Partnering With Industry for a Meaningful Course Project


  • Rhonda Lee-Desautels University of Kentucky at Paducah
  • Mary Beth Hudson Wacker Specialties
  • Ralph S. Young Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.


Entry into series on “Learning in Industry.” No abstract available.

Author Biographies

Rhonda Lee-Desautels, University of Kentucky at Paducah

Rhonda Lee-Desautels is an assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Kentucky at Paducah. She received her Ph. 0. in 1994 from The Ohio State University, under the direction of L.-S. Fan. Before taking a position in academia, she was employed by International Paper for seven years. Her research areas include panicle-particle interactions, gas-solid fluidization, and advanced battery materials.

Mary Beth Hudson, Wacker Specialties

Mary Beth Hudson is the site manager of Wacker Polymer Systems in Galven City, Ky. She received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1989. She began her career as a process engineer for Air Products and Chemicals in 1989 and joined Wacker Polymer Systems in her present role in 1998.

Ralph S. Young, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Ralph Young is the environmental manager at the Air Products and Chemicals plant in Galven City, Ky. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1971 and an MB.A. from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1981. In 1991 he received a master's in environmental technology from Murray State University in Murray, Ky.