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Celebrating African American History Month With Role Models In STEM: Dr. Patricia Bath

As a girl growing up in the 1950s in Harlem, X-STEM Speaker Dr. Patricia Bath became fascinated by newspaper accounts of the humanitarian work of Dr. Albert Schweitzer (who treated lepers in Africa). That, coupled with encouragement and motivation from her family doctor and her parents, fueled her desire to become a physician. She would…

Celebrating African American History Month with Role Models In STEM: Dr. James West

USA Science & Engineering Festival Speaker, Dr. James West, an Acoustical Scientist from Johns Hopkins University turned his childhood curiosity into a career of invention! Looking back on his childhood days in Prince Edward County, Virginia, acoustical scientist James Edward West, says curiosity ruled his life. “If I had a screwdriver and a pair of…

Recognizing African American STEM Innovators of the Past and Present, Including Festival Speakers!

In observance of African American History Month in February, the USA Science & Engineering Festival recognizes the accomplishments of African American pioneers and the important role they have played in paving the way for modern-day African American STEM leaders and innovators including Festival X-STEM and Nifty Fifty Speakers. Read full blog 

The Festival Celebrates Women’s History Month!

This month, join the USA Science & Engineering Festival and the rest of the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month, paying tribute to generations of women around the world whose contributions to numerous fields and endeavors — including those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — have proven invaluable to society. The national theme of Women’s…

USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM Speaker renowned aviator Barrington Irving sums up his current mission as a role model this way: “Kids want to be challenged, but today too many are bored and uninspired. I want to use aviation to excite and empower a new generation to become scientists, engineers, and explorers.” He has…

Archibald A. Alexander – Noted Design and Construction Engineer Best known for designing Washington, DC’s Tidal Basin Bridge and Whitehurst Freeway; first black graduate of the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering; served as territorial governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands Growing up in Iowa during the late 1880s, Archibald “Archie” Alexander remembers being warned…

Stephanie C. Hill – Computer Software Engineer and Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil line of business; recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for 2014 Looking back recently on her lengthy and high-profile career at Lockheed Martin, engineer and executive Stephanie C.…

Ed Dwight, Jr. – Test Pilot, Aerospace Engineer and America’s First Black Astronaut Candidate Chosen in 1962 by President Kennedy as America’s first black astronaut candidate; due to racism in the astronaut program, he resigned; now is a world-class sculptor, specializing in sculptures depicting aspects of Black History Ed Dwight, Jr. was a 28-year-old Air…

George Washington Carver – Botanist, Inventor and Educator One of the most phenomenal scientists of the early 20th Century. He found amazing uses for the peanut, sweet potato and soy bean that continue to enrich our lives. And against racial obstacles, his achievements paved the way for generations of young African American scientists The ultimate…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Gerty Theresa Cori!

Gerty Theresa Cori — Biochemist Often considered one of the greatest women scientists of the 20th century. The first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine; known for her discovery (with husband Carl Cori and physiologist Bernardo Houssay) of how the body metabolizes glucose Born Gerty Theresa Radnitz in 1896 in…