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FootprintJun 16 2022< 1 min read

RICE CHBE - Why this Rice alumna chose a food-related career over oil and gas

Originally published on RICE CBHE (June 2022)

Unlike many students who decide to major in chemical engineering, Venmathy McMahan knew she wasn’t interested in pursuing a career in oil and gas. She minored in environmental engineering.

“I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted my impact on the world to be, but I knew I wanted to make a positive contribution,” said McMahan, who today has two full-time, cross-continental jobs in food-related industries.

In her other role, McMahan helps food industries achieve sustainability goals as a platform manager for Footprint, a company based in Gilbert, Ariz. “Supermarkets and quick service restaurants are where consumers often encounter the most single-use plastics. We help companies transition to fiber solutions that reduce plastic waste,” she said.

Footprint was recognized in 2021 as a CNBC Disruptor 50 and is expected to become a publicly listed company this year. “I love working at Footprint,” McMahan said, “because I get to make products that have a positive impact on the planet and provide competitive alternatives to single-use plastics.”

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