Motor City S.T.E.A.M
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Passion. Experience. Diligence.


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Motor City S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is the brainchild of three Detroit based graduate-level educated women who came together to fill the void in effectively engaging minority and underrepresented students in science and art education. Dr. Alecia Gabriel, Chinonye Akunne, MPH and Deirdre Roberson, MSc have over 30 years of combined technical science with art education and experience. Passionate about making impacts, they hold executive positions in various professional and community-based organizations.  


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We at Motor City S.T.E.A.M know the importance of the interconnectivity between the arts and sciences. STEM and the arts function better together than apart. That’s why we founded MCS so students have access to STEAM education so advanced degrees in STEAM will no longer be accomplishments, but the standard.




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curriculum development

Dr. Alecia Gabriel

Dr. Alecia Gabriel is passionate about teaching and encouraging young people to go into STEM careers, but she knows the importance of the arts as well. She is excited to share how her background in science and the performing arts (classical vocal training, ballet, tap, jazz/modern dance, musical theater) propels innovative thinking in technical studies. She has experience in project management, automotive and aerospace quality assurance, and automotive consulting. She was recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine (2018) as a “Notable Woman in Manufacturing.” In her free time, she enjoys singing live, traveling, being a foodie, but also spending time with her friends, family, husband, and doggie, Chestnut.



Cass Technical High School

Xavier University of Louisiana
B.S, Biochemistry, 2007

Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Chemistty (Bio-Organic) , 2012

Activities & Affiliations

• Oakland University School of Engineering and  Computer Science Advisory Board
• National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemist and Engineers (NOBCChE)
• Iota Sigma Pi (Women Chemistry Sorority)
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.



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Chinonye Akunne

Columbus, OH native, Chinonye Akunne received her Master’s in Public Health in Environmental Health Science from Eastern Kentucky University. Chinonye is also the Co- Founder of ILERA Apothecary, a handcrafted bath and body company focused on clean beauty and environmental sustainability. Chinonye is passionate about being involved in her personal and professional communities.  In her free time, Chinonye loves to attend musical productions, paint, explore the outdoors and catch up with her friends.



St. Francis DeSales High School

Eastern Kentucky University
B.S, Sociology, 2011

Eastern Kentucky University,
M.S., Public Health in Environmental Health Science, 2014

Activities & Affiliations

• Michigan Hygiene Society, Board Member
• National Safety Council Womens Council,  Recruitment Chair
• Soulcial Scene, Member
• Detroit Young Professional, Member


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Technology and community Outreach 

Deirdre Roberson

Deirdre Roberson is a born and raised Detroiter, and passionate about community involvement. Deirdre currently works as an Environmental Specialist in Public Health. An avid community supporter and southwest Detroit resident, Deirdre’s mentored local youth for over 10 years. She’s an advocate for increased funding and support for urban arts and science programs and has volunteered with Karmanos Cancer Institute, Alternatives For Girls, Developing K.I.D.S. and has been awarded for her volunteer work at the Michigan Science Center. Deirdre is the founder of EUMELANIN a clothing and jewelry brand designed, to celebrate and empower black and brown people around the world by infusing the chemical structure or Melanin in every design. She enjoys reading, art museums, music festivals, traveling, ballet, theatre fashion and fast cars.



Cass Technical High School

Xavier University of Louisiana
B.S, Chemistry, 2008

University of Detroit Mercy
M.S., Chemistry (Biochemistry and Medicinal), 2011

Activities & Affiliations

• National Environmental Health Association, Member
• Michigan Environmental Health Association, Member
• Xavier University of Louisiana Alumni, Board Member
• Juneteenth Festival., Co-Founder
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.