Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I was a lone wolf! I did school newspaper in high school and wasn’t really encouraged in science by teachers. I intended to go to Northwestern to study journalism and changed to the school of engineering in my first semester — simply because I thought it was cool!
What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
What I do now is very cool! But the project that hooked me was part of a freshman seminar course at NWU. We were allowed to use the SEM in the Materials Science Department to do any project we chose. I looked at bugs, up close and personal. They let me use the machine by myself, and at 18 years old, that felt like incredible power!
My graduate mentor, Lisa Pruitt and my post doc mentor, Carolyn Bertozzi. I owe so much to both of them.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love my job because I am in charge of my intellectual life. There is no substitue for that kind of freedom.
Advice for future STEMinists?
The best “outreach” you can do is to be a good example to others. Work hard, be creative and be nice!