Recent Alumni Highlights

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Within the last ~5-10 years

2011 Post doc-Academia
Success in our Inorganic Program helps postdoc land an academic position at a top-40 Chemistry department
Dr. Kirill Kovnir carried out a postdoctoral stint in the group of Prof. Michael Shatruk in 2008-11. Having produced and co-authored 20 research publications in the Shatruk group, Dr. Kovnir successfully landed a tenure-track faculty position at UC Davis in 2011. His work as an Assistant Professor at UC Davis was very successful, as he already published many high-impact papers on thermoelectric and magnetic materials. His research is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. You can read more about Dr. Kovnir’s work on his website.

2012 Grad-Academia
Dr. Corey Thompson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University, earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from FSU. He carried out his Ph.D. research under supervision of Prof. Michael Shatruk in 2007-12, during which time he produced 13 research papers, won Ford Dissertation Fellowship and multiple research awards from Oak Ridge National Lab and FSU. After a 3-year postdoctoral stint at McMaster University, Dr. Thompson joined the Chemistry Department at Purdue in 2015. His current research interests focus on energy-related problems in solid-state chemistry via investigation of novel magnetocaloric, multiferroic, and thermoelectric materials. More information about Dr. Thompson’s research can be found on his website.

2004 Grad-Industry
PhD in Chemistry (Polymer Science) leads to global leadership roles for FSU graduate.
Hassan Rmaile, B.S. American University of Beirut, earned his PhD in the Schlenoff group in 2004. He immediately joined Hercules Inc. in Delaware (acquired by Ashland in 2008) rising to Vice President of R&D platforms, including the Aqualon series of water-soluble polymers. He moved to HB Fuller Inc. as Chief Technology Officer in 2013, and then to Avery Dennison ($6B a year in revenue) as VP for Global R&D in 2016.
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2008 Grad-Patent Law
Jake Moore is a patent attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington DC. He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tim Cross’s lab at Florida State University in 2008, and a law degree from the University of Florida in 2012. He assists clients—which include large pharmaceutical companies, government contractors, and university professors—with securing and protecting their intellectual property (IP) rights on a global scale. This includes procuring enforceable patents from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and coordinating strategies for obtaining patent rights in many jurisdictions around the world. He also helps clients monetize their IP through licensing and IP transfer agreements, and he counsel clients on how to effectively and efficiently place their products in the public market.

2008 Grad-Prof at PUI
Dr. Jason Pagano pursued his graduate studies in the group of Prof. Oliver Steinbock and received his PhD in 2008. The same year he joined the faculty of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where he now holds the tenured position of an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He has continued to publish in prestigious journals such as Chemical Review (impact factor >37) and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Pagano research focuses on chemical self-organization far from the thermodynamic equilibrium and applications to materials science.