Career Expo: From Postdoctoral Researcher to Professor of Bio Engineering, Meet Dr. Mona Minkara: Trains, Planes and Cane – Just Do It!


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Show Summary:

State Services for the Blind hosted a Career Expo for high school and college students who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind.

The event took place on Saturday, April 27.

Throughout the Expo students had the opportunity to:

  • Connect with adults with a vision loss from a variety of professions and careers.
  • Hear from college representatives about what college is like.
  • Learn why diversity matters from an employer’s point of view.
  • Share and learn about assistive technology
  • Sign up for individual informational and/or mock interviews.

In this interview, Jeff Thompson caught up with Dr. Mona Minkara:

Dr. Mona Minkara

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Minnesota

Mona Minkara double majored in Chemistry & Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley College. After graduating, she moved to the University of Florida for her Ph.D in Theoretical Computational Chemistry. Professor J. Ilja Siepmann invited her to join his group at the University of Minnesota to research novel studies of surfactants using Monte Carlo algorithms.

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