Engineering is not just a career for Jessica Smith, 31, of Leitchfield. It’s something she also shares with students.
She is a commercialization engineer with Dow Chemical in Elizabethtown.
“I am responsible for managing the site commercialization portfolio and leading the scale-ups of new products,” she said.
In her work, she also works with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in schools.
“I wouldn’t change where I am today and I owe that to the example and guidance provided by my parents,” she said. “They were my role models, but not every kid has that same experience.”
Because of that, she has a passion to expose kids to STEM fields.
“I want to be the role model for the kids that don’t have one and inspire others to do the same,” she said.
Nancy McCoy, with the STEM Ambassadors Team at Dow, said, as a STEM Ambassador, Smith presents lessons and offers advice and encouragement to students.
“She is passionate about helping in the community and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers,” McCoy said. “This past year we partnered with Hardin County Schools and taught three chemistry lessons to fourth graders in six elementary schools.”
Smith was a She Started It panelist this year, too.
“She is a born leader, very organized and can excel at anything,” McCoy said. “In her current position she is responsible for helping to bring new manufacturing to the Elizabethtown site and is vital to our success.”
Smith said she is reminded in life, she doesn’t have to fix the world’s problems.
“I just need to be me, volunteering my time and talents in areas I am passionate about, and the impact will be far greater than I will ever know or comprehend,” Smith said.
Smith and her husband, Anthony, have two children, Carter and Emma.
Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.