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Janice Mathew

"MIT creates a stimulating environment to go out and make a difference that cannot be found easily on other campuses"








Janice Mathew, SB '10

I was the director for Women's Initiative at MIT, a student group dedicated to encouraging more women to pursue degrees and careers in engineering. I was selected to speak with high school girls nationwide about the excitement of careers in engineering, engaging them to think about engineering fields and concepts, projects we were working on at MIT and showing them the life of an engineering student. It’s not hard to be enthusiastic: just looking at the different research projects going on in our department made me excited about the future. I knew that the devices they created will be implemented in products that I will use one day. The ability to say that I know the person who created or worked on that is amazing.

I was lucky to be exposed to electrical and mechanical engineering in high school but I always had a passion for chemistry. The ability to create products from chemical reactions is something that I found amazing as a student in high school. Also chemical engineering has such a wide variety of applications. I wanted to be in a major where I had a lot of options. I could be working for a pharmaceutical company, making silicon wafers for electronics, making gas out of oil, and even making cosmetics. There are so many different things you can do with a chemical engineering degree.

Being a chemical engineering student at MIT requires a lot of work. Professors expect a lot out of their students. However, if you manage your time right you can do extracurricular activities and still do well in classes. There are many programs at MIT that allow students to apply chemical engineering skills in other countries and locations. MIT encourages students to use their skills to help people and often funding is provided for students who develop their own projects.