Mae Jemison

Fifty years ago, audiences met the crew of the Starship Enterprise when Star Trek premiered. The cast inspired a generation, including physician, dancer, and astronaut Mae Jemison.

Sunita Satyapal

Joining the United States Department of Energy in 2003 Dr. Sunita Satyapal worked in the Fuel Cells Technology Program and was promoted to Director of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Christy Edwards-Stewart

When Christy Edwards-Stewart was in the fifth grade, she watched an IMAX movie on the space shuttle. Sitting in the theater, she decided that she wanted to be a space explorer.

Megan Smith

Before being appointed the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith has been trying to make the world a better place through science and invention.

Dawn J. Wright

Dr. Dawn Wright has traveled to 38 countries and has completed oceanographic fieldwork in geologically active regions including the East Pacific Rise, The Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Tonga Trench. Oh, and this Chief Scientist at the Environmental Systems Research Institute is a self-professed Lego Maniac!

Ashanti Johnson

The first African-American to earn a degree in marine science from Texas A&M, Dr. Ashanti Johnson has loved the ocean since an early age.

Mary Putnam Jacobi

Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi was the first woman to become a member of the Academy of Medicine, but the road to that acceptance wasn’t an easy one.

Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle, dubbed, “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker, has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations. But all of her work has led her to focus on preserving the world’s oceans.

Rita Colwell

Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Dr. Rita Colwell is creating an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues for the entire world.

Alyson McGregor

Dr. Alyson McGregor is examining how sex and gender differences impact emergency medical care and the overall health of women and working on communicating these differences to medical professionals and the public.

Flossie Wong-Staal

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal was the first scientist to clone HIV, helping lead to blood tests and better treatments for the virus. She says that her main motivation “is simply the satisfaction of making discoveries, finding things out that no one knew before.”

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was one of the key individuals to expose lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan and bring attention to the contamination in the water supply.