JAMI VALENTINE MILLER, PH.D.
Motivational Speaker | STEM Advocate
ABOUT DR. JAMI
From a young age, I’ve always had a sense of motivation and passion driving me forward in science. To learn more about me, keep exploring my site or reach out directly.
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 the Scholars Spring Preview at Florida A&M University and the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at the The College of New Jersey.
She is a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA), the National Society of Black Physicists, the National Society of Black Engineers and American Mensa. She is the parliamentarian for the Florida region of the Famu NAA and she is an executive board member for the Orlando Math Circle.
She is a wife and a mother. In her spare time, she is a licensed Zumba instructor. She also enjoys traveling and sampling new cuisines.
STEM AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
The heart of this talk is an explanation of the different types of intellectual property and where someone with a STEM degree fits in.
NON-ACADEMIC CAREERS IN PHYSICS
This lecture is designed to expose physicists of all ages to the broad array of career options that are available to those with a physics degree.
MY CAREER TRAJECTORY AND PERSEVERANCE IN STEM
This talk retraces the ups and downs of my educational and career path, while encouraging the audience to persevere through any challenges they may face. This talk is readily tailored to suit audiences of any age range.
African American Women in Physics, Inc.
Dr. Jami is the founder and CEO of AAWIP, Inc. The goal of AAWIP is to honor and inspire African American women in physics and astronomy: past, present and future. We seek to connect with allies interested in promoting diversity in physics and astronomy and other STEM fields.
Please visit www.aawip.com to learn more.
PH.D. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
First African American woman to earn Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University.
SC.M. BROWN UNIVERSITY
First African American woman to earn a
degree in Physics at Brown University.
BS FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
First alumna from Florida A&M University
to continue on to earn Ph.D. in Physics.
"Don't be afraid to be the first, but don't be the last!"