“Act, respond, and let it go, or else your own mind will bring you down.”

Isabel Escobar

In the face of harassment, Isabel Escobar learned the hard-earned lesson of standing up for herself. From men assuming she had a temper and could “blow at any minute” to being called “little lady,” she talks about the challenges of being a Latina woman in a male-dominated field.

Isabel Escobar is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and the interim assistant dean for research development and outreach for the College of Engineering. Escobar holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in environmental engineering, all from the University of Central Florida. In 2009 Escobar was awarded the Northwest Ohio YWCA Milestone Award for Education and the University of Toledo College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2011 she received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Separations Division FRI/John G. Kunesh Award.

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