As a child in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dr. Jenny Patel always wanted to be a pediatrician. During her last year of high school, she was introduced to the field of biomedical engineering and realized she could do so much more as a Biomedical Engineer. Join Dr. Patel and Host Emily Soloby on this episode of the Hazard Girls Podcast to hear all about her roller coaster ride including earning her PhD. during the pandemic, applying for her first job (16 interviews in one day!), leveraging the power of networking, her current work as a Senior Engineer at Becton Dickenson and her STEM influencer brand called STEMwithJen.
Sn5 #12: Dr. Jenny Patel: On a Mission to Engineer, Educate, and Empower.
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Dr. Jenny Patel
From building cutting-edge PET/CT scanners to researching innovative drug delivery systems to treat childhood cancer, Dr. Jenny Patel is on a mission to engineer, educate, and empower. She earned her bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering and her PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where her research focused on developing and evaluating drug delivery systems to treat pediatric cancer. She now works as a Senior Engineer as part of the prestigious Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP) at Becton Dickinson (BD) on challenging and meaningful assignments that directly impact the organization and address some of the world’s most compelling health problems. She is also passionate about advocating for STEM outreach and education which led her to create her own STEM influencer brand called STEMwithJen. Through this science communication platform, she aims to make STEM accessible for everyone by sharing her engineering career pathway, educating our community on STEM topics, and empowering future engineers. Her biggest advice is to take the journey that molds you to be resilient and perseverant. Don’t be afraid to take the next step or even dream big and just go for it! Make mistakes and learn from them. One of her favorite quotes is “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ― Norman Vincent Peale. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn as she continues to share her career journey.