Several HPU students and faculty in the physics, math/computer science, and biology departments went to a private screening of Hidden Figures sponsored by Business and Professional Women (BPW) of the Triad. The event started off with a panel discussion focusing on current opportunities and challenges for women in STEM professions, led by NC Triad professionals Ms. Leslie Kilgore (VP of Engineering at Daimler/Thomas Built Buses) and Dr. Lakshmi Iyer (Director of Graduate Programs at UNCG Bryan School of Business in Information Systems and Supply Chain). The movie Hidden Figures was absolutely fantastic, and the entire group enjoyed it. If you’re not familiar with it, the film tells the untold story of NASA “computers” Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who made crucial contributions to America’s space program. To get a better idea of what it took to be a NASA “computer,” please read the Physics Today article.
The HPU SPS chapter and the Department of Physics are committed to creating an educational environment that recognizes the dignity of all people and celebrates diversity. We are committed to increasing access to physics courses and physics related careers for all individuals.