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Kirsten, J'Tia and Emily are all working at the Nuclear Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory. Read what they say about choosing a career in science and engineering and what to do to get started.

  • Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz
    Nonproliferation technical specialist
    Technical Nonproliferation Policy Support Section

    Dr. Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz has nearly twenty years of experience in nuclear reactor analysis, nuclear material safeguards and nuclear nonproliferation. Currently, Dr. Laurin-Kovitz leads the Technical Nonproliferation Policy Support Program, managing a team which combines expertise in science and engineering with specialized knowledge of nonproliferation policies and international affairs to provide reliable, high-quality technical advisory services and conduct outreach for policy implementation such as training to export control enforcement personnel on strategic WMD-related commodities…
    Kirsten says: "The U.S. needs to grow its technical workforce - including engineers - and women represent an untapped resource that can help the U.S. remain competitive. I believe these types of programs provide an opportunity for girls to learn about engineering first-hand from women engineers that can provide positive role models. If even a fraction of these girls choose engineering careers we are impacting the future."
    Read more from Kirsten on her Women @ Energy profile
  • Natalia SaraevaNatalia Saraeva
    Nuclear Engineer
    Research Reactor Conversion Program

    Natalia V. Saraeva is a nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, where she serves as a project integrator lead for the research reactor conversion program…
    Natalia says: "STEM is not for a particular gender, it is for a particular mindset: if you like math and science, if you have a curious mind and like to discover new things and/or solve problems—STEM is for you!."
    Read more from Natalia's on her Women @ Energy profile
  • Emily Shemon Emily Shemon
    Nuclear Engineer
    Nuclear Systems Analysis

    Emily Shemon is an Argonne nuclear engineer working to support, maintain and develop Argonne's neutronics tools — the computational tools used to simulate the physics inside a nuclear reactor…
    Emily says: "The first thing to know is that you can be a scientist or engineer. Begin preparing yourself in high school by taking as many math and science courses as you can." Meet Emily
    Read more from Emily's on her Women @ Energy profile
  • J'Tia Taylor J'Tia Taylor
    Nonproliferation technical specialist
    Nonproliferation and National Security

    J’Tia Taylor is a nonproliferation technical specialist in the Nonproliferation and National Security Department of Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering division. J’Tia primarily works in export control, assessing technologies for their nonproliferation implications… Meet J'Tia
    J'Tia says: "A lot of women, girls, and other underrepresented groups do not understand what STEM entails. STEM is all around you from the food you eat (food scientists) to the roads you drive on (civil engineers). Also, engagement will help them to understand that STEM is not some abstract field that only “other” people work in. The STEM field includes women and people from diverse backgrounds and only benefits from adding different perspectives." Read more from J'Tia on her Women @ Energy profile

Other recommended resources

"Women: A Driving Force In Nuclear Power Programmes — More Women Are Taking on Key Roles in Developing National Programmes," by Brenda Pagannone and Rodolfo Quevenco from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published on January 17, 2012.

"Women Changing the Face of Nuclear Industry - Choosing Careers in Nuclear Science and Technology," an informative article by David Cardenas-Mazurkiewicz from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published on March 8, 2010 on the occasion of the International Women's Day.


ANS Video Interview: Women in Nuclear Technology

What can be done to encourage more women and girls to enter nuclear science and energy fields? Hear what three women in nuclear have to say...