First Day at SiREM: April 1, 2020, after 18 years as a strong advocate for and collaborator with SiREM since our founding in 2002.
Fondest Memory while at SiREM: I remember working with Ximena several years ago and we were struggling to make something, or another work and we began sharing Southern US and Chilean colloquialisms about useless things. The conversation turned to pigs and snakes, I still chuckle when I think of the idiom she shared.
Where do you see SiREM in 5 – 10 years? I expect SiREM to be twice the size it is now with specialized services reaching far beyond our current technical portfolio to encompass issues associated with climate change, environmental issues that are just beginning to emerge such as microplastics and fugitive nanoparticles; increasingly sophisticated applications of molecular tools to deep-dive into the role of microbes in environmental processes, and areas that are not even on the radar today.
Proudest SiREM Moment: My proudest SiREM moment is also my proudest career moment. As a result of SiREM’s tireless work to help our clients with COVID-19, one client sent me a message that simply said, “I know your work saved lives, and for that we are grateful.”
Favorite Quote: Here are three of my favorites with the last being most important to me:
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities – brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.”
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”
“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”