When Brooke Albin was growing up in Ridgeley, W.Va., science and math were school subjects that came very naturally to her. Her desire to understand how things work, to investigate problems to see a full picture, and to ultimately problem solve drove her to a career in science and to a nine year tenure at MATRIC. Today, she’s a project manager, where she’s responsible for the development, coordination and delivery of research and development (R&D) projects for numerous clients.
And since joining the team in 2007 as a chemical engineer, she finds that she gets to do all of these things on a regular basis. From developing a brand new technology for a laboratory process that will run on renewable feedstocks (versus traditional methods utilizing petroleum) to solving problems related to solids handling and designing new crystallization techniques, Brooke finds that working at MATRIC is truly a dream come true.
“One day I’m in the lab, another in the office, another meeting with clients,” said Albin. “The diversity of my days is one of the things I love about working at MATRIC.”
Albin, who has been issued nearly ten patents and has more in the approval queue, finds that she’s surrounded by “the greatest people” at MATRIC. “We all come from diverse backgrounds, bringing different talents and personalities, but we all have one common interest: to provide our clients with best possible solutions in the areas of science, technology and advanced software technologies.” She explains the level of experience and expertise her fellow MATRICians hold is truly inspiring, claiming that she learns something every day from her peers.
Outside of work, Brooke spends time with her family, including her two young children. They like to go to the local park, ride bikes and take hikes. “The flexibility that MATRIC provides me is really wonderful,” she explained. “Management puts trust in us to do our best, do a good job and accomplish our goals. They provide us with the flexibility we need in our personal lives, but we are ultimately accountable for our work and performance. It’s a good balance.”