We had the good fortune of connecting with Cinttya Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cinttya, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
When I became a scientist and engineer I looked around trying to find other minority girls in my industry. Sadly, there were not any around! In fact, I found out that there is only less than 2% Hispanic females in science and engineering careers. Throughout my professional career I helped as many schools as I could to get all kids and a lot of girls interested in STEM careers. Unfortunately, most kids find science interesting but perceive it as difficult and boring! On that day my life change. It became my goal and passion to show kids that science can be both interesting and easy to understand if you study it through hands-on experimentation. I then, started building mind-blowing science facilities so all kids from all backgrounds and genders could come in and experience fun science! I know that our Little Beakers lab will change the way children think about science. Ultimately, I would like to generate an army of scientists that will solve all future problems.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Becoming a scientist and engineer was not in the books for a little Hispanic girl like me. It was extremely difficult in every way to go though school and getting through all the undergraduate and graduate degrees I needed to do what I love. I am incredibly grateful to all my mentors and my single mom, who worked so hard to help me get where I wanted to go, even when the odds were against me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
NASA is the best place to visit in Houston! I worked for a company that built aerospace polymers for them and every time I was there, I felt this wave of energy and enthusiasm for life. I always tell people to visit NASA, It is such an amazing place! There is so much history and science. But best of all, when you walk around NASA you feel the love for the impossible dreams!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all scientists that have inspired girls like me!