Simil Raghavan is an associate program officer with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She manages both the EngineerGirl website and the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Research. She received her Ph.D in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008, where her thesis focused on neural and vocal plasticity as a result of deafness in primates.
Simil took a varied path into science and engineering and began her career at the NAE as a Mirzayan fellow in 2007. She grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and worked in an elementary school for three years before going to college. She explored several undergraduate majors before discovering engineering, including social work and Spanish language, and she is passionate about improving education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) particularly for under-represented groups and those who may not normally consider a technical career.