February 14, 2010

Significant Contributions

Brian Apgar ’10 took a lead role in three major projects during his internship at Surface Chemistry Discoveries
Brian Apgar ’10 (Easton, Pa.) handled important challenges and responsibilities in an internship with Surface Chemistry Discoveries Inc. at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“I was able to take a lead role in three major projects and make significant contributions to other projects as well,” says the chemical engineering major. “The senior scientists relied on me and trusted me — that was my favorite thing. They didn’t view me as an intern, but as a co-worker. I was exposed to a lot of fields and became familiar with many new techniques. I was included on major phone conferences and had opportunities to speak with executives and senior researchers from other large companies. I liked the atmosphere of this small company because I had a meaningful role to play every day.”

He credits Linda Arra ’74, director of career services, with making the internship happen. “She set me up with a contact at Ben Franklin who was able to pass my resume along. Eventually, [company owner] Mr. Shahri Naghshineh contacted me about working with Surface Chemistry Discoveries,” he notes.

Previously, he conducted research with James Ferri, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Apgar has accepted a job offer from pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.

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