Tech Launch Arizona featured BME assistant professor Judith Su in their celebration of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage Month. The month celebrates more than 40 different nationalities and hundreds of languages, many of which are represented on the University of Arizona campus.
Su, who also serves as an assistant professor at the BIO5 Institute, has seven issued patents and is a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors.
"My parents were born and grew up in Taiwan. After my dad finished college, he went to Caltech for his graduate studies. He later decided to stay in the U.S. and become a professor," Su said in an interview with TLA. "I was born in Bryan/College Station, Texas. As my father was growing up, he was immersed in traditional Chinese culture. In our daily interactions, he would tell me stories of Confucius, Lao Tze, and others. From them, I learned to study, work hard, and live a virtuous, moral life."
"Growing up in a Chinese family, we value above all education and love for family. My parents always put us first, and that is how I raise my children. Regardless of my work’s demands, I put my family first and have time for my children," Su said.