Deya Riojas Glover

Deya Riojas Glover

Title
Process Engineer
Organization
Sherwin Alumina Company
Location
TX, United States
Deya Riojas Glover
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Biography

When I was 26, I found myself a single parent raising two young children on my own. I didn't want to spend the rest of my life working minimum-wage jobs, and I realized that I couldn't depend on other people to support me. A friend of mine was studying to become a chemical engineer and encouraged me to do the same. Chemistry and math were two of my favorite subjects in high school, so I decided to give it a try. I quit my job and depended on financial aid, scholarships, and grants to get me through college. It all paid off when I received my degree in chemical engineering and my job at Sherwin. I work at Sherwin Alumina Company in Gregory, Texas. I oversee the chemical process involved in extracting alumina, a substance used in aluminum foil, medicines, and other products. My company extracts alumina from a type of rock called bauxite ore, which is shipped to them from Jamaica and Brazil. I make sure the extraction equipment is in perfect running order and that the alumina product is of high quality. I have to ensure that my area is running smoothly, and I troubleshoot when there are problems at the plant. I am also part of a team helping to keep workers at the plant safe from potential health risks by making sure dust levels from the ore are kept to a minimum.

I was born in Monclova, in Coahuila, Mexico. I love doing anything outdoors like golfing and fishing with my husband. I live near the beach, so I like relaxing by the water. I enjoy spending time with my son,daughter and my family. The day I received my degree, my children were extremely proud of me

Education
Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering Master's Degree in Occupational Safety & Health/Environmental Management
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
Answers by Mrs. Deya Riojas Glover

Hi Kennedy! Great questions! Being an engineer is a both a challenging but rewarding field. The job can be very stressful at times but it compensates very well. The fact that most men are engineers doesn't bother me. I grew up in a family with a smart men (my father and 3 brothers); therefore, I felt prepared working with mostly men. I started to work as a Process Engineer straight out of college in 2006. It's been 6 1/2 years and I continue to love it!

Becoming an engineer completely changed my life around 360 degrees. I was a single mother who was struggling financially to raise my two kids. I knew that wasn't a life for me or my children so I was determined to change that. My kids were 3 and 4 years old when I enrolled in college; therefore, they saw me study for all my exams for the next 5 years. When my kids saw me graduate they cried and hugged me...they were so proud. After I got my degree, my life was different. Not only do I have a great steady job, but I can actually pay my bills now. It's not all about the money but it surely helps!

Hi Veronica. If you still need someone to interview for your research project let me know. You can reach me at driojas@sherwinalumina.com.