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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…

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…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Chien Shiung Wu!

Chien Shiung-Wu — Experimental Physicist One of the foremost physicists of the twentieth century, this Chinese-born American researcher was often called the “First Lady of Physics” for her pioneering work, which included radically changing scientific views on the behavior of nuclear particles Chien Shiung-Wu once said: “I sincerely doubt that any open-minded person really believes…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla — Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Inventor One of science’s most amazing visionaries of all time, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla was considered a mathematical phenomenon since childhood, being able as a high school student to perform integral calculus in his head, which initially prompted his teachers to believe that he was cheating! This famous…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Kristin Laidre

Kristin Laidre –Marine Mammal Biologist Kristin Laidre is one of the world’s foremost experts on the elusive, mysterious Narwhal whale. Her work with native communities in Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland is helping to preserve the Narwhal and other sea mammals from the effects sea ice loss due to climate change. “I was always…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Ronald Mickens

Ronald Mickens — Research Physicist and Mathematician Ronald Mickens is a leading authority on oscillations (repetitive, vibrating motions that occur in cycles), and in developing mathematical models for predicting the spread of disease. He has been recognized as an expert on the history of African Americans in science and mathematics. Although he is now a respected…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Peggy Whitson!

Peggy Whitson — NASA Astronaut and Biochemist We continue to recognize 50 Years of Women in Space with STEM Role Model Peggy Whitson. Peggy Whitson grew up on a farm in Iowa with big dreams of becoming a NASA Astronaut. She was the first female commander of the International Space Station and a veteran of…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Stephen Hawking!

Stephen Hawking: Theoretical Physicist and Bestselling Author Stephen Hawking is often regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He is best known for his compelling insights into such areas as Black Holes, relativity and quantum mechanics. Since bursting onto the international scene in 1988 with his bestselling book, “A Brief History…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering: Karin Muraszko!

Karin Muraszko – Pediatric Neurosurgeon –The first and only female to head an academic  neurosurgery department in the U.S. –Successfully handles her demanding surgical schedule despite having spina bifida (curvature of the spine) Of the approximately 4,920 neurosurgeons in the United States today, only about 5.6 percent – or 277 – are women. Discover one…