Founded in 2019 by Charmaine Wilcox, N.O.I.R.E STEAM, LLC started as a small group chat that connected a handful of African American students together. Since its creation N.O.I.R.E has helped connect over 1,000 men and women with each other through social media, and virtual networking platforms. Our company is not your typical networking group. We use modern solutions to tackle modern problems in STEM. Our goal is to make sure that every person of color, woman, and other under represented groups, have the tools needed to succeed and thrive in STEM related careers. The founders of N.O.I.R.E offer unique perspectives and experiences in regards to the lack of diversity in STEM. It is our goal and desire to help change the face of STEM by creating a space where our members can thrive.
Meet our founder and CEO, Charmaine Wilcox. She studied Biological Sciences and Political Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is currently spending time between undergrad and medical school as a national service member for the Desert Research Institute. She currently serves as the STEM education outreach, and communications coordinator. When she is not serving the community through the DRI, she spends her time being a mother, a community leader, a published author, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority INC. and mentor. Charmaine founded N.O.I.R.E so that she could help people in her community gain access to STEM education through fun and innovative curriculum, unique events, and community outreach.
Dr. Jalaal Hayes
Meet our co-founder and Fundraising Director Dr. Jalaal A. Hayes, also known as Dr. JAH. He is a research Chemist, Educator, Author, Inventor, TEDx Speaker, Owner & Founder of Elyte Universal Network (EUN), and an Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry at Lincoln University of PA. Dr.Hayes is a dynamic, results-driven leader who has demonstrated success not only as the youngest Ph.D. graduate from his alma mater (Delaware State University), but Dr. Hayes has also demonstrated success as a research chemist, author, inventor, TEDx Speaker, and STEM educator. In 2014, he founded Elyte Universal Network (EUN), which is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics based content entity that focuses on making hard and complex sciences simple and accessible to all communities. In March 2019, he served as a keynote speaker for the Innovative Applied Energy Conference held at the University of Oxford, one of the oldest English-speaking institutions in the world.
Brandon Battle is a founder and the Chief Social Media Officer with N.O.I.R.E. STEAM Pro, where he spearheads the promotion of the company and the mission, including recognizing minorities in the STEAM community, promoting STEAM activities and highlights the various career opportunities in STEAM. Brandon is a Fall 2015 graduate of Albany State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with a minor in chemistry. Since graduating, he has worked as a licensed pharmacy technician and served as a public high school science educator. He currently serves in the capacity of Quality Assurance Associate with ScribeAmerica. With the company, he assists physicians with patient documentation which allows providers to spend more time with patients. He also ensures quality assurance with documentation, joint compliance and HIPPA compliance at the site. Outside of working to advance himself in healthcare, he enjoys music, inclusive of singing, traveling, and anime. He is a native of Macon, GA where he currently resides.
Amy Nicolas is currently a Sourcing Specialist for GE Healthcare. She provides supply chain support for new magnet/gradient development while ensuring that program goals are met as well as support for numerous MR productivity projects. Amy is part of the women’s network affinity group, Toastmasters and leads the African American Forum at the plant. Amy graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in chemical engineering. Prior to working for GE Healthcare, she worked for the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering also known as FAME at the University of Delaware. FAME at UD is a Summer Residential Program geared towards 11th and 12th graders who are interested in STEM fields. Amy was the Assistant Hall Manager for FAME and was also the 11th grade Engineering Seminar teacher for the program. She also did an internship at Laboratoires Farmatrix, a pharmaceutical company in Port au Prince, Haiti where she served as an assistant supervisor in the Production Department. Amy is interested in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Engineering Design and Controls. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, playing sports, and trying foods from different cultures. She most recently became a volunteer coach for the city’s track club. Amy is also fluent in French and Haitian Creole and is looking to learn another language.