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March 23, 2016

Candidates can apply at in the Careers section at the top of the page. This position is located in Elwood, Illinois. Tina Tullberg ( is the recruiter for this position. Michael Schmidt ( is the Environmental Manager for the group. Thank you.

Job Description  

Environmental Engineer - Water - 00599   Description   Stepan Company is a publicly traded, major international manufacturer of specialty and intermediate chemical products.  Our expertise in chemical manufacturing and global reach are driving factors in our long-term relationships with customers.  As we continue to grow, we remain committed to developing practices and products that reflect our core values of responsibility, integrity and innovation in the chemical industry. Stepan owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant that contains primary and secondary wastewater treatment for its chemical manufacturing processes.  The primary responsibility of the Environmental Engineer is to maintain compliance with the site’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit.  Responsibilities include monitoring, reporting, recordkeeping, and providing technical support to the wastewater treatment plant operator, engineering, and operations.   

Responsibilities Include:   ·         Provide technical support for the entire Stepan Facility pertaining to wastewater, drinking water quality, sludge management, storm water pollution prevention, and spill control.   ·         Collect wastewater, sludge, and drinking water samples and submit data to regulatory agencies.   ·         Develop, update, and implement Storm Water Pollution Prevention and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans.   ·         Develop and implement environmental management systems.   ·         Work with wastewater treatment plant operator to monitor and maintain the wastewater treatment process and equipment.   ·         Submit compliance reports accurately and in a timely manner.   ·         Maintain accurate compliance records.   ·         Lead and participate in meetings, environmental audits, and trainings for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information.   ·         Respond as needed to emergency situations during or after hours.   ·         Recommend capital expenditures to maintain compliance in the waste water treatment plant.

Qualifications   The qualified candidate will have the following education, experience, skills and abilities:  ·         BS degree in Engineering, Sciences, or Environmental Field. ·         Minimum of 3 years experience in an environmental compliance role. ·         Ability to maintain databases (Excel). ·         Demonstrated integrity. ·         Strong people skills and an ability to influence others. ·         Working knowledge of US and IL Environmental Regulations preferred.   Education Level :Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)   Job : Environmental Health and Safety   Primary Location : United States-Illinois-Elwood   Schedule : Full-time


March 23, 2016

The  Insight Asia Pacific Program is a great way for students to meet consultants from our Asia offices and learn about management consulting in a relaxed atmosphere.  It is a 3 day program that we hold in Chicago from June 20-23.  The program is for applicants dedicated to starting a career with McKinsey in Asia Pacific (Australia, Greater China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam or any of our Business Technology and Operations Practices).

The application deadline is April 10, 2016.

March 21, 2016

The University Library, in partnership with the Graduate College, is participating in a national survey of graduate student research practices this month. Invitations to the survey were sent to a random sample of graduate and professional students on March 16 and the survey will be open for submission until April 2.  If you received an invitation, we encourage you to complete the survey and contribute your perspectives. The findings from this survey will be extremely helpful in providing a library and information environment that meets the needs of Illinois graduate students. If you have any questions, please contact: Lisa Hinchliffe (217-333-1323;

March 21, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Debsunder Dutta

Data Driven Estimation of Soil and Vegetation Attributes from Airborne Remote Sensing

Advisor: Professor Praveen Kumar

Date: Friday April 8th at 2:00 pm

Location: Grainger Engineering Library, Room 329

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March 21, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Phong Le

Predicting Malaria Dynamics under Climate change

Advisor: Professor Praveen Kumar

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 9:00 am

Location: Room 329, Grainger Engineering Library

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