Mona Masghati's Dream Job
Mona experiments with new materials to design a microchip that can save lives by sensing diseases or very low amounts of dangerous chemicals.
Why her work is important
“The chemical sensor that I engineer can be used to detect dangerous explosives in airports or chemical weapons that can hurt our soldiers. It can also immediately detect the presence of diseases such as tuberculosis on the breath of patients, rather than having to wait for lab tests that can take a few weeks.”
Why it’s cutting edge
“Before, chemical sensors used to be as large as a washing machine! They couldn’t be easily transported and could not detect chemicals in low levels. But now, with new materials, the sensor is smaller than an iPod.”
Where she works
Mona works at Sionex Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts.
B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. Mona’s graduate research was in materials engineering.
Why she chose materials engineering
“Materials engineering is important to me because I can make an impact in many different industries, such as aerospace and medicine. For example, I worked on new material for airplanes and also on materials for a hip-replacement implant while I was in graduate school.”
Her first engineering project
During her freshman year of college, Mona worked with members of the hockey team to design a cast for ankle injuries.
The best part of being an engineer
“It’s never boring. I never stopped learning. I feel that I can make a significant difference in society by working on new technologies to improve people’s lives.”
Mona was born in Iran, and raised in France.
Painting and running. In college, Mona was a DJ for the Tufts radio station.