Melanie Pund '10, chemistry, is a chemist with Red Spot Paint and Varnish in Evansville, where she is responsible for new product development of thermal cure technologies, including formulating coatings for the exterior automotive and sports markets.
"Red Spot is a great place to work and an even better place to learn," said Pund. "I've learned a vast amount in my first two years here, and I look forward to building on the foundation that USI has given me." At USI, she worked closely with Dr. Evan Millam, associate professor of chemistry, on a research project on the formaldehyde photoelectron spectrum. Her calculations formed a solid foundation for future work on the molecule. "The high expectations of the faculty and staff of the Chemistry Department prepared me for similar expectations working for Red Spot," she added.
While at USI, Pund interned with Red Spot, Mead Johnson, REU at the University of Arkansas, and Berry Plastics. She was a recipient of the O. John Logsdon Chemistry Scholarship and the Science and Mathematics Faculty Scholarship. She received the ACS Undergraduate Award for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry and the GLVC Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award.