Edith Clarke

Raised in a small town in Maryland, Virginia, Edith Clarke started her career as a Human Computer for AT&T. At the time, human computing was considered women’s work and engineering men’s work. In 1919 she became the first woman at MIT to graduate with a Master of Electrical Engineering. Her work using diagrams and graphs to demonstrate and compute complex data is what we know today as data analysis. It gave rise to the smart electrical grid. Edith Clarke was a trailblazer for woman and engineers. She had a penchant for solving problems and creating solutions and believed that anyone could achieve great things regardless of gender.