What I Do When I first started my career as an engineer, I worked at a biotechnology company in the Biomaterials Department as a Research and Development Engineer. I helped develop hydrogel polymers that could be implanted in the body after surgery to help wound healing and prevent adhesions from forming as the tissue healed. These hydrogels could also be used to deliver drugs to a targeted location in the body. I also worked for a small biotech company that made wound care materials for veterinary uses. When I started, the company was growing and needed to increase synthesis of our wound healing hydrogel so I was in charge of the scale up and testing of several products. Currently, I am the founder of a nonprofit organization called STEM Like a Girl. Our mission is to inspire young girls to build excitement and confidence in STEM activities. Despite efforts to get more girls and women into STEM fields, women still hold only 24% of STEM jobs in the US. Studies show that girls as young as middle school are self-selecting out of science and math classes. STEM Like a Girl works with elementary-age girls to introduce them to STEM activities and help them discover their STEM identity at an early age. Our Parent-Daughter workshops provide hands-on STEM activities for girls and their parents as well as allow the girls to meet and talk to female STEM professionals to learn about what they do as scientists and engineers. We believe that everyone can STEM Like a Girl!