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Educating girls in grades 5-12 to Think Critically, to Lead Confidently, and to Live Honorably

February 2021 Think Tank and Conference


Wardah Amir
combining STEM + humanities in national security

Wardah Amir is a 2019-2020 National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Fellow with the Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NA-213). She is a Young Ambassador with the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and co-chairs the WCAPS Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Policy Working Group. She was previously a Project Associate with the Chemical Security team at CRDF Global. After performing an internship with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Wardah became extremely interested in chemical nonproliferation and disarmament. She has also performed internships with several think tanks including Chatham House, Hudson Institute, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Wardah holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Wardah currently works as a National Security Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.

Wardah fully believes, "Women's voices need to be at the table when discussing national and international security issues. Only when diverse voices and perspectives are included in policy discussions, will we be able to address issues that impact us all."


Tamecia R. Jones
STEM education expert and STEM program development specialist

Tamecia R. Jones, PhD is an assistant professor at North Carolina State University College of Education in the STEM Education Department.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, a Master’s of Divinity from the School of Theology at Boston University, and a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University.  She taught middle school math and science in charter and pilot schools in Boston for three years, and has eighteen years of STEM program development experience. 

Her research interests focus on heightening learning experiences and empowering K-12 teachers and students through investigation of:  1) developing effective assessments that identify engineering knowledge and skills via less obtrusive methods, 2) supporting the professional development of teachers, 3) and advancing successful participation in engineering in formal and informal environments with culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy.  She partners with informal programs to conduct research in assessment and with engineering faculty to improve pedagogy and test learning applications for efficacy.  At NC State, she teaches the capstone course in Technology, Design, and Engineering Education, and graduate courses in engineering education, leadership, and emerging technologies.  She is an ordained minister and a very amateur photographer.


Caroline Spindel
New STEM + humanities major at Lehigh

Caroline Spindel graduated from Harpeth Hall in 2019. She now attends Lehigh University as a second-year Integrated Design, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) student with a concentration in both electrical and computer engineering and psychology. During her time at Harpeth Hall, Spindel interned with NASA’s High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) at Goddard. Since her junior year of high school, Spindel has worked at Vanderbilt’s Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MuMS) facility studying nanoparticles using molecular dynamics simulations. Her love of writing earned her a fellowship with Lehigh’s Technology, Research, and Communication (TRAC) program where she serves as a peer writing tutor.

Spindel has a variety of research interests that include the design, development, and application of multiscale simulations, mixed reality, and technologies for accessibility and rehabilitation. Through IDEAS, she has also acquired a love of the study of engineering ethics and philosophy. She hopes to continue her education after completing her undergraduate degree.