Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus and
Her Impacts on Science and Women in Science

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Mildred Dresselhaus
Courtesy of Ed Quinn

Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus is 'one of the nation’s foremost experts in the multifaceted field of carbon science. Her investigations into superconductivity, the electronic properties of carbon, thermoelectricity and the new physics at the nanometer scale have helped yield numerous scientific discoveries.'1

'Professor Dresselhaus began her MIT career at the Lincoln Laboratory. During that time she switched from research on superconductivity to magneto-optics, and carried out a series of experiments which led to a fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of semi-metals, especially graphite.'2 She is currently Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emeritus Institute Professor.

'Throughout her career, … [Dr. Dresselhaus] has combined significant scientific accomplishments and prominent leadership roles with an abiding commitment to support the advancement of women in the sciences. …

Amid public debate over the capacity of women to thrive in a scientific environment, Dr. Dresselhaus’s esteemed career provides a decisive and resounding answer. Her quiet leadership, serving as a generous mentor and role model to countless women over the years, has had a profound impact on the scientific opportunities that are available to women today.'1

Dr. Dresselhaus served as the Director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2000–2001 and is a recent recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award.

1 Edited excerpt from Mildred Dresselhaus
2 Edited excerpt from Faculty -- Mildred Dresselhaus

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