Deya Riojas Glover
Mrs. Deya Riojas Glover
Process Engineer, Sherwin Alumina Company

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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
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Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering Master's Degree in Occupational Safety & Health/Environmental Management
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  • Tayvia, Kansas City asked Deya Riojas Glover, Sherwin Alumina Company

    Added Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Ms. Riojas, What do you design at your current job in Sherwin Alumina Company?
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  • Cal , Killeen asked Deya Riojas Glover, Sherwin Alumina Company

    Added Monday, September 12, 2016 at 2:19 AM

    Hi there, So you were 26 with two kiddos and had no schooling yet? That's when you decided to pursue your degree? I ask because I am in a similar position at the moment and feel to scared to take the jump. Or that I can never balance it all. I know I can but the fear is there. How did you overcome?
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  • Xiomara, Lynchburg asked Deya Riojas Glover, Sherwin Alumina Company

    Added Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Hola Deja, I am so happy to have found you. Your story gave me hope. I am a single working mother and currently doing a transfer degree in Engineering. My plan is to get my BS in ME or ISE-still undecided. My math skills aren't the greatest, neither is my English but I am working hard on those two areas. I do enjoy learning but for some reason I get discourage and give up. Any advice you have for me? Did you work while being in school? How did you study while taking care of your little ...
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