You are invited to attend a lunch from the Success Lunch Series, as organized by the ExxonMobil Success Program. These lunches bring a ChBE professional and a small group of students together in a casual setting to discuss career paths and share insight.
On Wednesday 9/12th from 11:30-12:30 we will be having our first lunch of this semester’s Lunch Series. The lunch will take place at Ferst Place from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and we will be joined by Dr. Paravastu and Juan Mena. If you would like to attend, please sign up by following this link.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Paravastu or Juan Mena, below are short bios:
Anant K. Paravastu is a chemical engineer by training, with degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., 1998) and University of California Berkeley (Ph.D, 2004). At Berkeley, his Ph.D. research was on optically pumped NMR (advisor: Jeffrey A. Reimer), which is the use of laser excitation to enhance NMR signal strengths in semiconductors. After completing his education, Dr. Paravastu worked as a postdoctoral research fellow (under Robert Tycko) at the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health, where he employed solid-state NMR to probe the molecular structures of amyloid fibrils (nanostructured protein aggregates) of the Alzheimer’s amyloid-β peptide. Paravastu started his career as a principal investigator at Florida State University and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in 2008. His research group maintains an interest in understanding mechanisms of protein aggregation, expanding the capabilities of NMR techniques to address smaller “oligomeric” protein aggregates, and analyzing the structures of designer assembling peptides. He joined the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2015.
Juan L. Mena is a chemical engineering PhD student. He is an international student from the Dominican Republic. He earned his BS from Michigan State University. As a graduate student in the Prausnitz Lab, he works in the development of microneedle-based devices for diagnostic applications. He has been part of various on-campus student groups and committees, such as the ChBE Graduate Research Symposium organizing team, the and the Student Alumni Association. He enjoys helping younger students with their resumes and their networking skills. When he is not in the lab or volunteering in student group activity, he enjoys playing intramural sports (especially volleyball and basketball).