STAMFORD — Anjelica Gonzalez grew up in a single-parent household, detached from the world of academia and prestige. Her mother worked as a Las Vegas blackjack dealer to support Gonzalez and her brother. She was also a seamstress, making clothes for her two children.
That simple act of creation exposed Gonzalez to scientific thinking at an early age.
“The way in which she made something functional from the structure of sewing clothes together actually taught me a lot about engineering and mechanics,” said Gonzalez.
She took those first lessons and ran with them. Gonzalez now works as an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University.