Natural Sciences Dean
Where are you from?
I am from New Jersey, and my parents are from Ecuador.
Hi! My name is Veronica Jaramillo. I am a first-generation Latina as both my parents are from Ecuador. I am originally from the Northeast, specifically I was born in New Jersey. I earned a Bachelor of Science in both Mathematics and Chemistry at a small liberal arts college, Moravian College and then continued to earn my doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Arizona. GO CATS! For my doctoral thesis, I studied the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions under stratospheric conditions. My measured reaction rates are used in JPL’s models of atmospheric chemistry. After graduate school, I moved to Pasadena and worked at a small Biotech startup company, Calhoun Vision, where I worked on testing intraocular lens quality and designed light irradiation systems. This work was interesting, but I missed teaching and felt the pull to become an educator. My first academic professorship was at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) where I earned tenure and started an ACS affiliated Chemistry club. Then I had my son and decided I wanted to teach in the community I lived in and so I joined the faculty at PCC where I again earned my tenure as a Chemistry Faculty member. Currently, I am the Dean of Natural Sciences.
What made me focus on Chemistry is my love of experiments and doing research, so I have tried to help give students this opportunity. I was the Principal Investigator for an NSF ATE grant at PCC funded by the National Science Foundation. The project involved creating a tiered early research experience beginning with course embedded research experiences, to research methods course or mentored research experience, and then a research internship at partner institutions (Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Huntington Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Oak Crest Institute of Science and California Polytechnic State University, Pomona). Also, at PCC, I was actively involved in developing a peer and faculty mentoring program for underrepresented students. I have acted as a faculty mentor for students doing research and am a co-advisor for the PCC Chemistry Club.
Science Outreach is also a passion of mine. So, I am very active in my professional organization, the American Chemical Society (ACS), at both the local and national level. At the local level I am the Councilor for the Southern California ACS section (SCALACs) and co-chair of their Women’s Chemist Committee. I was recognized by SCALACs with Agnes Ann Green Award for Distinguished Service. I am also active on the national level by being a member of the ACS’s Committee on Community Activities and co-chair for the Volunteer and Engagement Recognition Committee. This professional work focusses on bringing science to ALL communities!
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