Legacy STEM Pioneer: Annie Easley
During a time when NASA was still NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), Annie Easley answered a newspaper request for individuals who were adept in mathematics. Working in The Lab, as it was called, Easley became a “human computer,” the term given to workers who performed, checked, and rechecked calculations for researchers. From the start of her career in 1955, Easley was destined to leave an impact, despite her reluctance to admit that she was one of the innovative black STEM pioneers, according to NASA. After retiring in 1989, Easley still remained active in the STEM community and passed away in 2011.
Today’s STEM Leader: Ronald Demon
During his early years, Ronald Demon, one of the brightest contemporary black STEM pioneers, ensured that his contributions were not only recognized, but also his by law. Inspired by the Pump sneaker that was popular in the 1990s, Demon sought to build a better shoe. As a software and basketball enthusiast, his passions led him to create extraordinary STEM innovations. After entering the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995, Demon created a sneaker that used computer-chip-controlled interconnected bladders of fluid to constantly accommodate a foot’s need inside the shoe. As he graduated from MIT in 1998, Demon also received a patent for his sneakers and founded VectraSense Technologies.