PhD Career Connections: Technical Consulting

PhD Career Connections and the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training present:

Technical Consulting
a presentation by Jason Clevenger
Thursday, April 10
8:30-9:30am
PRB 206

 Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Advanced Degree Consulting Club.
Registration requested.


Dr. Jason Clevenger is a Principal Scienstist in Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry with Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting company. Dr. Clevenger’s expertise focuses on materials characterization and process engineering for specialty manufacturing, with a particular emphasis on regulated products such as medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Clevenger’s physical chemistry experience is applicable to problems involving materials such as semiconductors, MEMS, metal films, dielectrics, polymers, materials processing, materials characterization, pharmaceutical process chemistry, identification of trace contaminants including organics and particulates, and corrosion processes.

His pharmaceutical experience includes process engineering and optimization for transdermal and solid oral formulations, regulatory compliance and CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls) related issues involving root cause analysis, corrective and preventive action plans, quality assurance, and Quality by Design initiatives. His medical device experience includes method development for regulatory submissions, product development and manufacturing support, and technology due diligence assessment.

His characterization background encompasses a broad range of advanced technologies and techniques including laser spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger spectroscopy, Raman, FTIR, solid/liquid-NMR, optical emission/absorption spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), white-light interferometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). In addition, he has extensive experience with plasma chemistry and spectroscopy, thin film metrology and reliability, high vacuum technology, and semiconductor processing.

Dr. Clevenger received his B.A. in Chemistry (magna cum laude with High Honors) from Vanderbilt University in 1995. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002.