Valerie Taylor (EECS Ph.D. ’91, advisor: David Messerschmitt), one of the winners of the 2020 EE Distinguished Alumni Award to be presented next week, is also the subject of our February EECS 150W profile in honor of Black History Month. Taylor grew up in a STEM-forward family and attended Purdue before coming to Berkeley for her doctorate. She had never seen a black woman professor before she began teaching at Northwestern University in 1992. She is now the Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory (where she is a Distinguished Fellow), and the Executive Director of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT). Her honors include the CRA A. Nico Habermann Award and the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award.