Crain's 2020 Notable Women in STEM

June 3, 2020

Each year, Crain's Chicago Business compiles a list of accomplished women who represent different corners of the STEM world—science, technology, engineering and math. Several hail from academia, while others apply technology in architecture, engineering, e-commerce and digital strategy. Several are on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, in research, developing protective gear or adapting their companies to serve customers in new ways.

Some are on the cutting edge of medical research, exploring treatments for cancer and neurological diseases. The list includes a top astrophysicist and an expert in whales, dolphins and porpoises. A number lead their companies and clients in transformational disciplines such as Blockchain, "internet of things," AI and machine learning.

Virtually all strive to bring more women into traditionally male-dominated STEM fields. They mentor young professionals at their firms, assume leadership positions in industry associations and participate in nonprofits that seek to engage middle and high school girls in STEM subjects.

Dr. Monica Kogan, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, was chosen to be among Crain's 2020 Notable Women in STEM. 

About Dr. Kogan

Dr. Monica Kogan is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, associate chief medical officer for surgical services and associate professor. Kogan specializes in the treatment of children’s bones and other orthopedic problems, including trauma, birth defects, walking disorders and genetic anomalies. She uses data to predict how a young patient’s bones will grow and adapt to treatment. She leads a yearly trip to the Dominican Republic with five orthopedic surgery residents to provide care in underserved areas. She participates in the Perry Initiative that supports female high school students interested in engineering and medicine, and became a member of the JR Gladden Society, which works to increase the number of women and minorities in orthopedics.