Aurélie's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Boston, MA

AURéLIE JEAN

Postdoctoral Associate
MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

“Ask questions and be curious, because if you’re facing a challenge, you’re certainly not the only one who’s faced that same challenge.”

INTERESTS:

Numbers Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Courage Opportunity Choices Experience Transitions Confidence Desire Doubt Honesty Pressure Support & Encouragement Success Determination Goals Dedication Education Exploration Failure Fear Focus Hard Work Inspiration

FOUNDATION:

Building Things

TAGS:

asking questions, balance, coding, computer programing, computer science, diversity, engineering, giving back, learning, learning experiences, luck, math, mechanical engineering, minority, mistakes, physics, potential, representing-community, strength, uncertainty

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When she was a kid, she always wanted to learn; by the age of eight, she was aware of MIT and knew she wanted to go.
  • Her family never had the money to buy a computer growing up, so she bought her first computer at age 18.
  • Her love of learning has translated into her studying many different areas, including physics, math, mechanical engineering, and material sciences.
  • When she was an undergraduate, her class was made up of only about 10 percent women.
  • As a result, the women realized that they had to bond together, share their experiences, and help support each other through their classes.
  • Because of the support she found in her female study group, she decided to co-found PATRONNÈ, a lifestyle and advice magazine and a community for professional women.
  • Says it’s important to talk to others about their experiences in order to see what’s out there so you can see what’s out there and what’s possible.
  • Currently uses coding to study the effects of trauma on human tissues at MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.

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