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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Women @ Energy

May 3, 2013 - 11:49am


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and at Energy we honor our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers who help us accomplish our mission every day. This month, we bring you stories of AAPI Women @ Energy, sharing their paths to STEM careers, their work at the Energy Department, and their tips for career success.

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Ruby Leung, a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, earned her bachelor's degree in physics and statistics from Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she was the only woman in her graduating class of the physics department. Ruby works closely with early career scientists and provides them with opportunities to develop new ideas and excel. Read her full story here.

Young-Kee Kim is the Deputy Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a Louis Block Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago. As an experimental particle physicist, Young-Kee’s research focuses on understanding the origin of mass for fundamental particles. Young-Kee earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester, and a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Korea University. Read her full story here.

Hye-Sook Park has developed experimental techniques in plasma physics, materials science, nuclear physics, and astrophysics that have significantly enriched fundamental science, applied science, and national security science. Hye-Sook focused on experimental high-energy particle physics, obtaining her PhD and then going on to accept a post doc position at the University of California, Berkeley, and then one at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  She has been a staff scientist at LLNL since 1989. Read her full story here.

Hai Ah Nam is a computational nuclear physicist at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Her research focuses on using cutting-edge high performance computing systems like Titan, the world’s fastest supercomputer, to solve large-scale problems in theoretical low-energy nuclear physics. She received her Ph.D. in Computational Science jointly from San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.  She received her M.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and her  B.A. in Physics from Scripps College. Read her full story here.

Xin Sun, a computational mathematics scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, earned a naval architecture and ocean engineering undergraduate degree from China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In only five years, she earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s and doctorate in naval architecture and marine engineering, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her advances in lightweight and high-strength materials (including steels) and modeling are vital to energy efficiency and renewable energy and have led to notable weight savings in the U.S. automotive industry. Read her full story here.

Ritimukta Sarangi is a Staff Scientist for the Structural Molecular Biology Division at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She has held this position for three years, working on the design and development of a high-energy beamline with simultaneous polarized single-crystal X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography capabilities. She began this work as an Associate Staff Scientist in 2007, upon her graduation from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Ritimukta earned her M.Sc. in Chemistry from the India Institute of Technology in 2001, and her B.Sc. in Chemistry with a minor in Physics and Mathematics from Saint Xavier’s College in Kolkata, India. Read her full story here.

Mayling Wong-Squires is a second-generation Chinese-American. Mayling is Mechanical Engineer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  She is currently working in the SRF Development Department of the Technical Division, working closely with scientists in the research and development of optimizing the performance of superconducting radio frequency cavities for future particle accelerators such as Project X.  Read her full story here.

Kavita Ravi is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow at the Office of Policy and International Affairs. She chairs activities in the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance and Equipment Deployment (SEAD) initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial. She is also responsible for strengthening the private sector engagement in SEAD activities. Prior to the AAAS fellowship, Kavita has 12 years of private sector experience in the Electronic Design Automation industry. Kavita grew up in India, and earned her Doctorate in Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado. Read her full story here.

Joyce Yang, a Technology Manager at the Bioenergy Technologies Office, plans programs and manages projects on on biochemical and catalytic conversion technologies to make renewable fuels and chemicals from biomass. Joyce’s efforts on behalf of DOE have been recognized internationally. She is a contributing author for the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, and served as the US Advisor for the Organizing Committee of the 1st Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit. Read her full story here.

Yan Li is a Computational Physicist at the Computational Science Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her work is mainly focused on developing and applying advanced computational tools to investigate material properties of crystal, surfaces/interfaces and nanostructures. Yan got her Ph.D in Physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before becoming a staff scientist at BNL, Yan worked at the University of California, Davis as a postodoral researcher. Yan holds a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Peking University in China. Read her full story here.

Ashfia Huq is a Lead Scientist of the Powgen beamline in the Chemical and Engineering Materials Division at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ashfia was born in Bangladesh and after finishing high school in Dhaka, she attended Mount Holyoke College in MA for her undergraduate degree. Ashfia double majored in Physics and Computer Science,  then headed to State University of New York at Stony Brook and joined a theory group working on modeling before ending up at the U.S. Department of Energy. Read her full story here.

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay’s interdisciplinary team at the Berkeley Lab is studying signaling and stress response in both environmental and engineered organisms. A native of Bengal, India, Aindrilla leads her work team to engineer better hosts for metabolite production and develop tools that are universally useful for microbial cellular engineering. Read her full story here.