Women in Science and Engineering – Judy MacInnis

Judy MacInnis (1)Judy MacInnis is a senior lab Instructor/part-time instrument technician in the Department of Chemistry within the School of Science and Technology and is actively involved in Chemistry Outreach.

If you’re a high school student, you’ve probably met Judy at a high school visit to CBU’s Chemistry Department, CBU101, in the Mall of Science, at a Women in Science and Engineering event (WISE), a Chemistry Magic Show, or at the #ThisIsCBU Open House.

Judy says her interest in science began in junior high school and she was strongly influenced by great role models as she entered university. Also both her parents were very supportive and encouraged her to pursue her passions.   She felt the strong desire to give something back to society once she obtained her degree and she wanted to open the world of chemistry to others. Judy has been with CBU since 2000 after obtaining her Master’s Degree in Chemistry.

“I wanted to make a contribution to the greater good of society and science. I wanted to give something back by sharing knowledge and enthusiasm with others and using it to solve problems. It is rewarding and meaningful, both personally and professionally,” Judy says.

In her career, Judy enjoys the combination of sharing her knowledge with students and the challenge of working with analytical instrumentation and instrumental trouble shooting on a daily basis. Judy says, “Being able to teach someone something new, or carrying out a demonstration on a particular chemistry concept and having someone ask ‘why’ means I’m doing something right!”

Judy’s advice to girls considering science is to always go for it and never regret what you do. “If science and chemistry is what you love, go for it,” says Judy. “Make the decision and don’t look back, move forward because nothing that is worth it will be easy and your hard work will pay off.”

Judy adds, “There are so many opportunities as your pursue a science degree in chemistry to work as a chemist; you may work in a summer research position with a faculty member, or in a co-op position with a local company. These types of opportunities will help guide your career in chemistry. Do some research and talk to people who actually work in the field that you are interested in, ask them about their challenges and achievements. Always Dream big!”

CBU’s annual “Women in Science and Engineering” event will be held on April 2, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in The Verschuren Centre, including a free lunch and plenty of fun science exercises. Junior/high school students and early university-aged young women will have the chance to meet more role models like Judy, receive free swag and find out all about the endless opportunities in the field of science. Pre-registration is required, and can be done by visiting the WISE page.