Though not diagnosed with autism until adulthood, as a child Dr. Temple Grandin quickly learned that she processed things differently than her neurotypical classmates — only developing speech skills when she was nearly four years old. Drawn to STEM-related activities like electronics and rocketry, she was encouraged to pursue a career as a scientist by her peers and a former teacher and mentor. And the rest is history. Grandin has since authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers on animal behavior. Half the cattle in the United States today are handled in facilities she designed.