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Chemical engineering grad Determan receives industry award

Michael Determan
Michael Determan

Iowa State University chemical engineering alumnus Michael Determan, a senior technical manager with 3M Company, has received the Industrial Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The award recognizes significant contributions by individuals working in industries served by chemical engineers who have received their highest academic degree within the previous 17 years.

Determan receiving award from Dean Rajala 2015
Determan is shown receiving the 2015 Professional Progress in Engineering Award from James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering Sarah Rajala.

Determan received a B.S. in chemical and biological engineering from Iowa State in 2001 (with a double major in economics) and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2006. His major professor was Dr. Surya Mallapragada. Determan has worked at 3M since 2006 where his specialty area is polymers and adhesives. He has done significant work in 3M’s health care arena in the area of pressure-sensitive adhesives and release materials.

He received the Professional Progress in Engineering Award (PPEA) from Iowa State’s College of Engineering in 2015.

He is married to Iowa State chemical engineering graduate Dr. Amy Determan (B.S. 2001, Ph.D. 2006).

Determan will receive the AiChE award at the organization’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA October 28.