Women working in a lab at Virginia Tech

Feb. 27 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech Arlington Research Center
900 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203

Join us for a panel discussion "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)." We'll hear from Virginia Tech alumnae who are navigating the challenges and excelling in these male dominated fields.

The discussion will be followed by a casual networking reception with fellow alumnae and university faculty. This is a chance for alumni to share experiences, build professional networks, and explore industry trends.

The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. Complimentary hors-d'oeuvres, as well as beer and wine will be available. 

Check back soon for a full list of panelists.


Julia Ross - Photo

Julia M. Ross leads the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, which is the fifth largest producer of engineers in the nation and the 13th ranked undergraduate engineering program by US News & World Report.

Ross, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering, is a member of the executive committee of the Global Engineering Dean's Council working together to advance engineering education, research, and service globally.

She is also one of the directors of the Engineering Deans Council Executive Board for the American Society for Engineering Education. Dean Ross holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a doctoral degree from Rice University, both in chemical engineering.


Catherine Woteki

Woteki recently rejoined the faculty at Iowa State University as a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. From 2010-16, she served as chief scientist and under secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area.

In that role, she developed the Office of the Chief Scientist, established the USDA Science Council, and instituted the department’s first scientific integrity and open data policies. She was called on to lead scientific delegations to China and the first meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists held under the auspices of the G-20. Woteki is an advocate for building the platforms needed to enhance domestic and international food and agricultural research.

Prior to joining USDA, Woteki served as global director of scientific and regulatory affairs for Mars, Incorporated, where she managed the company's scientific policy on matters of health, nutrition, and food safety. From 2002-05, she was dean of agriculture and professor of human nutrition at Iowa State University, and also head of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

Woteki served as the first under secretary for food safety at the USDA from 1997-2001, where she oversaw the safety of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Christinia Wick photo

Wick is the VP of Engineering at Harry’s, a successful men’s grooming brand that launched in 2013 focused on quality craftsmanship, simple design, and modern convenience. Now the company is developing brands beyond men’s grooming and the technology required to enable their goals is more sophisticated than first meets the eye.

Before Harry’s, Wick's roles have ranged from running product, design and engineering at Venmo, to defining strategies and building services in the mobile and devices space at Amazon, to AOL where she started as a software engineer and rose to the level of senior technical director responsible for over 50 consumer-facing mobile apps and websites and where she received an Apple Design Award for the Best iPhone Entertainment Application, AOL Radio, in June 2008.

Wick has a bachelor's degree in computer science, with minors in mathematics and psychology, and a master's degree in computer science and applications from Virginia Tech, with her area of concentration being human-computer interaction.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Katie Lafon at 540-231-8706 or klafon@vt.edu during regular business hours at least five business days prior to the event.


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For questions or more information, contact Katie Lafon at klafon@vt.edu.