These stories aren’t always told in our classrooms but thanks to institutions such as the NIHERST, information about these men and women are readily available. Here are five women from T&T making their name in Science and Technology. Information courtesy NIHERST.
Camille Wardropt- Alleyne is an aerospace engineer and one of a few women of colour and the only woman of Caribbean descent in a senior management position at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The recipient of several recognition awards from NASA, she has played a lead role in the design and development of space vehicles, among them the state-of-the-art Orion crew exploration vehicle. She has also received commendations from the US Department of Defense for her work on its ballistic missile defence system.Waldropt-Alleyne is a past student of Bishops Anstey High School.
Dr Christine Carrington is a molecular virologist and university lecturer. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Pre-Clinical Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad. She teaches biochemistry and molecular genetics, and is also the Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at that campus. She has published in international journals and is a regular reviewer for theAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, Journal of General Virology, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Dr Sally Radford
Dr Sally Radford is Trinidad and Tobago’s first female petroleum geologist. She is the first woman to win a Texaco scholarship to study geology at The University of the West Indies (UWI) in Mona, Jamaica, and the first West Indian woman to undertake oceanographic research. She did so aboard the research ship Atlantis II off Tobago whilst collecting seabed samples for her doctoral research. In that era, women were not allowed to work with men on ships or on rigs. Being on a rig was the highlight of her career. She was also part of the team that brought the first oil ashore from the Brent Oilfield in the UK.
Dr Anesa Ahamad
Dr Anesa Ahamad is Trinidad and Tobago’s first female oncologist. She is a founding member of the Physician’s Advisory Cancer Team (PACT), a free service that gives cancer patients the opportunity to have their cases reviewed for treatment recommendations.She also served as a consultant to the Trinidad and Tobago government on the establishment of a national oncology programme and the National Oncology Centre.
Professor Michele Monteil
Professor Michele Monteil is a highly respected academic and physician. She has held the positions of Professor and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Immunology, and Head of the Department of Para-Clinical Sciences at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI, St Augustine. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology specialising in Immunology and Visiting Consultant in Immunology to Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. She also taught and practised for a number of years at Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School, University of London, England. Her research has contributed to the understanding of asthma and other allergy-related diseases, particularly among children in Trinidad and Tobago. She is especially interested in the link between respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and Saharan dust cover.