Shameria Jones of Midland graduated from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss.
In 2020 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University. Shortly after that she started working at Dow Chemical Co. as an engineer.
Now she works as an R & D Technologist at Dow.
“I really like trouble-shooting and working hands-on,” Jones said.
Outside of work she enjoys hobbies such as drawing, camping and hiking. She also enjoys bouldering, which is similar to rock climbing, and visiting coffee and tea shops in Midland.
Her drawing hobby turned into digital artwork, which she displays on Instagram under the name shaycantart.
Jones has two younger sisters and one younger brother who live in Mississippi with her parents. She also has a cat named Token.
Jones still takes classes online through Mississippi State University and hopes to transfer to a PhD program – possibly at the University of Michigan.
It was a lesson in a high school class that piqued her interest in chemical engineering.
“I was interested in a combustion reaction in high school chemistry,” she said. “I found a video on how to do this project and then I asked my teacher if he would help me and he said he would. So I entered the project into a science fair and did really well. I realized that was chemical engineering and so I continued to pursue that field.”
Jones wants to further her education to use science and engineering for alternate ways to make products.
“I want to work on specialized catalysts, geared towards improving grain chemistry,” she said. “Like chemical processes that are better for the environment. For example, we use a lot of fossil fuel soil materials to make a lot of consumer products. Catalysts cater more towards bio feed stocks, feed grass or corn… These processes are more sustainable.”