Scientists Rock! is a monthly Q&A where we pull an AbbVie scientist out of the lab to hear what makes them tick. This month, we chat with Eric Moschetta, Ph.D., scientist, center for reaction engineering, process R&D, AbbVie.
They say the neon lights of Broadway shine ever so brightly. And for one-time glee club enthusiast and budding young stage performer, Eric Moschetta, you’d think hitting all the right (high) notes might forecast a famed life in show biz. But his second act finale didn’t quite end the way his glowing public might have expected. Instead, when it finally came time to trust his instincts and leap into the professional role of his career, he dove head-first into a dazzling sphere of scientific discovery.
Tell us the story of how you fell in love with science.
It all started when my parents bought me a book that encompassed many fields of science: biology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, etc. It was aimed at kids in late elementary or early middle school and had colorful pictures of exotic animals, the solar system, chemical reactions; all sorts of things that piqued my curiosity about the world around me. I can’t tell you how many times I read that book from cover-to-cover, amazed and inspired each time; it was basically my reference guide when tackling any new subjects in science class.
In school, I was always the kid who asked a gazillion questions and wanted to learn more of the “how” and “why” of the way things work. Puzzles, activities and things I could build with my hands were my weakness; they challenged me to think differently and utilize my skills in more of a creative fashion. My favorite school projects were always the science projects because they were “hands-on” and allowed me to connect to the subject in a visual way that I didn’t find possible with other school subjects.