Title: Microbiology Front Line Leader
Age you knew you were interested in science and math: 12 years old.
How did you know you wanted to study STEM: I looked into engineering and it sparked my interest. I liked the creativity of the career and the different ways I could go with it.
Advice to your 11-year-old self: You're not always going to be in a room filled with people who look like you, but that's your time to shine.
Favorite class in college: Computer programming class called Decision Support Systems.
Age you knew you wanted to be an engineer: 15 years old.
Advice you would give your 11-year-old self: Be flexible. Situations change very quickly. They change unexpectedly. Being flexible gives you a better perspective and overall outlook. Find a way to have a positive mindset and approach to situations and you'll have better outcomes.
Favorite class in college: General Phonetics, taken while I was in an engineering class called Digital Signal Processing. The two complemented each other in really interesting ways!
How did you know you wanted to be an engineer: As a kid I was always doing arts and crafts. In high school I took Introduction to Engineering Design and the artistic elements of the class clicked for me. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to try engineering in different environments, like the Robotics Team.
Title: Retired Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Engineering Services
Age you knew you wanted to be an engineer: 17
Advice you would give your 11-year-old self: Study hard in school, especially in math and science.
Sand castles or snow forts? Snow forts every time.
Age you knew you were interested in science and math: 7 years old.
How did you know you wanted to study STEM: When I was younger I immersed myself in STEM content. I still have my astronomy books, charting and mapping the stars. I also did random science experiments from books I took out of the library.
Favorite science experiment: Put an egg and vinegar in a bowl. The vinegar eats away at the eggshell over a span of time and allows the egg to bounce.
Advice to your 11-year-old self: Keep going. It's going to be challenging, but that doesn't mean you're not going to be rewarded.
Dream job: Designing engines for Formula One race cars.
Age you knew you wanted to be an engineer: 14 years old.
How did you know you wanted to be an engineer: I want to help people. In high school, I was exposed to robotics and I wanted to combine the two. That's why I chose biomedical engineering. It combines medicine and engineering.
Advice to your 11-year-old self: I would tell her to be herself. I used to care a lot about other people's perspectives, but I've learned it's OK to be vocal about your passions and be comfortable with yourself and who you are.
Favorite class in college so far: Computer science. I went into that class thinking I wouldn't enjoy it at all, and I was really nervous. But it turned out to be my favorite class. I enjoyed the atmosphere. I was able to use information I learned in that class to help my mom with a computer course she was taking
Role: Medical Director, Diagnostics
Age you knew you wanted to be a scientist: 16
Advice you would give your 11-year-old self: Work hard and believe in yourself. Keep going. Persistence is key. You can do it!
What's your favorite brain food? Green tea and Pad Thai with tofu