What do you do?
I am a computational chemist that specializes in electronic structure. This means that I combine chemical theory and computer programing to model how electron behave and interact to form bonds. I specifically work with solids doing methods development to help improve how solids are being modeled
Why did you choose this field?
I found my love for chemistry in high school and decided to pursue it as a career. I found the field of computational chemistry in graduate school and took an immediate liking to it during rotations my first semester. My mom and dad are both engineers and programers, so I have always been interested in programing and the like. With computational chemistry, I found I could combine my interest in programing with my love of chemistry while helping to improve how chemistry is done for the next generation.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Getting into graduate school and passing my comps in a field I had never heard of
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love how applicable and fascinating STEM is! No matter how much we learn, there is still more to learn and discover. I love that I get to work on puzzles and problems that could potentially change how we think about the world.
Best advice for next generation?
Never let anyone tell you that you can't do it! You are the only one who can limit yourself. Find yourself a support group that believes in you and helps you pursue your goals.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them. - Beau Taplin