Celebrating Black Americans in the STEM Spotlight

Learn about four individuals who have made history following their dreams

As Black History Month comes to a close, we are taking time to reflect on all the groundbreaking contributions Black Americans have made in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. Every day, we continue to be amazed and inspired by these individuals who make history by following their dreams. We are using this time to shine an extra spotlight on four incredible Black individuals who have become some of the most successful leaders in STEM.


Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

A marine biologist, policy expert, and environmentalist who builds solutions for climate change and co-created the Blue New Deal, which is a plan for including the ocean in climate policy.







Victor J. Glover

After 24 combat missions as a test pilot in the U.S. Navy, he became the first black NASA astronaut to live and work at the International Space Station for an extended stay.






Stephanie Epsy

The first person in her predominately Black public high school to earn college admission to MIT which led her to a career as a chemical engineer and later an entrepreneur, author, and STEM educator.







Gerald Johnson

As the EVP at General Motors Co., he helped his company navigate its COVID-19 response while implementing inclusion initiatives and was named Engineer of the Year because of all his hard work and dedication.