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CRYSTAL CHEN

Materials Science & Engineering

Favorite Music:
Jazz
Tell us something unusual about yourself - something that makes you special, unique and not a "typical" STEMinista:
I'm an avid foodie and keep a food blog. I love to try new foods and cook in my free time.
Where are you from? Where were you born and/or raised?
Midland Michigan
What are you doing/plan to do with your STEM degree?
I work at Harman in project management. I use the skills I learned in my engineering degree every day. An engineering degree gives you a base of critical thinking and problem solving that is uniquely valuable.
Tell us about one person in your childhood who had a great effect on your life?
My life role model has always, whether or not I knew it, been my mother. She has always taught my sisters and I to be fiercely independent and curious about the world around us. I may not have always appreciated it, but her influence in my life has always been to follow my passions and to be independent and to make my own decisions.
Favorite Dessert:
Tiramisu
Tell us a favorite quote that gets you going, gives you confidence, or guides your life that you would like to share with future STEMinistas.
If you're going to get run out of town, get out in front and make it a parade. It's a reminder that change is a good thing. It is inevitable- so embrace it and don't be afraid of it. Know that even if it is difficult, you'll grow into a stronger, and more prepared person.
Would you be interested in more information about?
  • Speaking to a class of students in their school or to a group at the science center
  • The opportunity for more in-depth mentoring of future STEMinistas
What was your favorite subject in middle school? And what did you like about it? (It's fine if it was math! It's fine if it wasn't!)
My favorite subject in middle school was algebra. Algebra made so much sense to me. middle school was hard- I was still growing out my bowl cut, and I went through a very awkward phase. I wasn't a popular kid in middle school but math class was always a place where everything made sense- where if you followed the process, the answer made sense.
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