Growing up I loved watching TV, music and science and one of my fondest memories as a child was watching Hi-5. This 90’s television show combined all my loves and I remember trying every single experiment that I saw on that show. A line from the theme song was “With science you can do almost everything” and the 6-year-old me believed in this wholeheartedly. I would always be in the kitchen performing my experiments with my little brother as my apprentice. As I grew older and my career goals changed every 3 months, one thing remained, and that was it always involved the sciences.

Today, as a chemical engineer and lecturer I am doing what I love. I am no longer conducting my experiments in a kitchen but I guess the laboratory will do. However, my mantra is now with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) you can do everything. I truly enjoy teaching and connecting with my students and seeing them not only achieving their goals but also exceeding their own expectations.