Meet Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Co-Founder the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. She was recently (July 13, 2015) appointed Head , Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. Paula is the first woman and person of color to assume this position. She grew up in Detroit and her parents encouraged her and her siblings to apply themselves to become the best they can be and creative. At high school, the ability to transform one thing to another fascinated her and this made her have an interest in Chemical Engineering.
“Paula Hammond is in pursuit of the invisible. In her lab at MIT she creates technologies so small that you can’t see them with most microscopes—that is, until they save a soldier’s life on the battlefield, or illuminate light bulbs using stored solar power.”