Three West Virginia University Department of Chemistry alumni will share their success stories during the eighth annual C. Eugene and Edna P. Bennett Careers for Chemists Program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Erickson Alumni Center.
This years speakers will be Robert A. Arnott, founder of Environmental Resources Managements Rocky Mountain branch; Stephen A. Bedell, a research scientist for Dow Chemical Co.; and Tammy P. Than, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Arnott earned a bachelors degree in chemistry from WVU in 1963, then received a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968. In 1986, Arnott founded the Rocky Mountain regional branch of Environmental Resources Management, a global environmental consulting group with offices in North and South America, Asia and Europe. The Rocky Mountain regional company posts annual revenues of more than $12 million and was named one of the nations fastest growing privately held companies in 1992 by Inc. 500.
Bedell graduated from WVU in 1977 with an undergraduate degree in chemistry. He joined Dow Chemical after earning his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1982. Since 1993, he has been a research scientist with the Dow GAS Treating Group, Amines Research and Development. He is the owner or co-owner of 18 U.S. patents and has published 11 articles in professional journals.
Than received a bachelors degree in chemistry from Waynesburg College in 1982, a masters degree in physical chemistry from WVU in 1984 and a doctor of optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in 1995. She joined the faculty at the University of Alabamas School of Optometry in July 2000. She is director of the Clinical Visiting Scholars program and won the 2000-2001 AOSA Teaching Award.
The Bennett Careers for Chemists program brings professionals to the WVU campus to interact with students about career opportunities for persons with a degree in chemistry. The program encourages students to consider both traditional and nontraditional careers and to hear what aspects of their education will be most useful in any career.
The Bennetts endowed the program in 1994. C. Eugene Bennett, a successful businessman who died in 1996, was a WVU alumnus with degrees in chemistry and organic chemistry.