Cynthia's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Midland, MI

CYNTHIA PIERRE

Senior Research Engineer
Dow Chemical

“When you do what you're supposed to do and you do it well, things happen. I honestly believe that.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Education Experience Fulfillment Hard Work Choices Pressure Opportunity Individualism

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving

TAGS:

chemical engineering, childhood, comfort zone, curiosity, engineering, exposure, first generation, homesick, material science, math, parents, Princeton, problem solving, racket ball, rewarding, science, shy, tennis, tennis balls, work ethic

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in South Florida with immigrant parents who didn't have the opportunity to go to college.
  • Parents had to go clean restaurants and do hard labor to get by; taught her how to have a great work ethic.
  • Was a nosy kid; says she loved figuring out why things worked the way they did.
  • Had never even heard of the Ivy League, but applied to Princeton University at the behest of her counselor.
  • Was homesick and cold in New Jersey, but kept herself busy, found more things she liked to do, felt more and more comfortable.
  • Studied chemical engineering; one of her internships dealt with material science, she went on to get her doctorate in that field.
  • Now works at Dow Chemical engineering fluids so they'll give cars better mileage on each gallon of gas, reduce emissions.
  • Knows she's in the right field because her job feeds her curiosity, keeps her up at night, motivates her to go into work everyday.

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