Marissa Castner

After receiving her BS in chemical and biomolecular engineering, Marissa Castner found herself working as a Chemistry Technician for Exelon’s Clinton Power Station in Clinton, Illinois.

As a student, Castner was a member of Illini 4000. She spent one summer biking from New York City to San Francisco with 19 other students in an effort to raise money for cancer research and patient support services. She was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, and played clarinet in the Marching Illini.

Castner did not plan on working at a nuclear power plants. However, she has loved her experience thus far and has been able to apply many of the concepts she learned in undergrad.

“It is totally okay to find your own path,” Castner said. “At the end of the day you’ll be much better off if you stay true to yourself.”

Read the Daily Illini’s 2014 article about Castner and Illini 4000’s fundraising efforts here.

Vignette written by:

Taylor Tucker, November 2017

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