Together we are fueled by curiosity and a desire to make a difference in the world, and our 2024 group of women in optics — now featured in a brand-new notebook format — is no different. We have followed diverse pathways to contribute to science and society in meaningful ways.
Each individual story is unique, but there are strong themes that bind these powerful experiences together. These engineers, researchers, and industry leaders share personal tales of finding joy and success in their work, addressing self-doubt, requesting assistance when needed, and learning from failure along the way.
Most importantly, they emphasize the role we all play in furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. These reflections remind us that we can all serve as supporters, allies, advocates, and mentors to others embarking on similar journeys.
As you enjoy these inspiring autobiographies and the wonderfully designed pages of this year’s notebook, please ask yourself: what can I do to empower those who will follow in these women’s footsteps?
Design Engineer, Edmund Optics, Inc.
SPIE Senior Member
Chair, SPIE Early Career and Student Sub-Committee