Recently, we celebrated our Chemical Engineering Intern, Yung Chan’s last day of her Emerging Leaders Internship here at MILSPRAY Military Technologies™. Chan has a diverse life-science, engineering and business background which has allowed her to understand different stages of research and development. Yung recently graduated with her Master of Business and Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University- New Brunswick, NJ. She also received a Master in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Bachelors in Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University with Magna Cum Laude, Hebert Memorial Scholarship and 1954 alumni and Theodore Chase awards .
Yung has been accumulating academic and industry experience in research for six years. Prior to joining MILSPRAY™, Yung had worked in the Oral Care Department of Colgate Palmolive from 2011-2013 and conducted research in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Food Science, at UNC-Chapel Hill and Rutgers University.
What made you come to MILSPRAY™ for your internship?
I have always been intrigued with police procedural television series and detective stories such as CSI and Sherlock Holmes since I was a teenager. That’s why I was so excited when I heard about MILSPRAY™ developing an optical ballistic resistant polymer, which had been an interesting combination of my teenage dream job and my expertise in polymer chemistry.
Furthermore, I have knowledge in polymer synthesis with techniques in thermal and surface characterization. The project at MILSPRAY™ trained me to characterize mechanical and adhesive properties. The internship also allowed me to have hands-on experience and a better understanding of polymer, so that I am equipped with a more versatile skill set.
What lessons/words of wisdom will you be taking with you as you move on from MILSPRAY™?
Best advice I learned would be to always come prepared to discuss solutions even if you encounter temporary setbacks.
I also learned the benefits of having a small, multi-disciplinary team from our R&D department. We all come from different backgrounds including but not limited to: chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Due to the team’s diverse professional backgrounds we were able to provide a number of perspectives to each others’ projects. This facilitated effective brainstorm sessions and new ideas to determine the best direction to steer projects as they were encountered.
What would your advice be for other students who wish to become part of our Emerging Leaders Internship Program?
I would say being ambitious is the key to success. A good place to start would be to welcome the opportunity to become an active learner from the team. Also, be proactive when looking for solutions when encountering obstacles in a project, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your team.
Furthermore, don’t be afraid to engage with others and observe/shadow what others do. Additionally, because of the dynamic environment, there will be many opportunities to collaborate with other departments of MILSPRAY™. Therefore, building upon your interpersonal skills will prove to be important as well.