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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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Jessie Gaylord is a lead software engineer for the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Jessie Gaylord

"Be curious and try new things, and when you find something you are good at go for it. Make sure to lay a solid foundation for what you want to do...

Dr. Rose McCallen is the Project Lead for the ALE3D Research and Development Team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Rose McCallen

"I believe the biggest influence for me pursuing and sticking with my dreams in STEM was my family. My parents believed in my potential to pursue...

Renée Breyer is the Deputy Associate Director for the Strategic Human Resources Management Directorate and the Benefits Plan Administrator for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Renée Breyer

"For female students to consider a STEM career, they need personal encouragement from instructors or counselors at an early age. In addition to...

Kris Kulp is the Group Leader for the Pharmacology and Toxicology Group and the Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Institutional Postdoc Program.
Women @ Energy: Kris Kulp

"My high school guidance counselor once told me “girls from our high school don’t get to be doctors”. Fortunately, I was too stubborn to believe...

Women @ Energy: Theresa Lahey

"Take math, science, and computer classes throughout your schooling. Most important, participate in internships. The internships allow you to...

Marisol Gamboa is a Computer Scientist working for the Global Security Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Marisol Gamboa

"Create more opportunities for everyone to experience the possibilities STEM offers. Demonstrate by example how it impacts the world we live in...

Francesca DeMello is a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in the Computation Directorate’s Applications, Simulations and Quality Division.
Women @ Energy: Francesca DeMello

"The key to STEM engagement is exposure. It’s all about the spark that happens when you learn something new that you can’t stop thinking about; it...

Robyne Teslich is the Information Technology (IT) Services Program Leader for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Women @ Energy: Robyne Teshlich

"I work in a place that has the fastest supercomputers, one of the most powerful lasers, and contributes to the safety and security of our nation....

Deanna Willis is a communications specialist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Deanna Willis

"Children are inherently inquisitive. Read to them. Explore with them. Make science relatable and exciting with hands-on projects and outings. I...

Dr. Chandrika Kamath is a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Chandrika Kamath

"My mother shared with me her love of mathematics and inspired me to see the beauty in numbers and patterns. I found the logic of science appealing...

Kimberly Cupps is the Livermore Computing Division Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.
Women @ Energy: Kimberly Cupps

"I have always had an innate interest in solving problems and that was cultivated from a young age with chemistry sets, puzzles and interesting...

Elizabeth R. Cantwell (Betsy) is Director for Economic Development (Acting) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Cantwell spearheads the Laboratory’s progressive strategy to accelerate innovation and enhance national economic competitiveness.
Women @ Energy: Elizabeth Cantwell

"Engineering is always looking for interested girls! I recommend that you find a way to stay engaged and good at math. Math is key to every field...

Jeene Villanueva is a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has over 15 years of experience as a developer and recently became the group leader of the Computational Engineering Group.
Women @ Energy: Jeene Villanueva

"It is exciting to be able to help decision makers gain insight into challenging problems by developing and providing tools they need."

Kathryn Mohror is a computer scientist on the Scalability Team at the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Kathryn Mohror

"Creating positive role models goes a long way. Movies and TV shows that portray women as strong and technically gifted help girls realize they...

Rebecca Springmeyer serves as Deputy Division Leader for Livermore Computing and Principal Investigator for the Advanced Simulation and Computing Computational Systems and Software Environment.
Women @ Energy: Rebecca Springmeyer

"I think a good way to encourage greater diversity in STEM is to invite a more diverse set of students at all ages to visit labs and technical...

Lila Chase is a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Lila Chase

"Parents have a primary role in opening up possibilities for their children and in equally encouraging them. I am grateful that my mom did not...

Dr. Alston is the Director of the Environment, Safety, and Health Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Frances Alston

"It is important to expose young girls to role models that can serve, inspire, and encourage them to cultivate their interest in science and...

Peg Folta is responsible for a 100-person workforce with an expertise in applying the latest computing technologies to plan, configure, control and analyze a broad variety of experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the largest and most energetic laser in the world.
Women @ Energy: Peg Folta

"The combination of spending a lifetime doing what I excelled at in a variety of domains with a potential of having an impact on a grand scale was...

Kelly Lively has worked at Idaho National Laboratory for more than 20 years, and in that time has worn many professional hats, including personnel security, quality assurance inspector, nondestructive testing and project management.
Women @ Energy: Kelly Lively

"Dive in. Don’t be afraid to do the work and ask questions. Initially, I was intimidated going into college, having been out for so long; but I...

Novella Bridges has worked at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 2000. Novella is a project manager in PNNL's Applied Statistics and Computational Modeling group.
Women @ Energy: Novella Bridges

"We should make the connections to other aspects of their lives. Most, importantly we should demystify the fact that STEM fields are hard and only...

Dr. Athena S. Sefat is a scientist at the Materials Sciences and Technology Division of the Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Women @ Energy: Athena Sefat

"In order to be the best in one's field, one needs to work for the best and also be in the company of the brightest. It is my privilege to be part...

Melissa Teague is a nuclear material scientist at Idaho National Laboratory, working on a technique to analyze high burn-up fuels.
Women @ Energy: Melissa Teague

"Don't be afraid to try things, ask for the internship or job even if you don't think you can get it. I started working for a professor my first...

Dr. Allison Campbell is the Director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. She is nationally recognized for her contributions toward materials development through her research in the field of biomaterials.
Women @ Energy: Allison Campbell

"Women in science have come far but we have a long way to go. Women in particular can feel torn between having a work life and having a family life...

Sandra Begay-Campbell is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories where she leads Sandia’s technical efforts to assist Native American tribes with their renewable energy developments.
Women @ Energy: Sandra Begay-Campbell

"It’s exciting, as a Native American woman engineer, to provide technical assistance to tribes who are interested in renewable energy projects... I...

On left, Dr. Yvonne Commodore, Principal of Lincoln Middle-High School in McClellanville, South Carolina, stands with Cynthia Anderson as part of the annual  Principal for Day event with the South Carolina Education Foundation.
Women @ Energy: Cynthia Anderson

"When I speak to students, I tell them that they really do need to pay attention to math and science in school. We have a STEM literacy problem in...