Dr. Ciara Sivels is a nuclear engineer with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the first black woman to earn a Ph. D from the University of Michigan in nuclear engineering. It was her high school science teacher who first identified her ability in science and encouraged her to apply to MIT.
The docuseries Not the Science Type follows four female scientists as they rise to prominence in fields including microbiology and nuclear engineering, challenging stereotypes and confronting gender, racial and age discrimination along the way. While each has taken a different path to pursuing scientific excellence, they are bound by the common experience of feeling outcast or “not the type” in traditionally homogenous scientific fields.