Recently, YouthBuild Worcester students participated in three Scientists in the Classroom sessions led by engineers from the Saint-Gobain Research & Development Center in Northboro.
Mithun Kamath, Senior Research Engineer, focused his presentation on life goals and pursuing one’s dream. Raised in India, he came from a family who just made enough money to make ends meet and realized in order to grow he needed to change his life. Due to financial constraints, he had to wait five years before starting school at UMass Lowell to pursue his dream job in plastics engineering. Mithun explained to the students that even if they come from very little, they can still work to achieve what they want to do in life.
Steven Jacek, Research Engineer, enthusiastically walked through his day working in the lab. He shared several samples of construction and consumer materials and explained how those materials were created. His presentation ended with a fun activity which encouraged students to make the most products out of the materials they were provided to them—something Steven does on a daily basis!
Rachel Pytel, Senior Principal Scientist for CertainTeed R&D, and Linda Bateman, Senior Technical Specialist for Superabrasives R&D, also visited YouthBuild Worcester and shared their inspiring personal and professional journeys. Together, they led a detailed demonstration on how CertainTeed shingles are designed, made and tested.
YouthBuild Worcester is grateful to Mithun, Steven, Rachel and Linda for taking the time to share their experiences, wisdom and knowledge with the students.
Thank you Mithun, Steven, Rachel, Linda and Saint-Gobain!