Brendan Lavallee ’22
Chemical Technician Reflects on His Time at Merrimack College
Brendan Lavallee currently works at 6K Energy, a startup located in North Andover that focuses on domestic battery material production. Brendan earned his bachelor’s degree at Merrimack College in 2018 and worked at 6K Energy as an intern, but his passion for chemistry soon took Brendan to a full time position at the same company. Brendan currently leads experiments to develop more efficient cathode materials for use in batteries. “With 6K being a startup, my day-to-day workload changes often, but that is part of what makes it exciting! In my time with the company I have had the opportunity to learn many different aspects of cathode material processing.”
“Merrimack gave me a great foundation in chemistry that allowed me to transition into my current full time role!”
In addition to interning at 6K Energy, Lavallee served as a First Year Mentor for incoming freshman at Merrimack, as well as a chemistry tutor. Brendan’s passion for chemistry allowed for him to connect with his fellow students, while also serving as a mentor for undergraduate students who needed support. He helped students who needed assistance adjusting to the new pathways of college, while tutoring students in both general and organic chemistry materials.
Brendan thanks Merrimack’s staff for giving him the tools to start his career off right. “Lauri Gibbons taught me and my peers to pave our own paths. She was a great advisor as graduation approached and provided us many valuable resources when it came to options after post-grad.”