Caloris Q&A: Meet Kyle Mathis, Process Engineer

Kyle Mathis is Caloris Engineering’s newest process engineer. Get to know Kyle here.

Caloris: How did you get involved in engineering?

Kyle: Engineering as a career isn’t well known in the rural part of Illinois where I grew up, but I credit the late Allen Burbank, who was my first chemistry professor at Chester High School in Illinois. I grew up excelling at math but didn’t know how to apply it to a career. Surprisingly, chemistry was quite easy for me, and Professor Burbank asked me one day after class what I wanted to do in the future. I told him perhaps architecture, but he suggested to consider chemical engineering. I didn’t know what this chemical engineering was, but figured I should strongly consider the thoughts of someone who knows more than I. Hence, I studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois.

Kyle Mathis and his wife, Megan.

Caloris: What do you enjoy most about your work?

Kyle: Like many engineers, solving complex problems without a defined solution is entertaining and challenging. I enjoy working with several different unit operations applied to a variety of chemicals – food, pharma, specialty, etc.

Caloris: You are based in New Jersey. What do you like most about living/working there? 

Kyle: Contrary to popular belief, The Garden State has much farmland, which is where my wife and I reside. However, there is also easy access to several cities and the shore, which my wife highly enjoys.

Caloris: What are your hobbies? Anything else fun you’d like to share?

Kyle: Baseball, basketball, volleyball, wakeboarding, felling trees, and moving dirt.

Caloris: What’s your favorite cheese?

Kyle: Mozzarella, especially as part of Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

Caloris: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Kyle: Toss up between strawberry cheesecake/double fudge brownie/chocolate chip cookie dough.

Caloris: Anything else you’d like to share about yourself?

Kyle: I’ll share two: 1) It’s taken a decade, but I’ve read 67% of Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 8th Ed. 2) I have an MBA from the University of Delaware..


About Caloris

Caloris transforms process systems design for the better with unexpected, future-focused solutions that solve real operational problems. We engineer efficient, dependable and productive solutions that also improve environmental sustainability where practical. Designed with the end user in mind to drive plant productivity. Caloris offers evaporation, membrane filtration and spray drying process systems for food and dairy industries, as well as for water reuse and wastewater treatment applications. Both Caloris’ custom and pre-engineered packaged systems are designed to meet our customers’ specific concentration/purification needs utilizing the most cost effective and energy efficient technologies available. Whether concentrating dairy, food or juice products at a high-volume production facility, or processing industrial wastewaters to reduce transportation and treatment costs and recover re-usable water, Caloris provides a range of options and technologies.