Chemists in the Real World

 

Stacy Glidden, Senior Research Scientist

 


Stacy Glidden majored in chemistry, and then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration. She found her first job out of school the old fashioned way—lots of networking with fellow students.

Glidden has been an ACS member since 2000. She was program chair the 2013 Great Lakes Regional Meeting, and was able to bring a Chemical Hygiene Officer’s workshop to the meeting. Glidden has found that ACS events have given her the opportunity to share other issues she’s passionate about as well. “The GLRM meeting gave me the opportunity to provide other scientists with critical information regarding eating disorders,” Glidden says, for example

Today, she is a senior research scientist and laboratory manager at Mathy Technology & Engineering Services.

What's a typical day on the job like?

I spend about 25% of my time managing other people and 25% planning and implementing projects. The rest of my time is spent in meetings (10%), writing reports (15%), collaborating with peers (15%) and bench time (10%).

Are there any apps/software/instrumentation/tools that you can't live without?

Rheometers, Xcel, Intranet Applications

Describe your work environment.

I work in an office most of the time. We are the technical division of ALM, a holding company. MTE Services provides laboratory and technical support to all the divisions of ALM. Our capabilities range from materials science to analytical testing. The instrumentation is varied and much of it is used to test liquid asphalt and hot mix asphalt. We also provide forensic analysis as needed. One of our greatest assets is that we are positioned to be very agile and can develop testing to suit almost any need in the asphalt paving industry.

Does your job follow a typical 9-to-5 schedule?

I travel 1-5 days each month, and work 50 hours per week. It’s a flexible schedule. Our winter schedule is focused on research and development. During the paving season we focus on quality control for our paving operations.

What is your best productivity trick?

Put your phone on do not disturb and shut down e-mail.

What's the best career advice you've received?

If you want a position then start doing the work it requires.

Do you have any special talents or traits that make you a great fit for your job?

I’m very organized.

What essential habit do you have now that you wish you'd started much earlier?

Asking questions about everything all the time.

What is your favorite ACS resource?

Free papers. It’s great to have access to papers that I would not otherwise have.