Susannah Chung

Supervisory Patent Examiner

"It's critical for women and other minorities to enter STEM fields because I believe diversity drives innovation."

The USPTO hires and retains women in STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) at higher rates than the general workforce. Why do you think that is?

The USPTO is a unique workplace because of the people.  I've worked in the private sector and other government agencies and see a difference.  I've learned so much from my colleagues.  It never ceases to amaze me how generous people are with their time and expertise.

What makes the environment at the USPTO unique?

I strongly believe in volunteering and giving back.  Affinity groups at the USPTO provide a way to do that. I'm actively involved with the Asian Pacific American Network.  I believe it helps me to be a better employee.  Involvement in affinity groups is not only good for volunteering, but feeling like you're plugged into a community that supports and recognizes the work that you do.

What is your view on the importance of women entering STEM fields?

It's critical for women and other minorities to enter STEM fields because I believe diversity drives innovation.  

What advice would you have for young girls and women starting out their careers in STEM?

My advice to young girls is to learn about STEM. I hope they will keep an open mind and be persistent.