Smart is the new cool. Scratch that, smart has always been cool. And Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is proving just that.
The 22-year old Chicago-born Cuban-American may seem like she’s straight out of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory: she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where she was admitted at the age of 14) and she’s been dubbed “The Next Einstein” by Harvard University, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate.
Pasterski showed an interest in physics at an early age. She constructed a single-plane engine at the age of 14, according to Latin Times.
Known as PhysicsGirl in the world wide web, Pasterski was recruited by MIT Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Hurman after watching the video of the plane she was creating. “Our mouths were hanging open after we looked at it,” Haggerty told Yahoo. “Her potential is off the charts.”
She may have been wait-listed at MIT at first, but Haggerty and Hurman pushed for her. Eventually she graduated with a grade average of 5.00, the school’s highest possible score.
And the moniker PhysicsGirl fits her perfectly. According to Yahoo, “she’s exploring some of the most challenging and complex issues in physics.” Her research explores black holes, the nature of gravity, and space time.
The millennial has devoted so much of her time to science that you won’t find her on social media. No Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to provide you with snippets of her personal life. Her website, PhysicsGirl.com, however, should provide you with enough about her achievements, which include ” “spotting elegance within the chaos.” Yahoo also reported “she has a handful of close friends but has never had a boyfriend, an alcoholic drink or a cigarette.”
“Years of pushing the bounds of what I could achieve led me to physics,” Pasterski said.
But her focus and devotion to understanding the workings of the universe seem to be paying off. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and aerospace developer and manufacturer Blue Origin, is said to have a promise to Pasterski a job when she’s ready.
Even though data show that employment chances for science graduates in the United States pose challenges with “the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent American Community Survey shows that only about 26 percent of science grads in the U.S. had jobs in their chosen fields, while nearly 30 percent of physics and chemistry post-docs are unemployed”, Pasterski is not worried. She told Yahoo, “Physics itself is exciting enough. It’s not like a 9-to-5 thing. When you’re tired you sleep, and when you’re not, you do physics.”
[Featured Image from PhysicsGirl/YouTube]