Allison Sellars is pursuing chemical engineering at Georgia Tech and expects to earn her degree in 2018. Here she shares a little about her career and the inspiration behind it.
What is your specific area of STEM?
How would you explain your STEM field to young girls?
Chemical engineers use math and science, and combine pretty much all subjects and experiences, in order to solve all kinds of problems in the world.
What traits might a child possess that may indicate an interest or aptitude for your STEM field?
Legos, an active imagination, puzzles.
What did you know about your STEM field when you were a child?
I didn't know much as a child at all. It was probably not until I was a junior in high school when I learned about engineering and the term "STEM." I was always fairly good at the math and science classes through school and it was what I enjoyed doing. I think I learned about STEM from a combination of my parents and teachers and their encouragement.
Why did you choose your STEM field? Were you inspired by someone?
I didn't really know any engineers growing up at all. I was just encouraged to try it because it was a growing field and covered the subjects and topics I was interested in.
What are some really cool things that people in your profession work on?
Cool chemical experiments - making crystals, etc. I got to intern in a chemical plant where I saw all kinds of different equipment and even got to climb into some of the big machines. Chemical engineers work with a lot of cool equipment that do fancy things.
What inspirational message would you give young girls to inspire them to pursue STEM?
STEM can seem super intimidating and scary sometimes and it's super easy to say that "it's not for me" or "I won't be good at that," but you can do it. If I can do it, anyone can! You are never in it alone - people are always there to help you no matter what. It's the best decision that I made and I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else. It's amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it!
Thank you for contributing, Allison!
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