STEM Panel

This panel features women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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Leah Honey is a Flight Controller for the International Space Station (ISS) working for Leidos. Leah received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.  Leah began her career at NASA as a Power Resource Officer, which is the group responsible for analyzing the ISS power generation and distribution capabilities as well as managing real-time power failures and anomalies.  Leah then transitioned to work on the Robonaut project, where she trained astronauts, wrote crew procedures for astronauts to perform Robonaut maintenance, and developed scripted operations for Robonaut to perform specific tasks on-board the ISS.  Currently, Leah works as an Operations Support Officer, which is the group responsible for ISS maintenance and crew systems hardware.  In Jan/Feb of 2016, Leah participated in a 30-day experiment simulating a deep space mission.  During this time, Leah and three crew-mates lived in a deep-space habitat mockup and mimicked the daily life of ISS astronauts to help researchers learn how isolation and close quarters affect individual behavior and group morale.



Dr. Chiara M. F. Mingarelli is a gravitational-wave astrophysicist, currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, where she holds a Marie Curie Fellowship. Mingarelli received her Ph.D from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2014. Her core research is focused on using Pulsar Timing Arrays to detect low-frequency gravitational waves from supermassive black hole binaries, with forays into electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave events, such as fast radio bursts. Mingarelli's thesis was published in the Springer Thesis Series (2015), and she is the recipient of numerous grants from the Royal Astronomical Society and the UK Institute of Physics for both research and outreach. She has written an invited guest article for Scientific American, and contributes to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.



Crystal is the CoderGirl Program Director at LaunchCode. She holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She first came to St. Louis in 2010 as a Teach For America Corps Member and taught middle school math in South St. Louis City for four years. After her time in the classroom, she wanted to explore a career that would allow her to bring together her love for creativity, science, and community--coding seemed like a great next step. She learned to code in late 2014 at CoderGirl, and went on to become the program's director after she was hired by LaunchCode in early 2015. In addition to her work with her work with the CoderGirl Program, Crystal has supported the development of curriculum for LaunchCode’s other education programs and oversaw all local community outreach efforts.



Dr. Tanaka is the Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She began her career as a member of the varsity track and field team at Stanford University and is an expert in the surgical management of sports-related injuries, in which she works to improve the understanding of injuries and prevention in female athletes. Dr. Tanaka was the first woman to serve as a team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals, and has also served a team physician to the New York Liberty (WNBA), St Louis Surge (WBCBL), Johns Hopkins University, and St John University in Queens, NY.