Cynthia's Open Road


    STEM Roadtrip


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.”


Engineering Science


Fulfillment Hard Work Experience Education Choices Pressure Individualism Opportunity


Problem Solving


  • 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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