2018 Panel: Life as a Scientist

2009 Adult Panel

Parents, teachers, and other interested adults play an essential role in developing young girls’ interest in math and science. This morning session is designed to be an informative discussion between parents and prominent scientists regarding how parents can promote the participation of their daughters in science. Panelists will discuss their careers, education, and research experience, and will give parents suggestions for supporting their daughters as they pursue careers in science, medicine, and engineering. The panelists have varied backgrounds and experiences in academia and industry. The session will include a question/answer period to allow for further discussion of topics of interest. The Life as a Scientist panel begins at 9:00 am. Conference volunteers will be available to assist the girls to their workshops after the keynote address.

2018 Adult Panel

Dr. Nandini Ananth

Dr. Nandini Ananth was born in Chennai, India. She attended Stella Maris College in Chennai, where she majored in chemistry and served as editor of the college newspaper in her senior year. After graduating at the top of her class with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, she joined the Masters program in chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Here, she developed a strong interest in quantum mechanics and carried out research on implementing logic gates for quantum computing using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). With a strong interest in theoretical chemistry and chemical dynamics, Nandini moved to the US in the fall of 2003 to pursue doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on developing semiclassical methods to model quantum dynamical behavior in complex chemical reactions. She joined the faculty of the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University in the Fall of 2012, and during her time here has received the Cottrell Scholar Award, NSF CAREER Award, NSF EAGER Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, and Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Award.

Julie Baker

Dr. Julie Baker has 30 years of experience in the software industry, including 15 years in various software engineering roles and 15 years in technical management. Currently, she is Co-Founder, and VP of Operations at Ursa Space Systems. Ursa provides reliable information products for customers in the financial and energy sectors. Deriving information from satellite-based radar, which works through clouds and at night, allows Ursa to reliably report about parts of the world that are traditionally opaque. Prior to co-founding Ursa, Julie was VP Cyber Technologies at Architecture Technology Corporation, leading the ATC-NY division in Ithaca, NY. Earlier in her career, Julie worked as a software engineer: At the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, in Stuttgart, Germany, she developed scheduling software for industrial applications in the automobile and steel industries. At Applied Decision Analysis in Menlo Park, CA, Julie developed interactive software applications to gather customer input for market research analysis. At Daniel H. Wagner Associates, in Sunnyvale, CA, she developed software for the Commander's Console on the P-3C Orion. Julie holds a Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Sinue Gomez

Dr. Sinue Gomez grew up in Caracas-Venezuela and attended Simon Bolivar University for her Bachelors in Materials Engineering. After college, Sinue moved to the United States to pursue her PhD. Sinue completed her Ph.D. in Materials Science at The University of Connecticut. After her Ph.D., she moved to Corning, NY to work at Corning Incorporated. Now Sinue works at Corning Incorporated as a Technology Manager for Pharmaceutical packaging, where she is responsible for glass and surface technology. She likes to run and dance ballet for fun.

Dr. Ellyn King

Dr. Ellyn King grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of Arizona for her bachelors in Materials Engineering. After college, Ellyn attend the University of Arizona and the Université de Rennes in France, completing her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Materials Chemistry. Ellyn now works at Corning Incorporated as a glass scientist, where she leads glass composition research for the High Performance Display and Iris businesses. In her free time she trains and races triathlons for fun.

Dr. Jennifer Novotney

Dr. Jennifer Novotney received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University and now is the Public Programs Coordinator for the MIT Museum. Inspiring people in science and creating connections with scientists have always been passions of hers. Throughout graduate school, Jennifer was actively involved with outreach projects, including being the EYH finance chair for four years. Now, at the MIT Museum, she designs and coordinates nearly 400 science events each year.

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2005 Adult Panel

The 2005 Adult Panel: Melissa Hines (Chemistry), Lisa Wickham (Applied Physics), Kathy Selby (Physics), Maureen Hanson (Molecular Biology and Genetics), and Laura Jones (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).