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"Why Studying Materials Science is Like Playing Tetris" by Maritza Sanchez, BS, MS, PhD Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering at UC San Diego
Maritza Sanchez is a first generation college student who started out as a psychology major at UC Santa Barbara. She took an engineering course and loved it. Hear about the challenges she confronted in changing her major. She persisted, getting a BS in Materials Science at Cal State LA. After earning an MS degree in Materials Science & Engineering , she is completing her PhD at UC San Diego in Materials Science Engineering, Her research helps to make planes fly faster and making machines such as phones and computers more efficient. Maritza is already giving back by mentoring those under-represented in STEM, especially hispanic women and girls. She was awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers the SHPE National Graduate School Role Model Star Award.

This series is free and open to all high school girls (and boys too) who want to know how one gets from taking science, computer, and math classes to choosing a career in STEM and getting a job after college. This webinar series is presented by AAUW-OML with a grant from the Bettelheim Family Foundation. You'll meet women in STEM careers sharing their story and how you too can find your passion in a STEM career.

Feb 6, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Maritza Sanchez
BS, MS, now PhD Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering @UC San Diego
Maritza is a first generation college student who loved math but started out as a psychology major at UC Santa Barbara. She fell in love with engineering and transferred to CSU Los Angeles to get her BS in Mechanical Engineering. After earning a MS from UC San Diego, she stayed to get her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Maritza says "Materials science is the foundation to everything because everything has a surface. Part of what I study contributes to the development of new ceramic materials for extreme environments. We aim to improve existing ceramic materials and develop new materials that don't harm our planet. These materials can be applied in aerospace and energy fields, and endless other places." Find out about Maritza's amazing research, and her extensive work mentoring young people, and you will find out why she was awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Graduate School Role Model Star Award.