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December 2010

Where′s Kate (Klein) Dunning, ChE 2010?

Kate (Klein) Dunning graduated from Trine University in 2010 with a bachelor′s degree in chemical engineering. After working in the corporate lab at FXI (Foamex), she was hired as a research and development engineer at Zentis Food Solutions in Plymouth, Ind.

"I am, more or less, a food scientist working on fruit prep that goes into yogurt. Basically, if a yogurt has any fruit or flavor in it, either my company or a competitor put it there," Dunning said. "My job, at its core, is following a recipe from conception to first production."

She creates a recipe, revises it to meet specifications, revises it again to meet the customer′s needs, makes sure production understands unique aspects of the recipe and then hands it over to production.

"Trine has helped me at this position by giving me the tools to solve problems whether they are chemical or food related. Going to school, especially for engineering, is about learning how to think critically more than learning the technical aspects of a job," Dunning said. "I feel that I demonstrate this perfectly because I found a job that wasn′t in my major, but I am doing well because I think like an engineer and I can solve technical problems without knowing all the technical details."

Trine Travelers

Please submit your photos from around the globe to alumni@trine.edu.


I recently traveled with five others from Indiana and Ohio to do some renovation work at Brumskine United Methodist School in Buchanan, Liberia, West Africa.

I had made this trip 23 years before. We restored several bathrooms, secured the auditorium by installing new latches and locks, and repaired over 130 desk.

Don Cross, CE ′68


Here is a picture of our family travel to the Mediterranean. My 13 year old got his first view of a third world country; a real eye opener.

Adam Michelin, BAM ′70

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