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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Cake (Coconut)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
You Know What I Mean.

Birthplace

Born:
1/1/1949
Birth Location:
Gadsen, Alabama

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Cake (Coconut)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
You Know What I Mean.

Birthplace

Born:
1/1/1949
Birth Location:
Gadsen
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Biography

Chemical engineer Jennie R. Patrick was born in Gadsden, Alabama on January 1, 1949. Her parents had only achieved schooling up to the sixth grade, with James working as a janitor and Elizabeth working as a maid. They encouraged Jennie and her four siblings to excel in their studies as a way to escape poverty. In 1964 Patrick attended Gadsden High School, a previously all white high school that was forced to integrate due to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. She graduated with honors in 1967 and then attended Tuskegee Institute until 1970, when the chemical engineering program was eliminated. Patrick transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, and received her B.S. degree in 1973. She went on to earn her Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1979.

Upon graduation, Patrick was hired in various positions in the chemical research and development industry, including General Electric, the Philip Morris Research Facility and the Rohm and Hass Company in Bristol. She was at Rohm and Haas for five years until 1993, when she became the assistant to the executive vice president at Southern Company Services in Birmingham, Alabama. Patrick also served as an adjunct professor at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute from 1980 to 1983, and at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1983 to 1987. Patrick returned to Tuskegee University in 1993 as the 3M Eminent Scholar and Professor of Chemical Engineering. In addition to her teaching duties, Patrick is developing research projects in material sciences, is actively involved in leadership roles at Tuskegee, and remains firmly committed to helping minority students find success, particularly in the fields of science and engineering. Patrick later worked as a senior consultant with Raytheon Engineers and Constructors in Birmingham and, in 2000, she founded Education & Environmental Solutions.

Patrick has received recognition from professional and academic organization, including the American Association of University Women Post-doctoral Fellowship, the National Fellowship Foundation Scholarship, the Outstanding Women in Science and Engineering Award. In 1983, she was featured in the “Exceptional Black Scientist” poster series by CIBA-GEIGY Corp.

Patrick works and lives in Peachtree, Georgia with Dr. Yaw D. Yeboah, her husband fellow MIT alum.


Jennie R. Patrick was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 14, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jennie Patrick's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jennie Patrick describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jennie Patrick describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jennie Patrick describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jennie Patrick describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jennie Patrick talks about her upbringing in Gadsden, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jennie Patrick describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Gadsden, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick talks about her interests as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick talks about her church and its influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick describes her close relationship with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick talks about television in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jennie Patrick talks about her curiosity as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jennie Patrick talks about attending James L. Cain Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jennie Patrick talks about her education at Carver High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick talks about her determination to succeed academically
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick describes the integration of schools in Gadsden, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick describes the reactions of teachers at Gadsden High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick describes being discriminated against despite her achievements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick describes the lack of support from civil rights organizations, following her enrollment in a recently integrated school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick describes her second year at Gadsden High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick talks about her graduation and her college application process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick describes her time at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jennie Patrick describes her time at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick describes her senior design project and how it was sabotaged by fellow students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick describes her experience in Advanced Engineering Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick notes the low number of African Americans at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick reflects upon her experience at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jennie Patrick describes her encounter with Dr. John Prausitz
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jennie Patrick reflects upon the challenges of her educational experiences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick describes her doctoral research on superheated liquid temperature limits
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick talks about graduating from MIT with her Ph.D. degree, and her relationship with her advisor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick talks about her relationship with her Ph.D. advisor, Robert C. Reid
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick talks about her work at General Electric
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jennie Patrick talks about her work at Philip Morris
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jennie Patrick talks about her move to Rohm and Haas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick describes her work at Rohm and Haas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick talks about her work at Southern Company Services
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick talks about her departure from Southern Company Services
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick talks about her time at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jennie Patrick reflects upon her impressions of black males at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jennie Patrick talks about her time at Raytheon Engineers and Contractors
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick talks about her illness
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick talks about the chemical industry and Environmental Wellness Institute
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick talks about the risks associated with chemical engineering
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jennie Patrick describes the making of scented products
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jennie Patrick discusses the harmful nature of room fresheners
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jennie Patrick talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Jennie Patrick talks about her family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Jennie Patrick talks about how she would like to help others
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Jennie Patrick talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Jennie Patrick describes her photographs