Dan Di Zio
Dan received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in Environmental Science with a concentration in Atmospheric Science. After graduating from his undergraduate program, he chose the ESTEEM program in part because he wanted to learn to communicate the technical skills he had gained in a more efficient and useful manner.
As part of his capstone thesis, Dan worked with Professor William Schneider to develop a chemical technology that uses ionic liquids to capture carbon dioxide from post-combustion flue gas. The scrubbing technology could sequester nearly all of the carbon dioxide that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere from an industrial source (e.g., power plant, petrochemical refinery).
After graduating from ESTEEM in 2012, Dan accepted a job as an Environmental Engineer with Koch Industries. This position entailed rotating through an entry-level program that gave him hands-on experience at oil refineries, chemical plants, and renewable energy facilities across the company. In 2015, Dan started working for Morton Salt as a Corporate Environmental Manager, ensuring environmental compliance and sustainability across the company’s salt facilities in the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.
Dan credits ESTEEM with developing his career journey, remarking, “Without the ESTEEM Program, I would not be where I am today. It has given me the strength and confidence needed to communicate much of the technical information I work with on a day-to-day basis to the multi-disciplinary leaders within my company.”