Three women working in a lab

June 7 from 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Holtzman Alumni Center Assembly Hall
901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061   

Join us for a panel discussion on Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We'll hear from influential women leadership from Virginia Tech, who will share how they overcame challenges in their respective fields, often dominated by men. It will also be a chance to build networks and explore industry trends.

Panelists are Dr. Laura SandsDean Julia Ross, and Dean Sally Morton.

Virginia Tech offers some of the strongest STEM disciplines in the nation, providing unmatched academic and career preparation alongside an unbeatable student experience. While STEM continues to be an ever-growing field, a gender gap exists with fewer females pursuing STEM degrees and even fewer women going on to pursue STEM careers.

Developed as a way to discuss and address those issues, Women in STEM provides an opportunity for women to share their successes and struggles within a support network of alumni, faculty and friends.   

Panelist Bios

Sally Morton
Sally C. Morton

Morton joined the College of Science at Virginia Tech as dean in 2016. Previously, she was chair of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International, and head of the RAND Corporation Statistics Group.

Morton served as president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and is a Fellow of the ASA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Morton holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences, a master’s degree in operations research, and a doctoral degree in statistics, all from Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree in statistics from the London School of Economics.

Julia M. Ross

Ross joined Virginia Tech Engineering in July 2017. Before coming to Virginia Tech, she served as dean of engineering and IT at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a member of the executive committee of the Global Engineering Dean’s Council, working to advance engineering education, research and service globally.

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

Laura P. Sands

Sands is a professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Development and Center for Gerontology, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and holds a doctorate in quantitative psychology and a masters in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her federally funded research is focused on improving health outcomes of vulnerable older adults, including those living with disability, undergoing surgery, or recovering from a natural disaster.


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