Tamara Herman

School Attended:
University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia  B.S. Biology/Chemistry

Current Position:
Retired analytical chemist, Teaching Science is Elementary (SE)in the local public schools, this year 1st and 2nd grade. Participating in the local ACS Santa Clara Silicone Valley section. Belong to Syntex/Syva association, my former long term employer (25 years). Completed the ACS career consultant trainings, and serving on ACS national meetings covering both the resume reviews and mock interviews for the mostly new job seekers. I have gained great experience in analytical chemistry, method developments and training/teaching which I am applying in my volunteer work.

What do you love about your job?
As a very busy volunteer, teaching for SE, Serbian language in the local Sunday school, Grand pal at the Los Gatos JCC,  my interaction with the students has been the most rewarding.

What career advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Well, at 18 I wanted to study medicine to follow into my father’s steps, but at the last moment I decided to enroll in much smaller and less competitive college. I could have study medical field like occupational therapy or similar instead Biology, with more job opportunities and patients care I enjoy very much.

What is your dream vacation?
Spain and Wien in Europe which I’ve  never been and landmarks I missed in US.

If you had to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for one year, what word would you choose?

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be? 
A nurse. 

Ask me about: 
Ask me About: Pharmaceutical analytical chemistry (emphasis on separation techniques by HPLC, GC, TLC), purchasing instruments for labs, training and coordinating junior chemists on how to use instruments,  inhalant and the drug eluting stent application, being involved in a non-profit, and mentoring elementary level students.