Liesl Hotaling, Internet Training Specialist, Center for
Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), Stevens
Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.
her free time, Liesl Hotaling likes to work in her yard and
on her house. The big joke is that the house will finally
be fixed in time for her to move! She enjoys spending quality
time with her dog, Max, who truly runs the house. She likes
spending time with friends and going to local concerts. Liesl
is a fan of many different types of music.
Why are you a scientist?
I think it is a combination of several factors. I grew
up in a small town with lots of woods and creeks to explore.
I was encouraged to explore, turn over rocks, dig in the garden,
and to ask questions. My parents made sure to bring me to
museums, encouraged me to try new activities, and stayed involved
with my education both in and outside of school.
What is science?
The world is an amazing and dynamic place, filled
with incredible creatures and powerful systems. Science
is the vehicle in which to explore the world. Scientists
make observations, describe what they think they have observed,
and try to give some order to the interactions in the world.
What skills and qualities are necessary in order to be
A scientist needs to be able to ask questions, take risks
both mentally and physically, have dedication and tenacity,
possess good interpretive skills, be a good communicator,
and be able to "think different."
What is most enjoyable about your job?
Seeing someones face light up as they say, "I
get it now." I really enjoy working with teachers and
students to make that happen.
What frustrations do you face with your job?
The commute. Funding issues.
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full of energy; lively; active; strong
difficult or impossible to believe
explanatory; giving information
patience, grit, toughness, strength, nerve
a way to communicate or express oneself; something used to
carry people or things