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March 4, 2021
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

How Your Career Can Help Your Hometown: An Interview with Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus

Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus is the Applied Science Manager for Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative, focusing on fairness and identifying biases in the technologies. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search Team in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, at which she was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

She has her Ph.D. from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University. Recently, Dr. Sephus became founder and CEO of The Bean Path non-profit organization based in Jackson, MS assisting individuals with technical expertise and guidance. We're thriled to have her as part of the Speaker Network at Envision by WorldStrides, participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering.

 

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February 25, 2021
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

Six Facts about Dr. Charles Drew - From Athlete to America's Blood Bank Hero

Every two seconds, a blood transfusion is required in the United States, yet few know the incredible person behind the lifesaving uses of donated blood. Dr. Charles Richard Drew was one of the 20th century’s most important scientists who started as a leader in sports! As a surgeon and pioneer in the preservation of life-saving blood plasma, he discovered the method for its long-term storage and organized America's first large-scale blood bank. Learn more about this African American medical legend!

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February 18, 2021
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

Fun Facts About the Hidden Figures: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson

If you’ve seen the 2016 film Hidden Figures, you know these women were American mathematicians whose work as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) employees was critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. Not only were they superhuman computers, they were Girl Scout Leaders, Silver Snoopy Award winners, and have a namesake on the moon! Check out the fun facts below about these mathematical legends!

 

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February 4, 2021
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

Five Facts About the Late, Great George Carruthers

George Robert Carruthers (October 1, 1939–December 26, 2020) was an African-American inventor, physicist, engineer, and space scientist. Carruthers is most well-known for his contributions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo 16 mission. Although a brilliant man with multiple scientific accomplishments, his academic success was not immediate.


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December 15, 2020
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

One Student’s Path to Military Service: An Interview with Alumna Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore attended the National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security—Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense in the summer of 2018. Dedicated to serving, she is preparing for the Army National Guard and has her eyes set on an appointment to the United States Military Academy, West Point. Check out her inspiring journey here!

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November 9, 2020
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

How To Make An Impact with STEM: A Q&A with Gitanjali Rao

"Each one of us are open to taking different risks. It’s just the ability to get out of our comfort zone and try something that we haven’t tried before." -Gitanjali Rao is an American inventor and winner of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017. A 3-time TEDx Speaker, in September 2018 Rao was awarded the United States Environmental Protection Agency President’s Environmental Youth Award. Gitanjali was awarded the Top “Health” Pillar Prize for the TCS Ignite Innovation Student Challenge in May 2019 for developing a diagnostic tool based on advances in genetic engineering for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction. Gitanjali is part of the Envision by World Strides Speaker Network, participating in the Explore STEM Alumni program.