I’ve used a lot of maps and charts in my lifetime. Here’s a look at the people who make them. A cartographer is someone who will measure, analyze, and interpret geographical information to create maps and charts for political, cultural and educational purposes. The first maps were manually constructed with brushes and parchment. From the 15th to the 17th century (the Age of Exploration) cartographers used maps that had been passed down for centuries and created new ones using recently developed surveying techniques and explorers’ observations. Of course, the invention of the telescope, sextant and compass enabled increasing accuracy.   … Continue reading Cartographer

Carolyn Porco

Carolyn C. Porco was born March 6, 1953. She is an American planetary scientist known for her work in the exploration of the outer solar system. In the 1980s, she began her career with her imaging work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. She  leads the imaging science team on the Cassini mission currently in orbit around Saturn. Carolyn is an expert on planetary rings and Enceladus, one of the moons of Saturn. Carolyn was born in New York City. She graduated in 1970 from Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, in New York City. She … Continue reading Carolyn Porco

Natural Sciences Manager

Natural science managers supervise the activities of scientists and technicians. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production. They are also responsible for overseeing support staff. Managers decide the goals of the scientists and technicians within the expectations of the company in which they work. Natural science managers make plans that scientists and researchers need to meet for their research or development goals. These plans could be detailed descriptions of how to invent a new product or how to improve an existing product. They could also be plans that detail … Continue reading Natural Sciences Manager

Automotive Engineer

Automotive engineers design the systems and mechanisms of cars. These professionals ensure that automotive designs and systems conform to budgeted quality and cost specifications. Similar to other types of mechanical engineers, automotive engineers analyze potential problems in design and work to solve those problems, design and retest prototypes of cars and car parts, and oversee the manufacturing of automotives. They may be found working in an office setting or within an automotive manufacturing plant. Within their line of work, automotive engineers may utilize tools such as workshop presses, grinders, and machine tools to construct prototypes for testing. Computers also are … Continue reading Automotive Engineer

Gertrude B. Elion

American biochemist and pharmacologist Gertrude B. Elion helped develop drugs to treat leukemia and prevent kidney transplant rejection. She won a Nobel Prize for medicine in 1988. Born  in New York City, Gertrude Elion spent her childhood in Manhattan, where her father had a dental practice. When her brother was born, the family moved to the Bronx. Demonstrating, in her words, an “insatiable thirst for knowledge” she excelled during high school .Motivated by the death of her grandfather, who died of cancer, Elion entered Hunter College, in New York City, at age 15 and graduated summa cum laude in chemistry at age … Continue reading Gertrude B. Elion

Environmental Engineer

Environmental and ecological engineers respond to the challenges posed by a growing population, intensifying land-use pressures, rapidly evolving technology, and increasing government regulations. The environmental/ecological engineer must develop technically sound solutions within the framework of maintaining or improving environmental quality, complying with public policy, and optimizing the utilization of resources. The engineer provides system and component design, serves as a technical advisor in policy making and legal deliberations, develops management schemes for resources, and provides technical evaluations of systems. Through the current work of environmental and ecological engineers, individuals and businesses are understanding how to coordinate society’s interaction with the … Continue reading Environmental Engineer

Clea Koff Forensic Anthropologist

Clea Koff was born 1972. She is the daughter of Msindo Mwinyipembe and David Koff, both documentary filmmakers focused on human rights issues. Her parents took her and her older brother with them around the world. She spent her childhood in England, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, and the United States. By the time she was a teenager she had decided to study human osteology, which she did first in California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Stanford University. Clea began her advanced studies in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She combined her studies with working for the United … Continue reading Clea Koff Forensic Anthropologist

Forensic Science Technician

Forensic science technicians are sharp-eyed individuals responsible for collecting or analyzing evidence that can put criminals behind bars. Whether you want to be an on-the-ground CSI or focus on laboratory work, your best bet is to get a bachelor’s degree in forensic science, biology or chemistry. Duties of a Forensic Science Technician include: At crime scenes Analyze crime scenes to determine what and how evidence should be collected Take photographs of the crime scene and evidence Make sketches of the crime scene Record observations and findings, such as the location and position of evidence Collect physical evidence, including weapons, fingerprints, … Continue reading Forensic Science Technician

Cool Jobs – Mathematical Modeler

Some lucky folks get to use mathematical models to illustrate processes or solve complex problems. These skills can be applied to a number of fields including animation, theoretical chemistry, sociology, and more. Many mathematical modelers use their mathematical modeling skills along with software technology to create and animate 3D representations of processes. A mathematical model of water can be used, as example, to understand dissociation of salts and the creation of hydration shells around metal ions. Mathematical modelers pinpoint the essence of what makes something work, be it a jet engine, a social network, the economy, or even a galaxy, … Continue reading Cool Jobs – Mathematical Modeler

Diver Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and film-maker. She has made TV series for PBS, National Geographic Channel and the BBC; consulted on movies for directors including James Cameron; written several books and produced documentaries including We Are Water. At an early age Jill was inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s television series. In 5th grade she gave a Science Fair project about mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. She studied at York University and attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications. After graduation she ran a small graphic design agency in Toronto while teaching … Continue reading Diver Jill Heinerth