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Kristin Bennett '85 is a STEMinar Rockstar
Kristin Bennett '85 is a STEMinar Rockstar

World-renowned nanoscientist Kristin Bennett '85 returned to campus to talk science with STEMinar students.

Kristin Bennett '85 stopped by the Winsor campus this morning for a conversation with students in Rachel Bricklin's STEMinar elective.

A world-renowned nanoscientist, Kristin spent 10 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, earning recognition for her work in high-pressure sciences, neutron scattering, and instrumentation and texture of materials. She went on to become a trusted advisor spearheading projects with nearly every major science-based federal agency, including the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

With a smile, she let the students in on an essential truth that drives her passion for scientific study and exploration: "It's ALL material science."  Using examples from everyday life, she underscored the connectivity in all things, and how this understanding, combined with a desire to make a difference in the world, has helped her forge her own path in her work -- and in her life.

When she isn't making groundbreaking discoveries, or advocating for STEM education and workforce development, she is breaking new ground atop summits in the Himalayas, often an ice axe in hand with a nod to fellow chemist, crystallographer and ice axe wielder Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958). A female pioneer in her field, Franklin's own groundbreaking discoveries went un-credited to her during her lifetime, and Kristin identifies with Franklin's journey, adding, "I climb in her honor!"

Today, Kristin is the founding president and CEO of KB Science, LLC, a consulting firm with the mission to merge basic and applied research, science, and technology for a more secure and peaceful world. Having turned her love of rocks, outdoor adventures, problem solving and saving the world into her life's work, she is enjoying helping others "tell their science story"-- thanks in part to the writing skills she learned at Winsor.

Her advice for students pursuing any endeavor: "Follow your passion and you will be wealthy in all the ways you need."