by Daniel Mardirosian, Senior Operations Manager
The team here at the BETC is honored to receive the Jerold Martin Legacy Scholarship from BioProcess Systems Alliance. We will use the $2,500 award to establish a new program to train undergraduates at WPI in key areas of bioprocessing.
At the BETC, our programs are designed for adult learners, both those in the industry and career-changers seeking entry to the biotech sector. That remains our primary focus, but we recognize the importance of bringing skills to undergraduates to help accelerate their career paths upon graduation. We share the BPSA’s goal of building the future workforce to support the single-use industry’s growth, and we see it as a natural progression to offer some undergraduate training experiences at our center.
Specifically, with the support of the BPSA scholarship funds, we will offer training modules for up to 10 WPI undergraduates. The program will be open to biology & biotechnology and chemical engineering majors. Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, students will complete several intensive modules of hands-on training in key upstream and downstream processes. Single-use technologies will be incorporated in these modules.
Our goal with this new program is to give students who are already receiving an excellent classical education in their field some hands-on experiences with industry standard technologies and processes. We believe the added expertise will give them a head-start in their careers.
Again, we want to thank the leadership at the BPSA for this award. According to their announcement, the scholarship fund was established in 2015 “to honor the retired BPSA Chairman Emeritus Jerry Martin of Pall Corporation, a champion of BPSA and the single-use industry.”