In honor of International Women and Girls in Science Day, we interviewed our Ink Formulation Chemist, Pramudi Abeydeera, and our R&D/Lab Manager, Amy Hohenadel, about the impact science has in their lives.
Pramudi has been with Polymeric for 10 months, and has a MS in Chemistry and a BS in Management Accounting.
Q: What importance does science have to you?
A: I love science because it has answers to any question. I mean, if you do not have an answer at least it will give a scientific reasoning why it does not have an answer. History teaches us only the past. Business or politics teach us the present, but science teaches us past, present and the future. Science is not just theoretical but you can always prove it practically. I am a chemistry researcher. I always enjoy science because I can prove my theory by experiments.
Q:What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I just love doing research or finding new things. As a formulation chemist I have that opportunity to do that. Also I get to learn new things.
Q: What challenges do women face in science related fields?
A: There is a big competition for job opportunities in the industry, since its mostly men in the industry. We have to work harder for the same opportunities because of biases about our abilities.
Amy has been with Polymeric for 21 years, and has 24 years in the ink industry. She has a BS in Printing.
Q:What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
A: Completion of a new series of ink. Being a part of a great team. Meeting other industry professionals.
Q. What is the biggest challenge being a woman in the industry?
A. Initially, it was hard to be taken seriously in the industry. In the mid-90’s it was still a boys club with “Booth Babes” at the shows. I’ve seen rapid changes over the last 20+ years where being a woman doesn’t matter; experience and the ability to solve problems and be innovative are what printing professionals value most.
Q. Why do we need more women in science?
A. Women are ~50% of the population and account for more than half of all college graduates in the US. I would expect to see many more women entering the science fields due to this and the fact that traditional roles have changed over the last two decades. I would like to see more women pursue the sciences because I believe they can bring creativity and vision to these fields.