05 March 2015
New part-time professor to nudge CHEM students towards industry
Nearly half of UCPH chemistry graduates gain employment in the private sector. But according to Thomas Rosenørn, a newly hired associate professor, the percentage would be higher if industry fully grasped the extent of their capabilities.
Academic, political and industrial background
Rosenørn studied environmental and atmospheric chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and earned his PhD from the University of Copenhagen. Beyond the completion of his studies, his resumé has grown to reflect experience in the academic, private and public policy arenas. As a Postdoc, he worked at both Harvard University and at CRNS in Lyon, France.
"As a student, I had the chance to participate in a measuring campaign while engaged in a partnership with FORCE Technology. It let me demonstrate my ability to work with my hands as well as head, and definitely served as a premise for my subsequent employment with them!
Dept of Chemistry
University of Copenhagen
Rosenørn has also contributed to the shaping of public policy while working to improve particulate pollution laws for the European Committee for Standardization and Technology. And in the private sector, Rosenørn has worked for Force Technology, among others, and now serves as Chief Scientific Officer for INFUSER A/S, a startup and spinoff from the Department of Chemistry’s atmospheric chemistry group.
He hopes to tap his industrial experience by designing student projects that resemble those that he was once enthused by.
“In many industrial settings, there exists a prejudice that UCPH chemists are capable of working only with their minds. But chemistry students learn to build their own instruments as well. As a student, I had the chance to participate in a measuring campaign while engaged in a partnership with FORCE Technology. It let me demonstrate my ability to work with my hands as well as head, and definitely served as a premise for my subsequent employment with them,” says Thomas Rosenørn.
Entrepreneurship as study programme
In the future, Rosenørn dreams of developing a graduate programme dedicated to entrepreneurship. Together with his associate professorship, Thomas Rosenørn carries on as CSO at INFUSER A/S. He will be at the university one day a week.