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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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Computer scientist Sreeranjani (Jini) Ramprakash says she became hooked on computers in childhood. Her team at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility helps scientists worldwide use the facility’s supercomputers.
Women @ Energy: Sreeranjani (Jini) Ramprakash

"Don't let the quest for perfection prevent you from entering STEM fields. You do not have to be tough as nails to be in computer science or...

Argonne internet project manager Pam Richmond designs websites and e-learning to support programs in environmental remediation.
Women @ Energy: Pam Richmond

"I think we need to encourage failure, not for the sake of failure, but to discover how to learn from it and succeed in spite of it. So many people...

Metallurgical and Materials Engineer Ozgenur “Ozge” Kahvecioglu Feridun works on scaling advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries at Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility.
Women @ Energy: Ozgenur Kahvecioglu Feridun

"Diversity in background always helps. No matter what you end up doing, a diverse set of skills will provide you with the ability to approach...

Angela Fioretti is a Joint Ph.D student at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, focusing on photovoltaic materials research.
Women @ Energy: Angela Fioretti

"What excites me about my work is knowing that every day I come into the lab, I am making a difference. I am thrilled to see the rapid and dramatic...

Teresa Alleman is a senior chemist with the Fuels Performance Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Teresa Alleman

"Take a long hard look at what skills you offer and how it fits into different areas of STEM. You could find yourself working in an unexpected area...

Kirstin Alberi is a Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Kristin Alberi

"Above all, be persistent and have confidence in your abilities. You will undoubtedly encounter problems that seem impossible to solve at first...

Barbara Goodman is the Associate Laboratory Director, Mechanical and Thermal Systems Engineering at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Barbara Goodman

"Engineering has allowed me to work in a variety of different fields including biomass, hydrogen, vehicles, buildings and wind while doing hands-on...

Women @ Energy: Lieve Laurens
Lieve Laurens is a senior research scientist in the Bioprocess Research and Development group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Chemical engineer Jennifer B. Dunn is an active supporter of women interested in entering STEM fields. An avid nature lover and environmentalist, she leads the Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Team at Argonne National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Jennifer B. Dunn

"My work requires a technical background and also relies heavily on communication and collaboration skills, which many women have in spades and...

Argonne Systems Analyst Linda Gaines solves problems related to the efficient use of resources.
Women @ Energy: Linda Gaines

"Don’t succumb to Superwoman syndrome: You can’t do everything perfectly! There are only 24 hours in a day; don’t buy into the macho work week....

Esther E. Bowen is a data management specialist for the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, with responsibility for managing soil and groundwater contamination data generated during environmental investigations of agricultural sites.
Women @ Energy: Esther E. Bowen

"I would recommend that someone who wants to go into STEM seek out math and science early to discover the things that they would like to do in life...

Argonne’s first Gender Diversity Specialist, Erin L. Thomas, works to ensure that the unique experiences of minority women do not go overlooked in diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Women @ Energy: Erin L. Thomas

"At the end of the day, the world is growing increasingly interconnected and, thus, increasingly diverse. While girls, women, and underrepresented...

Meifeng Lin is a theoretical particle physicist and a computational scientist at the Computational Science Center of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Meifeng Lin

"Just don’t expect to know everything from the beginning. Nobody does. A lot of the skills, especially programming skills, can be picked up and...

Picture of Sindhu Jagadamma at work in the field.
Women @ Energy: Sindhu Jagadamma
Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma is a postdoctoral researcher within the Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute at ORNL.
Alice Koniges joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in 2009, as a researcher on issues including programming models for multicore architectures, benchmarking and performance optimization of application codes, development of Adaptive Mesh Refinement and Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian algorithms for time-dependent PDE's, and application supercomputing in plasma physics, laser physics, and other areas of energy research.
Women @ Energy: Alice Koniges

"All jobs are hard, but having one where you can really master your science and research is most rewarding. And within that area, find what really...

Kristi Schneck, a graduate student at the Stanford Department of Physics, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on the SuperCDMS Collaboration, grew up in Fergus Falls, a small town in western Minnesota.
Women @ Energy: Kristi Schneck

The first thing that drew me to physics was how fundamentally weird it is. I remember reading about relativistic time dilation—the fact that time...

Wei Xu joined Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) in 2013 and is currently an Advanced Applications Engineer in the Computational Science Center.
Women @ Energy: Wei Xu

"The beauty and the power of science and technology inspired me. STEM could change the world and improve life quality dramatically. I feel lucky to...

Environmental microbiologist Cheryl Kuske built a world-renowned Los Alamos research program targeting complex microbial communities in the environment.
Women @ Energy: Cheryl Kuske

"Be brave - sometimes you just have to ‘jump into the deep end of the pool’. You are definitely going to lose many times, but if you are tenacious...

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Women @ Energy: Becky Chamberlin

"I also love the fact that young girls who are drawn to “girly” colors and themes – pink and purple and horseback riding and cupcake baking – now...

Los Alamos mathematician Amy Bauer’s research has always focused on protecting people, whether from cancer, HIV or nuclear terrorism. She works on a broad range of nuclear counterterrorism projects, including post-detonation nuclear forensics.
Women @ Energy: Amy Bauer

"Do something you are passionate about. Don’t wait for your opportunities; position yourself opportunistically and create them! Develop and adhere...

Los Alamos aerospace engineer Marianne Francois’ ability to model the complexity of nuclear weapons systems through advanced numerical methods play an important role in supporting nonproliferation efforts.
Women @ Energy: Marianne Francois

"It is important to ensure that girls learn about various opportunities in STEM. Participation in hands-on program like Expanding Your Horizon...

Elizabeth Hunke develops advanced ocean and ice models for evaluating the role of ocean and ice in climate change and projecting the impact of such change globally.
Women @ Energy: Elizabeth Hunke

"One of the things I love best about making music is the sensation of creating something beautiful from essentially nothing. Not everyone would...

Having monitored environmental compliance for New Mexico State and analyzed water chemistry for a nuclear power plant in Virginia, Los Alamos’ Dianne Williams Wilburn is well versed in environmental health and radiation safety.
Women @ Energy: Dianne Williams Wilburn

"Many STEM career paths are dominated by males. Women need mentors, both male and female, to encourage them to pursue STEM career paths. A lot of...

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Women @ Energy: Raenna Sharp-Geiger

"The best way to engage others in STEM fields is to start early and make it a lot of fun. Whether it is doing little experiments at home, building...

Los Alamos bridge engineer Crystal J. Rodarte-Romero is a proud steward of the historic bridge and is honored to extend its life with design modifications and forthcoming modeling.
Women @ Energy: Crystal J. Rodarte-Romero

"I encourage anyone looking to enter structural engineering or bridge engineering to pursue it with all of your passion. Never give up on your...