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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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Los Alamos biomedical researcher Alina Deshpande is dedicated to strengthening the world’s fight against infectious diseases by providing new tools for early detection and mitigation of disease outbreaks.
Women @ Energy: Alina Deshpande

"You can be successful in anything your heart desires, but you must be persistent, focused and not impulsive."

Los Alamos scientist Kathy Prestridge is trying to solve physics’ greatest mysteries, including how to harness the power of the sun.
Women @ Energy: Kathy Prestridge

"I have told many young people that the STEM fields need people who have different perspectives, are good at doing the science, are able to...

Amanda Randles is a Lawrence Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Women @ Energy: Amanda Randles

"Pursue internships and be open to using them to try different topics. Talk to a lot of people. I’ve found most people I approach for advice are...

Dr. Angie Capece is an associate research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory where she works in the field of plasma-surface interactions.
Women @ Energy: Angie Capece

"We also need to change the current stereotype of what a scientist is. We're not one-dimensional beings totally engrossed in our science with no...

Darlene Yazzie is a Computer Support Technician within the Computations Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Darlene Yazzie

"Science and math has to be demonstrated as a “fun” thing with excitement to entice interest in elementary students; this will pique their interest...

Ulrike Meier Yang is leading the Computational Mathematics group at the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Ulrike Meier Yang

"Do not be afraid to ask questions when you do not understand the material. Do not give up when things get difficult. It also helps to find a...

Suzanne L. Singer is a post-doctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she supports engineering and energy security with projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Women @ Energy: Suzanne Singer

"We need to expose Native Americans and other underrepresented, and often underserved, populations to science and math at an early age and...

Carol Meyers is a mathematician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working in the areas of counterterrorism, energy grid planning, and nuclear enterprise modeling.
Women @ Energy: Carol Meyers

"I love that I get to think about a diversity of big problems, such as: how do we modernize the country’s electric grid? How can we safeguard the...

Pascale Di Nicola works at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and is in charge of a working group for pointing performance and is a core member of the Target & Laser Interaction Sphere.
Women @ Energy: Pascale Di Nicola

"Find yourself a good mentor, somebody who will engage you in pushing your limits and will know what you can do even when you feel you are not able...

Punita Sinha is a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is currently the group leader of the B Physics Simulations CS group leader, where she works on and manages a team of computer scientist s working on HPC (high performance computing ) multi-physics, massively parallel simulations codes.
Women @ Energy: Punita Sinha

"We need to have girls and women get comfortable in the scientific arena, which starts when they are very young. Having people who work with, or...

Teresa ‘Terri’ Quinn is responsible for an organization consisting of three divisions with over 400 technical staff working in high-performance computing, computer security, and IT at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Terri Quinn

"My advice for women and girls is to don’t let others erode your confidence in your abilities. You have every right to be who you want to be and to...

Dr. Tanzima Islam is a postdoctoral research staff member working in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Tanzima Islam

"I believe early exposure to the fun side of science and math goes a long way in sowing “dream-seeds” in kids about STEM. This can be done by...

Lisa Belk is the Information Technology (IT) Manager for the Global Security (GS) Principal Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Lisa Belk

"The single best way to enter my field of work is to earn a college degree! That degree will follow you wherever you go in life and serve as the...

Dianne Gates-Anderson is an Environmental Process Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where she began working in 1996.
Women @ Energy: Dianne Gates-Anderson

"I loved chemistry from my very first chemistry course in the tenth grade. Of the sciences, I found chemistry the most fascinating because you can...

Evi Dube is a computational scientist who has worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for almost 30 years.
Women @ Energy: Evi Dube

"I think the key is to have these groups realize the job a combination of experiment, team work, individual contributions, computations, travel,...

Annie Kersting was first hired at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow and really enjoyed doing cutting-edge science on important problems. Photo by Julie Korhummel (LLNL)
Women @ Energy: Annie Kersting

"Get a great education, become an expert in your field, but also consider a double major, as multidisciplinary training is really a must these days...

Women @ Energy: Anh Tu Quach
Anh Tu Quach, pictured in black, third from right, on a tour of the world’s largest, most energetic laser, the National Ignition Facility.
Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the SunShot’s Technology to Market Program. Her team’s portfolios spans start-up incubation programs, technology commercialization pathways, innovation in manufacturing, cost analysis, and strategic programs and analysis.
Women @ Energy: Lidija Sekaric

"Second, we do need to find a way to communicate how rewarding it can be to work in these fields and what impact innovation and invention has. At...

Yahel De La Cruz is a Software Engineer for the Information Communication Services Department matrixed to Strategic Human Resources Management Directorate at  LLNL.
Women @ Energy: Yahel De La Cruz

"Providing STEM opportunity and exposure, in addition to becoming a role model, can change a young girl's view of her future career and open door...

Sarah C. Chinn is a Deputy Group Leader for the Forensic Science & Assessment Support group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Sarah Chinn

"One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of STEM work is the ability to clearly communicate your results. One of the best pieces...

Kristine Montheith is a computer scientist at Laurence Livermore National Laboratory. Photo from BYU News.
Women @ Energy: Kristine Monteith

"I get to research some really interesting and academically challenging problems. I enjoy being able to contribute to national security and feel...

Lori Diachin is the Director for the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) in the Computation Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) .
Women @ Energy: Lori Diachin

"If you love solving problems and being challenged, then explore STEM topics as the basis for your career. For me it was important to develop a...

Dr. Carol Woodward is a computational scientist in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where she has also served as a Group Leader and Postdoctoral Program Manager.
Women @ Energy: Carol Woodward

"When a child believes they are good at something they don’t hold back on it. We need to further sustain the interest into upper grades and...

Kim Budil is the Nuclear Counterterrorism Program Manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL.
Women @ Energy: Kim Budil

"Be open to opportunities; most of life is more luck than design. Build a network of people to support you through good times and bad. Take time to...

As Associate Director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dona L. Crawford leads the Laboratory's high performance computing efforts.
Women @ Energy: Dona Crawford

"Starting in elementary school, we need to communicate the exciting parts of what we’re doing in a way that connects with aspiring young scientists...