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The Women@Energy series consists of profiles of inspirational women in STEM, #WomenInSTEM videos that highlight the work of the women and coming soon sample lessons to engage middle school girls with the Women@Energy series.

The Women@Energy profiles and videos feature women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The women are located at headquarters in Washington DC and across all 17 of our national laboratories. The profiles and videos are meant to highlight what inspired these women to work in, what they do day-to-day in their jobs, their ideas for engaging others in STEM, tips, and more.

We hope the stories and videos inspire women to think about the future and STEM. We can and should share our own STEM stories to help engage others and offer our voices on how our STEM careers have impacted us. Questions? Comments? Want to request a speaker? Get in touch by emailing

Tina Henne, in the purple scarf, stands with participants in Argonne's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day in February 2013.
Women @ Energy: Tina Henne

"I get to work with people who are passionate about making our world cleaner, safer and more sustainable. The Department of Energy mission is also well aligned with my research interests. As a microbiologist, I studied bacteria that can live in very toxic environments. Figuring out how they are able to live in such harsh places and potentially using that knowledge to help clean up the environment was like solving a mystery. So, in a way, I got to be a microbial sleuth!"

Jill Deem is the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Services for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Women @ Energy: Jill Deem

"Energy is one of the biggest challenges in the world. To have a part in supporting a better future for generations to come is what this job is all about for me. My job as CIO is the kind of job you could do in many fields and organizations. But supporting the renewable energy mission is motivating and exciting for me."

Ritimukta Sarangi is a Staff Scientist for the Structural Molecular Biology Division at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Ritimukta Sarangi

"I feel STEM education should be made more engaging and connected to everyday life in order to attract girls and young women. Since family and teachers play such an important role in the early development of academic interests, they play a vital role in shaping future generations of innovators, regardless of gender, and both play vital roles in encouraging girls to explore STEM topics."

Robin Goldstone is a computer scientist working in the High Performance Computing (HPC) division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Women @ Energy: Robin Goldstone

"I am surrounded by smart people from all disciplines: physicists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists all working together to solve some of the world's most challenging technical problems. It is exhilarating and rewarding." Read more from Robin on her profile here.

NREL Principal Scientist Sarah Kurtz leads a tour of the Outdoor Testing Facility for the Congressional Staff at The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)
Women @ Energy: Sarah Kurtz

"Treat all feedback as opportunities. Find the place where you fit in, personally. Research is fun, because there are always new things to do, but it is highly competitive: so choose a level of contribution at which you can be the strongest contributor around. If this means that you are a technician in the lab, that is something to be proud of: a good technician can be very difficult to find." Read more from Sarah on her profile 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
Women @ Energy: Young-Kee Kim

" It is very exciting for me to see talented diverse teams of scientists and engineers, assembled from both the National Laboratories and Universities, tackle great scientific and technical challenges to create the new tools that enable us to push the boundaries of our scientific knowledge." Read more from Young-Kee on her profile here.

Vivian Stojanoff, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, holding a protein crystal model. Stojanoff uses x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source to study how atoms are arranged in protein crystals, because the arrangement affects how proteins function.
Women @ Energy: Vivian Stojanoff

"I suggest being flexible, because very few people end up doing exactly what they planned for in high school. It is important to have direction, so major in the subject you like best, don’t forget the other sciences, and keep an open mind to take advantage as opportunities arise." Read more from Vivian on her profile here.

Elaine McCluskey has worked as a civil /structural engineer and project manager for thirty-five years.
Women @ Energy: Elaine McCluskey

"I get excited when we are able to work together to design and build equipment and facilities that can enable research into fundamental questions such as why is there more matter than anti-matter in the universe. Since this is a long-term experiment, I know that we are literally enabling basic research for future generations." Read more from Elaine on her profile here.

Johanna Nelson is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science at Stanford University.
Women @ Energy: Johanna Nelson

"My parents always supported the notion that their daughters were smart, powerful women who could accomplish anything into which they put their hearts and minds. “Power to the women!” was and continues to be one of our family battle cries." Read more from Johanna on her profile here.

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Women @ Energy: Tameka Kirk

"I would advise the women that are studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to think big and join the groups or organizations within your communities of interest schools and universities to network and build partnerships, form an alliance and interact with and network with the professionals currently working in this environment." Read more from Tameka here.

Susannah Green Tringe, Ph.D, is the Metagenome Program Lead at DOE’s Joint Genome Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Susannah Green Tringe

"I think it's important to expose kids to science and scientists early, so they're comfortable thinking about science as something they can do. I also think labs and universities could do more to make scientific careers compatible with raising a family, which would benefit all young scientists and reduce attrition." Read more from Susannah here.

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Women @ Energy: Sue Cange

"One of the pivotal moments that helped me decide to pursue a degree in one of the STEM areas was an introduction to a woman who took the time to explain the benefits of a STEM education. I was introduced to her in my senior year of high school and was eager to listen to the advice that she provided." Read more from Sue here.

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Women @ Energy: Simona Rolli

"We live in a world, which is shaped in every aspect by science and technology. We have drugs to cure most of our ailments, we fly airplanes, we use computers to keep connected globally (the world wide web was invented at CERN!) and the list goes on and on... The first step is to educate, and show the young generation that science is good and opening up unlimited possibilities." Read more from Simona on her profile here.

Ms. Maria Stanton is the Project Manager for Incident Management and the Joint Cyber Security Coordination Center (JC3).
Women @ Energy: Maria Stanton

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LaDoris (Dot) Harris is the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.
Women @ Energy: Dot Harris

"The ability to help others is the most fulfilling thing about working in the federal government. In my current position, the work I do can help small businesses, Minority Serving Institutions, and communities across America who are seeking access to the Energy Department’s resources. I enjoy giving back to students and communities through my work, and working on problems that have national impact." Read more from Dot on her profile here.

Dr. Nancy Jeanne Brown is a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Nancy Brown

"Energy and environment are in lock step. The goal of protecting the environment while facilitating and optimize energy production inspires my research, which is concerned with improving our ability to accurately simulate reactive flows that describe combustion and atmospheric phenomena." Read more from Nancy on her profile here.

Dr. Rosio Alvarez is the CIO at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she serves the computational needs of scientists that carry out $.8B of sponsored research in photon, computing, environmental, energy and bio sciences.
Women @ Energy: Rosio Alvarez

"Working for a place that is solving the biggest challenges that the world is facing is probably the most exciting and inspiring work you can do. Here at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, we are looking at how to solve some of the biggest health, energy, and environmental challenges. They will have a huge impact on the country and world for many, many generations to come and that makes you smile when you come to work each day." Read more from Rosio on her profile here.

Wende Wiles, PMP, RMP, is the IT Project Management Director for Information Management in the Office of the Chief Human Information Officer, helping to implement project portfolio management for the new DAYS ServiceNow ITSM project (delivering IT project, change, incident, and service management).
Women @ Energy: Wende Wiles

"What’s really exciting and has inspired me is the value I think being in a STEM role can add for translating technical information to the business and IT requirements from the business to define new opportunities. Technology advances may go unused if the business side does not see the potential in a way that speaks to them in their language. This has kept me challenged over the years working both as a provider and a consumer of IT services." Read more from Wende on her profile here.

Cereda Amos joined the Department of Energy, Office of the Chief Information Officer in October of 2011 as the Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center (JC3) Program Manager and was brought on board to work on the development phase of JC3.
Women @ Energy: Cereda Amos

"We can engage more women, girls, and other underrepresented groups in STEM professions by educating middle school and high school Science, Technology, and Mathematics teachers on opportunities in both the private and public sector. Many schools have clubs that invite speakers to talk about their profession and encourage the students to look early at what their future choices in college studies. Plugging in early is important as it opens up the possibilities, many of which they may not even know about." Read more from Cereda on her profile here.

Patricia Hoffman is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Women @ Energy: Patricia Hoffman

"Stay with it and be persistent! Network and ask questions with the people who are knowledgeable about the STEM field which interests you. Also, don’t be afraid to take risks. Often times, where you start your career may not be in the same area where you end. The good thing about having a STEM background is that it is a solid foundation for you to build your experience upon." Read more from Pat on her profile here.

Trish Damkroger is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day messaging, administration, and management of a 900-employee workforce in LLNL’s Computation Directorate.
Women @ Energy: Trish Damkroger

"My main inspiration was my father. He was the first person in his family to go to college. He became an electrical engineer and travelled around the world in technical marketing for HP. He would bring me back dolls from around the world. I thought engineering was a way to travel the world while doing something useful." Read more from Trish on her profile here.

Mrs. Linda Valerio is a Mechanical Engineer here at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  She specializes in planning, design, and installation of particle accelerator beam line and vacuum systems.
Women @ Energy: Linda Valerio

"Fermilab is a unique and exciting workplace. Some of the world's greatest scientific ideas are being explored, and it is extremely satisfying to know that my work contributes to new discoveries and technologies." Read more from Linda on her profile here.

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Women @ Energy: Rea Simpson

"Work hard in school and take classes that prepare you for college. Focus on learning even if the class doesn't seem like something you will ever use in your work life. All knowledge has value. Also find a mentor. Read a lot and make sure you read some non-fiction books. Read biographies of people you look up to or aspire to be like." Read more from Rea on her profile here.

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Women @ Energy: Rachel Segalman

"Scientific research is really about solving a problem or discovering something new. I find this process really exciting, particularly because it means we're always exploring something new. I also very much enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for this process with others and therefore working with students is a great joy." Read more from Rachel on her profile here.

Dr. Natalie Roe is an experimental particle physicist and observational cosmologist.
Women @ Energy: Natalie Roe

"In my fields of particle physics and cosmology we are trying to answer age-old questions: what are the basic constituents of the Universe; how did the Universe begin; what is its ultimate fate? As experimentalists we get our roll up our sleeves to build cutting edge detectors, electronics, accelerators and telescopes. I find this to be a compelling combination: lofty questions and nitty-gritty technical challenges." Read more from Natalie on her profile here.