Dr. Andrea Gabert
B.Sc. Chemistry, SFU, 2002
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Suffolk University Law School
Andrea Gabert was born and raised in Burnaby, BC, and graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science (Co-operative Education Program). Andrea majored in chemistry and conducted undergraduate research with Professor D. Leznoff and Professor J. Clyburne in the area of organometallic chemistry. During her time at SFU, Andrea conducted a number of semesters of research at outside companies via the Co-operative Education Program and also worked part-time at the SFU Library and Bookstore. Andrea then obtained her doctorate degree from MIT under the supervision of Professor Richard R. Schrock. Following graduation from MIT, Andrea joined Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks, P.C., a boutique intellectual property law firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. As a technology specialist, Andrea assisted the firm in patent prosecution, including preparing patent applications and evaluating intellectual property portfolios of clients. Concurrently, Andrea was attending evening law school at Suffolk University Law School. Andrea was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2012 and is now an associate with Wolf Greenfield. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.
Why did you choose to go to SFU?
Attending SFU was a goal since I was a young child. My father worked at SFU, and I often visited him on campus. During these visits, I fell in love with the atmosphere (and view) of SFU and set my sights on attending SFU after graduating from high school.
Where did you spend the most amount of time on campus?
My favourite spot was on the steps of the AQ from which you could watch the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises. During my first years, I spent a lot of time studying in the “fish bowl,” and later, the chemistry computer room, which was the common hangout spot for the chemistry majors.
What is your favourite memory from your time at SFU?
I was an SFU orientation ambassador for two years during which I learned a lot about SFU’s history, met some amazing people, and had a lot of fun in the process. I also enjoyed many summers playing intramural softball.
Who was your favourite SFU professor and why?
Prof. D. Leznoff. His enthusiasm for inorganic chemistry research and teaching is one of the reasons inorganic chemistry was the focus of my doctorate research. I was also extremely fortunate to perform research in his laboratory over the course of a few semesters where I continued to learn from him.
How has your SFU degree impacted your career?
The education and experiences, especially my semesters of co-operative education, are the primary reasons why I was admitted to MIT and have continued to shape my career to this day. I am able to draw on the knowledge and the experiences I gained in everyday aspects of my current job.
What is your favourite SFU snow story?
I remember fun times tobogganing down the hills near Horizon’s restaurant. There were also a number of times when I had to walk down the hill … to rain!
If you could give advice to students today, what would you tell them?
Enjoy every minute and take in all the learning you can…and have fun, too! SFU has so many activities in which to take part to get to know your fellow students—find one that suits your personality and go for it.
What is the one thing about SFU that must not change?
The focus on education and providing many opportunities for students to learn in the classroom and in practical, real-life situations. My co-op experiences were the driving force behind my further education and have continued to influence my career.