From the periodic table to the dinner table

Danielle Tullman-Ercek*

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Not until I was nearly finished with high school did people suspect I would someday become a chemical engineer or professor. I had a natural aptitude and love for math and chemistry, and since chemical engineering combines these two subjects, in hindsight it was an obvious choice. I also enjoyed my high school job of tutoring others in math and science, and especially loved that indescribable feeling when I helped a student achieve an "A-ha!" moment: The dawning of recognition on their faces and the almost tangible clarity they suddenly seem to emit was a moment of mutual excitement for me as a teacher as much as it could be for him or her as a student. A teaching career was therefore a clear option by then as well. Without the aid of hindsight, my career plan follows my interests from earlier in my childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMom the Chemistry Professor
Subtitle of host publicationPersonal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors Who are Mothers
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319060446
ISBN (Print)3319060430, 9783319060439
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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