February 16, 2017
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Jami Valentine.
Jami Valentine was born in Philadelphia PA. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree in physics from Brown University. In 2006 Jami became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation research was on the “Spin Polarization Measurements of c-Axis Epitaxial Rare Earth Thin Films”. While she was a graduate student in the department at Hopkins, she realized that there were very few professors who looked like her. When she learned that only fewer than 100 African American women had ever earned a Ph.D. in physics, she began to keep track of them. This was the beginning of what would eventually become AAWIP.com, a website dedicated to celebrating African American women in physics. The goal of the website is to honor the women who paved the way, to inspire future physicists and to connect with people interested in promoting diversity in physics and other STEM fields. Dr. Valentine joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in July 2006 as an electrical engineer. She examines semiconductor patent applications related to phase-change memory, nanoscale memory and spintronic memory devices. She was appointed to the level of Primary Examiner in 2012.