With a double major in chemistry and philosophy, Nader Heidari was certainly headed for an interesting career. But when the time came to look for jobs, it was his extracurricular activities that sealed the deal.
“For all four years at the university, I worked at UCSB’s student paper, the Daily Nexus,” Heidari says. “I started out as a reporter and became a science writer because I loved to write stories about the research being done on campus. That allowed me to gain a lot of general knowledge, which I preferred over more specialization. I became the Science Editor, restoring the section in the paper and later expanding it to Science & Technology. I became the head of the copy desk and production team as well and managed the website and its staff before graduating.”
A chemistry professor introduced Heidari to C&EN. He applied for an open position after seeing the posting on the C&EN website.
Today, Nader Heidari is an assistant production editor at Chemical & Engineering News.