Tracy Schloemer

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

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Find good friends who will love and push you. Find a good mentor to get advice.

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm working on making holographic 3D printing a reality for precision manufacture with less waste.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I am a chemist - I fell into it by accident as an undergrad once I learned how simple bond breaking and forming can change the world.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

It's never too late to start something new. I taught high school chemistry for a few years before changing directions and earning a PhD. Those experiences make me a better human and scientist. When I was little, I always felt behind when other people started something, like piano lessons, at a younger age. Now I know it takes courage to start something new, but it's worth it.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Every day is new - I love creating new things.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Find good friends who will love and push you. Find a good mentor to get advice.

INSPO / FUN FACT

"Just keep swimming." Dory the fish

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