At Green Field Solutions, our women scientists are leaders in animal nutrition sciences. We believe our female scientists are a reflection of countless others who continually advance the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Today, we join the world in recognizing their contributions and achievements on International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate the holiday, we asked our very own TingTing Wang PhD to share what she does, who inspired her, and why she pursued scientific fields.
What is your job?
I am a product development specialist, and my job is to process food industry co-products into value-added animal feed ingredients.
What do you find to be the most fascinating part of your job?
To me, the most fascinating part of my job is that I can always learn something new along with the development of a new product. I feel very proud of what I am doing, especially when I know the new product can benefit the animal, while bringing economic benefit to a farmer or producer.
Why did you want to get into the sciences?
When I was young, I grew up in a rural area. We used to have all kinds of animals in the yard. Even back to that time, I was very curious about all these animals. So when I went to college, I chose animal science as my major. Then, I started to learn about all the areas related to animal science. I loved nutrition the most, not only because feed is the basis of the animal industry, but also nutrition is multi-faceted, which I think is very challenging and interesting. That’s why I chose animal nutrition as my major for my Master’s and PhD degrees.
What advice would you give to girls wanting to study and pursue scientific fields?
Be curious and be determined. Curiosity can bring you to the door of science, but self-discipline will determine how far you can go in this field.
Is there a woman in science who inspires you?
Marie Curie. She was a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. I learned about her story in textbooks when I was young. She said: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Her passion for science encouraged me to go further in a scientific field.