Q What does being an engineer mean to you? A I am motivated by my desire to make the world a more just and equitable place. My chosen vehicle for making a difference has been engineering and science research and education. Throughout my career, I applied what I learned as an engineer to researching sickle cell anemia, a painful and deadly disease that disproportionately impacts Black people. I wanted to do what I could to contribute to finding novel therapeutic approaches to this disease and contribute to my community.