Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae C. Jemison is leading 100 Year Starship ™ ( 100YSS ), a bold, far reaching nonprofit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building a multi-faceted global community to foster the cultural, scientific, social and technical commitment, support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision- An inclusive, Audacious Journey ( that ) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond. 100YSS programs include: Annual Public Symposium – Pathways to the Stars – Footprints on Earth; the Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing; the 100YSS Crucibles – invitation only, trans disciplinary workshops to generate new disciplines that leapfrog technological and systemic hurdles; 100YSS@EU in Brussels. The 100YSS Way Research Institute is a home to generate the radical leaps that accelerate knowledge, technology, design, and thinking not just for the stars, but to enhance life on Earth. Jemison led the team that won the competitive, single awardee seed funding grant in February 2012 from DARPA the US Defense Department’s premiere research group.

Jemison started The Jemison Group, Inc. a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design of engineering and science projects, such as satellite technology for health care delivery and solar dish Stirling engine electricity in developing countries. The Jemison Group explores and develops stand-alone science and technology companies. BioSentient Corporation, a medical devices and services company focused on improving health and human performance is such a company. An Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison worked on sustainable development and technology design particularly for the developing world. Before joining NASA she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leona and Liberia and a general practice physician in Los Angeles.

In 1994, Jemison founded The Earth We Share™( TEWS ), the international science camp for students 12-16 years old. TEWS™ is a program of the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence non-profit which launched TEWS-Space Race in 2011 in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District; it will impact up to 10,000 middle school students and train hundreds of teachers. Other foundation programs include Reality Leads Fantasy – Celebrating Women of Color in Flight that highlighted women in aviation and space from around the world. EXPO Inspire is a hands- on public STEM fair for students, teachers, parents and all comers.

Jemison is Bayer Corporation USA’s national science literacy ambassador. She is the space operations advisor for the upcoming National Geographic global miniseries MARS. Jemison is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and on the board of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Valspar corporations, Texas Medical Center, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She was the Founding Chair of the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board, Chair of the Texas State Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Cluster and the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force. Jemison is an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and Texas Science Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award, the Kilby Science Award and National Association of Corporate Director’s Directorship 100 most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance in 2014 among many honors. September 2011 she was a featured panelist on the CNBC special “The Business of Science” and is pleased to have been one of the teachers on “The Dream School”. Jemison is author of several books including “Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from my life”, titles under the Scholastic True Books series on space exploration and was the first real astronaut to appear on the Star Trek TV series.