What I Do I’m an emerita professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Northwestern University. “Emerita” means I’m a female retired professor, but I’m not really retired. I still have an active research program, carried out with a post-doctoral fellow (who is just returning to professional life now that her children are older). Before retirement I taught one course each quarter and headed a research group consisting of graduate students and several post-doctoral fellows/visiting scholars. As at the present time, we carried out original research on advanced materials such as high-strength, high-temperature alloys and nanocrystalline metals.