Esther Takeuchi

Esther Takeuchi

Distinguished Professor of Material Science


SUNY Stony Brook

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
As an undergraduate, I was a double major in chemistry and history.
I decided to go to graduate school specifically for chemistry.
I used grad school as an opportunity to focus on a field and put everything I could into that field.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Chemistry, General
University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor
History, General
University of Pennsylvania
Doctorate
Organic Chemistry
Ohio State University-Main Campus

Career

Distinguished Professor of Material Science

I work with students and other scientists in an educational and research environment.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Science
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I arrive at the office and meet with students who have interesting technical results, discussing those results, and then discussing the next steps for them to take, moving towards writing, editing, and submitting a publication. Of course, a great day is always highlighted by good news, meaning that one of our students' pieces has been accepted and published.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Oftentimes in the STEM fields, we're not explicitly taught how to teach or mentor, or even how to collaborate with our peers. It's often thought of as a singular event, and it is, through much of your early career, but as you progress, you really have to learn how to work with a team of peers and how to mentor others.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I don't think there's necessarily one set first step that you should take; rather, it's a series of steps. You need a solid education up to college, then you need to choose a college major that aligns with your talents, then you can move on to graduate school.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Chemistry, General
undergrad
Bachelor
History, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Organic Chemistry

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"There are very few women in your field."