Dr. Jami was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. She engages in many outreach activities, including speaking to young physicists, future scientists and engineers and those interested in non-academic physics careers, especially intellectual property.
Dr. Jami founded a website dedicated to African-American women in physics, AAWiP.com. The goal of the website is to honor the women who paved the way, to inspire future physicists, and to connect with all people interested in promoting diversity in Physics and other STEM fields.
A native Philadelphian, she was recruited to FAMU by the distinguished Rattler Dr. Leonard Johnson and was offered the Life–Gets–Better scholarship by President Humphries. She graduated cum laud in 1996.
Jami earned a master’s at Brown University, then went to Johns Hopkins University, where she studied the spin properties of rare earth metals under Professor C.L. Chien. In 2006 Jami became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. This also made her the first female FAMU alumna to earn a Ph.D. in Physics.
In 2006 she joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She examines patent applications for a wide variety of semiconductor devices. An outstanding primary examiner, she is also a full time telecommuter.
Dr. Jami is honored to have been a featured physicist in “Cool Careers in Physics” published by Sally Ride Science. Recent speaking engagements include Graduate Student Career Options Conference (GradCon) at Brown Unviersity and the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at the Ohio State University.
She is a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association. She has served as parliamentarian for the Northeast Region and was an active member of the DC Chapter. She is an active member of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Black Engineers. She is a life member of American Mensa
In her spare time, she is a licensed Zumba instructor. She also enjoys traveling and sampling new cuisines. She is also working to establish the Solar Urticaria Foundation to increase public awareness of the autoimmune disorder Solar Urticaria.