June 30, 2011
A childhood fascination with soap led Laura-Ann Chin from her Malaysian homeland to The University of Arizona, then on to Germany and Slovakia.The UA chemical engineering undergraduate said, “As a kid I was always fascinated with how soap works. I wondered why soap removed oil from your hands. I was just so fascinated with soap and water.”The Malaysian-Chinese Chin was very good at science and math, but couldn’t see herself doing hard-core chemistry. After moving to Tucson to live with her aunt and uncle, she discovered chemical engineering at The University of Arizona. “It’s creative, fascinating, versatile, exciting yet very rewarding,” she said.