From DOE: Women in STEM for Mothers Day

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US Department of Energy

May 8, 2015
AnneMarie Horowitz

Pam Richmond, Internet Project Manager at Argonne

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Argonne Internet project manager Pam Richmond designs websites and e-learning to support programs in environmental remediation.

Pam Richmond is an Internet project manager in the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. For over 15 years, Pam has managed, designed, and developed websites and online learning to support programs in the areas of environmental remediation, decision support, and public outreach. She designs web-based tools with the end user in mind, striving to communicate technical information to a range of audiences in a compelling way. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and her Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.

Dr. Cynthia Jenks, Research Lead at Ames Lab

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Dr. Cynthia Jenks is the Assistant Director for Scientific Planning and the Division Director of Chemical and Biological Science at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

Dr. Cynthia Jenks is the Assistant Director for Scientific Planning and the Division Director of Chemical and Biological Science at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1986 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1988 and a M.Phil and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1991 and 1992, respectively. Jenks did her postdoctoral work at Iowa State University and the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, joining the scientific staff of the Ames Laboratory in 1995. Her research interests are in the areas of surface structure and reactivity, surface structure-property relationships, catalysis, and thin film growth. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Paula Gant, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas

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Dr. Paula Gant is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.

Dr. Paula Gant is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Gant administers domestic and international oil and gas programs, including policy analysis, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and export authorization. Dr. Gant’s work at DOE is focused on realizing the promise presented by America’s abundant natural gas and oil resources which hinges on prudent production, environmental stewardship and efficient use. The Department of Energy’s research efforts seek to deploy the best available science, analysis and technologies to ensure a more secure energy future by leveraging our domestic natural gas and oil resources and protecting our air, land, and communities. Dr. Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Duke Energy. She has also served on the faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Louisville. Paula is a native of Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McNeese State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.

Alina Deshpande, Biomedical Researcher at Los Alamos

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Los Alamos biomedical researcher Alina Deshpande is dedicated to strengthening the world’s fight against infectious diseases by providing new tools for early detection and mitigation of disease outbreaks.

Hailing from the world’s second most populated country, microbiologist Alina Deshpande understands how our highly mobile and connected world may be susceptible to pandemics. A researcher at Los Alamos, Deshpande left India with her husband to become a student at the Lab and pursue a doctorate in biomedicine. Her graduate research focused on cervical cancer genetics. She received a post-doctoral fellowship in 2004 to pursue research on host-pathogen interactions, studying cholera and anthrax.

Always fascinated by infectious diseases, Deshpande leads a global disease surveillance project at the Lab, a multi-million dollar effort that explores the most critical aspects of international disease awareness. Deshpande’s team believes it is essential that nations are able to quickly detect and characterize a biological threat affecting human, animal or agricultural health. Detection and characterization enables lives to be saved and offers improved outcomes in various scenarios such as the purposeful release of a biothreat agent, an emerging infectious disease outbreak, pandemic, environmental disaster, or food-borne illness.

Lara Leininger, Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab

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Lara D. Leininger, Ph.D. has been a full-time Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for over 14 years with experience as a Computational Analyst, Principal Investigator, and Program Manager of the Joint DoD / DOE Munitions Technology Development Program.

Lara D. Leininger, Ph.D. has been a full-time Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for over 14 years with experience as a Computational Analyst, Principal Investigator, and Program Manager of the Joint DoD / DOE Munitions Technology Development Program. She has contributed to a variety of projects, in various roles and levels of responsibility, to solve technical problems that often have a great deal of uncertainty, and a high risk of failure.

Lara was also employed for over 2 years as a full-time Managing Engineer at Hinman Consulting Engineers in San Francisco. Hinman is a small consulting firm that specializes in Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) and blast consulting for a range of projects. Lara’s responsibilities included military facility design and upgrade, high threat/high risk developments for international clients, and federally-owned facilities), managing technical innovation, and staff management. Lara earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in Computational Engineering Mechanics, her M.S. from Stanford University in Thermosciences and Microdevices, and her B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Mechanical Engineering.

Simerjeet Gill, Materials Scientist at Brookhaven National Lab

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Simerjeet Gill of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory works on materials in extreme environments, including supercritical CO2, which is an initiative in the President’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal.

Simerjeet Gill of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory works on materials in extreme environments, including supercritical CO2, which is an initiative in the President’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. Her work is focused on utilizing synchrotron X-ray techniques and microscopy to investigate materials in extreme environments to advance applied energy technologies for nuclear and enhanced geothermal systems. She has developed in-situ reaction cell and is the lead scientist on a “first-light” experiment to study corrosion in nuclear materials when operations begin at the National Synchrotron Light Source II in 2015. Before joining the Lab in 2010, Simerjeet was a research assistant at Texas Tech University, where she earned her Ph.D in inorganic chemistry. She earned BS and MS from Honours School in Chemistry at Panjab University in India.

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