John Engelman DSc.
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Ferris State University, Associates of Applied Science (AAS) in Industrial Chemistry Technology & Honorary Doctor of Science
Retired Scientist for S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
What do you love about your job?
For starters I never worked a day in my career, every position I held was more a hobby than work. I would say the variety, In my career I did radiation research using Co60, radiochemical synthesis with Carbon 14, Tritium and Silicon31; inspector at a nuclear power plant being built; developing composites for use in aircraft; developing the thermoplastic used in Saturn cars; developing adhesives for industrial use; developing consumer product such as scented oil candles, Scrubbing Bubbles, Off etc; finally teaching the use of S C Johnsons version of SAP globally.
What career advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Something my very first supervisor in industry told me. It is your career, no one is going to take care of it but yourself. Find your passion and have fun.
What is your dream vacation?
Let me start by saying I was in the Army before going to college stationed in France and got to visit a large number of countries in Europe. Then at SC Johnson I worked with their international subsidiaries and visited many of them. I have also been very active in the ACS not missing a national meeting in 22 years so have been to a good number of cities in the US. Quite frankly a quiet cabin in the Smoky Mountains they are close so not much travel.
If you had to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for one year, what word would you choose?
If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
I’m not sure I want to become an instant expert. The fun in becoming an expert is the learning process. Becoming an instant expert bypasses all the failures, successes, and ah ha moments!
Ask me about:
Consumer Products, product development, or building a career.