Really good at: Chemistry: Aleksandra started reading science books in third grade, around when she started inventing her own experiments in elementary school: “Chemistry was my first love. More girls are going into it.”
Accomplishment: As a Weston Research Scholar, Aleksandra interned for three years on a team of Mount Sinai Hospital scientists investigating Covid. Being surrounded by graduate students and post-doctoral researchers was “super intimidating,” and she had to learn coding and read research papers on her own to keep up: “I could have said, ‘I’m only 15 and I don’t have a degree; I should do something else.’ But I stuck with it.”
College and career plan: Chemical engineering “is set in stone for me,” but she’ll explore biotech. Then she’ll work in nuclear chemistry or pharmaceuticals: “If I do it right, I can help a lot of people.”
For fun: Rollerblading, since she was ten. At 14 she joined a group that blades into the night at Union Square, Central Park and beyond. She owns a half dozen pairs of rollerblades “and over 40 wheels in addition to an insane amount of screws and wrenches.”
The Centennial: “I imagine it as a stone. One side has been already engraved in memories, people, and Tech’s proudest inventions that have culminated into things we see daily. So we’re now imprinting new inventions onto the other side of the stone.”
I imagine [the Centennial] as a stone. One side has been already engraved in memories, people, and Tech’s proudest inventions that have culminated into things we see daily. So we’re now imprinting new inventions onto the other side of the stone.
Nov 15, 2023Updated: Nov 15, 2023News, Technite Profiles, TechTimes, TechTimes Fall 2023, UncategorizedStephanie BakirtzisDec 2, 20234:46 pm
Maja Siemieniewska ’23 is a freshman at California Institute of Technology planning to major in chemical engineering, with the goal of becoming “either a big-time engineer in Silicon Valley or the next Marie Curie.”