Jennifer Pascal

Associate Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut

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You can inspire the next generation and help engineering be more inclusive while also making significant contributions to society.

What do you do?

My job is primarily focused on teaching undergraduate chemical engineering majors. I also do a lot of service and outeach, working on our curriculum and advising student groups.

Why did you choose this field?

My high school chemistry teacher, Sandra Cox, convinced me to pursue a career in STEM! I then decided to be a professor when I was working towards my PhD, when my advisor asked me to teach a few of his classes.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

That I can still be a professor even though I didn't get my degrees from a really well known engineering university, like MIT.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love learning more about the field of chemical engineering every day. I also love working with students and talking to them about their experiences and goals.

Best advice for next generation?

That they can be a part of cultural change in engineering. They can inspire the next generation and help engineering be more inclusive while also making significant contributions to society with their work in STEM

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, and your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go in and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” Mae Jemison

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