Meet Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures’ in STEM

Dr. Aleeta Powe (Chemistry) and Dr. Angelique Johnson (J.B. Speed School of Engineering) will be holding a talk of women in the STEM field at The Yearling’s Club’s salute to Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures.’
Meet Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures’ in STEM

Chemistry professor Dr. Aleeta Powe will speak as part of a panel on ‘Hidden Figures’ in STEM fields on Sunday, March 19.

Dr. Aleeta Powe (Chemistry) specialized in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry and Mass Spectrometry research as a doctoral student at American University. Now she works to inspire undergraduate students to find success in STEM careers. Hear how Dr. Powe’s early interest in science paved her way to becoming a chemist and professor, and the stories of six other women working in STEM careers, at The Yearlings Club’s salute to Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures.’

The talk, inspired by the new movie “Hidden Figures,” which tells the true story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in the early years of the U.S. space program at NASA, will feature a panel of African-American women working in STEM careers locally. The panel includes Dr. Powe; Dr. Angelique Johnson, CEO, MEMStim LLC.; Stacey Purifoy-Jones, Proj. Mgr, Army Reserve Sect; Sherrie Derringer, Plant Engineering Mgr., UPS; Yoolanda Williams, Program Mgr., Regulatory and Compliance, GE Appliance Prod.; and Professor (ret.) Brenda Hart, Speed School, Student Affairs.  The moderator will be Dr. Kaila Story (Women’s & Gender Studies/Pan-African Studies).

Dr. Angelique Johnson

Dr. Angelique Johnson (J.B. Speed School of Engineering), founder and CEO, MEMStim LLC, is an electrical engineer whose company manufactures affordable cochlear implants for people with hearing loss.

The talk will be held on Sunday, March 19, from 4-6 p.m., at 4309 W. Broadway, Louisville. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Clest Lanier, 852-3042, or visit The Yearlings Club Hidden Figures talk.