Sophie Lee


I’m transmasculine genderqueer and I’m a chemical engineering PhD student. //

I’m an energy storage researcher passionate about enabling renewable energy integration through advancement in energy storage. My current research focuses on surface phenomena in sodium ion batteries. In middle and high school, I worked at a science museum and one of my bosses was an awesome queer lady who couldn’t tell me she was queer, but I could tell and it meant a lot to be able to see someone model queerness in STEM, even if it was unspoken. Growing up I built a lot of my identity around being a “woman” in STEM because I always felt in opposition to gender norms, and the hardest part of coming to terms with my gender identity has been reconciling that I can still be a powerful role model. We need representatives of trans and genderqueer in STEM just as much as women in STEM.