Chemical Engineering Senior Design Class visits Evonik in Mobile, AL

Chemical Engineering Senior Design Class visits Evonik in Mobile, AL

Since 2007, Dr. Mario Eden has taken the chemical engineering seniors on an annual visit to Evonik's Mobile, AL plant, which features almost every chemical unit operation imaginable. The first visit happened as a result of a collaborative research project between Eden and Evonik (then Degussa), and has since become a tradition that the seniors look forward to each year.

This year, 38 seniors traveled to Mobile where they were welcomed and given an overview of the impressive site by Bonnie Tully, Evonik's new site manager. The visit was coordinated by Robert D'Alessandro, Director of Technology and Process, and senior process engineer Dr. Jackson Ford. 

The students were joined for lunch and an informal discussion about careers in the chemical process industry by D'Alessandro, Ford and several other process engineers, including 2010 AU Chemical Engineering graduate Kevin Lackey. After lunch, the students went on a bus tour of the Mobile site, followed by a walking tour of the hydrogen peroxide production facility, where the students got a glimpse of the daily operation of a modern manufacturing facility.

The feedback about the trip has been overwhelmingly positive, with students consistently commenting on how much they enjoyed the tours and discussions with the Evonik engineers. The AU Department of Chemical Engineering greatly appreciates the continued support and hospitality Evonik provides to our program and its students.

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011