Title: Rubber technologist
Company: R.D. Abbott Co.
Why he was selected: Elias has helped the firm develop clean grades of rubber compounds for pharmaceutical and medical device applications, furthering the use of rubber into health care markets.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the rubber industry?
Though I did not initially plan on entering the rubber industry, with the encouragement of my friends, I decided to give it a try.
How did your company sell the rubber industry to you during the recruiting/hiring process?
It was made clear to me that while the rubber industry is well-established, there are still ample opportunities for developments and growth for those willing to put in the time and energy necessary to push the boundaries. Curiosity was encouraged.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in the rubber industry?
Complement your course work in chemistry and materials science with an internship in a lab. There is no substitute for hands-on experience with the technologies and tools of the trade. Learn theory in lecture and then put it into practice in the lab.
Other interests: Loves cinema, running long distances and tries to live by the core values he gained in the U.S. Marine Corp.