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’ORÉAL, THE WORLD leader in cosmetics, is synonymous with beauty, innovation and scientific excellence in more than 130 countries. Manhattan College’s school of engineering, especially its chemical engineering department, is known for its nationally ranked program, challenging curriculum and renowned alumni. So it’s no wonder that L’Oréal’s USA

group and the College found a winning formula in their recent partnership. Representatives from L’Oréal USA visited Manhattan’s campus in February to meet with chemical engineering faculty and administration to host an information session for students, and to formally announce the joint partnership. Ann Marie Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor and chair

of the chemical engineering department, was instrumental in forging the relationship with L’Oréal USA earlier this year. The College also is working closely with L’Oréal USA while it develops a new concentration in cosmetic engineering for the master’s program, which is set to launch in fall 2011 (see sidebar below). Nearly 120 Manhattan students comprised of fresh-

COLLEGE LAUNCHES FIRST COSMETIC ENGINEERING CONCENTRATION IN THE COUNTRY As part of Manhattan College’s Master of Science in chemical engineering program, the school of engineering is offering a concentration in cosmetic engineering this fall. While only a few colleges and universities offer cosmetic science programs, Manhattan’s new concentration in cosmetic engineering is the first of its kind. Ann Marie Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Manhattan’s chemical engineering department, started researching the idea for a new concentration in cosmetic engineering in 2010 and with the help of alumni, Flynn was put in contact with engineers from Revlon and Avon. Flynn also met with engineers at L’Oréal USA and gathered a wish list from all three makeup companies on the skills that a master’s graduate should attain. Every engineer Flynn spoke with recommended teaching a course on Emulsion Technology because it is a skill that takes new engineers 18 to 24 months to grasp. As a result, the four classes for the new concentration include: Emulsion Technology (liquid/solid

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suspension found in products ranging from blush to slow-release medicines and nutriceuticals); Advanced Process Theory (the flow of non-waterbased liquids, complex liquids or solid/liquid mixtures); Advanced Processing Techniques (advanced mixing, atomization, pumping and drying); and Industrial Regulation and Quality (this course will provide students with an understanding of regulations, regulating agencies and some of the modern practices in quality control). “We have designed four specialty courses that meet the need of today’s student going out into specialty chemical industries and the cosmetics industry, like the pharmaceutical and food industries, needs to know about emulsions, complex flow and regulations,” says Thomas Twardowski, Ph.D., a visiting professor hired to help design the curriculum for the new concentration in cosmetic engineering. “These four courses should give our graduates a real advantage in the modern, complex cosmetics industry, as well as in other consumer product, food and drug manufacturing marketplaces.”

men, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate chemical engineering and chemistry majors attended the information session, as well as 15 high school students from IN-Tech Academy, a technology magnet school near the College. Flynn welcomed Diana Amaya, director of human resources for L’Oréal USA’s manufacturing facility in Franklin, N.J., to the floor to introduce her team. Amaya then presented the six other leaders from L’Oréal USA, including Nicole Zukowski, plant manager for Franklin manufacturing, both the youngest and first female plant manager in North America, who said, “At L’Oréal, everything is possible.” The overall goal of the information session was for students to learn more about L’Oréal USA’s brands, operations and the role of creativity and innovation at the company. Chris Kay, a 2004 engineering graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and senior manager of performance improvement for Franklin Manufacturing, described his career with L’Oréal USA to the students. Starting as an intern and then joining the management development program, he completed his M.B.A. while working at L’Oréal USA and went on to become a project engineer.

Manhattan Magazine Spring 2011  

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