Chemical engineering alumna stands tall at Smithsonian Institution


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Paula Garcia Todd, Penn State chemical engineering alumna, was featured in #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit, presented by Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Initiative. This exhibit comprises 120 life-size, 3D-printed statues of women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), making it the most statues of real women ever assembled together. The statues made their full debut in NorthPark Center in Dallas and were then displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in honor of Women’s History Month. The exhibit emphasizes the IF/THEN Initiative’s slogan, “IF she can see it…THEN she can be it,” and its mission to highlight positive and successful female role models and create a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers, according to the initiative’s website. Garcia Todd, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Penn State in 2003, currently works as the global strategic manager of pharmaceutical solutions at International Flavors and Fragrances. She is recognized for her work in solving drug delivery challenges for pharmaceutical companies around the world and her drive to increase the number of female underrepresented students in STEM. 


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person standing beside an orange 3D-printed life-size statue of themself

Paula Garcia Todd standing next to her life-size, 3D-printed statue at the Smithsonian Institution. CREDIT: Paula Garcia Todd