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IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference Call for Speakers

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Pitch your speaking idea to the 2015 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC), which will be held April 23-25, 2015 in San Jose, CA. This year’s theme is Lead Beyond. Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World. and the conference will be focused on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Conference attendees include 400-500 female engineers, technology professionals, managers, executives and academics from around the world.

IEE Women in Engineering’s mission is to inspire, engage and advance women in engineering through over 500 affinity groups and 15,000 members around the world. IEEE WIE works to transform the lives of young girls and women around the world through pre-university outreach, technical seminars, humanitarian projects, networking events and educational programs.

Presentations will be considered for 1 of 4 tracks:

  1. Innovation
  2. Empowerment
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Engagement (virtual track with all presentations online only)

Deadline for speaker proposals are September 30, 2014.

To apply, or for more information, visit the IEE Speaker Pitch Form.

Women in STEM Podcast Episode 10 – Heather Olins, Organismic and Evolutionary Biologist


heatherolinsInterview with Heather Olins, PhD candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, studying deep sea hydrothermal vent microbial ecology.

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First NSF Genealogy of Life (GoLife) Awards

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Evolution on earth can be modeled on a “tree of life” which shows the genealogical relationships among living and extinct creatures. Charles Darwin first used the term “tree of life” in the early 1800s to describe the concept of a branching-off of species from ancestors. Now we use the term phylogeny, devised by biologist Ernst Haeckel, to describe the evolutionary relationships of species through time — the modern “tree of life” is called a phylogenetic tree.

Over the past decade, increasingly detailed knowledge of the evolutionary patterns and processes of life on Earth has been gained — as has the knowledge of how much more there is to be learned.

“All species alive today, and all that have lived on Earth, share at least one thing in common–a phylogenetic history,” says Maureen Kearney, GoLife program director in NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology. 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $7.4 million in its first Genealogy of Life (GoLife) grants, supported by NSF’s Directorates for Biological Sciences and for Geosciences. Aiming to resolve the evolutionary history of all species’ lineages (living, extinct, and poorly known), the new GoLife program seeks to synthesize as much data as possible to create a unified knowledge base for comparative research.

GoLife awards will advance the understanding of how new species evolve; how extinctions have happened throughout time; how present day species adapt to changing environments; and of biogeographic and ecological patterns and processes. The first round of GoLife awards support studies of terrestrial vertebrates, poorly known and ancient groups of fungi, and microbes.

For more information: NSF awards $7.4 million for research on species’ evolutionary history

Applications Open for NCWIT High School Award


ladiestechnologyNCWIT’s (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing is now open for applications to any US high school woman with computing aspirations. Recipients will be chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education.

National Award recipients will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony, an engraved plaque, and networking opportunities. All award recipients will receive recognition at an award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer community of technical young woman and various other prizes. Recognition is sponsored at the national level by Bank of America and at the local level by Microsoft.

“This award is a huge stepping stone,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “The recognition and visibility that these young women receive lead to educational and workforce opportunities in technology, encouraging them to persist in one of the fastest-growing and most stable fields. We are excited to support these young women as they continue on their paths to success.”

Encouraging female students is a driving factor to how likely they are to complete a computing major/minor and to choose a computing career. NCWIT’s award has encouraged thousands of young women since its inception in 2007. More than 13,000 young women have self-identified as interested in computing and technology, and 83% of participants now in college report a major or minor in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.

Students can apply online at through November 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

17 Trailblazing Women Honored by Women Tech Council


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17 trailblazing women and five college students were honored by the Women Tech Council. The 2014 Women Tech Awards recognizes women with ties to Utah who are changing the face of technology. Along with these women, eBay Inc. was awarded The Impact Award for its exceptional work advancing women in technology. This year’s recipients join a list of more than 100 women who have been honored for their leading-edge contributions to technology over the past 7 years. Finalists are selected by an elite committee composed of women and men in technology industry, venture capital, government and professional communities.

  • Academic Excellence – Tina Van RiperWeber State University
  • Engineering Excellence – Stacy Pierce, Rockwell Collins
  • Education Excellence – Helen HuWestminster College
  • Technology Innovator – Kathy Philpot, ATK
  • Marketing Excellence – Susan Cashen, Control4
  • Technology Leadership – Nicole Neumarker, Alliance Health

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“It is an honor to recognize these women whose innovative ideas and actions are opening the doors for future generations to make a difference in the technology industry,” said Cydni Tetro, Executive Director of the Women Tech Council. “These role models demonstrate every day that women are leading the path in this field. My hope is that more young women across the nation become inspired by these accomplishments to pursue STEM-related courses and careers.”

Founded in 2007, Women Tech Council has a community of more than 7000 and provides programs on technology, leadership, entrepreneurship and career development. Women Tech Council also is actively engaged in STEM programs both at the university and K-12 levels. Women Tech Council partners with technology companies, government, educational institutions, the investment community, and service providers who are passionate about supporting women in technology.


Engineering Executive Sue Nowicki Honored at Women of Influence Awards Ceremony


Source: Northrop Grumman Corp.

Sue Nowicki, engineering director at Northrup Grumman, was among 27 women to be recognized for their business acumen and community spirit at the recent Buffalo Business First Women of Influence Awards. Nowicki was honored in the Corporate Executive category, which recognizes female executives who have made their mark in a large corporate environment. She has worked at Northrup Grumman for over 25 years and leads an engineering department that develops threat emitter simulators for pilot training.

“I am truly honored to receive this recognition,” Nowicki said. “I am fortunate to be able to work with so many brilliant people and do such extremely interesting and challenging work. I love that I’ve been able to contribute to a company whose mission is to support our military and keep them safe. To be recognized for my contributions is very special to me.”

Throughout her career, Sue has shown a commitment to education and dedication to helping area students become interested in engineering and related fields. She current serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is also a member of the STEM board at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.

“Sue has most definitely made her mark at Northrop Grumman and is truly deserving of this recognition,” saidJoe Downie, site director, Amherst Systems business unit, Northrop Grumman. “She brings energy and enthusiasm to everything she does. As a leader in our organization, she has consistently displayed an ability to collaborate and innovate to support our mission and ensure success for our customers.”

AT&T’s Lori Lee Recognized as One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

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AT&T Inc. (PRNewsFoto/AT&T Inc.)

Lori Lee, who leads AT&T Home Solutions, was named by Fortune Magazine as one of 2014’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. AT&T Home Solutions provides U-verse high speed Internet, TV and VOIP, in addition to traditional telephone service and advanced advertising. AT&T Home Solutions is responsible for nearly $23 Billion in annual revenue.

Under Lee’s direction, total U-verse revenues grew 25% in the second quarter this year and U-verse is the fastest growing product at AT&T. Where available, U-verse subscribers are more satisfied overall when compared to cable’s video and Internet subscribers. U-verse recently received three Women’s Choice Awards® as “America’s Most Recommended Brand among women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service.” And AT&T U-verse TV was named 2013 Video Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.

“This is an honor that really speaks to the strength of AT&T,” Lee said. “We’re passionate about connecting people with each other, information and entertainment at home, work or on the go. And we’re doing it with a customer experience that stands apart from others. The real power of AT&T is in our diversity, great opportunities and a shared commitment to deliver the future first. More than 83,000 women working at AT&T are leading innovation and technology, and transforming how we connect with our world.”

The Most Powerful Women in Business list is compiled by Fortune editors who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career and social and cultural influence.


Women in STEM Podcast Episode 9 – Lauren Aycock, Many-body Physicist


laurenaycockInterview with Lauren Aycock, Graduate student in Physics at Cornell University & Joint Quantum Institute. Lauren is doing guest research at National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) on many-body physics.

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Detroit Lions Help Launch STEM Programs in 2 Detroit Schools

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Alisa Harewood, head of the office of the CEO at Tata Technologies, teaches the meaning of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to a young student at Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit, Mich. (PRNewsFoto/Tata Technologies)

Detroit Lions, Athletes for Charity and Tata Technologies are partnering to launch a STEM program at 2 Detroit Public Schools. The program aims to improve learning outcomes and student interest in STEM, while also developing their skills in reading and writing, creating pathways to success in post-secondary education and 21st century careers.

Two schools have been selected for the inaugural launch of the STEM Youth Literacy Program: Clark Preparatory Academy and Dixon Educational Learning Academy. The curriculum will include monthly STEM book distributions to students by various Detroit Lions players.  Both Detroit Lions players and Tata Technologies staff will volunteer to serve as STEM Readers.

“The demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math is on the rise while the availability of qualified applicants is on the decline because students are not pursuing degrees and careers within the sector,” said Alisa Harewood of Tata Technologies, a global engineering services company with North American headquarters located in Novi, MI.

“Our partnership with Tata Technologies and the Detroit Lions represent an innovative way to fuse the nonprofit, corporate and sports sectors, to motivate students in the areas of STEM,” saidCathleen Laporte, founder and president of Athletes for Charity.

Detroit Lions Safety Don Carey is a founding member of the program and serves as a liaison to the team.  Invitations have also been extended to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings players to join the team as STEM supporters.

Additional supporters include The Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust and support from athletes such as Detroit native Anthony Adams, a retired nine-year NFL veteran who most recently played for the Chicago Bears. Adams currently serves a as a host of Inside the Bears.