Keynote Speaker

2010 Keynote Speaker

Every year the EYH organizers invite a prominent woman scientist or engineer to share her experiences and interest in science/engineering with the participants of the EYH Conference. This Keynote Address kicks off the conference for the girls before they head off to a full day of workshops. While the girls are at the Keynote Address, adult participants will attend the Adult Panel . After the Keynote Address and Adult Panel, EYH volunteers will lead the girls to the location of their first workshop, where they will re-unite with their accompanying adults and/or meet their Cornell buddies.

2018 Keynote Speaker

Margaret W. Frey

Dr. Margaret W. Frey is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Human Ecology, and a Professor in the department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University. Her research focuses on combining fiber science with nanotechnology. She collaborates with scientists in the diverse fields of entomology, horticulture, biological and environmental engineering, materials science, chemical and biomolecular engineering and biomedical engineering – which has resulted in synergistic leaps in materials research! She has received numerous honors for her accomplishments, including the title of Faculty Fellow for Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, for the Cornell Institute for Fashion and Fiber Innovation, and for Balch Residence Hall at Cornell. Dr. Frey earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Fiber Science from Cornell. She received her Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from NC State University, and she currently serves on the scientific advisory board for the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science program in The College of Textiles at NC State.

2017 Keynote Speaker

Lena F. Kourkoutis

Dr. Lena F. Kourkoutis is an Assistant Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics and James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow at Cornell University. She received her undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Rostock, Germany in 2003, and then moved to Ithaca where she was awarded a Ph.D. in 2009. As a Humboldt Research Fellow, she spent 2011-2012 exploring cryo-electron microscopy in the Molecular Structural Biology Group at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. She returned to Cornell University in 2012 and joined the Cornell Faculty in 2013. The Kourkoutis electron microscopy group focuses on understanding and controlling nanostructured materials, from complex oxide heterostructures to materials for battery and photovoltaic applications to biomaterials. Her group uses some of the most advanced electron microscopes to study these systems atom-by-atom. Dr. Kourkoutis was recipient of the 2013 Albert Crewe Award and a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Most recently, Dr. Kourkoutis was among the 105 researchers honored with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, presented by President Barack Obama, for her contributions to the development and applications of atomic-resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy.

2016 Keynote Speaker

Hadas Kress-Gazit

Dr. Hadas Kress-Gazit is an Associate Professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and has been at Cornell since 2009. Her research focuses on formal methods for robotics and automation and more specifically on creating verifiable robot controllers for complex high-level tasks using logic, verification, synthesis, hybrid systems theory and computational linguistics. She received an NSF CAREER award in 2010, a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2012 and the Fiona Ip Li ’78 and Donald Li ’75 Excellence in teaching award in 2013.

2015 Speaker

Wendy Hill

We are honored to introduce our keynote speaker, Dr. Wendy Hill, an accomplished scientist and the newest head at The Agnes Irwin School, an all-girls pre-K-to-12 school in Rosemont, PA. Previously, Dr. Hill was the Rappolt Professor of Neuroscience and Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lafayette College. Her research focused on the neural mediation of pair bonding in birds as well as the adaptive significance of animal social behavior and grouping strategies. Dr. Hill has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the James McKeen Catell national award for her scholarly work. She was named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Hill holds a B.A. in psychology from Douglass College, a women’s college at Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from the animal behavior program at the University of Washington.

2014 Speaker

Laura K. Lautz

Dr. Laura K. Lautz is an accomplished professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University (SU). Dr. Lautz is a hydrologist who aims to further understand how hydrologic processes influence water quality and movement through watersheds. Dr. Lautz conducts research across the U.S., using methods from diverse disciplines, such as combining field experiments with computer modeling. Dr. Lautz has received numerous awards for her teaching and research, including the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award from SU and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. She holds a B.S. in geology from Lafayette College, a M.Ed. in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in geology from SU. Dr. Lautz grew up in Syracuse, where she now resides with her husband and 4-year old twins. You can learn more about her work at her keynote address and lab website:

2011 Keynote Speaker

The 2011 keynote speech, given by Dr. Robin Davisson