Home Care Product Research and Development
Chemistry, Calvin College
Consumer Product Research and Development
Before receiving his B.S.
in Chemistry from Calvin College, Bob Faber worked as a summer intern for
Upjohn Corporation. He notes, "The most important thing I learned was how
to apply academic knowledge to real world problems where business factors
are important." After graduating, Faber went to work for Amway
Corporation. He has worked on the development of a variety of household
and automotive cleaning products. Most recently, he was on the team that
developed SCRUB BRITER kitchen/bathroom cleaner, a cleaning product
designed to be effective, mild to hands, and non-abrasive. SCRUB BRITE
cleaner illustrates that many properties besides effectiveness in the end
use must be designed into consumer products.
What Faber likes most about his job is the freedom he has in project
design and direction. He notes that complying with federal, various state,
and various foreign country environmental regulations takes up an
increasing fraction of many consumer product chemists' time. However,
Faber notes that the research necessary to comply with these regulations
is a vital part of the product development process.