Ruth Schlitz. Photo provided by Ruth Schlitz
Ruth Schlitz. Photo provided by Ruth Schlitz

Ruth Schlitz is a materials scientist turned electrochromic window manufacturing engineer at Saint-Gobain SageGlass, where she makes color-changing windows that adapt to the environment at the touch of a button! Her work at SageGlass has run the gamut from fundamental research into electronic and ionic transport to yield improvement of the full-scale manufacturing process.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Two cats

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Yes, a Klein Bottle

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Sailing Instructor

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Polymer chemistry

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Australia (this is a first class ticket, right?)

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?


12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

HBR Women at Work podcast

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?


14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Warm blanket, hair elastics, and polarized sunglasses (not all at once)

15 What beverage gives you life?


16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Can’t think of one in school (it was long ago!). Crucial Conversations was an eye-opening recent read.

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?


18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Desire to make an impact

19 What got you excited in science?

My parents exploring my curiosity

20 What excites you about science now?

Ability to make positive change in the lives of our customers

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Romance novels

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can fold a fitted sheet. This baffles my husband.

23 What is your favorite game?

Civilization (just one more turn!)

24 What is the last book you read?

“Becoming a Manager” by Linda Hill

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Apply anyway – let them to be the one to reject you.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Live abroad in a non-English speaking country

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Ask question of other people and really listen to their answers.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?

A Hallmark Movie. Don’t ask which one. Spoiler: there was a happy ending.

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

TEM grids

31 What is your favorite animal?

I’m a fan of cephalopods

32 What is your favorite book?

Too many to list – it depends on my mood.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Ramen noodles or high end dark chocolate

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

… I’m supposed to have one?

35 What is your favorite plant?

Venus Fly Trap

36 What is your favorite science fact?

You can stand on a wine glass

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Salt air and the ocean

39 What is your favorite sound?


40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m decisive

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Boat (pronounced with a Minnesotan O)

42 What is your proudest moment?

When an engineer working for me has something “click” for them.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Palm tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

People get out in the outdoors regardless of the weather

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Double pane windows are sealed with chewing gum (it’s not that much of an oversimplification!)

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Denise Levitan