In honor of Women’s History Month, now underway, the Chemical Heritage Foundation has debuted The Catalyst Film Series: Women in Chemistry, which highlights Paula Hammond, MS CE 88, now a distinguished professor at MIT.
After earning a bachelor’s from MIT and spending some time as one of the first African-American process engineers Motorola, Hammond entered Tech’s engineering program. “Once there, she was re-immersed in the joys of scholarly life, both inspired and challenged by her professors,” the documentary notes. “The rigors of it felt familiar to her undergrad days, and it was then that Paula decided academia was truly her calling.”
After Tech, Hammond pursued her PhD, with a focus on polymer science and technology, while balancing life as a student, graduate resident tutor and new mother. She currently serves as a David H. Koch professor of engineering at MIT, and her lab designs drug-delivery systems used in cancer research. Her work also focuses on energy and fuel cells, as well as wound treatments for the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.
Go here to view the full 15-minute profiles of Hammond and seven other ambitious women scientists who became leaders in their fields.