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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemical Engineer
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Intense Colors
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Science informs....

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1963
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemical Engineer
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Intense Colors
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Science informs....

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1963
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Chemical engineer and engineering professor Paula Therese Hammond was born in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan. Although she grew up wanting to become a writer, Hammond changed her mind after taking a junior high school chemistry class. She was hooked by the idea of using two materials to create a something completely different. After graduating from high school, Hammond attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she obtained her B.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1984. She was then hired by Motorola in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she worked for two years. In 1988, Hammond earned her M.S. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and then returned to MIT to earn her Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering in 1993.

Following a postdoctoral research fellowship in chemistry at Harvard University, where she became interested in surface chemistry, Hammond went on to become a faculty member of MIT. In 2003, she worked as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, focusing on a project that allowed for the creation of polymers that form micelles in water. These isolated packages could be used to assist in drug delivery. Hammond is the Bayer Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering, and serves as its Executive Officer. Additionally, she has participated in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also helped found the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN), whose mission is to help design more functional technology for the nation’s soldiers. Hammond’s research interests include the nanoscale design of biomaterials, macromolecular design and synthesis, and directed assembly using surface templates. In 2010, Hammond made a research agreement with Ferrosan A/S, a pharmaceutical company, to develop a bandage that would use Hammond’s technological innovations in Ferrosan’s collagen bandages. Throughout her career, Hammond has served as a mentor to many graduate and undergraduate students and has published nearly 150 scholarly articles pertaining to her research in chemical engineering. She has also encouraged an increase in the presence of minority scientists and engineers at MIT by chairing the Initiative on Faculty, Race and Diversity.

Hammond has won numerous awards for her work as a scientist and as a professor. She was named the Bayer Distinguished Lecturer in 2004 and the Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Chair in 2003. In 2010, the Harvard Foundation awarded her the Scientist of the Year Award at the annual Albert Einstein Science Conference. Hammond has also been named one of the “Top 100 Science Stories of 2008,” by Discover Magazine. Hammond is married to Carmon Cunningham, and they have one son, James.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paula Hammond talks about her mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paula Hammond talks about her mother studying nursing at Howard University and Wayne State University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paula Hammond talks about her father's family background
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paula Hammond talks about her father's community involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paula Hammond talks about her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paula Hammond talks about her brothers, Gordon Francis Goodwin and Tyehimba Jess
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paula Hammond recalls her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paula Hammond talks about growing up in northwest Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paula Hammond remembers the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paula Hammond talks about Motown and the music of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paula Hammond talks about her early school days
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paula Hammond talks about her most memorable teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paula Hammond discusses her early aspirations to become a writer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paula Hammond describes the cultural changes in Detroit, Michigan and increasing gang activity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paula Hammond talks about her decision to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paula Hammond talks about studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paula Hammond talks about the professors that mentored and inspired her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Paula Hammond talks about meeting her husband, John Hammond
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paula Hammond talks describes the discrimination she faced while working at Motorola in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paula Hammond talks about working at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paula Hammond talks about her doctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paula Hammond talks about her post-doctoral research at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paula Hammond talks about her return to Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paula Hammond describes her current research concerning the directed assembly of nanomaterials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Paula Hammond discusses the practical application of her research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Paula Hammond talks about liquid crystalline and block polymers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Paula Hammond talks about dendritic block copolymers and tissue engineering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Paula Hammond talks about the use of biomaterials in the human body
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paula Hammond discusses nanoparticle drug delivery and other discoveries
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paula Hammond talks about her honors and awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paula Hammond talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paula Hammond gives advice to young minority students of science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paula Hammond reflects on her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Paula Hammond shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Paula Hammond talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Paula Hammond tells how she would like to be remembered