This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Alexis Scott, an Educator, Entrepreneur and Engineer!
As compiled by Léolène Carrington, Ph.D.
We’re delighted to feature Alexis Scott as this week’s #WCWinSTEM! Alexis is passionate about numbers and teaching and have made it her life’s mission to help students who have struggles with Mathematics. The author of “Embracing STEM Smarts”, Alexis has used her gifts in founding AMS Academic Solutions, an Educational Services Center, and she is excited to share her story with us.
Responses may be edited for content and brevity.
Where/when did you go to school?
- B.S., Mathematics, Spelman College
- M.S., Mathematics, University of North Texas
What do you do right now?
I am currently a Cybersecurity Engineering Manager, a Math Educator, and own the company AMS Academic Solutions – an Educational Services Center.
What made you choose your STEM discipline in the first place?
I have always had an affinity towards numbers and solving problems. However, I never thought mathematics would be my subject. I thought I would be an accountant. I would be sitting in an office and count money all day. LOL. However, the undergraduate institution I chose (Spelman College) did not have an accounting degree. So, I went with the idea of being a mathematics major. That aligned with what I liked, i.e. numbers and solving problems. What I further realized during my four year undergraduate career is that I had an affinity towards the subject, understanding the idea behind the numbers and also tutoring others in mathematics. It was a pure enjoyment for me.
So, I didn’t exactly choose my STEM discipline. It chose me and I have not turned back.
What’s one piece of advice you wish you had when you started your STEM journey?
It is ok to be passionate about the subjects you are passionate about. It is okay to be a woman and be smart in a field where typically women are not supposed to excel.
Do you have any woman of color in STEM sheros? Who and why?
Several of my former professors at Spelman College are my sheros.
What else are you passionate about?
Primarily Mathematics Education, but I also play tennis.
Why do you think it’s important to highlight women of color in STEM?
It is very difficult sometimes being the only. I graduated from Spelman College where I was a part of a large group of African-American women excelling in STEM fields. Had I known that would be the last time I would be a part of the majority, I probably would have appreciated it more. From my graduate studies to all of my engineering jobs, I have either been the only African-American female or one of two or three. In my current position, I am the only African-American Engineering manager in my department. That can be very difficult at times, because you often have to prove that you deserve to be where you are.
I would like to see more women of color in STEM, so that it can be reduced from being an abnormality and turn into the norm.
There are so many of us out there, but so few of us are represented in these positions.
Alexis Scott was also honored by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers as one of the “Hidden Figures of Dallas: Top Women of Color In STEM“!
Are there institutions, groups or organizations you would like to give a shoutout?
Thank you, Alexis, for slaying in the “numbers” game! We’re honored to have you in our #VanguardSTEM squad!
*All images used with permission from Alexis Scott.
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