Curiosity is the spark that ignites the imagination. It starts small with a question growing as you feed it information, curling up into your head as you make it strong. Curiosity is important. It’s what made us wonder if it was possible to soar among the clouds with the birds. It’s what made us leave our warm hearths to explore the edges of our frontier or harness the power of the wind, in fact from this standpoint, it’s vital. It can be our greatest weakness or our strongest ally. Without it we’d still be huddled around throwing bones at each other.
(WATCH: Emily Moore, the curious engineer.)
Emily Moore nurtured her curiosity from her early days at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, starting with a project on polymers. “And that got me hooked on designing and solving problems through science,” says Moore, 41. “That idea of being a life-long learner was really instilled in me at a very early age.” Moore went on to earn an engineering degree from Queens and her PhD from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Moore feels that the freedom that comes from attending an all-girls school helped her explore so many different areas that she was able to find her niche early on. “[My school] gave me a real sense of confidence about who I am and what I like to do, and that there are a lot of ways to contribute as a woman,” says the director of technology development at Hatch Engineering.