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Alonso Zimmerman Receives ‘Women of Color’ STEM Technical Rising Star Award

Natasha Alonso Zimmerman, a chemist and project manager at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, was recognized as a “Rising Star” at the 24th Annual Women of Color STEM Conference, held Oct. 3–5, in Detroit, Michigan.

Created by the Career Communications Group, Inc., the Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference has been a popular forum for recognizing the significant contributions by women in STEM fields. This program recognizes and shapes a network of role models who can inspire others by demonstrating leadership and success in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Alonso Zimmerman’s award, in the “Technical Rising Star” category, recognizes her accomplishments in helping shape technology for the future.

In her first three years at APL, Alonso Zimmerman was appointed project manager of an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity program involving the testing and evaluation of technologies developed to detect trace chemicals through active infrared spectroscopy. She has also contributed to multiple multidisciplinary projects, and her technical contributions have been recognized with “Special Achievement” and “Scientist of the Month” awards. Throughout her professional and educational career, she has remained an active member of groups and organizations involved in outreach (in particular for STEM), advocacy and mentorship.

“To be awarded with the WOC Technology Rising Star means that I have an obligation to continue mentoring others in my career, community and outreach efforts,” Alonso Zimmerman said. “This award is confirmation that hard work and determination were key to my success. Additionally, these accomplishments would not be possible without the help, support and mentorship of others who believe in me (including my family). I am also thankful for all of the revolutionary changes brought about by numerous influential women who have championed the cause of equality for minority women in STEM. We have to all work together to ensure everyone has a voice, is heard, and has the support necessary to continue to make a difference.”

Alonso Zimmerman earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She joins several other APL staff members who have been recognized with Women of Color STEM Awards, including Miquel Antoine (2018); Melissa Wong (2017); Camille Daniel (2016); Xiomara Calderón-Colón, Gina Marshall-Johnson and Deanna Green (2015); and Dawnielle Farrar-Gaines (2014).