The Heart of Science: A New Book from 2020 SWE Achievement Award Recipient, Jayshree Seth

The Heart of Science explores big ideas through a collection of insights, reflections and tips from Jayshree Seth's successful corporate career in research and development that spans over 25 years and includes 70 patents, as well as national and international accolades. All proceeds from the sale of the book will support the Jayshree Seth Scholarship for Women of Color in STEM.

Internationally known innovator, speaker, science advocate, and SWE’s 2020 Achievement Award recipient Jayshree Seth, Ph.D. has written a book titled The Heart of Science — Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints, & Imprints, published by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

The Heart of Science book coverThe new book—available in both paperback and ebook format—explores big ideas through a collection of insights, reflections and tips from her successful corporate career in research and development that spans over 25 years and includes 70 patents, as well as national and international accolades.

In The Heart of Science, Seth discusses the relationship society has with science and engineering and offers her unique perspective on topics surrounding advocacy, interdisciplinary contexts, thoughtful leadership and inclusive progress. She also leans on her childhood experiences, and those of her children, as source material on the lessons she has learned during her career journey. All proceeds from the sale of the book will support the Jayshree Seth Scholarship for Women of Color in STEM. This scholarship—to be awarded annually by the Society of Women Engineers—will support a woman pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field.

Purchase The Heart of Science here.

The collection includes four sections:

  1. State of Science — On the Need for STEM Advocacy
  2. SHTEM — On the Need for Convergence of STEM and Humanities
  3. Leadership — On the Need for Leading from Our Own Rung of the Ladder
  4. Thought Leadership — On the Need for Developing a Growth Context

The Heart of Science is for anyone involved or interested in science, technology, engineering and math, including parents, students and professionals.

“I think of this book as a guide and friend, and whether you enjoy it from start to finish or cherry pick articles that interest you most, there is something within it for each of us on our SHTEM journeys. These articles offer a moment to the busy professional looking for a breath of inspiration, or the graduate student reading group reflecting together on points to ponder. Each article stands on its own, while collectively revealing the value and character of a life in STEM.”

-Karen Horting, CAE, executive director and CEO of SWE

About the Author

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Jayshree Seth

Jayshree Seth, Ph.D., is a corporate scientist and chief science advocate for 3M Company, where she has worked for over 27 years to advance science and develop new technologies and environmentally sustainable industrial products. Seth currently holds 70 patents on a variety of innovations, with several

additional patents pending. She was the fourth woman and first female engineer to reach the level of corporate scientist and to be inducted into the prestigious 3M Carlton Society. In 2020, Jayshree was also awarded the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) highest “Achievement Award”. Speaking to national and international audiences, her professional roles have taken her to 15 countries to collaborate on projects and address topics of innovation, leadership, science communication and student engagement, advocating for diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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