Victoria Tinsley
Victoria Tinsley
Senior Technical Service Engineer, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc.
Houston, TX

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I am currently a Senior Technical Service Engineer with the Polymers Americas Group of TOTAL Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc (TPRI). I provide technical expertise and lead troubleshooting efforts for customers using TPRI’s polymer products in film and fiber applications. I graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2005 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in French. I began my career at Eastman Chemical Company in Longview, TX, where I led numerous cost improvement and process optimization projects as a process improvement engineer. In 2008, I was promoted to a technical staff engineer and was responsible for capital projects to improve plant safely/reliability and increase capacity. I also helped develop training courses for recently hired chemists and engineers. In August 2008, I joined TPRI as a Senior Process Engineer at TPRI’s Bayport High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Houston, Texas. In that role, I supported the day-to-day operation of the HDPE plant, monitoring product quality, troubleshooting equipment and process problems, and coordinating raw materials supply from multiple vendors. In 2010, I moved out of manufacturing and into TPRI’s Polymer Technical Service Group supporting polymer applications from injection molding to blown film to fiber spinning. The customers I work with range from family owned business to global, Fortune 500 companies, and I have worked with many everyday plastic products such as food storage containers, infant and child car seats, condiment bottles and caps, food and medical packaging, carpet, and hay bale wrap. I enjoy participating in a variety of community service activities. I have been an active leader in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) since joining SWE in 2001. I enjoy being a mentor with several programs that pair undergraduate female engineering students with industry members. For the past seven years, I have been a volunteer/event coordinator with the Caring Aggies Mentoring Program, Houston A&M Club’s long-term outreach program, and I also enjoy volunteering with Houston Dress for Success, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, and DePelchin Children’s Center. I play the violin with the Baytown Symphony Orchestra and enjoy traveling, taking dance lessons, painting with watercolors, and reading. I got married in May of 2014 and I am looking forward to many new adventures with my husband Gavan.

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Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • 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 contacted about potential job shadowing by interested students.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
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  • Debaroty, Louisiana asked Victoria Tinsley, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc.

    Added Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Hello, I am a PhD student right now. In future, I can see myself as working in a Chemical Industry mainly based on Polymer or as a product engineer. I would love to work on manufacturing field also. I want to know the possibilities of getting a job after PhD in such fields. Would it be tough to get a job after PhD? My research subject is nanomaterials. I am an international student. What qualifications are needed for an international student to fulfil the criteria of a company? Thank you.
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  • Gracie, Baltimore

    Added Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    I love math, biology, and chemistry and I have always wanted to be the owner of my own cosmetics company. I was recently told chemical engineers work with cosmetics, but every time I search chemical engineer nothing about cosmetics comes up. Does this mean that chemical engineers don't work with cosmetics? Or is it not common?
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    Victoria Tinsley, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc.
    Answered Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 PM
    Hi Gracie,
    I think it’s awesome that you would like to be the owner of a cosmetic company!  Enjoying math, biology, and chemistry is a great start.  There are a number of degrees that could help you reach this goal and chemical engineering is ...
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