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Women in STEM

By Bella Leonard '21

Margaret Heafield Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton is a software engineer and worked for MIT as the director of the Software Engineering Division, as well as NASA. She is most famously known for developing on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo program. On November 22, 2016, she received the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom under president Barack Obama. She is also credited for coining the term "software engineering."

Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas is an American scientist and inventor. She is most credited with her invention of the illusion transmitter, which essentially is the birth of 3D technology. NASA still uses her patented invention today. We would most recognize her work because the illusion transmitter is used for 3D movies.

Katie Bouman

Katie Bouman is a computer scientist and engineer who works in the field of computer imagery. She is most famously known for the development of the algorithm that imaged black holes and for being a member of the Event Horizon Telescope team that captured the first image of a black hole. Without her, we would not have that image.

Kizzmekia Corbett

Kizzmekia Corbett is an American viral immunologist at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. She is currently the scientific lead of the VRC's Coronavirus Team, and is one of the scientists behind vaccine production. In February of 2021 she was noted for her substantial work and was highlighted in the Time's "Time 100 Next" list.

Laura Gomez

Laura Gomez is most famously known for her work within the world of social media. She was the founding member of Twitter's international team, where she led Twitter en Español. After noticing the amount of bias and discrimination in the tech world, she founded (and is CEO) of Atipica. Atipica is a recruiting software that uses artificial and human intelligence to help companies make bias-free decisions when hiring employees.


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