Mentoring Moment with Dr. Jin Montclare

Dr. Jin Montclare is an Associate Professor in NYU-Tandon’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and she heads the Montclare Lab for protein engineering and molecular design. She and her team develop solutions ranging from better drug delivery systems in treating disorders to improved materials for nanoelectronics. How did she get here? A combination of curiosity, hard work, having her interests encouraged by mentors, and of course, overcoming her obstacles.

Here is some advice Dr. Montclare has for young women pursuing careers in STEM.

  • Form your own path by meshing multiple worlds together.
  • Seek mentors: surround yourself with people you would like to learn from. Find those people in your sphere who are doing the coolest things. If there’s a problem you don’t know how to solve, find people who can help.
  • View life as a continuum of learning and failure as a step in learning, not as the opposite of success.
  • When it comes to naysayers, have selective hearing. Tune down those who say you can’t do it, and tune up those who say you can. Consult your colleagues, mentors, and supporters, and continue to work towards your goals.
  • Take the time to give back to your community.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Montclare and her exciting research!

From her keynote “My STEM Pathway towards Building Artificial Proteins” at FlyTechnista’s STEAMnista Summit.

Office Hack 2016

As a budding Americanist, I dreamt of working in public history, be it at a library or museum or historical society.  That dream was predicated on romantic ideals of sharing and preserving American history for public and progeny. Alas, the reality of working in a chilly, dimly lit, and often silent environment, meant this dream would remain a dream, lest it materialize into a nightmare. Thank goodness for internships and work exploration programs!

Today, I participated in Office Hack, a “tech crawl” by 2020 Shift and Spotify. I had the opportunity to visit several tech companies in NYC and to hear from software engineers about what it’s like to work at those companies and about what advice they have for students and junior developers.

My favorite stop was the Mastercard Tech Hub. There’s a certain appeal to having the security of a long established company with the atmosphere of a startup. So what does it take to work in such an environment? Here’s what the Mastercard Tech Hub looks for in entry-level applicants:

  • an aptitude and ability to learn
  • technological and intellectual curiosity
  • knowledge of background and trends in your area of interest
  • a portfolio that shows what you’ve learned and researched on your own
  • a problem-solving process

In short, an unrelenting desire to learn and a commitment to constantly improving as a developer. Challenge accepted.

Hello world!

Sue enjoy cupcake at LSH Meetup

My name is Sue, and I’m a student and freelancer based in New York. I’m passionate about second language acquisition and technologies that make learning a language approachable and fun. I’m studying computer science to learn how to answer people’s “language learning buts”, the many worries and concerns that too often follow the phrase “I’d like to learn a new language”. I enjoy testing existing solutions to these problems; my favorites, so far, are Pimsleur, Memrise, Lingvist, and Readlang. This blog is a journal of my own attempts at solutions–mainly in python, always with love.

I speak and read Italian (B2/C1).
I’m currently learning Swedish (A2).
I’m learning about learning using French (00).
I supposedly learned Latin throughout high school and a bit in college, and I’ve extensively translated Vergil, Catullus, and Cicero. (Can say “Semper ubi sub ubi”.)
I learned Nyanja through osmosis and through song lyric and fable translations. (Can identify why so-and-so is crying and the role of Kalulu in a story.)
English is my first language.