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2021 Black in STEM

Distinguished Alumni

James Stith

James H. Stith, D.Ed.


Major and Degree: Physics, D.Ed.

Graduation Year: 1972

Current Position: Vice President Emeritus, American Institute of Physics


Connect: LinkedIn

For me, science has always helped to unlock the secrets of the world around me.


As a young boy growing up on a farm, I was curious about why things were as they were. Science gave me an explanation, so I became hooked.

As I aged, the questions became more complex, the answers came more slowly, but I never lost faith in the fact that the answers existed. I was curious and learned that I loved being around the curious people I found in the scientific community.

My regret is that there were too few people of color in my profession. I have spent my life trying to change that.