NSBE National Advisor Njema Frazier Named to
Ebony's ‘POWER 100’

 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Njema J. Frazier, Ph.D., lifetime member, longtime regional and national officer and current National Advisory Board member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), has been honored as one of the 2015 Ebony Power 100. The annual list compiled by Ebony magazine recognizes “the very best in Black America…those who lead, inspire and demonstrate through their individual talents.” Dr. Frazier’s citation for the Power 100 notes her work as a physicist in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and her passion for giving back to her community through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Among her many leadership posts with NSBE, Frazier served as 2008–2009 national chair for the society’s Alumni Extension, now named NSBE Professionals, a 6,600-member organization for professional members of the Society. Mary McWilliams, current national chair for NSBE Professionals, congratulated Frazier on being named to the Power 100.
“I am so very proud of Dr. Frazier! It is indeed an honor to be recognized as one of Ebony’s Power 100 for 2015,” McWilliams said. “Dr. Frazier has continually represented NSBE and the NSBE Professionals in succeeding professionally and positively impacting the community. She is indeed one of many bright lights that NSBE has groomed over the years.”
As a federal manager, Frazier does critical work overseeing large scientific and technical efforts undertaken to ensure that the U.S. maintains a credible national nuclear deterrent without nuclear explosive testing. She has also worked as a visiting professor at the National Defense University and served for four years as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science.
Outside of the workplace, Dr. Frazier works to improve STEM education for African-American children, through her work with NSBE and other organizations. She is chair of the Algebra by 7th Grade (Ab7G) Initiative for grades 3 through 7; the founder and chief executive officer of Diversity Science, LLC, an expert-based network of scientists and engineers dedicated to broadening participation in STEM; and an independent consultant and advisor on science policy, education, mentoring, outreach and workplace inclusion.
Dr. Frazier was born and raised in San Francisco, Calif. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Science and doctorate in nuclear physics from Michigan State University.
“When I received the news that I had been selected as one of Ebony’s Power 100, I was shocked,” said Dr. Frazier, “elated but truly shocked and honored that my name was among such distinguished and established professionals.
“NSBE has played a significant role in where I am today,” she said. “The Society has been the vehicle for so much of the good work I’ve been able to do, and it has surrounded me with talented scientists and engineers who are also powerful advocates for education, social justice and equity. So this honor is not mine alone: it is a shared one for me, our 40-year legacy of brilliant and tireless members, and NSBE itself.”