Ontario Tech University
I have never had to settle in a place I did not want to be.
Nadia O. Laschuk
What do you do?
I am a materials chemist. That means I develop responsive materials using chemistry that can be applied for real devices (such as in cars, windows, lenses, etc.)!
Why did you choose this field?
In high school, I was very independent in my chemistry studies. Reading the textbook nightly, I realized I loved the content and this major was perfect for me!
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I wish I believed in high school that I was capable of doing anything I wanted. Everyone tells you that university is tough. No one was there telling me that if you're a good student, university is just fine! I think I made a lot of poor choices because I didn't believe in myself.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love math! The best part of my job is applying numbers to determine real parameters about my materials. I spend weeks making devices, and then calculations are performed to justify their efficiency. It's the highlight of each material for me.
Best advice for next generation?
I have had an easy time finding good work with good pay because I am a woman in STEM. I have never had to settle in a place I did not want to be because I pursued a degree in STEM.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"Newton, forgive me." - Einstein reflecting on how his work would change what was believed by scientists to be whole and true (Newtonian mechanics).