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This profile was last updated on 12/1/07  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • fashion merchandising
    University of Georgia?where
  • engineering degree
  • fashion merchandising
    University of Georgia
Web References
Extreme Engineer: Tami Mace ...
www.jets.org, 1 Dec 2007 [cached]
Extreme Engineer: Tami Mace | More ... Jets - The Pre-Engineering Times
What We Do
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Profile: Tami Mace, Polymer Engineer, Kimberly-Clark Corp
Education: B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, University of Georgia
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In high school Tami wasn't really that interested in math or science. She decided to major in fashion merchandising at the University of Georgia?where she joined a sorority and participated in a plethora of campus activities. Upon graduating she got a job as an assistant manager in a retail store and got married. It didn't take long for Tami to realize that her career choice wasn't what she wanted to do for the next 40 years. One of her favorite courses in college was a textile chemistry class. When she saw an opening for a technician at Kimberly-Clark focusing on absorbency she decided to apply for the job and got it. At Kimberly-Clark she received a lot of on the job training and found her interest in math and science. She also discovered that Kimberly-Clark would pay for her to get an engineering degree. Even better yet, she found a mentor, Oomman Thomas, a Ph.D. and experienced polymer physicist, who took her under his wing and tutored her in calculus and physics. Within three months she was getting straight A's and had developed a love for those subjects.
Kimberly-Clark allowed her to work part time. In addition to five years of intensive prep work to enter the masters program, she managed to find time to get married and start a family. She was finally admitted to graduate school at Georgia Tech in 2001, with sponsorship from Kimberly-Clark. She took advantage of the company's program that allowed her to get paid while going to school.
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Tami developed all the materials for Dentaburst. The front panel is bumpy to remove plaque from your teeth. The back panel stretches to fit all fingers and the elastic properties keep it from falling off. She worked to develop laminates to keep your finger dry while brushing. She incorporated as much existing technology as possible and modified them as needed. For a fresher experience, the team added a powdered version of toothpaste and had to develop an edible (food grade) adhesive to keep the paste on. The two different front and back materials are heated with ultrasonics to fuse the front and back together and cut the pieces out.
For Love of the Job
Tami says her job is exciting. She never does the same thing twice.
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Tami says this job provides her with a constant evolution of learning. And her design background in fashion merchandising has also helped her in making prototypes look more like a finished consumer product.
Tami has also made a commitment to mentoring, both at Kimberly-Clark and in working with students at Georgia Tech. "When you're 18," she says, "it's hard to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. College kids are stressed and need support. Talking with a mentor helps maintain a perspective and realize opportunities. In addition to mentoring, she seeks out mentors in her own life. "They can help you get better at things that aren't your natural skill set. Tami gets help from a friend who is a whiz at formulating things. In turn, she helps her with investigative lab work.
Even though Tami took a circuitous route to find her dream job, she got there, and truly enjoys the challenges and opportunities for creative thinking that each day brings.
Jets - The Pre-Engineering Times
www.jets.org, 1 Dec 2007 [cached]
Extreme Engineer | Extreme Engineer: Tami Mace | More ... Jets - The Pre-Engineering Times
Explore
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Profile: Tami Mace, Polymer Engineer, Kimberly-Clark Corp
Education: B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, University of Georgia
...
In high school Tami wasn't really that interested in math or science. She decided to major in fashion merchandising at the University of Georgia—where she joined a sorority and participated in a plethora of campus activities. Upon graduating she got a job as an assistant manager in a retail store and got married. It didn't take long for Tami to realize that her career choice wasn't what she wanted to do for the next 40 years. One of her favorite courses in college was a textile chemistry class. When she saw an opening for a technician at Kimberly-Clark focusing on absorbency she decided to apply for the job and got it. At Kimberly-Clark she received a lot of on the job training and found her interest in math and science. She also discovered that Kimberly-Clark would pay for her to get an engineering degree. Even better yet, she found a mentor, Oomman Thomas, a Ph.D. and experienced polymer physicist, who took her under his wing and tutored her in calculus and physics. Within three months she was getting straight A's and had developed a love for those subjects.
Kimberly-Clark allowed her to work part time. In addition to five years of intensive prep work to enter the masters program, she managed to find time to get married and start a family. She was finally admitted to graduate school at Georgia Tech in 2001, with sponsorship from Kimberly-Clark. She took advantage of the company's program that allowed her to get paid while going to school.
...
Tami developed all the materials for Dentaburst. The front panel is bumpy to remove plaque from your teeth. The back panel stretches to fit all fingers and the elastic properties keep it from falling off. She worked to develop laminates to keep your finger dry while brushing. She incorporated as much existing technology as possible and modified them as needed. For a fresher experience, the team added a powdered version of toothpaste and had to develop an edible (food grade) adhesive to keep the paste on. The two different front and back materials are heated with ultrasonics to fuse the front and back together and cut the pieces out.
For Love of the Job
Tami says her job is exciting. She never does the same thing twice.
...
Tami says this job provides her with a constant evolution of learning. And her design background in fashion merchandising has also helped her in making prototypes look more like a finished consumer product.
Tami has also made a commitment to mentoring, both at Kimberly-Clark and in working with students at Georgia Tech. "When you're 18," she says, "it's hard to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. College kids are stressed and need support. Talking with a mentor helps maintain a perspective and realize opportunities. In addition to mentoring, she seeks out mentors in her own life. "They can help you get better at things that aren't your natural skill set. Tami gets help from a friend who is a whiz at formulating things. In turn, she helps her with investigative lab work.
Even though Tami took a circuitous route to find her dream job, she got there, and truly enjoys the challenges and opportunities for creative thinking that each day brings.
Jets - The Pre-Engineering Times
www.jets.org, 1 Dec 2007 [cached]
Extreme Engineer: Tami Mace In high school Tami wasn't really that interested in math or science. She decided to major in fashion merchandising at the University of Georgia—where she joined a sorority and participated in a plethora of campus activities. Upon graduating she got a job as an assistant manager in a retail store and got married. It didn't take long for Tami to realize that her career choice wasn't what she wanted to do for the next 40 years. More ...
Extreme Engineer: Tami ...
www.jets.org, 1 Dec 2007 [cached]
Extreme Engineer: Tami Mace In high school Tami wasn't really that interested in math or science. She decided to major in fashion merchandising at the University of Georgia?where she joined a sorority and participated in a plethora of campus activities. Upon graduating she got a job as an assistant manager in a retail store and got married. It didn't take long for Tami to realize that her career choice wasn't what she wanted to do for the next 40 years. More ...
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