Spring 2012 TRINITY Magazine, Real World Success
Shaun TenHaken ’12
Title: Packaging Operator, Sigma-Aldrich
One of Shaun TenHaken’s responsibilities at Sigma-Aldrich is to perform quality assurance tests. Those may involve determining the amount of water in the chemical that is being packaged or determining the purity of the chemical by how it absorbs light at different wavelengths. His father Bruce ’86, a fellow chemistry alumnus, manages environmental cleanup projects but focuses on asbestos consulting for Cardinal Environmental, Inc.
From classroom lab to career lab: “During labs at Trinity, I received hands-on experience working with many types of instruments, and as a lab assistant, I learned how to safely handle different chemicals. My Trinity lab experience helped me to effectively transition my chemistry education into a real world application at my job.”
Internship supports classroom learning: “I worked at Cardinal Environmental, Inc. where I assisted in mold inspections by collecting air samples for spore count analysis, the analysis of waste water for cyanide and TKN, and the collection and testing of water for E. coli. I worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to create a model that would predict the level of E. coli in the water at the Sheboygan beaches.”
The intersection of science and faith: “The biggest impact that Trinity had on me was spiritually. I discovered how to connect my Christian faith with my chemistry education. In the science seminar class, I discussed faith-related scientific issues with the professors and fellow science students. This helped to strengthen my faith and allowed me to view scientific issues from a Christian perspective.”