STEMM Idol: John Razauskas '11

Redesigning a yogurt cup may not seem like a large undertaking, but for John Razauskas '11, a project engineer at the Dannon Company, it was a $6 million project. Razauskas talked with students about this project and the steps he took to become a project engineer during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on December 13.

Razauskas said by the end of his senior year at CJ, he had a passion to be an engineer. He also told students that being involved in several school activities helped prepare him for his career.

"The background at CJ in terms of outside of the classroom with football and NHS helped me from a communications stand point, and that's essential in my job," Razauskas explained.

After CJ, Razauskas attended the University of Dayton and studied chemical engineering. It was during his time at UD that Razauskas said he took advantage of completing several co-ops. He had a co-op at Lafarge in 2012 and three co-ops with the Dannon Company. It was connections he made during his co-op at the Dannon Company that helped lead him to his current role there.

Razauskas shared with the students that recently at Dannon, he was asked to help with the redesign of a yogurt cup, a $6 million project.

"I was told what the new dimensions of the cup were and I had to figure out the different pieces of equipment needed to make it happen," said Razauskas.

He also concluded with this advice to the students, "Don't shy away from something because it's a challenge, and Go Eagles!"

Posted December 16, 2016