Susan Luerich

Cary, NC, US
Field of Work 
Physics
Company 
Retired from IBM and Tyco
Job Title or "Student" 
Optical Engineer
Education 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Degree 
Master of Science
Education Level 
Masters
Profile Biography 
Although I was always good at math and science, but a few unfortunate experiences in high school left me thinking I didn't want to be a teacher and that I didn't like physics. Looking for something else to do with my math background, I joined the newly formed computer science department at West Virginia University. In my junior year I took astronomy as an elective and discovered a love of physics, but I completed my BS in Comp. Sci, and got a job with IBM.

Several years later, I was able to take a leave of absence from IBM and go back to school to earn a masters in Physics and Astronomy. During my time there, I also discovered a love of teaching!

I returned to IBM and had a wonderful career in several different areas, and was able to draw on both my Computer Science and Physics education. I held leadership positions in physics, engineering, optics, and programming. I also was able to spend a lot of time volunteering in area classrooms, sharing my love of science with others. I especially enjoyed working with middle-school girls.

Although I retired from my first career, I keep up with my interest in sharing science through teaching workshops and after school programs to elementary school students.

I love astronomy, scuba diving (I am a master diver and have taught classes on the physics of diving), ping-pong, and birdwatching.
Interests 
Computing, Reading, Travel, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 1-2 times.
Availability 
Weekdays, Weekends
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Other
Program Affiliation 
None

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