Mildred Dresselhaus

People said you’re crazy…But if you think you’re right, stick to it. And we were right.

Mildred Dresselhaus, was the first woman to earn a full professorship at M.I.T. and a pioneer in the science underlying nanotechnology - which is no small feat. At first she was told there wasn’t a space for her in physics, but Millie persevered: “People said you’re crazy…But if you think you’re right, stick to it. And we were right.” Millie was recently featured in General Electric’s initiative to bring more women into STEM. From organizing the first Women’s Forum at M.I.T. to earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom, we honor Professor Dresselhaus not simply for her professional accomplishments, but also for her advocacy for women in physics and engineering!