2021 Women in STEAM

Thursday, April 29 | 1:30-3:00pm

This program provides space for young women to learn from and be inspired by women leaders across a range of STEAM industries. Each speaker will share their career journey and how they have overcome challenges. The program will close with a live Q&A, so be sure to tune in live!

Este programa ofrece un espacio para que las mujeres jóvenes se inspiren en otras mujeres líderes de la industria STEAM y aprendan de ellas. Cada ponente compartirá su trayectoria profesional y expondrá cómo ha superado sus retos. El programa se cerrará con una sesión de preguntas y respuestas en vivo, ¡así que asegúrese de sintonizarlo en directo!



Megan ParryModerator: Megan Parry, Meteorologist, ABC 10News

Dr. Kathreen ThomeDr. Kathreen Thome, Physicist, General Atomics

Dr. Thome is an experimental plasma physicist for General Atomics in San Diego. Her interest in plasmas and fusion began in her 10t grade chemistry class when she first learned about fusion, the process that produces energy in the stars. This led her to commit to focusing her career on developing this energy source for terrestrial use. After high school, Dr. Thome attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she received her B.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering in 2009 and conducted research at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center. After enjoying her undergraduate research and classes in plasma physics, she continued toward her goal by earning her Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2016. After graduation, she began working on-site at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, first as a postdoctoral scientist and, since 2018, as a staff scientist. At the nation’s largest tokamak, she is doing her dream job and is never bored.

Jimmykim PhamJimmykim Pham, Senior Manager – Hologic Diagnostics R&D Assay Development

Jimmykim Pham has a degree in Biochemistry from UCSD and is a Senior Manager of R&D Assay Development at Hologic, recently celebrating her 20-year service anniversary with the company. She can be credited with contributions to the development of various diagnostic assays as well as our Tigris and Panther instrumentation platforms. Her most noteworthy work is the recent development of the SARS CoV-2 Assay for the diagnosis of Covid-19. When Jimmykim is not at work, she enjoys traveling, hiking and camping.

Jasmine SadlerJasmine Sadler, CEO, The STEAM Collaborative

Trained as a rocket scientist and ballerina, Ms. Jasmine L. Sadler, MBA lives her life on purpose through her company, The STEAM Collaborative, which increases the number of diverse children – of all genders and cultures – pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, alongside artistic endeavors. Since relocating from Detroit to San Diego 8 years ago, Jasmine specializes in entertainment, engineering, entrepreneurship, and education. Collaborating with over 50 organizations, The STEAM Collaborative Designs, Organizes, and Implements STEAM Programs with Directors and Managers of youth-focused, informal education organizations.

Jennifer LuceJennifer Luce, Principal and Founder of LUCE et Studio Architects


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ABC10 News Hologic, Inc.  General Atomics San Diego County Office of Education

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