February 12, 2017
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Hattie Carwell.
Hattie Carwell was born on July 17, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Ashland, Virginia. She is an African American physicist and retired scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy. Early in life Carwell showed an interest in science that would be the driving factor for her career later in life. After graduating high school in 1966, she began her undergraduate work in chemistry at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. After earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1971, she enrolled into Rutgers University, in New Jersey. Within one year, she earned her master’s in health physics. After graduating from Rutgers University, Carwell began working on world-wide projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Atomic Agency. From 1980 to 1985, she served as a nuclear safeguards inspector and group leader at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. In 1990, she took over as the program manager for high energy and nuclear program with the DOE San Francisco Operations office. In 1992, she moved on to become senior facility operations engineer at the Berkeley Office site. Recognized for her hard work and dedication, she was later promoted to lead in 1994 and held this position until 2006. In 2008, she retired as a senior physical scientist. For her work with DOE she has received numerous performance awards. Bennett College has awarded and recognized Hattie Carwell as distinguished alumnae and she has also been included in the Black College Hall of Fame. She has authored numerous research articles and two books, including, Blacks in Science: Astrophysicists to Zoologist. Hattie Carwell is very active in the community. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of The Museum of African American Technology (MAAT) Science Village in Oakland, Calfornia. She creates programs and exhibits to share the African Americans role in technical developments and the fun of science. Since 1983, she chairs the Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology and recently served as President of the National Technical Association and the Northern California of Black Professional Engineers. She is also the coordinator for the Coalition of Hispanic, African and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES).