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Marissa Mayer - Google's First Female Engineer, President and CEO of Yahoo!


After graduating with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a M.S. in Computer Science, Marissa Mayer joined a young startup company called Google as their first female engineer. Mayer held various positions over 13 years at the company, and was responsible for the development of some of Google's most successful services. Mayer calls herself a “proud geek" and specialized in artificial intelligence. She is listed as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design, and received an honorary doctorate of engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008. Mayer was named Yahoo! CEO, President and Director in July 2012.


CERN physicist Fabiola Gianotti served as coordinator and spokesperson for the "world's biggest science experiment," the hunt for the Higgs boson. Click here for an Interview about the ATLAS Experiment.


Fabiola Gianotti, ATLAS spokesperson from 2009 to early 2013, in front of the ATLAS detector.

(Image: Claudia Marcelloni/CERN)

Tara Shears, Ph.D. - Particle Physicist, Researcher and Professor


Dr. Tara Shears is a particle physicist and professor at the University of Liverpool. She pursued a Ph.D. in particle physics at Cambridge University, and in 2004 joined the LHCb experiment at CERN’s groundbreaking Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator, investigating the differences between matter and antimatter. In this video, Dr. Shears discusses her fascination with the universe and how her work at CERN is trying to help solve some of its mysteries.



France A. Cordova, Ph.D. – Astrophysicist, Educator, Scientific Advisor


France Cordova earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology, and from 1993 to 1996 was the first woman to serve as Chief Scientist at NASA. Dr. Cordova has also served as the eleventh President of Purdue University as well as a professor and university administrator. In January 2012 she began a three-year term as Chair of the Smithsonian Institution's governing board, taking a primary role in the strategy and planning of the Smithsonian’s numerous museums and research facilities.



Heather Fleming – Engineer, Designer, Entrepreneur


Heather Fleming is a designer, engineer, and entrepreneur motivated by social inequality, and focuses on humanitarian design projects. She also co-founded Catapult Design to make design and technical capacity accessible to those working with disadvantaged communities. Fleming holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design from Stanford University. Fleming is a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.






“Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.  If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won't exist because you'll have already shut it out...


You can hear other people's wisdom, but you've got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.”


  ― Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to become a U.S. astronaut



Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. – Physicist, Scientific Advisor, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Shirley Ann Jackson holds a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics from M.I.T. and has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academia. She is the first African-American woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and the first to lead a top-50 national research university, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Jackson is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to education, science and public policy, having served with two U.S. presidents. She was appointed by President William Clinton to serve as the first woman and the first African-American chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  In April 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jackson to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.



Click here for a video from the US Embassy in London, where Dr Jackson discusses on Women in Science and her life as a scientist.


Image courtesy of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lisa Randall, PhD – Harvard University Professor of Science and Theoretical Physicist


Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is a Professor of Science. Randall’s studies have made her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists, and her scientific achievements have led to numerous awards and honors. In addition to her writing, lectures and media appearances, Randall has also explored the connections between art and science. She wrote a libretto that premiered in Paris and also co-curated an art exhibit in Los Angeles. Randall taught at MIT and Princeton University before returning to Harvard, where she earned her PhD in 1987.










in this video from Harvard University, Dr. Randall reflects on what first got her interested in physics, on her work teaching


Photo showing Lisa Randall (US) speaking at the ORIGIN Symposium II.

credit: rubra



Dr. Margaret Chan, M.D. - Director-General, World Health Organization


Dr. Margaret Chan began her career in public health in Hong Kong after obtaining her medical degree from Canada’s University of Western Ontario. She was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong in 1994, and for nine years successfully launched new services and initiatives to prevent the spread of disease and promote better public health. Dr. Chan joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003 and was elected to the post of Director-General in 2006. She has been appointed to a second five-year term through June 2017.













Actress Mayim Bialik has a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA?


 She joins fellow actress/UCLA alumna Danica McKellar who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mathematics and is the author of several books on the subject.

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