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Congratulations!  We wish our Class of 2017 chemistry and joint chemistry and biology majors luck in the workforce and at selected internships. We also wish luck to those entering graduate school at University of California (Los Angeles, Davis, and Berkeley), Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Johns Hopkins University, and California Institute of Technology.

Discover some of the exciting and diverse career paths our chemistry and chembio alumni have followed.


Kevin Esvelt, Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab


Kevin Esvelt ’04 is an assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab.  He promotes the responsible development of genetic and ecological engineering technologies.  The MIT Media Lab is the perfect place to tackle this issue because it’s a place where science, engineering, art and design are intended to coexist outside of any one discipline.

Neel Joshi, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Harvard University

Neel Joshi '01

Neel Joshi ’01 is an associated professor of chemistry and biological engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He is also a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Neel works at the interface between synthetic chemistry, biology, and materials science.

Ann E. McDermott, Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry, Columbia University

Ann McDermott '81

Ann McDermott ’81 is the Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia University, where she recently served as associate vice president for academic advising and science initiatives in the Arts and Sciences and currently serves as rising chair of the Educational Policy and Planning Committee of the Arts and Sciences.

Tyrel McQueen, Associate Professor of Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University

Tyrel McQueen '04

Tyrel McQueen ’04 is an associate professor of chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. As a materials chemist, his focus is on the discovery of new phenomena through the design and synthesis of new materials.

Eric Toberer, Assistant Professor of Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Eric Toberer '02

Eric Toberer ’02 is an assistant professor of physics at the Colorado School of Mines.  His goal is to understand the relationship between material structure and properties to such accuracy that he can predict the properties of unexplored materials.


Elaine Hart, Managing Consultant, Energy & Environmental Economics (E3)

Elaine Hart '06Elaine Hart ’06 is a managing consultant at Energy & Environmental Economics (E3) in San Francisco, where she advises electric utilities, transmission system operators, regulators and policymakers in the economics of conventional and sustainable energy infrastructure. Her work primarily focuses on renewable resource integration and low carbon energy systems.


Aurora Pribram-Jones, Lawrence Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Presidential Fellow, University of California, Berkeley in chemistry.


Currently a Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Aurora Pribram-Jones ’09 is also a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow hosted by the Chemistry Department at UC Berkeley. Her recent projects include using density functional methods for investigating x-ray science, gas adsorption on metal-organic frameworks, and warm dense matter.

Andrew Lees, Scientific Director and Owner of Fina BioSolutions

Lees-AndrewAn esteemed research scientist and world-recognized leader in vaccine development, Andrew Lees ’75 founded Fina BioSolutions, a company committed to eliminating vaccine-preventable deaths of infants and children in emerging-market countries.Lees is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine in the Center for Vaccine Development. In addition, he is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an affiliate at the University of Maryland Bioprocessing Scale-Up Facility.


Glen Hastings, Strategy and Analytics Manager for Emerging Business, Facebook

Glenn Hastings '93

Glen Hastings ’93 is the strategy and analytics manager for emerging businesses at Facebook. He is responsible for marketplace operations and optimization for Facebook’s off-network mobile advertising business. Hastings has been working in online advertising for over 10 years and previously took lead roles in Facebook’s launch of on-network mobile advertising and Yahoo’s re-launch of its search advertising platform.

Loren Perelman, Director of Quality and Analytics at Bolt Threads

Loren Perelman '02Loren Perelman ’02 is the quality and analytics director at Bolt Threads. He works with staff members to identify key problems and solve them with rigorous science. Loren is also working to establish an early quality system by working closely with colleagues to identify key opportunities to engage in six sigma-based evaluation, troubleshooting and problem solving of challenges within their teams.



Sophie Parks, Medical Student at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University


When selecting a college that would help her achieve her goal of becoming a doctor, Sophie Parks ’14 wanted a place where she could develop a strong foundation in the sciences. Parks states that going to medical school from Harvey Mudd was not a typical path, but she was really drawn to the College’s goal of educating students on the fundamentals of the sciences. She knew that she wanted that.  After graduating from Harvey Mudd with a degree in biology and chemistry, Parks wanted to be closer to her hometown of Manhattan, so she applied to medical schools in New York, including Hofstra NS-LIJ.