Tiera Fletcher '17, in collaboration with author Ginger Rue and illustrator Sally Wern Comport, wrote Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World (Candlewick, 2021). Fletcher, an engineer at Boeing, is one of the designers and structural analysts building the Space Launch System for NASA that is set to send people to Mars. This book for young readers highlights Fletcher and twelve other women scientists, including fellow MIT alumna and nuclear engineer Mareena Robinson Snowden PhD '17.
About the Book
What does it take to be a STEM genius? Check out these exciting, highly readable profiles of a dozen contemporary women who are on the cutting edge of scientific research.
Searching the cosmos for a new Earth. Using math to fight human trafficking. Designing invisible (and safer) cars. Unlocking climate-change secrets. All of this groundbreaking science, and much more, is happening right now, spearheaded by the diverse female scientists and engineers profiled in this book.
Meet award-winning aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and twelve other science superstars and hear them tell in their own words not only about their fascinating work, but also about their childhoods and the paths they traveled to get where they are—paths that often involved failures and unexpected changes in direction, but also persistence, serendipity, and brilliant insights. Their careers range from computer scientist to microbiologist to unique specialties that didn’t exist before some amazing women profiled here created them. Here is a book to surprise and inspire not only die-hard science fans, but also those who don’t (yet!) think of themselves as scientists. Back matter includes reading suggestions, an index, a glossary, and some surprising ideas for how to get involved in the world of STEM.