CEC Evan Bader's Olympic Experience

Evan Bader, an athlete and a scholar, will be stepping up onto the starting block for the Olympic Trials 200M breaststroke on June 29th. When the starter gives the command he will dive into the pool and for a little more than two minutes he will battle with the best of America as they all attempt to master the oldest recognized swimming stroke. As his arms pull back in perfect synchronization and his legs draw up for his powerful frog kick his mind will be far away from the rigors of Chemical Engineering.

But come next fall he will be back in the classroom and out of the pool. But that is not a problem for Evan. He continues his championship form in the classroom. He recently earned First-Team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) named him to the Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans team. These honors rolled in as Evan posted a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester as a double major in both chemistry and chemical engineering and owns a cumulative grade-point average of 3.98.

Dr. Steven Keller, Professor in the Chemical, Paper & Biomedical Engineering department sums Evan's performance in the classroom to date "...was always actively engaged in the classroom, asking interesting questions and contributing to the conversations. For team projects he showed leadership and collegiality with his classmates, working hard with the group to achieve the objectives while encouraging balanced participation by all team members."

As mentioned in the video, in addition to training for the Olympic Trials, Evan is interning with a company this summer getting hands on experience. The company, Nalco, is a chemical supplier to the paper industry. He is working in local paper mills, figuring out their operating problems that can be solved using chemistry supplied by Nalco. It's a very challenging position that requires him to think on his feet as part of a team. The team analyzes operational problems, proposes a solution, and then runs a trial of the chemistry that is proposed. Evan then collects multiple samples during the trial, analyzes them and writes a report that confirms the return on investment should the mill go ahead and purchase the program.