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Exploring Women’s History Month: A PPPL engineer discusses her perspective

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the second of a weekly series throughout March.

Name: Jessica Guttenfelder

Position: Mechanical engineer and technical operations supervisor: Heating systems — neutral beams

How long at PPPL: Five years

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Exploring Women’s History Month: A PPPL researcher discusses her perspective

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates International Women’s Day March 8 and Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the first of a weekly series throughout March.

Name: Anna Teplukhina

Position: Postdoctoral researcher, ITER and Tokamaks

How long at PPPL: Two years

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Guillaume LaForest: A 19-year veteran who served in U.S. Navy, Air Force & Army

During his 19 years in three branches of the military, Guillaume LaForest has worked on F-14 Tomcats fighter aircraft, traveled to Afghanistan and Kuwait, and served on several bases around the country from Fort Hood, Texas, to Fort Dix, New Jersey. Along the way, he obtained two master’s degrees and carried on his career as a teacher for much of that time. 

Barbara Harrison brings experience to new position for equity, diversity and inclusion

Barbara Harrison, PPPL’s new equity, diversity and inclusion business partner, has made an effort to hire a more diverse staff as a talent acquisition specialist at PPPL for the past two years. Now she plans to focus on helping to make the Laboratory’s culture become more diverse and inclusive.

“PPPL needs to be more proactive about diversity and inclusion and anti-racism through recruitment, hiring, and nurturing the talent we have,” said Steve Cowley, PPPL director. “I am delighted to have Barbara bring her experience and insights to this important new role.”

PPPL celebrates the women of the Laboratory during Women’s History Month

Women contribute to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s mission in every department, whether it’s in Engineering, Research, or Operations, Click here to view our slideshow celebrating the women of the Laboratory during Women’s History Month. (Photos by Elle Starkman and slideshow by Kyle Palmer/PPPL Office of Communications)

Barbara Garcia: A first-generation college student spends summer doing research at PPPL

As a first-generation college student, Barbara Garcia had to figure out a lot of things on her own when applying for college. Her parents were Mexican immigrants who didn’t go to college and couldn’t help her navigate the application process, couldn’t help her study for the SATs or look over her application essays. 

“Being a first-generation college student has influenced me by teaching me independence and helping me to carve my own path,” Garcia said. “I didn’t have my parents to guide me toward STEM – I just sort of found it on my own and discovered physics on my own.” 

Teaching the teachers: Workshop gives physics professors at minority serving institutions the knowledge and experiments to use in their classrooms

Hillary Stephens is a physics professor at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, a two-year college in Lakewood, Washington, where students typically aren’t exposed to research experiments. Stephens came to a three-day workshop at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) hoping to find plasma physics experiments she can bring back to the classroom. 

Science Education staff testify about the importance of STEM programs to joint New Jersey Assembly committee

The New Jersey Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee and the Assembly Education Committee met jointly at the College of New Jersey on March 20 to hear testimony from experts regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for students in kindergarten through grade 12, and particularly the ways in which female and minority students are being reached through STEM programs both inside and outside of school.

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