Twenty-two UCSD women faculty in the physical sciences and engineering are profiled in an exhibit at the Science & Engineering Library celebrating Women’s History Month. From elementary particle theory to earthquake engineering, from cognitive science to cyberinfrastructure, the research interests of these women cover a wide and diverse range of endeavors. But a common thread running through many of their personal statements is a passion for what they do. Some were inspired to follow their dreams at a very young age – one CSE professor wrote her first computer game in 7th grade. Another followed in her father’s footsteps and became an engineer. Another one is passionate about positively impacting the world around her. One even wrote a chemistry fairy tale for kids. All have found fascination in science, math, or engineering. Drop by the exhibit in the S&E Library and spend some time with these inspirational women. Through mid-April. More information.
One of my favorite sayings is “If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life”. Despite the pressures and challenges of being an assistant professor at a top research university, I feel honored and fortunate to be able to do exactly what I want to do – cutting edge chemistry research and teaching. My advice to all young people: Follow your passions. (Judy Kim, Asst. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry)