Tanvir Hussain

Tanvir Hussain

In his freshman year at La Jolla High School in San Diego, CA, Tanvir Hussain joined the FIRST Robotics Competition team, an international contest in which thousands of high school students, coaches, and mentors spend six weeks building robots capable of playing ball...
Dr. Courtney Thomas & Patience Ferguson

Dr. Courtney Thomas & Patience Ferguson

A South Carolina State University faculty-student team in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences is opening doors and finding new opportunities for SC State students. Dr. Courtney Thomas, SC State assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and...
Kayla Bouknight

Kayla Bouknight

As a child, Kayla Bouknight knew she was going to follow her parents and join the Navy. That was the future. However, fate intervened. A biology major at Hampton University, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet was leading her first run when she...
Dr. Kaila Vento

Dr. Kaila Vento

The helo dunker Dr. Vento escaped from was similar to this one used by the U.S. Marines. Dr. Kaila Vento climbed into the helo dunker, buckled in, and got ready to get drenched. This was the researcher’s world now even if her PhD hadn’t prepared her for the experience...
Kim Roche

Kim Roche

Kim Roche was an undergrad with plans for medical school when she decided to take a different turn. Completely in love with humanities, she started to look for career options that would combine chemistry and sciences with art history. And that’s when one of her...
Dr. Bryan Goldsmith

Dr. Bryan Goldsmith

Ben Harvey, a Senior Research Chemist at Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division China Lake (NAWCWD) was moderately surprised when Bryan Goldsmith made an unexpected call. Dr. Goldsmith, Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of...
Leila Character

Leila Character

Leila Character was in Guatemala chopping through the tropical forest with a machete and trying to avoid the getting even more covered in bug bites than she already was. Character and her team were looking for caves at a Maya archaeological site with the hope of...
Zachary Storti

Zachary Storti

It was a chance encounter with a high school teacher that led Zachary Storti on his STEM journey. Or, more accurately, with his teacher’s spouse. “(My teacher’s husband) worked for the command,” Storti says. Having heard about Storti’s interests and abilities,...
Sierra Teemsma

Sierra Teemsma

Sierra Teemsma was a student at San Diego City College trying to find her passion, something that would inspire her to make a profession out of. But nothing was becoming obvious. Completing various courses off-and-on while working full time in fast food, she just...