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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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Michelle Buchanan is the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Women @ Energy: Michelle Buchanan

"All children are curious, and capturing and nurturing this curiosity as they go through school in math and science courses is very important....

Carrie Milton is an operations research analyst for the Office of Electricity, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables Analysis at the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Women @ Energy: Carrie Milton

"I love working in my field, studying the underlying economic drivers of electricity markets and translating that into energy models. The electric...

Erin Iski received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tulsa in 2005 and then went on to Tufts University for a Ph.D. in chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Charles Sykes.
Women @ Energy: Erin Iski

"I think first and foremost, we need to expose more women and girls to the prospect of careers in STEM at a young age. The earlier these groups...

Rebecca Abergel, Ph.D. is a Staff Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Rebecca Abergel

"We need to change the vision that people have of scientists. Too often, when we ask younger children if they know a famous scientist, they refer...

Ashfia Huq is a Lead Scientist of the Powgen beamline, in the Chemical and Engineering Materials Division at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Ashfia Huq

"Do it because you love it and you can’t imagine doing anything else. Don’t let anyone bully you, stick to it and don’t give up when it gets hard."

Karena Chapman assembled advanced battery materials into sample holders that can be placed in a detector at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory where high-energy X-ray beam will reveal the structure of the chemical elements.
Women @ Energy: Karena Chapman

"It is not always clear how what we learn at school as science relates to problems in the world in which we live. Programs which provide girls with...

Jill Deem is the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Services for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Women @ Energy: Jill Deem

"Energy is one of the biggest challenges in the world. To have a part in supporting a better future for generations to come is what this job is all...

Ritimukta Sarangi is a Staff Scientist for the Structural Molecular Biology Division at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Ritimukta Sarangi

"I feel STEM education should be made more engaging and connected to everyday life in order to attract girls and young women. Since family and...

Young-Kee Kim is the Deputy Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a Louis Block Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago
Women @ Energy: Young-Kee Kim

" It is very exciting for me to see talented diverse teams of scientists and engineers, assembled from both the National Laboratories and...

Vivian Stojanoff, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, holding a protein crystal model. Stojanoff uses x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source to study how atoms are arranged in protein crystals, because the arrangement affects how proteins function.
Women @ Energy: Vivian Stojanoff

"I suggest being flexible, because very few people end up doing exactly what they planned for in high school. It is important to have direction, so...

Elaine McCluskey has worked as a civil /structural engineer and project manager for thirty-five years.
Women @ Energy: Elaine McCluskey

"I get excited when we are able to work together to design and build equipment and facilities that can enable research into fundamental questions...

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Women @ Energy: Tameka Kirk

"I would advise the women that are studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to think big and join the groups or...

Susannah Green Tringe, Ph.D, is the Metagenome Program Lead at DOE’s Joint Genome Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Susannah Green Tringe

"I think it's important to expose kids to science and scientists early, so they're comfortable thinking about science as something they can do. I...

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Women @ Energy: Simona Rolli

"We live in a world, which is shaped in every aspect by science and technology. We have drugs to cure most of our ailments, we fly airplanes, we...

Dr. Rosio Alvarez is the CIO at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she serves the computational needs of scientists that carry out $.8B of sponsored research in photon, computing, environmental, energy and bio sciences.
Women @ Energy: Rosio Alvarez

"Working for a place that is solving the biggest challenges that the world is facing is probably the most exciting and inspiring work you can do. ...

Wende Wiles, PMP, RMP, is the IT Project Management Director for Information Management in the Office of the Chief Human Information Officer, helping to implement project portfolio management for the new DAYS ServiceNow ITSM project (delivering IT project, change, incident, and service management).
Women @ Energy: Wende Wiles

"What’s really exciting and has inspired me is the value I think being in a STEM role can add for translating technical information to the business...

Cereda Amos joined the Department of Energy, Office of the Chief Information Officer in October of 2011 as the Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center (JC3) Program Manager and was brought on board to work on the development phase of JC3.
Women @ Energy: Cereda Amos

"We can engage more women, girls, and other underrepresented groups in STEM professions by educating middle school and high school Science,...

Trish Damkroger is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day messaging, administration, and management of a 900-employee workforce in LLNL’s Computation Directorate.
Women @ Energy: Trish Damkroger

"My main inspiration was my father. He was the first person in his family to go to college. He became an electrical engineer and travelled around...

Dr. Natalie Roe is an experimental particle physicist and observational cosmologist.
Women @ Energy: Natalie Roe

"In my fields of particle physics and cosmology we are trying to answer age-old questions: what are the basic constituents of the Universe; how did...

Dr. Carol Hawk is the Manager of the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Program for the office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in the Department of Energy (DOE)
Women @ Energy: Carol Hawk

"Physics is physics. There is not girl-physics or boy-physics, there is just physics – and physics is beautiful. We can help children see the...

Mayling Wong-Squires is a Mechanical Engineer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Mayling Wong-Squires

"It is a privilege to work in a place where no day is alike and everyone is working towards a common cause: understanding the basic structure of...

Anne Marie March, Assistant Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory
Women @ Energy: Anne Marie March

"I recall my excitement in my high school physics class when I realized that mathematics could quantitatively predict the outcome of physical...

Sunita Satyapal is the Director of the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Women @ Energy: Sunita Satyapal

"My main advice is to take as much math (first) and science (second) as you can at an early age (and at any age!)- and get 'hands on' experience...

Maya Gokhale has been a Computer Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since 2007. Her career spans research conducted in academia, industry, and National Labs, most recently Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Maya Gokhale

"I would first encourage people to study as much math as possible. I'd also encourage students to seek internships and get as wide experience as...

Becky Verastegui is Directorate Operations Manager for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate (CCSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Becky Verastegui

"Making math, technology and science appealing to everyone needs to start very early - kindergarten is not too early! Elementary school teachers...