Mallika Dasari

Materials scientist

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STEM is fun, simple, interesting and yet very useful and makes such big impact.

What do you do?

My job is very enjoyable and I’m very passionate. I work with materials that we use everyday and improve their performance by changing their composition. I also work with teeny-tiny nano-materials that we can only see using electron microscope. It’s amazing to see how such small particles make a huge improvement in a big product.

Why did you choose this field?

When I was in school, I attended a science fair where I saw some cool experiments such as: how liquid nitrogen can freeze materials instantly, how the skin of insects (which has millions of fibers) protects them and helps them to be being dry. Many other instances like this motivated me to pursue science career and I am glad I followed my passion.

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

I never imagined as a kid that I would go to the United Stated and earn PhD degree in Materials Science. I never thought that I would work with such amazing talented scientist and become a part of breakthrough technologies and products that make such impact on people’s lives. Just follow tour passion and never limit yourself.....hearts

Why do you love working in STEM?

STEM can improve the quality of life in many ways. Its taking the world forward everyday and as a scientist, I am focusing on finding most important people centric problems and working on finding sustainable and inexpensive solutions. I look forward to the kind of impact I am going to creat every single day.

Best advice for next generation?

Just look around, there are so many things that needs to be fixed, optimized, in terms of quality, cost, performance, sustainability etc. always find problems that needs solution, try and approach with different ways to solve it. It can be anything, things in your kitchen or garage. If you are more interested in technology then something related to the gadgets that you use everyday. STEM is fun, simple, interesting and yet very useful and makes such big impact.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Dream big, never limit yourself.”

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