Chang-Hong Yu is senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She attended the University of Copenhagen (The Niels Bohr Institute) and Peking University and holds a Ph.D in physics. She attended the University of Copenhagen (The Niels Bohr Institute) and Peking University and holds a Ph.D in physics.
1) What inspired you to work in STEM?
I was encouraged by my high school math and science teachers, especially my physics teacher.
2) What excites you about your work at the Department of Energy?
Working with smart people and having fun while doing my research.
3) How can our country engage more women, girls, and other underrepresented groups in STEM?
Middle school and high school math and science teachers need to let girls know they are equal to boys who study STEM.
4) Do you have tips you'd recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?
To be a scientist is exciting and fun! It is also inspiring to your friends and family!
5) When you have free time, what are your hobbies?
I am a long-distance runner and have completed 17 marathons and two ultra-marathons. I also dance with a team.