STEMinist Profile: Flor Hernandez, Civil Engineering Student

Flor Hernandez

Civil Engineering Student

California State University, Los Angeles

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I grew up with a father who was in the construction field and I was always intrigued by the things that he would share regarding the construction and remodeling of buildings. I also knew it was one of the more challenging careers and I am the type of person who likes challenges.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
One of the coolest projects I have worked on has been the Concrete Canoe we build every year for the ASCE Conference. It has been one of the coolest because the project itself is definitely a challenge, being able to see the whole process and the outcome is something amazing. While you are working so hard on the project you also get to build great relationships with your team. In my previous lab I worked on a high-throughput screen of FDA-approved drugs to look for activity that would be beneficial to DMD. I got to learn about the technology used for high-throughput screening and the project had very direct clinical relevance.

Role models/heroes:
I look up to any female in STEM but in particular one of my role models is Jane Chmielinski who has climbed her way up to be the Chief Operating Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation.

Why do you love working in STEM?
Working with STEM is different than other careers. There is always something new to learn and in the end all we want is to make everyone’s lives better.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Don’t give up. Nobody said it would be easy but it definitely is worth it!

Twitter: @F10r_H

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