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#STEMStories: Shelly, Professor, USA

#STEMStories: Shelly, Professor, USA

1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do?

Shelly Miller, I am a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. I teach and conduct research on urban air pollution

2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

I decided I wanted to be a Professor my Junior year in college. I knew I was good at, and loved learning about, math, so I decided to get a PhD in applied math. but then I quickly realized that I wanted to do something more applied, so eventually wound up in environmental engineering

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

my huge long list of things to get done, wanting to study new and interesting air quality problems, by graduate students and students in my class, my amazing colleagues, teaching environmental engineers and motivating them to continue their education so that they can be our new generation of engineers solving very complex problems

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

Honestly I pray, I talk to my best friend and sister, and I go to hot yoga. A Glass of wine once in a while helps too.

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

My Mom, my first female professor ever in college, my colleague in my office, I have loads of them!

6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?

Failure helps you find your way.

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?

  1. Do not compare yourself to anyone but yourself - you are unique and you be you.
  2. Engineering is for everybody and it feels good to use your brain to solve problems and make the world a better place.
  3. Be kind, be persistent, and sit in the front row.

8. How do you measure your success?

Just a couple are by how many students write me a letter to say hi and tell me what they have been up to, even after they leave the University, and by numbers of papers I write and publish with students every year.

9. Where can we find out more about your work?

10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

Yes @ShellyMBoulder