Laura Lewin

Fort Collins, CO, US
Field of Work 
Chemistry
Company 
Private consultant
Job Title or "Student" 
consultant
Education 
SUNY Albany BS, UC Berkeley Ph.D
Degree 
organic chemistry
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I am a PH.D organic chemist with 29 years experience in industry. I worked for DuPont in various areas mainly developing coatings. I am currently a private consultant for a company in South Korea (2 + years).

I always liked math and science in school but I was never encouraged to persue a career in science. When I went to college I thought I would be a politacal science major but I remembered how I loved chemistry in high school. I gave it a try. I really liked it. I especially liked that it was very challenging. I was never really encouraged until my junior year of college when one of my professors took an interst in me. He had me apply for a summer job at a prestigous laboratory. I got the job and there I met many talented men and women. That was a turning point for me.

My advice to girls is do what you love and always try and do your best. There were times I wanted to give up on my career but I continued to work hard. Because of this I had many opportunities.

I have three grown daughters 2 of whom are persuing STEM careers. I like to read, exercise, hike, garden and be with my friends and family.
Interests 
Working outdoors, Reading, Travel, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
None

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