“These skills are important because it’s very much related to what students will do when they graduate.”
The daughter of a geologist, Silvina Aubin has an inborn appreciation for the natural sciences. As a teenager, chemistry emerged as her preferred science to study; it sparked her curiosity, she had a passion for it and she felt she could do well in it. Earning her doctorate at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina, Aubin has served as a research associate at her alma mater in South America, SUNY at Stony Brook and at the College of William & Mary. She also worked as a Research Chemist for a pharmaceutical company in Canada before coming to Thomas Nelson. Aubin currently divides her time between working as a Research Scientist at William & Mary with her adjunct professor duties at TNCC.
Teaching both lectures and labs for General Chemistry I & II, Aubin often incorporates stories about her experience in research and uses other engaging techniques to encourage her students to learn. Her extensive background in applied research and experience as a chemist helps her provide both industry and classroom knowledge to Thomas Nelson students that are seriously interested in pursuing careers with a basis in science. Aubin sees students from a variety of majors in her classes, since they are required not only for degree transfer students who are pursuing degrees in the sciences, but also for students earning career certificates in the health sciences. She notes that students can pick up a good amount of practical knowledge in her classes since she knows the standard operation procedures of pharmaceutical and chemical companies, with real insider knowledge of how they work. Aubin wants her students to know that “These skills are important because it’s very much related to what students will do when they graduate.”