Tina's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Southern Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Albuquerque, NM

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

  • ON DVD:

TINA NENOFF

Scientist
Scandia National Laboratory

“Chisel away the things you don't like, but really jump on the things you do like.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Instincts

FOUNDATION:

Learning / Challenging Myself

TAGS:

archaeology, exposure, headstrong, medical school, Mexico, mistakes, organic, problem solving, radioactive, research, sponge

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she was "ready to conquer the world."
  • She had a dual degree in chemistry and archaeology, and she was preparing to go to medical school.
  • She'd done research in a chemistry lab during her undergrad, and she realized that she was more interested in that than in going to med school.
  • Now she works for a national lab in the applied research area, where she can do hands-on work.
  • Her drive comes from looking at big problems and using her applied science knowledge to find solutions.
  • She's currently developing an inorganic sponge-like material that "cleans up" radioactive materials and was used after the Fukushima meltdown.
  • Highly recommends finding mentors; says that by talking to and watching the people around you, you'll figure out what works and what doesn't.
  • For her, success means truly loving what you're doing, and finding something that will continually engage and challenge you.

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