Susan Babinec

Susan Babinec, Project Lead, Stationary Storage, ACCESS

I don’t think the path I walked has much to do with women today,” she said. “It’s important for women to have other women to talk to and relate to, but I wouldn’t limit the possibilities and benefits of a good mentor to women. Some men can be as supportive as women.”

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Maria Chan

Maria Chan, Computational scientist, PSE

“My parents did not expect me to become a scientist, my math teacher in high school said I was ‘pretty good for a girl’, and some professors expressed surprise that I was good at physics,” said Chan. “One manager was startled that I work in theory and modeling. Another colleague told me that women should not be managers. I am not sure I have overcome these attitudes; it’s a work in   progress.”

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Lei Cheng

Lei Cheng, Chemist, MSD

Cheng’s advice to other women interested in pursuing careers in science and technology is to be open and proactive when interested in advancement. “Too many times I hear people say, ‘I didn’t know she was interested,’” said Cheng. “Take the simple step of letting leadership know your career goals and ambitions.”

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Last Updated: June 21, 2022