Women @ Energy Profiles

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The Women @ Energy series showcases profiles of inspirational women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers at the Department of Energy all across the country. Discover what inspired these women to work in STEM, what they do day-to-day in their jobs, their ideas for engaging others in STEM, tips, and more.

We hope the stories inspire you to think about your future in STEM.

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Meet over 200 Women in STEM Careers at the DOE

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Women @ Energy: Karen White
Karen S. White is controls group leader and data operations manager at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Lisa Thompson
Lisa M. Thompson is a group leader in the Global Security Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Tara Pandya
Tara M. Pandya is a member of the research and development staff in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Olga Ovchinnikova
Olga S. Ovchinnikova is an R&D staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Lee McGetrick
Lee McGetrick is a nuclear infrastructure program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Liyuan Liang
Liyuan Liang is a Distinguished Scientist and director of institutional planning at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Melissa Voss Lapsa
Melissa Voss Lapsa is a group leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Suzanne Herron
Suzanne A. Herron is deputy project manager for the U.S. ITER project at Oak Ridge National Lab.
Women @ Energy: Christina Forrester
Christina Forrester is a group leader of the Technical Testing and Analysis Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Sarah Cousineau
Sarah Cousineau is an accelerator physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Jennifer Caldwell
Jennifer Caldwell is a group leader in technology commercialization at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Jan Berry
Jan Berry works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a technical responsible officer and team leader.
Women @ Energy: Nina Balke
Nina Balke is part of the research and development staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Brittany Kamai
Brittany Kamai is an astrophysicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).
Women @ Energy: Pushpalatha C. Bhat
Pushpalatha (Pushpa) C. Bhat is a scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).
Women @ Energy: Marcela Carena
Marcela Carena is a senior scientist at Fermilab, professor of physics at the University of Chicago, and theoretical particle physicist.
Women @ Energy: Mandy Rominsky
Mandy Rominsky is an applications physicist / Fermilab Test Beam Facility coordinator at Fermilab.
Women @ Energy: Rhonda Merchut

"I believe that most people do their best work when provided with the proper environment. My job is to identify these environments and follow...

Women @ Energy: Jennifer Raaf

"One of my undergraduate physics professors actually said to me once, 'Maybe you should switch your major to English.' I was devastated. I hadn’t...

Women @ Energy: Regina Rameika

"I have been very lucky to have mentors throughout my career, and the environment at Fermilab has been very supportive of the work-life balance, so...

Women @ Energy: Ingrid Fang

"It was hard at the beginning. Most of my professors thought I walked into the wrong classroom. It was my rigorous ballet training that made me...

Women @ Energy: Christine Ader

"I think it is always challenging to pursue a career in STEM because the field is challenging in and of itself. Of course, when one adds the added...

Women @ Energy: Cindy Joe

"Women face a lot of challenges in the STEM field, ones which our male colleagues don’t always understand—which we ourselves don’t always...

Brianna Thorpe is a student researcher working with Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory. She worked with Arizona State University’s Meson Physics Group to build the triplet polarimeter currently used in one of the Hall D experiments.
Women @ Energy: Brianna Thorpe

"There’s always something new to explore, another question to be answered, and another way to go about answering that question. Since I began doing...

Chen Liao is an electrolyte scientist in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory, working on lithium-ion batteries and other types of energy storage systems.
Women @ Energy: Chen Liao

"Networking with other scientists and learning about innovations taking place in my field is certainly inspirational. I enjoy the freedom that...