Sean Noble is a first-generation college student from St. Louis and received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri in 2015. He took up research in graduate school at the University of South Carolina and received his PhD in May of 2020. Under the advisement of Drs. John R. Regalbuto and John R. Monnier, his PhD studies focused on the synthesis and evaluation of gold catalysts for the acetylene hydrochlorination reaction. As a National Science Foundation IGERT trainee, Sean has studied ways to bridge the gap between public policy and the scientific community. Throughout his PhD work, he set apart time serving the community as a mentor for inner city high school students and working as an adjunct math professor for a local HBCU (Historically Black College or University). He has experience in reactor design and construction, catalyst synthesis and characterization, and public speaking. Sean plans to pursue a career doing industrial catalysis research for applications in renewable energy and pollution remediation.