“Whenever I’ve had a challenge, or people say ‘no, you can’t,’ I say ‘why not?’”
Marinda Wu chose her particular graduate program because she wanted to work for a famous professor. But when she arrived, she was told the professor didn’t accept female students.
Wu is the president-elect of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Illinois and worked in Dow Chemical’s Central Research Laboratory from 1976 to 1992. The following year she founded Science is Fun!, a nonprofit that introduces young students to the joys of science. An ACS member since 1971, Wu has served in various leadership roles, and she joined the ACS Board of Directors in 2006.