Role Models

The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network honors diverse STEM leaders who have made and continue to make significant contributions in STEM. 

"Do not let others define who you are. Define yourself. Do not be limited by what others think of you, but reach confidently for the stars."
Shirley Ann Jackson
American Physicist

I CAN STEM Role Models

Our “I Can STEM” historical and famous role models are individuals that have made a significant impact in STEM. 

Shirley Ann Jackson

American physicist

Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African-American woman to have earned a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the first woman and African-American to chair the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Alberto Pedro Calderón


Alberto Pedro Calderón was an Argentinian mathematician. Calderón and his mentor, the analyst Antoni Zygmund, developed the theory of singular integral operators.

Flossie Wong-Staal

American molecular biologist

Flossie Wong-Staal was a Chinese-American virologist and molecular biologist. She was the first scientist to clone HIV and determine the function of its genes, which was a major step in proving that HIV is the cause of AIDS.

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