Mae Jemison
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When Mae S. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on Sept. 12, 1992, she became the first woman of color to travel into space. Since then, the Decatur, Alabama native has founded a small advanced technology company and served as a college professor. A graduate of Stanford University, Jemison received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and worked in both engineering and medicine before joining NASA, where she served from 1987-1993. Her current work focuses on the beneficial integration of science and technology into our everyday lives. In pursuit of these ideas, she founded The Jemison Group Inc., whose projects have included consulting on the design and implementation of solar thermal electricity generation systems for developing countries. Jemison also launched The Earth We Share, an international science camp where youth from around the world collaborate to solve global dilemmas. As director of the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in Developing Countries, Jemison works on sustainable development. She also has found time to write an autobiographical account of growing up, Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From My Life, which was published in 2001.