsequently, he went on to receive his doctorate in Nuclear Engineering under Michael Driscoll. Dr. Wood has over 40 years’ experience in developing risk management and process safety programs for industrial facilities and government regulators ranging from nuclear power and fuel processing plants to pipeline facilities. He is currently a Principal at P Wood Associates.