Grandma Got STEM

The blog started the discussion thread about the grandmas that are on Systers list. Fortunately, we also have STEM grandmas on the Systers list. What if you are old enough to be in the grandma club, but lack grandchildren or even children? The Systers are happy to include those that technically might not be grand-“mothers”. They are the courageous women who managed to have careers in the male dominated field of STEM and were not driven out of the field by misogyny. They are the ones who paved the way for other women to follow.

Genevieve Bell

2013 Women Of Vision ABIE Award Winner for Leadership
Dr. Genevieve Bell is an anthropologist and researcher with 15 years of experience driving innovation in the high tech industry. She is the Director of Interaction and Experience Research in Intel Labs.

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Vicki Hanson

2013 Women Of Vision ABIE Award Winner for Social Impact
Vicki Hanson is Professor of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee, and Research Staff Member Emeritus from IBM Research.

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Maja Mataric

2013 Women Of Vision ABIE Award Winner for Innovation
Professor and Chan Soon-Shiong chair in Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, founding director of the USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems (, co-director of the USC Robotics Research Lab ( and Vice Dean for Research in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

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