A Passion for the Profession: Meet Jr. Scientist Wilma Wong
May 15, 2017 | Jessica Baris, Communications Specialist and Copywriter
Junior Scientist | San Diego, CA
Favorite Maxwell core value: Relentless Passion
Why is that your favorite value?
It’s my favorite value
because in order to innovate and serve our customers, we need to have
passion for our jobs and the technology we are working on. It’s the difference between jumping and rolling out of bed.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I get to work on something different every day. I can be up on my feet testing and building battery cells or sitting down preparing materials for battery cell fabrication or at my desk inputting cell information. What makes for a nice perk to the job is having friendly and helpful team members.
Why did you choose science for your career path, and what do you love about your field?
In sixth grade, my class partner and I did our Science Fair Project on volcanoes and won third place in our class. We received a microscope set that came with vials, tweezers, a petri dish, and a magnifying glass. I think this was the point in which I became more enthusiastic about science.
My interest in science followed me throughout high school and in college. I furthered my study in engineering at the University of California, Irvine, which led me to my science career. I am passionate about the field because there is no wrong way to go about something—even some discoveries are accidental. Some idea or theory that people think may be wild may actually turn out to be the
current pursued technology happening in a lab somewhere in the world.
What is a special travel experience you’ve had?
I went on a road trip along the Pacific coast starting from San Diego and ending at Lake Crescent, which is located in Olympic National Park in Washington. I hiked a trail in the northern part of the park called Cascade Rock by Lake Crescent. The trail was full of plants, trees, and gurgling creeks. There was a panoramic view of the landscape. It was a peaceful place with few people on the trails. It was a nice change of scenery compared to San Diego.
What’s your favorite book or movie?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
What do you enjoy doing most in your city?
I like to visit Balboa Park, especially the San Diego Zoo.
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About this author
Jessica A. Baris is communications specialist and copywriter at Maxwell Technologies and enjoys telling a good story. Her background includes writing and editing for the high-tech, construction, and meetings and conventions industries. A San Diego native, Jessica earned a Master of Arts in rhetoric and writing from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego.
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