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Women @ Energy: Lisa Thompson

August 28, 2015

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Lisa M. Thompson is a group leader in the Global Security Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She attended the University of Tennessee, earning a bachelor of science degree.

1) What inspired you to work in STEM?

Math was always my favorite subject in school, so I knew I wanted to do something that involved math. In high school, my chemistry teacher took us on a field trip to the TVA Fertilizer Development Center. Seeing that facility and talking to the engineers, I decided that it would be a great to be able to design processes and make them work.


2) What excites you about your work at the Department of Energy?

The best part of my job is that I get to learn about new areas of technology and study different things every week. It’s something new and different every day.


3) How can our country engage more women, girls, and other underrepresented groups in STEM?

Our country needs to make STEM education more interesting to everyone—not just females—by finding innovative ways to make STEM courses more engaging and dynamic. An effort also needs to be made to erase false limitations. People need to be taught there is nothing to prevent them from entering into STEM careers.


4) Do you have tips you'd recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Do not to be afraid. Most success is achieved when you will step out and try. Do not be intimidated by the process. Take the challenge head on!


5) When you have free time, what are your hobbies?

I enjoy cross-stitch, singing, playing the piano, working puzzles, and working in my flower beds.