Grace Hopper

It was while Grace Hopper was working on the Mark II that a popular story about a moth shorting out a relay and Hopper making a comment about this “computer bug” started being circulated, and the moth can actually be found attached to the research log book.

Nansie Sharpless

Dr. Nansie Sharpless was the chief of the clinical neurospychopharmacological laboratory at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Vandi Verma

The Curiosity Rover on Mars had a two-year mission and has surpassed that time frame functioning for over four years now and some of the credit for its long life can be given to its careful “drivers” like Dr. Vandi Verma.

Alexa Canady

Falling in love with medicine during a summer program for minority students at the University of Michigan that she attended after her junior year of college, Dr. Alexa Canady would become the first African-American neurosurgeon in the United States.

Elisabeth George

If you’ve ever wondered how all of a hospital’s technology is used together to create a holistic picture that can be accessed by doctors, all while being HIPAA compliant, then look no further than people like Elisabeth George.

Kim Weaver

Astrophysicist Dr. Kim Weaver is not only a leading expert on x-ray astronomy she is also an accomplished singer and actress in community theater.

Sunita Williams

While serving as flight engineer aboard the ISS astronaut Sunita Williams participated in the Boston Marathon. On her second time on the station she competed a triathlon and set the record for the total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut.

Margee Kerr

Sociologist Margee Kerr knows what makes you scream, and why it might be a good thing to be scared. Happy Halloween.

Jordyn Castor

Jordyn Castor was born blind but always encouraged to challenge expectations and as a software engineer at Apple she is helping to make computer programming accessible to the next generation of blind coders telling them, “blindness does not define you, it’s part of who you are as a person but it does not define you or what you can do in life.”

Lene Hau

Light is the fastest moving thing that we know of–and Dr. Lene Hau has developed a way to slow it down and actually stop its motion all together.

Ellen Swallow Richards

Noticing a lack of formal laboratory training for women in scientific fields, Ellen Swallow Richards brokered a deal between MIT and the Women’s Education Association of Boston to have a dedicated lab space built and equipped in 1875.

Heather Berlin

Dr. Heather Berlin is a neuroscientist and the co-host of series like Science Goes to the Movies and Superhuman Showdown.