Nasrin Razmjooei - 2021 SPIE Women in Optics Planner
Graduate Research Assistant in Electrical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington, USA
SPIE Student Member
Born in Iran
My husband and my father inspired me to pursue STEM and work in science and engineering. And now as a graduate research assistant, I design and fabricate nanophotonics devices in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas Arlington.
One of the biggest obstacles in my career so far has been learning new software. Working with new tools was complicated at first but I started to figure the tools out. My experience in my work grew and I learned how to deal with the difficulties. I also relied on the experience of my colleagues. My advisor’s advice helps me a lot as well.
I wish someone had told me how important it is to be organized; that it is highly effective to make a plan for every small step in your career. And don’t try to do it all on your own. It is not possible to understand everything by yourself. Be sure to ask questions of those who do know to be completely clear.
I would tell young girls or women who are considering a career in STEM that they need to have perseverance. And they need to be intrigued by their work: I am very motivated by the field of optics and photonics and I look for ways to gain more experience, like reviewing articles. And finally, it is important that they do not give up!