2 ChE alumni named to Conexus Indiana Rising 30

Two Davidson School of Chemical Engineering alumni have been named to Conexus Indiana’s inaugural Rising 30 cohort, a list of the top talent under the age of 30 deemed destined to drive the state’s manufacturing and logistics industries into the future.
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Purdue University Davidson School of Chemical Engineering alumna Sydney Hollingshead (2nd row, the 2nd from the right); and Eric Lemmel (bottom row, the 2nd from the left)

They are:

  • Sydney Hollingshead (PhD '18), Cook Biotech
  • Eric Lemmel (BSCHE '14), Endress+Hauser

Rising 30, according to a release, is part of Conexus Indiana’s mission "to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industry and create pathways for Hoosiers to succeed in Indiana’s largest industry sector."

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Sydney Hollingshead

Sydney Hollingshead joined Cook Biotech as Development Engineer in 2018, after earning her PhD (2018) in chemical engineering from Purdue. At Cook, Hollingshead has helped to scale up production processes, led or partnered on five new-product-development programs and submitted 13 invention disclosures and contributed to 2 provisional patents. She also founded and serves as team leader for CBI Professionals in Career Development, leading a group of eight volunteers to run 12 annual events for professional and personal development. She aspires to one day take at least one product line from initial discovery through submission to the FDA and commercialization.

"I am honored to be included in the inaugural class of Rising 30," said Hollingshead. "I appreciate how this award highlights the importance of logistics and advanced manufacturing to Indiana's local communities and economy. My education as a chemical engineer at UC Santa Barbara and Purdue University has helped me to always be thinking of solving problems and improving efficiency in all aspects of my career. Cook Biotech Inc, as a small and agile company, has allowed me to experience many aspects of medical device manufacturing, and see how my individual and team's contributions have a direct and positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our customers. "

"One of the things that has always impressed me about Sydney is her inquisitiveness and her ability to make connections between her work and the broader field," said Hollingshead's advisor at Purdue, Dr. Julie C. Liu, associate professor of chemical engineering. "These skills, along with her strong leadership ability, have propelled her work at Cook Biotech and resulted in a number of invention disclosures and her significant contribution to different products and production processes in a short time."

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Eric Lemmel

Eric Lemmel is the IT & Business Processes Manager at Endress+Hauser, where he not only works to build the firm’s business-to-business sales, but shares his passion for engineering with others though mentoring and coaching. Lemmel has earned his Six Sigma Green Belt and is working toward his Black Belt, and is described as a “passionate and patient leader” who sees talent development as a means for building the firm’s customer base.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb praised the Rising 30 efforts and recognition.

“The advanced manufacturing and logistics industries are vital to Indiana's economic prosperity, employing one out of every 5 Hoosiers and accounting for more than 30 percent of Indiana’s economic output,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.