Michelle James is Bridge Project Coordinator (civil engineer) for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). She manages bridge replacement projects for thirteen counties within the state. Michelle views being a black female in a predominantly white male field as an opportunity. She’s faced many challenges, but enjoys her work and encourages young girls interested in math and science to pursue similar careers.
In partnership with the National Science Foundation, the Girl Scouts of America, and community schools and groups, in 2005 ETV hosted a science festival that stimulated and encouraged middle school girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers. The 2005 Science Splash was a girl's odyssey of hands-on science and math activities, speakers, shows and exhibits—all designed to educate, inspire, stimulate and entertain middle school girls ages 10-14.