Jesse Hinricher ’19
Advisors: Dr. Barry Johnston (academic); Dr. Fikile Brushett (research)
10-Eng concentration: Materials Process and Design
Why did you decide on course 10?
In high school, I was fortunate to take AP Chemistry with a fantastic teacher, Mr. Dulas, who inspired my love of chemistry. Also, growing up on a farm, I wanted to continue using my hands to build productive equipment. Chemical engineering was the natural choice for me. It combined the technical skills I sought with the practicality to turn an idea into reality. When I transferred to MIT, I chose to continue majoring in chemical engineering because I knew it would give me a rigorous and flexible background that I can build on in graduate school. Generally, chemical engineering prepares students equally well for graduate school or industry. Chemical engineering is a versatile degree that equips graduates to have a long and fruitful career in whatever they choose.
What attracted you to 10-ENG?
As a transfer student, I wanted to both graduate in a reasonable amount of time and have a broad undergraduate experience that I could refer back to for many years. Before coming to MIT, I took a year away from school to work for a solar technology startup in Silicon Valley. While there, I was exposed to many aspects of materials science and engineering. I hoped to have the opportunity to study more of the concepts I worked with in my job when I came to MIT. I was happy to learn of 10-ENG and made a quick decision to pursue it. I was attracted to the diversity of courses that could fill the requirements and was confident that I could find something to interest me; indeed, almost everything that fills the 10-ENG requirements I wanted to take!
How was your experience designing your curriculum?
I was fortunate to have an idea of which track I wanted to pursue by the time I transferred to MIT. I was glad at the breadth of classes that could fill the 10-ENG requirements and created a list of classes that interested me. I met with my 10-ENG advisor and he recommended which courses made a coherent theme. I wanted to learn about electrochemistry and gain a foundational understanding of Course 3, Materials Science and Engineering. I chose to take 3.012, 3.014, 3.07, 10.426, and 10.467 to fulfill my requirements. This combination of courses allowed me to experience Course 3 and learn about electrochemistry and energy storage technology; all while making progress toward my degree.
What are you doing now? Did 10-ENG help you with your career or personal growth?
As a graduating senior, I am in the process of deciding which graduate school I will attend next year. I will pursue energy storage technologies that I learned more about by taking classes in my 10-ENG track. 10-ENG gave me the ability to take classes that I otherwise would not have; these classes sharpened my passion for energy storage and expanded my comfort zone.
Do you think 10-ENG is beneficial for undergrads?
I think undergraduates who are interested in a range of topics or fields will benefit from the flexibility of this major. Allowing undergraduates to tailor our major to fit our interests, or to explore areas that we would not otherwise be able to lets us take an active role in our education. We, as undergraduates, still get the core of chemical engineering, 10.10, 10.213, 10.301, 10.302, and 10.37, but we can choose labs and electives to make us more well-rounded or specialized on a certain topic.
block copolymers, soft condensed matter physics, protein-based materials, bioelectronics
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, 2007
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
Honors and Awards
American Physical Society (APS) Fellow, 2023
Fulbright Amazonia Scholar, 2023
Alexander and I. Michael (1960) Kasser Chair in Chemical Engineering, 2021
ACS Macro Letters/Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award, 2021
MIT OGE’s Committed to Caring Honor, 2019
AIChE Owens Corning Early Career Award, 2019
American Physical Society, Dillon Medal, 2018
Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry, 2017
ACS Polymer Division Fellow, 2016
AIChE – Allan P. Colburn Award, 2015
DuPont Young Professor Award, 2015
Camille Dreyfus-Teacher Scholar, 2015
ACS Herman F. Mark Young Scholar, 2015
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry, 2014
NSF Career Grant, 2013
AFOSR award, 2012
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2009
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2009
Hertz Fellow, 2003-2007
Tau Beta Pi Fellow, 2003-2004
Sigma Xi, 2003
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2002
Mariah Hoover set out to be a chemical engineer because she wanted her work to make a difference in people’s lives. In her short career, Mariah has done a lot. After her bachelor’s, she worked on air fresheners in England. The appeal? “Consumer products have a quick turnaround. You can work on something, and see it in the grocery store 6 months later,” she says. Next, she helped clean up a chemical weapons site in Washington, D.C., work that really drew upon her training as a chemical engineer. “We had to figure out how to find the weapons in the ground, and to calculate exposure risks dermally, from inhalation, and long-term,” she says. “It was really exciting.”
During her Master’s degree, Mariah worked at Novartis in San Francisco, her first foray into pharmaceuticals despite her emphasis on biology as an undergrad, as well as at Cabot, a chemical company. Her next step? “I’m working for Shell Oil,” she says. “I’ll be working on introducing new technologies into refineries across North America. I can’t wait to get started.”
Entering Year: 2011
Undergraduate University: University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Advisors: Robert E. Cohen and Michael F. Rubner
Thesis Title: Strategies of Attaching Polyelectrolyte Multilayers to Cells and the Implications on Cell Behavior
Practice School Stations: Cabot Corporation (Billerica, MA), Novartis (San Carlos, CA)
Why I chose the PhDCEP Program
When I was an undergraduate, I was debating between getting a PhD or working in industry followed by business school. I want to work at the interface of business and technology, perhaps holding a management or business development role in a technical company. Thus, the combination of work experience and business school seemed like a logical path for me. However, during my internships, I realized that the people in more senior, managerial positions had doctoral degrees. I felt that having a PhD would open more doors for me, but getting a doctoral and MBA separately would mean too much time in school. When I stumbled upon the PhDCEP program in my graduate school search, I felt like it was the program of my dreams. It had the research experience and business aspect that I wanted, all together in one program.
Work experience and activities
As an undergraduate, I gained some research experience as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Professor Maboudian. My summer internships at Genentech (2010) and Genencor (2011) gave me experience working in biotechnology, both for healthcare and industrial biotech. I also gained some teaching experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant for an organic chemistry class. During my undergraduate years, I was very involved in my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and was a member of Tau Beta Pi and AIChE. In my free time, I began running outside as a hobby and ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing new places.
molecular engineering of soft condensed matter, polymer science and engineering, statistical mechanics and molecular simulation, electrospinning and electrospun fibers
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
B.S., University of Virginia, 1983
Honors and Awards
AIChE Braskem Award for Excellence in Materials Engineering and Science, 2022
Elected AIChE Fellow, 2017
Fellow, PMSE Division, American Chemical Society, 2015
Fiber Society Founder’s Award, 2014
Lammot du Pont Professorship of Chemical Engineering, 2007
Peter Anthony Leermakers Symposium Lecturer, Wesleyan Univ, 2006
Fellow, America Physical Society, 2005
H.A. Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Akron, 2000
Best Paper Award, Plastics Analysis Division, SPE, 1997
National Young Investigator Award, NSF, 1994
3M Innovation Award, 1993
DuPont Young Faculty Award, 1992
fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer
Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1958
Honors and Awards
National Academy of Engineering, 1983
Professional Progress Award, AIChE, 1981
pharmaceutical manufacturing, stabilization and formulation of biopharmaceuticals, nucleation and crystallization, molecular-level design of products and processes, molecular simulations and theory of reactions incomplex systems
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
Honors and Awards
The Medicine Maker “Power List”, 2017
The Medicine Maker “Power List”, 2016
AIChE Division 15 (FPBE) Plenary Speaking Award, 2015
Armenian Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member, elected 2015
The Medicine Maker “Power List”, 2015
CCR Research Collaboration Award, 2014
AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award, 2014
Council for Chemical Collaboration Award, 2014
Manufacturing Technology Runner-up for the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, 2012
Impact Award from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the AIChE (CoMSEF), 2011
NAE invitation to “Frontiers in Engineering,” 2001
Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professorship, 2001-2003
Ford Motor Company Young Investigator Award, 2001
NSF CAREER Award, 2000-2004
Joseph R. Mares Junior Faculty Chair, 1998-2001
Max-Planck Institute Fellowship, 1996-1997
NSF Graduate Fellowship, 1991-1994