The Secret Life of Scientists

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Cynthia Erenes, Roboticist/Protégé of

About Cynthia Erenas

Cynthia Erenas emigrated from Mexico to Los Angeles when she was 8 years old. Since then, she has learned to speak English, become a genius roboticist, given a TED talk and become one of only ten winners (out of 32,000 entrants) in Dean Kamen’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition. And oh yeah, she’s gonna graduate from high school next month.

“It’s the crazy ideas that make the world a better place.”


Bisi Ezerioha, High-Performance Engineer/Drag Racer

About Bisi Ezerioha

Bisi Ezerioha is the CEO and chief engineer of his company Bisimoto Engineering. A chemical engineer by training, he was a pharmaceutical researcher for years before he decided to bring his mad engineering skills to the pursuit of creating ridiculously fast cars. His automotive creations have appeared in numerous films and video games. And oh yeah, he drives really fast… on the track.

“How can I go faster?”


Mayim Bialik, Neuroscientist/Actress

About Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is an Emmy-nominated actress best known for her roles in the series “Blossom” and “The Big Bang Theory.” So in her case, her science is actually her secret life. Mayim is the proud possessor of a doctorate in Neuroscience from UCLA and continues to develop curricula and teach young children about science.

“Being a scientist is like being in love with every aspect of the universe.”


Chris Hadfield, Astronaut/Zero Gravity Rock Star

About Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is an engineer, former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and astronaut. He has commanded the International Space Station and was the first Canadian to walk in space. Back on Earth, Chris is a science educator, sharing his love for space exploration with his massive social media following, the readers of his books and the many audiences his speaks to around the world. Oh… and he also did a zero gravity cover version of “Space Oddity” that David Bowie called the most “poignant” he’d ever heard.

“The world is phenomenally beautiful.”

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