Katy Christie and Ryan Whipkey
Congratulations to Katy Christie and Ryan Whipkey for receiving their Master’s degrees! They both utilized the company’s Tuition Reimbursement program to help cover the costs of continuing their education.
Katy is a Scientist II in our Molecular Diagnostics Product Development Group. She started at EnviroLogix with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. With the encouragement of a colleague, Katy enrolled in online courses and completed her degree program in 18 months while working full time and teaching yoga. She now holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. Katy says she chose their program because it meant that “I didn’t have to sacrifice my time here at work or quit my job in order to get the degree that I wanted” and is grateful to have achieved her degree without accumulating any additional student debt.
Ryan was Conjugate Chemist as a Scientist II in our Rare Reagents department and has recently transitioned into the Sales and Marketing team as an Associate Product Manager . He has been with EnviroLogix for over five years and already has two Bachelor of Science degrees, both graduating from the Honors program at the University of Maine:
- American Chemical Society certified degree in Chemistry
- Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology (double major) degree with a minor in neuroscience
Ryan also graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Master’s of Business Administration degree. When asked about his motivation, Ryan explained that “a successful entrepreneur once told me that in the beginning of one’s career the most important career development strategy is to learn as much as possible and once learning is exhausted then it is time to move on to new challenges. Enrolling in a part-time MBA program provided me an excellent opportunity to learn business in the context of a biotechnology firm…Ultimately, I would like to use my business education and technical background to move into a leadership role focusing on business development, organizational strategy development and implementation, and/or operations research at the executive level.”