This Is What a Scientist Looks Like





At Exploration Place we celebrate diversity in the STEM field. Through a collaboration with the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the National Girls Collaborative Project, we are proud to highlight 12 scientists featured in the IF/THEN Collection.

If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

Along the river path outside Exploration Place you will see colorful banners dedicated to these innovative and impactful leaders. We invite you to open this page on your mobile device and then walk the path, reading about each person and reflecting on the impacts they are making to our global community. Please tag us on social media if you take photos!

Learn more about the IF/THEN Collection



Featured Scientist
Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil Astrophysicist Uses the world’s largest telescopes to understand the nature of dark matter and galaxy formation by studying the smallest galaxies.
Dana Bolles Spaceflight Engineer Wears many hats at a space agency, from engineering to communicating about the search for life beyond Earth.
Dr. Danielle Twum Cancer Immunologist and Translational Scientist Liaison  Conducts research in oncology and clinical immunology.
Dorothy Tovar Microbiologist, PhD Student Researches antiviral immune responses in bats to understand their
remarkable ability to host viruses that are deadly to humans.
Kimberly Sass Architect and Professional Hockey Goaltender Advocates for the future of both women’s professional hockey and female participation in STEM careers.
Dr. Mitu Khandaker  Video Game Designer and Entrepreneur Designs, codes & researches games, and teaches game design & engineering with an emphasis on gender & racial equality in STEM.
Dr. Monica Rho Sports Medicine Doctor and Medical Educator Head Team Physician for the US Women’s National Soccer Team.
Myria Perez Paleontologist and Fossil Preparator Worked with paleontologist Louis Jacobs to unearth
never-before-seen fossils from Angola.
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant Large Carnivore Ecologist Uses statistical modeling to investigate how anthropogenic factors can influence the spatial patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology.
Dr. Ritu Raman  Engineer, Writer and Educator Builds machines from living cells.
Sarah A. Wilson Mechanical Engineer Intersects engineering with personal passions like skiing and gardening, to make a difference in the health and safety of people and the planet.
Dr. Yamina Presler Soil Scientist and Educator Studies the many ways that soil organisms control how soils form and function.