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Valerie Ifueko Agberagba

Valerie is a Vice President, of the World Federation of Engineering Organization and Chair of the Women in Engineering Committee. She also serves in the same capacity in the Federation of African Engineering Organization FAEO. A graduate of Engineering for almost three decades (28 yrs), she has served as quality control engineer in many projects within the Federal Capital of Nigeria and is very involved in the Power Sector. She presently leads the Presidential project of proving solar home systems to the rural communities in Nigeria. Engr Valerie Agberagba, a professional engineer, is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a past President of the Association for Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria and passionate about the building of the next generation of engineers and scientist. She is an Executive Director of a Mentoring NGO Science, Engineering & Technology Development Network, SciETech, and the organization is involved in mentoring and career development in SET. Through the NGO, Valerie is able to mentor many young engineers and also build capacity through training and development programme. Despite her busy schedule, Engr Valerie Agberagba makes time for home affairs.

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Topic: It's in You. Release It!

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM EST

Employer: World Federation of Engineering Organizations

Simay Akar

Sımay is an active IEEE volunteer since 2007 and has been serving several volunteer membership and leadership positions. She is graduated from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Simay is currently working in the solar industry in Suzhou, China- as Overseas Marketing Manager of Suzhou Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd. is a photovoltaic manufacturer with an annual capacity of 3 GW cells and 5 GW modules in China and Thailand. She is responsible for Americas, MEA, Australia and Japan regional marketing activities. She was in charge of business development, strategic marketing and sales activities of CSUN Eurasia's- a Chinese PV modules and solar cells manufacturer- solar cells which made in its factory in Istanbul, Turkey between 2013-2015 and covering international sales activities among many countries as Business Development and Sales Manager. She has been honored with CSUN Outstanding Staff Award in December 2014. She has served several volunteer activities in different organizational units including Student Branch (METU), Sections (Turkey and Nanjing-China), Regions (8 and 10), Societies (PES, SSIT) IEEE Day, IEEE SIGHT and Humanitarian Activities, IEEE TAB (WUG), IEEE MGA (WIE and Young Professionals) and many others.

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Topic: The Best Advice I Ever Got

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Employer: Suzhou Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd.

Karen Amaker

Karen is the founding director of the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA); the first 9-14 school in the state of Connecticut. Through a partnership with IBM and Norwalk Community College, students earn a high school diploma and associates degree in as little as four years. This transformative education reform model combines the best of high school, college, and the professional world. She has been an educator for twenty years and previously served as a middle school head in San Francisco, CA, and director of educational opportunity programs at Yale University School of Medicine. In her ten years with Norwalk Public Schools, she has assumed the role of school counselor, guidance department chair, and assistant principal. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wesleyan University, and Masters of Science degrees in Sociology and Community Counseling, as well as a 6th Year Professional Diploma in School Counseling, from Southern Connecticut State University. Karen earned her certification in Educational Administration from Sacred Heart University and is currently a National Principals Academy Fellow with the Relay Graduate School of Education.

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Topic: IBM's P-TECH fueling the new collar economy

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Employer: Norwalk Early College Academy

Effie Anolik

With a passion for usable technology, she spends her days working with third-party developers as they build apps for Shopify. In 2016 she also lead Beyond the Code, a one-day conference for anyone interested in technology and diversity. Not one to stay put, Effie has lived in many cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto. If she’s not working, she’s probably eating, traveling, or using a face mask.

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Topic: Linking Diverse Voices: Dialogues in Perspective

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Employer: Shopify

Avery Bang

Avery is the President and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit social enterprise providing isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. Under her leadership, B2P has reached nearly one million people around the world. Before joining B2P, Avery received a BSc. in Civil Engineering and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Iowa. Later, she completed a graduate degree in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and, more recently, has taught Cable Supported Pedestrian Bridge Design at the University of Colorado. Avery has been an active public speaker, reaching audiences as varied as a plenary at the United Nations, to TEDx Boulder and TEDx Iowa City. She was named one of the world’s top 25 most newsworthy engineers by Engineering News Record (ENR) in 2012, was honored on ENR Mountain Region’s Top 20 Under 40 list in 2013 and was selected as one of DiscoverE’s New Faces in 2011. Avery is a Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa, recipient of the Recent Alumni Award from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University in 2014. She is currently working on an MBA at the University of Oxford.

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Topic: Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Employer: Bridges to Prosperity

Justine Marie Benoit

Justine Benoit is an Automation Technician at KÀ by Cirque du Soleil. Along with a team of seven Automation Technicians, she and the show crew operate the show’s main scenic and performance elements. These elements include artist flights, scenery transitions, lift moves, and, as featured in Modern Marvels, the Sand-cliff Deck. Apart from show operations, she also performs inspections, maintenance and repairs on the show’s automation equipment, to ensure that they are always safe and show-ready. Born and raised in the Philippines, Justine moved to Las Vegas with her family in 2008. She attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Entertainment Engineering and Design. Her career in Automation began in 2012, when she was an Automation Intern at “LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil. Following her internship, she continued her career at “Mystere”, another Cirque show, as an on-call Automation Technician. She took a break from Cirque to be with family and lived in Texas for a while. During her break, she worked as a CAD Technician for a Civil Engineering firm. In 2015, an opportunity arose, and she moved back to Las Vegas with her husband to again pursue her career in entertainment automation. She returned to “LOVE” as an on-call Automation technician, and in two months, she was hired full-time at KÀ. Outside of work, Justine spends most of her time with her husband and two puppies. She enjoys reading, singing, taking spin classes, eating good food, and drinking fine wine.

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Topic: The Engineering of Cirque du Soleil

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Employer: "KA" by Cirque du Soleil

Alyson Borrell

Alyson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in school, she held several internships in various functions, including: research and development, process development in a pilot plant, and technical sales and channel marketing. In her current role as Advanced Design Engineer at 3M, she designs custom manufacturing equipment.

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Topic: Robots, Robots Everywhere!

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Employer: 3M

Carley Buchanan

Carley Buchanan works for Cirque du Soleil’s production of "O" by Cirque du Soleil ("O") in their Carpentry department, and holds a unique niche as an Auto Cad Documentation Specialist. Carley joined Cirque ten years ago at KÀ working for the Carpentry Day Crew with a focus on AutoCAD “As Built” drawings for the department, and maintaining the productions’ documentation. Later, she moved on to work with their show crew helping run cue tracks in the evenings. In 2009 Carley joined Viva Elvis for the installation and creation at the Aria showroom where she became the Show Lead Carpenter; in 2012 after closing “Viva Elvis” Carley signed on with “Zarkana” as their Show Lead Carpenter for its’ residency in Las Vegas. While at the Aria for both productions of “Zarkana” & “Viva Elvis” she maintained a high level of Auto Cad drafting to assist in building, modifying, and loading in these large scale productions. In 2014 Carley moved to “O” where she enjoys the challenges that come with running and maintaining a large scale water production. Prior to Cirque, Carley worked at a design firm in St. Louis Missouri that created all of the thematic elements for the Anheuser Busch Theme parks such as SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. While there, she worked closely with designers, architects, and engineers as a project manager, and senior draftsman to produce and organize 2-D and 3-D Cad drawings and packages. Carley holds a BFA in Technical Direction from Webster University’s Conservatory of Fine Arts in St. Louis Missouri. In addition to keeping Cirque’s productions well drawn and documented she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and travelling. Her most memorable trip would be going to base camp of Mount Everest with her Uncle in 2005.

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Topic: The Engineering of Cirque du Soleil

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Employer: Cirque du Soleil

Cory Cary

Cory Cary began her social service career working in the Commissioner’s Office at the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), most recently as Chief of Staff where she served as a key adviser to the senior leadership team in overseeing an annual budget of $1 billion, a staff of 1,900, and over 200 shelters for 50,000 homeless New Yorkers a night. 

In 2014, Cory left city government to pursue a career at IBM in Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. Leveraging her experience at DHS, she helped IBM develop a data management solution which IBM grants to qualified nonprofits who lack the resources to develop their own. This system tracks key contract, program, and client data, allowing nonprofits to measure client outcomes and progress against their contract and program requirements. Cory leads the training and consulting support offered to grantees.

Cory received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She lives in NYC with her husband and son.

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Topic: Empowering Dreams Beyond Engineering & Technology

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Employer: IBM

Julia Chehaiber

Julia is the Practice Lead, Community Engagement with Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada’s close to 290,000 engineers. Julia is responsible for building strong relationships with key stakeholders in the engineering community, including leading Engineers Canada’s efforts on its Women in Engineering file. Julia has a professional background in relationship management and business development. She has served on the Financial Management Institute’s Professional Development Week Planning Committee and was recently appointed to the Board of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology (CCWESTT). Fluent in three languages, Julia holds a bachelor of commerce degree in management and electronic business, as well as an interdisciplinary master’s degree in electronic business technologies from the Telfer School of Management and the School of Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She is currently pursuing Cornell’s CCDP/AP Certification to link diversity & inclusion strategies to increased organizational effectiveness and business performance.

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Topic: Linking Diverse Voices: Dialogues in Perspective

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Employer: Engineers Canada

Ashley Chiampo

Ashley Chiampo is an executive coach with over 20 years of experience helping people and organizations attain maximum effectiveness. Her background includes working with CXOs and senior leaders in small private companies, international development organizations, and multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations. As founder of New Global Mind, a learning and development company with offices in India and Singapore, Ashley is focused on readying leaders for the global workplace. She has spent over ten years creating and implementing impactful leadership development programming for business professionals in US at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in India at iDiscoveri Education. Prior to her shift into adult learning, she was a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and a mechanical engineer for PTC. Ashley holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BA from Brown University. Ashley is a trained group facilitator and a certified executive coach with over 1500 hours of coaching practice. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) granted by the ICF. She holds an Adjunct Faculty position at the Asian School of Business, a new business school in Kuala Lumpur set up by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience working with leaders from across the world including United States, India, Singapore, China, Philippines, United Kingdom, Italy and France. She brings to her coaching a broad perspective drawing from her diverse background, a practical and down-to-earth approach to behavior change, and an uncommon empathy and care for her coaches.

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Topic: STEM, the other mother tongue

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM EST

Employer: New Global Mind

Amelia Chiarenza

Amelia is the Director of Program Integration for Boeing's Commercial Crew Program, which is responsible for the development of the Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) known as the CST-100 Starliner. Prior to her current role, she held roles as deputy director of engineering for Argon ST and Electronic Sensor Solutions (E&SS); senior manager of Customer and Market Engagement for the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS) division; and also held positions managing an innovation center, and as program manager and task order lead for an IDIQ proprietary program wherein she led large-scale development teams and program execution. Amelia came to Boeing in 2009 from Anonymizer, an Abraxas Corporation, where she served as program manager and intelligence community focal. She began her career as an NCAA Division I athletic coach, leading and developing championship rowing teams. Amelia is a member of the Project Management Institute, the Association of International Product Marketing and Product Management and is a certified PMP and CPM. She is a member of U.S. Rowing and Youth for Understanding International Exchange. She actively participates in mentoring programs, serving as an advisor and mentor to both Boeing employees and U.S. veterans. Her educational background spans the areas of business, philosophy, psychology and performing arts. Amelia holds a professional certificate focused on Business, Strategy and Finance from Wharton, a professional certificate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, and a Bachelor's in psychology and philosophy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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Topic: All Aboard, The Future of Commercial Space Travel

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM- 1:30 PM EST

Employer: The Boeing Company

Allie Fan

Allie is an Advanced Design Engineer at 3M. She works on the design, fabrication, and installation of equipment for 3M laboratories and manufacturing facilities. She works out of the corporate headquarters in Minnesota, however she has projects at sites across the country including Iowa, Kentucky and Indiana. Allie received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Vanderbilt University.

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Topic: Robots, Robots Everywhere

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Employer: 3M Company

Mary Fernandez

Dr. Mary Fernández is President of MentorNet, a division of Great Minds in STEM. Great Minds in STEM is a national non-profit with a 28-year history of advancing STEM education in under-served communities. MentorNet is an open social network that provides the opportunity for all STEM students, in all U.S. states and in all levels of higher education, to have access to mentors who are professionals working in STEM fields. MentorNet’s guided, one-to-one mentorships help students – especially women, under-represented minorities, and first-generation to college – to persist and succeed in their fields. Since 1998, Mary has mentored 23 MentorNet mentees while she pursued a career in computing research. Before joining MentorNet, Mary had a 17-year career at AT&T Labs Research, as a research computer scientist specializing in database and information systems, then as the head of distributed computing research, and finally as assistant vice president of information and software systems research.

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Topic: The Power of 2-How STEM mentorships support the whole person

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Employer: MentorNet, a division of Great Minds in STEM

James (Jay) Guilford

James “Jay” Guilford is the content strategist for Cirque du Soleil’s SPARK Sessions and Experiences. As Content Strategist, Jay works with performers, management, and production teams across Cirque du Soleil shows to design training, team-building, and incentive experiences for top-performing groups such as Google, Financial Force, SABMiller Latin America and Kmart Australia. Jay also designed the content for Club Med’s Creative offering in Punta Cana. He is tasked to marry best practices with innovative, non-conventional approaches to yield the most impactful outcomes for attendees. Prior to running away with Cirque du Soleil, Jay worked in education and consulting. As an educator, Jay served as a Dean of Faculty, designing training modules for teachers and administrators. As a consultant, Jay continues to help organizations innovate their professional development modules to be more engaging and impactful to employees. Jay helps Cirque du Soleil maintain its internal spark by facilitating professional development modules for domestic and international sales managers, customer-facing sales associates, and SPARK trainers and facilitators. Jay holds a BA from Emory University (Atlanta) in Sociology and an MA from Columbia University (NYC) in Learning and Intelligence. In addition to adding sparkle to corporate learning and events, Jay is a gym-a-holic and an ice cream fanatic.

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Topic: Cirque du Soleil: The Intersection of Arts & Engineering

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Employer: "KA" by Cirque du Soleil

Rohit Gupta

Crux Labs is Rohit's third startup venture in the last 20 years that is focused on simplifying technology to develop smart devices & IoT OEM integration. Rohit has startup and corporate experience across IBM, HP & Wipro and three of his start-ups living multi-faceted leadership roles in IT, influencing multi-million$ sales through technology evangelization, presales support and cultivating winning partnerships. His expertise extends across Alliance-led sales, Presales and Delivery management, Software R&D, Data Center Transformation, NPI and product management. A Computer Science major, an MIT Sloan graduate and a keen author who’s thought leadership articles are frequently published by leading Indian publications. He also advises early stage startups on routes to market and technology commercialization.

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Topic: STEM, the other mother tongue

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM ET

Employer: Crux Labs

Randy Herrmann

Randy Herrmann, P.Eng. F.E.C.: Randy is the Director of the Engineering Access Program (ENGAP) at the University of Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Engineering. For ten years he worked as a geotechnical engineer and a project manager before taking on his current job. He is a member of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and the Manitoba Metis community. Over the years Randy’s work with Canadian Indigenous communities and within the engineering field has shown him the lack of engineers of First Nation, Metis and Inuit ancestry and the obstacles faced by these students to obtain a degree. His desire to help change these factors and make it easier for First Nation, Metis and Inuit students to pursue an Engineering Degree has led him to become Director of ENGAP, a position he has held since 1998.

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Topic: Linking Diverse Voices: Dialogues in Perspective

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Employer: University of Manitoba

Frances Humphreys

Having graduated from The Cork Institute of Technology with a Computer Science degree Frances moved to Dublin to work as a programmer in two of Ireland's leading banks. With the experience of programming under her belt she then traveled to Sydney, Australia and worked in there again in banking software. She loved living in Sydney and travelling around Australia but after two years returned to Dublin. Frances next worked with AOL before making her move to IBM where she have been since 2010. Frances works on the Smarter Cities projects in Watson IoT as a Development Manager. Her team includes a mix of Developers, Testers and Technical Writers. Throughout her experience she’s been involved with development and testing and has enjoyed having this mix on the team. She works with developers in Dublin, France and America. As well as her role in Development, she is also the IBM Global STEM Coordinator. Through this role she organizes volunteers and events to encourage the promotion of Science Technology Engineering and Math to pre-college students.

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Topic: The Best Advice I Ever Got

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Employer: IBM Software Group, Dublin Lab

Dr. Richard Irwin

After receiving a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh, Rich worked at AT&T Bell Labs supporting the Device Development Lab, whose driving product was the 1Mb DRAM. After 10 years, he has transferred to Orlando to become their Transmission Electron Microscope expert. (He had never touched one before.) After just 2 hours of on-the-job training, he brought up the entire TEM operation and was part of the team that documented the ex-situ lift-out specimen preparation technique. During this time, he was appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida. After spin-offs to Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems, in 2001, he was let go (along with 80% of the group over a period of 8 months) and joined Texas Instruments as a Failure Analysis Lab supervisor. In 2005, Rich was elected a Senior Member of Technical Staff. In 2009, he took the opportunity to join a group that explored manufacturing and process problems that others were unable to solve. Although he was the FA expert of that team, he quickly noticed untapped opportunities in the details of the semiconductor test results and developed analytics software to highlight those opportunities. In 2013, the team was eliminated and Rich moved to Hewlett Packard as a team lead in HR Analytics developing descriptive and predictive analytics. In preparation of the spin-merger of Hewlett Packard Enterprise with Computer Sciences Corporation, the advanced analytics function was no longer required. Rich is currently searching for his next challenging opportunity.

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Topic: The Power of 2 - Producing a Diverse 21st Century STEM Work

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Employer: Mentor

Yamile Jackson

The premature birth of Yamile’s son, Zachary, and her promise that his pain and struggle to survive were not going to be in vain led her to start Nurtured by Design, the only ergonomics and human factors engineering company that specializes in the safety, sleep, development, and quality of life of Mother and Child. Her award winning Nurturing Technology™ includes The Zaky™, Kangaroo Zak®, and Zen by Zak™ and is designed to reduce mortality and morbidity of newborns globally. She has received over 20 awards including the Entrepreneur/Innovation of the Year Award from the Cullen College of Engineering from the University of Houston, The Oprah's and Toyota's Standing Ovation Award (and $25,000 Grant), Top 20 Latino Innovators of the Year by NBC Latino, and the Outstanding Woman Owned Business by SCORE FOUNDATION. Zachary is a healthy 15 year old and is Nurtured by Design’s CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer).

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Topic: Idea to Market; Engineering Your Innovation

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST

Employer: Nurtured by Design

Dr. Ivy Krystal Jones

Ivy Krystal Jones joined the High Pressure Physics Group under the Condensed Matter Section of the Physics Division within the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in January 2016, as a S & E Postdoctoral Research Staff Member and specifically working with the Materials Science Division. Her current research projects involve material science, addictive manufacturing, and optical engineering design. As well as, the fabrication of new scintillator halide materials for detection of radiological sources. Ivy is also interested in studying condensed matter physics, especially high pressure experimental methodologies. At this point in her career, she is focused and dedicated to improving her experimental design techniques, scientific investigation, analytical research interpretation, etc. Her professional goals include initially giving back to the academic community by eventually joining the professorship, continuing to be directly involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) mentorship as well as community outreach activities with pre-primary to post-secondary educational institutions. She plans to actively participate in the integration of both basic and applied research in multi-disciplinary innovative research projects between governmental agencies, academic institutions and industrial facilities that would ultimately lead to technological advancements that assist in addressing and resolving problems that affect our daily lives. Ultimately, she aspires to promote the development and transformation of legislative policies regarding and related to environmental concerns, energy issues, and the ethical dissemination of intellectual property.

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Topic: The Mentorship Cycle

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM ET

Employer: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lauren Kulokas

Lauren is an engineer turned entrepreneur, with a passion for business, technology, and the environment. In 2005, Lauren co-founded Energy Aware Technology Inc, (now operating as Neurio) a start-up that develops products to promote sustainable resource consumption within the home. Energy Aware began as a group project as part of an entrepreneurship course at the University of British Columbia, and grew to become a successful, award winning company still in operations today. Energy Aware won the BCTIA Technology Impact Award for Most Promising Start-Up in 2009 and sells its products worldwide with customers in North America, Australia and Europe. Energy Aware's PowerTab product was also installed throughout The Village on False Creek, the home of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Village. Lauren is now the co-founder of Doggy Logs, a start-up that provides a smartphone enabled GPS tracking application for dog walkers. She runs Doggy Logs part time while working as an IT Project Manager for an environmental non-profit called Product Care Association, which managers hazardous waste recycling programs across Canada and the US. Lauren is also actively involved in the Vancouver start-up community, and has participated as a competition judge for New Ventures BC, Canada’s largest and longest-running technology venture competition. Lauren has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

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Topic: Idea to Market; Engineering Your Innovation

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ET

Employer: Doggy Logs

Veronica Margellos

Veronica is an Artist Handler and a ‘show scuba diver’ for the water show "O" by Cirque Du Soleil-in Las Vegas. She has been with "O" for over five years and in the profession for about 10 years. She is a safety scuba diver during the performances and training that takes place in the theater. She has lived abroad for 15 years working in various countries with the company Club Med. She was a sports teacher for a variety of activities (from wind surfing to trapeze) that the Club offered and eventually became Chef de Animation (Chief of Entertainment). She’s been a scuba diver since 1990 and “found my love for teaching when I worked in the Bahamas.” She moved to Las Vegas to pursue an entertainment career and started her show diving career as a Diver Technician for Le Reve and then Cirque Du Soleil. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, skiing and any outdoor sports with her family and states, “I also have not lost my sense for adventure and travel. When I can, I am always seeking something new to try and a new place to visit. Water activities will always be a part of me. So why not scuba dive in the desert.”

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Topic: The Engineering of Cirque du Soleil

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Employer: Cirque du Soleil

Katy Marshall

With nearly 30 years of experience with Sugar Land-based Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR), an engineering construction company, Katy has managed numerous projects in remote areas of the world. She is currently the project director for Fluor’s NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline, a $2 billion natural gas transmission pipeline in Ohio and Michigan. She is personally responsible for the execution and delivery of the 250-mile line, called one of Fluor’s most challenging projects. The pipeline is slated for completion in November 2017. Katy has plenty of experience overseeing other Fluor projects, including engineering and construction work on the Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project in Australia, upgrades to Alaskan North Slope facilities, marine export facilities in Qatar, pipelines in Serbia and facilities in Kazakhstan. She is also known for her ability to reduce costs to clients: Katy saved more than $400 million in costs while leading the design team for an oilfield project in Siberia, Russia, where new technology was used for the first time.

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Topic: The Mentorship Cycle: Mentoring Throughout Your Career

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Employer: Fluor

Marvi Matos

Marvi Matos is the 2017 Global Marathon Vice Chair. She is trained as a Chemical Engineer, with a BS from the University of Puerto Rico and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under a fellowship from the National Research Council. She served as Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and, later, as a Senior Research Scientist in Bioengineering at the University of Washington. She also worked as an independent consultant in the field of engineering innovations and intellectual property development prior to working in the aerospace industry. At the Boeing Company, Marvi started working as engineer and scientist, formulating materials for aerospace applications. She later served as lead engineer, manufacturing engineering manager, manager in an international special assignment and director of chemical technologies, metals and ceramics. Today, Marvi works as Product Group Lead for the Materials and Processes team at Blue Origin. Marvi is a wife and mother. In her free time she volunteers and blogs to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM.

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Topic: All Aboard, The Future of Commercial Space Travel

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Employer: Blue Origin

Jessica Menold

Jessica is pursuing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Design Theory and Methodology. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and is expected to graduate with her PhD in May of this year. She is interested in exploring: (1) prototyping and its role throughout the product development process, (2) prototyping in industrial and professional settings, (3) the effect of 3D printing (and the Maker Movement in general) on prototyping and prototype creativity. Jessica is also interested in entrepreneurship and has founded a prosthetic device company as well as an educational toy company. She won the ASME Innovation Showcase for her company Amparo and won a summer fellowship to further develop her second company, CurioSpace. The Amparo socket was recently named one of 2016’s top five social innovations by Mashable. Jessica is also the recipient of the ASME 2016 Teaching Fellowship.

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Topic: Engineering Student to Entrepreneur; Global Team Creates Glo

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Employer: Amparo

Erin Murphy

Erin received her degree in Mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Her career at 3M has included equipment design, manufacturing analysis, global manufacturing strategy and currently she manages technical communications at 3M’s Innovation Center. Erin was 3M’s first female to be awarded recognition on the Corporate Engineering Wall of Recognition for Outstanding Design work. Outside of work, Erin is a marathon runner, downhill skier and her greatest passion is being a mom to two sons.

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Topic: A Culture of Innovation

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Employer: 3M

Nita Patel

Nita is a Systems and Software Engineering Director at L-3 Warrior Systems. Nita was named the 2014 L-3 Engineer of the Year for her technical contributions to the engineering profession. Nita is currently the IEEE Women in Engineering International Past-Chair, on the IEEE Computer Society BoG and IEEE Eta Kappa Nu BoG.   

Outside of IEEE, Nita is active with Toastmasters and the United States Chess Federation. Nita received her MS Computer Engineering (1998), BS Electrical Engineering (1995) and BS Mathematics (1995) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Topic: The Best Advice I Ever Got - Career * Work/Life * Overcoming

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Employer: IEEE

Adriana Penuela

Adriana Penuela-Useche is a Field Engineer with the DuPont Rotational Program. She has held roles as Continues Improvement, Energy Efficiency, Process Engineer and Quality Manager at DuPont. Adriana received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2011. As an active member of Engineers Without Border she has found her passion to help those in need. Her roots and mentors have also inspired her into using creative solutions to improve the lives of others in need. She enjoys sharing the power of STEM by working to inspire high school girls to pursue a path into engineering and changing the conversation. She loves to travel and understand different cultures specially those were an engineering difference can make a world of change. Helping others through her skills have brought her to help a community in need in Ethiopia were a sanitation system for a village is not a given commodity.

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Topic: Empowering Dreams Beyond Engineering & Technology

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Employer: DuPont

Renee Perry

Renee is the Chair for the 2017 Global Marathon. She is a Senior Director at Fluor Corporation and serves as the Procurement Department Manager for the Houston office. In this role, Renee’s responsibilities include project execution support, strategy implementation, team training and development, recruiting, and overall department quality. Since joining Fluor in September 1997, Renee has gained supply chain experience in strategic sourcing and capital project execution for a diverse range of projects in the energy & chemicals, mining, power, and government lines of business. Renee was instrumental in the development of the Fluor GROW organization (Growing Representation & Opportunity for Women) and served as the Global Lead from 2013-2016 and as the Houston Chapter President from 2009-2012.  

Renee earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a Master of Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Construction Industry Institute. Renee is married, has three sons and resides in Richmond, Texas.

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Topic: The Mentorship Cycle - Mentoring Throughout Your Career

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Employer: Fluor Corporation

Alexandra Phillips

Alexandra Phillips has over ten years of experience in coaching, consulting, professional development, and public speaking. She has worked as a career coach with executives at many organizations, including AlphaSights, Resolution Life, Lincoln Center, the New 42nd Street Inc., NBC, HBO, CUNY and the New York City Department of Education. Alexandra works with emerging leaders in organizations to help develop their skills and to empower them to navigate the challenges of quick ascension in the workplace. She specializes in working with executives and creatives who have an entrepreneurial flare to meet the challenges of maintaining business integrity while sustaining a financially abundant working model. A main focus of her work is to enhance her clients’ understanding of their emotional intelligence and their ability to positively impact their working environment. Alexandra is a business consultant and professional development workshop leader. She has delivered hundreds of workshops and facilitated countless off-sites to high-level executives and educators. She has extensive experience in helping professionals to streamline their desires and achieve their goals. Alexandra received her Certificate in Executive and Organizational Coaching from New York University and she is also a member of ICF (the International Coaching Federation). Alexandra graduated with honors from Brown University and has an MFA from the New School University. She has been a faculty member at Lincoln Center Education for over ten years.

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Topic: IBM's P-TECH fueling the new collar economy

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Employer: The Conference Board

Janiel Richards

Janiel Richards is the oldest of four siblings and graduated from P-Tech in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in Dec, 2015. Janiel earned her Associate in Applied Science in computer information systems from the New York City College of Technology. She now works for IBM full-time, while simultaneously studying as a full-time student at Baruch College. Janiel also started a sneaker/retail business on the side with a fellow P-TECH grad.

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Topic: IBM's P-TECH fueling the new collar economy

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Employer: IBM Digital Business Group

Monsi Roman

Monsi has served as the NASA Centennial Challenges Program Manager since June 2015. In that position she manages the day-to-day operations of the Agency Flagship Prizes and Competition program that currently includes four active challenge competitions and four challenges in formulation, for a total Prize Purse of over $12 M. The program supports technology developments under the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. Her office is located at the Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, AL. Prior to joining the STMD team, Monsi held several positions at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA’s Headquarters. From 2010 to 2013 she was the Project Manager for development of life support systems, including sensors, that could be used during a mission to Mars. In that capacity, she was responsible for the coordination of work in six NASA Centers and over 30 NASA civil servants. She also served as NASA’s Chief Microbiologist for the International Space Station (ISS) life support systems during the design, testing and development of the air and water systems currently keeping the crew alive in the ISS. In 2014 she was assigned to NASA Headquarters for a Professional Development Detail, supporting the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Divisions of Advancce Exploration Systems (AES) and International Space Station where she supported the Agency in the areas related to the Journey to Mars. Monsi joined the Marshall Center in 1989 as a microbiologist in the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems Branch of the former Science and Engineering Directorate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a major in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and a Master of Science in Microbiology with a major in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Through her career, Monsi has been an active participant in mentoring, outreach and many different educational events to increase interest in STEM areas. She has worked with schools (teachers and students K-12), universities, co-workers and has helped find funding for internships in the life support testing area among other things. Monsi leverages her success as a NASA scientist and manager to develop partnerships with other government agencies, scientific institutes, industry and academia.This also gives her the opportunity to promote the support and participation in STEM activities to the general community.

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Topic: All Aboard, The Future of Commercial Space Travel

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Employer: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Elizabeth Ruedas

Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT, QISP, CSI, ENV SP, LEED GA is a Design Engineer with CNC Engineering where she has assisted in the design and review of improvement projects within and around the City of Industry. She has also assisted in the development and implementation of a new industrial stormwater program and has coordinated hundreds of inspections to ensure compliance. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Shortly after graduation, she became an active member of various professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Soroptimist. Elizabeth’s national recognition for her personal achievements within the civil engineering profession include being named one of the ASCE 2016 New Faces of Civil Engineering and an ASCE State Advocacy Captain. Similarly, she currently serves on the ASCE Government Relations Committee and the ASCE Committee on Younger Members. Locally, she is the current ASCE Orange County Branch Secretary and recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Section and Branch Website Award, 2015 ASCE OC President’s Award and the 2015 ASCE OC YMF Vice President’s Award. Elizabeth’s YouTube channel, which currently has over 10.5 million views and 86,000 subscribers, will soon be transformed into B^3 (Beauty, Brains, Beast). “Beauty” will represent her hair and makeup tutorials, “Brains” her contributions to the engineering profession, “Beast” her workouts, meal prepping and healthy lifestyle. She hopes to serve as a role model for young girls and minorities across the globe, while also sharing her passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with others.

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Topic: Empowering Dreams Beyond Engineering & Technology

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Employer: CNC Engineering

Monoswita Saha

Monoswita Saha is an Education Program Manager in the Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs division of the IBM Corporation. She helps to spearhead the first Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Connecticut, serving as the industry liaison for the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA). Monoswita also supports the larger P-TECH replication effort currently underway in Connecticut and Rhode Island. She started her career in education as an alternative high school English teacher in New Haven, Connecticut through Teach For America. This experience propelled her to seek avenues for high school students to find direct pathways from school to career building experiences. Prior to joining IBM, Monoswita worked on the development team at Teach For America • Connecticut. Monoswita holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and English from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in public administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

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Topic: IBM's P-TECH fueling the new collar economy

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Employer: IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs

Gitte Schjotz

Gitte is the President, UL International (EMEA, Latin America & Greater Asia) for Underwriters Laboratories. She was appointed to her position in July of 2011 and has since then added more country responsibilities. She has, among others achievements, doubled the company’s business in the EMEA region both organically and inorganically, while staying true to UL’s public safety mission. Prior to her current position, she served in many roles within UL, among others as the Senior Vice President of Global Standards, Accreditation and Certifications programs as well as running the International Certification and Knowledge Solutions businesses for UL. She has more than 24 years in-depth knowledge of global conformity assessment and international standards for products entry into the global market as well as proven international leadership with a focus on business growth and geographic expansion. Schjøtz sits on the board of many UL international entities and is a council member of IFIA (International Federation of Inspection Agencies). Prior to this, she has served two terms on the IEC Market Strategy Board of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Geneva, Switzerland as well as held private board positions. Gitte's career spans two decades and three countries (Germany, USA and Denmark). She holds a Master of Science degree from the CBS in Copenhagen, Denmark and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program from Yale University, USA.

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Topic: The Best Advice I Ever Got

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Employer: Underwriters Laboratory

Rovani Sigamoney

Rovani is a chemical/environmental engineer from South Africa who started in the platinum refinery/mining sector and then moved on to researching bioenergy systems and biofuels for Africa. She joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) HQ in Paris, France in 2007 in the Natural Sciences Sector and later ran the Chemistry programme and International Year of Chemistry 2011. She thereafter took over the UNESCO Engineering programme. The Engineering Programme is working with Member States (UNESCO has 195 Member States), international partners and program experts to strengthen engineering education through curricula development, hands-on training and capacity building. In line with UNESCO’s global priorities on Africa and Gender Equality, it focuses on women and Africa but also has activities around the world. Rovani is passionate about women in engineering and encouraging more youth to pursue careers in engineering. She previously worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Paris on a biofuels strategy and also at the Wuppertal Institute of Climate Change in Germany on a policy document for the European Parliament on the security of energy supply.

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Topic: Creating global momentum for girls & women in STEM

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM ET

Employer: UNESCO Engineering Programme

Shannon Simmer

Shannon Marie Simmer is the User Support Coordinator for MentorNet, a Division of Great Minds in STEM, and has been in this role for a little over a year. She is responsible for video production, user engagement and support, data analysis, user outreach, and content development. Prior to joining Great Minds in STEM she worked in brand recognition and promotion - and has extensive experience in social media outreach.

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Topic: The Power of 2-How STEM Mentorships Support the Whole Person

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM EST

Employer: MentorNet

Jeanette Southwood

An award-winning engineer, Jeanette is Vice-President, Strategy & Partnerships, at Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada's more than 290,000 members of the engineering profession where she leads a team focusing on the future of the profession. Prior to joining Engineers Canada, Jeanette led the Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure Sector and the Global Sustainable Cities teams at a global consulting firm. In her early career, Jeanette received the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Young Engineer Medal. This medal honors a young engineer who has demonstrated exceptional achievements and excellence, not only in work but also in service to the community and the profession. She is now a Fellow of Engineers Canada, and a recipient of the Province of Ontario’s “Leading Women Building Communities Award”. She was honored as one of Canada’s Clean50 2014 for her work and dedication to sustainable development, leading change, championing innovation and changing our world for the better. In 2014, she was also inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering which recognizes engineers contributing in exemplary ways towards their disciplinary fields and the wider community. A dedicated volunteer with a number of organizations and on several Boards over the years, Jeanette received the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) Engineering Excellence Medal in 2015 and was named one of WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2017, she will receive an Honorary Doctorate and will be recognized as one of the Women of Innovation.

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Topic: The Best Advice I Ever Got

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Employer: Engineers Canada

Zarina Lam Stanford

As Head of Marketing, Zarina Stanford is responsible for the development and implementation of SAP’s marketing strategy across the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Zarina adopts a customer-centric and insight-driven approach in her go-to-market for SAP in the region, overseeing audience, industry, and portfolio marketing across all customer segments in support of the entire SAP business. She is a recognized change agent who spearheads business and transformational initiatives through imagining the possible. A seasoned industry veteran, Zarina has held various sales and marketing executive positions in North America and Asia. Prior to joining SAP, she was VP of Marketing at IBM where she oversaw strategy, marketing, and communications for Growth Markets and Asia Pacific. A champion for industry diversity and inclusion initiatives, Zarina is currently Bilateral Committee Chairperson for Asia Pacific-India Cooperation at the global women’s chamber ALL Ladies League (www.aall.in). Zarina is a graduate of the Asian Advanced Leadership Program from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Zarina and her family currently reside in Singapore.

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Topic: STEM, the other mother tongue

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM EST

Employer: SAP

Miguel Valenzuela

Miguel Valenzuela is an artist, inventor and engineer living in Norway. Born in Mexico and raised in the United States, Miguel has spent his life creating, inventing and trying to find out what makes the world around him tick. As the creator of PancakeBot, he travels the world with his family telling the story of how his children inspired him to take a fun idea and turn it into a reality. He likes to use his spare time to inspire others, coach them on the inventing process and work with makers when possible.

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Topic: Idea to Market; Engineering Your Innovation

Date: March 9th, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST

Employer: PancakeBot LLC

Laura Vang

Laura is an IBMer catalyzing transformation at IBM Watson Health. Laura leads the International Business Development team, which is responsible for devising and implementing a world class international strategy for the Watson Health Go-To-Market (Sales) team. Laura has been recognized for empowering change her community while serving as an ambassador of the IBM Millennial Corps. She is a founding member of the Women of Watson Health – an organization whose mission is to develop and champion women in health. When she is not impacting global strategy and change at work, Laura can be found pursing her other passions for dancing, cooking, and tinkering with cool new technologies like Watson. She holds her Bachelor of Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

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Topic: Empowering Dreams Beyond Engineering & Technology

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Employer: IBM

Erika Wagner

Erika serves as Business Development Manager for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. Prior to joining Blue Origin, Dr. Wagner worked with the X PRIZE Foundation as Senior Director of Exploration Prize Development and founding Executive Director of the X PRIZE Lab@MIT. Previously, she served at MIT as Science Director and Executive Director of the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program, a multi-university spacecraft development initiative to investigate the physiological effects of reduced gravity. From 2009 to 2012, Erika was a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, furthering the research and education potential of commercial suborbital launch vehicles. Today, she serves on the Boards of the Washington Aerospace Scholars and American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, as well as the National Academies Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space. Her interdisciplinary academic background includes a bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, and a PhD in Bioastronautics from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Erika’s research spanned both human and mammalian adaptation to microgravity, partial gravity, and centrifugation; as well as organizational innovation and prize theory. She is also an alumna of the International Space University.

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Topic: All Aboard, The Future of Commercial Space Travel

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Employer: Blue Origin

Carla Winter

Carla Maria Croce Winter is a Mechanical Engineer, who graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering (FEI) and with an Executive MBA from IBMEC, a very well-known Brazilian institution. She is certified by APICS in CPIM (Production and Inventory Management). Carla has solid professional experience in multinational industries in the area of supply chain, managing the areas of planning, purchase, import and export, logistics, storage and production. She currently works in DuPont's Nutrition and Health in Sao Paulo/Brazil, as the Global Supply Chain Planning Manager for two business : System/Texturants and food ingredients.

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Topic: Linking Diverse Voices: Dialogues in Perspective

Date: March 8th, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Employer: DuPont Brazil/Nutrition and Health