Author: Charli K. Matthews
Y’all know I’m a big fan of manufacturing and engineering, so If you’ve seen my latest #ChatWithCharli on Facebook, it won’t come as too big a surprise that I am highlighting some local talent right here in Alabama!
I had the great pleasure of talking with Rusty Sutterlin, who works with Inventure Renewables – a company that pioneers process technologies to produce biofuels.
Q. How did you decide to become an engineer? What inspired you?
Rusty: When I was a kid I took apart everything. I had to learn how it worked. That curiosity got me into trouble! It’s not always good to pull apart your parent’s electronics, vehicles, and home – especially when you have a hard time reassembling them (::chuckles::). When I got to college, I felt like I had a good mechanical aptitude. However, I was curious about chemicals. The world of molecules and atoms made no sense to me. So I took a college chemistry class, and this class only intrigued my curiosity more. I was finally starting to get a glimpse into the fundamentals of how things worked. So I kept on taking more chemistry classes, and finally, I had taken so many chemistry classes that I was close to getting a major in chemistry (::laughs::). I went ahead and obtained my bachelors degree in chemistry and followed that with a Ph.D in Chemistry. I then worked on a post-doctoral study in chemical engineering.